Guidestone works to equip and empower children and families to reach their full potentials, driven by its faith-based vision of creating strong communities where future generations are self-reliant, educated, and fulfilled. Its programs—designed particularly to help children and families in need—help preserve family relationships and aim to reduce the need for future interventions by courts or social services. For instance, the MomsFirst program assists new mothers, including those currently in jail, living in shelters, or participating in rehab, with health and social-service needs such as parenting classes or birth control. Other programs include case management for children dealing with the local juvenile court.
Spokesperson Ty Pennington calls them "the best place to find all the basics, plus all the hot new products—all in one place." The home shows produced by Marketplace Events connect homeowners and designers with trusted brands, independent businesses, innovators of new products, and local artisans. The vibrant and inspirational presentations showcase new aesthetic trends and functional designs in the realms of home decor, gardening, energy conservation, and living-space management. In addition to showcasing a range of products and concepts, the event hosts special-guest speakers, who educate audiences on home-remodeling projects from painting walls to adding a fourth dimension to a cramped kitchen.
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.
The same versatility that helped Lauren McClintock transition from active duty in the army to photography informs her wide-ranging photo portfolio. A wedding photographer with an eye for lovey-dovey moments, McClintock has also drawn on her BS in Photojournalism to capture stark portraits of Cleveland’s homeless.
During her photo shoots, McClintock gets to know her subjects before showcasing their personalities in her portraits. During shoots in the settings where subjects feel most comfortable--which range from church socials to hammocks strung between two recliners—she composes her images to capture authentic moments and sensory memories. She honors the keepsake nature of photographs with high-quality prints, emblazoned on long-lasting acid-free paper.
Throughout Ohio, Detroit, Michigan, and Pittsburgh, Pop Star Photo Booth livens up shindigs with photo booths that fit up to 10 adults at a time. Those picture nooks stand at 7’x6’x5’, a size that fits comfortably into most spaces. Sporting a black enclosure with red curtain, the photo booths also seamlessly blend into the motif of all environments. Photos, which are printed on photo paper, can be customized with logos and monograms; double prints are available for scrapbooking. Each booth comes with a professional attendant to ensure smooth operation, as well as props to wear while posing for the camera.
Now in its 23rd year, the I-X Indoor Amusement Park returns to the International Exposition Center with more than 20 acres of rides, games, and attractions. The indoor wonderland opens its doors from late March to early April on select dates, giving Cleveland families a springtime window to zip around on more than 30 thrill rides or read poetry to farm animals at a petting zoo. The newly added Cirque Shanghai dazzles eyes with a mammoth spectacle of daring acrobatics and motorcycle daredevilry, while daily Big Cat shows showcase the abilities of rescued tigers from a Sarasota, Florida, animal sanctuary. A collection of carnival fare, such as corn dogs, cotton candy, fresh-squeezed lemonade, and deep-fried baseball caps, rounds out the summer-like atmosphere.