At CrossFit Shift, the mission is simple: promote CrossFit methods while helping others reach their goals, no matter their age, ability, or physical needs. Throughout the year, the facility maintains a full schedule of workouts, including Foundations classes for beginners. In line with CrossFit's philosophies, CrossFit Shift challenges members and visitors alike with compound movements and short, high-intensity cardiovascular sessions.
The friendly staff at Evolution Games encourages visitors to roll the dice and shuffle the deck within their demonstration center, where players can get a taste of more than 20 strategic games before buying them. Customers can satisfy competitive appetites by snagging a Magic: The Gathering intro pack ($11.99), booster pack ($3.99), or booster box ($100) to slather with barbecue sauce and chew card by card. Players harvest grain and trade brick and lumber during the Settlers of Catan board game ($39.99) or play the part of railroad barons as they build tracks during Ticket to Ride ($49.99). Gamers can submerse themselves in an alternative, role-playing world with a Dungeons & Dragons starter set ($19.99) and a full line of rule books, maps, and dice. Like looking over paperwork for prenuptial agreements, the Munchkin card game teaches participants the value of making and breaking alliances ($24.99).
Book Trader Café stacks more than 16,000 titles of gently used books on its shelves, combined with second-hand DVDs and CDs that transform the inventory into multimedia brain food. Literary works and academic books on art, architecture, and paper towels line the store, their spines inviting readers to sink into their vivid and educational worlds. A cult-fiction section assembles an apocrypha of fringe scribes, photography books tempt eyes with their luscious pages, and a children's-book section tempts kids to burrow into a fort of words. Most titles average $4.95, and staff carefully curates each one to ensure a quality recycled collection sans fraying bindings or torn pages. While Book Trader Café's inventory rotates frequently, the online store lists troves of its selections and lets bibliophiles reserve books by phone. With new old books in hand, patrons can stroll over to the café to enjoy them and further sate their appetites for letters by reading the menu.
Captained by Betty "Toy Lady" Gillison and her son John Slagh, Toy Village has garnered praise from AllBusiness.com and Capital Gains for its vast menagerie of toys, games, and collectible dolls. Betty holds the 2010 Crystal Award for Industry Leadership, and has ensured that her fun-filled wares meet rigorous safety and manufacturing standards for more than 50 years. Whippersnappers can backtrack to medieval epochs with a Melissa & Doug Royal Family wooden-doll set ($20) and train a bright stuffed dragon ($32) to roast Lego bratwursts. A Playmobil giant-octopus set ($25) prompts youngsters to stage cephalopod duels at sea, and a game of Brain Quest States ($27.50) steers developing minds through geographical trivia about America's landmarks, cities, and geysers that whistle the national anthem. As those with a fondness for figurines peruse a trove of collectible dolls and bears, toddlers can dictate traffic at one of several play displays throughout the two-story farmhouse.
Sawyer’s Gourmet Pancake House serves a menu of breakfasts bursting with organic flour, all-natural eggs, and seasonal Michigan fruits all day long. Stacks enfold a variety of fresh additions, such as a triple-decker pile of blue cakes ($7.95) dotted with blueberries and smothered in a house-made blueberry compote, ideal for days when your skin has lost its blue tinge. Strawberries and whipped cream march into mouths in the Trojan Horse–like safety enclosure of the Patriot waffle ($7.45). While breakfast is the most beloved meal at Sawyer’s Gourmet Pancake House, lunch and dinner vie for diners' affections with burgers and sandwiches during the day, and steaks proffered at dinnertime.