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June
26

LoLo Gifts for June: Plan a Visit to These Small Businesses

LoLo Gifts for June - Shop Local - Cutler Real Estate

It's summertime and the livin' is easy, especially when enjoying free gifts from top local vendors. Cutler Real Estate and LoLo Gifts are excited to present this month's special treats.

Northeast Ohio, Columbus, and Cincinnati are rich in restaurants, shops, and services that make an area a great place to live. Our agents at Cutler Real Estate have teamed up with LoLo Gifts to offer this monthly program showcasing the best local businesses.

 

June Gifts: 

Canton: Small Drink Combo

Cincinnati: Wrap, Juice or Smoothie

Akron: Gourmet Hot Dog

Columbus: Board Game Rental

 

Canton: Small Drink Combo

Healthalicious

32 Erie St. S., Massillon, OH 44646

 
 
 
 
 
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Want a quick and satisfying meal on the go? Pick up a tasty meal replacement shake from Healthalicious. Choose from dozens of mouthwatering flavors such as cherry cordial, banana nut muffin, and Fruity Pebbles.

About Healthalicious

You'll have a whole new concept of nutrition after a visit to Healthalicious. The smoothie and juice bar offers an incredible variety of meal replacement shakes, energy drinks, and herbal teas. With more than 100 flavors to choose from, you'll find something to fit any mood or cravings.

Contact and Hours

330.556.4523

Monday - Friday 6 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Sunday 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Cincinnati: Wrap, Juice, or Smoothie

Total Juice +

631 Vine St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

 
 
 
 
 
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During summer, higher temperatures and more activity often lead to lighter eating. Stay nourished and refreshed with a wrap, fresh-squeezed juice, or smoothie from Total Juice +.

About Total Juice +

For more than 20 years, family-run Total Juice + has been committed to educating the community about healthy eating. Located in downtown Cincinnati, the quick-service shop provides convenience without sacrificing quality. The menu of wraps includes vegetarian options, while juices are fresh-squeezed to order and smoothies include natural fruit with no syrup added.

Contact and Hours

513.784.1666

Monday through Friday 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Akron: Gourmet Hot Dog

Stray Dog Cafe

75 S. Main St., Akron, OH 44308

 
 
 
 
 
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Who says hot dogs are just for baseball games? Stop in at the charmingly-named Stray Dog Cafe for a gourmet grilled dog (beef, turkey, or veggie) dressed up with your choice of toppings and condiments.

About Stray Dog Cafe

Since 2009, Stray Dog Cafe has been on a self-proclaimed mission to "make Akron more Akrony." Originally operated as a street cart, the business moved into a brick-and-mortar spot connected to the Main Library in October 2017. Not a fan of hot dogs? Go with a panini, hot sandwich, wrap, or one of the all-day breakfast items. A wrap with a bottle of water and chips or fruit for $5 is one "Doggie Bag" you'll be happy to carry out.

Contact and Hours

330.594.5392

Monday through Friday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Columbus: Board Game Rental

Tabletop Game Café

4316 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43214

 
 
 
 
 
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When it comes to games, everyone's a kid at heart. Indulge your competitive spirit with a free board game rental at Tabletop Game Café. Choose from a wide range of titles for adults, kids, casual fans, and serious gamers.

About Tabletop Game Café

At Tabletop Game Café, Life is literally a game. The shop stocks an incredible selection of classic and new board games, including recent release Half Truth, co-designed by legendary trivia champion Ken Jennings. Games can be rented by the week, and a $19 monthly membership lets you take two games at a time. If you stay and play from the collection of free games, keep up your energy with sandwiches, snacks, and drinks from the café menu. Please note that social distancing measures are being observed, including mandatory use of face masks. 

Contact and Hours

614.725.0328

Tuesday through Thursday 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Saturday Noon - 10 p.m.
Sunday Noon - 4 p.m.

Love Freebies?

LoLo Gifts - June 2020 - Cutler Real Estate

So what does it cost to enroll in LoLo Gifts? Absolutely nothing! Cutler Real Estate offers the complimentary program as a way to connect area residents with local small businesses.

Contact your Cutler Real Estate agent to get started with your free LoLo Gifts.

June
19

Don't Curse the Wind ... Adjust Your Sails

Agent Interview - Cutler Real Estate

Cutler Real Estate's own Dominic Fonte shared his insight in a recent REAL Pros 20 Minute Webinar Series by REAL Trends discussing today's ever-evolving real estate environment.

Fonte was joined by REAL Trends Vice President Scott Wright, William Coin of Beverly-Hanks REALTORS®, and Wendy Moore of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Drysdale Properties in an effort to highlight how successful agents are adjusting to the current business climate.

