Ed Jenuwine began selling cigars in 1947, and his brothers John, Jim, and Lee joined him shortly thereafter. In the years between 1947 and 1988, they moved their shop to three different locations, all within two blocks of the house they grew up in. Today, the cigar empire they built operates out of locations in Troy and Sterling Heights, both of which feature humidors larger than 2,000 square feet and are stocked with thousands of different brands of cigars. Both boast comfortable smoking lounges with large televisions and WiFi access to give puffers a peaceful place in which to blow smoke rings, relax, or summon the ghost of Groucho Marx. The Sterling Heights location also sees bartenders pouring 78 types of scotch and other libations and hosts live music on Thursday and Friday nights.
In defining their style, men often have to choose a side: functionality or self-expression. Bachrach, however, fuses the two together with
a collection that is equal parts dressy and casual. Established in 1877, Bachrach has been outfitting men for the biggest interviews of their lives or just fun nights out on the town with a diverse and versatile lineup of suits, dress shirts, ties, and pants. Beyond that, the company leaves no detail unnoticed by maintaining an equally robust selection of accessories. It includes cufflinks, tie bars, and even cologne so guys don't have to borrow a friend's or stuff their pockets with fresh-baked cookies just to smell good. With 36 locations in 15 states and a bustling online store, Bachrach makes browsing its collection quick and simple.
Though Macy's is primarily known for its clothing and home decor, the renowned department store is just as adept at feeding its customers as it is at fashionably clothing them. Inside the retail haven's many locations, casual eateries welcome shoppers with classic American dishes updated with fresh ingredients. Lighter plates, such as chopped salads and turkey sandwiches, are served up alongside favorites including grilled burgers and Alaskan cod and chips. Hearty, homestyle entrees of oven-baked meatloaf, chicken pot pie, and macaroni and cheese complete the menu.
CUSP, a sister boutique of Neiman Marcus, lines its shelves with apparel and accessories that set wardrobes afire with the flames of fashion. Labels range from trendy (J Brand) to ultra chic (DVF). Protect your hands from atmospheric wear with a pair of ivory knit mittens with a faux fur lining ($44), slick up kickers with zebra-print fleece welly socks ($40), or stand out in a Amanda Uprichard red silk dress ($194). Torsos, which threaten secession whenever they're not dressed in classy duds, can be appeased with a Phillip Lim 3.1 tank ($95), a black burnout linen piece with a racerback and the words "cool," "easy," and "nice" on the front.
Nordstrom Rack houses a dizzying array of high-fashion brands—some of it from the Nordstrom shelves and some of it straight from top-tier designers—that it sells for as much as 70% off retail prices. Every store stocks an average of 25,000 pairs of shoes, a foot-feast featuring hundreds of designer brands. Gals can suit up for slick, soggy streets with a duo of Report 'Louise' faux suede convertible boots ($46.90), while guys can stylishly saunter in a pair of suede-overlaid New Balance retro running shoes ($39.90). Nordstrom Rack's extensive collection of designer jeans keep wayward legs from impersonating arms, and with a bevy of items for women, men, juniors, and children, Nordstrom Rack's expansive stock is sure to please the palate of any hanger-hungry wardrobe.
Oakland Mall provides a premier Santa habitat, complete with a fun-filled game zone, a magical holiday train, and plenty of face time with Father Christmas. Wee ones have the chance to tell Santa exactly what they would or expressly would not like to find under their yuletide conifer, and parents can preserve the encounter with one of the convenient photo packages (starting at $15.99). Family units can also take advantage of the festive holiday backdrops for group shots, and a free online photo is included with every order. This Groupon can also be used toward tokens for train rides or as elf bait (token prices range from $2.25 for one to $12 for 10).