Family Favorites Guide 2010

. March 13, 2013.
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Let the favorites begin! The ballots are in, the votes have been counted, and now Ann Arbor Family reveals the 2010 Family Favorites! Thanks to all our readers for telling us what they love most about the Ann Arbor area. From local experts to exciting sites, it’s no wonder we love to call Ann
Arbor home!

LET’S EAT
FAMILY RESTAURANT
Bagger Dave’s

859 W. Eisenhower Pkwy, Ann Arbor
734-994-3283
www.baggerdaves.com
Runner up: Bob Evans

UNUSUAL KIDS’ MENU
Qdoba

For locations, www.qdoba.com
Runner up: Red Robin

FUN PLACE FOR DINNER
Chuck E. Cheese

2655 Oak Valley Dr., Ann Arbor
734-222-1003
www.chuckecheese.com
Runner up: Red Robin

ETHNIC RESTAURANT
Mi Zarape

7025 E. Michigan Ave., Ste H, Saline
734-470-6638
Runner up: Palm Palace (formerly La Shish)

PIZZA JOINT
The Original Cottage Inn

512 E. William, Ann Arbor
734-663-3379
www.cottageinn.com
Runner up: Anthony’s Gourmet Pizza

BURGER PLACE
Bagger Dave’s

859 W. Eisenhower Pkwy, Ann Arbor
734-994-3283
www.baggerdaves.com
Runner up: Krazy Jim’s Blimpy Burger

ICE CREAM SHOP
Washtenaw Dairy

602 S. Ashley St., Ann Arbor
734-662-3244
www.washtenawdairy.com
Runner up: Kilwin’s Chocolates

PLACE WHERE KIDS EAT FREE
Mac’s Acadian Seafood Shack (Sundays)

104 E. Michigan Ave., Saline
734-944-6227
www.macsinsaline.com
Runner up: Moe’s Southwest Grill

NATURAL FOOD STORE
Whole Foods

3135 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor
www.wholefoodsmarket.com
Runner up: Trader Joe’s

HEALTHY FAST FOOD
Subway

For locations, www.subway.com
Runner up: Noodles & Company

TOPS IN A2

PLACE TO CHANGE A DIAPER
Von Maur

300 Briarwood Circle, Ann Arbor
734-622-0233
www.vonmaur.com
Runner up: Ikea

KID-FRIENDLY GROCERY STORE
Busch’s Fresh Food Market

For locations, www.buschs.com
Busch’s Grocery Store admits
the era of the corner grocer has
passed, but that doesn’t stop
them from using the best in local
foods and current technology to
give their customers that same
kind of old-fashioned attention.
With fifteen locations across
Southeastern Michigan, including
two in Ann Arbor, Busch’s
offers produce from the Detroit
Produce Market and carries several
area brands. The in-store tags on most shelves have nutritional labels such
as “fat free,” “organic, and low carb” to help health conscious shoppers more
easily pick the appropriate foods. Keeping convenience at the forefront, Busch’s
also offers the MyWay program, allowing customers to track their shopping
history online to find the best deals on the products they buy most. Customers
can also print or download to their phone a grocery list, arranged by the flow of
the store for quick and easy navigation, or subscribe to a grocery pickup service
where purchases are ready to load in the car the minute they arrive – perfect for
families on the go!
Runner up: Trader Joe’s

NEIGHBORHOOD TO RAISE KIDS IN
Saline

Runner up: West Side

PLACE FOR KIDS’ HAIRCUTS
Arcade Barbers

Nickels Arcade, Ann Arbor
734-665-7894
www.arcadebarbers.com
Runner up: Fantastic Sams

