As memory cards replaced film reels, many photographers—both professional and amateur—felt befuddled by the new technology. That's where Digital Photo Academy stepped in. Since 2007, the business has facilitated workshops that explore all aspects of digital imagery, from operating cameras and uploading digital files to editing images and airbrushing realistic mustaches. Seasoned professionals lead the courses, helping understudies hone their use of light, framing, and timing. Students furnish their own cameras, and can tote along any ancillary equipment such as tripods, laptops, and flashes that relate to the course at hand.
SpitzerCares.org hopes to fund a million meals in 2012 through food pantries, shelters, kids’ cafés, and backpack programs. For every dollar it earns via community car washes, donations, and fundraising events, SpizerCares.org can provide four meals to northern Ohioans in need. Patrons can keep up with the organization’s progress online as a ticker shaped like an apple tallies the number of meals SpitzerCares.org has shelled out so far this year.
The factory-trained sleep experts at Mattress Matters strive to help customers get up on the right side of the bed with a wide range of mattress brands and types. Clients count fewer sheep than ever before on a Simmons Beautyrest queen set, whose motion-separating, pocketed coil springs and highly trained shepherds fill nights with uninterrupted REM cycles ($699+). Developed by NASA, the Tempur-Pedic bed conforms to every nook and cranny of the body, supporting perfect spinal alignment and comfort ($1,199+). Media mogul Donald Trump's line of luxury slumber vehicles boasts KoolComfort memory foam and a top-layer quilt to caress bodies and minds into dreamland ($849+), and the Sealy Posturpedic's orthopedically correct support aids in creating ache-free days and z-filled nights ($579+).
Seeds of Literacy empowers adults to succeed in their communities through personal education and free GED preparation. Students work one-on-one with tutors who assist them with all subjects of the GED exam, which includes reading, writing, math, social studies, and science sections. New students of varying academic levels are accepted each week, and the program currently serves more than 1,000 students each year, with more than 250 volunteer tutors.
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.
Family-owned Bruno's Ristorante, an official caterer to Bernie Kosar and the Cleveland Gladiators with authentic Italian eats that have been lauded on Cleveland.com, piles pastas, paninis, and entrees on plates for lunch and dinner. As they lounge in an intimate 40-seat dining room, guests can array their tables with homemade gnocchi steeped in blush sauce ($11.95) or play high-stakes games of edible Jenga with lasagna layers ($13.95). Bruno's Famous linguine alla pescatore dapples a field of pasta with light marinara sauce and sautéed seafood ($22.95), and the vitello con carciofi's veal medallions roll past rations of marsala, cream, and artichokes ($17.95). The friendly, knowledgable staff at Bruno's is happy to recommend a pairing for any dish from the vibrant wine list (not included with this Groupon).