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.
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.
Creative guru Victoria Martin II closely supervises each design project and event-planning service that gets contracted through Catalyst Events and Design, and her skilled coordinators craft personalized parties and wardrobe makeovers to match any budget or aesthetic. With offices in Toledo and Detroit, her planners tap into a vast network of vendors and suppliers, composing fun, inventive themes for clients’ parties, such as a Valentine's Day singles' mixer or a Bastille Day bounce-castle storming. As Catalyst’s party planners guide hosts through detailed budgets and invitation writing, its talented decorators and fashion experts breathe new life into homes, businesses, and personal wardrobes with style and space makeovers.
The culinary wizards at Sidelines cook up hearty helpings of pub grub that patrons can discover on the extensive menu. Limber chomping muscles for a marathon meal with starters such as zesty battered and fried pub pickles ($5.79) or garbage fries, a savory mélange of bacon, tomatoes, and jalapenos lounging atop a bed of waffle fries and blanketed in melted mozzarella and cheddar cheeses ($7.59). The selection of five pizzas allows diners to indulge their craving for a disk without having to endure the gamey texture of a frisbee. Table visitors can also wrap tongues around the Porkzilla sandwich, staffed by grilled ham, slow-cooked pulled pork, and bacon ($8.99), or munch on the Knock-Out burger, a bunless wonder that packs the space between two grilled cheese sandwiches with bacon and a half-pound steak burger patty ($9.79). Feel free to lubricate a parched palate by sipping one of the beers cascading from the Sidelines tap, such as Labatt, Killian's, and Blue Moon.