The word "concrete" doesn't often evoke creativity. But the landscapers and designers at Municipal Services of America transform bland slabs of cement into works of art. Their stamped-concrete patios come in all shades and textures, sometimes masquerading as russet stones or taking on the style of distressed tiles. Other home issues MSA tackles include waterproofing basements and repairing sewers.
Since 1988, Pet Supplies Plus has welcomed millions of furry critters of every stripe—from llamas and monkeys to potbellied pigs—into their animal-friendly stores. The shop is designed so that both pets and their owners can easily navigate the inventory of more than 10,000 items. Wide aisles give leashed pups enough room to roam, colorful signage keeps shoppers moving in the right direction, and low shelves allow dogs to sniff out their preferred brand of rawhide chew. A self-serve dog wash enables guests to scrub their canine companions' coats to a youthful, puppy-like shine, whereas grooming services enlist professionals to tackle tougher jobs, such as brushing out matted fur or convincing dalmatians to stop mixing white and black after Labor Day.
Alesci’s embraces family traditions. If it’s not already apparent by the third generation of brothers who co-manage the deli and grocer, it shimmers to the surface in the stories of old regulars and those who remember Grandpa Frank Alesci. Starting with Frank, and now for more than 50 years, the Alesci family has curated a collection of imported products, providing immigrants with the sought-after goods from across the pond. Beyond that, it’s a place for fresh, crusty bread, pizza, a myriad of cheeses, and deli meats sliced by hand. Inside the 7,000-square-foot location, shelves are lined with everything from polenta to biscotti, olives to olive oil, and peppers who share space with their natural enemy: the tomato.
The family behind Schultz Upholstery has been covering chairs and couches with fresh fabric since 1938. These artisans strive to preserve antiques and heirlooms that last longer than today's furniture. At the beginning of the process, they help clients choose their new upholstery from a selection of more than 5,000 fabrics. Then they set to work by granting new skins to pieces ranging from vintage and modern furniture to careworn car seats.
Whether students are aiming for a private pilot's license or simply want to experience what it's like to fly a plane, the instructors at Premier Flight Academy offer informed, experienced guidance. In fact, the academy earned a spot on the 2013 Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Honor Roll for its high standards of accomplishment in flight training. From its fleet of Diamond, Cessna, and Piper aircraft, the instructors help students learn everything they'll need to become private, commercial, or military pilots.
The staff members at Cleveland Flight Lessons work as liaisons between curious students and experienced flying instructors to take the guesswork out of an otherwise fun adventure. Specializing in introductory flights designed for beginners, pilots first debrief students before climbing into the cockpit and soaring up into the sky. Once in flight, students will be given the opportunity to take the controls, and a post-flight briefing will conclude the whole experience.