REAL Trends provides brokerage services such as consulting, valuations, mergers and acquisitions, and business planning. Brokerages and agents alike look to REAL Trends as a source for news, analysis, and information on the residential brokerage industry. The weekly Trendsetters Agent Panel is just one more way REAL Trends is helping those in the industry move their businesses forward.

Importance of Video

Wright asked how agents like Fonte have stayed connected to clients through the COVID-19 health crisis. Fonte said he continues to have success with email videos as a means of keeping in touch with clients, even if they don't plan to buy or sell a home right now.

"Video's huge," he said. "I think when people have a traumatic experience like 9/11, or 2008, or the Gulf War, or what's happening now, it's not our normal lifestyle, and everyone's freaked out … but the old-timers we keep plugging away.

"How I stay connected is instead of doing email, I do email videos, and I make sure I'm reaching out to them," he continues. "Not necessarily if they want to buy or sell, although if they want to of course we'll help them do that. But just educating them, seeing how they're doing, see how their families are, are they getting their yard work done. Just to try to be there and just provide what's really happening from our perspective if they are in the market, how do they do that in a safe manner."

Preparing for a Rebound

With the country beginning to open up again following the shutdown in many states, Wright asked how agents are preparing for a rebound in the market. For Fonte, it's a matter of top-of-mind awareness and reassuring buyers and sellers.

"It's just a matter of educating people like how we're doing showings," Fonte explained. "If you're not willing to want to go out, we understand that, but if you do have to go out—say your mom has to go in a nursing home and you have to sell her home, how do you do that in a safe manner? Or if you're relocating out of state because you have to take another job. They can't wait for the coronavirus.

"I try to reassure them that if you are in a position where you have to do something, I'm here for you," he continues, "and here are the three or four things we're doing as far as protections, not overlapping showings, and how we also do the virtual walk-through."

Consistent Communication

While no one can be totally prepared for an event such as a global health pandemic, seasoned agents know what it takes to keep their businesses moving forward. For Fonte, that means consistently staying in touch with the database of customers.

"You want to make sure you don't just have a real estate experience with them and forget them," he explains. "You want them on a plan, an action plan, a workflow. I find the quickest way to do it is by video because I can blast out 80 short videos in an hour or so because you're not really stuck on the phone. Then if it's an older person or if it's someone who doesn't use email, you can use texting, and you can also make a phone call. Many times, people don't answer live, you can just leave them something short and sweet and compelling, to let them know you're thinking of them."

Wright also asked how each agent has, and continues to deal with, the stress of the health crisis, and Fonte was quick to point out that adapting is the best way to approach such an event.

"We have great bike trails and walking trails," he said. "I have a hybrid bike so I can go 15 miles and then on the way back, I can cheat a little bit. I'm all about nature, birds singing, and having a little bit of fun.

"So, it just helps you recharge your batteries and remember, all this hard work we do, what's it's really about?" he concludes. "I'm not cursing the wind, I'm adjusting my sails."

June
17

Pitch a Tent at These Northeast Ohio Campgrounds

Camping Around Northeast Ohio - Cutler Real Estate

There's no doubt that summer vacations will be different this year, but that doesn't mean you can't get out of the house and enjoy some family fun. If you're looking for the ultimate socially-distant vacation, camping is a great idea!

There are a ton of excellent campgrounds in Northeast Ohio, some of them with just as many amenities as a luxury resort. Take a look at a few of our favorite camping getaways.

Timber Ridge Campground 

51900 Portman Road, Amherst, OH 44001

 
 
 
 
 
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If you're looking for a full-service campground with plenty to do, Timber Ridge is a great option. They have 30- and 50-amp RV hookups, and you can choose from either shaded and wide-open spaces.

The entertainment options at this campground are virtually endless, from game rooms and playgrounds to an indoor lap pool and a catch-and-release pond. Gather up the family to enjoy some time on the shuffleboard and basketball courts and don't forget to set aside some time for adult activities like cornhole, bingo, and musical entertainment. 

Pier-Lon Campground

5960 Vandemark Road, Medina, OH 44256

 
 
 
 
 
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A campground known for its Christian Family Values, Pier-Lon is popular among both overnight and seasonal campers. One of the most popular attractions is the 5-acre lake where you can swim and enjoy catch-and-release fishing.

Other fun things to do here include paddleboard, hayrides, horseshoes, ladder golf, disc golf, baseball, and volleyball. There are also plenty of craft opportunities and planned activities.  The campground offers full hookup sites, water/electric sites, and group camping areas. 

The Lake

2678 S. Hametown Road, Norton, OH 44203

 
 
 
 
 
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A favorite among locals since 1955, The Lake is a fun, family-friendly campground where you'll find weekly social events, a gorgeous 6-acre swim lake, a goat petting zoo, batting cage, miniature golf, and an arcade. The campgrounds also offer basketball, tennis, disc golf, and GaGa ball. 

There's no tent camping here, but if you have an RV, you'll enjoy the daily, monthly, or seasonal campsites with both water and electricity. 

