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August
18

Columbus: Cool Down With Iced Coffee From These 8 Places

Iced Coffee - Columbus, OH - Cutler Real Estate

Are you the type of person who needs your morning java – no matter what the weather? If so, you're in luck! There are tons of great local coffee shops in the Columbus area where you can kick back, relax, and enjoy a delicious cup of fresh-brewed iced coffee.

Whether you need to get your day going or you're looking for an afternoon pick-me-up, you can't go wrong with a quick stop at one of these cafes. 

The Roosevelt Coffeehouse

300 E. Long St., Columbus, OH 43215

If you want to enjoy a refreshing iced coffee while supporting an important cause, you'll love paying a visit to Roosevelt Coffeehouse. This specialty coffee shop focuses on impacting people in need by donating its profits to organizations the fight injustices like human trafficking, unclean water, hunger, and more. 

Their menu features a variety of iced coffee options including almond or oat milk and flavors like honey, maple, mocha, caramel, and more. While you're enjoying your drink, you'll also want to check out their selection of pastry items. We love their bagels and donuts. They also offer plenty of gluten-free items. 

Roaming Goat Coffee Company 

849 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43215

Roaming Goat Coffee Company is Central Ohio's premium full-service coffee roaster. They source the highest quality Arabica beans from around the world and expertly roast them to perfection. Stop by their coffee house and enjoy one of the best iced coffees you've ever had. 

Want to try your hand at making your own? You can also find their fresh-roasted coffee beans at places like Lucky's Market, Fresh Market, The Hills Market, Weiland's Market, and select Meijer's locations. 

Crimson Cup Coffee Shop

4541 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43214

The Crimson Cup has been a staple in Columbus since 2007. They're located just a few minutes north of The Ohio State University campus. If you're in a hurry, you can grab your iced coffee from their convenient drive-thru. However, we recommend coming inside so you can enjoy their unique coffeehouse experience. 

Crimson Cup has a one-of-a-kind brew bar and offers nitro cold brew on tap, as well as a wide selection of iced and frozen coffee drinks. If you love their coffee (and we know you will!) you can also order bags for home delivery. 

Fox in the Snow Cafe

1031 N. 4th St., Columbus, OH 43201

With three locations in the Columbus area, Fox in the Snow Cafe is always a great idea! This bakery and coffee shop makes excellent iced coffee and also services up rustic-style baked goods.

Next time you're faced with a mid-morning coffee craving, visit them in the Italian Village, German Village, or New Albany. You'll be glad you did!

Brioso Coffee

53 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43215

If you're looking for a fun coffee experience, check out Brioso Coffee. Their slogan is "Mean Coffee, Nice People," and this is exactly what you can expect. The folks here take their coffee brewing seriously – so you can simply relax and enjoy a delicious cup of joe. 

Whether you visit their High Street or Long Street location, you won't be disappointed. They're happy to make you a cold brew or a nitro cold brew. However, if you're feeling adventurous, we recommend sampling one of their seasonal summer drinks. Some of the current specials include "Petal to the Metal," an iced rose vanilla latte, or the "Life's a Brioso Beach," an espresso tonic served over ice with a lime. Both promise to take your coffee experience up a notch (or two!).

Bottom's Up Coffee

1069 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43222

For a relaxed, laid-back atmosphere and unforgettable cup of java, you can't go wrong with Bottom's Up Coffee. Not only do they make a variety of delicious coffee drinks, but they also support the community. They use a portion of their profits to provide diapers to parents in need and also host various community events to help support their neighbors. 

The owners of this shop are dedicated to providing healthy and nutritious food options. All of their drinks and the majority of their food items are also vegan-friendly.

Third Way Cafe

3058 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43204

At Third Way Cafe, they see their purpose as much more than making great coffee. This locally-owned coffee shop was built by the community, for the community, with a single purpose: doing good deeds. They've been a local favorite since they opened in 2017, and they pride themselves on being a place where people can come together and enjoy a home away from home.

When you visit, you're welcome to relax, read a book, and take your time enjoying your beverage of choice. We recommend trying an iced latte, a decadent iced mocha, or an iced espresso. 

Global Gallery Coffee Shop

3535 N. High St., Columbus, Ohio 43214

Established in the Short North Arts District of Columbus, Global Gallery Cafe has been a local favorite since 1991. This non-profit, fair-trade coffee shop also carries a selection of products like wine, chocolate, jewelry, hand-crafted goods, and more. It's the perfect place to shop for that hard-to-buy-for friend or family member (or yourself!).

While you're there, plan to spend some time sitting down, relaxing, and enjoying their signature Thunderkiss cold brew or a nitro cold brew made with Ramble Coffee. We recommend ordering some locally-made scones or vegan treats, as they're the perfect complement to a tasty cup of coffee. 

Cool Down with Cold Brew 

Where are you going to fuel up first? 

