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February
28

Where to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in the Akron & Canton Area

St. Patrick's Day is right around the corner and there are a plethora of places where you can (and should!) celebrate. After you head downtown to watch Akron's famous St. Patrick's Day Parade, visit one of the area's many fantastic Irish pubs to get you in the St. Paddy's Day spirit! We've rounded up our favorite Irish spots in the area, from hole-in-the-wall bars to upscale restaurants. No matter where you decide to celebrate, we promise you'll have a grand time — but don't forget to wear green!  

Barley House | Akron

Akron Burgers

The Barley House is an Akron staple that invites you to sit long, talk much and laugh often. They offer over 30 beers on tap at any given time along with the friendliest staff in town. Stop in for their annual St. Patrick's Day celebration or any day of the week to catch the game on one of their many TVs.

T.J. Dillon's Pub | Massillon

This neighborhood favorite has been located in Massillon for over 26 years. They offer great food, service and even live music from time to time. No matter whether you're a local or not, you'll still feel welcome at this cozy pub!

Irish Jack's Pub | Akron

Irish Jack's is North Hill's only Irish pub, serving drinks until 1 a.m. (or until everyone goes home) Tuesday-Friday. Here, you'll find good food, drinks and even Irish dance classes! If you need somewhere to throw your Irish celebration, Irish Jack's also rents out their Brendan Hall — which is the perfect venue for almost any occasion.

Arnie's Public House | Akron

Arnie's Public House is more than just a bar — it also happens to be one of the best eateries in Akron! They offer incredible classics like steaks and burgers along with out-of-the-box selections like chicken and waffles and sweet potato tacos. Plus, the amazing service will have you coming back again and again.

Harmon's Pub | Canton

Harmon's Pub has been serving the Canton community for over 28 years. This institution serves an affordable array of generous appetizers, homemade soups, fresh salads, juicy burgers and their famous steak on a stick. Harmon's is the perfect spot to chat with friends over a cold drink.

Brubaker's Pub | Multiple Locations

Brubaker's Pub is Summit County's original Irish American neighborhood pub, now with six locations around the area! They offer a large menu of signature cocktails and craft beers on tap along with delicious food selections like a Reuben flatbread, Bavarian pretzels and more. Stop in for happy hour, every day from 3-7 p.m.!

Dublin's Pour House | Akron

St Patrick's Day Irish Pubs Dublin's is the perfect spot for those looking for classic Irish pub ambiance. This traditional pour house is bursting with great food, beer and hospitality. Whether you're just looking to watch the game with your friends or want to grab a sandwich and a pint after work — J. Dublin's is your new home away from home.

The Irish Pub & Grill | Massillon

Established in 1988 and revamped in 2018, the Irish Pub & Grill is a Massillon destination. They offer a spectacular menu full of pub favorites including burgers, wings, sandwiches and more along with signature cocktails and any type beer your heart desires. When you stop in, make sure to try their soon-to-be-famous Reuben sandwich — we promise you won't regret it.

The Irish Exchange | Canton

Locally owned and operated since 1991, the Irish Exchange is the perfect place in Canton for a relaxing lunch or dinner. From their mouth-watering char-broiled burgers to their emerald green salads — they have something for everyone on their extensive menu.

Hooley House Sports Pub & Grille | Copley

St Patrick's Day Irish Pubs

Photo courtesy of the Hooley House Sports Pub & Grille

Hooley House is an Irish and American sports pub that serves moderately priced, fresh and delicious pub fare along with classic Irish fare. Settle into their comfortable dining room that exudes a friendly and open atmosphere. It is also one of the best places in Northeast Ohio to catch a game, no matter what sport you're passionate about!

Sully's Irish Pub | Medina

Sully's provides the ultimate Irish pub experience that will make you believe you're actually in the Emerald Isle. Order their incredible fish and chips with a fresh pint of Guinness and settle in for an afternoon of friendly conversation. They also play host to several live music events throughout each month. Check out their calendar so you can make sure not to miss their next show.  

Sláinte!

Did we miss your favorite Irish spot? Let us know in the comments!  
February
26

A Complete Guide to Downtown Cleveland's 9 Unique Neighborhoods

Downtown Cleveland is home to nine incredible and unique neighborhoods full of art, music, great food and more. From gorgeous historic structures to shiny modern skyscrapers, the city center is teeming with excitement and history. There is really no wrong choice when considering where to live or what to do in Downtown Cleveland, but we've created a complete guide to the nine different districts to make your exploration a little easier.

North Coast Harbor

Downtown Cleveland North Coast Harbor is home to Cleveland's most notable attractions like the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Great Lakes Science Center. This neighborhood is located on the shore of Lake Erie, bringing together the energy of the city and the tranquil waters of the lake. Plus, there is a ton to do in the area all year long, from summer food trucks and yoga events to the North Coast Harbor Ice Fest. Neighborhood highlights: The Goodtime III, FirstEnergy Stadium, Steamship William G. Mather, the International Women's Air & Space Museum and Voinovich Bicentennial Park.    

