In 1978, there lived a man who loved sweet corn. His name was Jay, and his affection for sweet corn was so enduring that he and his wife, Marg, planted an entire acre of the stuff. Later years saw the addition of pumpkins and a corn maze, and in 2006, their son Channing bought the farm with his wife, Amy.
Since then, Channing, Amy, and their sons have expanded to transform Strom's Farm into a family-friendly autumn festival come September and October. Fall weekends see wagon rides, pumpkin-tossing contests, hay bales, and fresh-baked treats. Of course, the corn maze is still there, but today it spans a whopping 6 acres. Puppet shows and homegrown popcorn, however, aren't the only passions that guide Strom's Farm. A portion of the proceeds from every autumn festival go to local and national charities.
Gerald and Elisabeth Blake established Blake Farms in 1946 with the help of their 13 children. In the 60-plus years and several generations since, Blake's has spread their operation to three locations across the metro Detroit area. More than 500 acres of orchard and farmland compose the family business, and during certain seasons, that land allows average citizens a chance to give their robotic fruit harvesters a rest and come pick their own apples, strawberries, peaches, and pumpkins. Blake's becomes especially busy with the arrival of autumn, when it hosts an annual fall festival, and Christmastime, when its U-Cut tree program lets families team up to chop down their own tannenbaum.
Alesci’s embraces family traditions. If it’s not already apparent by the third generation of brothers who co-manage the deli and grocer, it shimmers to the surface in the stories of old regulars and those who remember Grandpa Frank Alesci. Starting with Frank, and now for more than 50 years, the Alesci family has curated a collection of imported products, providing immigrants with the sought-after goods from across the pond. Beyond that, it’s a place for fresh, crusty bread, pizza, a myriad of cheeses, and deli meats sliced by hand. Inside the 7,000-square-foot location, shelves are lined with everything from polenta to biscotti, olives to olive oil, and peppers who share space with their natural enemy: the tomato.
At Michigan Cosmetic and Laser Dentistry, Dr. Mastis plies her toothy trade with the confidence of more than 25 years of practice and regular work as a lecturer and clinical adviser on advanced dental techniques. The office maintains its commitment to up-and-coming technologies by furnishing an arsenal of sophisticated devices and techniques such as digital 3-D impressions, Lumibrite whitening, and 21 dental lasers capable of reducing pain during oral procedures and playing games of tag with fidgety tongues. As new cosmetic products, such as Lumineers and Invisalign, add a healthful sheen and straightness to smiles, dentists help maintain overall oral health with preventative-care methods such as digital x-rays and VELscope oral cancer screening.