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
The knowledgeable staff at BetterHealth Store 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. Customers can peruse the prepared foods department, which includes salad bars, fresh raw juices, all natural smoothies, specialty sandwiches, and salads.
Discovering new fashion across the world, the buyers for Royal Dutchess have accrued an ever-changing collection of haute couture, with selections including the latest tops, bottoms, dresses, and eveningwear. Fashion has been a lifelong passion for Royal Dutchess owners Leslie Binno and Candice Binno Pattah, who told The Oakland Press, “We treat every woman with world-class service. We want them to walk in and feel like royalty and walk out feeling like a duchess.” The boutique also dabbles in shoes and accessories, covering wrists, feet, and New Coke tattoos in outfit-perfecting accouterments, such as a line of brimmed hats and lacey headbands by Jovan Jane, or stunning belt buckles loaded with Swarovski crystals and precious metals by Nikalet.
Through its extensive selection of brand-name swimwear, camping equipment, skis and snowboards, and boating gear, Summit Sports helps its customers enjoy the air, land, and water year-round. Shoppers get ready for winter sports with apparel and skis from brands such as Patagonia and Nordica or have their equipment tended to by technicians, who sharpen, wax, and repair skis and boards. With Hobie kayaks and fishing accessories, clients can gear up to angle a tasty fish from the Great Lakes or capture the legendary water monster that haunts the town. They can also equip themselves with wetsuits and life vests from Quicksilver and O'Neill, and grab North Face tents and camping gear.
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.
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.