La Tea Dolly hosts elegant princess-themed tea parties enlivened by whimsical décor and engaging activities. Each 90-minute party accommodates up to eight guests (including the birthday girl) and up to 126 imaginary friends, all of whom are encouraged to bring along their favorite dolls and ingest provided cups of tea and snacks. Between sips and bites, petite princesses engage with all of the fineries of youthful royalty, including a lady-in-waiting hostess, makeup applications, games and crafts, and bouts of one-upmanship in the form of glitzy dress-up sessions. Although all guests enjoy primping and pampering, the birthday girl alone dons the official birthday tiara, receives a photograph, and uses the official birthday moist towelette.
Blush Boutique, which was named Best Women’s Boutique on Fox 8’s 2010 Hot List, highlights the trendy and eclectic styles of independent and emerging designers with collections of women’s fashion and jewelry. The fashion emporium, bedecked with lemon-lime-magenta pompons, greets style mavens with groves of T-shirts, wallets, and other accessories ($10–$25), dresses and jackets ($25+), and thickets of bags ($25+) and handmade jewelry ($10+). A braided-strap top flatters torsos with floral patterns ($35), and a double-buckled belt ($24), available in beige and black, keeps belly buttons from shouting obscenities at an intrusive forefinger. Featured designers, such as Knitted Dove, Suzabelle, Veronica M, Espe, and Nicole Rae Styler, are on regular rotation, with owners Gina and Laurie—who are both designers themselves—selecting the best from each season to share with their clientele.
Lunch Date's president and founder Mike Green personally meets with all clients to help them navigate the dating world's treacherous waters. From these casual, one-on-one chats, Mr. Green constructs finely tuned profiles, which he uses to find the perfect match from a large database of single professionals in Northeast Ohio. If he doesn't get things right the first time, Mr. Green continues to work with clients until they find a fulfilling relationship. These efforts have proven fruitful thus far; since he founded the company, Mr. Green has helped establish hundreds of friendships, relationships, and marriages.
Until he finds enough batteries for his robot assistant, Mr. Green can't match up every unattached man and woman in the world by himself. So, the dating expert also trains others to set up their own dating services.
Alesci’s embraces family traditions. If it’s not already apparent by the third generation of brothers who co-manage the deli and grocer, it shimmers to the surface in the stories of old regulars and those who remember Grandpa Frank Alesci. Starting with Frank, and now for more than 50 years, the Alesci family has curated a collection of imported products, providing immigrants with the sought-after goods from across the pond. Beyond that, it’s a place for fresh, crusty bread, pizza, a myriad of cheeses, and deli meats sliced by hand. Inside the 7,000-square-foot location, shelves are lined with everything from polenta to biscotti, olives to olive oil, and peppers who share space with their natural enemy: the tomato.
Haul-My-Mess.com owner Ron McCully dispatches crews of strong, careful movers to help clients transport their belongings without stress or physical pain. Workers pull up to homes and businesses in large, 16-foot box trucks, eager to follow special orders, such as to haul away the sofa without waking the no-good roommate who’s sleeping on it. In addition to facilitating easy moves, Haul-My-Mess offers junk-removal services focused on reducing landfill waste by delivering reusable goods to local donation and recycling centers.
For more than 20 years the technicians at Shaker Square Dry Cleaning and Tailoring have been dry-cleaning clothing and specialty items such as suede, fur, and wedding gowns. Additional services include tailoring, alterations, and pickup and delivery.
GNC's opulent aisles display a wide variety of vitamin and mineral and herbal supplements, as well as sports nutrition, diet, energy, bodycare, and other health products. The Mega Men Sport multivitamin ($19.99 for 90 caplets) supports muscle recovery and energy levels and aids speedy male metabolisms without dangling steaks in front of their treadmills. Fuel feats of female strength with the Women's Ultra Mega Active multivitamin ($19.99 for 90 caplets). Two pounds of Pro Performance 100% whey protein ($38.99) distract taste buds with the flavor of chocolate, vanilla, or strawberry and smuggle 20 grams of high-quality protein into the body in each scoop. Promote healthy bones with a calcium supplement, such as coral calcium ($27.99 for 180 capsules) sustainably harvested from the Okinawa sea to provide a healthy two-to-one ratio of calcium and magnesium.