On the rolling hillsides of Wheeling, West Virginia, the white pillars of the Mansion Museum stand majestically over the manicured lawns and landscaped gardens of the Oglebay Institute. Originally built in 1846 as an eight-bedroom farmhouse, the mansion entered the Oglebay family in 1900, and was willed to the city 30 years later to serve as a facility for education and recreation. Today it features a rotation of exhibits and programs, which share fine art, glassware, and environmental education with more than 100,000 people annually.
Tucked next to the Mansion, the glass museum has collected some 3,000 pieces of Wheeling glass, cut lead crystal, and Victorian art glass. The Sweeney Punch Bowl, a 5-foot, 225-pound piece of cut lead crystal, is the jewel of the collection, epitomizing the aesthetic splendor and unwieldy nature of most Victorian-era flasks. The Schrader Environmental Education Center imparts visitors with an appreciation for the natural world with interactive trail tours, campfires, and astronomy events; and the Stifle Fine Arts Center's ever-changing visual-arts exhibits display work from local and national artists.
Anytime Tan Tanning Club first powered up its trio of German-made tanning beds in September, 1985, during the peak of the decade’s indoor-tanning boom. But just as bulky car phones and shoulder pads have faded away in the years that followed, Anytime Tan Tanning Club has stayed on top of trends by acquiring the latest equipment for its eight area locations.
The staff members at each location can pair clients with all manner of machines, from powerful Ergoline beds and booths to innovative sunless-tanning solutions from VersaSpa. For added vanity, most of the salon’s locations offer professional teeth-whitening services. And the Robinson location even provides Evolv sunless tanning and innovative red-light therapy, which aims to diminish signs of aging or the fact that someone enjoys napping on pizzas.
Reflect burst onto the Pittsburgh fashion scene last year with a full line of men's and women's casual and dress styles from exclusive designers. An Alternative long-sleeve T-shirt ($40) pairs nicely with Anoname jeans ($98), or doll up in a Betsey Johnson dress ($250) or a Wish skirt ($78.20). Fly fellows can don an i.am T-shirt ($49.50) with a pair of Howe reversible shorts ($59.50) to complement fashionable reversible shoes. To ensure that their boutique's line is refreshed as often as a browser window after posting an especially witty Facebook status, owners Kristy and Jenn often travel to fashion shows in New York and Las Vegas to return with the latest styles and trends. Reflect fosters a local fashion community by hosting fashion shows, trunk shows, and a recent local model contest for its upcoming runway show.
The Archer's Edge's passionate staff helps all levels of bow hunters hone their craft with wide array of equipment alongside real and virtual targets. Aspiring hunters can get acquainted with their armaments in a 20-minute session with one of The Archer’s Edge’s pro staff members, who will explain the importance of safety, proper form, and playing the bow as a fiddle. In the indoor range arrow-hurlers can empty quivers at seven 20-yard, temperature-controlled lanes (reservations recommended). With the AIS TechnoHunt, archers use their own equipment to explore more than 700 realistic hunting scenarios and a virtual partner who decries the high price of earmuffs. Although range targets are not included in today's Groupon, they are available for purchase in The Archer's Edge's full-size pro shop.
Coiling ropes of smoke coast down Beaver Street, luring smokers to the bountiful aisles of El Fumador's tobacco wonderland, which awakens the olfactory sense with its epic spread of aromatic cigars and American Spirit cigarettes. High-end brands such as Avo and vintage cigars from Romeo y Julieta beg to be chomped, smoked, savored, and the store's selection of pipes has the power to turn a bumbling detective into the second coming of Sherlock Holmes. Lighters and flasks outfit aficionados with stylish accouterments, as do cigar cases that hold smokes when they're not residing in a humidor from Diamond Crown or Madelaine.