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December
27

7 Columbus Area Homes with Cozy Fireplaces Perfect for Keeping You Warm This Winter

In our opinion, there's nothing better on a snowy day than curling up by a roaring fire with your favorite warm beverage in one hand and a good book in the other. Fireplaces are not only great for cozying up to, but they also act as a central focal point in any living space. These gorgeous homes in the Columbus area all happen to feature incredible fireplaces that will keep you warm this winter. Whether you're looking for a classic red-bricked hearth or one that gives off more of a modern vibe — we're sure you'll find one that warms your heart!

Light, Bright & Move-in-Ready

5 Beds | 3 Baths | 2,183 Square Feet | $489,900 Columbus Homes for Sale

This home can be found at 1490 Zollinger Road | Listed by Michael McCoy

We love the elongated fireplace face and mantel in this inviting living room! The brick expansion really makes this an eye-catching statement piece. This incredible home in Wakefield Forest also features a recently updated kitchen, finished basement and a huge backyard perfect for entertaining.

Sophisticated & Beautifully Designed

4 Beds | 4 Baths | 6,604 Square Feet | $1,625,000 Columbus Ohio Real Estate

This home can be found at 10 Edge of Woods | Listed by Chris Rosen

This space looks equally comfortable and sophisticated with the gorgeous built-ins, classic fireplace and dark hardwood floors. We adore all of the windows that let in an abundance of natural light! Can't you just imagine watching the sunset, cozying up with a good book and listening to the crackling fire on a cold winter evening?

Awe-Inspiring Colonial

5 Beds | 7 Baths | 3,984 Square Feet | $699,000 Columbus Ohio Real Estate For Sale

This home can be found at 3601 Head of Pond Road | Listed by Amy Conley

This cozy room mixes classic details along with some Bohemian inspired decor. The color scheme of warm neutrals and the pops of color spread around the room work incredibly well together and even give off a subtle retro vibe. The traditional fireplace is absolutely gorgeous and is even two-sided so you can stay warm no matter where you decide to lounge!

Brand-New Townhome in German Village

2 Beds | 4 Baths | 2,466 Square Feet | $549,104 Columbus ohio real estate

This home can be found at 898 South Front Street | Listed by Meyer and Dial

We love a brick fireplace that soars all the way to the ceiling! This beautiful townhome offers the best of open concept living and is perfect for intimate dinner parties or even weekend game nights. The kitchen features quartz countertops, updated appliances, and unobstructed views into the living room and out onto the private balcony.

Luxurious Blacklick Home

5 Beds | 7 Baths | 7,575 Square Feet | $1,299,800 Columbus real estate

This home can be found at 2415 Swisher Creek Drive | Listed by Abe Godinez

We love the large, brick fireplace that acts as a focal piece of this family room, as well as the windows that look out onto the massive backyard. This incredible home in Blacklick also features a gourmet kitchen, a large pool with a waterfall feature and even an elevator!

Fairytale Home in Dublin

4 Beds | 4 Baths | 2,972 Square Feet | $549,900 Columbus ohio real estate

This home can be found at 8648 Dunsinane Drive | Listed by Everingham & Hodak

Doesn't this beautiful Muirfield Village home look straight out of a fairytale? The fireplace is classic and looks like the perfect spot to unwind after a long, cold day. We also adore the large four seasons room where you can entertain as well as enjoy a cup of coffee while watching the sunrise in the morning!

Grandeur & Magnificence You Won't Find Anywhere Else

4 Beds | 5 Baths | 5,094 Square Feet | $1,395,000 Columbus ohio real estate

This home can be found at 24 Sessions Drive | Listed by Amy Conley

The dark walls and features of this living space just scream sophistication! We love the cool toned furniture and functional (but gorgeous) built-ins that pull this amazing room together. The fireplace is elegant without being in-your-face — and we can't get enough of it.  

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December
20

Your 2018 Guide to 18 New Year's Eve Events in Cincinnati

Another year has come and gone and we can hardly believe it! Before the clock strikes midnight, there's still time for one last celebration. Luckily, Cincinnati is bursting with fun and unique New Year's Eve experiences to help us say goodbye to 2018! We've rounded up 18 events in the Cincinnati area that will help you ring in 2019 in style. You'll find family-friendly events like Noon Year's Eve parties and even a kid's New Year's Eve cruise — as well as some more adult-friendly events like a Carnival party and a few brewery hosted celebrations. Regardless of how you choose to celebrate, there is sure to be an event on this list to match your taste. Have fun out there, and have a happy New Year!

For the Kids

New Year's Eve Kids Cruise

Where: BB Riverboats When: December 31, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Celebrate the new year without having to stay up too late! Board a riverboat for the afternoon and enjoy free party favors, a DJ, and fun activities. You can also meet with an eclectic cast of characters and enjoy a tasty lunch buffet. Take a look at the full menu and book your tickets here.

Cincinnati Library Noon Year's Eve Parties

When: December 31, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Cincinnati New Year Events Delhi Township Branch — 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Harrison Branch — 11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Mt. Washington Branch — 12:30-1:30 p.m. Come out and celebrate the new year at the library! Make crafts, dance the afternoon away, have a snack and see the balloon drop. No matter what library branch you decide to celebrate at, you're sure to have a fantastic time.

