This cleverly-named home decorating store in downtown Traverse City offers a delightful array of boutique furniture and unusual home accessories. This is a high-end store with the prices to match, but the high quality and uniqueness of the items makes this a great store to find that one-of-a-kind accent piece to complete your home dcor look. Many of the goods are old-fashioned and vintage-y, but with a modern twist.
My only disappointment is that they never seem to be open when I want to go there!
Oryana?s Health Food store is the areas best place to find organic produce, nature-based cosmetics and cleaning products, and assorted frozen vegetarian foods. They also boast a vast selection of bulk foods including basics like flour, pasta, nuts, and dried fruit, as well as a fantastic assortment of herbs, teas, and spices. This store is also a great resource for environmental information about the local area, and the staff is eager to please. They even have a natropath on staff that you can consult.
This newly renovated facility is a mammoth mall-like version of a thrift or resale store. It is easily the size of a super grocery store, and offers second-hand merchandise ranging from home goods to clothing for the whole family. All of the stock is well organized and priced in groups, so all tee shirts cost the same, all pants cost the same, etc. Merchandise is clearly marked with sizes on color-coded tags. Each week a different tag color is half off the regular price! They even boast fitting rooms and a 10-day return policy.
This new art gallery recently opened in the ground level of the newly renovated Old State Hospital building, and is located down the hall from Stella?s Trattoria. It is a great little gallery that combines the best of local handicrafts with artsy souvenirs of the area such as books. They host an extensive range of unique jewelry and high-end decorative accessories. This is a great place to purchase a signature piece to remind you of your trip to Traverse City. The best aspect, though, is the staff. They are happy to let you browse and very informative about the artists and their processes.
The Sweat Shop offers a great combination of equipment, classes, and value. The gym was recently purchased by new owners, and they are in the process of renovating the entire facility. Almost all of the equipment has been replaced in the past year. The building has been given a facelift with a new coat of paint and friendly faux brick faade in the entranceway. The gym is busy but never so overcrowded that you must wait for a machine, and they have THE CLEANEST bathrooms and changing areas I have ever seen. They clean it at least twice a day?I?ve seen them myself. My husband says the same thing for the men?s area as well. Great value, especially the married couples rate.
This is one of the nicest, most well-rounded fitness facilities in the area. They provide an extensive range of equipment and classes to meet your needs. The staff is informative, friendly, and very knowledgeable. Not only does the facility provide physical therapy, but also sport and therapeutic massages. They are on the pricier side, but well worth the small additional cost.
This hair styling facility has been voted the best in family hair care in Traverse City, which is the main reason I first visited them in the first place. I am usually very particular about my hair and tend to be dissatisfied with stylists that do not listen to what the customer wants or perform imprecise cuts. At first I was hesitant to go to such an affordable stylist, but decided to try them out.
I was so impressed! You do not need to make an appointment as walk-ins are welcome, which is a tremendous bonus for me due to my hectic and often erratic schedule. Their prices are extremely reasonable. The stylists there are always friendly, well-informed on the latest techniques, and knowledgeable about their craft. I have seen men, women, and children of all ages in the shop, so they cater to everyone. They were even kind enough to allow my wedding party to get ready there?all 14 of us! They are very accommodating, and definitely worth a shot!
When Stella's first opened in the old state hospital building, I was skeptical at best. Who wanted to eat in some dingy old building that used to house the insane? On the other hand, however, I was pleased that the building and its architecture would be preserved and put to good use. So we made a reservation. They were not very timely, and we had to wait. Luckily, though, there is a lovely art gallery in the building that is a perfect spot to sightsee as you wait. The atmosphere itself is very intimate and dark, very romantic. The food is a sort of gourmet Americana with a tinge of Italian influence, with very fresh local ingredients and a menu that changes daily. The portions are small. THey ran out of the main course I had ordered, but made up for it with a free desert. The food is well prepared, and "fancy." It's great, for the area, but does not really stand out in comparison with other big-city restaurant dining.
CONS: Small portions, expensive
I searched long and hard for a photographer in this area, and was really appalled at the dichotomy in the profession. Everyone seemed to be either really expensive, but qualified, or affordable but did not do good work. I thougth I found a good middle ground with this vendor. The photographer was the owner, had a great deal of experience, and was very open to suggestons and accomodating to my needs. She seemed well prepared and intereste in pleasing me on my special day. She worked very hard, got all the right shots, and even stayed longer than planned. I was very pleased until I received the photos. They were just so-so, but not any better than the photos that my family and friends had taken! The posed shots were ok, but the lighting and composition was terrible. They were mediocre at best. I complained to her, but to no avail. All in all, she worked hard and got the job done, but I wasn't really satisfied in the end.
PROS: A for effort
CONS: Not great photos