Modern Skate & Surf’s alternative-sports shop was founded in 1979 and has since hosted events frequented by Olympic and professional athletes—including superstar Tony Hawk—as well as earned a feature as Best Snowboard Shop in 2012 from Real Detroit Weekly. In Modern Skate Park's world-class, 60,000-square-foot Royal Oak skate park—one of the largest facilities of its kind in the US—skateboards grind across rails or glide over jumps, and inline skaters whiz over obstacles and BMX bikes hang in midair. Customers can build on their extreme-sports skills in clinics and lessons or rent out the facility for parties or high-speed chases. Committed to supporting the next generation of extreme athletes, Modern Skate Park offers discounts to students who bring in report cards sporting A’s and B’s.
In addition to the skate park, Modern Skate & Surf also maintains a East Lansing store that stocks snowboarding, skateboarding, wakeboarding, skating, and protective gear to facilitate exciting adventures.
English Gardens began as a single, family-owned nursery in 1954, and has since blossomed into a full-service landscaping and garden center with multiple locations, all owned and operated by second-generation family members. Each location facilitates both indoor and outdoor gardening projects. The florist department brings the outdoor flourish inside by arranging fresh-cut floral bouquets and gift baskets for all manner of occasions. Workshops and in-store presentations also allow the green-thumbed experts to impart advice on common gardening and decorating topics such as building a kitchen herb garden or housetraining a dogwood tree. During the summer season, English Gardens holds a summer planting sale as well as weekly in-store gardening tutorials every Saturday at 10 a.m.
No stone goes unturned at Infinity Jewelry, where quality stems from staffers' meticulous attention to detail and more than 25 years of experience. Twinkling glass cases hold everything from engagement rings to watches and impress savvy shoppers with nametags such as Elle, Rebecca, and Movado. A manufacturing department tinkers with precious metals to ensure custom, well-crafted designs, and an onsite jeweler can offer advice on a setting or a calculated insurance appraisal for patrons who think they've accidently inherited the crown jewels. Patrons can also utilize the shop's repair services to fix an antique trinket, or take advantage of Infinity's purchasing service to get money in exchange for their gold, fine watches, or best auctioneer impression.
In 1977, David Schwartz had to get his tennis racquet re-strung. Disappointed to find that the service would take three days at the local sporting goods shop, David did what anyone would do: he opened his own place to stock high-quality tennis gear and offer same-day racquet re-stringing.
That original 750-square-foot shop has since turned into the 19,000-square-foot sporting goods emporium that is The Tennis & Golf Company. Over the years, David has expanded his store's inventory beyond just tennis goods—these days it includes golf gear, running shoes, and general fitness apparel from the industry's top brands. The store also features demo areas, where customers can try out new racquets and clubs to make sure they feel comfortable and are not made of plutonium.
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.
With more than 3,000 products in stock and learned clerks, Organic America infuses would-be green thumbs with the supplies and skills to bolster indoor and outdoor gardens. The staff, which includes professional farmers and retired Swamp Things, educates clientele with seminars and in-store conversation. Weekly workshops detail the essential techniques necessary for successful organic or hydroponic harvests, including crop rotation and biological pest control. Behind the store's low-slung façade, verdant displays show the life cycle of healthy plants as they mature from seeds to flowers and eventually to parade floats.