The Campus District

"Arts, eds and meds" are what define the Campus District. Cleveland State University, Cuyahoga Community College and St. Vincent Charity Hospital anchor this eastern Cleveland neighborhood. With all of the great schools in the area, this is the perfect spot downtown if you're interested in expanding your education, or even raising a family! Plus, with all of the incredible restaurants, shops, galleries, art and sporting events — you won't ever run out of things to do! Neighborhood highlights: Trinity Cathedral, Wolstein Center, Becky's Bar and Grill, Aladdin's Baking and Phoenix Coffee.  

The Flats

Downtown Cleveland

Photo courtesy of  Orville McEachron Photography via The Flats.

No matter who you ask in the area, they'll tell you that the Flats are back. Thanks to a multi-million dollar makeover to both its east and west banks, this waterfront neighborhood is thriving. Today, you'll find fantastic restaurants, bars, shops and a boardwalk with a complimentary green space in the area. Make sure to take one of the area's famous water taxis from one side to the other to get the true Flats experience! Neighborhood highlights: Greater Cleveland Aquarium, Jacobs Pavilion, Punch Bowl Social, Shooters on the Water and Lago.  

NineTwelve District

Formerly known as the Financial District, this neighborhood features office buildings mixed with stunning downtown residences and beautiful restaurants. In the summertime, Perk Plaza, the neighborhood's funky urban greenspace, turns into a food truck hub — perfect for those on the 9-to-5 schedule downtown. Neighborhood highlights: Heinen's, the 9 Cleveland, the Swetland Building and Omeleggedon Smokehouse Cafe.  

Gateway District

Downtown Cleveland The Gateway District is a downtown hub for major concerts, professional baseball, basketball and hockey games. The area is home to many downtown hotels, retail stores and more than 60 restaurants and bars. This neighborhood is also home to the famous 5th Street Arcade, a century-old architectural landmark that is home to some incredible shops and a hotel. Neighborhood highlights: Quicken Loans Arena, Progressive Field, Flannery's Irish Pub, Greenhouse Tavern and the Chocolate Bar.  

East 4th Street

Downtown Cleveland

Photo courtesy of East 4th Street.

Pedestrian-friendly East 4th Street is the epitome of urban development. With strings of overhead light bulbs, an abundance of patio seating and ever-present street life, this up-and-coming downtown neighborhood is hard to ignore. This is all due to a tenacious developer, who was determined to put life into a block of vacant and struggling storefronts in the heart of our beloved city. If you're not ready to buy a home, check out their amazing apartments! Neighborhood highlights: The Corner Alley, CLE Clothing Company, Pickwick and Frolic, Zocalo Tequileria and Erie Island Coffee Company.  

Civic Center District

The Civic Center District is an essential Cleveland stop. This area is home to the city's landmark skyscraper, Terminal Tower, as well as the Cleveland Mall, one of the city's public parks that is a grassy oasis in the middle of downtown. Don't miss the JACK Cleveland Casino, which used to be the Higbee Department Store featured in the famous "A Christmas Story" movie! Neighborhood highlights: Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument, Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland, and the Cuyahoga County Courthouse.  

Warehouse District

Downtown Cleveland

Photo courtesy of Phoenix Coffee.

In the mid-19th century, the Warehouse District was home to warehouses for hardware, marine and garment businesses, as well as offices for the shipping industry. Today, the Victorian-era buildings are preserved on the outside but are now filled with fine dining eateries, wine bars, clubs and urban lofts. Neighborhood highlights: Dive Bar, Blue Pointe Grille, Barley House, the Nauti Mermaid and Johnny's Downtown.  

Playhouse Square

You can't miss the massive marquees and twinkling lights of Playhouse Square, Cleveland's official theater district. This area's collection of glamorous theaters draw well over a million visitors annually. Aside from New York's Lincoln Center, this is one of the largest theater districts in the United States with staples like the Cleveland Play House and Great Lakes Theater. Neighborhood highlights: DYNOMITE, Cowell & Hubbard and the plethora of venues.  

Happy Exploring!

What is your favorite Downtown Cleveland neighborhood? Let us know in the comments!
February
21

15 Columbus March Events We're Looking Forward To

Spring break, St. Patrick's Day and some warmer weather are right around the corner. With all of this excitement, the Columbus area has plenty of reasons to celebrate this month! Join us in the merriment with dog-friendly yoga, craft shows, parades, brewery tours and more. We've rounded up our most-anticipated events in the region this month, so peruse our top picks and get ready for an unforgettable March!  

Don Quixote

Where: The Ohio Theatre When: March 1-3, Times Vary Columbus March Events

Photo courtesy of BalletMet | Dancer: Sophie Miklosovic | Photography: Jennifer Zmuda

Follow the tale of Don Quixote, an eccentric and old gentleman, as he sets out on an adventure. The celebrated BalletMet will take you on a beautiful adventure with lush sets and costumes, gorgeous dancing, and even some laughs.  

2019 Columbus Spring Avant-Garde Arts & Craft Show

Where: Makoy Event Center When: March 2, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Kick off the avant-garde show year at their annual spring event in Columbus! Peruse rows upon rows of items handmade by local artists and crafters. There will also be a full concession stand on site so you can shop until you drop!  

