Richmond Town Square library is a very tiny section of Richmond Mall with perhaps five shelves of books and one tiny section of DVDs. They get a lot of hot new releases, so it's a good place to look for those, and because it's so tiny and has regular customers, the DVDs are in great shape, sans scratches and fingerprints, and play smoothly. The libraries are friendly and get to know the regulars, and even though it's a small place, they can order CDs/DVDs/books from larger branches for you to pick up. It's a great library; I've used it fairly often and my mom goes there multiple times a week.
I'm going to be a senior at Ohio University this fall and have to say, these years spent at OU have been the greatest in my life. 1) The people are absolutely amazing - everyone is friendly and nice; I honestly haven't met anyone I've disliked. I've made the best of my best friends here and really grew close to them like family. 2) Even though it's nested in a rural town, there's always something to do. Cosmic bowling, movies, eating uptown, ice hockey games (OU has a great team), rollerblading or jogging on the trail by the river, trips to the Ridges, the free art gallery, and of course parties/bars! 3) The academics are top-notch. I've picked up a terrific education from knowledgeable professors and feel prepared to continue toi graduate school. 4) The professors are easy to approach, have senses of humor, and aren't intimidating. 5) I love the dining hall food - the mac and cheese, panini sandwiches, peanut butter cookies, and chicken fajita pizza are especially to die for. 6) The campus is gorgeous - tall trees, rolling hills, cobblestone streets, pretty flowers. Bottom line: OU is wonderful school for academics and fun - I know when I look back on my time here, I'll remember it as some of the best years of my life. if you're thinking about going, do it, and make every moment count - it goes fast!!
I took a few summer classes here this summer. The nice thing is a lot of their classes match up with other colleges in Ohio, so it'll transfer to your college's transcript and count towards your graduation requirements. Also, it's inexpensive compared to Cleveland State - $300 per class, whereas CSU wanted $900. The downfall is the classes were excruciatingly easy... I don't know if it's because it was a summer session class, but I got A's without any intellectual stimulation, challenges, or hard work which I enjoy... it makes me appreciate my grade more and allows me to actually learn. I learned one or two facts, but didn't get a deep global knowledge of the subjects because the classes were so fluffy.
My friend who lives in Shaker introduced me to this theater. It is kind of old, but serves its purpose well. On Monday nights, they give free popcorn and tickets are only $5, which is the lowest I've seen a theater offer. The screens are big, chairs are pretty comfy, and it's within walking distance to some great restaurants so you can really make it a complete night out. I'm glad he showed me this theater; I've made it a part of numerous Monday nights.
The Cleveland Metroparks (North Chagrin reservation) is a wonderful place to take advantage of... for all ages! This particular reservation has Squire's Castle (a large stone castle to climb and explore), Buttermilk waterfalls, a duck pond, a building with snow owls in it, paths to rollerblade/bike/walk/jog on, large grassy fields for soccer or frisbee or baseball... this place is great for solo time to clear your mind, get together with friends, have a picnic, stroll with a new baby, and dogs love it too!!! It's full of trees, home to many animals, and is wonderful to get fresh air and exercise. I've been coming here since I was a baby (being pushed by my mom), to now, where I jog and rollerblade on the shady, cool trails. Love it.
Bent Crayon carries an assortment of obscure techno/trance music. I'm a rock/pop fan myself, but my friend and I came here to find a gift for her roommate, who is into that sort of music. We brought a list of her favorite CDs and the store owner glanced at them, then pulled out similar artists that she might enjoy. Turns out, the one he picked was one she had been wanting! She loved the gift... the store is packed with music that strays from what FYE and Best Buy carry and the wstore owner really knows the music inside out!! Great place if you like music not rotating the Top 40 charts.
My friend and I were browsing Cedar Road, stopping in the little stores, and this was one of the charming bookstores we went in. They had many genres for many different people and I was able to find some books for my dad's friend's 4-year-old son (my parents had been looking for one that he most likely didn't have) that didn't seem commonplace. His parents assured mine that he didn't have those books, and they quickly became his favorites - his parents had to read him one multiple times each night for at least three weeks! Anyway, great place with novel books.
Dunn Hardware, while it may seem small on the outside, is one of the most reliable places for home repair needs. They have so many paints to choose from and cards to find the right color. When they mix up the paint for you, it will look exactly like what the swatch/booklet promised. At Home Depot, the color they made up looked much different than what the swatch showed, and we lost $50 on paint that looked hideous on our walls. That has never happened to us at Dunn Hardware. The salespeople are friendly and are always around to answer questions; they're knowledgeable and can make recommendations/tips. They carry millions of screws and nails, too, and other things for home repair needs. Great place, never disappointed us once.
Anthropologie is both a clothing and furninshing store. Unfortunately, they don't have the recipe for success for either: all of their merchandise is hideous. Picture women's blazers that look like beige 1920's floral wallpaper. Picture baggy pants with no form or shape to them. Picture boots that are made to look like socks, or more 1920s floral wallpaper prints. I'd be embarassed if my cat saw me in such outfits, let alone friends, family, or strangers. I won't even go into describing their home decor line, but it's as equally tacky. I gave it two stars because they have some neat knobs for closets or dressers; smooth, polished rocks, which looks better than what the description implies.
Cain Park is huge and offers some form of recreation for season. In the winter, they have awesome sledding hills - never too crowded if you go early (9 AM - 11 AM), which is best to go because the snow is still fresh and not pressed down a million times by previous sledders. :] In the summer, they have art festivals with wonderful local talents - it's nice to admire or purchase artwork. There are large pavillions for concerts (big names like Fiona Apple)or theater events . However, if there are no scheduled events going on, there's really nothing for adults to do, unless you like playing on playgrounds. ^_^ There are no real rollerblading/biking trails, even though the name it implies it's a park.