Aquatic Adventures of Michigan is the joint venture of independent dive instructors Kim D. Parker and Tom Rhoad, who, after years of working with other dive shops, yearned for a place where they could stretch their fins, teach scuba their own way, and bellow sea shanties as loudly as they liked. Today, their PADI Five Star IDC facility is fast approaching its 10-year anniversary, and has grown beyond basic PADI training programs to incorporate everything from underwater digital photography to lessons in deep diving, wreck diving, and night diving. The shop's instructors are fully certified in first aid and emergency oxygen use, and provide factory-authorized service to big-name companies such as Poseidon, Genesis Scuba, and Dive Rite.
On top of offering certified instruction in everything from open-water diving to sea-serpent domestication, the crew supplies fellow divers with quality scuba, snorkeling, and swimming equipment. They also plan exotic expeditions to the Caribbean and tropical Pacific for warm-water dives, and divers looking to stick closer to home can inquire about day trips or weekend getaways to locales such as the Great Lakes or Whitefish Point.
Armed with an arsenal of premium products from Goldwell, Aquage, and Pharmagel, the staff of Bella Scappare Salon tends to tresses, nails, and skin in a heartwarmingly quirky salon. Vaulted, arched ceilings and decorative mirrors of every shape and size make the space feel like a blend between an iron-age train station and a Victorian home. At each wooden, antique-style station, skilled hands snip trendy haircuts, douse locks in all-over color or highlights, and fill out environmental compliance reports for the construction of elegant up-dos. Manicures, pedicures, and OPI Axxium gel nail services adorn phalanges with the chic style that garnered the salon a nod from Hometown Life for Best Nail Salon in 2011. Facials, meanwhile, leave mugs radiant with pharmaceutically designed anti-aging, acne-controlling, and eye-refreshing formulas. Massages strip away stress with Swedish and deep-tissue modalities, and full-body waxing services evict unwanted hair in a private room lined with ruffled fabric to muffle unibrows’ last-minute pleas for clemency.
If it's meant to be treasured for a lifetime, it should come from Rottermond Jewelers. At least, that's what many Michigan grooms figure when they get down on one knee?so many that Rottermond keeps a running list of engagements that use their stones. It's these kinds of small, careful touches that snagged Rottermond a spot on wedding site The Knot's list of best wedding-ring vendors in the Detroit metro area in 2014.
In the store itself, Rottermond's passionate gemologists pair their old-fashioned attention to detail with a host of modern technologies. Customers can choose pre-cut baubles from labels like Rhythm of Love, Hearts on Fire, Scott Kay, Simon Golub, Valina, Martin Flye,r and Bridal Bell, of course, but they can also opt to design their own rings using 3D software. Even the repair services include lasers and other high-tech tools. Appraisals and gold quotes are among the remaining Rottermond services, but many visit the Milford and Brighton locations just to peruse the glittering wares.
The Bogey Golf Tour grants golfers a chance to take to the links and compete against fellow amateurs in tournaments scheduled at some of the finest courses in the London, Windsor, Detroit, and Kitchener/Waterloo areas. At each event, scratch golfers compete in the Birdie division, 0–15 handicaps square off in the Par division, and 16+ handicappers trade pinpoint approaches and sequined divot tools in the Bogey division. The top five finishers in each division receive prize money—which can be paid out in gift certificates or cash—and the Tour also holds prize competitions for longest drive, closest to the pin, and 3-iron jousting. The Tour publishes the results from each tournament in local newspapers, and players can chart the peaks and valleys of their careers on the Tour Members list, which compiles all of their tournament results. Along with providing an outlet for amateur golfers to exercise their long-suppressed competitive side, the Tour and its sponsors have raised $74,000 for various area charities since 2003.
Whitmore Lake Golf Links is like two courses in one. On the front nine, golfers meander across scenic uplands, tackling hills and large, flat greens. In the second half, however, the landscape shifts to mostly wetlands, setting the back nine among boardwalks and teeing decks in the middle of the marsh. All told, wetlands cover much of the facility's 254 acres of property, where wildlife abounds as players conquer the par 71 course's wild challenges.
To prepare for the idyllic gauntlet, visitors can make a day of it at the onsite restaurant or the club's practice facilities. At both the driving range and a short-game area, golfers can perfect every aspect of their game, from their swing mechanics to the flute melodies they use to coax timid clubs from the bag.
Course at a Glance * 18-hole, par 71 course * Designed by Bill Newcomb * Total of 6,257 yards * Four tees per hole * Course slope of 132 from the tips * Course rating of 69.7 from the tips * Click here to view the scorecard.
Pure Heat Yoga and Fitness? instructors gently introduce beginning yoga students and more experienced attendees to the studio?s 75-minute blend of ancient yoga poses and deep, relaxing stretches performed in a space heated up to 105 degrees. During classes, students practice breathing exercises to focus the mind as bodies move through poses, fostering enhanced body awareness that can help out-of-touch students realize they?ve unconsciously been doing the hand jive for the past year and a half. As students execute the classes? carefully designed series of poses, oxygenated blood flows to the body?s various tissues.
Meanwhile, the studio?s sweltering heat loosens muscles, allowing pupils to sink deeper into stretches without fear of injury while pores eject pent-up toxins via the closest sweat gland. To stay hydrated, students guzzle a bottle of water about an hour before class or purchase one from the studio upon arrival. To handle posthydration sweat breaking, towels and mats are available to rent for a nominal fee.