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.
Brighton Beads & More helps beadists, metal workers, and other artists fill their supply boxes and hone their craft. Experienced instructors teach novices and seasoned artists alike, helping them create custom art in a variety of classes. Students can sign up for skill-building classes?such as bead stringing, metalsmithing, and wire wrapping?or learn how to make specific pieces, such as fused-glass mirrors and decorative chains. The calendar?s many offerings allow guests to work around brimming schedules or coordinate alibis for ice-cream-truck holdups. Brighton Beads & More also encourages customers to place orders for supplies they don?t carry and request custom classes they don?t offer so the staff can attempt to leap through beaded rings of fire to accommodate those wishes.
Nestled within a two-story brick house-turned-knitting shop, Charlene Hatfield helps fabricteers weave their marks with an assortment of classes and needlework supplies. An instructor certified by the Yarn Council of America, she offers tips and techniques on the craft and leads classes on topics that include crocheting, cross-stitching, and knitting. She stocks her shop with an extensive selection of fibers to ensure customers won't have to search the ends of the earth for a particular style of thread or surreptitiously unravel the socks of strangers on the bus.
For over 30 years, 3 Day Blinds' technicians have sift through samples and unreel measuring tapes during in-home consultations, custom-fitting abodes with blinds, shutters, and shades. They handcraft and cut treatments such as faux wood blinds, vertical blinds, and flexcell honeycomb blinds that reduce light and are energy efficient. As they tailor-make each order, the staffers dress windows of all shapes and sizes, from an arch above a doorway to a misshapen wormhole in the attic. All of 3 Day Blinds’ products come with a limited lifetime warranty. After clients have made a selection, the team shows up just two days later to install the new window dressings or let customers do it themselves.
When Yourist Studio Gallery's founder Kay Yourist first touched clay at the age of eight, she instantly fell in love with the art of pottery. In 1984, this passion led her to open a home studio and begin teaching. When the number of students outgrew her small studio, Kay decided to open a facility that would fuse the aspects of a workshop, gallery, and art education center. Beneath the skylights of this equipped studio, Kay and her team of talented instructors lead classes that can take students from introductory to advanced levels. Boasting art degrees, international experience, and knowledge of any pottery wheel's circumference, the teachers use their expertise to design workshops that cover specific techniques and plan creative events. In other areas of the studio, reduction and oxidation kilns solidify freshly created masterpieces. Sculptures, pottery, and paintings populate exhibitions that introduce visitors to the works of celebrated artists, and free monthly video screenings tempt potters to fill their vases with popcorn.
Stuffed animals are our first friends as children, comforting us during long scary nights and on road trips to unfamiliar new solar systems. Chelsea Teddy Bear Co.?s employees realize how important these companions are to children, so they pay the utmost attention to detail as they stitch together soft, plush fabric, ensuring that the custom furry friends last a lifetime. The comforting pals range in size from 4.5-inch key chains to 20-inch animals that inspire reassuring hugs. Children can outfit their choice of a bear or other wild creature, ensuring that their companion is suitably dressed for tea parties or waging war on an infestation of Furbies.