At The Cornerstone Bistro, Chef Benjamin Thorpe composes a different menu every week based on the fresh, seasonal ingredients made available by local farmers. Specializing in northern Italian and fusion American cuisine, he transforms Mother Nature’s organic offerings into rustic small plates, innovative entrees, and homemade desserts, such as pies and tarts aromatic enough to hang from a car's rearview mirror. A weekly chef's table slides Chef Thorpe’s edible handiwork further into the spotlight, inviting diners to gather for a lineup of specially prepared courses during meals outfitted with specific themes.
It’s clear as soon as customers see the front desk at Monkey Dooz—three hollowed-out barrels beneath a thick of faux palm trees—that it’s no ordinary hair salon. When they see the jeep-shaped salon chairs, they’ll realize that it is, of course, a hair salon that serves kids and Indiana Jones. It's the endless amount of little details that keeps kids entertained during haircuts and spa services such as sparkle nails and facials. Most importantly, though, is that Monkey Dooz’s staff is a carefully selected bunch that exudes compassion and patience for little ones.
At Brain Balance Achievement Centers, staff work with kids having academic or social difficulties. The instructors' goal is to help these children boost their cognitive function, strengthen their social judgment, and improve a host of other areas. Working from the premise that many disorders are based on an imbalance between the brain's hemispheres, the center uses a plan based on dietary adjustment and academic exercises that aims to restore connections in the brain.
A competitive shooter since he was a teenager, Mike Wirth began teaching responsible firearms operations during college. Between bouts of studying for his degree in mechanical engineering, he showed friends and classmates the firearms basics, such as marksmanship fundamentals, proper cleaning and storage, and how to smelt each bullet by hand.
Now teamed with business partner Aaron Goodfellow, Wirth continues training clients in responsible armed defense. On the outdoor ranges shared with Parma Rod and Gun Club, he and Goodfellow lead classes focused on handgun operations, teaching guests skills from swapping magazines to courteous behaviors when on the range.