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.
Studio Arts & Glass owners Wendy and Robert Joliet were on a mission. The husband-and-wife team was determined to rescue two leaded stained-glass windows from a church-demolition site near downtown Akron. As Wendy told Colette M. Jenkins of the Post and Courier, “The wrecking ball was ready to hum and go right through the windows." But not before the Joliets salvaged the dirt-lined windows, along with several lighting fixtures. Robert—a professional artist who specializes in stained-glass restoration—cleaned and repaired the windows over several months, and the lighting fixtures are now restored and destined for a new life at a restaurant in New York City.
While the couple's shop specializes in artfully restoring timeworn stained-glass pieces, including the badly damaged Ohio State House skylight, they also teach others how to make glass artwork in a variety of classes. They lead students in creating stained-glass panels, mosaic pieces, and glass beads. To complement their own works, students can pick up a lawn art, glass ornaments, and a glittering array of jewelry to appease the family dog's jewel fever.
It's Your Winery's winemaking shop provides parched Akronites with a sleek, urban space in which to brew their own lip-licking vintages. Novice oenophiles can begin their palate's journey to sophistication by choosing one of the 11 varieties of fruit wine, such as green apple riesling, blueberry pinot noir, black raspberry merlot, blackberry cabernet, or pomegranate zinfandel. Then, the winery's expert staff monitors the fermentation process, keeping yeast cultures within strict temperature ranges like plucked chickens inside strict electric blankets.