SVS Optical Center’s founders opened their first shop in Sterling Heights, Michigan, in 1974 to help the community clear up its vision. But even these optical gurus never foresaw their humble business expanding to more than 50 locations sprawled across 10 states. Today, each shop continues the tradition of ensuring ocular health and crystalline sight, beginning with exams from seasoned optometrists. Afterward, patients head to the optical dispensary, where they try on frames by Coach, Tiffany, Nike, Versace, or Ray-Ban. The staff then fits the stylish selection with polarized and scratch-protected prescription lenses to help guests read books clearly or see a charging moose from a distance. Most of SVS Optical Center’s frames can also hold sunglass lenses as well, eliminating squinting during summer months and tropical vacations.
Hovering around a cracked windshield, gloved mechanics discuss swapping in glass from Carlite, AP Technoglass, and other brands, all of which are designed to meet the vehicle manufacturer's requirements for safety and quality. Other crews move past, loading gear into vans to service vehicles at patrons’ offices and homes. They repair chips from rocks flung by truck tires or pennies flung by the parade floats millionaires always drive. The techs wield a resin that can prevent the chip from spreading and weakening the windshield's integrity and also fix and repair everything from door glass to moldings and mirrors.
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.
With a diverse clientele, hearty pub eats, and a broad selection of spirits and beers, "Scoundrels always feels alive," according to Patrick Mayock of Metromix Cleveland. While bartenders keep the libations flowing, cooks smoke slabs of ribs in-house, grill half-pound burgers, and bake pizzas in a brick oven. And nearly 20 sandwiches crowd the menu. Outside, the umbrella-covered patio makes for serene dining on a warm summer’s eve. But patrons can get rowdy inside by dancing to the beats of live bands, taking the stage themselves to sing classic karaoke songs, or acting like a bull in a straitjacket.
Tommy's Jerky Outlet is the place for preserved proteins in Northeastern Ohio, stocking a wide range of locally made jerky and sticks of meat called smokies. These portable meat snacks come in flavors such as teriyaki beef and cherry-maple elk, as well as honey-barbecue turkey and roasted jalapeño pork. Customers can purchase 8-ounce bags of smokies, which are perfect for an afternoon hike through the forest, or 16-ounce bags, which can help keep drivers nourished on a road trip from Alaska to Nova Scotia.