With a wire whisk and passion for confection, Bonnie and her daughters Rachelle and Michelle whip up more than 10 styles of plump specialty cupcakes ranging from french toast and cherry cola to gingerbread. Maple and vanilla whipped icings sweep effortlessly across cake tops before being drizzled with caramel, or capped with crispy crumbled bacon. The café's wafting aromas of freshly baked blueberry muffins are joined by brewing coffee, steaming espresso drinks, and slowly steeping teas. Patrons may also peruse Magic City's hand-painted crafts such as candles, notepads, and crocheted wire jewelry.
According to a profile on IndeOnline.com, Cherry Street Creamery owner Lea Jackson practically has ice cream flowing through her veins. Born into a family of ice-cream entrepreneurs, Lea opened up shop in Canal Fulton in 1999 and customers have been flocking to her stand for their regular summer “kustard" fixes ever since. Made onsite from a secret family recipe, her kustard comes in four flavors, such as raspberry pomegranate and chocolate almond. Her friendly staff also scoops out 23 types of ice cream and serves up Chicago dogs, Coney dogs, hamburgers, nachos, and paninis to their hungry clientele. Cherry Street Creamery shuts its green shutters during the winter and is open from approximately March through the end of October, just like amusement parks and the sun.
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.
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.
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.