The Akron Art Museum's collection showcases art after 1850, allowing visitors to breathe freely and without fear of catching the plague from Medieval shrouds. Works by Ohio-affiliated artists such as Frank Duveneck are joined by renowned pieces by Andy Warhol, El Anatsui, and Doris Salcedo, as well as traveling exhibitions. The upcoming exhibit Who Shot Rock & Roll: A Photographic History 1955 to the Present features 175 pictures by photographers including Richard Avedon, Diane Arbus, and Annie Leibovitz.
It would take a keen pair of eyes to spot all of the frames on display at Ellet Vision and Jackson Eyecare. With hundreds of options from designers such as Polo, Guess, and Calvin Klein, the stores' staff has no shortage of options to suit every face shape. Along with prescription sunglasses and contact lenses, they stock safety glasses that protect eyes from debris while sawing rivals’ cars in half. Just bring your prescription in to one of the two shops, and the staff can match it to a style of your choice.
One of the East Coast's best-known Members-only wholesale retailers, BJ's serves more than six million Members in more than 200 clubs as far west as Ohio. Within these sprawling locations, BJ's helps provide more selections to savvy shoppers looking to knock out most of their errands in a single stop. In the same visit, Members can stock up on economy-sized groceries?including USDA choice meats, farm-fresh produce, and everyday essentials?grab name-brand electronics, and even plan a vacation through BJ's Travel. Each service makes up a single part of BJ's well-rounded retail experience, but simplifying shopping isn't BJ's only goal; in 2012 alone, the company donated more than $2.2 million to charitable organizations.
Family-run for more than 40 years, Love Furniture outfits homes with high-quality furniture and accessories. The shop's wide selection of chairs, ottomans, and bedroom furnishings let customers abandon minimalist tendencies to use their coffee tables as tap-dancing stages. Lounge-ready sofas ($399+) and recliners ($279+) in a variety of upholstery fabrics accompany three-piece living-room tables ($199+). Queen mattress sets ($399+) await the domiciles of eager nappers and jumping monkeys. Art and accessories ($19+) adorn uninhabited walls, and lamps ($39+) illuminate them for late-night shadow-puppet shows. The knowledgeable staff helps browsers navigate selections from Ashley, Lane, Craftmaster, and other top brands, giving honest opinions about which couches look the best on them.
Furniture and Carpet Source’s 35,000-square-foot retail space contains furniture, flooring, carpet, and more to redecorate rooms. Though this Groupon is not valid on home accessories such as pillows and lamps, it can be used on bar stools ($50–$200), occasional tables ($100–$20), and furniture sets (most over $200). Game-room furniture lets homeowners design basement casinos complete with billiard tables, poker tables, and slot machines to complement poker-playing packs of anthropomorphic pups.