Every year at Ann Arbor Fest, Catching Fireflies founders Steve and April paused from manning their paper-arts booth to admire the folksy paintings of local artist Chris Roberts-Antieau. When they finally saved up enough to purchase their favorite piece, “Catching Fireflies,” it led to a flash of inspiration: a shop dedicated to showcasing similarly whimsical artwork and supporting local artists.
Now, Catching Fireflies’ inventory spans the spectrum, from leather-bound journals and wall art to children’s toys, and has been lauded in Rochester-Rochester Hills Patch. Once customers have honed in on wares, staff can gift-wrap them free of charge, thereby eliminating the need to conceal them behind Groucho glasses.
The Funky Frog repurposes gently used kids’ gear and clothing left homeless by growth spurts. Package kids in top-brand shirts, skirts, and pants ($3.99+) in sizes 0–16 from brands such as Hanna Andersson and Mini Boden or simplify fashion quandaries in the formative years with prêt-a-porter two-pieces ($4.99+). A pair of sole-saving shoes ($2.99+) encourages emerging biped inclinations, and kids who prefer to be chauffeured via stroller can select their own set of wheels ($7.99+) or high-speed rails. Cultivate command-center skills in young astronauts with an all-in-one-place exersaucer, bouncy seat, or swing ($12.99+) or let them be king of their domain with a Pack n’ Play ($19.99+).
Family owned, Modern art is a 3rd generation jewelers, with the 4th generation beginning to work at the store. Located in Rochester, Michigan for more than 17 years, the store is conveniently located in the heart of the downtown area. Employees take pride in that their service is delivered with a genuine interest in quality
The savvy staff at Beadz 'N Bagz helps to accessorizes outfits with an impressive inventory of eye-catching handbags and baubles. Like a jewel-crusted styrofoam cup, accessories weld fashion and function into handsome packages, as seen with the delicate paisley teardrop key-finder ($10.85). Stylishly stash belongings inside a collection of handbags, available in an array of patterns and colors, Or opt for jewelry, such as a fully-metamorphosed butterfly bracelet ($18) or pocket-watch necklace ($22) to keep necks, ears, and arms eternally chic and punctual.
Known for its fashionable heels and comfy kicks, Sole Sisters has a devoted customer following and a store full of toe dressings that have earned it a spot on Detroit’s A-List for the last four years. Shoppers can perk up droopy little piggies with Bacio 61 wedges and heels ($139–$159) or Tsubo heels ($140), enabling the wearer to look sharp while meeting carnival height requirements. Members of the foot-liberation league can ventilate their trotters in Valdini comfort sandals ($83) and Madeline sandals ($29). Comfortable Tsubo walking shoes make a more practical option for the frequently bipedal than standing on the shoulders of a lumbering strongman ($100). Because armpits and elbows deserve attention, too, Sole Sisters also carries an extensive line of handbags from Frye, Tano ($230–$268) and Big Buddha ($39¬–$100).
The staff at Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt rejects the oft-touted claim that Americans don?t care about nutrition. The problem, they say, has more to do with selection than anything else; most low-calorie sweets don?t hold a candle to a fudge brownie or a warm slice of apple pie. They kept this in mind when crafting their frozen-yogurt recipes, working tireless to develop a healthy?and equally delicious?alternative to the dessert status quo by turning to decadent confections and fresh fruits for inspiration.
Their experiments thus far have yielded a variety of frozen yogurt flavors made daily, which take turns pumping through the self-serve machines that line their stimulating shop?s wall. Before taking a seat in a bright orange chair for an innocent indulgence, guests fill their dishes with cool, low-fat swirls of chocolate cheesecake, strawberry banana, and a classic tart that bites as pleasantly as a teething kitten. Juicy pears, crunchy granola, and gooey chocolate sauce headline a smorgasbord of at least 30 do-it-yourself toppings ready to scooped or poured into customized cups before their final weigh-in. Orange Leaf also offers no sugar-added, gluten-free, and dairy-free alternatives.