Downtown Columbus Brewery Tour

Where: Rockmill Tavern When: March 2, 11 a.m. In 2011, the microbrew scene in Columbus exploded, going from only five breweries in the area to approaching 50 today. At this brewery tour, you'll explore the Columbus Brewery District and learn more about how beer is made while tasting the different styles from each destination. Take a look at all of the breweries you'll get a chance to visit here.  

March Gallery Hop

Where: The Short North Arts District When: March 2, 4-10 p.m. Columbus March Events

Photo courtesy of Zoey Yaoxi Duan via the Short North Alliance

On the first Saturday of each month, thousands of visitors gather on High Street in the Short North Arts District for a Gallery Hop! Celebrate art by exploring dozens of galleries, non-traditional exhibit spaces, street performers, and more. Plus, restaurants and bars in the area stay open late on these nights so you don't have to venture with an empty stomach.  

To The Dogs Cocktail Gala & Silent Paw-ction

Where: The Columbus Athenaeum When: March 2, 6-9:30 p.m. Join RESCUEDOhio for their annual cocktail gala and silent Paw-ction fundraiser. This evening will feature games, a silent auction, cash bar and a doggie fashion show!  

DOGA — Yoga for and with Dogs

Where: Wild Goose Creative When: March 3, 11:55 a.m.-1 p.m. Take a moment to relax with your dog. At this course held at Wild Goose Creative, dogs will be able to practice yoga with you by posing and stretching. Plus, you'll get the opportunity to play with dozens of adorable pups while workout out — it's a win-win!  

Wine and Girl Scout Cookies Pairing

Where: Serendipity Labs, Short North When: March 6, 6-9 p.m. Sample through the 2019 Girl Scout Cookies with a glass of wine! From Thin Mints to Tagalongs, Columbus 10 for 10 will have the perfect wine for every cookie. A portion of all the proceeds made during the event will be donated to Central Ohio Girl Scouts. You can get your ticket here.  

Plenty of Fish in Ohio

Where: Ohio History Center When: March 9, 2-2:30 p.m. Columbus March Events It's almost Spring, which means it's almost fishing season in the Buckeye State. Learn about some of the best fishing practices and locations for Ohioans at all different ages, abilities and interest levels.  

Eat Up! Columbus

Where: St. Charles Preparatory School When: March 9, 6-10 p.m. Savor an innovative six-course menu prepared by top Columbus chefs. This unique culinary experience will help support Freedom a la Cart, a Columbus non-profit that works to empower and employ survivors of human trafficking in Central Ohio.  

2019 Mix & Shake Presented by Envisage Wealth

Where: North Market When: March 9, 7:30-10:30 p.m. At this 21 and over event, experience an evening of cocktails, food, activities, music and more. For the price of one ticket, you will receive four cocktail tastings, a $10 voucher to spend at any North Market merchant, entertainment and even a speakeasy! All proceeds from this event benefit the not-for-profit: North Market Development Authority and the Ohio Distiller's Guild.  

2019 Irish Whiskey Tasting

Where: Serendipity Labs When: March 14, 6-9 p.m. Find some new whiskeys to love and share just in time for St. Patrick's Day. Taste from a selection of five whiskeys with one special "Surprise" bottle in store for you. Food is welcome at this event, so feel free to pack a St. Patrick's Day feast!  

Dublin St. Patrick's Day Parade

Where: Historic Dublin When: March 16, 12-1:30 p.m.

Photo courtesy of the City of Dublin

Come out and experience one of the greenest, grandest St. Patrick's Day parades in the country. Celebrate with over 100 units including marching bands, clowns, floats and giant balloons alongside 20,000 guests.  

Social City's 9th Annual St. Patrick's Day Pub Crawl

Where: The Arena District When: March 16, 12-9 p.m. Join 4,000 crawlers in the largest pub crawl in all of Ohio! Explore all of the pubs within the Arena District and enjoy all that they have to offer. With a purchase of a ticket, you'll receive a t-shirt, drink specials, a koozie, free cover charges and more.  

The International Gem & Jewelry Show

Where: Ohio Expo Center When: March 29-31, Times Vary This famous show brings wholesalers, manufacturers and designers all together under one roof.  Shop from rows of quality gemstone, bead, jewelry and accessory dealers for an incredible selection.  

Craftin' Outlaws

Where: Columbus Museum of Art When: March 31, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Bring the whole family out for a whole day of shopping, interactive elements and a celebration of all things crafting related! At this one-day craft fair, you'll be able to support local indie artists, crafters and designers without having to leave the building.  

Happy March!

Did we miss your favorite March event? Let us know about it in the comments below!  
February
19

An Ultimate Guide to 23 of Cincinnati's Best Craft Breweries

In 1872, the Queen City was home to 38 breweries and in 1890, more than 1,180 saloons. But, when Prohibition was enacted in the 1920s, many of these famed establishments were forced to close their doors. Today, it's definitely clear that Cincinnati has got it's brewing groove back. Thanks to the 50+ craft breweries in the area and the commercial breweries that have taken up residence here, it's hard not to be a beer lover in this city. With so many choices in the area, it can be hard to decide which one to visit. Luckily for you, we've created a guide to the city's best breweries to help you out! No matter what styles of beer, taproom ambiance or pub grub you're looking for, Cincy's got something just for you.

