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February
25

We Know You'll Love These February LoLo Gifts

February 2022 LoLo Gifts - Cutler Real Estate

Cupid's arrow has been hitting its mark all around Northeast Ohio, Columbus, and Cincinnati! We're feeling the love at Cutler Real Estate, where we've entered into a "marriage" with LoLo Gifts to bring you the best free offers from local small businesses.

What will be the next restaurant, bakery, or candy shop to capture your heart? Find the answer among our fabulous lineup of February's offers.

February Gifts:

Canton: Macarons

Akron: A Gourmet Hot Dog

Medina: Two Cupcakes

Kent/Stow: An Appetizer

Wooster: A Pizza 

Columbus: A Breakfast Bagel

Cleveland: Bonbons

Cincinnati: $10 Certificate

Canton: Macarons

Le Macaron French Pastries

4230 Belden Village Mall Cir. NW 4570, Canton, ON 44718

The colorful, delicate treats at Le Macaron French Pastries are almost too pretty to eat. Emphasis on almost, because one bite of these sweet sensations will brighten anyone's day.

About Le Macaron French Pastries

Le Macaron French Pastries brings a piece of Paris to Canton. In addition to more than 20 flavors of macarons, the charming patisserie offers Napoleons, éclairs, tarts, and meringues. For a refreshing change of pace, try one of their macaron shells with a scoop of luscious gelato.

Contact and Hours

740.263.1557

Monday - Saturday: 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Akron: A Gourmet Hot Dog

Stray Dog Cafe

75 S. Main St., Akron, OH 44308

No, "gourmet hot dog" is not an oxymoron. Expand your culinary horizons with your choice of creative hot dog options at Stray Dog Cafe.

About Stray Dog Cafe

As if there weren't already good reasons to visit the main library in downtown Akron, Stray Dog Cafe adds upscale fast food to the mix. The Mac & Cheese Dog takes comfort food to a new level, while the Stray Hog brings all your BBQ favorites together. Dogs are available in beef or turkey.

Contact and Hours

330.594.5392

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

Medina: Two Cupcakes

Frosted Cake Shoppe

503 S. Court St., Medina, OH 44256

Want to give your sweetheart some sugar? Head over to Frosted Cake Shoppe and pick out two cupcakes from the flavors of the day, such as PB&J, hot fudge, or sea salt caramel.

About Frosted Cake Shoppe

In May 2020, at the tender age of 18, Brittany became the owner of Frosted Cake Shoppe after a stint as a cake decorator. As someone who graduated high school at 13 and college at 18, Brittany has always been an overachiever, and that carries through to the mouthwatering baked goods from her shop. 

Contact and Hours

330.952.2253

Monday and Wednesday - Friday: Noon - 6 p.m.
Saturday: Noon - 5 p.m.

Wooster: A Pizza

Whitmer's Pizza of Kidron

4692 Kidron Rd., Kidron, OH 44636

You want Italian, he wants burgers? Pizza is common ground for all culinary tastes. The handmade pies at Whitmer's Pizza of Kidron will have you coming back for more.

About Whitmer's Pizza of Kidron

Whitmer's Pizza of Kidron carries on the legacy of the original location in a historic general store in Wineburg. Customers also rave about the signature broasted chicken, available by the piece or in full dinners. Be sure to save room for their dessert pizza, topped with apple pie filling and vanilla glaze.

Contact and Hours

330.857.3000

Tuesday - Saturday: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Kent/Stow: An Appetizer

Erie Street Kitchen

163 W. Erie St., Kent, OH 44240

Erie Street Kitchen is a great start or finish to a special date night. Share a plate of deviled eggs, fried green tomatoes, or one of their other delicious appetizers with your significant other.

About Erie Street Kitchen

Located in the iconic Venice Cafe, a Kent institution since 1951, Erie Street Kitchen serves up Southern favorites with a side trip into Asian flavors. Classics such as jambalaya, shrimp & grits, and chicken & waffles are made with fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Nashville hot fried chicken and fried perch add new dimensions to traditional báhn mì sandwiches.

