An eclectic inventory of celebratory combustibles lines the shelves inside each of Pro Fireworks' 10 Michigan storefronts. Each store appeals to clients' inner pyrotechnic with everything from fire fountains to artillery shells that launch into the clouds and bloom into fiery flowers, thundering like the rattling sabers of a thousand George Washingtons. The explosives emporium also hosts kid-friendly novelties, such as sparklers, snappers, and poppers.
Lorenzo Lizarralde's two passions—winemaking and aeronautics—may seem unrelated, but they coexist in harmony at Chateau Aeronautique Winery. There, the winery shares its space with an airplane hangar and grass runway on which the vintner frequently lands his 1956 Cessna 172. Fermented from Michigan grapes, the chateau's handcrafted wines span the gamut, from dry to semisweet, wafting strawberry bouquets, apricot aromas, and floral notes.
To spotlight his elixirs, Lorenzo regularly hosts events amid his idyllic environs, which take inspiration from the wineries in Bordeaux, France. Guests traipse across the grounds en route to a gazebo or the hangar, where they can revel with up to 80 fellow sippers. For more intimate flavor exploration, they flock to a private tasting room, replete with an ornate, wooden bar that provides the coziness of a grandparent's wine cellar, but with more wine and fewer Clark Gable posters.
At the non-profit Caron's Crazy Corral, rescued horses and at-risk youth help each other heal and grow. The American Paint Horse Association-affiliated facility pairs each youngster up with their own horse so that he or she can learn responsibility and form a lasting bond with the animal. All proceeds from lessons offered to the general public—available in Hunt Seat, Western, Saddle Seat, and Barrel Racing—go toward helping the farm accomplish this mission. Above all, youngsters, casual riders, and committed equestrians share in the mutual passion for horses, regardless of whether they're enrolled in a lesson program, taking a casual trail ride across the corral's 20 acres of land, or just shopping for tack for their favorite merry-go-round.