3 Points Urban Brewery

331 East 13th Street Cincinnati Breweries

Photo courtesy of 3 Points Urban Brewery

Located in the heart of the Pendleton neighborhood, which was once the home of Cincinnati's first master brewers, 3 Points Urban Brewery is a modern brewing facility and neighborhood gathering place. Throughout their facility and on their labels, you'll find art from local artists to help stimulate community interaction.

13 Below Brewery

7391 Forbes Road This child and pet-friendly brewery is located 13 miles from downtown Cincinnati. Here, you can experience great beer among good friends, fun events like trivia, a running club, festivals and more!

Alexandria Brewing Company

7926 Alexandria Pike, Alexandria After two tours in Iraq, head brewer Andy Reynolds found that the process of brewing different beers helped put his mind at ease. He took his love for brewing and made it his career. Today Alexandria Brewing is a family-friendly establishment that celebrates rock and roll, fun and, of course, beer.

Bad Tom Smith Brewing

4720 Eastern Avenue Named after an American Outlaw who sought redemption at his end, Bad Tom Smith Brewing is committed to doing what is right. Since opening in 2015, they've been developing the highest quality craft beer for each style in their portfolio. They have locations in both Cleveland and Cincinnati, so no matter where you are in Ohio you're just a short drive away from their quality brews.

Bircus Brewing Company

322 Elm Street, Ludlow Cincinnati Breweries

Photo courtesy of Point & Click Studio via Bircus Brewing Company

Bircus is where the hypnotic world of the circus meets the simple love of beer. Here, you'll enjoy great beer and a thirst-defying brewery experience. In this unique venue, you can also find the Ludlow Theatre, where you'll see performers juggle clubs, breathe fire, walk on kegs and amaze on the trapeze.

Braxton Brewing Company

27 West 7th Street, Convington | 95 Riviera Drive, Bellevue When Braxton owner Evan Rouse was 16-years-old, he fell in love with the craft of brewing beer. Not even of age yet, he built a home brewery in his family's garage. Braxton is his dream come true! Here, you'll find some truly tantalizing beer, every pint brewed with passion and determination.

Brink Brewing Company

5905 Hamilton Avenue This brother-owned brewery has been nationally celebrated. Named one of the nation's best beers by Forbes and one of the winners of the 2018 Great American Beer Festival, Brink Brewing Company offers quality beers and a welcoming, comfortable taproom where you can share stories and make new friends.

Christain Moerlein Brewing Company

1621 Moore Street Experience great architecture and great beer at the Christian Moerlein Brewing Company's original 1860's malt house taproom. Sample their fresh Moerlein beers, all beef hot dogs, brats, meat and cheese boards, and get a free tour of their historic brewery.

Crooked Handle Brewing Company

760 North Main Street, Springboro Cincinnati Breweries

Photo courtesy of Crooked Handle Brewing Company

Springboro's first brewery, Crooked Handle is owned by two couples that are best friends and share a passion for craft brewing. Since they opened their doors in 2015, Crooked Handle has received overwhelming support from the community and to give back, they support two nonprofit organizations each month.

Darkness Brewing

224 Fairfield Avenue, Bellevue This small brewery is located in Bellevue and specializes in dark beers. While you may drive right past them the first time you visit, we promise once you taste their fantastic brews, you won't have a tough time finding them again. Their dark taproom is the perfect place to relax with a great beer and a delicious pretzel or a beer cupcake.

Dogberry Brewing

9964 Crescent Park Drive, West Chester Dogberry Brewing combines art and science in the best way possible. Using the freshest ingredients possible from local producers, the creative beer scientists at DogBerry craft some truly mouth-watering brews. From creations like Vanilla Nat's Nightcap to Campfire Story, they'll have a flavor perfect for your palette.

Fifty West Brewing Company

7668 Wooster Pike | 7605 Wooster Pike Located in a former roadside speakeasy on US Route 50 heading west, Fifty West Brewing Company creates handmade beers brewed in small batches that focus on craftsmanship, tradition, innovation and patience. Check out their calendar so you can make sure to stay up to date on their fun and creative events like Burger and Beer Day, trivia nights, wing days, and more!

Listermann Brewing Company

1621 Dana Avenue Cincinnati Breweries

Photo courtesy of Listermann Brewing Company

Getting its start as a home brewing parts company, Listermann Brewing has transformed into something much more. For more than 10 years, they have been consistently crafting award-winning brews. Try some at their fabulous taproom and pick up your own home brewing kit to try your hand at creating beer afterward!

MadTree Brewing Company

3301 Madison Road No one loves the beer enthusiast community more than MadTree Brewing. Fueled by the community's demand for great beer, they are constantly experimenting and pushing themselves to create the best beer around. Visit their taproom and grab a drink with friends and a delicious meal from their onsite restaurant, Catch-a-Fire Cafe.

Mt. Carmel Brewing Company

4362 Mt. Carmel-Tobasco Road What started out as a small, two-vessel system nestled in a storm cellar became Cincinnati's oldest craft microbrewery. You can find Mt. Carmel Brewing in the westernmost county of Appalachia, where you're welcome to stop by and enjoy a cold, freshly brewed beer on the porch.  

