Indigo Salon & Serenity Spa takes its name from "Mood Indigo". Visitors might connect the music's smooth, classy tones to the gold walls and luminous sconces that line the salon, but jazz inspires more than the decor and the sassy hand motions that accompany a bold reveal. To the stylists, it represents creative versatility, the same concepts that enable them to deliver simple trims alongside bold color treatments. Just as bands can vacillate between instrumental and vocal finesse, the staff shifts gears from hair to makeup and spa services, all the while preserving a commitment to continual education and natural products.
At the styling stations, hair color from TIGI and Kemon transforms ’dos without harsh chemicals such as ammonia and PPD. Both the salon and the spa rely on botanically based formulas: Neuma vegan haircare products imbue strands with shine, and Decleor Paris skincare products contribute to custom European facials for the face or back.
Onsite massage therapists supplement aesthetic services with a wide range of modalities, including classic Swedish massage, hot-stone work, and reflexology combined with a soothing foot soak. During many sessions, such as reiki and craniosacral therapy, they employ noninvasive techniques, permitting clients to remain completely clothed instead of cutting holes in the clients’ shirts to access their shoulders.
As a doctor, Mike Sartorius knew that packing on pounds every winter and struggling to shed them the following spring was setting his body up for a major metabolic breakdown. Even after he finally decided to lose the weight and keep it off, it took him five up-and-down years to learn the habits that would lead to long-lasting results. Once he nailed down his five principles of staying fit, however, his body underwent a transformation. Before long, his career would follow suit.
Dr. Mike soon teamed up with his friend, Jerry Lockwood, to found VIP Training and Fitness. The boot camp, which draws on Dr. Mike's experiences with weight loss, proved an initial success and has since been featured on shows such as MTV's I Used To Be Fat. Dr. Mike and Jerry continue to host boot camps at two locations, though nine other trainers have stepped up to pack each week's schedule with 27 available classes. In all of these classes, trainers strive to maintain a balance between fun and intensity. They ensure their campers’ safety at all times by demonstrating proper form and using seat belts as resistance bands.
If it's meant to be treasured for a lifetime, it should come from Rottermond Jewelers. At least, that's what many Michigan grooms figure when they get down on one knee—so many that Rottermond keeps a running list of engagements that use their stones. It's these kinds of small, careful touches that snagged Rottermond a spot on wedding site The Knot's list of best wedding-ring vendors in the Detroit metro area in 2014.
In the store itself, Rottermond's passionate gemologists pair their old-fashioned attention to detail with a host of modern technologies. Customers can choose pre-cut baubles from labels like Rhythm of Love, Hearts on Fire, Scott Kay, Simon Golub, Valina, Martin Flye,r and Bridal Bell, of course, but they can also opt to design their own rings using 3D software. Even the repair services include lasers and other high-tech tools. Appraisals and gold quotes are among the remaining Rottermond services, but many visit the Milford and Brighton locations just to peruse the glittering wares.
It's a familiar scene—plasma TVs glimmer with football games as friends clink frosty glasses of brews over animated conversations. Still, MVP Grill and Bar sets itself apart from the standard neighborhood pub with its lengthy menu of eclectic dishes, which range from hearty American classics to fine Italian specialties. Its chefs whip up their own sauces for tender barbecue and juicy sandwiches, while inserting fine cuts of meat and fresh seafood into pastas, quesadillas, and other specialties. Chefs also fire-roast their own housemade italian flatbread before layering it with gourmet vegetables and cheeses to craft tasty paninis.
To complement the chef's top-tier menu, bartenders pour pints from a selection of more than 30 microbrews. Sports knickknacks adorn the walls in the bustling dining room, and outside on the deck, tropical-straw umbrellas that shade the patio furniture create the atmosphere of a far-off island beach or the exotic-fish section of a pet store. Throughout the month, the eatery hosts special events—including live music, karaoke, and trivia nights.
Like the finest landscape painters, Chefs Dave and Ryland look no further than their picturesque surroundings for inspiration as they orchestrate Black Tulip Grille’s ever-rotating breakfast, lunch, and happy-hour menus. The culinary artisans work with a foundation of fresh, seasonal ingredients supplied by local Michigan farmers, including tart cherries that have starred in sandwiches and refreshing salads mixed with greens and toasted nuts. Their gourmet burgers earn palate popularity with patties made of short-rib Angus beef, and arrive at tables with sides of housemade parmesan potato chips. For Black Tulip Grille’s specialty pizzas, the kitchen crew slathers marinara, pesto, or olive oil over hand-tossed dough before adding toppings and cutting each pie by throwing it into a patented ceiling-fan pizza slicer. Diners who eat with their eyes can savor the restaurant’s warm environment marked by its burnt-orange walls, subtle lighting, and dark wood bar.
Krav Maga Novi’s instructors help their students to master the krav maga fighting style in their fitness studio, but the techniques were not designed for studio combat. They are intended for street fights—more specifically, self-defense. Krav maga’s originator, Imi Lichtenfeld, was a champion wrestler and boxer, but he realized during World War II that traditional fighting styles were inadequate in unofficiated, real-world conflicts. And so he developed krav maga, which is now the official self-defense system of the Israeli armed forces. At Krav Maga Novi, however, instructors teach the style to civilians, from its basic headlocks and punches to techniques for defeating multiple attackers without first convincing them to form a conga line. Classes at the studio can also focus on specialty areas, such as ground fighting, kickboxing, and defeating opponents armed with sticks, knives, and other weapons.