Contact and Hours

330.593.5928

Tuesday - Thursday: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday - Saturday: 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Columbus: A Breakfast Bagel

The Lox Bagel Shop

772 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43215

Whether you prefer sweet or savory breakfast, bagels are always the answer. Start your day off right with a tasty breakfast bagel from The Lox Bagel Shop.

About The Lox Bagel Shop

How good are the bagels at The Lox Bagel Shop? Good enough to land them on the "Best Bagels in America" list in Food & Wine Magazine. Their hand-rolled bagels, a pleasing mix of New York and Montreal styles, are boiled and baked in a live-fire oven. Get them as a hearty sandwich or with a simple schmear of cream cheese.

Contact and Hours

614.824.4005

Monday - Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Cleveland: Bonbons

Sweet Bean Chocolate

819 E. 185th St., Cleveland, OH 44119

Yes, you may think of your significant other as "eye candy." But the term will take on a literal meaning once you see the shiny, hand-painted bonbons at Sweet Bean Chocolate.

About Sweet Bean Chocolate

Sweet Bean Chocolate is truly a labor of love for husband-and-wife team Bob and Kristin Barnes. Bob is in charge of the chocolate-making process, starting with roasting and grinding the cacao beans, while Kristin is the artist behind the hand-painted, molded final product. 

Contact and Hours

216.795.5561

Wednesday - Saturday: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Cincinnati: $10 Certificate

Fawn Candy

4271 Harrison Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45211

2692 Madison Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45208

Decisions, decisions. Do you use your $10 certificate on caramellows, chocolate-covered Oreos, or buckeyes? Fortunately, there's no wrong answer at Fawn Candy.

About Fawn Candy

In 1946, WWII vet Paul "Pep" Guenther and his wife Jean opened Fawn Candy, selling homemade ice cream and confections. Today, their four daughters are keeping it all in the family, running Fawn Candy with assorted children, nieces, nephews, and grandchildren. Their continued success led to opening a second location at Rookwood Pavilion.

Contact and Hours

Harrison Ave.

513.574.9612

Monday - Wednesday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Thursday: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Madison Rd.

513.351.4191

Monday - Wednesday: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Thursday: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Friday - Saturday: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sunday: Noon - 5 p.m.

A Match Made in Heaven

LoLo Gifts Offers for February 2022 - Cutler Real Estate

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February
23

Visit These 8 Castles Around Ohio

Castles Around Ohio - Cutler Real Estate

Whether you're a historical enthusiast, a lover of fantasy fiction, or an admirer of ambitious architecture, the timeless mystique of castles is impossible to deny. Visiting them is the highlight of many people's European vacations, but did you know there are some you can visit a little closer to home? 

Ohio has many castles and castle-like structures spread out across the Northeast Ohio, Columbus, and Cincinnati areas. Some are historical buildings, while others were constructed a bit more recently. Here are nine of the most distinctive Ohio castles and some background information on what makes each unique. 

Loveland Castle Museum

12075 Shore Dr., Loveland, OH 45140 

Boy Scout leader Harry Delos Andrews created Loveland Castle Museum (sometimes called Chateau Laroche) as a hangout spot for his scout troupe (also called the Knights of the Golden Trail, or KOGT). Construction reportedly began in 1929 using materials fetched by Andrews and the 100-strong group of boys who made up the KOGT at the time. It was finally completed more than 50 years later and is now open to visitors.

Play a few games using the handmade chess, checkers, and puzzle sets scattered around the property, listen to a ghost story from one of the Knights on duty, or picnic in one of the many designated spots around the property. However you choose to spend your time here, this castle is sure to make you feel like a kid again.  

Elsinore Arch

1292-1298 Elsinore Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45202 

Also known as Elsinore Tower, this small Cincinnati monument was built in the 1880s as a pumping station for nearby Eden Park. The arch's design was inspired by Hamlet's Elsinore Castle, though it was replicated on a much smaller scale; there are only a handful of rooms in this building, and all of them house the equipment needed to run the waterworks. Because it is so small yet still so visually impressive, this is an excellent spot for a quick outing on a trip to the city - you'll see some history up close and get a great photo opportunity as well!

