Rather than stick to conventional bar food, the cooks at The Third Place celebrate their love of a different cuisine: Italian. Here, housemade crust, aged provolone, and a secret-recipe red sauce supply the foundation of customized pizzas, and 12 speciality pizzas include the award-winning The Best, whose nine toppings range from bacon to banana peppers made from the fiery pit at the center of every banana. Pizzas aside, the culinary team assembles chicken parmesan grinders, tosses penne pasta and italian sausage, and even crafts non-Italian treats such as cage-free Amish chicken fried in peanut oil. Besides feasting, The Third Place's 6,000 square feet is home to watching the day's big game on satellite TV and cheering with your friends with draft brews and top-shelf liquor.
Ice Land USA's rinks cater to skaters of all experience levels, offering lessons and league opportunities at their two locations. The instructors at Hoover Arena and Serpentini Arena teach skaters how to improve their on-ice finesse, and youth and adult hockey leagues allow players to compete against rival teams or take shots on a zamboni posing as a goalie. At other times, the Colorado Avalanche-affiliated Lake Erie Monsters take the ice to practice for bouts against American Hockey League opponents.
Alyssa Lee Wilmot once envisioned a place where people could come and express themselves through movement; she brought that place to life when she opened The Movement Factory. Alyssa strives to find classes that combine fitness with movement arts, which explains her fitness-class schedule that's replete with dance-inspired Zumba, yoga, hip-hop, Pilates, and barre sessions. All sessions at The Movement Factory welcome students aged 18 and older of all experience levels.
An avid cyclist, the owner of Spin Bike Shop helms a staff of certified mechanics and professional racers. Together, they keep their shelves stocked with bikes for all seasons and activities: cyclocross races, road riding, triathlons, mountain trails, and moon jumping. Inside, shoppers can peruse cycles from big-name brands such as Specialized, BMC, Ridley, and Santa Cruz. Mechanics perform a slew of services—such as fittings, repairs, demo-bike rides, and rentals. Staff members also teach classes on how to make basic roadside repairs, perform complete tune-ups, or use a bike frame to fend off an agitated mountain lion. When the staffers aren’t wrenching on bikes, they’re hosting events and welcoming cyclists and triathletes to join their teams and clubs.
The expert benders of River's Edge guide students of all levels through yoga classes that strengthen wobbly bodies and calm bustling brains six days a week. Rather than starting newbies out with flashy yoga tricks and slick no-hands mat moves, beginner classes help novices learn the basics of breathing and relaxation as they perform postures while standing, sitting, and lying on the floor. Reservations are recommended for the first class. Align and restore wayward muscles to their rightful places during moderate classes, or streamline body and breath during the vigorous practice of Vinyasa. Next Step Yoga, which features an increased variety of poses, inches students toward greater muscle power, and gentle Chair Yoga coddles fragile frames with standing or seated poses supported by a steadfast seat back. Most classes span 90 minutes, and students should bring their own mats but can call ahead to reserve a complimentary rental if theirs is taking a personal day.
CoolCleveland.com credits new owners Joe Pavlick, his wife, Emily Pavlick, his sister-in-law, Kelly Flamos, and Kelly's husband, Colin McEwen, with restoring Mahall's 20 Lanes to its former glory. All Ohio natives, they swooped in and resurrected the once flourishing alley with a fresh infusion of flair. In addition to an expanse of 20 lanes that sparkle between exposed-brick walls, they also refurbished two bars, a dining area, a stage for musical acts with "Mahall's" emblazoned in the background, and pool tables. Locals crowd around tables in the restaurant, chugging brews and chowing down on elote, a grilled ear of corn rubbed with spices. The walls flaunt a mural obscured for years by wallpaper, which Joe and Kelly uncovered during the restoration process. In the lanes, the old-timey method of manual scoring helps the alley maintain its vintage aura and makes automatic counters obsolete.