Kids' New Year's Eve Countdown

Where: The Newport Aquarium When: December 31, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Join all of the aquatic animals in saying goodbye to Scuba Santa before he swims back to the North Pole. Festivities begin in the Shark Ray Bay Theater, where kids will have a blast with music, dancing, giveaways and more.

Happy Zoo Year

Where: The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden When: December 31, 5-9 p.m. "Party animals" of all ages are invited to celebrate the 10th annual Happy Zoo Year at the Cincinnati Zoo! Activities include shows like Winder Wonders by Madcap Puppets, a meet and greet with Father Time and Baby Zoo Year, an early countdown, and fireworks.

New Year's Eve Game + Indoor Fireworks with the Cincinnati Cyclones

Where: U.S. Bank Arena When: December 31, 6:05 p.m. New Years Eve Events Cincinnati

Photo courtesy of Tony Bailey via  Cyclones Hockey

The Cincinnati Cyclones will be playing the Toledo Walleye this New Year's Eve and will be making it a fun event for both you and your little ones. With the special start time of 6:05 p.m., you can make sure the kids can experience the game and a spectacular indoor fireworks display all before bedtime!

New Year's Eve at Winterfest

Where: Kings Island When: December 31, 5 p.m.-1 a.m. This year, Kings Island will be offering a brand new way to celebrate New Year's Eve. This family-friendly event will feature Snoopy's Rockin' Countdown Party, Charlie Brown's New Year's Eve Celebration and midnight fireworks show to finish off the evening.

New Year's Eve Blast

Where: Fountain Square When: December 31, 8 p.m.-1 a.m.   Start off 2019 with a bang by celebrating New Year's Eve at Fountain Square! Alongside hundreds of fellow Cincinnatians, you can dance the night away, grab some grub and participate in goofy games on the Fountain Square stage and ice rink.

For the Adults

The Point's New Year's Eve Party

Where: Schwartz's Point Jazz & Acoustic Club When: December 31, 7:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. New Years Eve Cincinnati For a classy, intimate affair this year, you'll want to check out Schwartz's Point! At this celebration, you'll feel as though you've gone to Paris for the night with the excellent jazz music, delicious buffet dinner and a champagne toast.

New Year's Eve Cruise

Where: BB Riverboats When: December 31, 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Ring in 2019 on the river! Cincinnati's sparkling skyline will provide a spectacular backdrop as you cruise into the new year. The magical night will include a special three-entree buffet, entertainment, champagne at midnight, a late night snack buffet and party favors! Take a look at the delicious menu and book your tickets here.

MadTree New Year's Eve

Where: MadTree Brewing When: December 31, 8 p.m.-2 a.m. MadTree's second-annual New Year's Eve celebration will be full of more brews, bands and balloons than ever before. Come out and listen to local bands 2nd Wind, The Colour of Rhythm, The Newbees and DJ B-Funk. Grab a beer, a glass of wine or a specialty cocktail before the champagne toast to accompany the appetizer spreads and the midnight breakfast buffet! Trust us when we say you won't want to miss it. Make sure to get your ticket before they sell out.

New Year's Eve at The Stretch

Where: The Stretch When: December 31, 8 p.m.-2:30 a.m. New Years Eve Cincinnati

Photo courtesy of The Stretch

The third annual "Clink and Drink" NYE Party at The Stretch is sure to be a party to remember! Enjoy party favors, access to the donut bar, large screens to watch the ball drop, DJ entertainment, and a champagne toast at midnight. There are a limited number of tickets available so make sure to get yours here.

The White and Ice Affair

Where: Glam Lounge 513 When: December 31, 9 p.m.-2 a.m. If you're looking for fun, fashion and local entertainment this New Year's Eve — you're in the right place! There will be plenty of drink specials, a live band, live DJ, a flash mob fashion show, a surprise giveaway, light snacks and a champagne toast at midnight!

An Elegant Affair: Igby's New Year's Eve Celebration 2019

Where: Igby's When: December 31, 9 p.m.-2:30 p.m. When the countdown to 2019 stars, you won't want to be anywhere other than Igby's! This exclusive party is the perfect place to spend your evening all dressed up and among friends. Party favors will be provided and DJ Ice Cold Tony will be spinning! Bottle service tables are now available so you can ring in the new year in style.

Mt. Adams Pavilion's New Year's Eve Ball 2019

Where: Mt. Adams Pavilion When: December 31, 9 p.m.-2:30 a.m. New Year's Eve Cincinnati Come out and ring in the new year at Mt. Adams Pavilion! You'll receive a free party favor, champagne toast, complimentary hors-d'oeuvres buffet and so much more! Plus, there will be two DJs on two levels so you can dance the night away.

New Year's Eve Party

Where: JACK Cincinnati Casino When: December 31, 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Come out and celebrate the new year in style at the JACK Cincinnati Casino Event Center, where there will be live music, drinks, dancing and more. If you're looking to get a little fancy this year, try their VIP Cabana Package, which includes exclusive Cabana seating for eight and 24 drink tickets!

