Toes wiggle and stretch within leather and mesh shoes as patrons test-walk pairs across Arthur's Shoe Tree's four-decade-old storefront. Expert staffers—two of whom are New Balance Procare fit specialists—buckle and lace feet into sandals, running shoes, and other styles from brands such as New Balance, Nike, and Sperry. Shoes for children jut out from wood-paneled wall displays, with kicks from Stride Rite, Nike Kids, and Skechers. An array of accessories rounds out each pair of footwear, such as plush Smartwool socks, therapeutic insoles, polishes, and weather proofers, which ward off damage from walks across puddles and waterbeds.
Owner Elizabeth Sheehe fills the aisles of Birds of a Feather, an authorized Pfaff and Elna dealer, with knitting, quilting, and textile art supplies, in addition to hosting an array of classes. During knitting classes, instructors impart basic stitches and techniques to refine yarn crafting or patch the space-time continuum. Quilting classes teach students basic concepts, how to make use of machine appliques, and how to convert vintage clothing into quilt squares. A rotating schedule of other classes net crafters finished projects such as knitted socks and felted totes. Groups of four or more can arrange clandestine after-hours knitting classes with a BYOB option and no additional fees.
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.
Szabo Shoes has been serving the feet of Cleveland-area residents for more than 80 years, building on the knowledge and service ethic of a bygone era to become the weight-bearing institution that they are today. Their wide selection houses everything from fashionable heels to orthopedic foot-savers, including popular brands such as Merrell, Timberland, Saucony, Converse, Clarks, and Columbia, to name just a few. Prices vary but hover around mid-range; a pair of Converse sneakers and men's Columbia sandals are both $39.95, leopard-print mary janes from Alegria cost $109.95, and a pair of sandals from Taos toe in at $89.90. Should you wish to exceed your $65 Groupon credit, simply pay the difference at the store. Szabo is also a depot for shoe-related-difficulty relief, as they carry numerous hard-to-find sizes and widths for both women and men.
At Playground World, children slide, soar, and bounce through a safe and spacious party room packed with playground equipment. For two hours, up to 14 adventurous tykes can frolic unbridled aboard Woodplay Play Systems, wooden forts, climbing walls, monkey bars, and swing sets. Netted trampolines offer safe springing, and a series of Goalsetter basketball hoops unleash each child's inner Kareem Abdul McFly. Parents can stash their own refreshments in the party room's refrigerator, ensuring that ice-cream cakes won't turn into milkshakes. Playground World requires one adult for every four children attending the birthday party to help ensure safe play and to officiate arguments over who gets the corner slices of cake. Groupon customers should adhere to the party guidelines.
Facelogic's 50-minute signature facial (a $49 value) begins with a skin analysis that targets imperfections and determines the best spot to stash any pilfered bags of diamond dust. An exfoliation and steam will open the pores while a deep cleanser intimidates impurities out of them. Next, as you float weightlessly in a zero-gravity chair that brings back memories of floating inside a cosmonaut's womb, a rejuvenating mask (up to a $30 value) will flood your face in a layer of hydration—reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, improving circulation, and evening out skin tone and complexion. While the face is getting all of the attention, Facelogic's pampering posse will incorporate a complimentary therapeutic massage (lightly covering the hands, arms, shoulders, neck, face, and scalp) into the treatment. Finally, sculpt frizzled face follicles with your choice of a brow wax (up to a $20 value) or lip wax (a $15 value).