At Bungalow 47, Jill Rinner and Chantelle Deimling are dedicated to mingling old and new aesthetics with repurposed vintage furniture and the homey touches of throw pillows, French soaps, and candles. The store’s own wide floorboards and exposed-brick walls perfectly complement its wares, which include vintage bedroom sets spruced up by Bungalow 47 artisans and furniture made of salvaged barn timber, ideal for attracting the friendly ghosts of well-loved dairy cows. Peppered among these personality-filled home accessories, smaller items such as Wild Thyme soup mixes, aprons, notepads, and jewelry excavated from flea markets draw the eyes of gift givers.
In addition to selling home goods, Bungalow 47 equips customers to revamp their own vintage finds with self-priming, eco-friendly CeCe Caldwell’s Paints, which the store’s own artists use while updating cabinets or bed frames for 21st-century use. It also offers workshops that teach students techniques for painting the pie safes they’ve uncovered in attics.
Voted the area?s best women's clothing store by the readers of the Towne Courier in the 2010 People's Choice Awards and Voted #1 consignment store for the Top of the Town award 2013 and 2014 from CityPulse, Kellie's Consignments houses an ever-changing selection of men's and women's consignment apparel, furniture, and designer shoes and accessories in its expansive 13,500-square-foot showroom. The shop's one-of-a-kind inventory shifts more quickly than a caffeinated racecar, with a fresh selection of new merchandise from consignors constantly rotated in from consignors as far away as Texas. Handbags and footwear with pedigrees from designers such as Fendi and Roberto Cavalli keep patrons decked out in timeless fashions, and a selection of jewelry lets them further accessorize any outfit. Such designer deals led Lansing City Pulse readers to crown Kellie's Consignments Best Consignment Store in the 2013 and 2014 Top of the Town readers' poll.
Slumber expert Roger Wardell staffs each of his Sleep Doctor Mattress Stores with knowledgeable employees who help to match shoppers with surfaces that complement their dozing styles. A full-size basic firm mattress by American Pedic ($219) supports stomach sleepers with memory foam, and Serta's twin-size Dura Pillowsoft ($499) cuddles tired muscles with inner springs and a 6-foot spoon.
For more than 88 years, the lamplighters at Capitol Lighting have illuminated homes with attractive fixtures in styles ranging from French country to Art Deco. More than 500,000 products, including bright lamps and bulbs from Corbett Lighting, Schonbek, Hudson Valley, and Savoy House, await their opportunity to banish darkness and beautify home spaces ranging from dining room ceilings to outdoor paths. Beyond bulbs in all shapes and sizes, Capitol also carries a vast selection of home accessories, such as hallway mirrors that give residents a final chance to ensure their antennas are hidden before leaving the house.
Since 1928, the Flint Institute of the Arts (FIA) has chronicled the cultural history of the city and today continues to influence its rebirth. In that time, the museum has been designated as a National Treasure by the President's Committee on the Arts in 2002 and received the Governor's Award for Arts and Cultural Organization in 2007. As a world-class cultural institution, the FIA draws over 120,000 visitors a year to an array of exhibitions, film screening, lectures, educational outreach programs, and family events that enlighten art lovers and celebrate Flint's diversity. Within the FIA's 150,000 square feet of space, stunning gallleries of over 8,000 objects, including sculptures, paintings, and artifacts, tell the story of Flint's past and future. Its libraries and art school prepare the next generation of artists. The FIA also features a video gallery, a cafe and gift shop, a great hall for large events, and a theater for films and lectures.
In 1985, friends and business partners David Byl and David Broadworth decided to capitalize on Michigan's rabid in-state college rivalry with a store that catered to both Michigan and Michigan State fans. When visitors enter The Great Divide, they find a college apparel store split down the middle, with Spartans memorabilia on one side and Wolverines memorabilia on the other. The ever-changing lineup of jerseys, flags, hats, and knickknacks has earned the shop a loyal following from both schools, with floods of customers coming in for the annual Michigan-MSU football game.