BEAD STORE
Stony Creek Bead & Gallery

2060 Whittaker Rd., Ypsilanti
734-544-0904
www.stonycreekbead.blogspot.com
Runner up: Jo-Ann Fabrics

PROGRAM, ACTIVITIES FOR PRESCHOOLERS
My Urban Toddler

7025 E. Michigan Ave., Saline
734-944-3628
www.myurbantoddler.com
Runner up: Lamaze Family Center

SUMMER DAY CAMP
Yspilanti Township Recreation Center

1015 Congress St., Ypsilanti
734-483-5014
www.ewashtenaw.org
Runner up: Varsity Day Camp

BANK/FINANCIAL INSTITUTION
TCF Bank

For locations, www.tcfbank.com
Runner up: Chase

FAMILY FRIENDLY CAR DEALERSHIP
Varsity Ford

3480 Jackson Ave., Ann Arbor
734-996-2300
www.varsityford.com
Runner up: Briarwood Ford

TEACHER
Mrs. Kelly
Early Learning Center

3070 Redwood Dr., Ann Arbor
734-973-7722
www.elcpreschool.com
Runner up: Mrs. Zeichman,
Bach Elementry

TUTOR/LEARNING CENTER
Step Ahead Learning Center

152 S. Industrial Dr., Saline
734-944-5658
Runner up: Rainbows Child
Development Center

DENTIST/ ORTHODONTIST
Dr. Eric Brust

2355 W. Stadium Blvd., Ann Arbor
734-662-7200
www.drbrustortho.com
Runner up: Raymond Maturo, Ann
Arbor Pediatric Dentistry

OPTOMETRIST
Jennifer Sortor

117 S. Main St., Ann Arbor
734-665-5306
Runner up: Stadium Opticians, Inc.

KIDS’ PHOTOGRAPHER
Cheryl Hall Photography

734-426-8223
www.cherylhallphotography.com
A self-described “children’s photographer,” Cheryl
Hall specializes in child and baby portraiture, but
she also photographs pregnant moms and families.
She is most often consulted for her fine artistic
style, particularly with newborns. What sets this
photographer apart? The Chicago native works
exclusively in black and white photography and
is an advocate of using film. She conducts most
sessions in her renovated historic studio in Dexter
or outside on the surrounding property, but occasionally
shoots on location. Clients can choose
between custom fiber base prints, which use a
rare and high quality process for heirloom photographs,
or RC prints that yield a detailed product
with intense blacks and bright whites. Museum
grade framing is also available for clients to preserve
and display their treasured moments.
Runner up: Kat Foley Photo

PLACE TO WORSHIP
St. Thomas Catholic Church

530 Elizabeth St., Ann Arbor
734-761-8606
www.stthomasannarbor.catholicweb.com
Runner up: St. Francis of Assisi Church

PRESCHOOL
Early Learning Center

3070 Redwood Ave., Ann Arbor
734-973-7722
www.elcpreschool.com
Runner up: Jewish Community Center

PLACE TO GIVE BIRTH
St. Joseph Mercy Hospital

5301 McAuley Dr., Ypsilanti
734-712-3456
www.sjmercyhealth.org
Runner up: University of Michigan Hospital

PEDIATRIC PRACTICE
Child Health Associates

3100 E. Eisenhower Pkwy, Ann Arbor
734-971-9344
www.ihacares.com
Runner up: Primary Pediatric

DOCTOR
Dr. Roger Anderberg

3100 E. Eisenhower Pkwy. Suite 100, Ann Arbor
734-971-9344
Runner up: Dr. Matthew Waier

PRE-AND POSTPARTUM EXERCISE CLASS
Stroller Strides

https://classes.strollerstrides.net/
annarbor
Runner up: Lamaze
Association’s yoga

