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.
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.
More than 300 different types of mattresses line A Bedder Mattress Store's 4,000-square-foot showroom, which brims with top-quality models from brands such as Sealy, Simmons, and Serta. Knowledgeable staffers work to maintain a helpful, low-pressure environment as they guide customers through the immense cache of cushy products, and encourage patrons to test each mattress for comfort, support, and mathematical aptitude. The store is dedicated to keeping all mattresses affordable, stocking closeout and wholesale items alongside fresh, brand-new inventory.
At each of its Cleveland-area locations, Freeway Lanes allows bowlers to hone gutter-hugging curves. In addition to traditional, tenpin lanes, the alleys host indoor bocce ball courts and pool tables for players tired of breaking cues on 16-pound balls. Their expansive facilities also feature modern bowling amenities along with HD television screens and full-service restaurants. League opportunities are available for children, adults, and seniors and live bands frequent the alleys, filling the air with original melodies and providing just enough bass to knock down wobbling pins.
Laurel Howes and her team of clothing and style experts help guests pick out gently used designer apparel for women of all sizes and styles. With brands such as Coach, BCBG, White House Black Market, Laurel curates a collection of upscale clothing and helps find pieces to suit any occasion. She invites guests to try on pieces in the large multi-mirrored dressing rooms.
Everything old is new again at Looks Better On You, but that doesn’t mean that the boutique’s staff hangs just anything on the racks. The team scours blogs, broadsheets from abroad, and fashion columns to stay on top of the street styles that will become tomorrow’s couture. And though they fill the store with recognizable brands such as Coach, Gucci, and Ralph Lauren, the fashionistas always keep an open mind. If an unknown designer has an on-trend or pre-trend piece, they gladly snatch it up. To help guests make the most of the sartorial selection, in-house fashion consultants carry out color analyses, matching clothes to skin tone, hair color, and current mood-ring shade.