Train hobbyist Don Oeters founded EnterTRAINment Junction in 2008 to showcase railroading in an educational and amusing way. Two years later, his 80,000-square-foot facility was voted Ohio's Best Family Entertainment Center of 2010.
At the centerpiece, a 25,000-square-foot indoor model train display dazzles visitors with 90 G-scale trains and 2 miles of track winding through handcrafted landscapes, including an 11-foot waterfall, thousands of trees, and scenes documenting railroad's early, middle, and modern periods. Each train car is the size of a loaf of bread, making it easier for groups to see it or break it into communal pieces, and Oeters and his staff continually tweak the locomotive's surroundings by adding seasonal touches and installing minor or major updates. Historical train artifacts, educational videos, and interactive exhibits await amblers in the railroad museum, and the Imagination Junction kids' area entertains youngsters with train-themed play structures, hand-cranked and electronic locomotive rides, and a section dedicated to Thomas the Tank Engine, the first train to successfully learn sign language.
Lamps, sconces, and chandeliers cast a warm glow over cozy furnishings inside Lighting EFX's two showrooms, which the owners designed to "enhance the visual experience" of their clients. Their knowledgeable sales team greets customers and helps them navigate through indoor and outdoor lighting arrangements, both flocked by home accent pieces and migratory pink-flamingo statuettes. From among their merchandise, ceiling lights illuminate domiciles from overhead, and an array of stained-glass or polished-chrome accent lamps add both style and brightness to rooms. Old-fashioned outdoor gas lamps, all boasting an oil-rubbed bronze finish, cling to walls or stand atop posts, as a swarm of exterior hanging lights dot the night air.
Running shoes designed by New Balance, Mizuno, and other brands line the walls at Buckeye Running Company, a boutique dedicated to those who jog, race, or participate in marathons. Patrons can also peruse racks of athletic apparel designed by companies such as Saucony and Moving Comfort. The shop also holds events at which visitors can meet celebrated runners or learn techniques to avoid injuries.
Just like fine flower arrangements, candy bouquets make great gifts for any occasion or caliber of sweet tooth. Celebrate a sibling's orthodontic success with a box of smiles bouquet ($45), or high-five over one more successful Earth rotation with a birthday bundle ($45). Wish the new mother well with a stork-shaped stand of sweets ($55), or simply load up for the long, easy summer ahead with the "junk candy" basket ($75), chock-full of everyone's favorite chocolate-covered chocolate and more.
The wireless wizards and service providers at AT&T Authorized Retailers equip phones with a wealth of accessories. An iGo green universal wall charger ($49.99) powers up virtually any phone at home (with corresponding cables, sold separately), and doubles as a battery backup to provide power when wall outlets run dry. Screen-protector two-packs for the Impulse 4G andd Xperia Play keep displays smudge and glare free ($15 each). Alternatively, an AGF leather-inlayed rubber case grants Samsung Galaxy S II's the protection of an iron gauntlet ensconced in a stylish velvet glove, and the Body Glove soft-shell case for Impulse 4G phones offers a smooth gel surface that stows easily without attracting pocket lint or belly-button lint masquerading as pocket lint ($30 each). Throw a party to celebrate newly acquired phone accessories with entertainment provided by an iHome mini-stereo speaker system, featuring two amplified speakers and vacuum bass expansion with a protective carrying case ($49.99).
Kathy's Tennis Boutique serves up a plethora of tennis gear and gifts, including apparel from well-known producers such as Fila, Bolle, Wilson, and K-Swiss. Shield peepers with a pair of sunglasses designed for tennis play ($19.95), or slide on a Versa visor ($19.95) to block blinding rays and create an aura of mystery. Ailing rackets, meanwhile, recuperate with a thorough restringing ($21–$45), enabling powerful backhands followed by celebratory guitar poses. Tennis shoes ($59.99–$115.99) from brands such as K-Swiss, Prince, and Wilson support soles during play. Pick up a tennis top ($32–$46) or skirt ($45–$65) specifically designed for the sport, or peruse a variety of tennis-related gifts for coaches, team captains, teammates, or cheerleaders who lead fans in rounds of polite applause.