Founded in 1934, the Cuyahoga Valley Art Center is a self-supporting nonprofit that offers classes led by experienced artists to pupils of any skill level. Aspiring sculptors can jump hands first into the beginning pottery class, which includes a kiln-firing fee and a half block of clay ready to be deftly shaped into a bowl, mug, or more shapely block of clay. A sketchbook and drawing pencils are bestowed upon all who enter either drawing class, where former tracers will learn the fundamentals of elevating a flat image to realistic three-dimensionality. Classes take place at the center itself, which also contains a first-floor gallery where student and instructor work is proudly displayed–increasing your changes of being romanced by every sexy art thief in the greater Akron area. Check out a complete description of classes before registering.
Furniture and Carpet Source’s 35,000-square-foot retail space contains furniture, flooring, carpet, and more to redecorate rooms. Though this Groupon is not valid on home accessories such as pillows and lamps, it can be used on bar stools ($50–$200), occasional tables ($100–$20), and furniture sets (most over $200). Game-room furniture lets homeowners design basement casinos complete with billiard tables, poker tables, and slot machines to complement poker-playing packs of anthropomorphic pups.
Family-run for more than 40 years, Love Furniture outfits homes with high-quality furniture and accessories. The shop's wide selection of chairs, ottomans, and bedroom furnishings let customers abandon minimalist tendencies to use their coffee tables as tap-dancing stages. Lounge-ready sofas ($399+) and recliners ($279+) in a variety of upholstery fabrics accompany three-piece living-room tables ($199+). Queen mattress sets ($399+) await the domiciles of eager nappers and jumping monkeys. Art and accessories ($19+) adorn uninhabited walls, and lamps ($39+) illuminate them for late-night shadow-puppet shows. The knowledgeable staff helps browsers navigate selections from Ashley, Lane, Craftmaster, and other top brands, giving honest opinions about which couches look the best on them.
All Fired Up!'s homey studio invites artists of all ages to participate in kiln-fired activities. Whether perusing the shelves laden with blank pottery or cutting and arranging colored glass to design their own plate, visitors get the chance to create personalized mementos and dishware. Classes let students try their hands at a pottery wheel, and kids' parties keep birthday guests distracted with painting while their parents wrap last-minute gifts.