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X-ray technicians at the local hospital shook their heads at their motionless patient—a mummified bird that had appeared in a lot of Egyptian artifacts set to go up for auction. After the techs confirmed that the bird was genuine, Richard "Jeff" and Amelia Jeffers, owners of Garth's Auctions, couldn't wait to put the important piece of ancient history in their catalog. Amelia Jeffers remembers that in fact, the bird did poorly at auction, as not many people collect mummified Egyptian wildlife. Instead, collectors flock to Garth's Auctions for vintage Americana, local folk art, Oriental rugs, and even real estate.

Since its opening in 1954, Garth's Auctions has appraised and sold thousands of collectibles at auction, but took on newfound enthusiasm and energy in 2006, when the husband-and-wife auctioneer team took it upon themselves to make auctions accessible to everyone. Amelia notes that first-timers should not be intimidated by the auction format, as the price range for items varies widely and auction catalogs list everything from fine art to firearms and novelty toys. She remembers recently auctioning off an antique novelty vampire-slaying kit complete with a wooden stake, garlic flour, and holy water. A large team of certified appraisers also leads scheduled walk-in appraisal days at museums across the country, and are available to appraise antiques in-house or in the ancient ziggurats where they are discovered.

Garth's Auctions has also worked to expand their environmentally-friendly endeavors such as printing catalogs with Forest Stewardship Council–approved recycled paper and replacing old company cars with fuel-efficient hybrids. However, the Jefferses believe that their most important green contribution is their day-to-day collecting and repurposing of antiques that reduce demand for new items.

2097 London Road
Delaware,
OH
US

We have been serving Northeast Ohio's Pool & Spa needs since 1958. We offer complete pool, hot tub or spa sales, maintenance, service and repairs. Building inground, onground and above ground pools to suit any need.

7499 Leavitt Rd
Amherst,
OH
US

The Comfort Zone Salon and Spa’s certified massage therapists knead tense frames during 30- and 60-minute therapeutic massages. Massage therapists combine deep-tissue pressure with soothing, relaxing movements in a good-cop, bad-cop routine that coaxes stress out of stubborn, stiff muscles. After a therapeutic massage, patrons will feel muscle tension and chronic pain flee from their bodies, allowing them to give pet grizzly bears piggyback rides with the greatest of ease.

8145 Leavitt Rd
Amherst,
OH
US

We are in the Apparel business working hard to take care of and promote our customers' Brands. We take their Brand seriously and really want to see it flourish and grow.

130 Graphic Way
Westerville,
OH
US

For more than 35 years, dentists at American Dental Centers have polished pearly whites and prevented dental disease with thorough exams. At each of the 14 locations that dot Northern and Central Ohio, patients walk in or schedule appointments so they don’t have to scrape off plaque using chew toys. The center maintains a 24-hour phone line so that patients can arrange to have emergencies treated as soon as possible, and it also offers a Forever White program, in which patients pay a one-time fee and then receive take-home bleaching treatments for as long as they attend their regular three- or six-month check-ups.

790 Arlington Rdg
Akron,
OH
US

Established: 2010

Staff Size: 50+ people

Average Duration of Services: 2?4 hours

Parking: Parking lot

Most Popular Attraction/Offering: 10 Inflatables, huge arcade, seven party rooms

Recommended Age Group: Kids

Q&A with the Owner

Apart from your business's main attraction, do you offer any "hidden" services or activities that visitors are always delighted to learn about?

Our staff has Disney-oriented training to make your visit fun.

As the old adage says, "Stuff happens." What training do you and your staff have to stay ahead of the unexpected?

We consider problems opportunities /[and/] refuse to let anyone leave without a smile on their face.

Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?

We have a teen night glow party every friday night from 8:30?11 p.m. for 10 to 15-years-olds. The lights go down and the music goes up. /[There is a/] live DJ, karaoke, light show, dance floor, music, contests, and safe fun.

13700 York Rd.
North Royalton,
OH
US