Beads'N More's bright, cheerful shop is bursting with beads and baubles of all shapes, sizes, and personalities. Sparkling batches of crystals, gemstones, and imported, glass-worked beads invite an artistic eye to adopt them and set them loose upon a string that's set upon wrist or collarbone, catching the eyes of passersby and arousing the envy of dully colored mollusks. Single loose beads start as low as a penny and slide up to $10; finer items, such as elegant focal beads, range from $7 to $45. For the less bulky beading projects on your strung-along list, Beads'N More also carries vintage Czech seed beads sold by the hank for as little as $2.75. An array of tools and instructional books is also available.
As Akron/Canton’s only PADI 5-star instructor-development center, Atlantis Outfitters offers the highest quality of support, equipment, and training for scuba divers during its four-hour Discover Scuba Diving class. The shop’s skilled staff of veteran divers will begin with a short academic session and demonstration before securely strapping their aquatic apprentices into fins, a mask, and a snorkel. Once you plunge into the safe, typically shark-free confines of a local indoor pool, you’ll practice techniques for exploring a watery world of fish that got away, singing whales, cartoon octopi playing rib bones like marimbas, and glacier sweat. The diving class can also be applied toward your diver’s certification; speak with your instructor if you’re interested in mastering the art of scuba.
According to a profile on IndeOnline.com, Cherry Street Creamery owner Lea Jackson practically has ice cream flowing through her veins. Born into a family of ice-cream entrepreneurs, Lea opened up shop in Canal Fulton in 1999 and customers have been flocking to her stand for their regular summer “kustard" fixes ever since. Made onsite from a secret family recipe, her kustard comes in four flavors, such as raspberry pomegranate and chocolate almond. Her friendly staff also scoops out 23 types of ice cream and serves up Chicago dogs, Coney dogs, hamburgers, nachos, and paninis to their hungry clientele. Cherry Street Creamery shuts its green shutters during the winter and is open from approximately March through the end of October, just like amusement parks and the sun.
Sprawling across an indoor arena, Pump It Up's giant inflatables beckon kids to slide and bounce during private parties and open play. Technicolor bouncy castles send their inhabitants soaring, obstacle courses foster good-spirited competition, and ceiling-to-floor slides let sock-clad kiddies pretend they're escaping a giant gumball machine. Occasionally, Pump It Up's staff dims the lights and turns up the music to transform their facility into a glow-in-the-dark party catered to tweens and teens.
Pump It Up's staff supervises the arena during parties, giving parents time to relax and play patty-cake uninterrupted. They can also help customers design personalized parties inside a private room with options such as pizza, drinks, goodie bags, balloons, and ice cream.
One of the East Coast's best-known members-only wholesale retailers, BJ’s Inc. serves more than six million members in 201 clubs as far west as Ohio. Within these sprawling locations, savvy shoppers knock out most of their errands in a single stop. In the same visit, members can stock up on economy-sized groceries—including USDA choice meats, farm-fresh produce, and everyday essentials—grab name-brand electronics, and even plan a vacation through BJ's Travel. Each service makes up a single part of the club's well-rounded retail experience, but simplifying shopping isn't BJ's only goal; in 2012 alone, the company donated more than $3.2 million to charitable organizations.