Wood's Tall Timber Resort

1921 Tall Timber Road NE, New Philadelphia, OH 44663

 
 
 
 
 
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If you want to enjoy the great outdoors, you'll love the 157-acre Wood's Tail Timer Resort. A favorite among locals and visitors, this campground features a 7-acre lake and incredible amenities including miniature golf, ziplining, and a target range. You can also go fishing, boating, or hiking and the kids will love the playground and game room. 

This resort offers a wide variety of camping experiences, including tent camping with no electricity and 30- and 50-amp electric RV hookups. If you're looking for a bit more luxury, you can also rent a house, cottage, mini-cabin, or a camper cottage.

Hickory Lakes Campground

23 Township Road 1300, West Salem, OH 44287

 
 
 
 
 
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For a fun and relaxing getaway with your family and friends, you can't go wrong with Hickory Lakes Campground. The grounds feature several private lakes where you can boat, fish, and swim. There's also a swimming pool and bike trails. You'll never have to worry about getting bored — there are plenty of fun planned activities that are guaranteed to keep everyone entertained. 

This campground offers tent camping with water and electric, RV hookups, or cabin rentals. They also have a recreation barn that's perfect for larger activities. 

Lake Wapusun Campground

10787 Molter Road, Shreve, OH 44676

 
 
 
 
 
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Located in Ohio's Amish Country, this huge campground is popular among both locals and visitors. They have 300 campsites, most of which are in wooded areas, 30-amp RV hookups, and A-frame and trailer rental cottages. 

You'll love spending your time at the swimming beach, fishing in the five lakes (the largest is 23 acres), and enjoying live entertainment. There's also a game room, tennis and basketball courts, horseshoe pits, and rowboat and paddleboat rentals. 

Atwood Lake Park

9500 Lakeview Road NE, Mineral City, OH 44656

 
 
 
 
 
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This campground offers both RV and tent camping, patio cabins, and vacation cabins. It's also known for its incredible amenities including a beach, fishing pier, playgrounds, activity center, basketball court, sand volleyball, shuffleboard, and even a dog park!

If you want to get out and enjoy the area, you can spend some time on the campground's hiking trails or climb up the observation tower to take in the incredible review. 

American Wilderness Campground

17273 Avon Belden Road, Grafton, OH 44044

American Wilderness offers primitive camping, tent and RV camping with electric and water, and cabin rentals. The campsites are all quite large, giving you plenty of room to spread out and enjoy the peace and quiet. 

 
 
 
 
 
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You'll never get bored here — there's a swimming lake with a sandy beach, an 11-acre stocked fishing lake, two playgrounds, and a huge game room. You can also try your hand at adventure gem mining, rent a boat, go hiking or biking, play basketball or volleyball, or spend some time at their adventure park! There are plenty of planned activities for campers and pets are also welcome. 

Clay's Park Resort

13190 Patterson St. NW, North Lawrence, OH 44666

 
 
 
 
 
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This 500-acre facility gives visitors plenty of space to spread out. They offer cabin rentals, motorhome camping, "glamping" tents, travel trailer camping, and traditional tent camping. Best of all, when you rent a space, you'll also get access to the resort's 10-acre Adventure Water Park. 

This resort also features an indoor heated pool, 18-hole miniature golf, and 20-acre fishing lake. You can also visit John O's Restaurant and Pub, visit the country store, rent a boat, and rent golf carts to get you from place to place.  Looking to get active? Pick up a game of tennis, basketball, or volleyball, or head out to the trails to go hiking or biking.

Akron-Canton Jellystone Park™

12712 Hoover Ave. NW, Uniontown, OH 44685

 
 
 
 
 
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Located in Stark County, this campground offers visitors over 80 tent camping and RV sites and 8 luxury cabins. Once you're settled in, there's plenty to do, including an 18-hole miniature golf course, a giant activity barn, a gem mine, and even visits from Yogi Bear! They even have a shop where you can enjoy handmade ice cream and rootbeer.

If you have children, you'll definitely want to consider this exciting family-friendly adventure. 

Summer Under the Stars

Are you ready for your next summer camping adventure? 

June
5

Where to Cast a Line Around Northeast Ohio

Go Fishing - Northeast Ohio - Cutler Real Estate

There are few pastimes as simple, serene, and satisfying as fishing. Whether catching for sport or for feeding your friends and family, fishing is a fantastic outdoor activity that we can't get enough of. When we're looking to get in touch with nature, we grab our tackle boxes and head out to these great fishing holes around Northeast Ohio.

Headlands Beach State Park

9601 Headlands Rd., Mentor, OH 44060

 
 
 
 
 
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Why not spend the afternoon fishing on the beach? As the longest natural beach in the Buckeye State, Headlands Beach State Park is a wonderful place for shore fishing. Lake Erie is full of fun fish to angle for, including coho salmon, bluegill, rock bass, sucker, and bullhead. Pack a swimsuit in your tacklebox so you can swim and sunbathe after you've reeled in a few crappie and trout.

