Patrons of The Olive Store can peruse a selection of elegant bottles to hold pure extra-virgin olive oils, olive oils flavored with ingredients such as Meyer lemons or porcini mushrooms, and balsamic vinegars imported from Italy. The shop also stocks pasta, cooking spices, and even EVOO-infused personal care products such as shampoo and lotion.
Oasis Hot Tub Gardens' Ann Arbor location offers 16 private rooms with temperature-controlled tubs, each depicting a different vacation spot. Retreat to the distinguished air of Isle Royale, bask in Vancouver's aqueous ambience, soak sore bones in the indoor atrium, or enter enlightenment in the Japanese-inspired garden. There are indoor and outdoor hot tubs for moistened loungers of all seasonal preferences, and each private garden comes replete with a multi-channel music system with an MP3 player option, an enclosed dressing room with shower, soap, and towels, plus free romantic air donated by the mother of all nature, Mother Nature.
Family owned and operated since 1924, Detroit Hardware Co. bolsters do-it-yourself home projects with an inventory of hardware, tools, and landscaping supplies. Handy men and women circulate tool-lined thoroughfares, picking up new garden tools ($2.99–$125) to beautify landscapes or new hammers ($4.99+) to pound nails or lumpy pancakes. Cast-iron cookware ($12.99+) heats heavy-duty meals, just as roasters ($12.99+) and bake ware ($4.99–$18.99) simmer savory dishes for holiday dining. As patrons tackle weekend to-do lists, friendly keysmiths stand by ready to replicate keys ($1–$4) for new roommates or encrypted computer files.
With 22 years of brewing experience, Malty Dog Brewery pours an assortment of handcrafted brews designed to seduce taste buds and tempt ambitious homebrewers with do-it-yourself recipes and homebrewing classes. During the 60-minute introductory class, carbonation creators maneuver through detailed instructions on how to use equipment, perfectly combine hops and malt, and harvest yeast from fields of abundant bread. Participants can savor a flight of four to five beers from Malty Dog’s taps, discussing each ingredient's impact on the flavor, as well as the correlation between foam on the nose and dignity.
Behind the counter at Twist Custard & Yogurt, a row of steadfast, stainless steel machines wait to deposit swirls of creamy custard into cups and cones, the sweet base of what will become refreshing, customized treats. At Twist Custard & Yogurt, fresh fruit toppings fill the counter’s bins, while candies, crumbled cookies, and cereals line its glass façade. Patrons can enjoy their creations in the cozy storefront, at outdoor seating in nice weather, or return home with quarts of custard in tow to feed their child’s imaginary pet unicorn.
With custom embroidery and monogramming services performed in house, Nancy’s Linens gives a wide variety of American and European linen goods a personal touch. Customers can choose from 14 different fonts and 11 monogram styles to help craft the perfect design for any gift-giving occasion. Celebrate the accomplishments and hygiene habits of a recent grad with embroidered towels ($30) and a complementary laundry bag ($25). Monogrammed robes ($45+), garment bags ($32+), and table linens ($17+) make beautiful gifts befitting a bride-to-be. Sleep-deprived parents can ensure the ability to recognize their own children with a personalized bib ($5+), cotton jersey ringer T-shirt ($15), or quirky print hooded towel ($35).