For more than 50 years, shoppers have ambled through the aisles of La Rosa Market and stocked carts with fresh-baked breads, deli products, and the essentials. Craft grandiose hoagies or time-sensitive sculptures with a diverse selection of Boar's Head deli meats and cheeses ($6–$9/lb.), or fuel barbecues with protein-packed bites of AngusPride Choice beef ($6+/lb.). Dough designers knead, toss, and roll floured mounds into freshly baked tongue warmers, including breads, pies, cakes and pastries ($2–$15). After culling enough rations to restock pantry shelves and vacant bowling-trophy cases, cart cabbies can browse a vibrant floral section that includes roses by the dozen ($9.99) and mixed bouquets ($7.99). Shoppers can also corral bundles of firewood ($4.99) to illuminate backyard gatherings.
Elvis Presley is alive and well inside Graceland Wine Shoppe: thousands of pieces of memorabilia?all depicting the King himself?line the restaurant and shop's walls. But of course, that's not the only reason people shimmy and shake their way in from far and wide.
The real star here is owner and lifelong Elvis collector Dave, who has earned his own fair share of fans for his Graceland-inspired eats. These include "The King" gyro with tzatziki sauce; "The King" special Chicago-style cheese and pepperoni deep-dish pizza; and the "Heart Stopper" sub, which towers with five kinds of meat, pizza sauce, and Italian dressing. As for the shoppe portion of his restaurant's name, Dave earns that through an onsite retail section which sells wine, beer, and extra letters for sprucing up the ends of words.
The traditional Dream Dinners experience has customers visit one of the convenient kitchen's prep sessions, where patrons assemble meals out of fresh ingredients to take home and cook when they please. With this Groupon, however, you can pick up six already assembled meals from the Dream Dinners kitchen (three-serving-meal prices average between $11 and $12, with the $25 preparation fee included in the deal), thereby cutting out the work that's already cutting out the work. Select a pickup time that has been set aside for Groupon users, and then choose six meals from the Rochester Hills location's menu sampler, which changes monthly. On the specified date and time, you may retrieve your Dream Dinners meals and escort them home in an insulated limousine filled with ice, or, if chilled limos are unavailable, in a cooler. Once home, Dream Dinners' easy-to-follow instructions will guide you through the stress-free cooking.
Most popular offerings: Jerky, Snak Stix, Salami, Smoked Products
Walk-ins Welcome: Yes
Good for Kids: Yes
Staff Size: 25?50 people
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Pro Tip: Bring your appetite. Many samples are available.
What sets your business apart from your competition?
Our products are made with quality select meats and our own homemade recipes to provide a healthier, satisfying choice for all ages. Our best advertisement is word of mouth. Great news travels fast.
What was the inspiration for starting this business?
We started processing deer in a one-car garage to make extra money for our growing family. We began making sausage to provide another option for our customers. Our sausage had pushed our side business over the top. We are now the largest deer processor in Michigan. We have expanded the business to selling our sausage, jerky, and smoked products in our retail store. We quickly grew into a booming family business, satisfying thousands of taste buds across Michigan. We also offer a full-service fresh meat counter, and we make 140 smoked and cooked products in our store.
What is the best reaction you?ve ever gotten from a customer?
"I will never shop anywhere else. We trust Country Smoke House products like we trust our doctor."
What?s your favorite part about your job?
It's very rewarding to hear a customer say "I love your products". Or "I can't eat any other hot dog or brats but yours because I react to all the others." "I will drive 1000 miles to buy your snak stix and jerky?no one else's compares." These comments make it all worthwhile. It's very flattering that people love your "creation," and they eat it on the go or at their family holiday meal (smoked turkeys and hams).
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
Our gift boxes are a huge hit. Especially for those who don't know what to get someone for a gift. Once you give a County Smoke House gift box, they most likely will want another. Now you have made it easy for yourself to find a gift that they will always like. For example, a business owner bought his 180 employees a custom-made gift box and had a great response from his employees. He usually buys something different for them every year. He had chosen to give fruit baskets the next year. The employees expressed their strong opinions and requested CSH gift boxes from here on out. The owner told me he will never make that mistake again.
Gerald and Elisabeth Blake established Blake Farms in 1946 with the help of their 13 children. In the 60-plus years and several generations since, Blake's has spread their operation to three locations across the metro Detroit area. More than 500 acres of orchard and farmland compose the family business, and during certain seasons, that land allows average citizens a chance to give their robotic fruit harvesters a rest and come pick their own apples, strawberries, peaches, and pumpkins. Blake's becomes especially busy with the arrival of autumn, when it hosts an annual fall festival, and Christmastime, when its U-Cut tree program lets families team up to chop down their own tannenbaum.