March
31

Say Hello to Spring and These 7 LoLo Gifts

March LoLo Gifts - Cutler Real Estate

Need a little pick-me-up to get you through the last gasp of winter and into spring? How about a free gift from a local shop or restaurant in Northeast Ohio, Columbus, and Cincinnati?

Cutler Real Estate loves supporting small businesses in our area. We've partnered with LoLo Gifts to bring you exciting freebies so you can discover these great shops and restaurants for yourself.

March Gifts:

Canton: A Certificate

Akron: Artisan Soap

Columbus: Milk Tea or Bubble Tea

Cincinnati: Fudge

Wooster: A Pint

Medina: Donuts

Kent/Stow: Beer, Wine, or T-shirt

Canton: A Certificate

Sweet T's Cafe and Confections

3214 Lincoln Way E., Massillon, OH 44646

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No excuse is needed to treat yourself to one of the scratch-made cookies, cupcakes, and other baked goods from Sweet T's Cafe and Confections. If savory is more your thing, Sweet T's also serves lunch and dinner.

About Sweet T's Cafe and Confections

Sweet T's Cafe and Confections is a true labor of love for owners Kristy and Tim Baumgardner. Kristy runs the kitchen and bakery, while Tim grills the steaks and made the dining tables using recycled 1890s barn siding. In addition to baked goods, the cafe's specialty is soup, with 28 different varieties in rotation. Reservations are required for indoor dining, and Sweet T's also offers curbside pickup.

Contact and Hours

330.418.2675

Tuesday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. 
Wednesday - Thursday 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. 
Saturday 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Sunday 2 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Akron: Artisan Soap

Hope Soap Ohio

125 Portage Trail, Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221

Don't you deserve some pampering? Wash off the cares of the day with a bar of sweet-smelling artisan soap from Hope Soap Ohio.

About Hope Soap Ohio

Nathan Walden, founder of Hope Soap Ohio, was inspired to create his line of natural skincare products after years of struggle with dermatitis. Each purchase benefits the community, as Nathan pays it forward by donating a bar of soap to someone in need for each item sold. 

Contact and Hours

330.203.1316

Friday - Sunday 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Columbus: Milk Tea or Bubble Tea

The Brewed Leaf

2060 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43201

It's not your grandmother's tea that they're serving at The Brewed Leaf. Stop in for a refreshing milk tea or bubble tea in your choice of flavors.

About The Brewed Leaf

Get your caffeine fix with a bit of "pop." Bubble teas from The Brewed Leaf include tapioca pearls for some added texture and a touch of whimsy. Choose milk tea if you like your drinks with a bit of creaminess.

Contact and Hours

614.369.8095

Monday - Saturday 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Sunday 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Cincinnati: Fudge

Tickled Sweet Artisan Chocolates and Candies

317 Main St., Milford, OH 45150

Fudge ... it's not just for the holidays. Tickled Sweet Artisan Chocolates and Candies features a whopping 33 flavors, so there's something for everyone. Each square comes with a small spoon so you can savor every last bite.

About Tickled Sweet Artisan Chocolates and Candies

Bambi Merz is an entrepreneur, but chocolates were never on her radar until she attended a candy and snack expo. After working as an "apprentice" at Auel's Fine Chocolates, Bambi eventually bought the shop, and Tickled Sweet Artisan Chocolates and Candies was born. 

Contact and Hours 

513.880.4169

Monday - Thursday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Sunday Noon - 5 p.m.

Wooster: A Pint

JAFB Wooster Brewery

120 Beall Ave., Wooster, OH 44691

At JAFB, half the fun will be selecting the brew for your free pint. With choices like Wayne County Cream Ale, Apricot Actually, and Rain Delay IPA, you can't go wrong whichever way you go.

About JAFB Wooster Brewery

JAFB Wooster Brewery has wholeheartedly embraced the eclectic nature of the craft beer movement. Their brews are inspired by a wide range of international styles, including American, Belgian, and German. JAFB's focus is on the beverage side, so you're free to bring your own food from a nearby restaurant or one of the food trucks frequently parked outside.

Contact and Hours

330.601.1827

Monday - Thursday 2 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Friday - Saturday Noon - midnight
Sunday 1 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Medina: Donuts

Circles on the Square

28 Public Square, Medina, OH 44256

Find out why Circles on the Square is a two-time winner of the Cleveland Donut Fest. Their menu of classic, glazed, sprinkled, and gourmet donuts is the stuff of Homer Simpson's dreams.

About Circles on the Square

Is there anything worse than biting into a stale donut? At Circles on the Square, they're making donuts fresh throughout the day instead of letting them sit in a display case for hours. When you order, your donut is handcrafted right before your eyes. Check out the tempting pictures on their Instagram page.

