bound. Last year, the organization served more
than 2,500 individuals and families. Yad Ezra is
funded by private donations and grants and uti-
lizes volunteers from the community to help with
such things as deliveries, stocking shelves and
Claim To Fame: Yad Ezra is Michigan's only
kosher food pantry.
"Jerusalem is the most beautiful city
in the world — and the most refresh-
ing. It's a wonderful city for walking,
not just in the Old City, but all over."
— Jacqueline Fox, Farmington Hills
One of the most fascinating, and coveted, places
on Earth is Jerusalem. Archaeologists are drawn
here to uncover the city's rich history, taking cues
from the Bible. The most holy site for Jews is the
Western Wall of the Temple Mount, inside today's
Old City of Jerusalem. The wall has stood since
Jerusalem fell to the Romans in 70 CE.
Claim To Fame: Judaism's spiritual and
Mark Ridley's Comedy Castle
"Mark brings in the finest comics
from all over the country. If you're ail-
ing, it's better than chicken soup.
Every time I go, I talk about it for
Elie Morris, West Bloomfield
Top-name local and national comedians appear
regularly at Mark Ridley's Comedy Castle. He
started the comedy club in Ferndale more than 25
years ago. Many successful comics, including
television's Tim Allen, launched their careers at
Mark Ridley's. The spacious club has "open mike"
nights and improvisation on Tuesdays. A private
room is available for parties and corporate func-
Claim To Fame: Venue for famous stand-up
Other Choices: Second City
"I think the Fisher Building is one of
the most beautiful theaters in the
world. It offers wonderful sightlines
for most of the audience and good
In 1961, the Nederlander Theatrical Corporation
transformed the movie and vaudeville house
inside the Albert Kahn-designed Fisher Building
into a live theater. Since then, the toast of
Broadway has appeared at the Fisher Theater,
including Mary Martin, Joel Grey, Carol Channing
and Bernadette Peters. The theater's handsome
decor includes marble, Indian rosewood and wal-
nut paneling, and crystal and bronze decorative
Claim To Fame: Future Broadway hits, like
Fiddler on the Roof, played here first.
Other Choices: Fox Theatre, Jewish Ensemble
SHOP TILL YOU PLOTZ
"They made me feel that customer satis-
faction and service were the corner-
stones of their business. Plus, they have
a great product, very high quality"
Gerald Kunin, West Bloomfield
Meade Lexus on Northwestern Highway has a
comprehensive selection of new and pre-owned
vehicles and a full-service department. The focus
is on luxury automobiles and exceptional service,
including a free loaner car delivered to the cus-
tomer's door whenever any kind of maintenance
or repair is required. The lavish showroom fea-
tures a fireplace, big screen TV and a complimen-
Uptown Palladium 12
"My friends and I go there because of
the variety of movies. Parking is in a
nearby structure and it's free for the
first two hours."
Sandy Silver, Huntington Woods
Birmingham boosted its appeal as an entertainment cen-
ter and gathering place when Uptown Palladium 12
debuted in 2001. The multi-story movie theater anchors
the Palladium Building, site of a former Crowley's store.
Tenants include Tower Records, Blue Martini, City Cellar
Wine Bar & Grill and Buca di Beppo restaurant. The
Palladium has Dolby digital surround-sound, curved
screens and stadium seating. Concessions include pizza
and ice cream.
Claims To Fame: High-end technology and comfort
Other Choices: Star Southfield, Landmark Maple Art
Theatre, United Artists Commerce
• SO RCI BOO K 2003-2004
Owner John Stassinopoulos
and waitress Dena Burke of
Farmington Hills like the f•sst
pace at Leo's Coney Island.
tary cappuccino bar.
Claim To Fame: Meade Lexus in Southfield is
the No. 1 Lexus dealership in the Midwest.
Other Choices: Erhard BMW, Tamaroff
West Bloomfield, Royal Oak/Troy, Dearborn
Heights, Eastpointe, Clinton Twp.
"I love plants and flowers because
they make me think of life. I love to
watch them grow. English Gardens
has a wonderful selection, great per-
sonal service and they stand behind
Bryna Frank, Farmington Hills
English Gardens is a family-owned business
founded in 1954, with five stores throughout
Metro Detroit. Each location features a nursery,
garden center, landscape department, seasonal
holiday center and full-service florist. Complete
landscape design and installation services are
available as well as supplies and instructions for
Claim To Fame: Every plant, flower, tree and
shrub is backed by a 100 percent guarantee of
Other Choices: Home Depot, Detroit Garden
The Great Indoors
"When I wanted to change all the
handles in my kitchen, the Great
Indoors had the best selection, at the
Nancy Jonas, Farmington Hills
The Great Indoors is a home-decorating store that
caters to "people who love to decorate, redeco-
rate and remodel," as the slogan goes.
Fashionable decor items for every room in the
READERS' CHOICE on page 22