Municipal Brew Works

20 High Street, Hamilton Located in the historic Fredrick Mueller building in downtown Hamilton, Municipal Brew Works offers as many as 20 beers on tap at a time which you can enjoy in their welcoming taproom. They also have a large patio area that is dog and family friendly for soaking up the sun on a warm afternoon.  

Off Track Brewing Company

227 Stark Street Cincinnati Breweries This neighborhood craft nano-brewery is located in the historic Over the Rhine Brewery District. Off Track Brewing was started by two friends who love brewing together. Today, they occupy a 1,800 square foot garage and run a five barrel steam powered brewing system. While you can't visit their space to try their beers, you can enjoy them right down the street at Dunlap Cafe, which also offers an all-day breakfast along with a full bar and beer garden.

Rhinegeist

1910 Elm Street As of 2017, Rhinegeist was the 33rd largest independent craft brewery in the United States, distributing their beer all around the country — and their Truth IPA is recognized as one of the 100 best beers in the world by Men's Journal. Experience their renowned brews in their eclectic, industrial taproom, which was once the location of the Christian Moerlein Brewing Company's bottling plant from 1895.

Rivertown Brewing Company

6550 Hamilton Lebanon Road, Monroe This family-owned, independent craft brewery doesn't confine themselves to only one style of beer — that's why they brew a bit of everything from traditional lagers to barrel-aged sours and every style in between! In their taproom, you can sample their innovative beers and a full-service BBQ eatery.

Streetside Brewery

4003 Eastern Avenue Rooted in Cincinnati's oldest neighborhood, Columbia-Tusculum, Streetside Brewery provides a down-to-earth experience with a vast selection of exceptional craft beers. In their taproom, you can find everything from IPAs and lagers to stouts and specialty beers, as well as guest taps that help support other local Cincinnati breweries.

Taft's Brewing Company

1429 Race Street | 4831 Spring Grove Avenue Cincinnati Breweries

Photo courtesy of Taft's Brewing Company

With their large facility and taproom located in the old Cincinnati Car Company Factory building and their Alehouse located in the old St. Paul's Evangelical Church building, you can experience the history of Cincinnati while sipping on a cold pint of Taft's signature creations. Be sure to grab a slice of their "Apizza" at their new Brewporium or a tri-tip steak from the Alehouse when you go!

Urban Artifact

1660 Blue Rock Street Urban Artifact's taproom is located on the lower level of St. Patrick's church in Northside, with their brewing facility located behind the building. They offer a full bar along with live music, and you can enjoy your drink in their family-friendly, picturesque courtyard.

The Woodburn Brewery & Taproom

2800 Woodburn Avenue The Woodburn Brewery and Taproom was created by a Los Angeles transplant and lifelong Cincinnatian, combining East side hustle and West Coast swagger to create innovative beers that celebrate Cincinnati's heritage. Visit their taproom to experience their fantastic creations and don't miss all of the fun events they have going on all year long.  

How About Brew?

Did we miss your favorite Cincinnati craft brewery? Let us know in the comments!
February
17

Your Guide to Spending a Full Day in the Canton Arts District

We love our artsy city of Canton, Ohio. Even though we have grown into a town of over 70,000 residents, we haven't lost our small-town vibe. And, because there are so many places to explore in the area, you can get a taste of city life without having to go very far. While there are many areas of the city worth exploring, we're going to focus on the Canton Arts District, a quaint section of the city filled with amazing restaurants, cafes, monuments, art galleries, shops and much more. Use our step-by-step itinerary to help plan your day or simply take a couple of ideas for your next visit to the area. No matter what you decide to do or where you end up exploring — you're in for an unforgettable day.  

Start With Coffee

Canton Arts District You can't go wrong with starting your day with a cup of coffee. Thankfully the Canton Arts District is home to several amazing coffee shops where you can grab some caffeine and prepare for the day to come. Muggswiggs Coffee Shop is a great choice and was even named one of the best coffee shops in the United States by USA Today in 2014. Not only is their coffee amazing, but their adorable shop is also the perfect place to relax with a good book or great friends. Espresso Yourself is located in the Courtyard Center building and offers delicious coffees, teas, smoothies and baked goods. Cultured Coffee and Waffles is the perfect spot to visit if you're looking for something heartier to accompany your coffee. They serve a variety of sweet and savory waffles along with a great selection of beers on tap.  

Do a Little Shopping

Canton Arts District

Photo courtesy of Arrowhead Vintage and Handmade Goods

It's impossible to spend a day in the Arts District without leaving with a new piece of art or a handmade gift from a local artisan. Whether you're looking for a gift for a loved one or just a souvenir to commemorate the day, there are several incredible downtown shops that will have exactly what you need. Arrowhead Vintage and Handmade Goods is run by husband and wife team Melissa and Dave Sherrill and is a go-to Canton destination for retro, vintage, mid-century furnishings and more! Cantonology is a shop to visit if you love our amazing city. It is owned by a mother and daughter team who love Canton and work hard to promote the city through a wide variety of hand-crafted souvenirs and gifts. Next Chapter Bookstore is one of our favorite bookstores in Northeast Ohio and specializes in classic fiction, non-fiction, instructional guides, vintage books along with community building. Artisan Boutique loves local artisans, that's why they support Ohio crafters and makers by offering a uniquely curated line-up of hand-made products in their quaint shop.  