Squire's Castle

2844 River Rd., Willoughby Hills, OH 44094 

Squire's Castle is not actually a castle at all, but rather a gatehouse for a castle that was never completed. The building dates back to the 1890s and is designed according to English and German baronial styles of the time. The structure has been remodeled slightly over the years to reinforce its structural integrity: its upper two floors have been removed and its basement filled in with concrete. Visitors can wander around the inside of the building, enjoy walks on the nearby trails, or eat a meal at the picnic area just outside the stone structure.  

Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens

714 N. Portage Path, Akron, OH 44303 

Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens was constructed in 1915 by F. A. Seiberling, one of the founders of the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company. The property was named after an Old English phrase meaning "stone hewn." Built in the Tudor Revival style, this Northeast Ohio estate includes 65 rooms and 70 acres of gardens and landscaped grounds.

Self-guided indoor tours are available for those who want to take a closer look at the remarkable interior finishes and architecture. Outside, you will find the hall's PlayGarden, a verdant paradise for kids. From bug catching and butterfly watching to geocaching, young visitors will always find something to do at this historic site.

Cote Bonneville

4795 Chapel Ridge Dr., Cincinnati, OH 45223 

Cote Bonneville was built in 1902 by Napoleon DuBrul, a cigar mold mogul originally from Quebec, Canada. This privately-owned 6-acre gated property features a towering stone manor built in the Romanesque Revival style. The stately castle-like home is part of the Cincinnati Preservation Association's annual Raeburn Estate House tour each spring, but even the outside of this incredible structure is well worth a visit. 

Ravenwood Castle

65666 Bethel Rd., New Plymouth, OH 45654

Ravenwood Castle may look like a historical castle, but it was actually built less than 30 years ago in 1995. Inspired by English and Welsh castles from the 12th and 13th centuries, its original builders hoped to create a place where fans of medieval-themed popular culture could gather for a fun, immersive experience. They even built a tiny medieval village next to the castle to create a more immersive experience for their guests. In addition to grand occasions like weddings and formal events, this location is frequently used for recreational activities like board games, conventions, murder mysteries, and scavenger hunts. 

Glamorgan Castle

200 Glamorgan St., Alliance, OH 44601 

Glamorgan Castle was designed by Willard Hirsch for Colonel William Henry Morgan in 1904 and named for his ancestral home in Wales. Over the years, this gorgeous property has served as an Elk lodge and the corporate headquarters for Alliance Machine; it currently serves as the administrative building for Alliance City Schools, as well as a backdrop for local events like plays, weddings, and even car shows. For those interested in getting a better look at the castle's interior, there are guided indoor tours available every Friday afternoon. 

Landoll's Mohican Castle

561 Township Road 3352, Loudonville, OH 44842 

If it's a fairytale atmosphere you're after, look for the fanciful peaks of Landoll's Mohican Castle on the horizon. This impressive edifice was built by Jim Landoll, founder of the famous Landoll Publishing Company, in 1997. There were no floor plans or blueprints to guide the construction process; every room was built one at a time according to Landoll's vision. The castle was finally completed and opened for business in 2002. Twenty years later, this one-of-a-kind building is a well-loved hotel and restaurant and an extremely popular wedding destination. You can even go on ghost hunts in the cemetery on the castle's grounds. 

Enjoy a Taste of Royal Living

Which of these magnificent Ohio castles is your favorite? 

February
17

Cutler's Top Producers for January 2022

Top Producers - January 2022 - Cutler Real Estate

Cutler Real Estate seeks to help its employees thrive in both life and business, and our Realtors consistently demonstrate a purpose and passion for helping people around Northeast Ohio, Columbus & Central Ohio, and Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky buy and sell homes. We strive to provide the support, technology, and culture that enable our Realtors to achieve that success.

Each month we recognize those agents who have gone above and beyond to meet and exceed their goals. We congratulate the following Realtors and groups for providing the superior customer service people have come to expect from Cutler Real Estate. Join us in celebrating the top producers, production leaders, and listing leaders for January 2022.

