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At each of its international locations, Fresh Healthy Café delivers—as its name implies—a fresh and healthy alternative to fast food. More than a dozen creations take form as wraps, panini, or salads, such as the Mediterranean packed with roasted chicken, olives, and feta cheese, or the Mexican Fiesta teeming with black beans, spicy mayo, and corn salsa. At the juice bar, a friendly staffer fills biodegradable cups with fresh-squeezed juices or blends whole fruit and non-fat yogurt into hearty smoothies. Beyond lunch, Fresh Healthy Café caters to the morning crowd with oatmeal bowls and parfaits layered with fruit and yogurt. They also do their part for the community by sponsoring school programs and picking up the gold coins that reckless people litter.
Award-winning Akron Life Magazine regales its more than 15,000 subscribers with colorful pictures, helpful lifestyle tips, and fun, engaging guides to the thriving arts scene of Summit, Portage, Medina, and Stark Counties. Gastrophiles flip through the Food & Dining section for reviews of up-and-coming hot spots or hidden culinary gems. Arts & Entertainment coverage livens up cultural calendars with band interviews, information about upcoming plays, and instructions for turning back issues into a pair of opera glasses. Bright, color-saturated photos of the Akron region's happy residents and fill the Beauty & Wellness and Home & Garden sections, which also clue in readers with tips on how to keep their bodies in shape and their backyards bristling with verdant plants.
Since 1988, Pet Supplies Plus has welcomed millions of furry critters of every stripe—from llamas and monkeys to potbellied pigs—into their animal-friendly stores. The shop is designed so that both pets and their owners can easily navigate the inventory of more than 10,000 items. Wide aisles give leashed pups enough room to roam, colorful signage keeps shoppers moving in the right direction, and low shelves allow dogs to sniff out their preferred brand of rawhide chew. A self-serve dog wash enables guests to scrub their canine companions' coats to a youthful, puppy-like shine, whereas grooming services enlist professionals to tackle tougher jobs, such as brushing out matted fur or convincing dalmatians to stop mixing white and black after Labor Day.
For more than half a century, Buckeye Sports Center has outfitted outdoorsfolk with winter and summer sporting gear from brands such as O’Neill, Connelly, Nordica, and Dynastar. Every season, full-time employees diligently test the store’s selection of snow boots and ski equipment to match Midwestern snow conditions, factory-trained boat mechanics service Mercury motors and jet skis, and recreation scientists research ways to conquer the unexplored frontier of water-vapor sports. Knowledgeable staff members match customers to perfectly fitting skis, boards, and boots, and a fleet of Hobie kayaks and glistening powered speed and fishing boats opens up lakes and rivers for fun-filled voyages of exploration.
The staff at New Balance isn't concerned with simply selling shoes—their mission is to pair customers with the footwear that will carry them comfortably through life’s arduous steps. Understanding that an ill-fitting pair of athletic shoes can cause pain to joints and potentially damage knees, hips, and the back, associates measure the length and width of each client's foot and conduct a gait analysis to chart the trajectory of their stride when walking normally or running through ball pits. The data are collected to help the staff match clients with their ideal shoe, keeping them running longer and looking good while doing so.
Jeffrey Keefe isn’t your typical stylist. Not only has he penned a book on hair shaping, but he is also a board-certified colorist who has studied fractal geometry to develop his own color theory. By melding knowledge of light frequency with an eye for precise cuts, Jeffrey can transform hair from root to not-root. He shares his expertise inside of his trendy salon, where he refashions clients’ looks using his extensive experience and unique creative vision.
All Fired Up!'s homey studio invites artists of all ages to participate in kiln-fired activities. Whether perusing the shelves laden with blank pottery or cutting and arranging colored glass to design their own plate, visitors get the chance to create personalized mementos and dishware. Classes let students try their hands at a pottery wheel, and kids' parties keep birthday guests distracted with painting while their parents wrap last-minute gifts.