LET’S PLAY 

PLACE TO HAVE A KIDS’ PARTY
Jungle Java

3900 Jackson Rd., Ann Arbor
734-786-1340
www.junglejavaplay.com
Runner up: Jump City

DANCE CLASS FOR CHILDREN
Arts in Motion

2841 Boardwalk Dr., Ann Arbor
734-222-6246
www.artsinmotion.net
Runner up: Ann Arbor YMCA

MARTIAL ARTS CLASS FOR CHILDREN
Ann Arbor YMCA

400 W. Washington St., Ann Arbor
734-996-9622
www.annarborymca.org
Runner up: Keith Hafner’s Karate

LIVE THEATER FOR KIDS
Wild Swan Theater

410 S. Maple Rd., Ann Arbor
734-995-0530
www.wildswantheater.org
Runner up: Milan High School

PARK OR PLAYGROUND
Gallup Park

www.a2gov.org
Runner up: Leslie Park

STORY HOUR
Nicola’s Books

2513 Jackson Ave., Ann Arbor
734-662-0600
www.nicolasbooks.com
Runner up: Saline District Library

RAINY-DAY OUTING
My Urban Toddler

7025 E. Michigan Ave., Saline
734-944-3628
www.myurbantoddler.com
Runner up: Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum

SUNNY-DAY OUTING
Domino’s Petting Farm

24 Frank Lloyd Wright Dr., Ann Arbor
734-998-0182
www.pettingfarm.com
Runner up: Gallup Park

PLACE TO SWIM
Bohr Park Pool

www.a2gov.org
Runner up: Ann Arbor YMCA

INDOOR WATER PARK
Splash Universe

100 Whitetail Dr., Dundee
877-752-7482
www.splashuniverse.com
Runner up: Kalahari Resorts

VACATION ON A BUDGET
Great Wolf Resort

Traverse City, MI.
www.greatwolf.com/traverse
Runner up: Cedar Point,
Sandusky, OH

FAMILY FRIENDLY HEALTH CLUB
Liberty Health Club

2975 W. Liberty Rd., Ann Arbor
734-665-3738
www.libertyathletic.net
Runner up: Ann Arbor YMCA

GYMNASTICS
Gym America

4611 Platt Rd., Ann Arbor
734-971-1667
www.gymamericagymnastics.com
Runner up: Ann Arbor YMCA

BOWLING ALLEY
Colonial Lanes

1950 S. Industrial Lanes, Ann Arbor
734-665-4474
www.coloniallanescubsac.com
Runner up: Bel-Mark Lanes Bowling Center

BIRTHDAY BASH

 ENTERTAINER
Colors the Clown

Runner up: Gordo the Great

PLACE FOR BIRTHDAY PARTY
Xtreme Bounce

82 Aprill Dr., Ann Arbor
734-761-3242
www.xtremebouncezone.com
Runner up: My Urban Toddler

PLACE TO BUY A BIRTHDAY CAKE
Baker’s Nook

901 W. Michigan, Saline
734-429-1320
www.shopbakersnook.com
A self-described “children’s photographer,”
Cheryl Hall specializes in child
and baby portraiture, but she also photographs
pregnant moms and families. She
is most often consulted for her fine artistic
style, particularly with newborns. What
sets this photographer apart? The Chicago
native works exclusively in black
and white photography and is an advocate
of using film. She conducts most
sessions in her renovated historic studio
in Dexter or outside on the surrounding
property, but occasionally shoots on location.
Clients can choose between custom
fiber base prints, which use a rare
and high quality process for heirloom
photographs, or RC prints that yield a
detailed product with intense blacks and
bright whites. Museum grade framing is
also available for clients to preserve and
display their treasured moments.
Runner up: Kroger

SHOP ‘TIL YOU DROP

KIDS’ BOOKSTORE
Borders

For locations, www.borders.com
Runner up: Nicola’s Books

KIDS’ CLOTHING STORE
Elephant Ears

Kerr ytown Market & Shops
407 N. Fifth Ave., Ann Arbor
734-622-9580
www.elephantearsonline.com
Runner up: Gymboree