Regions:

Northeast Ohio

Columbus & Central Ohio

Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky

Northeast Ohio

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Ready To Help

If you're looking for an experienced real estate professional, we can help. Find out how Cutler Real Estate can assist you with buying or selling a home across Ohio and Northern Kentucky. Find a Realtor today.

February
16

Northeast Ohio: 7 Places for Amish-Style Home Cooking

Amish Restaurants - Northeast Ohio - Cutler Real Estate

Parts of Northeast Ohio are known as Amish Country, and the area is a wonderful place to enjoy the quiet atmosphere along with delicious food. Amish food is simple, filling, and tasty, with hearty meats featured prominently.

The following eight restaurants are worth a stop if you want to try home cooking around Amish Country in Northeast Ohio.

Amish Door Restaurant

1210 Winesburg St., Wilmot, OH 44689

The Amish Door Restaurant will celebrate its 45th year of being in business this year, and over time, the restaurant—as well as its surrounding area—has grown. You can now visit the nearby Hasseman House Bed & Breakfast, the Banquet Center, and The Inn at Amish Door. Dishes like the broasted chicken—the restaurant's special recipe of hand-breaded pressure-fried chicken—are popular, as is the creamed chicken served over biscuits and accompanied by mashed potatoes. Delicious soups like tomato basil, ham and bean, and stuffed pepper are great ways to warm up and start your meal.

Mary Yoder's Amish Kitchen, Bakery, and Gift Shop

14743 N. State St., Middlefield, OH 44062

Opened in 1987, Mary Yoder's Amish Kitchen features good, old-fashioned Amish cooking for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. For breakfast, try the buffet that's offered on Monday, Friday, Saturday, and holidays and get your fill of favorites like scrambled eggs, home fries, cornmeal mush, and fresh bakery items. Or order off the menu and try the Dutch Scrambler, which has two eggs, home fries, and your choice of bacon or sausage scrambled together. For lunch or dinner, order an Amish favorite, noodles over mashed potatoes, and add a trip to the salad bar. Or try the buffet, which lets you enjoy homestyle meats, authentic Amish mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, and more. If you have your family or group dining together, family-style meals are available for everyone to share.

Mrs. Yoder's Kitchen

8101 OH-241, Mt. Hope, OH 44660

Located across from the Mt. Hope Livestock Auction, Mrs. Yoder's Kitchen does a brisk business from auction attendees as well as locals and tourists. The restaurant is best known for its fried chicken, which is marinated, hand-breaded, and pressure fried according to Mrs. Yoder's special recipe. Other popular items on the menu include pork chops, roast beef, lake perch, and local, seasonal homemade pies. Vegetables like steamed broccoli or cauliflower, seasoned green beans, and whole kernel corn are local and seasonal.

Hartville Kitchen, Restaurant & Bakery

1015 Edison St. NW, Hartville, OH 44632

Hartville Kitchen has served up great home cooking for 55 years and has daily "meat and three" specials that are sure to fill you up. Order the tenderized seasoned beef cooked in the restaurant's beef gravy, or juicy whole turkey cubed and served with stuffing. The baked boneless chicken served in a creamy sauce is also a customer favorite, and the chicken is delivered fresh daily from Gerber's Amish Farm. Care is taken throughout the menu, from the real mashed potatoes to the salad dressings, which are made at the restaurant.

Dutch Kitchen

14278 E. Lincolnway (US 30), Dalton, OH 44618

Dutch Kitchen centers around an original 1858 farmhouse, beautifully restored and decorated. An addition was built in 1998 to house a larger event room, expanded bakery, and a gift shop. For breakfast, try the grilled or fried French toast made with homemade bread and served with warm syrup. The make-your-own omelet option is also a popular choice. Lunch and dinner options include various chicken and fish options like broasted chicken and grilled orange salmon. For more variety, try the Dutch Kitchen Sampler with broasted chicken, ham, your choice of roast beef or roast turkey, noodles or dressing, corn or green beans, mashed potatoes and gravy, a side salad, and homemade bread.