West Branch State Park

5570 Esworthy Rd., Ravenna, OH 44266

 
 
 
 
 
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Located in Portage County, West Branch State Park features a 2,300-acre lake for both on- and off-water fishing. Whether you love relaxing on the boat with a line in the water or wandering a bank to find hidden fishing holes, West Branch State Park offers enough variety that you'll never tire of. With fishing gear and supplies available at the West Branch Marina, you can bring a few first-time anglers out with you and show them the ropes.

Springfield Lake

2459 Canfield Rd., Akron, OH 44312

 
 
 
 
 
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A hidden gem right outside of Akron, Springfield Lake Park is a gorgeous, well-maintained park that offers an abundance of shoreline. A popular park for family gatherings, we love taking the kids out to Springfield Lake for a day of fun. While you catch channel catfish, walleye, and largemouth bass, your kids can enjoy playing on the jungle gym. Keep in mind that this park can get busy throughout the summer months, so be sure to come early if you want to find a peaceful, secluded spot to cast a line.

South Bass Island State Park

1523 Catawba Ave., Put-in-Bay, OH 43456

 
 
 
 
 
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Who says you can't turn a fishing trip into a vacation? When we want to get away from it all (without going too far from home, that is) we stay-put in Put-in-Bay. This lovely village on South Bass Island in Lake Erie is an exceptional place to spend a long weekend for relaxation, recreation, and reeling in a few fish. Grab your rod and stroll down to South Bass Island State Park and do a little fishing in the lake. This portion of the lake has an abundance of fish species to hook, including steelhead trout, yellow perch, walleye, and smallmouth bass.

Pymatuning State Park

6100 Pymatuning Lake Rd., Andover, OH 44003

 
 
 
 
 
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All anglers know that you don't need to rush to natural waterways to find a good fishing hole. Pymatuning State Park features the manmade Pymatuning Reservoir that offers the same level of quality fishing you'd find in other lakes around Ohio. Split across the Pennsylvania state border, fishing either side of the Pymatuning Lake will allow you to reel in bluegill, largemouth bass, black crappie, and smallmouth bass.

Atwood Lake Park

9500 Lakeview Rd., Mineral City, OH 44656 

 
 
 
 
 
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If you're looking for a cozy campsite for a weekend of fishing, Atwood Lake Park is calling your name. Grab the wife, the kids, and even the family dog so that you can all enjoy the many amenities of this family-friendly park, including the beach, basketball center, hiking trails, and volleyball court. For fishing, you can launch your boat from their courtesy dock or sit and fish off the pier.

Portage Lakes State Park

5031 Manchester Rd., Akron, OH 44319

 
 
 
 
 
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A boat and a fishing pole are all you need for unlimited angling in Portage Lakes State Park. With the freedom to explore eight spectacular lakes, Portage Lakes State Park offers limitless opportunities to fish without venturing too far from downtown Akron. While you can head to any lake and cast a line, we encourage all anglers to do a little research before venturing out. For instance, Turkeyfoot Lake is a great place to snag both largemouth bass and sunfish, and while neighboring West Reservoir is also great for largemouth bass, the crappie numbers are quite low. We suggest looking at stock levels of fish in all of the lakes and planning your trip according to which fish you'd like to reel in.

Highlandtown Wildlife Area

18416 Steubenville Pike, Salineville, OH 43945

Hunting and fishing go together like peanut butter and jelly, and there's no better place to do both than in the Highlandtown Wildlife Area. An expanse of 2,265-acres awaits outdoor enthusiasts who help keep the great outdoors thriving by assisting with population control. The Highlandtown Wildlife Area Pond is best to fish in the late afternoon either from the banks or on the water. The bass and crappie in the pond can get quite large but do remember that this is a popular hunting area for locals and visitors alike. For a quieter trip, make sure you try to avoid the crowds by going in the off-hours.

Fairport Harbor Lakefront Park

301 Huntington Beach Dr., Fairport Harbor, OH 44077

 
 
 
 
 
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The vast Lake Erie has too many great fishing spots to list, but we thought we'd leave you with just one more before you grab your reels and head out. Fairport Harbor Lakefront Park features the T-shaped Harbor View Boardwalk offering great views of Lake Erie and leads you to the lighthouse, which is where locals say the best fishing holes are located. Along with a fishing pier, there are also fishing charters available. If you've never fished but would love to give it a go, chartering your own private fishing boat for a few hours on Lake Erie will surely get you hooked!

Reel 'Em In

Where's your favorite fishing spot around Northeast Ohio? Drop us a line in the comments and tell us which fishing holes we should check out next!

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