Spicing up sex lives since 1992, Cirilla’s stocks an impressive collection of lingerie, accessories, and adult toys that makes it easy to see how it’s ended up on Nuvo's "Best Of Indy" list two years in a row. Catered to both slim and plus-size clients, the shop's sensuous apparel encompasses everything from stockings and teddies to evocative costumes that fog monocles quicker than an illustrated D.H. Lawrence novel. For silken and scented kneads, lotions and oils sprinkle shoulders and backsides, as do sensual strokes and maneuvers gleaned from one of several instructional books. Grab bags for him, her, and couples award patrons with a surprise assemblage of products from the boutique, which can range from lotion samples to life-size chocolate replicas of famous bridges. A welcoming, open-minded staff happily helps guests explore a trove of body-safe adult toys, such as the waterproof and flexible We Vibe 3, which causes vibrations as good as those spawned from listening to the Beach Boys during an earthquake.
The theme is simple at Heart of Michigan: everything in the store is Michigan-made. Owners Karen and John Wing support the local economy by stocking the shop's shelves with Michigan-made jams, ice cream, books, and beer. A recent profile of the store on the local news showcases the shop's many gift baskets, which include pre-designed options that focus on Michigan themes such as sports and cherries, as well as build-your-own options. For those who come into the store hungry, chef Ron prepares freshly made pasties perfect for a quick snack or a slow snack, depending on how fast you eat.
Tuesday Books’ trio of mom-owners stocks the store’s shelves with carefully selected books, toys, and educational games, assisted by their children, families, and pets. Pluck a kid-friendly tome from the castle-shaped children’s shelf or scour the adult stacks for a new novel to fill out a home library or a living-room book fortress ($3.99+). Alternatively, upgrade dusty tomes by exchanging gently used books for store credit before perusing the shop’s stock of previously loved literature ($2 for hardcovers, $1 for paperbacks). A selection of greeting cards ($3–$5 each) swiftly carries important communiqués to distant relatives, and various journals ($10–$20 each) record the chronicler’s deepest thoughts, secretest hopes, and cheesiest knock-knock jokes for posterity. Melissa & Doug art kits, toys, and puzzles ($8–$25) entertain curious tots, who can also toddle to the store for story-time events on Monday and Thursday at 10:30 a.m.
Owner Heather Fray draws from years of experience selling music in Lansing to stock The Record Lounge's shelves with quality vinyl from both famous and Michigan-area artists. New LPs ($12–$25) slide onto turntables to hum out fresh tunes, and a pre-owned selection ($5+ each) hides recordings that could complete an audiophile's collection or could shrink in the dryer to fit in CD players. Visitors can sift through bins filled with $0.50 and $1 titles to fill up empty shelves, or seek out vintage stereo equipment to repair malfunctioning decks. Slip into a band T-shirt ($16–$18) to show support for groups such as The Beatles and Rush, or don a Record Lounge business tee ($15), which grants its owner a 10% discount when worn on future visits. Painted records cover the interior with colorful portholes; one wall is devoted to music of yore, with posters from local shows, classic images of Michigan acts from the ’70s, and daguerreotypes of Orville Gibson smashing his first guitar.
Our hand-made, Fair Trade gift/decor store offers an extraordinary range of merchandise including stone carvings, pottery, jewelry, clothing, toys, musical instruments, coffee/tea, chocolate & more! Purchasing unique items provides support and hope for impovershed artisans in developing countries.
Hear You Go gives books their long-awaited voice with audio recordings of more than 3,000 titles. Tracks are embedded in the nurturing architecture of CDs, tapes, and MP3s, ensuring that listeners of all format preferences can kick back and follow their favorite gumshoes, romantic heroines, or gang of child art thieves through cliffhangers and plot twists. Lend your ears to popular new arrivals such as Carrie Fisher’s “Wishful Drinking,” Edward M. Kennedy’s “True Compass,” and Glenn Beck’s “Arguing With Idiots,” or let Hear You Go’s resident audiophiles track down hard-to-find and specialty books, ensuring that virtually any compacted classic lands in the palm of your hand. With both pickup and direct-mail programs available, you can easily enliven car trips, add intellectual stimulation to workout routines, and help obtuse houseplants attain sentience.