Nov. 24 2010 12:00 AM
Craig Mitchell Smith Glass Gallery

Located in the Macy’s Wing of Meridian Mall 1982 W. Grand River Ave., Okemos (517) 420-3721 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; noon-6 p.m. Sunday

The Glass Gallery, which recently opened in Meridian Mall, has a wide selection for any holiday shopper in the market for art or decorations. One attraction is, of course, Craig Mitchell Smith’s National Christmas Tree Ornament, featuring the figure of a cardinal ($75). The gallery also sells hand-cut glass snowflakes of varying shapes and sizes ($30 for the small, $50 for the large), and icicles ($9.50 each, or 10 for $75) that would make great ornaments on any tree.

Other potential holiday items include glass leaves ($15-$90) and prints of the gallery’s larger works.

Saper Galleries and Custom Framing

433 Albert Ave., East Lansing (517) 351-0815 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; 10 a.m.- 9 p.m. Thurs.; 1 p.m.- 4 p.m. Sun. (through Dec. 19)

This art gallery has a variety of oil pastels, from realist to impressionist and abstracts. Impressionist Michael Callihan from Rockford specializes in painting landscapes, while Kathleen Chaney Fritz transforms photographs into landscape art. Although Fritz and Heiser’s original works are in the $400-$950 range, smaller prints for Fritz’s works are available for $39. If you’re looking for something else in the lower price range there are also books like “Tears of Mother Bear” and “Gitchi Gumee,” both illustrated by Fritz and priced between $17 and $19. Other pieces include Paul Varga’s unusual bronze sculptures with wooden casts ($3000-$4500), Randall Higdon’s abstracts ($400-$950), Peggy Lynn Smith’s still life pastels ($600- $1200) and the works of Michigan artist Janet Baughman ($900).

Massage & Therapeutic Bodywork

2456 N. Cedar St. Holt (517) 281-6550 Seven days a week by appointment

Through her extensive dance background, Brigitt Boucha is able to help mid-Michigan residents sculpt their bodies into lean, mean fitness machines.

With two types of yoga classes (at only $5 per session), a variety of massage styles (including deep tissue, hot stone, medical, and sports massages) and tips on stretching and physical body work, Boucha’s expertise can get you on the right path. And if it’s someone else you’re trying to motivate, she’ll mail you gift certificates. Discounts are offered to couples, students with ID, seniors and military, and punch cards can help you save over the long haul.

A Piece o’ Cake

4966 Northwind Drive East Lansing (517) 333-6881 Tues.–Fri.: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat.: 9 a.m. to noon Closed Sun./Mon.

This year, owner Kelly Kobus’s awardwinning cakes were featured on the Style Network, making you exactly two degrees of separation from “Life in the Fab Lane,” if you order one of her almost-too-gorgeousto-eat custom-made cakes (starting at $30).

A Piece o’ Cake goes gluten-free on Tuesdays to accommodate all mid-Michigan coeliacs. Adding to her repertoire of cupcakes, breads and cookies (and utilizing her Parisian training), Kobus recently branched out into the production of macarons, which are little hamburger-shaped cookies that are light, colorful, full of flavor and perfect for the sweets-lovers that made Santa’s “Nice” list this year.

Aggie Mae’s Bakery & Sweet Shoppe

Lansing City Market 325 City Market Drive Lansing (517) 214-2765 Tues.–Fri.: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sat.: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Sun./Mon.

It’s nearly impossible to walk past Neva Austin’s stand inside the Lansing City Market
without slowing down and taking in the sights and smells of her daily
creations. A rich selection of artisan breads, cookies, cheesecakes and
scones beckons you in, and this month there’s another special little
something putting a twinkle in everyone’s eye: the glitter balls.
Perfect for a stocking stuffer, an edible centerpiece or to bribe Santa,
the intensely flavored treats are a cross between shortbread and sugar
cookies. Flavors include eggnog, chocolate mint and peppermint, with
Kahlua, champagne and cosmopolitan varieties on the way.