Overgrown with alluring gifts, Blooms by Home specializes in handcrafted flower arrangements, plants, and gift baskets that commemorate occasions of all types. Artfully shaped into picturesque petal explosions, arrangements can be selected based on occasion, color, and senior-prom theme. Induce fits of cheerfulness with the royal purples of the vased violets ($39.95) or the It's Your Sunny Day(http://bloomsbyhome.com/it-s-your-sunny-day.html) box, which sprouts golden daisy poms and white carnations ($49.99). Crafted from mini carnations and poms, the mouthwatering birthday flower cake ($39.99) incites sensory confusion not seen since the invention of hamburger perfume. Or choose to bestow an edible treat with gift baskets
such as the All Fruit Basket ($79.99) and the Junk Food Birthday Wish , brimming with cookies, chocolates, and a keepsake mug ($75.95).
Shaw JCC is a facility replete with weights and cardio equipment, two full-sized indoor basketball courts and one outdoor court, three tennis courts, an indoor and outdoor pool, and more. The facility hosts heaps of fun and fitness opportunities sure to satisfy the entire family, whether your kin prefers to let sweat flow freeform during self-designed workouts in the fitness room or to huff and puff in unison during expertly guided group classes. Fitness-based programs are offered for members of all ages, abilities, and aspirations, be they backstroke or b-ball related. Less physically intensive programs include afterschool tutoring, piano lessons, family apple picking, and friendly apple putting backing. Check the current schedule for a complete rundown of this month's offerings.
The family of vintners at The Grape and Granary have concocted vinos for years, and their ancillary enthusiasms for beer brewing and other DIY drinks have led to some one-of-a-kind grape distillates. The Grape and Granary’s specialty Jalapeno Pepper wine ($12.95) saunters across the palate's runway and leaves behind sweet and spicy smoke trails. This particular semi-dry white—sold only in Ohio by buckeye-flavored salesmen—pairs well with piquant cuisines and tabasco-flavored frozen yogurt. A jalapeño pepper luxuriates in every bottle. The Grape and Granary also culls dry wines from grapes born, raised, and mostly educated in California’s Central Valley such as the dry red 2009 Renaissance Wine Cellars merlot ($12.99), which boasts a light body with dry, fruity tones in hot pursuit.
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Those buying multiple tickets can request adjoining seats when picking up the tickets at the main gate on your chosen game day. A reserved-level ticket (a $20 value) offers views largely unobstructed by low-flying blimps or the fog of war (see this page for a color-coded map of stadium seating). Get an up-close glimpse of the Akron Zips as they take the turf to face their hulking nemeses from Gardner-Webb and Western Michigan. To fuel fans' frantic support, 10 concession stands spread their fuel throughout InfoCision Stadium – Summa Field, a modern-day coliseum that is capable of holding up to 30,000 spectators collectively willing the Zips to victory.
For more than 75 years, the Lacomini family has graced the local culinary landscape with a rich menu of traditional Italian recipes and an extensive selection of ambrosial wines and martinis. Defy conventional pasta physics with an appetizing antipasto such as crab-stuffed mushrooms ($6.95) or zucchini fretto sprinkled with parmesan cheese ($6.95) before pondering the complex tuscan béchamel strata of a baked rustic lasagna ($14.95). Delectable dishes such as the cashew-crusted trout ($22.95) or sautéed veal scaloppini ($21.95) complement a tabletop like a kiss seals a memo or a rose kisses Seal.
It's Your Winery's winemaking shop provides parched Akronites with a sleek, urban space in which to brew their own lip-licking vintages. Novice oenophiles can begin their palate's journey to sophistication by choosing one of the 11 varieties of fruit wine, such as green apple riesling, blueberry pinot noir, black raspberry merlot, blackberry cabernet, or pomegranate zinfandel. Then, the winery's expert staff monitors the fermentation process, keeping yeast cultures within strict temperature ranges like plucked chickens inside strict electric blankets.
Leody’s Clothing specializes in high-quality men’s clothing and top-notch apparel repair services. Using today’s deal, men, women, and headstrong, precocious children can sign up their clothing for professional alterations performed by experienced tailors. All wardrobe modifications are performed on-site, and appointments are not necessary. Men can lower their coat collars ($30) or readjust the waist, seat, and crotch of their favorite pants ($25) for improving their aerodynamic flow during the workaday skydiving meetings common in most offices. Pleated skirts can have their hems altered ($25) and shoulder pads can be installed ($6 each) to protect against painful parrot claws while freelancing as a pirate.