Carnival – New Year's Eve at the Netherland Plaza

Where: Hilton Cincinnati Netherlands Plaza, Continental Ballroom When: December 31, 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Inspired by the Carnivals of South America and the Caribbean, this will definitely be one of the hottest New Year's Eve parties in Cincinnati this year. Doors open at 10 p.m. to open lounge seating, a cash bar with specialty drinks, a DJ spinning Latin and Pop dance hits, heavy hors-d'oeuvres and a midnight toast. Carnival attire and costumes are encouraged. The best-dressed carnival themed couple will win a grand tasting for two with wine pairing at Orchids!  

Have a Very Happy New Year!

December
19

8 Reasons We're Thankful to Live in Akron, Ohio

Akron, Ohio is known to many as "The Rubber Capital of the World", one of the disputed birthplaces of the hamburger, hometown of Lebron James, The Black Keys, James Ingram and so many others — but for us, it's home. With its population of nearly 200,000 people, Akron is perfect for those looking for a city with a small town feel. While we do have a great selection of high-quality tires, we're much more than that. Akron is a hub for artists, musicians, poets and authors so you'll feel at home no matter what your passion is. We love it here, so we've rounded up eight reasons why we're thankful to live in Akron.

1. Living is Affordable

Reasons to move to Akron, Ohio Akron is a great place to live whether you're starting a family or emptying the nest. Forbes lists Akron as one of America's Most Affordable Cities because our grocery, utility, transportation and health costs are a lot lower than the national averages. Housing is also pretty affordable, with a median home price of around $64,000, which is much lower than the U.S. average.

2. Our Location is Amazing

Only 40 minutes from Cleveland, 30 minutes from Canton and about two hours from both Columbus and Pittsburgh — Akron is in a prime location! We're also close to an Amtrak station and the Akron Fulton International Airport so those with a passion for travel will have no issues. Plus, our location gives us some really great weather year round! With an average high in the summer of 82 degrees and an average low in the winter of 25 degrees, it doesn't get too hot or too cold here.

3. There's an Abundance of Outdoor Activities

Reasons to move to Akron

Photo courtesy of Robert George via the National Park Service

Akron also happens to be extremely close to the Cuyahoga National Park, which has more than 33,000 acres and draws nearly 2.5 million visitors a year! Cuyahoga offers a ton of outdoor activities such as camping, bird watching, canoeing, fishing, hiking, horseback riding and so much more. For bicyclists, the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail, which is a trail that extends from Akron to Cleveland, offers 85+ miles to explore. The trail closely parallels the Cuyahoga River and the Tuscarawas River south of Akron. The terrain is smooth, perfect for those with families or for cyclist commuters, and passes through a variety of wooded environments and urban neighborhoods.

4. It's Easy to be Green

With a nickname like "The Rubber Capital of the World", environmentally friendly isn't the first phrase to come to mind when you think of Akron. However; the people of Akron are completely committed to environmentally friendly practices, which makes it easy to be green. In 2017, Akron premiered a new program called the Hands-On Sustainability 2025 Conference, which is a conference that will be held every year until 2025 and is open to the public. The goal of the conference is to allow citizens, officials and local companies to come together and help solve Akron's unfriendly environmental practices.

5. It's All About Vintage

Reasons to move to Akron, OH

Photo courtesy of The Bomb Shelter

In Akron, it's all about retro and records. We've got plenty of vintage shops for you to get your thrift or vinyl fix! For your vintage clothing needs — Highland Throwbacks is a great choice! They offer unique, high-quality resale items that you won't be able to find anywhere else. Retro furniture is a must in Akron, and we are particularly fond of The Bomb Shelter, which sells vintage kitchen appliances, furniture, clothing, toys and even TV sets. The Vintage Vault and 15 Broad Street Vintage are also fantastic choices for antiques. And, of course, Akron has some of the best record selections around. We're home to Square Records and Time Traveler Records, just to name a few.

6. We Have a Thriving Cultural Scene

Akron has been the home to several famous artists, authors and musicians, so it's no wonder that our cultural scene is diverse and thriving. One of our favorite events of the year is the annual Highland Square PorchRokr Festival, which features over 130 local musicians and artists who use both area residences and business establishments as their personal stage. We also boast some incredible cultural attractions that bring thousands of people to the area each year. The Akron Civic Theatre is one of only five remaining atmospheric theaters in the country. While sitting inside the auditorium, you can experience a twinkling star-lit sky and clouds moving across the horizon as you enjoy a show. The Akron Symphony Orchestra has been a cultural mainstay in Akron for 60 years and often has guest conductors and soloists with national reputations. And, of course, the Akron Zoo is a local favorite, boasting over 50 acres of land and housing more than 700 animals. It's also one of the only 218 accredited world conservation zoos by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

7. We've Got Some of the Best Food Around

Akron Burgers

Akron is like a little melting pot in Northeast Ohio. We're not too far from the south to get great barbeque (check out the Old Carolina Barbecue Company), and we also have some fantastic Mexican food options (try Mi Casa) and mouth-watering pizza (you can't go wrong with Luigi's). Though we have all different kinds of great food, we take our hamburgers seriously. The specific birthplace of the delectable meat patties has been disputed for years, but Akronites still have a deep affection for burgers. Every July, Akron hosts the National Hamburger Festival, with a slew of original recipe hamburgers, an amateur eating contest and even a Miss Hamburger pageant. We also have some fantastic wineries, brunch spots and delectable ice cream shops that are essential Akron stops.

