Jeff Warmuth and the talented artisans at Canterbury Stained Glass draw on their nearly 40 years of experience crafting commissioned artwork to fill their showroom and teach others the art of glass manipulation. More than 40 educational programs—divided into short workshops and longer, weeks-long pursuits—focus on beginner, intermediate, and expert glass techniques of all sorts. Students can assemble glass jewelry, fuse patterned glass into bowls, or use their glass-blowing skills to build a see-through glass dome around endangered penguins. A fully stocked shop sells books, glass cutters, and other useful tools for finishing glassmaking and fusing projects.
Goldner Walsh's 9 acres of nursery stock beckon green thumbs with a verdant variety of plants awaiting permanent plots. A large selection of carnivorous plants ($7.95+) takes care of unwanted houseflies and lingering paperboys, and tropicals ($2.95+) liven up drab décor and help jungle transplants feel at home. Ornamental kale ($7–$15) can add a dose of color and texture to fall landscapes. The nursery also hosts a large selection of perennials ($2.95+) and unusual flora, including the hardy yellowhorn and castor aralia ($29.95+). Goldner day lilies lounge around the nursery accompanied by a selection of plants native to Michigan, characterized by their hardy nature and ability to correctly pronounce Mackinac. Pottery selections ($12.95+), appeal to all tastes with contemporary, avant-garde, zen, and French-country pieces with glazed, unglazed, and salt-glazed finishes. The nursery also boasts a large assortment of gourmet food products ($6–$10), such as jams, jellies, sauces, and honey.
The knowledgeable staff at BetterHealth Market helps visitors to navigate a vast inventory of products for natural and nutritious living ranging from aromatherapy oils to gluten-free cookies. Natural, organic, and raw groceries from brands such as Amy's Kitchen and Nature's Path keep home cooking flavorful and wholesome, and a range of supplements, vitamins, and minerals helps to ease health issues, increase energy, or incinerate burritos that have overstayed their welcome. A wide variety of teas and coffees offers options such as fair-trade beans and yerba mate to healthfully wash down each nourishing morsel.
As Core Physical Therapy’s sole physical therapist and a MAT-certified specialist, Matt Glenn spends a significant amount of time exploring muscular issues. When clients arrive at the office complaining of pain or tightness, he surveys the entire body until he identifies the culprit muscle. Using hands-on force or prescribing specific exercises, he helps clients restore their range of motion and improve their muscular function.
Sibling trio Tim, David, and Harry Jr. oversees Karagosian Jewelers' sparkling empire, maintaining a tradition of knowledgeable gem dealing set by their parents—who began the then-small jewelry business in their Oakland County home in 1950. Since 1968, the current Orchard Lake Road location has expanded three times to accommodate an ever-expanding hoard of designer jewels and constant bouts of brotherly horseplay. Beyond a sizeable inventory, the Karagosians and their staff strive to outclass other jewelry retailers by stamping their direct-from-Belgium diamonds with a guarantee to beat any competitor's price. Personalized customer service includes fiancé-jeweler collaborations that yield custom engagement rings, and the store's GIA-certified gemologist Tim Karagosian can explain various cuts and carats and suggest hip baby names such as Ruby and That One
Body Boutique Activewear curates an inventory of women's fitness-focused loungewear and yoga apparel that resides "where Couture meets Comfort." Staff members utilize their comprehensive product knowledge to guide customers through the form-fitting apparel from top brands such as Planet Body and Soybu. On Sundays, shoppers can call ahead and arrange shopping sessions by appointment for personalized, leisurely store experiences unhurried by weekday schedules packed with work and crowd-surfing classes.