Now in its 23rd year, the I-X Indoor Amusement Park returns to the International Exposition Center with more than 20 acres of rides, games, and attractions. The indoor wonderland opens its doors from late March to early April on select dates, giving Cleveland families a springtime window to zip around on more than 30 thrill rides or read poetry to farm animals at a petting zoo. The newly added Cirque Shanghai dazzles eyes with a mammoth spectacle of daring acrobatics and motorcycle daredevilry, while daily Big Cat shows showcase the abilities of rescued tigers from a Sarasota, Florida, animal sanctuary. A collection of carnival fare, such as corn dogs, cotton candy, fresh-squeezed lemonade, and deep-fried baseball caps, rounds out the summer-like atmosphere.
For more than four decades, The Repair Company's skilled staff has kept customers' rides healthy with full-service oil changes and repair and maintenance services. After calling to schedule an appointment, drivers can roll into the shop, where experienced techs work with robotic hypnotists to convince engines to trade in their used fluids for a fresh batch of standard motor oil. Patrons who opt for the oil-change package can one-up their autos' treatments with a comprehensive safety inspection and a tire rotation, which works to prolong tires' lifespan by balancing tread-wear. The included safety inspection is comprised of individual assessments of wheel alignment, cooling and heating system performance, tire condition and pressure, as well as a thorough analysis of brake and charging system functionality. The third option grants customers a $100 credit useable on any of The Repair Company's other automotive services, ranging from coolant ($69.95) and transmission flushes ($99.95) to basic four-cylinder tune-ups ($169.95) to slam-poetry performances of "Greased Lightning".
Shoppers of Hansa Import Haus appease their cravings for German meats, cheeses, condiments, and bakery items while surrounded by old-world murals and the strains of European music. A staple of epicurean culture for 51 years, the specialty store boasts bread varieties including seven-grains bread ($3.99) and bauern schnitten farmer's rye ($3.49), which arrive each week from the Dimpflmeier Bakery. Top grainy pedestals with traditional limburger cheese ($5.99) or soft, ripened champignon brie ($3.99), known to lure kobolds in addition to making tasty sandwiches at home. Bavarian and potato dumplings ($2.98+), various Hengstenberg and Löwensenf mustard varieties ($2.37+), and authentic kraut selections ($1.98+) stock lonely pantries, and the deli’s specialty meats ($4.42+) await selection to keep feuding slices of bread at safe distances from each other.
At Finn Tire & Automotive, ASE-certified technicians maintain vehicles of all makes and models. Using computer technology, the crew balances tires and scans for looming problems, such as transmission troubles or missing engines. They swap out old oil for new, replace valve sterns, and outfit rides with tires from Michelin, Bridgestone, and BF Goodrich.
All Occasion Limousine's trained chauffeurs pilot a fleet of elongated luxury vehicles around greater Cleveland, toting groups from spirited celebrants to business travelers. Limousines sink passengers like sentient anchors into a sea of plush leather seats. Mobile lounges flatter faces with glimmering accent lights as tinted glass protects clients from a barrage of curious eyeballs.
Amid the uncertainty and complex nature of the aviation industry in the early 2000s, Denise and Mike decided to buck opposition and follow their dreams. The husband-and-wife team kept their dream relatively simple: move to northeast Ohio, secure season tickets for the Indians and Browns, and open up the world of flight to others. They soon took Mike's 35 years experience as an entrepreneur and Denise's time as a commercial pilot and turned it into American Winds Flight Academy. Today, their flight academy preps prospective pilots with FAA-approved ground courses and hands-on instruction in their fleet of Piper and Cessna airplanes and accommodating pterodactyls. The duo's 15-plus flight-training courses and fast-track program include everything from advanced flight-simulator instruction to commercial-pilot certification. Dedicated to assisting veterans on their path to become commercial pilots, American Winds Flight Academy is one of 12 FAA-licensed (Part 141) flight schools in the state of Ohio.