8. The People

People of Akron OH Sure, we love all of the amazing parts of Akron, but it's really the people that make this Ohio town such a great place to live. In 2017, Huffington Post wrote a piece on Akron as a part of their Listen to America series, where they talked to local Akronites about what makes Akron great. The consensus of those interviews was that Akron is full of warm and welcoming people who love art and life — and we couldn't agree more.

Why do you love Akron?

Did we miss your favorite part about living in Akron? Let us know in the comments! If you are now considering a move (we don't blame you!) contact us or check out The Best Neighborhoods and Suburbs of Akron, Ohio to get a better lay of the land!
December
18

The Biggest New Year's Eve 2019 Events in the Columbus Area

1Another year is coming to a close. It's time to say goodbye to 2018 and welcome 2019 — preferably by attending a grand celebration! Luckily, Columbus is bursting with New Year's Eve parties and events so you can ring in 2019 the right way. From kid-friendly celebrations with balloons and fireworks to 21+ parties and champagne toasts — we've gathered up the events we're the most excited for this New Year's Eve. Enjoy!

For the Kids

New Year's Eve Kids Countdown

Where: Skate Zone 71 When: December 31, 4-7 p.m. Columbus NYE Events Come out and enjoy a new year celebration with great music and a ton of fun! Skate the night away and enjoy unlimited cheese pizza and drinks, noisemakers, and an early 2019 countdown. Grab your tickets today before they run out!

Sequoia Pro Bowl New Year's Eve Parties

Where: Sequoia Pro Bowl When: December 31, 5-11:30 p.m. This year, Sequoia Pro Bowl bowling alley will be hosting not one, but two New Year's Eve parties! These are "Rent a Lane" parties, so you can rent a lane for up to six people for unlimited bowling and a whole lot of fun.
  • Early Family Party, 5-8 p.m. — This early party is perfect so young children can still participate in the new year festivities. There will be music, bowling, free party favors and even a countdown at the end.
  • Rockin' Bowl Party, 9-11:30 p.m. — Ring in the new year with four and a half hours of unlimited laser light bowling games with your friends and family. Finish off the night by watching the ball drop on one of their many TV screens and celebrate with a champagne toast (for those 21 and over of course!).

First Night Columbus

Where: COSI Columbus When: December 31, 5:30 p.m. New Year's Eve Events Columbus Ohio

Photo courtesy of First Night Columbus

This is the place for families on New Year's Eve! This choose-your-own-adventure event is packed full of fun. Check out a hands-on activity, enjoy live music, shows and of course, the fireworks finale. Don't miss this unique holiday experience this year!  

For the Adults

2019 New Year's Eve at The Goat

Where: The Goat, Multiple Locations New Year's Eve Columbus

Photo courtesy of The Goat

Kick off 2019 in style at all of The Goat locations! These private events include a delicious chef-inspired menu, music all night long, a late night silent disco, a Smile Bar photo booth and so much more. NYE at The Goat-GermantownDecember 31, 7 p.m.-2 a.m. NYE at The Goat-HilliardDecember 31, 7 p.m.-2 a.m. NYE at The Goat-New AlbanyDecember 31, 7 p.m.-2 a.m.

Skully's New Year's Eve Bash 2019

Where: Skully's Music-Diner When: December 31, 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Come celebrate the new year the right way at Skully's Music-Diner. Dance your heart out to incredible music from DJs Chuckstar and Skull Dogg. Enjoy spending the night with your friends and family in a fun atmosphere. Tickets are available now!

New Year's Eve at Shadowbox Live

Where: Shadowbox Live When: December 31, 8:30 p.m. Ring in 2019 with Shadowbox Live! Enjoy an appetizer, dinner and dessert banquet, a live concert with BillWho?, and a dance party, free party favors and champagne toast at midnight. You can check out the awesome menu and grab your tickets here.

New Year's Eve Party Columbus

Where: The Columbus Renaissance Hotel When: December 31, 8:30 p.m.-2 a.m. NYE Columbus Join the Columbus Renaissance Hotel as they throw the biggest downtown party in Columbus with three rooms of entertainment. Dance until the ball drops to music from local DJs and the band SWAG. You won't want to miss this one!

The Three Legged Mare's New Year's Eve Party

Where: The Three-Legged Mare When: December 31, 9 p.m.-2:30 a.m. Don't miss this incredible New Year's Eve celebration at the Three-Legged Mare. Enjoy an open bar, an endless food buffet which includes deliciously prepared prime rib, music from Sonic Boom playing all night, and a champagne toast at midnight! Designated Driver tickets will also be available for a lower price and include unlimited access to the buffet and free non-alcoholic drinks.

Spacebar's NYE Party

Where: Spacebar When: December 31, 9 p.m.-2:30 a.m. NYE Columbus Ohio Celebrate the end of 2018 with craft beer and free champagne at the Spacebar. They will be hosting three top-secret bands and giving you the chance to dance the night away, so make sure to stop by and listen to some great music and grab a beer — it's sure to be an unforgettable night!

Under the Sea 2018 New Year's Eve Celebration

Where: The Hollywood Casino When: December 31, 9:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Come out and join the Hollywood Casino as they take a trip under the sea. This memorable evening is complete with an exclusive concert, a fully decorated theme ballroom, and an all you can eat buffet filled with some of the best food Hollywood has to offer!