Tallulah’s Folly

1220 Turner Street, Sweet B, Lansing (517) 485-4166 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun.

Tallulah’s Folly
houses a collection of eclectic items to suit any fancy. The stock
changes almost weekly, with some locally made items available for the
holiday season. From Grand Rapids, Tallulah’s Folly has “Smittens” that
were created from old sweaters. The “Smittens” come in a variety of
different designs and colors ($40).

Besides knitwear, Tallulah’s Folly also features many locally made sauces and treats.

Sass, in Livonia, offers a sauce comparable to barbecue and can be used
in a variety of ways. Mrs. Dog’s, out of Grand Rapids, makes green
chili pistachios, hot pepper sauces, mustard and even marinades ($8 to

Splash of Color

515 E. Grand River Ave. Suite F East Lansing (517) 333-0990 Mon.–Sat.: noon to 10 p.m. Sun.: 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Forget diamonds: If
you really want to give the gift that lasts forever, a tattoo from
Splash of Color will truly make your gift most memorable. Besides
offering the safest, cleanest piercings and tattoos in the state, Splash
of Color also has a full jewelry section, and will do special orders if
they don’t have what you want. All jewelry is surgical-grade steel and
solid gold, and through the end of the month, they’re offering a buy one
pair/get the second pair (equal or lesser value) half-off for all
organic jewelry.

Marika Sara Schmidt at Kevena V’s Day Salon 4964 Northwind Dr. East Lansing (517) 332-0258 Open for appointments Tues.–Sat. Closed Sun./Mon.

Sara Schmidt is a European-trained esthetician with over 30 years of
professional experience. And no, it’s not just for celebrities. “Getting
a European facial is like exercising,” Schmidt says. “You can do it
once just to feel good, or you can do it regularly to get your skin
looking younger and allowing
your natural beauty to come out.” European facials are much deeper than
traditional ones, involving connective tissue massages that activate the
body’s metabolism to naturally detoxify skin. The result is a
blissful-looking complexion that allows you to wear less makeup. What
better way to start the new year than with a new face?

Market Place Massage

Lansing City Market 325 City Market Drive

Lansing (517) 712-6471

MarketPlaceMassage Tues.–Fri.: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sat.: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Holiday Open House • Black Closed Sun./Mon.

Whether you know someone
who could use a 20-minute vacation from reality, or you just need a
quick rubdown after shopping all day, Market Place Massage provides
therapeutic seated-massage in a friendly, convenient setting. The
professional massage therapists are also available for corporate and
private events if you want to treat your officemates to a relaxing
end-of-the-year treat. Market Place Massage provides full body massages
and other therapeutic work, with specialists focusing on reflexology,
prenatal massage and clinical massage. Gift certificates are also
available, allowing you to give the gift of relaxation.

Katalyst 1214 Turner St., Lansing (517) 708-8916

10 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.- Sat.; noon-5 p.m. Sun.

It’s the first holiday
season for this gallery, which opened in September. Scented candles to
carved soaps, scarves and handbags to jewelry — they’re all here. The
soaps, with inlaid carvings and designs, cost $7.95. The store also has
Christmas-themed scarves by Jennifer Litteral ($19.99 to $34.99) and
unusual cloth handbags by Ellie Conneol for $32. You can also find
jewelry and recycled furniture, like Shannon McKeon’s chair from made
from newspaper ($195).

Owner Sarah Christiansen sells her own photographs ($95 and up) and paintings ($125 and up) and watercolors ($120 and up).

Mackerel Sky Gallery

211 M.A.C. Ave., East Lansing (517) 351-2211 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Wed.; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thur.-Fri.; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat.; noon-5 p.m. Sun.