Contact and Hours

330.952.2728

Tuesday - Friday 7 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Saturday 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Sunday 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Kent/Stow: Beer, Wine, or T-shirt

North Water Brewing Co.

101 Crain Ave., Kent, OH 44240

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The neighborhood gathering place is alive and well at North Water Brewing Co. Kick back with a beer or wine or pick up a new t-shirt for your collection.

About North Water Brewing Co.

What makes the beer from North Water Brewing Co. so special? According to co-owner Don Schjeldahl, there's a clue in the name. Thanks to the glaciers that once covered the area, Kent's water supply is even more pristine than water from reservoirs. 

Contact and Hours

330.778.4677

Tuesday - Thursday 4 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Friday - Saturday 1 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Sunday 1 p.m. - 8 p.m.

The Best Things in Life Are Free

LoLo Gifts for March - Cutler Real Estate

Each month, Cutler Real Estate and LoLo Gifts bring you a selection of free gifts just like this. Wondering how you qualify? It couldn't be easier. Just contact your Cutler Real Estate agent to learn more.

March
24

Calling All Crafters! 9 Places Around Ohio to Stock Up on Supplies

Craft Stores Around Ohio - Cutler Real Estate

While crafts have long been popular recreational activities in the United States, 2020 saw a surge in people picking up these relaxing pastimes. CNN reports that crafting provides valuable stress relief and improves cognitive abilities that keep your brain young.

Unleash your inner creativity with projects and supplies from these great craft stores around Northeast Ohio, Columbus, and Cincinnati.

Northeast Ohio

Hollo's Papercraft

1878 Pearl Rd., Brunswick, OH 44212

When it comes to paper, if you can't find it at Hollo's Papercraft, it doesn't exist. The warehouse-like store has shelf after shelf full of card stock, envelopes, stationery, and blank greeting cards in every color and style imaginable. Design to your heart's content with their amazing variety of pens, markers, stamps, stickers, and other artistic tools. Hours are 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday.

The Quilting Bee

15709 Detroit Ave., Lakewood, OH 44107

In name and practice, The Quilting Bee honors the craft as a means of both individual expression and social connection. You'll be inspired by the impressive array of fabrics, organized by theme, designer, and color. Be sure to check out "Our Favorite Things," an assortment of supplies and accessories chosen by the shop's staff. Shop online for curbside pickup or delivery. The Quilting Bee is open 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Tuesday, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday.

Around the Table Yarns

20085 Chagrin Blvd., Shaker Heights, OH 44122

After numerous conversations about what they wanted to see in a yarn shop, Pam Berkson and Beth Billings decided the solution was DIY and Around the Table Yarns was born. Customers are encouraged to post photos of their "Fabulous Finished Objects" for a chance to win gift cards. Hours for curbside assistance and pickup only are 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday. The online shop is open 24/7 and there are two daily Zoom sessions for shopping, help, and socializing. 

Columbus

On Paper

743 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43215

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With so much interaction occurring online, eye-catching letters, invitations, and greeting cards are a fun way to make your communication stand out. On Paper has an extensive range of products, including gifts such as picture frames, ornaments, and guest towels, that can be personalized for added appeal. Brighten up your private writing with one of their stylish journals and notebooks. Embellish them with stickers and stamps to create your own individual design. Visit their new location Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Crafters Pantry

3607 Interchange Rd., Columbus, OH 43204

True to its name, Crafters Pantry serves as a convenient "storage" for your materials and supplies. Whether crafting is your hobby or business, Crafters Pantry can quickly provide whatever you need, when you need it. The shop buys in bulk from manufacturers and uses their own equipment to create smaller, more affordable pieces than you would be able to get directly.  Order online for quick shipping.

614 Knit Studio

4436 Indianola Ave., Columbus, OH 43214

614 Knit Studio proclaims they are "fluent in fiber," and their goal is to help the local community become equally articulate. Owner Andrea Panzica has a strong background in fashion design and uses her experience to curate a yarn boutique with products from top independent dyers and artisans. The studio also offers a robust schedule of in-person and virtual classes focused on specific projects as well as general topics, such as knitting for beginners and spinning your own yarn. Hours are noon - 6 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Thursday, 1 - 8 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday. 

Cincinnati

Knit On!

735 Monmouth St., Newport, KY 41071

Frequently named as the best yarn shop in the Cincinnati area, Knit On! lets you shop for yarns from around the world without leaving home. In addition to purchasing from the shop's own inventory, you can place a drop-ship order from one of their suppliers. Knit On! is currently open from 2 - 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday for curbside pickup and limited in-store shopping. Call ahead to inquire about individual appointments outside regular store hours.

Indigo Hippo

1334 Main St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

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The quirky name isn't the only unique feature of Indigo Hippo. Founded as the brainchild of a group of Cincinnati art students, Indigo Hippo is a nonprofit "creative reuse" shop. Donated materials are sold under a price range, allowing customers to pay what they can so arts and crafts are accessible to everyone, regardless of budget. Shopping is currently by appointment Thursday through Friday from noon - 5 p.m., although walk-ins are admitted as space permits.  