Der Dutchman

4967 Walnut St., Walnut Creek OH 44687

Genuine Amish kitchen cooking is what makes meals at Der Dutchman so tasty, whether you're stopping by for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. You'll find meat-and-potatoes meals along with made-for-scratch pastries and pies you can take home and enjoy later. Start your day with a hearty breakfast buffet with options including pancakes, scrambled eggs, potatoes, and fried cornmeal mush. You can also order off the menu with dishes such as Amish Scramble with scrambled eggs with home fries, mushrooms, bacon, onions, or cheese sauce or sausage gravy. For lunch or dinner, the Sampler Plate echoes a traditional Amish potluck and lets you try the restaurant's most popular items, including your choice of two meats, real mashed potatoes and gravy, dressing, green beans or creamed corn, tossed salad, and homemade dinner rolls.

Boyd & Wurthmann Restaurant

4819 E Main St, Berlin, OH 44610

Boyd & Wurthmann had its beginnings as a grocery store in 1938. In the 1950s, Boyd & Wurthmann separated the market from a new restaurant specializing in Amish-style home cooking. The original green countertop is still used every day in this cozy restaurant. It remains small, so you might have to wait a bit for a table, but the food is worth the time. Check out the soup of the day, which might be ham and bean, white chicken chili, or broccoli. Entrees include smothered meatloaf, ham loaf, and chicken, and on most days, you'll have about 15 to 20 different pies to choose from, depending on what fruits are in season.

Simple Goodness

Which Amish Country restaurants are you most excited to try? 

February
9

Black History Month: Explore These 9 Places Around Ohio

Black History Museums - Explore Ohio - Cutler Real Estate

Ohio is filled with amazing destinations where you can explore history of all types, including some excellent museums and fascinating historical sites that highlight Black history. With places like the Cleveland African American Museum in Northeast Ohio, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, and the National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center near Columbus, there are so many informative, inspiring places to visit during Black History Month in February. Today, we're going to take a closer look at 9 of the best places to explore all around Ohio for Black History Month this year.

John Mercer Langston Historic Home

207 E. College St., Oberlin, OH 44074

John Mercer Langston was a fascinating figure in African American history and a trailblazer who achieved many firsts as a Black man. He was the first known Black elected official in the country and the first Black congressman elected from Virginia. John Mercer Langston spent more than a decade living in Oberlin during the mid-1800s, and his historic residence has been preserved to the present day. You can still visit the home today, and it has been included on the National Register of Historic Places.

The African American Museum of Cleveland

1765 Crawford Rd., Cleveland, OH 44106

One of the earliest independent museums on African American history and culture, the Cleveland African American Museum was founded by Icabod Flewellen in 1953. It moved to its current location in Cleveland's Hough neighborhood in 1984 and has continued its mission ever since. That mission is to raise cultural awareness, provide education about Black history, organize community events, and exhibit artifacts that tell stories about the African American experience. The museum is currently open on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Saturdays, with fundraising underway to reopen full-time in the future.

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

50 E. Freedom Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202

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Located in downtown Cincinnati since it first opened in 2004, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center is an award-winning museum and educational center that tells the story of the Underground Railroad. The Underground Railroad was a network that helped escaped slaves reach free territories, and quite a few of the destinations on our list played a role in the Underground Railroad. Along with helping share the Underground Railroad story, this museum also works to pay tribute to all who worked to abolish human enslavement and secure freedom for all people. There are also some great virtual programs available for Black History Month and all year long if you can't make it to the museum in person.

John Parker House

300 N. Front St., Ripley, OH 45167

One of two destinations on our list located in Ripley, a small town southeast of Cincinnati along the Ohio River, the John Parker House is both a museum and the current home of the John P. Parker Historical Society. As a young man, John Parker escaped from slavery and dedicated his life to helping other slaves reach freedom. He was an inventor and was also very active with the Underground Railroad. The museum is open from Friday through Sunday during select times of the year, so be sure to check the schedule before visiting.

John Rankin House

6152 Rankin Hill Rd., Ripley, OH 45167

Also located in Ripley is the John Rankin House, one of the most active stops along the Underground Railroad in Ohio. The home of Reverend John Rankin was built in 1825 and was home to Rankin, his wife Jean, and their 13 children. The home, which overlooks the Ohio River, was recently restored and includes many unique artifacts from Rev. John Rankin's life as an abolitionist. You can stop by for a guided tour to learn all about this fascinating figure, his family, his work as an abolitionist, and his role in helping escaped slaves reach freedom.

