Whether you're wrapping a rectangle around your favorite still-shot or hunting for a specific tool or tint, Rainy Day's friendly, enthusiastic staff will happily assist in your artistic endeavors. The shop carries anything from Fun with Rock Painting kits ($9.95) to the Unemployed Philosophers Guild's Obamarama magnetic dress-up playsets ($12.99), as well as essentials for the established or aspiring artist, such as Prismacolor pencils ($19.31 for set of 12) and Crayola Ultimate Art Supplies sets ($21.19). On the custom framing side, the resident framesperts are equipped with a bounty of beautiful and inventive frames for a wide range of sizes. Though the pricing for elements varies just as much as their framed-in contents, framing averages around $15 to $25 per foot and around $145 total, depending on the glass, matting, and other options.
The hibernation experts at Mattress & Futon Shoppe help foster deep sleep with cushions from top brands such as Sealy, Stearns & Foster, and Corsicana. Well-versed in all forms of sleep habits, the store employees are happy to expound on the finer points of each mattress they keep in stock, which range from traditional innerspring beds to high-tech gel memory-foam mattresses. If your new mattress doesn't feel right or already has a family of monsters sleeping under it, Mattress & Futon Shoppe has a 100-day Don't Worry Sleep Happy comfort warranty, and you can return the unwanted item to one of 13 convenient locations.
With its vast aisles of fabrics and comprehensive roster of sewing classes, Haberman Fabrics inspires creativity among budding crafters and professional fabricators alike. Ogle an eye-popping array of textiles (starting at approximately $3.65/yard) that runs the gamut from bolts of retro printed oilcloth ($7.98/yard) to sheaves of modern, eco-savvy bamboo linen ($18.98/yard). Satellite departments house cavernous caches of bridal, home décor, and notions essentials. Congo lines of rhinestone and metallic vine motif banding ($10.98/yard) enliven drab dresses or hold rambunctious tresses in a glittering headlock, and cubes of high-density foam ($24.50) beg to be coated in graphic upholstery cloth. Fingers can paw through a multitude of buttons or protect themselves from insidious needles with jelly thimbles ($2.25 each).
If Detroit is the Paris of the West, then Paris of Royal Oak is the Versailles of Detroit, replete with enough fashionable fashions, accessible accessories, and antique antiques to tempt even the restrained, nun-like tastes of a somber Marie Antoinette. With a dazzling blend of new and vintage wares, Paris presents a browsing vortex for flamboyant fashionistas and reclusive heiresses alike. Wearable wares include an ever-changing roster of vintage threads, whereas new glad rags keep things young and modern with graphic tees ($24–$32) and funky skirts, such as the Desigual Sofia ($99). New jewelry ranges from retro glass cocktail rings ($24) to kimono-fabric bangles ($18), and antique jewelry ($12–$50) and accessories add a distingué touch to the wardrobe of any attic-dwelling madwoman. Purchase a slew of vintage handkerchiefs ($5–$12) to toss out of the Amtrak window to a bevy of besotted beaus, and reward the one who catches the most with a summery straw fedora ($24).
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.
Within The Shelving Store's cheery showroom, a cornucopia of boxes, bins, racks, hooks, creative storage solutions, and shelves beg to organize overflowing junk closets, structurally unsound pantries, and unruly woodshop Kewpies. With chrome wire shelving, uptight organizers can festoon messy abodes with functional shiny objects, such as the DIY wine rack to keep potent potables within their proper place. ShoeTrap shoe storage systems provide excellent kennels for foot-wrappers, while the Asian-inspired designs of decorative Zen shelving add a touch of feng shui to a cluttered space. Flustered parents can pick up candy-colored kids' lockers to help their spawn practice escaping from them before high school.