New Year's Eve Bash at the Hubbard Grille

Where: The Hubbard Grille When: December 31, 10 p.m.-2 a.m. NYE Columbus Events Great DJs, carefully curated drink specials and friends by your side — what more would you want from a New Year's Eve party? Hubbard Grille promises an exceptional evening full of fun, fantastic music and great drinks!  

Have a Happy New Year!

We hope you have a safe and fun night.
December
13

Holiday Shopping in Cleveland: 17 Local Boutiques + Shops We Love

With the ease of online shopping, it may be tempting to throw your entire holiday shopping list into your Amazon shopping cart and call it a night. But what if we told you that Cleveland is home to a bunch of amazing boutiques and shops where you could find unique, handmade gifts — without leaving the comfort of your hometown? By #ShoppingLocal, you can support makers and small businesses from our own backyard, all while purchasing original items that you can't find in a big department store. On this list, you'll find trendy boutiques, pet shops, candle companies and more — so that you can find the perfect gifts for your friends and family members. Feel good about your holiday shopping knowing that you've supported a small business this season!

Men's and Women's Clothing

 

Whiskey Grade

20075 Chagrin Boulevard, Shaker Heights Whiskey Grade offers fuel inspired apparel for men and functional, yet chic fashion for women. Here, you'll find items that will look good and get better with time — like a broken-in baseball glove or your favorite pair of denim. They sell pretty much everything from t-shirts and hoodies, leather jackets and hats to backpacks and motorcycle helmets!

Blanc Boutique

3104 Mayfield Road, Cleveland Heights Founded in 2013, Blanc Boutique is always home to a collection of affordable, upscale and timeless fashion. They offer fashionable options in a variety of different sizes as well as accessories, home decor and more!

Banyan Tree

2242 Professor Avenue, Cleveland Boutiques in Cleveland

Photo courtesy of Marina Kolmanovich via Banyan Tree

Fashions at Banyan Tree range from bohemian to minimalist, but as varied as the styles are, they are all equally fabulous. They have three different locations throughout Ohio and offer clothing for women and babies as well as accessories and lifestyle items.

Krush

4447 Mayfield Road, South Euclid Krush is just as quirky, colorful and fabulous as it sounds, boasting bold styles cultivated from skateboarding culture, art and streetwear. They hope to affect positive change by giving voice and self-expression through fashion.

Girl Next Door Boutique

19034 Old Detroit Road, Cleveland Laura and Lisa Pikul, both graduates of Kent State University with fashion degrees, moved from California to Ohio in 2005 and brought a bit of the west with them. Girl Next Door embodies the "Cali" lifestyle with their large selection of jeans from independent designers as well as other minimalist, yet comfortable staples, like flowing blouses and dresses.

Mr. Albert's Men's World

618 Prospect Avenue East, Cleveland For the shoe lover in your life you must stop by Mr. Albert's Men's World, one of Cleveland's favorite urban menswear shops! They offer hundreds of different styles of shoes as well as stylish formal wear, hats, belts and more.

Wild Cactus Boutique

2138 West 25th Street, Cleveland Boutiques in Cleveland

Photo courtesy of Wild Cactus Boutique

From an early age, owner Leann DiPaola has always been passionate about expressing herself through fashion. Her love for uncovering one-of-a-kind pieces and inspiration from traveling and living between Arizona and California combined to create Wild Cactus Boutique. This shop encompasses a laid back, curated mix of vintage and modern women's clothing, shoes and accessories for everyday wear.

Geiger's

1020 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland Since 1932, Clevelanders have flocked to Geiger's for their clothing needs. In addition to their great selection of high-quality clothing for the whole family — they also offer gear for snow sports, camping, traveling, team sports and cycling.

Evie Lou

2509 Professor Avenue, Cleveland It's all about comfort at Evie Lou. Their style is classic and professional with a comfortable twist from high-end designers. With their collection of handcrafted clothing as well as jewelry, handbags, wallets and more — you're sure to find something that fits either your own personal style or someone you love's.

Blush Boutique

1783 Coventry Road, Cleveland Heights Cleveland Boutiques

Photo courtesy of Blush Boutique

Focusing on sophisticated yet casual looks, Blush Boutique features an incredible selection of women's fashion, jewelry and accessories. They love to put emphasis on smaller fashion lines and emerging talent from all over the country, so no matter what you buy from Blush you'll be supporting an independent designer!  

Home Goods and Gifts

Pet-Tique

10906 Clifton Boulevard, Cleveland We know you love your pets and want your furbabies to be just as stylish as you! At Pet-Tique you can purchase all different types of apparel for your pets, from simple sweaters to Halloween costumes. They also offer a great selection of trendy collars, pet accessories, cat and dog food and other pet supplies.

Room Service

20178 West 25th Street, Cleveland Boutiques in Cleveland

Photo courtesy of Kyle Kresge via Room Service

Established in 2007 and owned by two artists, Jennie Doran and Andrew Worm, Room Service is a shop committed to displaying the goods and stories from makers, designers and artisans from all around the world. Here you'll find handcrafted home goods, apothecary items, apparel, accessories and more — it's almost impossible to leave empty handed!

