In 1887, 17-year-old Italian immigrant Salvatore Capezio moved to New York to sell theatrical shoes, opening his first shop near the old Metropolitan Opera House. Of course, he quickly found himself dealing with the intense demands of the professional dancers that frequented the store, and Capezio began challenging himself to master the delicate balance and construction of pointe shoes. By the 1930s, his designs carried dancers across the stages of Broadway, and innovations bearing his name continue to appear today in such television and film productions as Dancing with the Stars and Black Swan. Committed to the needs of performers in dance, theater, and recreation, the Capezio team continues to fulfill young Sal's legacy by crafting footwear for ballet, tap, and ballroom dancing, and gymnastics.
In 2007, Elisabeth Gevelber dubbed her newly opened gift store Simply Charming ~ Bijoux, Baubles & Bibelots—or, put more simply, jewelry, trinkets, and treasures—in tribute to the kaleidoscopic range of unique finds and finery she handpicks for her shelves. Whimsical handbags, fragrant candles, and Anokhi scarves hand-printed in India fill racks and open cabinets that stand against a lilac wall to frame an ever-changing inventory that refreshes every few weeks or with the moon's finicky fashion tastes. Gevelber also collects unique greeting cards from brands such as Koco and Mik Wright, whose colorful designs and occasionally snarky quips she relishes as mementos in an age of fleeting digital communication.
For decades, JCPenney Portraits has welcomed families into its friendly studios, where photographers expertly photograph subjects of any age. Digital cameras, professional lighting, and a wide selection of backgrounds all work together to ensure a polished, personalized look for every family portrait, school picture, business headshot, or baby announcement. To customize the session even more, the staff also encourages guests to incorporate items with special meaning such as a baby blanket, a family heirloom, or the wishbone from grandma's first Thanksgiving.
After the final flash, clients and a team member head to the viewing kiosk, where they can select their photos and customize them. Beyond prints, memories may also be preserved on high-resolution MyImages CDs, gallery wraps, or through JCPenney Portraits' archival program, which allows clients to store and share their portraits online.
The professional garment cleansers at Budget Dry Cleaners provide myriad services to expel pesky dirt and unwanted stains from fine fabrics. Most garments ($2.49) are purged through a process that includes a meticulous prespotting regime, to maximize stain removal. Laundered shirts ($1.79) return to their beloved owners with finely pressed collars and cuffs, customized levels of starch, and on a hanger. Budget Dry Cleaners can also scour table clothes ($15), blankets ($20), bedspreads ($20), comforters ($20), and suede and leather coverings ($35), leaving each in tip-top shape after house-wide cleaning days necessitated by an open-top blender's joyride on a Roomba.
Pop into either Bremec Garden Center to peruse a variety of potted annuals (4 in. pot for $4.99, or 10 for $40), hanging baskets (starting at $16.99), and other yard accents. Galvanize greenery with garden ornaments (starting at $4.99), or add an exotic itinerary to backyard staycations with tropical plants (starting at $14.99). Meanwhile, scores of pottery pieces, fountains, and garden statuaries reside in the Cleveland Heights location as well as the Chesterland location’s 4,700-square-foot open-air fountain studio to help trick out a pet rock's sarcophagus burial (starting at $29.99). Additionally, Bremec Garden Center's Extraordinary Gardener program allows gardeners to rack up Bremec Bucks and ensure your backyard remains the talk of neighborhood vigilantes all year long.
Next’s cultivated selection of men’s and women’s contemporary clothing and shoes is a snapshot of today’s hottest urban wear. Patrons can waltz in and spoil their style-starved soul sacks with designer fashions such as G Star denim, Diesel, Nike, PF Flyers, and Jeffrey Campbell, and they can slip on a pair of men’s canvas Vans ($45) or women’s Michael Antonio suede pumps ($48) before gleefully spinning away on street-side light posts. Prevent the itchy leg rashes that result from running through the neighbor’s garden with a pair of durable designer Nudie Denim jeans ($189–$299), or make a grand entrance with a women’s G Star tank dress ($65). A friendly and fashion-forward staff will happily assist you in piecing together a stylish ensemble or string quartet.