In 1880, the final fasteners and sleepers on the Valley Railway were tightened into place. It wouldn’t be long before a billowing cloud of steam announced the arrival of the first train running through the Cuyahoga Valley, a territory that had served as a passageway for foot traffic for thousands of years. Over the next century, the railway contributed to the growth of commerce between Akron and Cleveland, changing ownership multiple times, and transforming from a freight train, into a passenger train, back to a freight train, and finally into a UFO.
Now celebrating its 41st year of passenger-rail service, the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad transports sightseers over the historic rails through 33,000 acres of land owned by the National Park Service. With a year-round roster of trips, including wine- and beer-tasting excursions, passengers can set forth on morning, afternoon, and evening journeys that sweep past meadowlands, pinery, and rivers and give glimpses of native wildlife, such as fox, deer, bobcat mascots, and owls.
For more than half a century, Buckeye Sports Center has outfitted outdoorsfolk with winter and summer sporting gear from brands such as O’Neill, Connelly, Nordica, and Dynastar. Every season, full-time employees diligently test the store’s selection of snow boots and ski equipment to match Midwestern snow conditions, factory-trained boat mechanics service Mercury motors and jet skis, and recreation scientists research ways to conquer the unexplored frontier of water-vapor sports. Knowledgeable staff members match customers to perfectly fitting skis, boards, and boots, and a fleet of Hobie kayaks and glistening powered speed and fishing boats opens up lakes and rivers for fun-filled voyages of exploration.
Wheely Clean Car Wash's family of facilities keeps Cleveland-area rides looking their best. Engineered by trained attendants, each wash uses environmentally friendly products, and begins with a hand steam that preps outer surfaces for a cleaning and releases any stubborn paint wrinkles. Vehicles then freely roll through the sudsy process, which includes free vacuuming in Parma or the option for detailing services in Northfield. Wheely Clean also operates as a discrimination-free business, meaning owners never pay more when a full-size SUV, van, or giraffe's limo needs a scrub.
While working toward a degree in psychology, Tabitha Kemp doubled her workload by enrolling in massage school. Her determination paid off in the form of a college degree, a massage-therapy license, and?later?a spiritual-healer license and reiki certification. Now working at Living Wellness, Kemp releases muscle knots and soothes achy areas with custom massages. Her reiki treatments help bring clients? bodies into harmony, and her coaching sessions guide people down the path toward a happier, healthier life.
Body Sculpting's flagship eight-session program combines strength training and cardiovascular conditioning to facilitate weight loss and build muscle. Students bring a mat, three- to five-pound weights, and freshly inked dumbbell tattoos to semiweekly classes that follow low-impact moves demonstrated by a certified Body Sculpting trainers. Strength-training exercises blended with pilates elements protect joints and bolster lean muscle tissue, which can maintain bone density and help prevent osteoporosis.The strength-without-bulk philosophy boosts metabolism, allowing participants to continue burning fat after the workout has ended and endorphins have gone home to watch TV. Class size is limited to provide as much one-on-one attention as possible, so students should call early to reserve their desired timeslot.