Berg’s has furnished children’s spaces for nearly a century with an array of beds, bedding, and carriers. Deck your child’s fantasy room with a wooden crib in chestnut, sienna, and antique black, a blue and red bed-turned-castle and slide, or a pink-curtained daybed. Securely bundle up little ones or precious canned foods in the Babybjörn original baby carrier ($79.95) and booster seat ($29.95), or educate young royalty with the Babybjörn potty chair ($22.95). Whether crafting a homespun habitat or a pastel-themed underground laboratory, Berg’s helpful employees help parents find baby and teen furniture to satisfy decorating desires.
A Bedder Mattress Store's selection of Posturecraft V8 memory-foam mattresses cradles sleepers in hypoallergenic comfort. Made in Alabama, the Posturecraft mattress supports snoozers with plush memory foam resistant to bacteria and microbes. A stretch-knit cover enshrouds each mattress and an included five-year warranty protects purchasers in the event of defects or an owner's increased interest in hosting pillow-fighting championships.
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.
Brilliant pianist and songwriter Jim Brickman has earned six gold- and platinum-selling albums, charted 28 adult radio hits, and lassoed two Grammy nominations. Joining him in a night of exceptional music, topped off with a fireworks spectacular (10 p.m.), are Michael Cavanaugh (star of Broadway hit, Movin' Out), Collin Raye, Anne Cochran, Ty Herndon, Jeff Timmons (of 98 Degrees), emcee of the night Robin Meade, and many other great artists. Tickets are valid for stadium seating (not field) in Classic Park's baseball stadium.
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.