Paint and Pour hosts parties at their studios in Ann Arbor and Brighton, as well as restaurants and bars across Metro Detroit. Students can fill their canvases with whimsical images that range from tropical sunsets and romantic strolls in the rain to teddy bears. Each class focuses on a single painting; after they settle at their easels, students listen in as a seasoned instructor leads them through a step-by-step recreation of the night?s piece.
I Wish Lessons’ professionally guided classes convene in various venues throughout Chicago, Boston, DC, and Detroit, uniting and educating like-minded learners in vibrant social settings. The company’s hundreds of teachers have educated countless learners while introducing them to new friends and planning private events, including birthday parties and baby showers. Classes broach a multitude of engaging, lighthearted subjects, such as beer and bacon pairing, scotch tasting, cupcake decorating, and sushi rolling.
While children have playgrounds and arcades as places to find fun, adults have places like Franklin Fine Wine & Cafe. Home to a dizzying array of wines and craft beers, Franklin Fine Wine & Cafe also satisfies appetites, dishing out more than a dozen different made-to-order sandwiches and specialty pizzas that are perfect for a quick lunch, dinner, or snack during the intermission of a drag race. The Hawaiian Volcano pizza anchors the shop's selection of pies, scorching taste buds with a spicy combination of ham, bacon, pineapple, and jalapeno. During their visit, patrons can also check out the shop's cigar room, and on Friday nights, they can try out new wines during free tastings.
According to the Haberman family, we are in the midst of a sewing renaissance. Having been in the business of selling a variety of fabrics, sewing supplies, and accessories since 1958, they should know. Owner Toby Haberman sees sewers inspired by TV’s Project Runway and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition wander the aisles of Haberman Fabrics’ 18,000-square-foot store, considering silks, lace, denims, or velvets for their projects. Many of them stay for sewing classes, in which both novices and intermediate sewers can learn new skills or wear thimbles on every finger.
Founded by car enthusiasts, Detroit Motor Apparel outfits bodies in screenprinted duds that espouse a love of all things motorized and Michigan. Featuring the graphic designs of Michigan-based artist Chris Weber, shirts and decals boast cleverly reinterpreted classic logos or original illustrations that celebrate the state's automotive heritage or decry the idea that Michigan is just Indiana's hand puppet. T-shirts, sweatshirts, and team apparel can also sport custom-ordered designs limited only by the imagination of the requestor and the fact that Detroit Motor Apparel does not yet deal in tutus.
O’Tooles offers a massive menu of Irish-inspired American fare, sure to please that dashing ex-Emerald Islander in your jazz aerobics class. The juicy beef tenderloin bites ($9.99) are char-grilled to order and served with the house houseradish sauce to properly lubricate the palate for delicious beers and bite to come. Appetized seafarers can dive into the battered and fried calamari ($7.99), with two dipping sauces and lemon wedges. Savory sandwiches and burgers, such as the corned-beef and kraut-or-slaw-stuffed Celtic reuben ($8.49) or the customizable burger ($6.99) with more than 20 available toppings ($0.29¬–$1.29), satisfy diners' desires to hold hands with their meals in public for once. Hearty entrees offer an eclectic selection of plated proteins. Meat enthusiasts should opt for the award-winning ribs ($13.99–$22.99), smothered in tangy barbecue sauce, while pescevores needn't go fishing with a bounty of flavor in each forkful of the lobster mac 'n' cheese ($12.99) or Guinness-battered fish and chips ($9.99–$13.99). Wings, salads, soups, and pizza round out the menu, ensuring each member of your book club or fight club will emerge from the dinner satisfied and fully fed.