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Monday, May 19, 2008

Cleveland Heights family to appear on Wife Swap

Posted By on Mon, May 19, 2008 at 5:52 AM

Wife Swap, the TV program where wives swap families for two weeks to live in each other’s homes, is one of ABC’s best performers. And it’s easy to see why: The children and husband usually end up pleading for their real mom/wife to come home. For the unappreciated women (read: pretty much everyone) the show is like porn. A Cleveland recently couple got to see what this forced separation was like… Steve and Marlee Brown, owners of Shoparooni in Collinwood, live in Cleveland Heights with their 11-year old son, Zane. By day they sell accessories like necklaces made out of scrabble pieces and ironic trucker hats decorated with butterfly prints. By night Steve is also a professional yo-yo player who’s most well-known for doubling for Owen Wilson as a yo-yo stuntman in Zoolander. The family, you could say, is rather non-traditional. To commemorate their engagement, the duo bypassed the usual wedding rings. Instead, Marlee got a tattoo of a carrot on her left finger, while Steve got a matching rabbit on his own. To make for better TV, producers tend to match families from different orbits – Kentucky rednecks swap moms with Orange County trophy wives, etc. Neither producers nor the Browns will talk about their episode, but the show will air on ABC this fall. – Rebecca Meiser

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