Praised by patrons and local press, Ridley's Bakery Café crafts hearty sandwiches with quality ingredients on hand-sliced bread. Every morning, the eatery's bakers rise at 2:30 a.m. to watch their favorite infomercials and to prepare the shop's fresh bread, available in a half-dozen varieties, including asiago and sourdough. The menu satisfies sandwich devotees from all walks of life with vegetarian and low-fat options, such as the fat-free tuna-salad sandwich ($6.25). Teeth crunch through sliced cucumber, roasted red pepper, and lemon-herb dressing atop the turkey garden club ($6.50), while stomachs fill pastry vacancies with a rotating selection of savory 10-ounce muffins ($4.75), packed with herbs, seasonings, vegetables, and cheeses. Miniature explorers sail across the top of a 12-ounce bowl of creamy chicken-wild-rice soup ($3.35), occasionally docking at the edge of a bread bowl ($2 extra) or mistaking a piece of poultry for India.
Look + See's eyewear studio is as swanky as any art gallery, with pale-green walls lined with mirrors and sculpture-esq wooden shelves displaying glasses. Their stock of fashionable frames from around the world was smelted in the factories of top designers. Frames from OGI run between $100-$269, Vera Wang rims cost $150-$280, and Gotti’s chic eyeball offsetters are $315-$558.
Drawing on the company's two-decade history in the custodial industry, Suburban Commercial Cleaning's bonded and insured technicians wage war against dust in homes and business in the Troy area. An arsenal of all-natural and biodegradable products from Shaklee helps the techs to deep-clean interior surfaces without the use of phosphates, nitrates, or indentured porcupines as scouring pads. In addition to more specific services such as carpet cleaning and floor waxing, crews work with clients to design a custom cleaning plan to fit commercial or residential needs.
Heather Zara never misses an opportunity to tell a story. Before starting Zara Creative, Heather worked as a TV reporter for Detroit's local NBC affiliate and a featured reporter on Fox Sports Detroit's The Pistons Weekly.
The video chronicler combines her expertise at Zara Creative, which creates cinema-like digital films from commercials to full-length movies, including music videos and short features for charity events that are often attended by pro athletes or amateur basket-weavers. But Heather's best stories might just come from weddings. For these life-changing events, she shoots and assembles footage into trailers, highlight reels, and full-length films. She can even create outtake reels to highlight whimsical moments or review footage to determine who exactly caught the bouquet really.
In the midst of wedding-planning chaos, a Detroit bride-to-be hit a wall. She couldn’t find a quality photo booth nearby and within her budget. So, with the help of three tech-savvy friends, she made her own. The booth was such a hit at her own wedding that the four friends decided to open The Picture Closet as a full-time endeavor. In its short life span, the company has entertained partygoers, fundraiser-gala attendees, and wedding guests with whimsical booths that double as a good place to sequester people when the ex-girlfriend makes her speech. Each booth comes with professional attendants to help subjects get gussied up in a range of costumes and props, and they also come with two instant photo strips per shoot. The Picture Closet can even emblazon snapshots with a customized event logo.