Paper Wings

1207 Vine St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

Carolyn Deininger has always loved the promise held by a blank sheet of paper. When Carolyn and husband Mike began receiving requests for more paper goods at their gallery MiCA 12/v, she saw it as the perfect excuse to open Paper Wings. The shop carries a lovingly curated selection of cards, notebooks, and accessories along with works from local artists.  Hours are 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. daily except Sunday when doors close at 5 p.m. Their online shop is open 24/7, with free delivery within the Cincinnati 275 area.

Feeling Crafty?

Do you have a handmade item in your Ohio home that holds a special memory?

March
19

Enjoy the First Signs of Spring at These 9 Columbus Greenspaces

Columbus Greenspaces for Spring - Cutler  Real Estate

Is it truly time to shake off the winter chill, and welcome the first signs of spring? You bet! The days are growing longer, the temperatures are rising, and the first flowers are emerging from the soil at greenspaces all around Columbus. Whether you're interested in a quiet, tranquil walk, a chance to gaze at gorgeous gardens, or the perfect place for a fun, outdoor family outing, there's certain to be a local greenspace with your name on it. Find your happy place with our guide to 9 of the best greenspaces in Columbus.

John F. Wolfe Columbus Commons

160 S. High St., Columbus, OH 43215

There's always something new to experience when you visit the John F. Wolfe Columbus Commons, a popular urban greenspace located in the heart of downtown Columbus. This park offers a little bit of everything, from flowery gardens and community events to a food truck court that features flavors from around the world. It's also home to the unique NEOS Electric Playground, which is certain to be a hit with younger members of the family.

Goodale Park

120 W. Goodale St., Columbus, OH 43215

With beautiful fountains, a scenic pond, and stunning views of the Columbus skyline, Goodale Park is the perfect place to shake off the winter chill. This is the oldest public park in the city, built on land that was donated by the first physician to practice in Columbus. Along with the scenery, this park has tennis courts for enjoying some outdoor recreation, a playground that is sure to keep the kids entertained, and plenty of lovely places to plan a picnic.

Schiller Park

1069 Jaeger St., Columbus, OH 43206

Ever since the land was first converted into a park in the 1800s, Schiller Park has been a local favorite for outdoor recreation and relaxation. The park is named for German poet Friedrich Schiller, and the scenery just might be enough to inspire you to write some poetry of your own. At Schiller Park, you'll find a peaceful fishing pond, a collection of beautifully maintained gardens, and a wide variety of outdoor recreation facilities for enjoying your favorite sports. Schiller Park is also home to the Actor's Summer Theater, where you can enjoy public performances of Shakespeare during the warm weather seasons.

Columbus Park of Roses

3901 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43214

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What could be a better way to celebrate the signs of spring than visiting a beautiful rose garden? And the Columbus Park of Roses isn't just any old garden. It features one of the most extensive selections of roses in the entire country, with more than 12,000 specimens when the garden is in full bloom. There are paved paths that make it easy to explore the gardens and plenty of places to snap some great pictures for social media sharing. Be sure to check out the Park of Roses website, where you can see which roses are in bloom before you visit.

Chadwick Arboretum & Learning Gardens

152 Howlett Hall 2021, Fyffe Rd., Columbus, OH 43210

Looking for an educational setting where kids can learn while enjoying the great outdoors? The Chadwick Arboretum & Learning Gardens offer a unique blend of outdoor fun and education. The facility is located on the Ohio State University agriculture campus and is free to visit all year long. Enjoy expansive gardens, native trees, gorgeous greenhouses, and plenty of opportunities to learn more about all of the flora on display.

Franklin Park Conservatory & Botanical Gardens

1777 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43203

When you're in the mood for a lush, scenic outdoor setting with activities galore, it's hard to top the experience at Franklin Park Conservatory & Botanical Gardens. This facility features more than 100 acres of natural beauty to explore, with some of the most stunning gardens that you'll find anywhere. While you're here, be sure to check out the schedule of gardening workshops, educational classes, community events, seasonal farmer's market, and expert-guided tours.

Scioto Audubon

400 W. Whittier St., Columbus, OH 43215

For unique outdoor recreation activities in Columbus, it's hard to top all that the Scioto Audubon Metropark has to offer. Scale a massive rock-climbing wall that can accommodate climbers of all skill levels and enjoy a wide range of recreational facilities for playing your favorite sports. There's also a popular dog park on-site, perfect for celebrating the start of spring with your furry friend.

