The recently opened frozen-treat station packs cups and cones with heaps of delicate fresh-off-the-block ice shavings drizzled with a selection of up to 25 fruit-tinged flavors. Allow the creative staff to craft an inventive flavor combo or choose your own from a list that includes four sugar-free options. The list boasts taste-bud staples such as cherry and lemon, as well as atypical additions including cotton candy, bubble gum, tiger's blood, and lion’s mane. Ice barbers shave their frozen treats into small 8-ounce portions ($2.50 each), medium 12-ounce cups ($3 each), large 16-ounce contingents ($4 each), or whole blocks of ice that guests may karate chop into their own individual hunk of tongue-dying deliciousness.
At Tuffy's, motor-vehicle caregivers spruce up patrons' horseless carriages and prepare them for a new season of dutiful service. After installing a new oil filter, auto artisans remove the old sludgy glop clogging the car's arterial system and replace it with up to five quarts of 5W-30 or 5W-20 conventional motor oil (a $31.99 value; diesel or synthetic oil costs extra). The staff will also rotate tires to prepare four-wheeled wonders for safe gliding (a $12 value) and perform an inspection to make sure air-conditioning systems are functioning properly to bring riders to the brink of coolness faster than Fonzie’s leather jacket ($9.99). Finally, a pair of fresh wiper blades (up to 22")—grown locally by organic-blade farmers—supplants worn-out window-rubbers ($22) and a specialist conducts an extensive 41-point maintenance inspection.
Creative guru Victoria Martin II closely supervises each design project and event-planning service that gets contracted through Catalyst Events and Design, and her skilled coordinators craft personalized parties and wardrobe makeovers to match any budget or aesthetic. With offices in Toledo and Detroit, her planners tap into a vast network of vendors and suppliers, composing fun, inventive themes for clients’ parties, such as a Valentine's Day singles' mixer or a Bastille Day bounce-castle storming. As Catalyst’s party planners guide hosts through detailed budgets and invitation writing, its talented decorators and fashion experts breathe new life into homes, businesses, and personal wardrobes with style and space makeovers.
Aiming to provide a link between conventional medical care and holistic treatments, Beyond Basics Health Coaching helps its clients by offering nutritional tips and support. This personalized guidance begins with a one-on-one session, which allows one of the organization's nurses, dieticians, or nutritionists to meet with each person individually and discuss long-term goals. Based on this session, the staff then will devise a course of action that takes these goals into account. Beyond Basics Health Coaching's biweekly follow-up appointments and instructional cooking classes ensure that clients have the opportunities to learn how to effect dramatic personal changes in their lives.
Photographic craftsfolk Larry and Wendy Bosely—who have been plying their trade for more than 20 years—brought in associate photographer Bailey Setzler in 2006, creating an artistic triumvirate that offers portrait sessions for seniors, kids, families, and lovebirds. At their Temperance studio, they can arrange both indoor and outdoor areas for posing. They also hit the road and travel to their subjects to document important milestones, from walking down the aisle at a wedding to ripping apart a mortarboard right after graduating from high school.
Since the first swing in 1972, Tamaron Country Club's course has been sending golfers down an idyllic path filled with rolling fairways, swaying trees, and impeccably maintained terrain. Greens superintendent Mike Kaminski obsesses over the upkeep of lush fairways and carpet-like greens, ensuring verdant beauty, true roll, and infinite sleeping spots for mid-round naps.
On the front nine, golfers start their round with a shorter par 5, presenting a green that's reachable in two. The next par 5 on the side is hole seven, which presents the longest hole on the course, made longer by out-of-bounds areas on the left and trees on the right that force some players to hit an iron or an oversize gavel off the tee.
Though the back nine is shorter than its predecessor, it makes up for its lack of length in deceptive lies and fewer birdie opportunities. Before signing scorecards and mailing them as postcards, players must first divide and conquer hole 18, a tricky par 4 that forces tee shots over or into a bowl-shaped depression that must be carried to reach the elevated green.
Tamaron Country Club houses an indoor golf simulator, where golfers can play virtual renditions of 38 world-famous courses. The high-tech apparatus makes a round possible even in inclement weather and removes many of the hassles of real golf, such as lugging a bag or getting out of quicksand bunkers.
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