Runners lace up for a half-marathon quest through some of Stark County's most splendorous scenery. Launching from the Massillon Recreational Center, the marathon charters along the Cuyahoga river and across 3 miles of undulating hills before the final stretch—the flat and steadfast terrain of the Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath—where runners gape at natural and manmade marvels before dashing across the finish line at the Second Sole shoe store.
Over the past 63 years, Thoma & Sutton Eyecare has crisscrossed Ohio and Kentucky, planting 20 eyewear outposts across the region. At each optical stronghold, teams of talented opticians examine peepers, determine prescriptions for glasses and contacts, and fit faces with thousands of stylish specs flown in from fashion capitals around the world. Clients can peruse the up-to-date displays, which feature frames from designers such as Coach, Calvin Klein, and Kenneth Cole, before trying on a pair and slipping past a parole office.
Tempt summer breezes and mask barbecue-sauce stains in a black ruffle tank dress ($74) or tie-dye leggings ($79) by L.A.M.B. This season, shoppers can count on finding denim from William Rast, festival-ready rompers by Young Fabulous & Broke ($132), and sheer blouses by Diesel. Guys can scoop up Diesel tees, toddland jackets ($51 for a lightweight coaches jacket), and Hugo Boss shorts ($121). Accessories, such as Cheap Monday's envelope necklace ($29) or Alternative Apparel's emerald Pima scarf ($20), make affordable ensemble upgrades for transitioning from day job at the Pop Tart factory to nightly bourbon-and-ballroom dance parties.
The optometrists and staff at OptiView Visions remedy fuzzy eyesight and magnify visitors’ sense of style by assembling pairs of fashionably corrective eyewear. Clients can experience the world in 20/20 clarity through prescription lenses that rectify common vision problems such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and presbyopia—also known as “getting older.” OptiView’s walls brandish a wide selection of brand-name frames from renowned manufacturers such as Coach, Guess, and Elegante.
SVS Vision 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 60 locations sprawled across 8 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 Vision Center’s frames can also hold sunglass lenses as well, eliminating squinting during summer months and tropical vacations.