At Five15's weekend bingo matches, players don't come to win a jackpot or to appease their grandmothers. They come for the drag queen hostesses and their good-natured abuse, adult humor, and vivacity. A rotating roster of queens includes Sabin, September Murphy, and the acerbic comedienne Lauren Jacobs AKA the Queen of Mean. Clustered around round tables, sipping smoothies or chai lattes from the full coffee bar, the patrons of Drag Queen Bingo defy categorization?gay, straight, men, women, and even the occasional 90-year-old, according to the Detroit Free Press. Each patron is fair game for the hosts' humorous darts, especially when they pick up their prizes. Historically, adult-themed prizes have included mugs, T-shirts, and clippings from the Wall Street Journal. _ Detroit Free Press_ quotes a patron as observing, "It's not my mother's bingo. It's nobody's mother's bingo."
Almost 100 years ago, Peter J. Oberweis found himself with a surplus of milk. Rather than throw it out or freeze it into popsicles, Peter began selling it to his neighbors, an endeavor that was so popular that he began a milk-delivery service in 1927. Fast-forward to today, and Oberweis Dairy still delivers glass bottles of creamy milk to doorsteps. The small family-owned dairies that produce milk exclusively for Oberweis pledge never to use artificial growth hormones, therefore imbuing craft cheeses, super-premium ice cream, and yogurt with fresh, unobstructed taste. Oberweis partners with other like-minded companies to deliver such items as certified-humane Phil’s Fresh Eggs, Chuckanut Bay Foods cheesecake, and Connie’s Pizza to homes or to sell them at the company’s various retail locations.
Before Pam Turkin flung open the doors to the first Just Baked in 2009, she was just baking cupcakes on the weekends. But after her corporate travels took her past a growing number of cupcake shops outside of southeastern Michigan, she decided to turn her hobby into a career. She now helms 17 shops in the area, where she and her staff of dessert experts whip up eclectically flavored cupcakes such as red velvet cheesecake, chocolate chip cookie dough, and grumpy cake. In addition to the mouthwatering flavors, all of their items boast real butter, real eggs, and real milk as opposed to artificial ingredients from artificial cows and chickens.
cup.cake's brother-sister baking duo, Eva Watt and Leon Ochoa, handcraft a fresh batch of palate-friendly cupcakes daily in-house. Using the finest Michigan-made ingredients, they create a shifting menu of explosive flavor combinations that blow open vaults of hidden taste buds. Pick a polished classic or try one of the unexpected infusions, such as the minty mojito, the savory maple bacon, or the Almost Death by Chocolate ($2.75 each or $27 per dozen). For more adorable bites, order any cupcake in mini form ($1 each or $10 per dozen) and be ready to fight the urge to pinch its frosted cheeks. European palettes can also opt to partake of a scrumptious Parisian macaron, available in a variety of colors and flavors. Specially blended coffee, which is roasted locally by Chazzano Coffee, and a variety of lattes help complement cup.cake's crave-worthy creations and provide energy for hours of scholarly research into the evolutionary biology of the sprinkle.
Despite the fact that they sell frozen treats, Swirlberry isn't synonymous with sweet—their artisan-made frozen yogurt embraces crisp, refreshing flavors that aren't overloaded with sugar. The machines at each location dispense classic variants such as Greek tart and vanilla, fruity spoonfuls of pomegranate and strawberry, as well as Hershey's ice cream and vanilla custard. Even the flavors that skew toward desserts—birthday cake, for example—are still low-fat and don't overpower the palate.
Every flavor is also kosher, gluten-free, and host to four active live cultures that may aid in digestion. And, Swirlberry's resident yogurt mixologist keeps the menu fresh by inventing seasonal flavors, rather than by combining chocolate with vanilla and calling it "mystery taste." Guests can embellish their yogurt with toppings that run the gamut from fresh fruit and berries to cereal bits and chocolate chips. More decadent non-yogurt treats such as vanilla custard and Hershey's ice cream are also available.
Tasi sails on seas of blended fruit with its selection of smoothies ($4.15–$4.75). Lou Ferrigno impersonators can opt for the Hulk, a fabric-ripping monster of soymilk, peanut butter, banana, and honey, while Californian coconut collectors can jumpstart their mornings with the peach-mango-strawberry kick of the Triple C. Those preferring more punch in their pureed potion can get a power smoothie ($4.55–$5.35) with a shot of whey protein or espresso, while mountain-lion tamers and hangover havers can juice up the bio-batteries with an energy smoothie ($5.89–$6.60). Tasi also offers customizable raw juices ($4.25–$5.19), coffee ($1.50, $1 if you bring your own cup), and wheatgrass shots ($2) for those looking to imbibe liquefied energy in an unsmoothed way.