Paul Laurence Dunbar House

219 N. Paul Laurence Dunbar St., Dayton, OH 45402

2022 marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of celebrated African American author and poet laureate Paul Laurence Dunbar, who spent many years living in Ohio. The Paul Laurence Dunbar House is now a museum and cultural center, where you can learn all about the prolific writer who produced 20 books, including novels, poetry, and short stories during his short lifetime. He purchased this home for his mother in 1904 and lived there with her while he produced some of his final literary works. The home is also the location of the Dunbar Literary Circle, which meets on the second Sunday of every month.

National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center

1350 Brush Row Rd., Wilberforce, OH 45384

Dedicated to helping visitors learn more about African American contributions to history and culture in America, the National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center is an excellent place to visit during Black History Month. Exhibits scheduled to run through 2022 include Rhythm of Revolution, Queens of the Heartland, Behind the Mask: Black Power in Comics, African Americans Fighting for a Double Victory, and more. There are also many permanent exhibits, including more than 8,000 artifacts.

John Gee Black Historical Center

48 Pine St., Gallipolis, OH 45631

Housed in the John Gee African Methodist Chapel, which held church services for nearly 200 years from its founding until its final service in 1997, the John Gee Black Historical Center is a cultural and educational center. The center works to preserve the culture, tradition, crafts, art, and music of Black Americans in southeast Ohio. In addition to the many exhibits on display, the John Gee Black Historical Center often hosts lectures where you can learn more about Black history and culture.

King Arts Complex

835 Mt. Vernon Ave., Columbus, OH 43203

Art, music, and culture play such a vibrant, vital role in telling the story of Black history. The King Arts Complex includes galleries that showcase painting, sculpture, photography, graphic design, and decorative arts. Many events are happening at the King Arts Center all year long, including the Heritage Music Festival, First Tuesday Tea, and a wide variety of youth arts education programs. The King Arts Complex is a place where you can learn about the many contributions that African Americans have made to the culture of Ohio and of the entire country.

Remembering the Past Makes for a Brighter Future

Whether you visit during Black History Month or at any other time of the year, all of these museums tell important stories that deserve to be heard. Which places will you explore to get in touch with history in Ohio this year?

February
4

Make Your Way to These 9 Ohio Meaderies

Ohio Meaderies - Cutler Real Estate

Mead, a delectable beverage made from fermented honey and water, was dubbed "nectar of the gods" by the ancient Greeks. Fortunately, you can partake in this heavenly drink right here in Ohio. Head to these wonderful meaderies conveniently located near Northeast Ohio, Columbus, and Cincinnati

Western Reserve Meadery

2135 Columbus Rd., Suite C, Cleveland, OH 44113

At Western Reserve Meadery, they believe the concepts of fine materials and authentic craft apply to the drinking environment as well as the product. Sample their delicious meads in the elegantly casual ambiance created by historic brick and handmade hardwood furnishings. Be sure to try the new releases such as Bee Baller, which gets its zip from Carolina Reaper peppers, and full-bodied Blueberry Blossom Fig. Western Reserve Meadery is open 5 - 9 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and noon - 9 p.m. Saturday.

Brothers Drake Meadery

26 E. 5th Ave., Columbus, OH 43201

Yes, there really are brothers named Drake. Eric and Woody turned their long-standing hobby into the Brothers Drake Meadery, located in the fashionable Short North Arts District of Columbus. In addition to traditional mead, you'll often find experimental flavors such as Blue Lemonade and PB&J. Stop in on Wednesday for live music on Jazz Night. Hours are 5 - 11 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 4 - 11 p.m. Friday, 2 - 11 p.m. Saturday, and 2 - 8 p.m. Sunday.