Scioto Mile

233 S. Civic Center Dr., Columbus, OH 43215

In the mood for a full day of visiting some of the best greenspaces in Columbus? Scioto Mile is a beautiful greenspace on its own, and its paved, well-maintained paths connect to eight other greenspaces within the city. The paths wind along the Scioto River, and offer outstanding views of the city skyline. You'll find unique public art exhibits as you explore the area, and may even encounter some free, public performances depending on when you visit. Be sure to come back again in the summer, when kids can enjoy a splash in the interactive Scioto Mile Fountain.

Topiary Garden Park

480 E. Town St., Columbus, OH 43215

If you're searching for something that is uniquely Columbus, then a trip to the Topiary Garden Park is definitely in order. What is a topiary garden, you might ask? It's a good question because this is the only garden of its kind in the whole world! The Topiary Garden Park is a recreation of Georges Seurat's painting, "A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte." But instead of paint, the garden uses sculpted plants and landscaping features to recreate the painting. This is one Columbus attraction that art lovers won't want to miss.

Go Green(space)

Which outdoor oasis is at the top of your list for celebrating the first signs of spring? The diverse, beautiful greenspaces of Columbus are ready to be explored, with family fun waiting around every corner.

March
17

9 Ohio Restaurants With Ties to the Past

Historic Ohio Restaurants - Cutler Real Estate

Food is more than simply fuel for our bodies. Throughout the years, cultures have defined, and been defined by, cuisines that reveal much about a specific time and place.

Get a fascinating glimpse into how Ohio's past ties into its present with a visit to one of these historic restaurants in Northeast Ohio, Columbus, and Cincinnati.

Johnny's Bar

3164 Fulton Rd., Cleveland, OH 44109

Despite the unassuming name, Johnny's Bar is a true icon among Northeast Ohio restaurants. Its roots go back to the glamorous days of the 1920s when Louise's Garden became a top dining destination. The name changed in 1952, but the restaurant continued to offer upscale Northern Italian cuisine and impeccable four-star service. Thanks to the addition of heaters, you can enjoy filet au Poivre and pasta Putanaise on the stunning courtyard year-round. Reservations are strongly recommended. Hours are 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 11:30 a.m. - 10 p.m. Thursday, 11:30 a.m. - 11 p.m. Friday and 5 p.m. - 11 p.m. Saturday.

Spread Eagle Tavern

10150 Plymouth St., Hanoverton, OH 44423

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More than 150 years ago, Hanover was a thriving commercial port as well as a major stop on the historic Underground Railroad. During that lively era, the Spread Eagle Tavern was constructed by many of the same artisans who had worked on the Sandy & Beaver Canal. The upscale menu includes traditional favorites such as beef Wellington, pan-seared elk, and Maryland crab cakes. Reservations are strongly recommended. Lunch and dinner are served seven days a week, beginning at 11:30 a.m.

Gunselman's Tavern

21490 Lorain Rd., Fairview Park, OH 44126

Legend has it that whiskey salesman Henry J. Gunselman acquired the bar that bears his name in 1936 when the previous owner couldn't pay the liquor bill. What's not in dispute is that Gunselman's Tavern serves up the best burgers in town, prepared old-school style in a cast-iron skillet. In addition to menu mainstays such as Black & Bleu and the Beast, "Gunny's" offers a special Burger of the Month. Order online for curbside pickup or delivery. Gunselman's is open 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. daily except Sunday when doors close at 9 p.m. 

Schmidt's Sausage Haus

240 E. Kossuth St., Columbus, OH 43206

In Central Ohio, the Schmidt name has a long and illustrious association with food. The family-owned company, started in 1886 by German immigrant J. Fred Schmidt, includes a meat-packing plant, fair concession business, and Schmidt's Sausage Haus. With their signature sausage platters and authentic dishes such as cabbage rolls and weinerschnitzel, Schmidt's is still one of the most popular destinations in German Village. Hours are 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. daily.

The Old Mohawk

819 Mohawk St., Columbus, OH 43206

Ghosts of bootleggers past keep watch over The Old Mohawk, which is rumored to have begun life as a speakeasy during the 1920s. Mohawk's famed turtle soup is a tradition from those days of old, when the ill-fated turtles were supposedly raised in the building's basement. In addition to the soup, the restaurant's signature meatloaf, and chorizo and beef lasagna are available as family dinners for four to serve at home. Mohawk is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m., with extended hours until 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

94th Aero Squadron Restaurant

5030 Sawyer Rd., Columbus, OH 43219

Aviators played a crucial role during World War II, and one of the most famous was Columbus native Eddie Rickenbacker, whose 94th Aero Squadron gave the restaurant its name. Situated between runways of the Port Columbus Airport, the restaurant is located in a 1917 French farmhouse filled with military memorabilia. The steakhouse-style menu includes the finest quality cuts of beef along with a selection of classic side dishes. Hours are 4 - 9 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, with brunch served on Sunday from 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Arnold's Bar and Grill

