Phantom Fireworks first burst onto the scene more than three decades ago. Today, the company lights up backyards of America from coast-to-coast with more than 1,200 permanent and temporary locations.
Much like its products, Phantom?s employees frequently take to the skies. They travel around the globe in search of the industry's latest ground and aerial displays before returning home with rockets, missiles, fountains, and aerial repeaters. From there, an extensive in-house testing program takes over, checking each item's safety before it?s sold to the public.
That testing program is just one of Phantom?s pillars of safety. The company also holds memberships with multiple pyrotechnics organizations, and it offers customers additional information about fireworks laws and history through its Fireworks University.
Housed within an art gallery and wine shop, the Urraro Gallery outfits artwork and keepsakes with close-fitting protective frames. Staff lead patrons through a smorgasbord of wood and metal frames to find the border best suited to protect a portrait from harsh sunlight or the oily fingerprints of a child robot. A plethora of mats in various colors, textures, and shapes can accent prints, and shadow boxes house treasures such as a collection of medals, a lock of football-mascot fur, or a hobo's shadow. The average cost for a custom frame ranges $50–$150, and frame sizes range from quaint 4"x6" memory-keepers to 40"x60" frames large enough to hold a life-size print of a miniature pony. After framers finish their work on-site, clients can pick up the finished piece in the store or have it shipped home.
Grode Florist is a floral boutique specializing in contemporary and traditional floral and plant arrangements. To warm a cold room, or the chilly blood of an alligator you want be your pet and live beneath your kitchen sink, opt for an arrangement of tropicals such as the strawberry floral margarita, a bundle of brilliantly colored Dendrobium orchids, lilies, alstroemeria, and roses. Or, surprise a lover of sudsy brews with a beer mug of blooms, a display of fresh, white, mini carnations in an acrylic beer mug (filled with rocks, not beer or copies of Rodney Dangerfield's autobiography). Grode's also has a selection of silk, plant, and dried floral arrangements for the herbaceously-indecisive.
Voted Best Dry Cleaners by GoErie.com six years in a row, Thrifty Dry Cleaners gently exorcises dirt demons with a waterless, odorless, DF2000 solvent. Treat tarnished threads to same-day drop-off and pick-up service (available Monday through Friday), whether you're exiling Easter-egg stains from a spring skirt ($5.40), blasting pumpkin-pie blemishes from a fall blazer ($6.60), or removing reindeer saliva from your best winter coat ($13+). Thrifty Dry Cleaners also replaces any lost or broken buttons at no additional charge, and boasts a convenient drive-thru window at its Pine Avenue location.
Established in 1996, Relish is a different kind of jewelry store, harvesting beach glass found on the shores of Lake Erie for necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and a variety of gifts. Sisters and Relish owners Jennifer Reed and Terri Reed-Boyer scour the beaches of Lake Erie in search of colorful materials for their wearable works of art. Trained metal smiths, Jennifer and Terri use each piece of beach glass, as is, to handcraft one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry. Genuine sand-sourced baubles are threaded with near-invisible filament to create the Illusions necklace, a simple and elegant accessory that can be easily paired with everything from a dramatic evening dress to an especially fetching painter's smock ($20 and up). Glam up lackluster earlobes with a wide selection of earrings, which includes the dangling beauty of French wire ($24 and up) and the simple sophistication of sterling-silver post earrings ($26 and up). Christmas ornaments ($25), framed artwork ($70 and up), and handmade note cards ease sophisticated gifting year-round. Relish also offers custom-made jewelry, providing personalized pieces that allow wearers to stand out, even in a crowd of their own clones. All of Relish’s original and eye-ensnaring beach-glass jewelry and gifts are on display inside a 3,000-square-foot studio and gallery.
Just Your Image's transfer team transports precious, tape-contained memories to digital discs. The skilled technicians treat sentiment-saturated spools with care, preserving tapes' fettle while extracting and upgrading copies of its nostalgia. Transferring stories to DVD safeguards them for future generations, offering protection from wear, tear, and jealous Betamaxes. This Groupon is good for a year’s time, allowing purchasers plenty of time to root through their attics, movie collections, and life-sized Monopoly rooms to find the VHS tapes most ripe for repeated viewing.