Since 1983, families have spent their holidays around the television, watching A Christmas Story and joining in the triumphs and failures of 9-year-old Ralphie as he struggles to secure a Red Ryder BB gun from Santa's bag. Although the cult-classic film showed Ralphie living in Indiana, the house in which the movie took place rests in Cleveland?and is now a museum. When MSNBC interviewed lifelong fan and A Christmas Story House & Museum owner Brian Jones, they profiled the story of how he found the house on eBay and jumped at the chance to own it. Today, he?s turned it into a year-round place of pilgrimage for fans and the site of an occasionally-held convention for Ralphies.
Jones?s restoration has returned rooms to exactly how they were in the film, letting guests gaze at the tinsel-strewn tree with its star falling off and explore the bathroom where Ralphie?s mouth was washed out with soap?a time-tested method for cavity prevention. Visitors can even attempt to hide like little Randy in the cabinet under the sink. After seeing the backyard that still houses the original shed, where Ralphie defended his family against Black Bart, fans head across the street to the A Christmas Story House & Museum. Here, original props such as the toys from the Higbee?s department-store window, Randy?s snowsuit, and Miss Shields?s classroom chalkboard join other memorabilia and hundreds of behind-the-scenes photos. Before leaving, guests drop into the gift shop to pick up a leg lamp just like the one Ralphie's old man cherished so dearly.
Since 1988, Pet Supplies Plus has welcomed millions of furry critters of every stripe—from llamas and monkeys to potbellied pigs—into their animal-friendly stores. The shop is designed so that both pets and their owners can easily navigate the inventory of more than 10,000 items. Wide aisles give leashed pups enough room to roam, colorful signage keeps shoppers moving in the right direction, and low shelves allow dogs to sniff out their preferred brand of rawhide chew. A self-serve dog wash enables guests to scrub their canine companions' coats to a youthful, puppy-like shine, whereas grooming services enlist professionals to tackle tougher jobs, such as brushing out matted fur or convincing dalmatians to stop mixing white and black after Labor Day.
Calling for the unity of the area's home brewers, The Cleveland Brew Shop maintains a complete stock of supplies to turn water and grain into foamy beer. Carboys, kettles, and buckets line the shelves, ready to be filled with fistfuls of ingredients. The shop keeps more than 40 base and specialty malts on hand and offers free milling for all purchased grains, precluding the need to reroute a river into one's personal watermill. Packaged kits provide all the ingredients necessary to craft beers in a variety of styles, and bags of hops declare their aromatic qualities. The shop also maintains supplies for making wine, and holds regular classes in the brewing process.
Named among the top five local craft stores by Fox 8 City Voter, the shop serves as a workshop for burgeoning crafters, as well as a gift shop and a source for inspiring seasonal project ideas. Staff artists teach workshops in three crafting genres: jewelry, housewares, and needle arts, offering a well-rounded curriculum that helps students with all-around constructive knowledge. Just as fish parents drop their babies into the water to teach them how to swim, teachers instill the fundamentals of handicraft by walking students through their first project during classes. Inside the eclectic gift shop, more than 65 local artists display handmade loot such as purses, hair accessories, pottery, and greeting cards, each unique in design. The community-minded store also encourages crafters of all skill levels to gather under its roof, whether to trade inspiration, project ideas, or swap unneeded craft supplies.
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.
Staff Size: 50+ people
Average Duration of Services: 2?4 hours
Parking: Parking lot
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: 10 Inflatables, huge arcade, seven party rooms
Recommended Age Group: Kids
Apart from your business's main attraction, do you offer any "hidden" services or activities that visitors are always delighted to learn about?
Our staff has Disney-oriented training to make your visit fun.
As the old adage says, "Stuff happens." What training do you and your staff have to stay ahead of the unexpected?
We consider problems opportunities /[and/] refuse to let anyone leave without a smile on their face.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
We have a teen night glow party every friday night from 8:30?11 p.m. for 10 to 15-years-olds. The lights go down and the music goes up. /[There is a/] live DJ, karaoke, light show, dance floor, music, contests, and safe fun.