210 E. Eighth St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

At a sprightly 150+ years old, Arnold's Bar and Grill is the oldest tavern in Cincinnati, but it wears its age well. The old-school fixtures blend with new additions such as the courtyard dining area and music stage. Arnold's signature Greek spaghetti, made with olives, bacon, garlic, and Parmesan cheese, has been a fixture on the menu since 1957. In a nod to the present, the Sean Evans Hot Ones burger is a tribute to a trendy YouTube celebrity. Hours are 4 - 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday and 4 - 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Mecklenburg Gardens

302 E. University Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45219

The prominence of Mecklenburg Gardens extends far beyond Cincinnati. In 1976, the restaurant was listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and it's been recognized as one of the top beer gardens in the country by sources such as Travel + Leisure and Thrillist. The charming building, with its canopy of decades-old grapevines, dates back to 1865. Customer favorites include the sauerkraut balls and portabella spaetzle, especially when paired with one of the German beers on tap. Hours are 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Washington Platform Saloon & Restaurant

1000 Elm St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

Washington Platform Saloon & Restaurant may be part of Cincinnati's history, but they bring the flavor of the Deep South to the Buckeye State. The restaurant's Canal Room refers to the building's location near the site of the once-thriving Miami-Erie Canal, while the original lagering cellars beneath the room are a regular stop on walking tours of the city. Menu highlights include shrimp and grits, Cajun grilled snapper, and Southern-fried oysters. Hours are 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Sunday.

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March
10

Everything Old is New Again at These 9 Ohio Shops

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When you're looking for special items for your home or a unique gift that didn't come from a big-box store, an antique shop makes the perfect destination. You'll find treasures that have withstood the test of time and add special character to your décor, and besides that, it's just fun to browse in these shops!

Find out why everything old is new again at these nine Northeast OhioColumbus, and Cincinnati antique shops:

Grandview Mercantile   

1489 Grandview Ave., Columbus, OH 43212  

If you're looking for antiques, you're sure to find something at Grandview Mercantile, the largest store of its kind in the Midwest. It comprises 22,000 square feet of antiques and home items from 20 dealers and over 500 consignors. You can buy everything from fine art to vintage and estate jewelry at the store, and its inventory is constantly changing. Whether you're looking to decorate your new home or are searching for a one-of-a-kind gift, you're likely to find it at Grandview Mercantile. Hours are noon-5 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday, and 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday.

Columbus Architectural Salvage Antiques & Artifacts

1580 Clara St., Columbus, OH 43211      

Located near the State Fairgrounds, Columbus Architectural Salvage Antiques & Artifacts is a unique 10,000-square-foot store that specializes in fixtures and other items that were salvaged from historic homes and properties. The shop's doors, windows, bathtubs, lighting fixtures, doorknobs, and other items can help make your décor interesting while giving it an authentic touch of the past. In addition to architectural items, the shop also carries vintage signs, artwork, home décor, and more. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday by appointment only.

Mary Catherine's Antiques

1128-1130 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43201

Mary Catherine's Antiques encompasses two large storerooms in Columbus' Short North Arts District and has sold special antique and retro pieces since the late 1970s. They're stocked with antique and vintage furniture, artwork, jewelry, advertising signs, jewelry, and much more. Rounding out the inventory are unusual items from the mid to late 20th century, such as a recently sold vintage canoe. Hours are 1-5 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and by appointment.

Wooden Nickel Antiques

1410 Central Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45202 

The best-selling items at Wooden Nickel Antiques may come as a slight surprise since they're so unique. The shop specializes in antique saloon back bars – most of which are from the late 1800s to the early 1900s – that they restore, so if you're planning to upgrade your home entertainment area, you might check them out. You'll also be able to find plenty of fireplace mantles, architectural salvage items, stained glass, furniture, and much more as you browse through their ever-changing items. Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday.

Lentz and Company

339 Ludlow Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45220

Nestled in the heart of Clifton's Gaslight Business District, Lentz and Company prides itself in making its shop a fun treasure hunt where you're sure to find something you want to take home. If you're looking for furniture, kitchenware, bar accessories, art, or jewelry that's special, you'll be able to find it at this antique shop. Hours are 2-7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 2-8 p.m. Friday, noon-7 p.m. Saturday, and 1-5 p.m., but when the weather's nice and people are out and about in the area, the shop stays open later.

Riverside Centre Antique Mall

3742 Kellogg Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45226

Riverside Centre Antique Mall has been described as "a fun, funky 30,000-square-foot treasure trove" by Cincinnati Magazine, which contrasts it with musty old antique malls of the past. The shop sells furniture, salvaged architectural items, jewelry, and more and is a frequent destination for set designers for television shows and movies. The shop has earned a reputation for a family-like atmosphere and serves coffee and cookies to its customers on the weekends. Hours are noon-6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Sweet Lorain

7501 Lorain Rd., Cleveland, OH 44102

Sweet Lorain is celebrating its 29th year of helping Northeast Ohio residents find one-of-a-kind treasures. With over 8,000 square feet of merchandise to choose from, the shop truly has something for everyone. Find a vintage toy and relive your childhood, buy some travel-related mementos from Ohio, or spruce up your kitchen with some vintage canisters. Although the shop is packed with goodies, it's well organized into logical sections so you can find the areas you're most interested in. Hours are noon-5 p.m. Sunday and Monday and noon-6 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday.