Something Different Gallery

1899 W 25th Street, Cleveland "Find your perfect thing," is the mantra Something Different is founded on. This eclectic shop boasts a vast array of home decor, jewelry, custom framing, drinkware, clocks, kitchen items, clothing all from independent makers.

Artful Living

1364 West 67th Street, Cleveland This home essentials boutique is located in the Gordon Square Arts District of Cleveland. Walk through their garden and into a room filled to the brim full of handcrafted art. They feature local and national artists of ceramics, photography, glass, oils and so much more! You're sure to find a unique and special piece for your home at Artful Living.

Flower Child

11508 Clifton Boulevard, Cleveland Cleveland shops

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Vintage lovers — you're going to want to check out Flower Child! Since 1999, they've been Cleveland's premier vintage and mid-century department store. From funky furniture, art and housewares to clothes and accessories to match, Flower Child transforms shopping into a time-traveling experience.

Cleveland in a Box

530 Euclid Avenue #40, Cleveland If you're looking for a unique gift to give any Cleveland lover — Cleveland in a Box is perfect! This unique shop allows you to fill a box with either five or 10 items from their vast selection of Cleveland goods and ship it to U.S. and military addresses for free! They've partnered with some of the city's most iconic and oldest institutions so that they could create an assortment of favorite items that Clevelanders of all ages can't do without. You can even build a box online here.

Cleveland Candle Company

1810 Coventry Road, Cleveland Heights You can never go wrong with a good candle. The Cleveland Candle Company allows you to create your own candle or you can choose from their selection of pre-poured natural soy candles in more than 100 fragrances. Perfect as a fun date night or as an original holiday gift!  

Happy Shopping!

 
December
11

Everything You Need to Know About Cleveland's Famous "A Christmas Story" House

"Fragile… Must be Italian." "Naddafinga." "You'll shoot your eye out!" Since its release in 1983, "A Christmas Story" has been a seasonal classic. It just wouldn't be Christmas without watching Ralphie Parker sulk in his bubblegum pink bunny pajamas and wish desperately for a Red Ryder Carbine-Action 200-shot Range Model air rifle. While "A Christmas Story" is a movie that is close to pretty much every American's heart, for Clevelanders — it's so much more. The famous home where the Parker's story takes place is located just outside of downtown Cleveland in the Tremont neighborhood. A Christmas Story House has become a Cleveland landmark and is now open to the public year-round as a museum.

The History Behind the "A Christmas Story" House

A Christmas Story House Cleveland

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While a lot of "A Christmas Story" was shot in Toronto, Canada, the exterior shots of the Parker residence were of a modest 19th-century Victorian home in Cleveland. The creators of the movie scoured Cleveland neighborhoods to find the perfect place that would resemble story creator Jean Shepard's childhood home. They finally found it at 3159 West 11th Street. Bob Clark, director of the film, ultimately chose this specific home because it gave off a classic-American feel while also having features that they were looking for such as steel mills in the backyard, a wrap around porch and an empty lot next door — perfect for the crew to set up camp. In December of 2004, Brian Jones, a San Diego entrepreneur, bought the house on eBay for $150,000. He had been a massive fan of the movie since childhood and had even founded his own business based off of the film; the Red Rider Leg Company, which manufactures replicas of the "major award" Ralphie's father wins. The previous owners of the home had remodeled the house, installing new windows and covering the original wood siding with blue vinyl. Jones watched "A Christmas Story" frame by frame to draw detailed plans of the interior and spent $204,000 to gut the structure and reconfigure it into the floor plan we know and love. Today, the house sits as a near-replica of the set.

The "A Christmas Story" House Today

A Christmas Story House is open year-round, seven days a week excluding major holidays. When you visit, you'll be able to tour the home and have an incredibly interactive experience. Take photos next to the famous leg lamp or even under the sink, act out your favorite movie scenes, and more! You can even stay in the house overnight in the private third floor with up to five of your friends or family members. Or, for a more eclectic experience — you can stay next door at the Bumpus House, the fictional home to Ralphie's hillbilly neighbors and their 785 smelly hound dogs. The interior of the Bumpus House is decorated in a 1940's style with a slight redneck flair, while still providing all the modern amenities you could want. You can see the inside of the suites available here. A Christmas Story House Cleveland

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The neighborhood is also home to two more "A Christmas Story" inspired buildings — the museum and gift shop! At the museum, you can see behind the scenes photos, props, costumes and memorabilia. While you're there, be sure to check out the Higbee's Department Store holiday toys, Randy's snowsuit and zeppelin he receives for Christmas and even the family car! After spending a day immersed in the Ralphie's world, you'll definitely want to pick up a souvenir, which you can do at the A Christmas Story Gift Shop. There, you can purchase your own leg-lamp in any size you please as well as apparel, miniature figurines and more. If you can't make it to the gift shop in person, visit their website where you can purchase memorabilia from "A Christmas Story", "Christmas Vacation", "Home Alone" and many more classic holiday movies.

Local Holiday Festivities

The lovely neighborhood of Tremont has fully embraced the holiday attraction and is filled with festive events all season! A Christmas Story House

Walkabout Tremont: Light Up Your Holidays

When: December 14th, 5-10 p.m. Soak up some art this holiday season at Walkabout Tremont! Art galleries and retail shops will have extended hours, with special art installations displayed around town. Several bars and restaurants will host live music and special menus. Get a little holiday shopping done while supporting local artists and businesses! You can see a full itinerary and list of the featured art on display here.

