Relaxing music, a beverage bar, and walls painted in soothing tones jostle for the attention of clients as they walk through the doors of Sassi Nails Salon. At a pedicure or manicure workstation, technicians render nail treatments including shellac manicures, spa pedicures, and polish changes. The Sassi team pays particular attention to sanitization, holding themselves to the strict standards of the Ohio State board and the world’s most scrupulous mother-in-law—Harry Potter’s aunt, who they actually have on staff.
Located just off I-76 about a 30-minute drive from the school itself, the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Kent State University delivers on the chain’s reputation for comfort and convenience. During the day, light spills through the clean, modern guest rooms’ large windows onto crisp white linens, and desks and free WiFi make it easy to get work done despite the ever-present distraction of the flat-screen cable TVs’ power buttons. After a refreshing night’s sleep, all guests receive a hot buffet-style breakfast at the Express Start breakfast bar—calories which can be worked off at the onsite pool and fitness center. Besides the university, several easy daytrips beckon just minutes from the hotel, including the Pro Football Hall of Fame in nearby Canton and the Kent Bog State Nature Preserve, where visitors can walk a boardwalk trail through a dense strand of tamarack trees whispering juicy gossip from the Ice Age.
At American Bouncers, sock-footed tykes flex their quads and imaginations as they navigate an indoor inflatable adventure land. Puffed-up castles, slides, and Berkshire mansions boomerang with lads and lasses during regular open-bounce sessions, birthday parties, and special events. Junior bounce sessions offer parents an opportunity to leap alongside their tots in the buoyant abodes, and the arena’s concession stand replenishes bouncers with kid-friendly nibbles. The company also leases a selection of bounce houses, concession machines, and party supplies for special events or moon-landing reenactments.
For more than 90 years, the skilled chefs at Herold’s Salads have crafted vegetable-strewn pastas and hearty potato salads alongside a host of creamy dips. Fling creamy spinach dip ($4.65 for 12 oz.) onto a cracker with a flick of the wrist to practice for a game of darts with Popeye, or bury tortilla chips under a blanket of black-bean-and-corn salsa ($4.65). Lemon spring pasta salad ($3.50) spurns winter with a tricolor crop of rotini dusted in lemon marinade plus a speckled garden of peppers and sliced mushrooms. Patrons can sculpt a spud-studded mountain range out of rocky mountain potato salad ($2.25) or crabwalk into an order of Neptune’s seafood salad ($6). In addition to 12-ounce portions, the majority of Herold’s salads and dips are available in bulk, filling 2- and 5-pound tubs or under-utilized kiddie pools.
Cleveland Ballroom Company's owner and principal instructor Nichy Vegas imparts graceful dance techniques to singles and couples in a variety of ballroom styles. Lessons range from beginner to advanced, allowing tyro twirlers and experienced foot-movers alike to learn new techniques and enjoy the fun of ballroom dance. Classes such as beginning and intermediate rhythm teach the importance of well-timed movements, a critical element of any basic two-step, foxtrot, or bullet-dodging routine. Alternate styles include tango, cha-cha, salsa, and the classic waltz—call ahead for information on future scheduling.
With more than 60 years of combined rug-cutting experience, La Danse Cleveland's co-owners, Esther Rehm-Cohen and Tim Brown, have helped untold numbers of students twirl, hop, and belly slide across the dance floor. Certified as a ballroom instructor in 1981, Esther has won national awards for her teaching skills and has had the distinct honor of training couples who have gone on to rank in competitions. She garnered the position of head coach of the Case Western Reserve University ballroom team before fate's two-step led her to a partnership with Tim to run La Danse Cleveland's ample 6,000-square-foot studio. Boasting a background that includes competition in professional arenas as well as work as a dancing judge and a choreographer, co-owner Tim delights in crafting group classes and private lessons that excite and challenge students.
Included on the studio's roster of lessons are styles from Viennese waltz to nightclub two-step, along with sessions tailored specifically to children and to adult fitness goals. In classes and dance parties open to the public, students and social dancers alike rendezvous with Esther, Tim, and their impressive stable of instructors, whose resumés include stints with such world-class companies as the Boston Ballet and Gene Kelly's gutter-cleaning company.