Moonstruck CLE Vintage

11917 Mayfield Rd., Cleveland, OH 44106

Located in the historic Little Italy neighborhood of Cleveland, Moonstruck CLE Vintage has a cozy, friendly atmosphere. The shop has a wide variety of vintage wares, including accessories, home décor, clothing, kitchen items, books, jewelry, and more. The search is half of the fun, but chances are good that you'll find something you love enough to buy and give a cherished spot in your home. Hours are 3-8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday by appointment. 

Flower Child

11508 Clifton Blvd., Cleveland, OH 44102  

Stepping into Flower Child is like stepping into the past since items are displayed as they would have been when they were originally sold. You'll be able to browse in a living room that looks like it's been transported from the '50s and walk over to a plush bedroom from the '60s. The shop has an excellent mid-century collection of items, and the staff is happy to help you find some treasures. Hours are noon-7 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday; noon-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and noon-5 p.m. Sunday.

Picker's Paradise

What are some special treasures you've found at antique shops in Cincinnati, Columbus, and Northeast Ohio? 

March
5

Cheesecake Heaven: 9 Places Around Columbus for Dessert

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Have you had a craving for something sweet lately? Nothing can satisfy a sweet tooth quite like a delicious piece of cheesecake. With a crumbly base, sweet creamy filling, and an endless variety of flavors, cheesecake is truly one of the tastiest treats. Whether you prefer chocolate, caramel, or fruit topping, cheesecake is a dessert everyone can enjoy.

For those of us fortunate enough to live in and around Columbus, we have an endless amount of options for great cheesecake in our area. Below are some recommendations for our favorite places to grab dessert:

Dave's Artisanal Cheesecakes

737 Parkwood Ave., Columbus, OH 43219

For some of the best cheesecake in Columbus, head on over to Dave's Artisanal Cheesecakes. Chef proprietor David Brooks has been practicing the art of cheesecake for more than 30 years. With a robust selection of flavors, this spot in Northeast Columbus is an absolute classic. Dave's offers online ordering, and they even have a cheesecake of the month club. Even if you don't live in our area, they have nationwide shipping available.

The Cheesecake Girl

5354 Center St., Hilliard, OH 43026

For a great selection of over 20 varieties of cheesecake, stop by The Cheesecake Girl in Hilliard. This shop sells both full-size cheesecakes, mini cheesecakes, boozy mini cheesecakes, and cheesecake shooters. All items are made with local ingredients and baked from scratch. You have to try the White Chocolate Raspberry or the Red Velvet Cinnamon Roll. All orders must be placed online.

Katzinger's Delicatessen

475 S. 3rd St., Columbus, OH 43215

This New York-style joint is known for their deli sandwiches, but they are also famous for having some of the best cheesecake in town. It's a half-pound slice of cheese and sweetness, and you can choose any fruit topping you like. If you enjoy it, you can even order an entire 10-inch cake to take home. The original Katzinger's is in German Village, but they also have a location in Dublin. Either way, you have to stop by this Columbus staple when you have a chance.

Belle's Bread

1168 Kenny Centre Mall, Columbus, OH 43220

Belle's Bread is actually a French-inspired Japanese bakery that specializes in all cakes and bread, but it's their baked cheesecake that has quite the reputation around town. All cakes are available by the slice, in round form, or by the sheet. The business actually has a team of 20 bakers that make all products on-site every morning. Online ordering is available. The shop is open every day from 10 am to 7 pm.

La Chatelaine French Bakery and Bistro

1550 W. Lane Ave., Columbus, OH 43221

This gourmet family-owned French bakery has three locations across Columbus, and its menu features a wide range of breakfast foods, pastries, and desserts. The cheesecake is absolutely delicious — order it by the slice or take a whole 9-inch cake to enjoy at home. The store is open daily from 8 am to 3 pm.

Fate Cakes

1360 Cherry Bottom Rd., Columbus, OH 43230

If you're looking for the perfect cheesecake for a wedding, shower, or birthday, or any special celebration, look no further than Fate Cakes. This specialty cake shop is offering curbside pickup, takeout, and no-contact delivery. Orders can be placed online, and the store is open Tuesday through Saturday.

