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.
After shooting and editing video professionally for more than 25 years, n-code’s founders reeled in their skills to the shop, where they now shepherd video projects from preproduction through storyboarding and shooting. In the onsite video-editing suite, staffers cobble footage into video ads, corporate promotions, and documentaries. Beyond video production, the shop converts videotape to DVD and creates backup copies of DVDs and CDs. Mastering and printing services equip new discs with high-quality menus and labels, and the team of web designers can construct webpages for businesses and individuals, rather than forcing them to embrace technology via business cards that feature refresh-button stickers.
Originally conceived as a website dedicated to sharing information on rock climbing and mountain biking, Trail's Edge Cyclery opened its first storefront in 2003; a second followed in 2010. The shop's experienced mechanics and sales associates are all cyclists themselves, channeling their love of peddle-based transportation into comprehensive bike-repair, -rental, and -hypnotizing services. Biking gear and climbing gear from Surly, Cannondale, and other leading brands are sold online and at both analog locations in Plymouth and Milford.
For more than 65 years, Wesley Berry Flowers has bestowed beautiful bouquets upon local and long-distance clients. Four brick-and-mortar locations stand teeming with fresh floral formations such as bright yellow and white daisies ($26.99), which arrive bursting out of a glass bubble bowl, or a Hooray for Birthday mug ($39.99), which toasts birthday boys and girls with a decorated coffee mug packed with red, yellow, and purple flowers and a Happy Birthday balloon. Gift givers can charm friends and compel grizzled whaling-boat captains to reveal their sentimental sides with distinctive tokens that include the happy gaze of the Teleflora Party Bear ($39.99) and the luxurious rain-scented bath oils and salts of the Anti-Stress bath set ($34.99), bundled inside a blue woven basket. For wishful wooers, a dozen of Wesley Berry's fresh roses can be snagged in a spectrum of romantic hues, perfect for romancing a beloved or providing him or her with a pleasant-smelling set of thorny backscratchers.