Dysfunctional Delights Meadery

916 Columbus Ave., Lebanon, OH 45036

Don't let the name fool you. Family-owned and operated Dysfunctional Delights Meadery is a harmonious labor of love. Brad and Jamey Ryles left the 9-to-5 world to pursue Brad's vision of bringing mead to the Cincinnati area. With games for the kids and drinks for the grown-ups, the Ryles family wants to make your family feel welcome. Customers love the fruit-flavored meads such as cranberry, raspberry, and strawberry rhubarb. Hours are 4 - 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 4 - 10 p.m. Friday, and 2 - 10 p.m. Saturday.

BottleHouse Brewery & Mead Hall

13368 Madison Ave., Lakewood, OH 44107

The open floor plan, stone arches, and picnic table-style seating at BottleHouse Brewery & Mead Hall create the warm and welcoming atmosphere of an old-school community gathering spot. There are couches for couples or smaller groups, and a number of plants provide a welcome touch of greenery. Food is also special at BottleHouse, where Eugene Kitchen is serving up Michael Shoen's legendary Tinman Burgers. Mead hall hours are 5 p.m. - midnight Tuesday through Thursday, 5 p.m. - 2 a.m. Friday, 2 p.m. - 2 a.m. Friday, and 2 - 10 p.m. Sunday.

Blackbird Meadery

738 W. National Rd., Vandalia, OH 45377

So you want mead but your friend or significant other prefers beer? Cover all the bases at Blackbird Meadery. Opened in 2020, Blackbird Meadery shares space with Hairless Hare Brewery, which offers a wide selection of craft beer to meet any taste. Whatever you're drinking, it will pair well with the pizzas, chicken wings, and bar snacks on the food menu. Check out the Chef's Menu for special dishes such as pulled pork mac 'n' cheese or beef vino marinara bowl. Hours are 4 - 10 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday and 2 - 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Crafted Artisan Meadery

1189 State Route 43, Mogadore, OH 44260

At Crafted Artisan Meadery, brewing is truly regarded as an art form. Their goal is to bring traditional mead into the 21st century with some modern updates, making it accessible to everyone. When founder Kent Waldeck moved back to his home state of Ohio from North Carolina, he decided to turn his fascination with brewing into what is still a home-based business. Crafted's stated values include an "anti-ego ethos" that promotes an attitude of humility and humor. The taproom is open Friday from 5 - 9 p.m. and Saturday from noon - 10 p.m. Bottle sales are also available weekdays from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

Dutch Creek Winery

12157 State Route 690, Athens, OH 45701

Owners Paul and Cindy Freedman literally use the fruits of their 105-acre farm in creating the mead at Dutch Creek Winery. The couple keeps bees that produce the honey and grow apples, peaches, and pears that flavor the mead, cider, and fruit wines. After friends encouraged Paul and Cindy to sell their products commercially at retail outlets across the state, they decided to open a family-friendly tasting room with additional outdoor seating in the beautiful rural setting. Dutch Creek Winery is open on Friday from 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. and Saturday from noon - 8 p.m.

Four Fires Meadery

1683 Lance Point Rd., Unit 108, Maumee, OH 43537

You've probably heard of garage bands, so why not a garage meadery? That was the humble origin of Four Fires Meadery, as a group of friends gathered to experiment and support each other in their shared interest. Inspired by the original native tribes of Northwest Ohio and their Council of Three Fires, the friends modified the name to signify the fellowship of their group. Food trucks are on hand Friday and Saturday for some good eats. Taproom hours are 4 - 10 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 2 - 10 p.m. Saturday.

Woodland Cellars

212 N. Main St., Hubbard, OH 44425

When you visit Woodland Cellars, chances are good that owners Nate and Dani Wilson will be the first ones to greet you. Their hands-on approach applies to everything from making mead based on a 700-year-old recipe to operating the tasting room. Mead serves as inspiration for menu items such as the Eye of Odin burger, prepared with a mead reduction and a mead mustard sauce. Woodland Cellars has become known for their Sunday brunches, which feature make-your-own breakfast pizza, omelette, breakfast sandwich, or waffle, along with bottomless mimosas. Hours are 4 - 8 p.m. Wednesday, 4 - 10 p.m. Thursday, 4 - 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Sunday.

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