More than 50 years go, Mike Ilitch was poised for major-league glory. An up-and-coming shortstop for the Detroit Tigers, his baseball finesse was blossoming when an injury derailed his sports career. But although the wound stunted his athletic aspirations, it steered him toward a new path, and on May 8, 1959, he and his wife opened the first Little Caesars location, a then-unheard-of carry-out-only joint. The career shift and novel technique eventually proved triumphant. Today, the pizzeria's iconic, toga-clad mascot adorns storefronts on five continents. In each shop, staffers forge the signature Hot-N-Ready pizza, a freshly baked pizza designed for instant pickup, and warm, garlicky Crazy bread. With a storied half century under their belt, Mike Ilitch and his family strive to give back, supporting local organizations and creating their own charitable programs.
Skin on the neck ages seven times as quickly as the skin on the face. The team at Body Anew Medical Spa are all knowledgeable skin experts, whose collective passion for skincare extends all over the body. They also use nonsurgical services, including facials and chemical peels, as ways to combat acne, sun spots, and fine lines. To refine the rest of the body, the team calls on non-wax depilatories to whisk away unwanted hair and lasers to zap spider veins while leaving surrounding skin as undisturbed as a kitten napping in a baseball glove.
Voted Best Tanning in 2009 by Jackson CityVoters for its Ridgeland location, Solar 51 bronzes winter-weary bodies with more than 50 tanning beds. For a tawny complexion free of UV rays, Mystic Tan spray-tan booths cover the entire corpus with a fine mist and a custom solution infused with aloe vera to keep skin hydrated. To facilitate traditional tans, the staff curate a selection of popular tanning lotions, including White 2 Black, Hot Mess, and Reborn Couture. Each of the salon’s employees are Smart Tan–certified, which prepares them to help clients achieve coppery hues while practicing long division.
Dr. Ricky Russell, an ophthalmologist, stocks his boutique’s shelves with frames designed by labels such as Vera Wang, Hugo Boss, Candies, and Lucky. Swiss-made T2 System glasses weigh less than 1/10 of an ounce and use a highly evolved mounting system to stay snug on the face, even when heads whip quickly around to see dogs doing cartwheels.
At CrossFit Clinton, group workouts charge the atmosphere with a communal vibe that powers members toward their last remaining reps. Each routine incorporates functional movements such as pushing, jumping, and carrying, while techniques from Olympic weightlifting and gymnastics set muscles ablaze. Though CrossFit's credo revolves around a varied lineup of high-intensity exercises, all moves are scalable and can accommodate clients of every fitness background. The gym’s head coach, Adam Rees, wields CrossFit Level 1 certification, which not only bespeaks his expertise but grants his students immediate access to VIP celebrity cage matches.
Against vibrant red walls, a large mural paints a scene of two young lovers embracing beneath the glow of stars and streetlights on an Italian boulevard. It's an ideal evocation of Rossini Cucina Italiana's private dining nooks, where couples can retreat to enjoy an authentic Italian meal bathed in soft, romantic light from a wall-hung lantern. Of course, guests can also reserve a table in the brightly lit dining area, grab a seat on the outdoor patio, or initiate a massage train with all of the other patrons to experience a more communal vibe. As patrons relax in the elegant eatery, chef Tony whips up traditional handmade pastas, hand-cuts tender beef fillets, and drapes seafood entrees in subtle wine sauces. He also offers the Feed Me Tony option, where he'll personally customize feasts from start to finish and pair the appropriate wines to each course.