Award-winning Akron Life Magazine regales its more than 15,000 subscribers with colorful pictures, helpful lifestyle tips, and fun, engaging guides to the thriving arts scene of Summit, Portage, Medina, and Stark Counties. Gastrophiles flip through the Food & Dining section for reviews of up-and-coming hot spots or hidden culinary gems. Arts & Entertainment coverage livens up cultural calendars with band interviews, information about upcoming plays, and instructions for turning back issues into a pair of opera glasses. Bright, color-saturated photos of the Akron region's happy residents and fill the Beauty & Wellness and Home & Garden sections, which also clue in readers with tips on how to keep their bodies in shape and their backyards bristling with verdant plants.
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.
From first sip to final swallow, Abruzzo's bottles all things vino and malted barley and hops into one convenient location, including bottling supplies and at-home wine- and beer-making equipment. Guzzlers can build a twisting tapestry of bitter tastes with the Brewer’s Best equipment kit (a $67.38 value), which includes every tool necessary for concocting barley imbibables––including a home beer-making book and a 6.5-gallon fermenter, perfect for filling party goblets and 6.5-gallon stomachs. Each kit also includes a beer ingredient pack in one of seven flavors (starting at $29.70), including Brewer’s Best American cream ale, American light, English brown ale, English bitter, Scottish ale, Irish red ale, or Bavarian kölsch.
Beads'N More's bright, cheerful shop is bursting with beads and baubles of all shapes, sizes, and personalities. Sparkling batches of crystals, gemstones, and imported, glass-worked beads invite an artistic eye to adopt them and set them loose upon a string that's set upon wrist or collarbone, catching the eyes of passersby and arousing the envy of dully colored mollusks. Single loose beads start as low as a penny and slide up to $10; finer items, such as elegant focal beads, range from $7 to $45. For the less bulky beading projects on your strung-along list, Beads'N More also carries vintage Czech seed beads sold by the hank for as little as $2.75. An array of tools and instructional books is also available.
Although The Canal Fulton Glassworks opened in 2009, the timber-framed structure that it inhabits was built nearly two centuries ago. Inside, the business has transformed its historic dwelling into a modern-day showcase of Ohio-based artists, with more than 3,000 handmade works on display, from glass and ceramics to furniture and paintings. The gallery also shares its artistic prowess with the community during hands-on classes, including glass-making workshops that focus on paperweights, pendants, and beads.
Family owned and operated for 30 years, Frame Center provides decorative and museum-quality framing services for original artwork, prints, and other memorabilia. With roughly 2,000 frames and hundreds of mats to choose from, mounted and framed pictures under glass start at $29.95 for an 11" x 14" frame, $45.95 for 16" x 20", $69.95 for 24" x 36", and $74.95 for 32" x 40". Prices can increase if you opt for higher-quality wood frames, which many customers choose to enhance velvet portraits of Courtney Love unearthed from the basement of the Louvre. Available mats range from paper and museum-grade conservation material to hand-wrapped fabrics. Frame Center's experienced staff also frames shadowboxed objects, photo portraits, and diplomas ($100+), as well as needlepoint or cross-stitch pieces ($70+). Although you can always nail art projects onto a refrigerator door, a wall display offers a longer-lasting opportunity to display your children's illustrations ($24.95+) of Hannah Montana clones playing poker.