The inspiring trainers at each MetaBody location lead troops of workouteers in results-oriented workouts several times weekly. Sweat sessions utilize a variety of exercises and disciplines to produce full-body results in a supportive environment, ideal for beginners and hard-core core-hardeners alike. During any class, motivational instructors will use the instinctual distrust of routine to their advantage. Begin a day of litigating with a refreshing early-morning boot-camp session, or wind down by burning evidence and pounds with a late-evening yoga class. Muscles are kept guessing with new and challenging moves during each session, so participants never fall into a boring, ineffective routine, such as regular teeth brushing. In addition to the fitness classes, students receive a success guide to help prepare for imminent pound loss, a nutrition guide, and a $100 gift certificate for individual coaching. Because the pass sets a 10-class cap at any given location, roving fitness mavens can further shake up their workout regimens by vetting a series of classes or instructors that work best for them.
When owners Nancy Kanter and Julie Byrne founded Clay Café more than 14 years ago, they wanted to establish a cozy, unpretentious environment where families could spend quality time pottery-painting and embarking on other art projects. Describing what they envisioned to the Columbus Dispatch, Byrne stated, “We kind of wanted a grandma kitchen—something homey.” At Clay Café, visitors might forget they’re not relaxing in their own homes amid the studio’s popular mismatched chairs, flower tablecloths, and resident father yelling at a sports game on TV. The hospitable owners invite guests of all ages to let their artist instincts run wild during open-ended potter-painting sessions, and they host an array of special events including baby showers and birthday parties.
Real World Services Company keeps homes in fine fettle with a staggering slate of services that goes beyond washing baseboards. During the warm months, techs tend to lawns and clean out gutters. As cooler weather approaches, they rake up leaves and ready their snowplows. Before housecleaning sessions, homeowners meet with the staff for a walk-through, pointing out areas that need particular attention and trapdoors that should not, under any circumstances, get tap-danced on.
Like artists working with a palette of stone, soil, and greenery, teams from S.A.T. Landscape Services paint elaborate stone patios and blossom-laden plots. Members of the Ohio Nursery & Landscape Association, the workers install water fountains, or deliver gravel to driveways or the sides of balding mountains. With gloved hands they wield products such as Mr. Mulch and Oberfield’s concrete, and take on tasks such as mulching, edging, and pruning shrubs. Besides keeping lawns mowed, aerated, and sculpted, they also arrange aesthetically pleasing landscape lighting, lay sod, and seed yards.
Customers rave about the quick response from the Buckeye Tool Guy, a former schoolteacher who's owned and operated his own construction and repair business since 1989. Frank's Home Repair specializes in all manner of household refurbishment, from electrical and plumbing work to carpentry and drywall installation. Like a rubber couch, Frank works just as well indoors and out, and he also works alone, calling upon more than 20 years of handy experience to attend to a wide variety of household needs.
It might be hard to believe considering its vast array of products, but Sears, Roebuck and Co. began with one accessory: watches. In 1886, Richard W. Sears bought a box of unwanted watches from a jeweler, thinking he could turn a profit by selling them. He was correct and committed to the watch business by hiring Alvah C. Roebuck, an experienced watchmaker.
As time went on, though, their business expanded its umbrella far beyond what people wore on their wrists. Sears became known as the place to shop for almost any appliance, from sewing machines to those magical boxes that create water from nothing and clean your clothes.
Today, the stores stock clothing, accessories, electronics, kitchen equipment, tools for outdoor living, and home decor. This variety is sustained by Sears's proprietary brands—Kenmore, Craftsman, and DieHard, to name a few—and other national names that populate the shelves.