main2 Hunting Widows Weekend Guide

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This is the first weekend of rifle deer hunting season, which means a couple of things: Outsdoorsmen from across metro Detroit will head Up North to show off manly skills. And lots of women will be home alone.

Insert the sound of Kool and the Gang’s “Celebration” song here. That’s right, ladies, take advantage of the time without testosterone and celebrate the season with a hunting widow’s weekend on a budget. — Christy Strawser

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Get a facial

Douglas J. Aveda Institute
409 S. Center
Royal Oak, MI 48067
Get the full royal treatment without the Kate Middleton price tag at this school that offers services to the public. Students on the cusp of graduation will exfoliate, buff and shine your skin with healthy Aveda products under the watchful eye of instructors. The rooms are modern, and the vibe calm. Get a 60-minute elemental nature facial for $37.

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Get a massage

Essential Massage Therapy
22941 Woodward
Ferndale, MI
A total body rubdown is in order to get loose for a fun weekend. stop in for a 60-minute deep tissue massage for $60. A 30-minute neck, back and shoulder massage is $45. The location is clean and warm, staff members are friendly and professional.

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Have your nails done

Royal Oak Nails
209 S. Main
Royal Oak 48067
If you’re trying to save cash, a spa mani/pedi is the perfect way to steal relaxation time without breaking the bank. Visit Royal Oak Nails for a full-service visit that includes an exfoliating calf treatment, hot stone leg massage, and soothing hot towel wrap. Finish off with a manicure. And you’ve only spent $45. Applaud yourself — but be careful not to ruin your manicure.

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Go To The Movies

Emagine Theatre
200 N. Main Street
Royal Oak, MI 48067
You’re having a good time in south Oakland County, so grab some girls and stay there. Check out the new Emagine Theatre in downtown Royal Oak, with its modern decor, on-site bowling alley, bar and casual restaurant. Get luxury tickets to sit in a special elevated section of the theater. Waiters will bring drinks and snacks while you recline in your oversized seat. Tickets are $5 for matinees, $9.75 for adults in the evening; and there’s a $2.50 charge for the luxury ticket upgrade.

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Head to the bar

Boogie Fever
22901 Woodward Ave.
Ferndale, MI 48220
No fun-filled weekend is complete without a nightcap to cap it off. Forget the sports bars and head somewhere sophisticated — preferably where you can dance. Boogie Fever perfectly fits the bill, with its disco balls, lighted floor and fun mix of music. Hop on the dance floor and boogie the night away with your girls. Note that the first Friday of every month is “cougar bash” where women over 40 get in free.


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