The husband-and-wife team behind Skylar's Homemade Cheesecakes
bakes more than 20 varieties of its signature dessert. Some of the recipes simply involve topping the classic cheesecake with fresh strawberries or blueberries, while others mix in layers of kahlua, german chocolate, and key lime flavors. The duo takes extra bits of batter and turns them into cheesecake drops, which are essentially milk-chocolate or dark-chocolate truffles with a cheesecake filling. As dedicated bakers, they craft a variety of other desserts beyond their specialty. For example, they make custom-decorated cookies for any event, using themed shapes and original icing designs to personalize the order.
Located just off I-76 about a 30-minute drive from the school itself, the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Kent State University delivers on the chain’s reputation for comfort and convenience. During the day, light spills through the clean, modern guest rooms’ large windows onto crisp white linens, and desks and free WiFi make it easy to get work done despite the ever-present distraction of the flat-screen cable TVs’ power buttons. After a refreshing night’s sleep, all guests receive a hot buffet-style breakfast at the Express Start breakfast bar—calories which can be worked off at the onsite pool and fitness center. Besides the university, several easy daytrips beckon just minutes from the hotel, including the Pro Football Hall of Fame in nearby Canton and the Kent Bog State Nature Preserve, where visitors can walk a boardwalk trail through a dense strand of tamarack trees whispering juicy gossip from the Ice Age.
Hungry Bee's veteran chef, Kimberly McCune Gibson, guides burgeoning epicureans down the path to foodie bliss with cooking classes and meals rife with farm-fresh ingredients. Chef Gibson consults with novice cooks before each of her classes, deciding meal plans, coordinating matching sweaters, and bringing the required ingredients to fill clients' shelves. During the romantic dinner party, kitchen Casanovas learn the ins and outs of pan twirling, with Chef Gibson plating and serving the meal to the couple once the stove-side date is at an end. Up to four students fill kitchen classrooms in the pasta-making course, learning to knead and prepare beds of pasta before lying down for a nap. With the Girls Night Out class, eight ladies whip up a menu of choice with the help of Chef Gibson's kitchenware parables and chow down on the repast while the instructor tidies up the kitchen. A level II sommelier, Chef Gibson encourages uncorking a bottle of wine during class, offering pairing and wineglass-juggling suggestions throughout.
Inflatable bounce houses, chalkboard rooms, and arcade games comprise The Jump Palace's indoor playground for kids. This safely contained facility presents children with opportunities to run, jump, and play to their hearts' content without worrying about breaking a vase or scaring the pet goldfish. The Jump Palace features a main playground for kids and a smaller one for toddlers. Parents, meanwhile, can entertain themselves with flat-screen TVs and free WiFi. There's also a restuarant that serves pizza, wings, and cupcakes from D'Angelos Delights.
Swedish massage, a light- to medium-pressured technique, is one of the most popular types of kneads in the massage therapist's tool box. It uses long, connective strokes to improve blood flow, stimulate the lymphatic system, relieve physical tension, and melt stress into a puddle of biodegradable papier-mâché. It can also flush the tissue's lactic acid, uric acid, and metabolic wastes, speeding up recovery time from most common anvil-related injuries. Even if your body's in mint condition and still in its original packaging, Swedish massage also just plain feels good, especially when experienced in Integrated Massage Therapy Center's serene confines and accompanied by their friendly advice on how to keep yourself feeling loosey-goosey with nutrition and exercise.