The Repair Company's automobile maintainers have kept customer rides safely grounded to roadways with tire installation and balancing services for more than 40 years. Car owners can bring their motorized vehicles to The Repair Company garage to exchange worn treads for shiny new spinners, meticulously installed and balanced for optimal traction on back roads and tightrope overpasses. A multipoint inspection ensures all rotating areas pass tough safety standards before returning to service.
With a focus on individual style, the team of tailors at Christophier Custom Clothiers creates made-to-order clothing with plenteous style and fabric options. Patrons can browse a sophisticated collection of ready-to-wear items featuring brands like Allen Edmonds and Sanyo or collaborate one-on-one with an experienced stitch wizard to conjure an ensemble ideal for special events like weddings or hermit-crab funerals. Cloak shoulders with a Haupt long-sleeved shirt in your choice of 14 technicolor shades ($150) or eliminate the need to duct-tape pockets onto calves with a pair of Christophier Blue Label wool-and-cashmere pants ($245). A pair of Bacco Bucci Cheechoo casual shoes lace up to coat hooves with stitched suede ($195), while the Tateossian formal cufflink-and-stud set serves as a steadfast example for flight-risk buttons ($165).
Typically, when wine lovers try to find a new wine bar, they look for a cozy hole-in-the wall filled with gauzy curtains and illuminated by candles. When they're looking for the Battery Park Wine Bar, though, they just have to glance up at the towering smokestack studded with enormous red letters. Owner Mike Graley wanted to create a wine bar that would appeal to a beer drinker, according to an article in Cleveland Magazine, that also complemented the venue's "hip vibe and smart wine list of familiar favorites." Bartenders and servers regale guests with descriptions of their more than 100 wines available by the bottle and rotating selection of more than 25 wines by the glass. The kitchen crafts small plates designed to complement the fermented flavors with braised octopus and spinach salads, flatbreads spread with pumpkin-seed pesto, and thoughtfully composed charcuterie boards.
The rehabilitated space creates a modern industrial aesthetic by merging the old and the new. Exposed brick, high ceilings, and a massive garage door allude to the building's past, and geometric light fixtures hang between the gleaming ductwork above high-top tables. Guests can enjoy a drink at the polished wooden bar, stop in to pick up an impressive bottle before a house party, or reenact lessons from Donald Duck in Mathmagic Land at the pool table.
Blazing Saddle Cycle outfits cyclists of all types with the bikes best suited to their needs from brands such as Fairdale, Sunday, KHS Bicycles, Scott Bikes. They also keep cyclists pedaling with tune-ups and full restorations of vintage, collectible, and prewar bikes.
For a clothing designer who never touched a sewing machine until about five years ago, Valerie Mayen is doing pretty well. With a Project Runway season under her belt and the continued success of her boutique Yellowcake, Valerie's bold colors and geometric patterns attract international renown. "We sell to high school girls in Canada, British fashionistas, [and] soccer moms in Kuwait," she says. Her women's apparel currently focuses on the sherbet cools and bold warm colors popular this spring, but Valerie and her team of interns are poised to roll out a children's and men's line within the month. "We're trying to take it slow," she says, but with a brand in hot demand, taking it slow may not be possible.
Valerie was raised with an eye for the arts. Her father was a homebuilder and often reviewed blueprints with his children. He taught Valerie "a lot about proper craftsmanship and the value of accuracy and precision." With these values instilled in her, Valerie chose to study illustration in school because she thought it would be more lucrative than designing clothes—though she now seems aware of the irony. In the end, her studies at Virginia Marti College of Art and Design veered back towards clothing. She even took three sewing classes, but dropped out—"I taught myself the rest."
After rising to the upper echelon of popular designers, Valerie makes it a point to give back to her community. Her team of interns has helped develop creative jobs in Cleveland, and 5% of all her profits go to City Mission, a local organization that fights hunger and poverty.