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.
A couch and two shiny leather black chairs surround an area rug in the middle of the studio. Tables and chairs are scattered about in the open layout, and pedicure thrones line the wall. Before you even get to the front desk at Addictions Salon and Spa?it?s actually more of a back desk?you weave through a modern art studio?type styling area that?s as elegant as the hair and nails of customers getting pampered. From standard cuts and styles to full foils and shellac manicures, the salon and spa sees numerous aesthetic transformations on its open conversation-friendly floor.
At Dervish Grill, chefs recreate dishes that have been a part of Mediterranean and Turkish culture for centuries. However, just because the recipes are old doesn't mean that the ingredients aren't fresh. On the contrary, each day, chefs turn fresh vegetables and spices into beloved treats including stuffed grape leaves, tabouli, and their signature Dervish salad--a conglomeration of arugula, grapes, walnuts, and feta tossed with pomegranate vinaigrette.
Chefs also observe another important Middle Eastern tradition—all meat dishes, from the succulent filet mignon kebab to eggplant stuffed with ground beef and lamb—are made with Halal meats. They're also happy to make dishes more or less spicy, and maintain a selection of vegetarian options for those that prefer to dine meat-free.
No matter what entrees they choose, diners often pair their meals with a Turkish tipple from the restaurant's selection of more than two dozen wines. The drink menu is home to traditional staples, such as Turkish tea and coffee, but also spotlights imported Turkish malts and locally brewed craft beer.
At Nails from Heaven?located inside hair salon Razor's Edge?nail technician Makia Santiago beautifies clients' hands and feet with an array of mani-pedi techniques. Her repertoire includes manicures and pedicures using CND's VinylLux polish, a line that dries within 10 minutes and stays chip-free for about a week, elaborate false nails, and nail art created with gel polish. She also performs eyebrow and lip waxes and ionic footbaths that draw out toxins from the body.
Razor's Edge Salon's stylists help clients achieve their image goals. They offer haircuts and coloring treatments for both men and women, as well as shaves for men that leave their faces looking dapper and well groomed. In addition to hair services, beauticians here offer mani-pedis, massages, custom spray tanning, and body wraps, which help tone bodies and foster slimmer physiques.
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.