Tremont Light Displays

Throughout the Christmas season, Tremont homes are adorned with beautiful lights and decorations. Make sure to visit this suburb after dark to take in the breathtaking displays! Also, make sure to drive by A Christmas Story House while you're at it — the festive lights and perfectly backlit leg-lamp in the window make for a stunning sight.

Holiday Spirits

The Rowley Inn

1104 Rowley Avenue The Rowley Inn A Christmas Story House

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This holiday season, The Rowley Inn, the restaurant right across the street from A Christmas Story House, will be serving up several "A Christmas Story" themed cocktails and dishes! Make sure to check out this special spot and see where the cast and crew of the movie hung out after filming.  

Miracle at the Spotted Owl Pop-Up

710 Jefferson Avenue The Spotted Owl

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Join the Spotted Owl during their special Christmas cocktail popup this season! They'll be hosting this special event until December 30th in their vintage 1850's bar space. The bar will be decorated head-to-toe in Christmas decor and they'll be serving up original Christmas cocktails every day!

I Triple-Dog-Dare You

…to have a fantastic Christmas! For other local holiday events, check out our Complete Guide to 28 Holiday Events in the Akron and Canton Area or Where to See Santa in Cleveland This Year.  
December
5

9 Holiday Arts + Craft Shows in Cincinnati Happening This Year

With the holidays fast approaching, it's easy to run into the nearest department store for last minute holiday shopping or to get free two-day shipping from Amazon Prime. But what if we told you there was a way you could spend the day at a fun event, eat great food, all while perusing art and handmade gifts from local artisans in one central location? This season, Cincinnati will play host to several fantastic holiday arts and craft shows where you can not only check off everyone on your shopping list — you can also support local artists! We've curated a list of the winter-themed arts and craft shows that we are the most excited for this year. Grab your bags and get ready to #ShopLocal!  

Kindervelt Krafts

Where: Findlay Market When: December 8, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Arts and Crafts Shows in Cincinnati Kick off your holiday shopping at the last Kindervelt Krafts markets of 2018. Vendors will be selling handcrafted Christmas decor alongside a great assortment of wonderful gifts. All proceeds from the event help support the Cincinnati Children's Hospital and improve the lives of ill children.  

Delhi Township Holiday Market

Where: Delhi Township Administration When: December 8, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. The Delhi Township Holiday Market is returning this year with even more local vendors and crafters offering a wide variety of homemade crafts, home goods, candles, soaps, baked goods and more! Admission is free, so all you need to do is bring your holiday shopping list.  

Market BLEU | Winter Quarter

Where: Contemporary Arts Center When: December 8, 6-10 p.m. Market Bleu is a quarterly event that features handcrafted products and fine arts — so you can find that perfect gift for your loved one! Come out and enjoy a drink while perusing local artisans showcasing and selling their work in the gorgeous Contemporary Arts Center in downtown Cincinnati.  

Ohio Explored Holiday Maker Mart

Where: Urban Artifact When: December 8-9, 12 p.m.-6 p.m. Holiday Arts and Crafts Cincinnati

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Over 90 vendors will be at the Ohio Explored Holiday Maker Mart this year. This unique market will showcase makers off all different types selling modern, minimalist home decor, jewelry, clothing, candles, woodwork, ceramics and more!  

The Maker's Mart

Where: The Phoenix When: December 9, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. This eclectic shopping experience will feature handmade goods, art and artisanal food products made by independent crafters, artists, makers and artisans. Some of the 40+ vendors will feature Maker's Mark Whisky focused and inspired products for sale as well!  

Christmas in Mt. Healthy 2018

Where: Multiple Locations Around Mt. Healthy December 15, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Why not celebrate the holidays and support local artists in Mt. Healthy this season? This city-wide event will offer fun for the whole family, with tons of choices for shopping, crafts, music, food and fun. Check out their interactive map so you can plan out your itinerary!  

City Flea Holiday Market

Where: Washington Park When: December 15, 4-9 p.m. Arts and Craft Shows in Ohio

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Since it's conception in 2011, The City Flea has hundreds of vendors to satisfy the needs of their Ohio and Kentucky shoppers. They also pride themselves on helping vendors grow from hobbies to full-time businesses. This season, they'll be featuring local makers from vintage dealers to artisan pizza makers — promising something for everyone!  

2018 Cincinnati Winter Avant-Garde Art & Craft Show

Where: Oasis Golf Club & Conference Center When: December 16, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The Avant-Garde Art & Craft Show is perfect for those looking for a one-stop-shop for all of their holiday gifts. Here, they'll be featuring vendors of all kinds and will even have a concession stand on site so you don't even have to leave for lunch! A portion of the profits will go to Happen Inc. that promotes bonding experiences between parents and kids through art.  

Art on Vine Holiday Gift Sale

Where: Rhinegeist When: December 16, 12-6 p.m. Arts and Craft Shows Ohio

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Art on Vine evolved from a college project created by James Jenkins and started as an eight vendor market settled on Vine Street. Now, the event features more than 70 vendors and fills Rhinegeist Brewery. For a unique, fun, one-on-one art buying experience, you won't want to miss this one!  

