The Garmo family first opened the doors to Shoppers Valley Market in 1979, and its been stocking the store's grocery-packed aisles and bursting display cases by hand ever since. Vine-fresh produce spills out of bins and vies for the attention of customers browsing thick slabs of marbled meats at the deli station. Canned goods, household items, and spare shopping-cart wheels line the towering food corridors, delighting eyes with the sight of brand names that range from Dole to Duraflame, Mott's, and Ziploc. Just outside of the store, off-street parking allows visitors to leave their vehicles unattended without using their last genie wish to secure a space.
The knowledgeable staff at BetterHealth Store helps visitors to navigate a vast inventory of products for natural and nutritious living ranging from aromatherapy oils to gluten-free cookies. Natural, organic, and raw groceries from brands such as Amy's Kitchen and Nature's Path keep home cooking flavorful and wholesome, and a range of supplements, vitamins, and minerals helps to ease health issues, increase energy, or incinerate burritos that have overstayed their welcome. A wide variety of teas and coffees offers options such as fair-trade beans and yerba mate to healthfully wash down each nourishing morsel. Customers can peruse the prepared foods department, which includes salad bars, fresh raw juices, all natural smoothies, specialty sandwiches, and salads.
The meats and groceries at Pure Pastures come from small family farms in Michigan. Their suppliers raise their animals with sustainable and free-range practices similar to those before WWII, meaning the chickens eat vegetarian feed, the cows, bison, and lamb munch on grass out on the open range, pigs live outdoors, and none of them worry about the nuclear threat. Also none of the animals ever consume hormones or antibiotics, relying on a stress-free environment instead to ensure their health. In this way, the farmers produce organic meats with lower fat content and higher concentrations of healthy nutrients.
When perusing these meats in Pure Pastures' cases, patrons can find the right cut for most recipes. They might pick up grass-fed roasts, soup bones, sirloin steaks, or baby-back ribs, and staffers can track down special cuts should customers need something not in stock. For pre- or post-dinner snacking, Pure Pastures also carries organic cheeses.
Not everyone can say they've eaten food crafted by an Olympic gold medalist. But anyone who dines at Detroit Seafood Market can proudly add this to his or her resume. That’s because the restaurant's executive chef, Leonardo Vulagi, was the proud recipient of two gold medals and one silver medal at the 1988 Culinary Olympics at the Culinary Institute of America in New York.
Under Vulagi's direction, the staff meticulously creates mouth-watering dishes that flaunt the freshest crab, mussels, shrimp, scallops, and lobster tails available. White-jacketed servers whisk artistically arranged meals to tables as diners lounge in a spacious dining room accented by large, curved booths, sleek hardwood floors, candlelight, and shadow puppets created by diners nearby.
Located in historic Bricktown, Good People Popcorn invites visitors to enjoy volumes of fluffy, freshly popped kernels in its cozy, family-owned space with exposed brick walls. The shop crafts its gourmet corn kablooeys with real butter and local sugar and envelops them in a cornucopia of scrumptious flavors such as caramel, cheese, cinnamon, and chili cheese. Snackers can pull up a chair and enjoy a hot bag of classic butter ($1–$2), kettle ($2–$3), or cinnamon ($2.50–$6) corn with a glass of fresh-squeezed lemonade or hot apple cider. One-gallon tins filled with butter ($18) or a toothsome mix of crispy caramel and savory cheddar ($24) corn let patrons dash off with munchies to go, as well as a vast supply of fodder for DIY decorative garlands. Practical and pleasing mementos, such as men's and women's T-shirts ($10) and insulated travel mugs ($5) bearing Good People Popcorn logos, commemorate the art of this treasured treat, discovered after food scientists' disastrous attempts to pop eggplant and rutabaga.
Dollar Castle's shelves brim with everyday necessities such as groceries and home goods stocked alongside toys, party supplies, gift packaging, and seasonal decorations. Shoppers can prepare for the holiday season with gift boxes and Christmas decorations primed to turn any home into an exact replica of Santa's igloo. Party supplies such as dinnerware, table covers, and paper products help to host extra guests, while storage containers are ready to stash away leftovers or the especially good pie that never got served. While perusing the aisles, customers can also stock up on cozy gloves, mittens, and scarves. Much like the exchange rate for a Sacagawea coin, most items in the store go for $1.