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Grand Opening! Stop by Our Ohio Retail Store This Weekend

MF-Store2A few months ago, it was becoming clear that our Ohio office had outgrown our Ohio office space. When Toby, Melanie, Dana & Nanette set out to find new digs, they found a convenient location with plenty of warehouse space—and it just happened to come with a nice little retail area out front.

So, we figured, what the heck?

The Grand Opening celebration for the first mental_floss retail store will be held this Saturday and Sunday from noon-4pm. If you live in the greater Cleveland area or are Thanksgiving-ing in those parts, come on by and say hello! You can pick up a free copy of the magazine, grab some food and drink, and perhaps win some mental_floss stuff.

Here's the address: 8051 Mayfield Rd, Chesterland, OH (View on Google Maps.)

If you can't make the Grand Opening but still want to stop by, the store will be open from 10am-6pm Monday through Friday, and noon-4pm Saturday and Sunday.

One more thing: If you can make it to Chesterland this weekend, tell 'em Jason sent you and get a free mental_floss tote bag! (I've always wanted to say that.)

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