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 of Shoregate is a specialty grocer and deli that dispenses imported foods, sliced meats, and prepared meals. Freshly sliced deli meats include turkey, capicola, and salami. A sprawling collection of shelves shows off a huge selection of wines easily matched with pizzas topped with pepperoni, mushrooms, or sausage. Daily specials have included items such as rigatoni, eggplant parmigiano, lasagna, and pasta e fagioli, and a selection of breads is also available.
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.
Cleveland Rock of Ages, a night of live classic rock mastery held at the stadium of the class A affiliate for the Cleveland Indians, opens with the lead singers of Rare Earth, Sugarloaf, Blues Image, and Iron Butterfly all joining forces as the Classic Rock All-Stars and performing songs in the style of rock’s golden era. After a preliminary injection of sonic heaviness, prepare for shock rock’s one-man governing body, Alice Cooper. The heavily mascaraed maestro, well-known for mega-hits like “School’s Out,” “Poison,” and “All I Want Is a Jar of Nickels (For Christmas! For Christmas!),” will take to the stage bearing gifts of rock.
Sheraton Furniture owners Larry and Lori Weisman are carrying on the tradition established by Larry's parents, who opened the store in 1961. With guidance from a team of passionate interior consultants, customers can carefully determine their furniture and flooring needs and receive expert advice about furniture placement, décor, and how to keep favorite easy chairs from following their owners to work. The store's four floors of housewares include name-brand items for every room and secret bat cave in the house, including dining and living-room sets and bedroom furniture. A selection of more than 3,000 special-order fabrics and leathers lets customers customize their purchases, while a loaner program provides temporary furniture until the plush new pieces arrive.
For more than 40 years, homeowners have entrusted their yards to the experts at Weed Man. Perhaps it’s because the employees do more than just perform lawn-care services—they cultivate close working relationships with their clients. This means they are available by telephone or smoke signal any time of the day and promptly respond to faxes or emails within 48 hours, and they also explain the technical side of lawn care to their clients. Of course, what keeps customers coming back is the attention the staff members lavish on grass during services, which range from eradicating weeds with EPA-approved products to aerating lawns to ousting destructive insects.