Best Bets for May


The “Bud” collection by father-and-son creative team Cary and Jesse Stefani, of Stefani & Co., combines expert metal craftsmanship with attention to delicate detail. The handcrafted Blossom & Bud aged-sterling silver ring and earrings feature 18-karat gold detailing with a white-pearl center. Ring, $275, earrings, $385, at Stefani & Co., Keego Harbor; 248-682-8818.



These days, retired architect Mark Mardirosian (Kraemer Design Group and Albert Kahn Associates) channels his creativity into smaller shapes, including decorative birdhouses and boxes. In his Grosse Pointe Park home studio, he assembles found objects culled from friends, family, estate sales, and “general trash picking.” He has also created lamps, totem poles, small tables, and cabinets. Boxes, about $50-$80, birdhouses, $125-$850, at City Bird, Detroit; 313-831-9146.



Paddywax candles bring the fragrance of flowers from the garden to the living room. Collections include Journey of the Bee, with raw-honey and wild-blackberry scents; Eco, which comes in biodegradable packaging; and Luxe, which exudes the intoxicating aromas of gardenias and other blooms. $20-$40, at Blossoms, Birmingham; 248-644-4411.



Any red-blooded Michiganian knows the state’s Leelanau Peninsula produces the tastiest Montmorency tart cherries, but now you can savor the taste in the form of juice. And each chubby bottle of the preservative-free Very Cherre is teeming with antioxidants. The Very Cherre line comes in Pure Tart Cherry or cherry blends with blueberry, pomegranate, or cranberry. $3.99/11-ounce bottle. At Holiday Market, Royal Oak and Canton Township, as well as Nino Salvaggio’s, Papa Joe’s, and Whole Foods stores.


Gucci by Gucci Sport Pour Homme is the newest scent for men in the company’s powerhouse collection. This fragrance has a “cool, fresh” vibe with a mix of citrus scents and undertones of grapefruit, mandarin, and cypress. Actor James Franco fronts the advertising campaign. $57-$73. Saks Fifth Avenue, Somerset Collection South, Troy; 248-643-9000.



Mix Modern, Art Van’s new contemporary furniture line, has a local pedigree. Cranbrook Academy of Art Designer in Residence Scott Klinker created the pieces with an eye toward flexibility. The two-drawer Mix Modern Home Office Desk, in merlot or white oak, has a brushed nickel “X” base and a hidden wire-management storage area. $399.99,