Photoriffic Memories dispatches professional hosts to parties throughout the area to help revelers capture the energy of their celebrations on black-and-white and color prints. Their open-style photo booths can occupy up to 20 people, who follow simple on-screen instructions before posing, using optional props, and expressively describing their favorite cheeses. The photo strips can be customized with a phrase befitting the celebration, and optional green screens allow hosts to add a theme to the printed shots. The company publishes all of the night's photos on its website, creating an online photo album from which guests can view or order prints.
At American Bouncers, sock-footed tykes flex their quads and imaginations as they navigate an indoor inflatable adventure land. Puffed-up castles, slides, and Berkshire mansions boomerang with lads and lasses during regular open-bounce sessions, birthday parties, and special events. Junior bounce sessions offer parents an opportunity to leap alongside their tots in the buoyant abodes, and the arena’s concession stand replenishes bouncers with kid-friendly nibbles. The company also leases a selection of bounce houses, concession machines, and party supplies for special events or moon-landing reenactments.
Jim Cucuzza serves as both co-owner and chef at Bongiorno's Family Ristorante & Pizzeria, where he crafts traditional Southern Italian food in a casual, family friendly environment. Just because the dining room and heated outdoor patio welcome casually-dress patrons, though, doesn't mean the food isn't gourmet. In fact, one of the compliments Chef Cucuzza regularly receives is the suggestion that he should be baking dishes like his chicken and sausage arrabiatta in some swank New York hot spot. Occasionally, diners will quietly confess that his homemade gravy trumps even their grandma's recipe.
For guests who don't know where to start, Chef Cucuzza recommends checking out a few of the menu's hidden gems. His suggestions included the halibut romano—encrusted with a cheese and bread crumb coating soaked in lemon butter sauce—or the calamari steak appetizer, a hearty slice of squid sauteed in with homemade tomato sauce. Though Jim's favorites are seafood-focused, he promises that the menus "[have] something for everyone. Everything I cook is to order, [using] fresh ingredients."
And by everyone, he even means pint-sized diners. The chef puts together a children's menu featuring kid-friendly Italian favorites. Meanwhile, adults can enjoy a happy hour every Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., accompanied on Fridays by live music on the patio during warmer months.
Cuisine Type: Italain
Reservations: Not necessary
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Number of Tables: 11–25
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: veal
Alcohol: Full bar
Delivery / Take-out: Parking garage
Outdoor Seating: Yes
With more than 60 years of combined rug-cutting experience, La Danse Cleveland's co-owners, Esther Rehm-Cohen and Tim Brown, have helped untold numbers of students twirl, hop, and belly slide across the dance floor. Certified as a ballroom instructor in 1981, Esther has won national awards for her teaching skills and has had the distinct honor of training couples who have gone on to rank in competitions. She garnered the position of head coach of the Case Western Reserve University ballroom team before fate's two-step led her to a partnership with Tim to run La Danse Cleveland's ample 6,000-square-foot studio. Boasting a background that includes competition in professional arenas as well as work as a dancing judge and a choreographer, co-owner Tim delights in crafting group classes and private lessons that excite and challenge students.
Included on the studio's roster of lessons are styles from Viennese waltz to nightclub two-step, along with sessions tailored specifically to children and to adult fitness goals. In classes and dance parties open to the public, students and social dancers alike rendezvous with Esther, Tim, and their impressive stable of instructors, whose resumés include stints with such world-class companies as the Boston Ballet and Gene Kelly's gutter-cleaning company.
Cleveland Ballroom Company's owner and principal instructor Nichy Vegas imparts graceful dance techniques to singles and couples in a variety of ballroom styles. Lessons range from beginner to advanced, allowing tyro twirlers and experienced foot-movers alike to learn new techniques and enjoy the fun of ballroom dance. Classes such as beginning and intermediate rhythm teach the importance of well-timed movements, a critical element of any basic two-step, foxtrot, or bullet-dodging routine. Alternate styles include tango, cha-cha, salsa, and the classic waltz—call ahead for information on future scheduling.
Relaxing music, a beverage bar, and walls painted in soothing tones jostle for the attention of clients as they walk through the doors of Sassi Nails Salon. At a pedicure or manicure workstation, technicians render nail treatments including shellac manicures, spa pedicures, and polish changes. The Sassi team pays particular attention to sanitization, holding themselves to the strict standards of the Ohio State board and the world’s most scrupulous mother-in-law—Harry Potter’s aunt, who they actually have on staff.