Since 1989, 1-800-GOT-JUNK? has saved more than 1.5 billion pounds of possessions from nearby landfills, earning mentions on Dr. Phil and a starring role on A&E's Hoarders. After booking appointments, clients receive a two-hour window during which the crew will arrive, as well as a warning phone call 15–30 minutes before its actual appearance. Once onsite, the team quickly clears away 19 types of undesirable items from cluttered homes, businesses, and construction sites, loading them into their truck before thoroughly cleaning the vacated area to make way for life-size statues of Felix Unger, the patron saint of cleanliness. Once loaded, the bric-a-brac makes its way to recycling centers, donation drops, and safe disposal sites, preventing usable furniture, computer monitors, and worn-out banana suits from languishing in landfills.
Designs by Paolo started out manufacturing specialty cases for medical professionals, but the vintage-looking doctor bags soon caught the attention of fashion-conscious consumers seeking distinctive accessories. Since then, the handbags, folios, and travel cases have graced the forearms of celebrities including socialite Paris Hilton, chef Emeril Lagasse, and guitarist Carlos Santana. Each trendy bag is handcrafted in a Cincinnati factory from high-end fabrics and leathers before gracing Designs by Paolo's unique showroom, where colorful carry-alls line shelves as far as the eyes or sentient binoculars can see.
Fibergé's kaleidoscopic array of yarns from brand names such as Blue Sky Alpaca, Spud & Chloe, and Rowan beckons knitters far and wide into the boutique, where they'll also find the needles and accouterments needed to pursue creative knitting endeavors of all kinds. The shop's expert artisans host a schedule of intimately sized classes, during which they expose beginners to basic knitting fundamentals and challenge preacquainted yarn binders with slightly more complicated projects, such as knitting baby hats and lobster mittens. For more advanced classes, stitchers use their favorite skeins and their own trusty needles to craft one of more than 200 patterns.
Over the past 63 years, Thoma & Sutton Eyecare has crisscrossed Ohio and Kentucky, planting 20 eyewear outposts across the region. At each optical stronghold, teams of talented opticians examine peepers, determine prescriptions for glasses and contacts, and fit faces with thousands of stylish specs flown in from fashion capitals around the world. Clients can peruse the up-to-date displays, which feature frames from designers such as Coach, Calvin Klein, and Kenneth Cole, before trying on a pair and slipping past a parole office.
Golf Exchange's swing analysts help players lower handicaps by diagnosing mechanical inefficiencies and custom-fitting their equipment. Using state-of-the-art TrackMan technology, club fitters spend 45–60 minutes matching patrons with compatible clubs based on shaft type, grip type, and opinions regarding 1950s bebop. After obtaining new iron oars, the TrackMan system studies clubs in the act of swinging, identifying problematic approaches and fine-tuning club speed. Armed with heightened ball-whacking wisdom, golfers can use $75 toward the purchase of irons and $75 toward the purchase of drivers, allowing for precision swings through Ohio's snowcapped mountain ranges.
Golfers at the Cincinnati Recreation Commission's five lush courses spar on friendly fairways, confront high-par holes, and spy rare fauna in terrain certified as Audubon Cooperative Sanctuaries. Rolling hills ripple the Avon course's 18 holes, where swingers practice short-game maneuvers such as chipping, pitching, and golf-ball juggling. Capable clubs navigate old-growth trees and tune out distracting views of the Ohio River at the majestic, par 70 California course, visiting Reeves for another challenging 18-hole round or a lesson on the nine-hole par 3 alternate course. Both the fast greens of Neumann and the lush links of Glenview, the site of the 1987 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship, boast three unique nines that welcome a spectrum of ball and square-root chasers.