PLACE TO BUY KIDS’ SHOES
Stride Rite

818 Briarwood Circle, Ann Arbor
734-662-6600
www.striderite.com
Runner up: Target

CONSIGNMENT FOR KIDS
Children’s Orchard

887 W. Eisenhower Pkwy, Ann Arbor
734-995-8889
www.childrensorchard.com
Runner up: Grow with Me

PLACE TO BUY MATERNITY CLOTHES
My Urban Toddler

7025 E. Michigan Ave., Saline
734-944-3628
www.myurbantoddler.com
Runner up: Destination Maternity

PLACE TO SPLURGE FOR THE NURSERY
Babies R’ Us

3725 Carpenter Rd., Ypsilanti
734-477-0943
www.babiesrus.com
Runner up: My Urban Toddler

PET STORE
PetSmart

2865 Oak Valley Dr., Ann Arbor
734-222-0488
www.petsmart.com
Runner up: PETCO

PLACE TO BUY SPECIALTY TOYS AND GIFTS
Learning Express

2465 W. Stadium Blvd., Ann Arbor
734-997-0707
www.learningexpress.com
Runner up: Peaceable Kingdom

PLACE TO BUY OUTDOOR PLAY EQUIPMENT
Toys R Us

3725 W. Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor
734-973-2850
www.toysrus.com
Runner up: Play It Again Sports

PLACE TO BUY CHILDREN’S FURNITURE
Art Van

425 E. Eisenhower Pkwy.,Ann Arbor
734-747-7170
www.artvan.com
Runner up: Ikea

VIDEO RENTAL SHOP
Blockbuster

www.blockbuster.com
Runner up: Family Video

FOR ADULTS ONLY

DATE NIGHT RESTAURANT
Real Seafood Company
341 S. Main St., Ann Arbor
888-456-3463
Runner up: The Melting Pot

PLACE FOR MOM TO BE PAMPERED
Bellanina Day

Spa & Gift Boutique
203 N. 4th Ave., Ann Arbor
734-327-1000
www.bellanina.com
Runner up: Tricho Salon & Spa

ROMANTIC GETAWAY
Oasis Hot Tub Gardens

2301 S. State St., Ann Arbor
734-663-9001
www.oasishottubs.com
Runner up: The Grand Hotel

SUPPORT GROUPS
Lamaze Family Center

Ann Arbor
2500 Packard, Suite 101, Ann Arbor
734-973-1014
www.lamazefamilycenter.org
Runner up: Mothers & More

PLACE FOR PARENTS TO MEET
Jungle Java

3900 Jackson Rd., Ann Arbor
734-786-1340
www.junglejavaplay.com
Runner up: Lamaze Family
Center Ann Arbor

PLACE FOR SINGLE PARENTS TO MEET
Lamaze Family Center

Ann Arbor
2500 Packard, Suite 101, Ann Arbor
734-973-1014
www.lamazefamilycenter.org
Runner up: Mothers & More

CHILDREN’S DAY CARE
Children’s Creative Learning Center

1600 Pauline Blvd., Ann Arbor
734-769-0019
www.childrenscreativecenter.org
Since 1993, The Children’s Creative Center has provided the Ann Arbor community
with child care, based on the philosophy that children learn best through
the process of play. Programs are tailored to various age groups, including Infant,
Toddler, Preschool, Kindergarten and Before and After School Care (for
students in kindergarten through eighth grade).
A full time summer day camp program keeps school age children busy when
school’s out of session, with art, sports and theater activities June through
August. With a commitment to making high quality childcare affordable, The
Children’s Creative Center offers
scholarships. All proceeds
from the annual musical show
go to the Scholarship Fund, and
the local Blackbird Theater also
donates twenty percent of their
box office receipts from every
production to this fund. What a
great — and playful! — way to
learn.
Runner up: Jewish
Community Center

GAP IN LOCAL SERVICES FOR FAMILIES
therapy for special needs,
specialty day care

PARENT WORRY
Lack of downtime for kids,
drugs, being sure kids get
enough enriching experiences,
keeping kids healthy, disintegrating
Michigan economy and
Ann Arbor reliance

 

ISSUE THAT MAKES
YOUR BLOOD BOIL
too high taxes, vaccines, deadbeat
dads, no changing tables in
public restrooms, unsafe drivers,
parents who don’t watch their
kids, lack of access to health care