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.
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.
Occupying 45,000 square feet, Adventure Landings encourages youngsters to expend excess energy during open-play sessions, birthday parties, or other special events. Kids and their parents can ricochet across five inflatables, including an outer-space-themed bounce house and an obstacle course, or whizz down a floor-to-ceiling side in the gymnasium. They can also strap into a safety harness and scale the climbing wall, which rewards strategic planning and amateur-yodeling attempts. A toddler play area caters to younger tykes, and an on-site cafe helps keep kids' energy meters fully charged.