We used After Hours for all our wedding tuxes. The young guy who helped us when we were first picking things out wasn't the greatest. Thankfully we knew what we wanted. Our wedding was at 11 a.m. on a Saturday morning, with pictures starting at 8. The tuxes weren't available until after 12 on Friday afternoon. When my husband went to try on his jacket, it really didn't fit. The sleeves were too short and it was tight across the chest. They were able to adjust the sleeves while we were there, but that didn't solve our other problem. They actually ordered another jacket , and brought it to the church by 7 a.m! I was completely floored by the amazing service we got from them. Sure, their personalities weren't sparkling, but they came through in a pinch and we were completely satisfied.
My husband and I were in Siegel's looking for rings countless times before he purchased my engagement ring set. The employees there were wonderful to work with and were so patient with us! They have wonderful customer service specials and great service overall. I had a problem with a pearl ring once, and they took care of it right away with no questions asked. I feel totally comfortable with anything I buy from there. They also have a great estate jewelry selection.
The staff at Fields Fabrics really know their stuff! They are willing to answer any sewing question that you might have, and will give input on your fabric selections and whether they'll work for your project. They always have great sales prices on top of their already good prices. Fields has a good selection of fabrics for clothing, etc... and a whole Home Decor center with materials for draperies, etc....
The John Ball Zoo is great for taking kids to; there are lots of things to do, and it's not so large that you're going to get overwhlemed (or overheated!) spending a day touring and looking at the exhibits. It's a zoo that you can really go through most of in a good portion of a day, with plenty of time for other things.
John Ball Park (located right outside the zoo) has great picnic areas that can be reserved for group events.
I have attended several large events at the Frederick Meijer Gardens. I think their facility is absolutely stunning, but it doesn't always work out well for large events. They have a hard time getting sound distributed throughout the space for corporate parties and receptions (in my experience). You are limited in your choice of cateres, and I've found that the more reasonably priced options have a hard time creating quality products for large (250+) groups.
I think the Meijer Gardens is great for touring and seeing the gardens, but I would not hold an event there.
The baked goods at Arnies are absolutely amazing! If I don't have time to bake a special treat for work, I get one from Arnie's. No one has ever been disappointed by them. I have their regular deserts, and their cakes for showers, etc... and they are excellent as well. Very good pricing for the quality of product that you get.
I will never forget the night that my then boyfriend (now husband) took me on a carriage ride. It was a nice winter evening and we went all through downtown. The driver made sure we were wrapped up tight in blankets for the whole ride. Our trip was about 30 minutes, and it was a great way to see the city and spend some romantic time together. Everyone should do this at least once!
The Kings Room is the only place my husband will go to get his hair cut. He loves their fast service (he's in and out in less than 30 minutes!) and they are extermely personable. Everyone always knows who he is and how he wants his hair cut. We definitely recommend them to anyone in the area; for the service and price, you can't beat it.
I was rear ended and needed a whole new back end put on my car, and new quarter panels. Dubois did an amazing job ... the car looked like it had never been damaged at all. They knew cost was a factor, so they went the extra step of finding a salvage bumper for me that was perfect for the car. I was exteremly happy there and would bring any car there that needs body work.
Stamp On It is just that -- a store about rubber stamping and things associated with it. They have the best selection of tools and supplies I've ever seen. I was able to purchase things there that I had never even heard of. I attended a 6 hour "stamp camp" there once and it was a blast -- you were able to try out all sorts of different techniques, tools, and products without being committed to purchasing them. Their classes are very good, too, and the instructors are amazing. Stamp On It is heaven for a rubber stamp enthusiast.