Grab Lunch

 Canton Arts District

Photo courtesy of Street Side

After all of that excitement, you'll definitely need to refuel in the middle of the day. You can't go wrong with any of the eateries in The Arts District, but here are a few of our favorites: Street Side offers chef-driven Mexican street food, a wide variety of Ohio beers and handcrafted cocktails. From street tacos to burritos — their menu holds a great mix of options everyone will love. Arcade Coneys is a Canton classic with their outdoor seating right next to the courthouse and a beautiful view of the Courthouse Angels. Their coney sauce is legendary and we promise you won't be disappointed when you try it. Deli Ohio features both traditional and adventurous deli sandwiches along with sides, soups and salads that are all made in-house and created using fresh, in-season ingredients.  

Peruse Some Fantastic Art

Canton Arts District

Photo courtesy of the Canton Museum of Art

The Canton Arts District is home to seven galleries, 22 artists studios and an abundance of unique public art everywhere you look. While you're in the area, you have to stop by at least one gallery or studio and experience the passion of our artsy city residents. Canton Museum of Art houses some of the most dynamic and original exhibits in the country. From their celebrated national touring exhibits to their original displays that feature incredible artists from around the world — a visit to the museum is an experience you won't want to miss. Juilliard's 3rd Space Gallery is a unique space that has been designed and coordinated by children and features their artwork! This is a great time for the whole family and allows you to see what the next generation of artists are creating. Canton Glass Works offers affordable and functional hand-blown glass along with glass blowing demonstrations. You can even attend one of their workshops to learn how to do it yourself. Joseph Saxton Gallery of Photography is one of the country's largest premier galleries dedicated solely to photography. Most of the collection is for sale and holds landmark works by more than 160 lensmen and women. Hub Art Factory is a studio space and art gallery for a variety of celebrated local artists. They often host special events including art shows and art battles, where one artist is pit against another with only a canvas, paint and brushes as their weapons.  

Sit Down For Dinner

Now it's time to sit back and relax with a great meal and a glass of wine at a fantastic restaurant in the heart of the Canton Arts District! Lucca is a farm-to-table eatery that offers authentic Italian cuisine in an intimate and beautiful setting. Their menu changes seasonally to take advantage of the local bounty, allowing you to experience a unique dish every time you visit. George's Lounge has been a Canton favorite for almost 60 years and is a great place to enjoy a local grass-fed gourmet burger with a side of hand-cut fries. Napoli's Italian Eatery has been consistently ranked as some of the best pizza in all of Stark County. Here, you'll find delicious pasta dishes, sandwiches, appetizers and more.  

See a Show

Canton Arts District Last, but definitely not least, to top off your event-filled day in the Canton Arts District, consider seeing a show at one of the marvelous theatres around the area! At these venues, you'll be able to observe everything from plays and concerts to even movies. Canton Palace Theatre is the heartbeat of the Canton community and plays host to over 300 events each year. This stunning venue is a piece of Canton history and the perfect place to see a beautiful performance or your favorite actors on screen. Canton Ballet was founded in 1965 and comprises Ohio's largest pre-professional performing company and school. The company consists of nearly 50 junior and senior high school students who present an annual season of performances in the fall, winter and spring. Kathleen Howland Theatre is a classic, intimate black-box style theatre that always offers an exciting lineup of plays, performances and concerts throughout the year.  

Happy Exploring!

Enjoy your day exploring the Canton Arts District! What will you do first?  
February
14

Winter Farmers' Markets in the Cincinnati Area [Interactive Map]

When the colder months hit, it can be a bit harder to find fresh produce. Sure, you could head over to your nearest supermarket, but there's no guarantee you'll be able to find out exactly where your produce came from or what kind of chemicals were used to treat it. Thankfully, Cincinnati is home to several farmers' markets that are open throughout the winter so you can #ShopLocal and organically all season long. Take a look at the many winter farmers' markets in Cincinnati and the surrounding communities. Then check out our interactive map to find the one nearest you!

Village Green Winter Market

Where: Fairfield Community Arts Center When: January-May | First and Third Wednesdays 4-7 p.m. Winter Farmers' Markets in Cincinnati Shop for locally grown produce all winter long at the Village Green Winter Market! You can also purchase grass-fed beef, pastured pork, eggs, handmade soaps, baked goods, locally roasted coffee, jewelry and so many other artisan goods.

Madeira Farmers' Market

Where: Madeira Silverwood Presbyterian Church When: November-April | Thursdays 3:30-6 p.m. Media Farmers' Market offers only high-quality, organic produce and local meat, honey, pickles, and freshly baked goods. Over the course of a season, they see over 20,000 shoppers, all of whom are helping support our amazing community.

Findlay Market

Where: 1801 Race Street, Cincinnati When: Year Round | Tuesday-Saturday 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sundays 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Winter Farmers' Markets in Cincinnati

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Purchase fresh produce any time of the year at Ohio's oldest continuously operated public market! Located just a few blocks from downtown in Over-the-Rhine, you can peruse local produce, meats and handmade items from more than 40 indoor merchants.

