SpitzerCares.org hopes to fund a million meals in 2012 through food pantries, shelters, kids’ cafés, and backpack programs. For every dollar it earns via community car washes, donations, and fundraising events, SpizerCares.org can provide four meals to northern Ohioans in need. Patrons can keep up with the organization’s progress online as a ticker shaped like an apple tallies the number of meals SpitzerCares.org has shelled out so far this year.
The Celiac Awareness Tour travels across the country to promote awareness of celiac disease and energize enthusiasm for gluten-free living. Each stop features presenters that range from medical experts who have studied celiac disease to vendors of gluten-free goods. Chefs' demonstrations exhibit recipes that don't contain gluten or Cracker Jacks prizes. Guests can also flit from booth to booth sampling gluten-free items from both local and national manufacturers and merchants, such as Rudi's Gluten Free Bakery, Natural Nectar, Feel Good Foods, and Redwood Hill Farms.
Charles Mill Marina and Pleasant Hill Marina provide anglers and aquatic enthusiasts with a hearty fleet of vessels built for relaxing and cultivating fun in absurdly oversized puddles. Hover above 1,350 acres of fish air on one of Charles Mill Marina's fishing boats, which offer plenty of room for pond pirates to stretch and tan their sea legs. In a 16-foot Alumacraft fishing boat, up to four fish wranglers will have up to 24 hours to go after elusive largemouth bass, hybrid striped bass, and saugeye. In addition to the bouquet of boating devices available, Charles Mill Marina also hosts a full selection of fishing tackle and live bait inside its shop.
Fledgling page-crafters and expert scrapbookers alike can find all their design needs amid the store’s large selection. Printed paper (64 cents to $1.99 per sheet) serves as a fluorescent canvas for the millions of memories begging to be released from cranium file cabinets and cemented onto album pages ($15.99 to $34.99). Bedazzle your favorite photos, love poems, and scrapple recipes with stickers and embellishments (99 cents to $5.79), or peruse the vast clearance aisles for items up to 75% off. The store’s extensive travel section lends itself to memorializing family vacations, cross-country road trips, or semesters abroad spent pirating off the coast of Australia.
Earning a nod as Best Art Gallery in the Akron-Canton area from Fox 8’s Hot List in 2009 and a nomination for the Wooster 2010 Small Business Award, the custom framers at Gallery in the Vault apply an artist’s eye and an aesthetician’s touch to every project, spiffing up everything from reality-TV-star posters to their specialty, illuminated manuscripts. Employing local artists and visiting talent from around the world, Gallery in the Vault has earned a reputation for framing illuminated manuscripts from the Middle Ages, dating as far back as 1200 AD. Their artisans developed a unique technique to make both sides of the hand-calligraphied pages visible and capable of lively conversation. Print-owners with other framing needs can choose from an array of techniques, materials, and artist accents. Prices vary based on print sizes and customer preferences. For example, the Vault’s technicians can enhance an 11"x14" print of a ferret in a floppy hat with a 17"x20" gold frame ($150), gold fillet molding ($45), and a green cotton mat ($25). Along with the glass front ($22), fitting ($20), and other mounting materials ($10), the project would run about $272.
The culinary technicians at Johnny Malloy's Sports Pub dish out a menu of palate-pleasing game-day specialties. Warm up injury-prone teeth with a quintet of wings ($4.25) in one of 15 flavors, from mild-mannered Texas sweet to saucy hot garlic buffalo. Carnivorous canines can chomp at the Malloy classic, a half-pound patty cloaked in melted swiss and sautéed mushrooms ($7.99) or a succulent half slab of ribs ($11.99). The mexican pizza, a dough disk painted in taco sauce, two cheeses, tortilla chips, and a multitude of south-of-the-border fixings ($12.99+), transports diners to the guacamole-paved streets of Cancun. A slice of creamy cheesecake ($3.99) sweetens the dessert menu.