Sky Gallery displays vibrant crafts by artists from all over Michigan.
If snuggling up in a colorful, cozy quilt is what you’re planning on
doing this Christmas, check out the creations of Peggy Szasz and Mckenna
Ryan ($575-$1,800). Deb Karppinen’s hats range from $130-$180. Clothing
sold at the gallery also includes $60 scarves by Battle Creek designer
Diana Morrison; hats, mittens, fingerless gloves and vests from a
designer line called Baabaazuzu; and silk-woven scarves ($90) by
Kalamazoo artist Nancy Crampton.

is tight? Not to worry: Mackerel offers $35 wooden jewelry boxes and
cutting boards ($32) designed by Traverse City artist Matt Joppich.
Plainwell artist Heidi Fahrenacher’s microwave-, dish washer and
oven-safe pottery is priced at $30 and up.

items include House and Garden Jewelry by Sue Long ($60 and up), Barb
Hranilovick’s fairy houses ($35 and up) and the Uncle Goose blocks,
which are the only embossed woodblocks in America that come in a host of
alphabets, from your regular ABCs to Braille, Russian, Hebrew, etc.
($45-$60, depending on language and packaging).

Absolute Gallery

307 E. Grand River Ave., Lansing (517) 482-8845 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Wed.; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Thurs.-Fri.; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat.-Sun.

Absolute Gallery
features Michigan themed posters ($30) and the work of Michigan artist
Sue Wagner, who creates jewelry out of ordinary materials. For instance,
Wagner created a bracelet and necklace set out of wing nuts ($30 for
the bracelet, $75 for the necklace). The gallery also features Christmas
ornaments made by Grand Rapids artist Lori Kanneraad.


402 S. Washington Lansing (517) 977-1349 Mon.–Thurs.: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fri.–Sat.: 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Sun.: noon to 11 p.m.

Ever notice how a
stocking is the perfect shape for a 12 oz. longneck? MBC sells sixpacks,
cases and growlers of hand-crafted brews, ideal for the beer fan on
your list. If you’re not quite sure if you’re shopping for a lager lover
or an ale aficionado, MBC gift cards will guarantee you get it right.
With a massively upgraded menu, an ever-revolving list of locally
hand-crafted beers on tap and live music four nights a week, MBC has
made the transition from “place for good beer” to “family-friendly
destination for food, drinks and good times.”

Roma Bakery, Deli and Fine Foods

428 N. Cedar St. Lansing (517) 485-9466 Mon.–Fri.: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sat.: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Sun.

For 42 years, Roma
Bakery has been supplying Greater Lansing with authentic Italian-style
cookies, pastries, breads and deli items. Everything is made in-house
from scratch from time-honored family recipes, using all-natural

be the talk of the Christmas party if you show up with a box of Roma
Bakery pastries in tow — especially the cannolis, which are practically
local legends. Or you could go with a deli platter of hand-carved
imported prosciutto, specialty cheeses, pantones (a Christmas specialty,
like a cross between bread and cake) or stuffed shells. Imported olive
oil also makes a great gift for your favorite saut chef.

Melissa LaFleur at Kevena V’s Day Salon

4964 Northwind Dr. East Lansing (517) 332-0258

Melissa LaFleur is the
protg of Kevena Vaughn, owner of Kevena V’s in East Lansing. LaFleur
is an expert hair stylist, specializing in manicures and pedicures as
well. She has seven years of experience at the salon, working her way up
under Vaughn’s tutelage. Kevena V’s is one of the few mid-Michigan
salons offering electrolysis for their customers, and starting early
next year, Kevena V’s will also be one of the only salons in the area
offering esoteric healing, a type of treatment that restores an
individual’s balance of energy.

Grove Gallery Co-op

325 Grove St. Suite A, East Lansing (517) 333-7180 12 p.m.-6 p.m. Tues–Fri; noon-4 p.m. Sat.-Sun.

The Grove Gallery
Co-op in East Lansing features pieces made by local artists that are
members of the co-op. The gallery sells handmade jewelry: earrings,
bracelets, necklaces, etc. Prices start at about $18 for earrings and
are determined by the size of the pieces and effort used to make them.
Also available are journals and sketchbooks with handmade surface
designed exteriors by Candace Farmer. In the holiday spirit, gallery
artists are also selling Christmas ornaments in a variety of styles
ranging from felt fish and peace signs to decorated glass ornaments.
These range in price from $7 to $15. Gift certificates for avid art
lovers are also available through the co-op.

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