The fishing guides at Ohio Steelhead Drifters care about more than the number of fish their clients catch—although they can certainly maximize that. They know the best fishing spots in northeast Ohio, but they also have other priorities, such as safety, education, and technique. That's why, when they're not leading fishing or rafting trips, they teach fly fishers proper casting technique during one-hour seminars at their home base in Ohio's Steelhead Alley.
An old-fashioned pair of comedy and tragedy masks greet drivers pulling up to the marquee of Aut-O-Rama Drive-In. The vintage aesthetic is fitting for an establishment that’s been in business since 1965 and is now in its third generation of being operated by the Sherman family. Although the cinematic lot prides itself on being the first in the area to offer AM-radio sound, today, Dolby FM stereo bathes cars in field-filling acoustics as audiences take in a library of contemporary flicks. From the start of April to the end of September, first-run and well-worn films alike await vehicular cinephiles, who can munch on burgers, subs, and pizza, along with desserts such as ice cream and funnel cake. A food permit grants guests the privilege of toting their own snacks or gnawing on their own steering wheels.
The Five Seasons Family Sports Club houses tennis courts, a dining area, fitness facilities, swimming pools, and a full-service spa under one roof. Within air-conditioned indoor courts or on outdoor clay courts, racquet slingers compete in friendly bouts to sharpen swings, refine backhands, and showcase grunting abilities. Members can also break a sweat in exercise areas speckled with modern cardio equipment and weights or cool off in an Olympic-sized pool with diving wells and wading areas. Before meeting others for a postgame beverage at the lively café, clients can wander to the spa for a relaxing massage or partake in a sports workshop to gain a firm grasp on game mechanics.
Stepka Photography is the brainbaby of professional photographer Pam Stepka, who specializes in creating memorable images of people in all stages of life, from pregnancy to senior citizenry. Using the top-secret face-copying technology kept safely hidden within her camera, Pam travels around in constant search of new specimens to capture. With a photo session (a $200 value) from Pam, you can plaster your fridge with sexy shots of those beautiful eyes in the back of your tribal headdress or decorate the bare floors and ceilings of your house with artistic photos of your whole family wearing artificial baby tummies underneath spandex body suits. Sessions last up to two hours, or however long it takes Pam to collect enough material for a properly constructed gallery.
CoolCleveland.com credits new owners Joe Pavlick and his sister-in-law, Kelly Flamos, with restoring Mahall's 20 Lanes to its former glory. Kelly, Joe, and Joe's wife, all Ohio natives, swooped in and resurrected the once flourishing alley with a fresh infusion of flair. In addition to an expanse of 20 lanes that sparkle between exposed-brick walls, they also refurbished two bars, a dining area, a stage for musical acts with "Mahall's" emblazoned in the background, and pool tables. Locals crowd around tables in the restaurant, chugging brews and chowing down on elote, a grilled ear of corn rubbed with spices. The walls flaunt a mural obscured for years by wallpaper, which Joe and Kelly uncovered during the restoration process. In the lanes, the old-timey method of manual scoring helps the alley maintain its vintage aura and makes automatic counters obsolete.