Lettuce Eat Well Farmers' Market

Where: Cheviot Elementary School When: November-April | First and Third Fridays 3:30-6:30 p.m. Lettuce Eat Well Farmers' Market is a collaborative specialty market where all of the produce sold is organically grown and the meat is raised using organic methods. They are "pre-order only" instead of being an open market, which means you get exclusive access to fresh, local items after signing up for their email list.

West Chester's Farmers' Market

Where: Mulhauser Barn, West Chester When: November-March | First and Third Saturday 2-4 p.m. Winter Farmers' Markets in Cincinnati The West Chester Farmers' Market has been providing fresh foods and handmade items in the West Chester area since 2004. Their winter market goes through March this season and offers everything from produce, eggs and meat to crafts, cookies, soaps and lotions.

Deerfield Farmers' Market

Where: Kingswood Park, Mason When: November-April | Third Saturday 10-11 a.m. When the Deerfield Farmers' Market was conceptualized, it consisted of only four farmers and their goods. Today the market is home to over 15 vendors. Not only can you find great produce, meat and goods here, but also music, kids activities and special events going on all year round.

Northside Farmers' Market

Where: NorthChurch, Cincinnati When: Year Round | Wednesdays 4-7 p.m. Winter Farmers' Markets in Cincinnati You can find pretty much anything at Northside Farmers' Market — from locally grown produce, organic meat, eggs and plant starters to freshly baked goods, roasted coffee, street food, tea, nuts and sauerkraut!

Winter Farmers' Market in Hyde Park

Where: Clark Montessori High School, Cincinnati When: November-May | Sundays 10 a.m.-1 p.m. During a gorgeous Sunday stroll in Hyde Park, stop by Clark Montessori High School and shop products from local farmers and artisans. They offer the market staples like seasonal produce, meats and farm fresh eggs along with artisan goods like vegan graham crackers, cookies, olive oils, goat milk, vegan soaps, and so much more.  

Everyday We're Brusselin'

… to one of these incredible Cincinnati winter farmers' markets! Where will you be getting your fresh produce this season? Let us know in the comments!  
February
12

6 Akron Area Homes You'll Fall in Love With

Happy Valentine's Day! Love is in the air, and at Cutler Real Estate, that is giving us the perfect opportunity to turn our attention toward our #1 love: beautiful homes!   The Akron area is bursting with phenomenal properties that are sure to capture your heart, so we rounded up a few of our favorites that deserve your attention. Get ready to fall head over heels for these homes in the area!  

Spacious Oasis in Doylestown

3 Beds | 2.5 Baths | 3,100 Square Feet | $345,000 Akron Ohio Real Estate

This home can be found at 645 Vineyard Way | Listed by: Stephen Merkle

This classic oasis in Doylestown features an open floor plan that includes a large, eat-in kitchen, spacious lower floor and functional office space. Don't miss the grand back deck and yard — perfect for entertaining!

Lovely Brick Colonial

4 Beds | 1.5 Baths | 2,608 Square Feet | $144,900 Akron Ohio Real Estate

This home can be found at 2546 Robindale Avenue | Listed by: The Kaszyca Team

This lovely home in Walker Springfield boasts over 2,600 square feet of living space. The classic features include a large living room with an adorable brick fireplace, an open kitchen with an abundance of storage space and beautiful woodwork throughout.

Gorgeous Custom Built Home in Cuyahoga Falls

7 Beds | 6 Full Baths, 2 Partial Baths | 7,919 Square Feet | $950,000 Akron Ohio Real Estate

This home can be found at 544 Scenic Valley Way | Listed by: The Worthington Team

Step inside this stunning, custom built home and experience an open floor plan, flooded with natural light. The incredible features include vaulted ceilings, two gourmet kitchens, two luxurious master suites, a library and a lower level that offers a media room, workout area and so much more!

Wadsworth Home with an Unbeatable Backyard

4 Beds | 2.5 Baths | 2,683 Square Feet | 244,900 Akron Ohio Real Estate

This home can be found at 342 Meadowcreek Drive | Listed by: Stephen Merkle

This adorable colonial is nestled in the Meadows of Wintergreen and offers a roomy family room, a recently updated kitchen, four large bedrooms and a completely finished lower level perfect as a recreation or playroom. The jewel of this beautiful property though is the stunning backyard that backs to the development common area!

Automotive Lovers Dream in Rohne Acres

5 Beds | 4.5 Baths | 5,118 Square Feet | $400,000 Akron Ohio Real Estate

This home can be found at 1055 San Raphael Drive | Listed by: Seth Reed

Enjoy an abundance of space in this 5,100 square foot contemporary home. Settled on over an acre of land in Rohne Acres, this home boasts two master suites, a warm, updated kitchen with a gorgeous ceiling feature and an eight-car garage!

Adorable Colonial in Fairlawn Heights

4 Beds | 3.5 Baths | 2,120 Square Feet | $224,900 Akron Ohio Real Estate

This home can be found at 527 Ely Road | Listed by: Jim Hinton

Located in the highly desirable subdivision Fairlawn Heights, this extraordinary home offers a comfortable family room, a gorgeous kitchen with multiple pantries, a formal dining room with a bayed window and so much more! Plus, you don't want to miss the lower level that features a recreation room, a private office, a full bathroom and plenty of storage.  

