If Dr. Frankenstein hadn’t taken up medicine, he may have taken on a different line of work after visiting One Twenty Three Skate Shop. Shiny boards, trucks, bearings, wheels, and hardware fill the store, just waiting to be assembled into a custom deck by some mad local street scientist. Shop owner, former skater, and screenprinter Kevin Frye is always around, unpacking and displaying new boards by Element and Toy Machine, shoes by Circa, or wheels by a negligent donut baker.
In an interview with Annarbor.com, Frye noted that the One Twenty Three inventory is based primarily on what local skaters have said they would like to see in a skate shop. He follows a personal mission to keep local kids active and is currently meeting with the Parks and Recreation Commission to discuss plans for a local skate park.
Maggie's Organics sheathes the silhouettes of conscientious dressers in fair-trade-certified, organic cotton apparel and accessories for men, women, and kids. A casual, sleeveless knit dress ($30) flatters bodies with stretchy, form-fitting fabric, and a cozy pull-on hoodie ($25) protects heads from heat-seeking paper airplanes. Add an elegant flourish to ensembles with a ruched scarf ($20), or nestle feet into the confines of tie-dyed socks, created by the use of small batches of melted rainbows ($13). Maggie's Organics' garbsmiths also outfit offspring in hand-dyed body suits, socks, and tights. In addition to ensuring a highly comfortable fit, Maggie's organic fabrics make earth friendliness more viable than mailing greeting cards to all the world's tectonic plates.
At Fantasy Attic Costumes, hundreds of costumes and vintage pieces are imbued with an aura of authenticity via accessories, makeup, and wigs. A baseball costume ($40) outfits revelers in a button-up, pinstriped uniform, and 21st century Marilyn Monroes ($30) keep dresses from billowing up against wind turbines. Pint-size candy seekers can carouse the neighborhood as the Headless Horseman ($35) or go glam with a gold-and-emerald sequined Cleopatra costume ($47). Additionally, Fantasy Attic Costumes supplies Michiganders with an abundance of Ben Nye makeup, accenting eyes with a pearl sheen ($7) or combining hues from various F/X color wheels ($11.00+). To top off ensembles, Annie wigs ($24) enhance hairlines and colonial wigs ($30–$33) transport wearers back to days when land ownership was determined by hair height.
Originally founded in 1959 by Kurt Ziebart as Ziebart International Corp., Ziebart has morphed from an auto-rust-prevention outfit into a full-service auto accessory and detail shop that has cropped up at some 400 locations in 30 countries. Performing everything from window tinting and professional detailing to electronics installation, Ziebart's experienced staff cares for cars with high-end products, including seasonal paint protectant and the company’s renowned rust inhibitors. To protect cars inside and out, Ziebart technicians also install accoutrement such as alarm systems to thwart thieves and sunroofs to thwart unflattering film negatives from processing correctly (services may vary by location).
Czech glass, polymer clay, and Swarovski crystals glitter along the walls of Stony Creek Bead's interior, waiting to add their sparkle to bracelets, necklaces, and baubles created by visiting beaders. Buyable jewelry crafted by local artisans also dots the shelves and displays, lending inspiration as they await purchase. The knowledgeable and patient staff leads the way to customer-created wares, referencing the shop’s kits, books, patterns, and tools, and leading classes on beading techniques, jewelry making, and lessons on why the “a” in bead is silent.
The florists at Norton's understand the thoughtful sentiment behind a vase full of velvety roses, a ribbon-strewn corsage, or a summery bouquet, handmaking each floral masterpiece to complement a wide range of special occasions. They owe their expertise to Norton's well-established tradition as a local institution and family-run enterprise—the shop traces its origins back to 1892, an age when men still wore hats, horse-drawn carriages roamed the streets, and a gift of flowers was a legally binding marriage contract. Today, Norton's creates gifts for nearly any occasion, from bright yellow flowers in a smiley-face vase for Get Well messages, to full-scale designs of arrangements and bouquets for weddings.
Emblazoned with the company motto—“We Deliver the WOW!”—Norton's fleet of brightly colored delivery vans travels throughout Washtenaw County seven days a week, brightening homes with Christmastime poinsettias, autumnal centerpieces, and romantic roses.
The hibernation experts at Mattress & Futon Shoppe help foster deep sleep with cushions from top brands such as Sealy, Stearns & Foster, and Corsicana. Well-versed in all forms of sleep habits, the store employees are happy to expound on the finer points of each mattress they keep in stock, which range from traditional innerspring beds to high-tech gel memory-foam mattresses. If your new mattress doesn't feel right or already has a family of monsters sleeping under it, Mattress & Futon Shoppe has a 100-day Don't Worry Sleep Happy comfort warranty, and you can return the unwanted item to one of 13 convenient locations.