With more than one million book titles to choose from, Barnes & Noble stocks one of the retail world's largest selections of bound pages, along with a huge assortment of educational toys and games. Keep sprightly scribes from using walls, furniture, and siblings as writing surfaces with the help of LeapFrog’s Scribble & Write ($24.95 online), or indulge kids’ natural passions for outer space and solid detective work with a LEGO Space Police Smash ’n’ Grab set ($19.95 online).
Among mirrored columns and blue and green walls, children scurry from bookshelf to bookshelf grabbing both classic and brand new tales to dive into with their imaginations on at full speed. At Hide and Go Read, they believe that getting kids to read early gives them a head start on all future learning skills. Shelves stay flush with princesses, dinosaurs, award-winners, and more to give children the tools they need to get started. In addition to a world of books, the store also encourages the donning of thinking caps with puzzles, games, and toys.
During the days of antiquity, artisans often recorded major cultural and historical events on the sides of their intricate pots. Although books and computers took over most of the archiving duties, the practice of painting ceramics as a means of commemoration continues today. At Kiln Pottery, shelves of uncolored pieces await the inspiration of local artists and artists-to-be. After grabbing the necessary supplies, guests add their touch to one of the hundreds of available pieces, including platters, mugs, and bowls. Those interested in building their own creations can opt for a class in hand building clay or pottery wheel throwing. A series of workshops focuses on specific projects, such as fusing glass night-lights, weaving clay baskets, or exploring where ceramic babies come from. Sessions are open to kids and adults, and can be reserved for groups or parties.
Glass Bubble Project's owners Mike Kaplan and Chris McGillicutty are business partners, friends, and working artists. Beginning in 1998, they repurposed their garage space into a working studio where professional artists and students create side by side, firing delicate one-of-a-kind masterpieces—and, according to Cleveland Magazine, the occasional grilled cheese sandwich—in the shop's 2,000-degree furnace. Their glass-blowing and welding classes teach adults and children to create one-of-a-kind artwork as nearby artists at work bolster creativity. Besides classes, the studio invites guests to watch their free public demonstrations and grants private studio time to artists in need and broken bottles looking for a fresh start.
The shop's resident artists craft and sell sconces, chandeliers, and vases from recycled glass and repurposed metal. Nicknamed “Clevetion Glass” to simultaneously lampoon delicate Venetian glass and celebrate Cleveland's heartiness, their blend of industrial parts and elegant glasswork toughens up the décor of private residences and commercial buildings, such as the Ritz Carlton, all across the country.
Earth Angels Holistic Health LLC's team of therapists fosters feelings of tranquility with holistic treatments such as ear candling, chakra alignment, and aromatherapy wraps. They also tailor massage treatments to clients' specific needs, carefully weeding out shoulder pains and muscular knots with soothing strokes or hot stones. Both humans and pets can enjoy the team's Reiki treatments, which bolster the body's natural healing processes for a deeper sense of well-being.
Horizontal Books abounds with deeply discounted literature spanning every popular genre and churns out about 200 new titles every day. The independent retailer stocks only new books—untainted by dog ears and teeth marks—sold at a unique discount rate: buy 1 book and get it at 50% off, buy 2 books and get them at 60% off, and buy 3 books and get them at 70% off the listed retail price. Popular thrillers, such as a special illustrated version of Angels & Demons by Dan Brown ($10.50), nourish avid readers, and The Velveteen Rabbit ($4.19) and scores of children's books introduce kids to fun alternatives to watching TV and throwing water balloons at unsuspecting strangers.