Did you fall for one of these marvelous homes?

Let us know in the comments! To see more properties available in the Akron area, use our property search or contact us today.
February
10

The 12 Best Local Coffee Shops in Columbus

There is a buzzing coffee culture in Columbus — and because of our deep entrepreneurial spirit, it's no surprise we're home to a plethora of incredible, independent coffee shops and roasters. We've rounded up some of our favorite places to get caffeinated in our capital city. Skip the Starbucks this morning and stop by one of these locally owned coffee shops!

One Line Coffee

745 North High Street | 41 South High Street Columbus Coffee Shops

Photo courtesy of One Line Coffee

At One Line, you can enjoy espresso pulled from one of the rarest machines in the world, the La Marzocco Strada EP, and watch their knowledgeable baristas use it to create beautiful latte art. They also offer cold drip coffee made from Kyoto Drip Towers that you can watch, mesmerized from the behind the coffee bar. No matter what you get at One Line, you can rest assured knowing it was made from the best coffee available in the best way possible.

Crimson Cup Coffee

4541 North High Street | 2468 Northwest Boulevard Since their founding in 1991, Crimson Cup Coffee has been a leading coffee roaster in Columbus. They offer handcrafted coffee drinks, espresso, tea and frozen beverages made fresh with their award-winning coffee that they sell all over the country. Stop in for a cup of joe and enjoy the free WIFI. And if you're looking for a more hands-on coffee experience, you can check out a course at their coffee innovation lab!

Eat, Purr, Love

3041 Indianola Avenue Columbus Coffee Shops

Photo courtesy of Kathy Watson via Eat, Purr, Love

If you're a coffee and cat lover, you may never want to leave Eat, Purr, Love. When you visit this eclectic "cat cafe", not only can you enjoy fantastic local coffee, baked goods and board games, but you can also play with adorable cats that are all available for adoption.

Luck Bros' Coffee

1101 West 1st Avenue Luck Bros' Coffee has been proudly serving Columbus since 2006 and offers a whole range of coffee drinks, tea and baked goods. They roast their coffee in-house and there are plenty of ways for you to enjoy it! Our favorite way to experience Luck Bros' coffee is with their espresso flight, which allows you to taste test their espresso with several different variations.

The Roosevelt Coffeehouse

300 East Long Street Columbus Coffee Shops

Photo courtesy of The Roosevelt Coffeehouse

Located downtown, The Roosevelt Coffeehouse is serving great coffee and helping to save lives. When you visit this coffee shop, you are supporting not only a local business but also organizations that are dedicated to providing clean water, fighting hunger and ending human trafficking.

Brioso Coffee

329 East Long Street | 14 East Gay Street A downtown Columbus staple since 2001, Brioso Coffee has created a culture and community around their coffee. They use carefully selected coffee roasted by experienced roasters to provide their customers with coffee that's more than just a way to wake you up in the morning — but a special coffee experience.

Fox in the Snow

1031 North 4th Street | 210 Thurman Avenue Columbus Coffee Shops

Photo courtesy of Fox in the Snow

This coffee shop and bakery offers rustic-styled baked goods along with carefully crafted hand-poured drinks. Their stunningly decorated shops provide the perfect environment for studying, catching up with friends or just relaxing with a great cup of coffee.

Stauf's Coffee Roasters

Several Locations Columbus' first micro-roaster, Stauf's Coffee believes that "The Proof is in the Cup", which is why they only sell the finest quality specialty coffee they can. They do this by acquiring the best Arabica beans available and roasting exclusively on gas-fired drum roasters. You can enjoy a cup of this freshly roasted coffee at one of their locations all around Columbus.

Upper Cup Coffee

79 Parsons Avenue Columbus Coffee Shops Owner Micael Habte grew up in Eritrea, Africa. Throughout his life there, he watched his mother roast coffee beans as part of a traditional coffee ceremony. He decided to bring his love of coffee to Columbus as a wholesale operation in 2010 and then opened an adorable retail location in 2011. Today, you can visit their shop and experience Habte's passion for coffee first hand in the historic Olde Town East neighborhood.

Mission Coffee

11 Price Avenue For over ten years, Mission Coffee has worked to provide the Columbus area with great coffee. They only use coffee roasted by the finest coffee roasters in the country and have committed themselves to creating an environment that isn't for the pretentious, but rather the curious.

Bottoms Up Coffee 

1069 West Broad Street Columbus Coffee Shops

Photo courtesy of Bottoms Up Coffee

Bottoms Up was created with the purpose to achieve positive social change through great coffee and community engagement. To accomplish this goal, they provide diapers to parents in need to try to lower the infant mortality rate in the community. You can visit their stunning location in Franklinton and enjoy some of their fantastic coffee and baked goods all while supporting a great cause.

Global Gallery

3535 North High Street Global Gallery is a Fair Trade coffee shop, gift shop and art gallery with a mission. They sell handcrafted products from around the world along with fresh coffee and delicious bakery items. At Global Gallery, you can relax, study for a final, or spend time with family in friends in an Instagram-worthy environment.  

What local shops do you love?

Let us know which Columbus coffee shop is your favorite in the comments or on Instagram at #CutlerExplores!  

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