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.
Heritage Rug Outlet doesn't just sell rugs; they sell the world’s next generation of heirlooms. Their collection spans the spectrum of floor-covering possibilities, tempting homeowners with contemporary, traditional, and antique rugs from across the globe. Helpful staffers happily assist shoppers who need to match their rugs to a specific color swatch, ensuring they get the perfect rug for decorating a room or flying on with a princess. Completely devoted to customer service, staffers will also special order certain pieces, deliver them, or even bring them by to see how they fit in a room with no obligation to buy. Heritage recommends rug cleanings every four to five years, which they happily perform; their expert methods can be seen in the pristine preservation of a 100-year-old Iranian Persian rug that they keep onsite.
If you hate it when you hit your smart phone with a hammer and the screen cracks, you're in luck. The Pod Drop's tempered glass screen protectors are strong enough to withstand hammer blows, and have won the repair center celebrity fans including Kim Kardashian and Kevin Durant. The father-son duo behind the shop makes screen protectors to fit most devices, including iPads, iPhones, Samsung phones, and the touch screens that have started growing into people's foreheads.
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
Carrie Lozier began by teaching students how to play piano from her home studio in 2003, with just 10 students on her roster. By 2011, Lozier Music had 70 students enrolled and new digs of its own. Staff began by teaching only piano, using the Simply Music method, which emphasizes being able to play music before being able to read music, in the same way children learn to speak before they are able to write long letters to the editor about rescheduling Yo Gabba Gabba during naptime. Some of the concepts of this method is translated to other instruments, where classes mirror four steps on learning to play. First is immersion, where students up to age 5 get comfortable being surrounded by the sounds of music; then introduction, where they learn to makes sounds with instruments; finally, musical instruction followed by integration, where musicians learn to play together with other musicians.
At Mattress Closeout Center, the staff uses negotiation skills to continuously replenish a diverse inventory of brand-name mattresses—many of them culled from factory overstocks, liquidations, last-year models, and overruns. While grazing through one of the brand-name liquidation center's four locations, guests can sip a cup of complimentary Starbucks coffee or bottle of Coca Cola and research consumer reviews and retail prices on the store's iPad. Mattress Closeout Center also provides exact lists of inventory and pricing online, with a comparison of the store's discount prices beside the normal retail prices. The store's well-established rapport is also backed by myriad testimonials from satisfied sleepers and bounce-happy trampoline enthusiasts.