Happy Shopping!

December
4

Santa Sightings in the Columbus Area This Year

Santa Claus is coming to town! Visiting Father Christmas is one of our favorite holiday traditions and, luckily, he can be found all over the Columbus area this season. With his reindeer in tow, he will be hosting photo shoots, tree lightings, storytime sessions and so much more! We've rounded up the best places to see Santa this year, from the Columbus Zoo to a historical village, you'll be able to make family memories you won't soon forget!

 

It's Santa Photo Time

Where: The Mall at Tuttle Crossing When: November 9-December 24, Times Vary Santa sightings in columbus Santa will have his workshop set up at Tuttle Crossing Mall until Christmas Eve! As he prepares for his trip around the world, his hours might be more limited, so be sure to check his schedule before your planned visit. Caring Santa will also be paying a visit on December 2 for children that may have sensory, physical or other developmental needs. Reserve your appointment here!

Cabela's Wonderland

Where: Columbus Cabela's When: November 11-December 24, Times Vary The annual Santa's Wonderland at the Columbus Cabela's is a not-to-be-missed holiday event. Not only will you get a free photo with Santa, but you can take home a free craft, enjoy cookies and hot chocolate and participate in fun family-friendly games and activities! See all the available activities here.

Santa at the Easton Town Center

Where: Easton Town Center When: November 16-December 24, Times Vary Come one come all to visit Santa at the Easton Town Center this holiday season! The first 5x7 photo is only$5 and candid photos with your phone are encouraged and free! This year you don't even have to wait in line — you can reserve your spot online!

Wild Lights

Where: The Columbus Zoo When: November 16-January 6, Sunday-Thursday 5-9 p.m. and Friday-Saturday 5-10 p.m. Wild Lights Columbus

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Wild Lights at the Columbus Zoo continues for its 30th year! Find Santa settled in his Holiday Home located in North America at the Battelle Ice Bear Outpost. He can't wait to meet the children and hear what is on their holiday wish list! There will be professional photos available for an additional fee. Afterward, check out one of the other incredible features going on at Wild Lights including the 1914 Mangels/Illions Carousel, camel rides and so much more!

Visit with Santa at Worthington Place

Where: The Shops at Worthington Place When: November 23-December 24, Times Vary Until Christmas Eve you can also visit with Santa at Worthington Place! Santa's schedule varies, so make sure to check out his schedule before you go. If you can't wait until after Thanksgiving to celebrate Christmas, The Shops at Worthington Place will also be hosting a Sparkle Night where you can watch the tree lighting at 6:30 p.m. and afterward visit with Santa, get your face painted and listen to live music!

Experience the Season

Where: All Oakland Nurseries Locations When: November 24-December 16, Saturdays and Sundays 12-3:30 p.m. Come out and experience the season at Oakland Nurseries. At the Columbus and Delaware locations, after visiting with the jolly man himself, check out the unique Santa Wonderland and experience lights, music and plush characters!

Swim with Santa

Where: Westerville Community Center When: November 25, 6-7:15 p.m. Get your photo with Santa as he swims in the pool with the lifeguard elves! This unique holiday experience will provide you with a fun and unusual holiday photo to display throughout the years! Registration is required.

Santa's Village at Partners Park

Where: Partner's Park When: November 26-December 20, Excluding December 1 and 8, Thursdays 5-7 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Experience a hometown holiday for the whole family! Santa's Village is set amidst festive lights and decorations with merry music filling the air. Children can visit with Santa for free before participating in other activities! They can also leave their letters to Santa in a special mailbox. There are a ton of other Santa-related events going on at Partners Park this year, including free ice-skating December 15 through January 1, 2019! Check out this schedule for more information.

Christmas in Downtown Delaware

Where: The Strand When: November 30-December 21, Times Vary Columbus Santa Bring the family together to experience Christmas in Downtown Delaware! The festivities start off with the Home for the Holidays Weekend. On Friday, watch the tree lighting before visiting with Santa and some of his reindeer. On Saturday there will be a Dash for Dasher Scavenger Hunt, where you and your family can scour downtown and follow Santa's clues to find Dasher. Then, finally, on Sunday come out and watch the Holiday Parade! Santa will also be available at The Strand from December 1-21 on Fridays and Saturdays to visit and take photos. There will also be free gifts for each child while supplies last!

Santa Visit at the Grandview Heights Library

Where: Grandview Heights Library When: December 8, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. For a more relaxed holiday celebration — visit Santa at the Grandview Heights Library! Take a photo with Santa and participate in fun holiday activities. Then, children will be able to make a craft and visit with Rosie the Comfort Dog from Atonement Lutheran Church. Tickets can be picked up from the Youth Services Desk.

Santa in the Caboose

Where: Hillard Historical Village When: December 9, 3-6 p.m. Columbus Santa

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Get your photo taken with Santa from the 1800's! This kid-friendly holiday event features a horse-drawn carriage ride, live music, refreshments, and beautiful lights. This historical take on Christmas will provide your family with endless fun and memories.  

Have a Holly Jolly Christmas!

If you are interested in other festive events going on in the area this season — check out our list of 21 Essential Columbus Holiday Events You Should Mark on Your Calendar.  

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