FunFlicks Outdoor Movies’ inflatable screens transform backyards, gymnasiums, and parks into pop-up cinemas, complete with the accessories needed to screen media of all types. Helpful attendants drop off and set up the screen for an evening’s viewing, along with high-definition projectors, DVD and Blu-ray players, and booming audio equipment or an optional short-range FM broadcast. Screens in 12’ and 18’ sizes provide intimate viewing for groups numbering in the dozens, whereas behemoth 45’ screens can support audiences of more than 5,000 or act as a comfortable air mattress for a sleepy giant. The rentals can also be used to display slide shows, video games, and live television, and additional amenities such as popcorn machines provide guests with theatrical comforts.
Since 1944, Ball Equipment has furnished customers not only with powerful, brand name outdoor equipment, but also a knowledgeable staff with the skills to keep their gear in proper shape. A collection of new and pre-owned Cub Cadet riding mowers, Troy-Bilt tillers and Husqvarna chainsaws keep nature at bay, while ATVs and snowmobiles by Polaris help adventurers get some much-needed wind in their hair. To keep gas-powered goodies in working order, engine professionals offer tune-up services ranging from changing oil and filters to replacing mower blades bent after an accidental collision with the kids' pet cannonball.
For more than 90 years, the experts at Henderson Glass have kept glass in cars, homes, and business in working order with their high standards for maintenance and repair. Cars shine like new after a windshield repair and replacement with a 20-month, 20,000-mile warranty available for purchase. The experienced technicians also handle glasswork for the house, ranging from replacement windows and storm doors to shower doors, custom mirrors, glass tiles, and invisible walls. Their services also expand into the commercial realm with procedures such as emergency board-up and installation of doors, glass partitions, and handrails.
Since 1950, the staff at Meldrum Brothers Nursery has stocked landscaping and design materials for both homeowners and contractors. Their bulk stones, mulch, trees, and plants beautify lawns for a more natural look than a yard of bedazzled astroturf. A sampling of their selection—which includes flowers, gifts, Christmas trees, and holiday décor—can be seen in their online photo gallery.
Inside a bright, serenely organized shop, long rows of BMX bikes salute riders with glossy frames and titled handlebars capped with colorful grips. Graffiti-style boards pepper the walls with skulls, sharks, and kaleidoscopic scripts, and marine adventuring beckons in the form of stand-up paddleboards and specialty surfboards. A staff of athletes of all stripes and terrain preferences helps guests sail through their wealth of options, special-order from hundreds of thousands of components not currently in stock, and discuss the practicality of converting the local public pool into a vert ramp. Buyers cull much of their men's and women's apparel from the Detroit area, including several hard-to-find brands.
The collection of ramps and half pipes inside Landslide Skate Park's 22,000-square-foot indoor skate facility offers a year-round haven for skaters of all skill levels. During private, group, or open-skate lessons, students master the nuances of kick-flips as experienced skaters demonstrate tricks and retired skateboards deliver instructive lectures. The park's foam pit provides a soft, cushy landing for skaters to practice aerial maneuvers without fear of injury, and a slew of private party rooms, flush with snacks and foosball, host birthday celebrations. Serious skaters can purchase top-of-the-line gear and apparel from brands such as Zero, Habitat, and Alien Workshop in the pro shop, or invest in a park membership for discounted access to the park and lessons without having to disguise yourself as Tony Hawk's legal guardian.