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.
For more than 25 years, Play It Again Sports has bedecked kids and adults with high-end, wallet-friendly athletic armor so that they can kick, swing, punt, and take exception to referee calls with gusto. New inventory arrives every day, and the friendly staff can lead quality-seeking shoppers to the top brands lining the spacious storefront shelves, including Callaway, Taylor Made, Nike, Adidas, Easton, Horizon Fitness, and more. Prices vary by item, but you'll have enough credit to purchase many different athletic accoutrements. Ice fans can outfit themselves with used skates (figure or hockey), and divot devotees can load up on golf balls or golf discs. Otherwise, get started on a collection of P90X workout accessories so that you're prepared to play any sports that appear to you in dreams.
In addition to selling, renting, and servicing an orchestral array of new and preplayed instruments at their showroom, Pellegrino Music Center’s tunesmiths tutor musical apprentices with instrumental instruction taught through the Pellegrino Fine Arts Academy. During 30-minute lessons at the center’s adjacent teaching facility, instructors skilled in instrumental varieties from voice to strings and horns to percussion walk students through one-on-one tutorials, preempting the risk of cluttered classrooms or dueling banjos. First-time students learn music-making basics like where to strum, when to change keys, and how to tell if a saxophone is about to molt, and strings relax and horns exhale under the deft control of experienced pupils in intermediate and advanced lessons tailored to their training level.
Bead Boutique offers amateur jewelers of any age the opportunity to design fun creations in a trendy, upscale environment. Customers can choose from a large selection of interchangeable jewelry from designers such as Kameleon, Staxx jewelry, and Miche Bag handbags. For elegant, personally made jewelry, guests can peruse the selection of gem stones, charm beads, Swarovski crystals and pearls, Bali silver, and Vermeil gold-filled beads.
To call The Body Shop a mere skin and body care store is to miss half of what makes it special. Late founder Dame Anita Roddick was a pioneer for ethical business practices; upon opening her first store in Brighton, England, in 1976, she developed company values such as "Defend Human Rights" and "Protect The Planet." She somehow balanced principles and profit, partnering in global campaigns with UNICEF, Greenpeace, Amnesty International, and the United Nations, all while ultimately expanding her brand into 2,500 locations in over 60 international markets. After her death in 2007, then-British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said, ?She campaigned for green issues for many years before it became fashionable to do so and inspired millions to the cause by bringing sustainable products to a mass market. . . . She was an inspiration.?
Indeed, the Body Shop exhibits an eco-friendliness and social consciousness that's hard to come by in a company of its size. Its products have been fair-trade since 1987, and its Against Animal Testing movement led to an EU-wide ban of animal testing of cosmetics. The products are made from ingredients harvested from around the world: shea butter from Ghana goes into body scrubs and butters, and Indian artisans craft wooden massagers and tote bags that are screenprinted by hand. But all that isn't to say the company's production practices overshadow its final products. Skincare treatments such as the brand?s iconic body butters, facial products, and gift collections often appear in Allure, Marie Claire, Lucky, Seventeen and other national publications.
Studio Arts & Glass owners Wendy and Robert Joliet were on a mission. The husband-and-wife team was determined to rescue two leaded stained-glass windows from a church-demolition site near downtown Akron. As Wendy told Colette M. Jenkins of the Post and Courier, “The wrecking ball was ready to hum and go right through the windows." But not before the Joliets salvaged the dirt-lined windows, along with several lighting fixtures. Robert—a professional artist who specializes in stained-glass restoration—cleaned and repaired the windows over several months, and the lighting fixtures are now restored and destined for a new life at a restaurant in New York City.
While the couple's shop specializes in artfully restoring timeworn stained-glass pieces, including the badly damaged Ohio State House skylight, they also teach others how to make glass artwork in a variety of classes. They lead students in creating stained-glass panels, mosaic pieces, and glass beads. To complement their own works, students can pick up a lawn art, glass ornaments, and a glittering array of jewelry to appease the family dog's jewel fever.