A sprawling 10,000-square-foot Victorian mansion, listed on the National Historic Register for its quality of preservation, envelopes visitors in timeless elegance and opulence originally designed in 1887. Guests step through the home's Italian-marble entryway before ascending the carved grand staircase, sliding down the sleek, molded banister, and climbing the staircase for a second time to one of four guestrooms. A chandelier set in intricate molding casts soft light over the Secor Bridal Room, outfitted with a king-size bed, fireplace, and large attached bathroom with both a walk-in shower and a porcelain soaking tub. The more masculine Reynolds Room—with its hunter-green curtains, rugged antiques, and clocks sporting unshaved faces—shelters guests in a roomy interior and an adjoining private bath with a clawfoot tub. Each morning, the wafting aromas of a full gourmet breakfast prepared by Chef John rouse sleepy-eyed guests from their cozy beds.
Legendary chanteuse Stevie Nicks fulfills the fantasies of her loyal legion of fans, blessing the air with her golden voice as the In Your Dreams tour takes flight. Harmonically and fashionably inimitable, Stevie’s never-ebbing career has entered its latest chapter of acclaim as new generations discover her skilled storytelling, indomitable voice, and the fact that music fits in earholes. In support of her first studio album in 10 years, the acclaimed In Your Dreams, Stevie enables devotees craving a Nicks fix with a tapestry of future classics and seminal solo anthems, sometimes including hits such as “Stand Back” and “Edge of Seventeen.” Casual fans, lifelong fanatics, and hopelessly lost package-delivery workers will spiritually cuddle with Stevie’s tranquilly maternal voice, becoming increasingly mesmerized as a vibrato opens temporal loops and makes space-time continuums weep.
Drumline Live! transports the African-American marching-band tradition to the whimsical theatrical stage of the Stranahan Theater. An armada of musicians culled from historically black colleges gathers in a vibrant stage show, with vivid, drum-filled musical selections illustrating the drumline's artistic lineage in African culture through classic Earth, Wind & Fire cuts and chart-busting top-40 hip-hop hits. While dazzlingly complex drum cadences fill the audience's ears, choreographed dance routines keep their eyes from the temptation to turn into a second set of ears.
The Greater Toledo Auto Show cruises into SeaGate Convention Centre to showcase the latest models from some of the industry’s leading manufacturers, headlined by Cadillac, Mercedes Benz, Harley Davidson, and more. Amid the horsepower and engine revs, family-friendly attractions make the four-day event a gas for all ages, including mascot appearances, contests and giveaways.
Mike and Terry Williams compare heaters to cars, pointing out that the average Toledo heater runs for more than 1,800 hours each year—if a car was driven for that long, it could log more than 100,000 miles. Drivers keep their cars running smoothly through regular oil changes and general maintenance, yet many homeowners fail to invest in similar care for their home heating equipment. These are habits Mike and Terry hope to change, as they have learned that preventative measures such as annual tune-ups are the easiest way to keep costly heating and cooling systems operating smoothly.
The company's team of licensed, bonded, and insured technicians maintain old equipment and outfit homes with new heaters from brands such as Trane and Carrier. Beyond heating and cooling, they also work with water heaters and electrical equipment, installing whatever make or model of equipment that will prove most energy efficient for a particular home, commercial space, or upscale doghouse.
For more than a century, the family-owned Barrow Greenhouse has been harvesting a bounty to pair with green-thumbed caretakers. Half a dozen family members join the friendly, knowledgeable staff, helping visitors navigate more than 200 varieties of potted annuals and perennials, more than 5,000 hanging baskets, and containers blossoming with floral mixes ready to brighten patios or add a warm ambiance to basement dungeons. The greenhouse grows 95% of the plants that they sell and invites guests to browse foliage year-round, letting them picking up mums in autumn, poinsettias in winter, and flowering bulbs to screw into lamps come springtime.
Nabbing a 2011 Talk of the Town award for customer satisfaction, the garment de-gunkers at Champion Cleaners and Tuxedo Rentals continue their 61-year tradition of stellar service. Experts gently purify full suits, dresses, and coats ($11 each) and return delicate sweaters ($3.75) to mint Cosby condition. Individual suit pieces ($5.50 each)—such as pants, shirts, and jackets—compare notes with the vestigial garment colloquially known as the vest ($4.25). Dry cleaners revive threads Monday–Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Though additional services are not included in this deal, Champion also offers alterations, tuxedo rentals, wedding-gown preservation, and zipper repairs.