On the rolling hillsides of Wheeling, West Virginia, the white pillars of the Mansion Museum stand majestically over the manicured lawns and landscaped gardens of the Oglebay Institute. Originally built in 1846 as an eight-bedroom farmhouse, the mansion entered the Oglebay family in 1900, and was willed to the city 30 years later to serve as a facility for education and recreation. Today it features a rotation of exhibits and programs, which share fine art, glassware, and environmental education with more than 100,000 people annually.
Tucked next to the Mansion, the glass museum has collected some 3,000 pieces of Wheeling glass, cut lead crystal, and Victorian art glass. The Sweeney Punch Bowl, a 5-foot, 225-pound piece of cut lead crystal, is the jewel of the collection, epitomizing the aesthetic splendor and unwieldy nature of most Victorian-era flasks. The Schrader Environmental Education Center imparts visitors with an appreciation for the natural world with interactive trail tours, campfires, and astronomy events; and the Stifle Fine Arts Center's ever-changing visual-arts exhibits display work from local and national artists.
Helmed by veteran health professional Dr. Anthony DiCesaro, Whitehall Health Centre helps patients reduce stubborn fat deposits with sophisticated, noninvasive treatments. During i-Lipo procedures, low levels of laser energy can cause adipose cells to release stored fatty acids, naturally slimming down targeted areas without the need for surgery or brain transplants into svelte, bionic bodies. i-Lipo Ultra treatments combine laser-diode technology with a vacuum massage that promotes collagen growth and smooth skin in addition to helping to reduce adipose volume.
Mattress World carries more than 20 mattress brands and houses more than 100 mattress styles in its wall-to-wall-mattress store. Factory-trained sales associates guide guests to mattresses that fulfill their needs in terms of firmness, durability, size, and ability to withstand being dropped off a 10-story building.
The quaint shop is the crafty child of bead enthusiast Trish Morris, who nurtures novice beaders as they cultivate blossoming desires to decorate string. The Beginner Class takes place over three hours, during which students will learn the basic concepts of the age-old art of bead control, including working with different designs and colors, utilizing proper finishing techniques, and understanding which herbs can be burned to make beads levitate. Customers can select from Zelda’s large collection of beads to create a custom piece of jewelry to take home and wear every day no matter what. Accoutrements include talisman pewter beads, semi-precious stones such as garnets and amethysts, colorful glass beads, seed beads, 24-karat macaroni noodles, and many more.
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The crafty instructors at Bead It! oversee the symbiosis of string and bead with an array of bead- and jewelry-making classes. The Beginning Bead class familiarizes budding jewelers with the fundamental bead varieties, tool operations, and the age-old sport of spotting beads on the floor ($20). More experienced beadsters can conga-line into the Swarovski Crystal Clusters class to create crystallized bracelets and earrings ($20), or try out the Texturing and Stamping Basics course, in which students embed and accentuate jewels with personalized designs, patterns, and mini etchings of famous cereal-box characters ($35).