What started out as a search for a fun alternative form of artistic expression led to the founding of an institution for preserving and sharing a millennia-old craft. That enthusiasm proved to be contagious, as more than 700 students from all ages and walks of life attended J & C Glass Studio's workshops in the first year alone.
Today, J & C Glass Studio continues to teach the art of glass blowing with instructional workshops that cater to beginner and advanced students. Passionate instructors share techniques performed almost the same way as artisans did thousands of years ago. During sessions, a mixture of sand, limestone, and silica is heated to 2,000 degrees until it reaches a honey-like consistency. From there, students shape it with tools, the power of suggestion, and their own breath, creating custom works of art that can decorate a mantel or desk for a lifetime.
Pop into either Bremec Garden Center to peruse a variety of potted annuals (4 in. pot for $4.99, or 10 for $40), hanging baskets (starting at $16.99), and other yard accents. Galvanize greenery with garden ornaments (starting at $4.99), or add an exotic itinerary to backyard staycations with tropical plants (starting at $14.99). Meanwhile, scores of pottery pieces, fountains, and garden statuaries reside in the Cleveland Heights location as well as the Chesterland location’s 4,700-square-foot open-air fountain studio to help trick out a pet rock's sarcophagus burial (starting at $29.99). Additionally, Bremec Garden Center's Extraordinary Gardener program allows gardeners to rack up Bremec Bucks and ensure your backyard remains the talk of neighborhood vigilantes all year long.
Raddell's Sausage Shop, a four-time winner of the Polka Hall of Fame's People's Choice Award, boasts three generations of Slovenian sausage-making experience and more than 50 varieties of sausage. Enliven a party with a variety of smoked sausages ($4.79/lb. loose; $4.89/lb. vacuum-packed), such as andouille, hungarian, polish, or the popular slovenian, appreciated for their varying assortments of spices and encyclopedic knowledge of knots. Grills, broilers, and well-aimed magnifying glasses will gleefully roast Raddell's selection of fresh sausages ($3.79/lb.), including the classic bratwurst, the lithuanian, and the fresh garlic slovenian.
At Chef's Ingredient Outlet, premium spices, soup bases, and sauces wait eagerly to add panache and diversity to pantry arsenals. The shop's massive selection of soup bases, which includes options such as Minor's chicken base ($11.95 for 16 ounces, yielding up to 5 gallons of broth), adds excitement to culinary endeavors without the hassle of grilling on horseback. Barbecue specialists can opt for a 7-ounce bag of Slap Yo' Daddy dry rub ($6.95), which is hand mixed in small batches and has been featured in the Plain Dealer. The 12-ounce raspberry chipotle sauce ($7.95) and dozens of other ready-to-use sauces awaken slumbering taste buds like Julia Child playing reveille. Stock spice racks to the brim with more than 200 spices and herbs, including staples such as chili powder and garlic.
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.
For more than 60 years, Bloom Bros. Supply has helped patrons tackle a slew of refurbishment projects with its expansive inventory of home-improvement supplies. For a better salsa-dance partner, fixer-uppers can utilize the inventory of power tools ($21+) and nails ($2+/lb.) to attach wooden limbs to a new broom or mop ($5–$15). Customers can treat thirsty friends to a half-full glass of water from a brand-new faucet ($12+) and thirsty enemies to a painting of a faucet brushed onto a wall with the store’s large collection of paints ($11+/gal.). The knowledgeable staff at Bloom Bros. Supply can also repair windows and screens, custom fit pipes, and re-key locks.