The Holly Mill & Company offers shoppers wares that are born and raised in Michigan, and lets them customize beauty products to their own sniffing standards inside the historic 1917 Holly Mill. Design your own smellable destiny with more than 500 scents to mix and match, or go with a pre-blended bouquet of aromas, which can be applied to a covey of products. Custom fragrant oils (1 dram for $10, 2 dram for $15, .5 oz. for $25) or Himalayan bath salt crystals ($7–$15) kick fresh aromas into washtubs, and lotions, soaps, and massage oils (8 oz. for $16, 16 oz. for $22) keep skin smelling and feeling clean. Make memories at the office by lining your work hat with smoldering incense, which comes in custom scented (100 sticks for $25) or prescented varieties (100 for $15). Spicy up a Sunday afternoon or settle a rowdy stomach with the English-produced Mad Hatter tea blend ($14 for a box), which inspires patrons to shout "Tea Time!" and ask their friend a riddle after every sip.
The gregarious grocers at the locally owned Country Lake Market bundle up fresh cuts of meat while decimating cooking time for residential meal makers with prepared dinners. Meat seekers tote home pork chops, T-bone steaks, or pork sausages by the pound (prices vary) to grill up on backyard barbecues or give up to raccoon mafias running protection rackets. Muffle the rumbling chorus of a family of stomachs with the 12-piece chicken dinner paired with potato wedges, coleslaw, and a loaf of homemade bread ($29.95). An italian sausage pita ($5.49) satiates lone lunchers, and a whole slab of cooked ribs ($15.99) leaves customers with enough bones left over to cobble together a makeshift xylophone.
Ken Snook wasn't like the other boys in school. His classmates dreamed of becoming basketball players, astronauts, and rock stars, but Ken wanted to be a butcher. The teenager hadn't known it when he took a part-time job at a small butcher shop in Detroit, but he soon fell in love with the trade, developing a knack with the knife and a keen eye for quality cuts. After working as a butcher for years, Ken purchased Colasanti's Market and set up his own butcher shop amid its shelves of groceries and rows of produce.
Today, Ken continues to slice up fresh cuts of USDA Choice black Angus beef, housemade sausages, and fresh seafood. He can even provide an entire hog for a pig roast, complete with electric rotisserie, charcoal, and grill. Beyond his butcher shop lies an entire market of fine foods and groceries where friendly staff members bustle, directing customers to gluten-free goods and refereeing shopping-cart races down the dairy aisle. A deli staff whips up fresh sandwiches, salads, and party trays, and customers sip on complimentary coffee and peruse selections of imported wine and beer. Above their heads, a cheerful model train loops around tracks suspended from the ceiling. Outside, the sun beams on pots of colorful flowers, and ducks amble around a duck pond. The lively market even hosts special weekend events, from wine tastings to summer parties.
For more than 50 years, shoppers have ambled through the aisles of La Rosa Market and stocked carts with fresh-baked breads, deli products, and the essentials. Craft grandiose hoagies or time-sensitive sculptures with a diverse selection of Boar's Head deli meats and cheeses ($6–$9/lb.), or fuel barbecues with protein-packed bites of AngusPride Choice beef ($6+/lb.). Dough designers knead, toss, and roll floured mounds into freshly baked tongue warmers, including breads, pies, cakes and pastries ($2–$15). After culling enough rations to restock pantry shelves and vacant bowling-trophy cases, cart cabbies can browse a vibrant floral section that includes roses by the dozen ($9.99) and mixed bouquets ($7.99). Shoppers can also corral bundles of firewood ($4.99) to illuminate backyard gatherings.
The bakers at Marv’s Bakery's family-owned-and-operated business have been whipping up scrumptious baked goods from original and updated recipes for more than 45 years. Celebrate anniversaries of births, weddings, and days of the week with a black-forrest cake ($9.99/half; $18.99/whole), or embrace your inner Parisian by noshing on fresh baked breads, such as the cheddar-cheese white ($4.49) or french rustic ($3.59) bread. Overzealous sweet teeth can clamor around an array of mouth-watering pastries on display, such as danish rolls ($1.39), scones ($1.09), and cookies baked the old-fashioned way—with butter and plenty of Laurel and Hardy banter ($0.79 each).