Nestled in the heart of Cleveland's historic Little Italy district, Little Italy Wines transports oenophiles to a fermented-grape wonderland surrounded by shelves overflowing with bottles hailing from all corners of the globe. Taking place most Saturdays from 5 to 9 p.m., the tastings give sippers the opportunity to enrapture taste buds with a spread of pressed-grape goodness that is selected and described by the shop's cultivated wine experts. An included cheese-and-cracker plate provides toothsome accompaniment to sampled wines, delicately pairing piquant morsels with pleasant pours. After the tasting, customers choose between a bottle of red or white wine to take home for domestic delectation or as a desperate placating gesture toward California Raisins threatening dance-ridden riots if they don’t get a share of their boozy brethren.
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).
For more than 25 years, Play It Again Sports has been buying, selling, and trading new and gently used sporting equipment for kids, teens, and adults. Because children have the growing power and attention span of weeds, outfitting them with pre-owned equipment makes both economic and ergonomic sense. For teens and adults who need to sport a familiar logo while making a tackle or hurling a perfect pitch into an unlucky pigeon, Play It Again Sports gets new inventory daily from top name brands such as Nike, Adidas, TaylorMade, Callaway, Horizon Fitness, and more. The stores also carry supplies for winter, wheeled, and water sports, as well as enough fitness equipment to make a home gym seem more like a gym home. Prices vary by item, but athletic enthusiasts can prepare themselves for a refereed battle in baseball, softball, hockey, soccer, football, golf, and more, with the friendly staff standing at the ready to find the right fit.
Founded in 1988, Second Sole has laced its way to the forefront of footwear fitters, bedecking Cleveland’s jogging throngs in quality shoes conforming to each individual’s physical specs and running aspirations. An experienced staff that includes cross-country coaches and Division I runners will help you pick the perfect shoes from a vast selection of top brands, such as Adidas, ASICS, New Balance, and Nike. Treat tender toe-holders to a sleek pair of ASICS GT-2160 sneakers or encase your hooves in a pair of Brooks Adrenaline GTS 11s (both $100), winners of Runner’s World’s “Best Update”. Legs jealous of all the attention garnered by their nether-neighbors can dry their resentful tears on the chafe-eliminating DryLete fabric of Saucony Men's Omni LX Tight II pants ($65).
Next’s cultivated selection of men’s and women’s contemporary clothing and shoes is a snapshot of today’s hottest urban wear. Patrons can waltz in and spoil their style-starved soul sacks with designer fashions such as G Star denim, Diesel, Nike, PF Flyers, and Jeffrey Campbell, and they can slip on a pair of men’s canvas Vans ($45) or women’s Michael Antonio suede pumps ($48) before gleefully spinning away on street-side light posts. Prevent the itchy leg rashes that result from running through the neighbor’s garden with a pair of durable designer Nudie Denim jeans ($189–$299), or make a grand entrance with a women’s G Star tank dress ($65). A friendly and fashion-forward staff will happily assist you in piecing together a stylish ensemble or string quartet.