It would be nearly impossible for Jak Figler Designs Ltd to replicate any of their custom jewelry designs. That’s because their pieces are engraved with fingerprints, handprints, footprints, handwriting, and even paw prints. Customers can use prints from birth certificates, or capture new prints at home with one of Jak Figler’s baby-safe kits, or by following their DIY tips using household items such as finger-paints or pudding. After getting their prints on paper, people take a picture with their digital camera or phone and email it in. Using a high-resolution process that can capture even blurry, smeared, or foreign-language prints, designers then create a few options for customers to choose from. Other services include custom engagement and wedding rings, and Ohio pendants that are handmade by local artists.
The master florists at Cox Flowers expertly tuck complementary blossoms into bouquets and vases within their fragrant storefront. An array of bouquets expresses lively affection with assorted bundles of hot-pink spray roses, light-pink alstroemeria, and miniature carnations arranged in baskets or glass vases. Popular choices such as the Warm Thoughts arrangement, with its with pastel sprays of pink carnations, yellow and lavender daisies, and yellow gladioli, expresses sympathy that one’s previous flowers died. For birthdays, the Your Special Day's roses and hydrangeas form the shape of a cake, complete with hot-pink candles.
Between the cherry-red walls of Near East Caffe, guests recline in leather lounge chairs or patterned couches, passing between them spooling hoses connected to ornate hookahs. From the metal and glass towers arrives delectable smoke, pulled from a selection of 100-plus flavors of shisha the lounge offers. Crackling coals burn flavors such as double apple, peach, strawberry, and ocean breeze, along with a variety of flavors from the Starbuzz brand. Customers can also pick and choose flavors to blend, creating concoctions such as lemon-mint or quadruple apple—named after the number of apples that fit in the average human mouth. As they sip on smoke, they can revel in conversation, take in sights from a couple of flat-screen televisions, or simply sit and enjoy the music-filled atmosphere.
The professional petal peddlers at Oregon Corners Florist proffer a bevy of fresh blooms, beautiful arrangements, and gourmet gifts to suit any occasion. Light up mom's face with a colorful hydrangea plant, which arrives with an inscribable card, perfect for expressing love and thanks or lodging a formal request for an allowance raise ($71.99+). Or brighten the day of any picnic-loving family member by sending the Bright Day Basket, a handsome hamper bursting with summery seasonal blooms ($44.99+). Flowers speak a language of their own, ranging from a post-date single rose that whispers a hopeful "I want to see you again" ($34.99+) to the loudly cheerful Birthday Cylinder ($38.99+) and the compactly chic Roses in a Glass Cube, which wordlessly expresses what even the most frantically trapped mime cannot ($44.99).
The knowledgeable staff at Amber Gardens' full-service garden center help gardeners cultivate appealing landscapes with a leafy selection of plants, trees and shrubs. Add color to a backyard patch with brightly hued annuals ($1.59+/plant; $17.99+/flat) instead of bedazzling tree trunks with sequins that will just be stolen by neighborhood myna birds later. Premium hardwood mulch ($28.99+/yard) promotes vibrant plant growth by boosting moisture and nutrient retention and reducing intrusive weed populations. Choose from a flowing variety of water plants ($9.99+) and koi fish ($8.99) to enhance an aquatic centerpiece or accessorize a recycled Gatorade bottle. The garden center's planting professionals increase patrons' foliage familiarity through an educational array of services like gardening programs, classes, and landscape planning.
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.