Though the chefs at Hot Spot Cafe & Pizzeria may craft an array of classic Italian dishes, they don't limit themselves to the flavors traditionally used in Italy. Instead, they load their deli sandwiches and pizzas with a diverse range of ingredients. Chefs layer together hot sandwiches filled with beef tongue and a sprinkling of onions and parsley alongside staples such as club sandwiches. For their pizzas, they get even more creative. The Armenian pizza features garlic sauce and feta cheese, and the spicy Hawaiian pairs ham with pineapple, jalapeno, bacon, roasted red pepper, and a drizzling of hot sauce. They still offer a limited menu of classic Italian dishes, such as bowls of pasta and appetizers shaped like boots.
The culinary team at Clamdiggers of Toledo whips up a mix of American fare classics, from crispy chicken wings doused in barbecue sauce to a blue-cheese burger seasoned with Cajun spices. Guests can feast atop stools at the indoor bar or dine on the massive deck as wafts of fresh air billow in from the Maumee River. Because of its riverside locale, Clamdiggers of Toledo accommodates visitors with docking for more than 30 boats or catfish-drawn chariots, and more traditional travelers can sidle into parking-lot spaces. Once they've arrived, guests can settle in until 2:30 a.m. seven days a week. Every Thursday–Saturday, guests groove to tunes spun by Jim Lieber and Sounds of Music.
Flyboard Rentals of Toledo weds waterskiing and flight with their gravity-defying flyboards. Certified flyboard instructors are on hand to teach students how to safely soar above the water at the whims of water-pressure-guided boots. It only takes about 5?10 minutes to learn how it works?just strap yourself into a pair of boots that are anchored by a small board, and grab hold of the 50-foot cord attached to a jet ski. When the instructor powers up the jet ski, water blasts out from under the board and you're sent straight up into the air to hover on the water. Jim Stillman, the owner and operator of Flyboard Rentals, has personally trained each instructor and ensured that all are certified in first aid and CPR.
As her spa’s name suggests, cosmetologist Angie believes that spa services should do more than simply pamper: they should renew and reenergize the body for life’s daily tasks. Angie’s staff of aestheticians, cosmetologists, and nail technicians shares this philosophy in its treatments that range from classic massages and facials to waxing and hairstyling for men and women. To keep up with their industry’s ever-changing trends, staffers enroll in continuing-education classes that cover fashion, styling, and how to decipher the complex literary schemas in popular magazines.
The experienced stylists at Vina Valencia Salon & Day Spa clip away split ends, create face-framing layers, and saturate strands of hair with luxurious color. Staff work surrounded by pictures of beauty icons such as Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor that adorn fleur-de-lis wallpaper, in a space illuminated by warm hanging lights.
After Meredith Tong earned her associate's degree in massage therapy from Stautzenberger College, she snatched up her massage license and opened Time Out Therapeutics, LLC. In addition to Swedish, deep-tissue, and trigger-point therapy, Meredith uses her interest in physical therapy to help clients reach new levels of health and fitness. She uses sports massage to buttress the body's immune system, increase kinesthetic awareness, and nurture injured sinews. This technique can also prevent injuries and prolong athletic careers by increasing flexibility, soothing swollen tissues, and calming the mind. Meredith's own athletic background informs her massage method as she helps individual athletes and teams achieve peak performance on the day of their marathons, dance competitions, and pogo-stick relays.