Portia's Cafe

4428 Indianola Ave., Columbus, OH 43214

This vegan cafe just north of Columbus is famous for its amazing "Cheezecake" that's made with raw nut-and-date crusts and delicious blends of fruit toppings. Available flavors include Berry Berry Mango, Lemon, Chocolate, Coffee, Coconut, Pineapple, Mocha, Chai, and Mint Chocolate Chip. The cafe is open Monday through Saturday 8 am to 9 pm, and Sundays from 8 am to 3 pm.

Firebirds Wood Fired Grill

8760 Sancus Blvd., Columbus, OH 43240

Firebirds is a great date night spot for many reasons, but our favorite is their delicious selection of desserts. In fact, their Creme Brulee Cheesecake is actually the talk of the town. This sweet, savory dish is topped with fresh fruit and raspberry coulis and is the perfect way to top off a fine meal.

Due Amici

67 E. Gay St., Columbus, OH 43215

Some of the best New York-style cheesecake can be found at Due Amici, an Italian restaurant classic in downtown Columbus. Their dessert menu features a huge piece of cheesecake topped with berry coulis and fresh fruit. If you'd prefer to eat at home, takeout can be ordered online!

Piece of Cake!

Where will you get your sweet treat around Columbus?

February
24

11 Places to Thank a Barista Around Columbus March 1

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Baristas are some of our greatest unsung heroes. Seriously, can you imagine having gotten through this last year without coffee? They're some of our most essential workers, and they hardly ever get thanked. 

Well, now's your chance. Barista day is coming up on March 1st, and it's a great opportunity to support some of our great local coffee shops in the Columbus area. Be sure to thank your barista while you're there, and maybe leave a little something extra in that tip jar!

Mission Coffee Co.

1051 N. 4th St., Columbus, OH 43201

A cozy brick-walled coffee shop and roastery in a reclaimed industrial space, Mission Coffee Co. offers some of the finest coffee in Columbus. Every bean is roasted and brewed to perfection. Their coffees are sourced from all around the world before being roasted in Mission Coffee's local Columbus facility, and their friendly and knowledgeable staff will happily help you choose the right brew for your palate. 

Crimson Cup Coffee Shop

4541 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43214

A small local chain with a handful of locations in and around Columbus, Crimson Cup Coffee Shop is a great place to grab a quick cup of coffee when you're on the go. The Clintonville location, just a few minutes from the Ohio State University Campus, even has a drive-through window to save time. Crimson Cup also offers a cool brew bar inside, where various single-origin coffees are brewed by the cup to order.

Upper Cup Coffee Co.

79 Parsons Ave., Columbus, OH 43215

The folks at Upper Cup Coffee Co. do a seemingly simple thing—find the best coffee beans from all around the world—and they do it incredibly well. Upper Cup started out in 2010 as a wholesale coffee business but opened a retail shop the following year as their coffee quickly gained an ardent local following. This is the perfect place to sit and savor a finely crafted pour-over or a delicately foamy cappuccino. They serve tasty teas and iced beverages too and have a short-and-simple menu of breakfast and lunch staples to go with your drink. 

Roaming Goat Coffee Company

849 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43215

This cozy coffee shop in the Short North Arts District is more than just a place to get coffee. It's a real neighborhood focal point, displaying works by local artists and serving pastries from local bakeries. They also serve rich house-roasted coffee and some of the tastiest, frothiest espresso drinks you're ever likely to taste. 

Kafe Kerouac

2250 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43201

This High Street Hangout is many things to many people. It's a thriving arts space that often hosts live music and entertainment. It's a quiet place to study. It's a late-night watering hole serving craft beer and cocktails. Above all, it's a great coffee shop. And whether you need a jolt of espresso to get you going in the morning or a strong Irish coffee to help you wind down, Kafe Kerouac is a great, friendly space in which to enjoy it. 

Stauf's Coffee Roasters

627 S. 3rd St. #1060, Columbus, OH 43206

Stauf's was one of Columbus' first micro-roasters when it first opened its doors, and this German Village mainstay has stuck around to become one of the city's most beloved coffee shops. They offer great gourmet espresso drinks and brewed coffee, plus and beans to-go, with welcoming indoor and outdoor seating areas. Be sure to check out their baked goods too, including brownies, muffins, scones, and even house-made dog treats. 

Global Gallery Coffee Shop

3535 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43214

With a focus on bringing quality, ethically sourced coffee to Ohio, Global Gallery Coffee Shop is truly a global-minded space. All their coffees are Fair Trade certified, and the coffee shop is involved with a wide range of projects and initiatives, including the Women Crafting Change project. Global Gallery's indoor space is a popular place for students to sip coffee while studying, and the outdoor patio is a great spot to enjoy an iced latte during the warmer months.

Brioso Roastery & Coffee Bar

329 E. Long St., Columbus, OH 43215

Brioso Roastery & Coffee Bar is one of the best places in Columbus to sample truly unique, flavorful single-origin coffees from all corners of the globe. Their beans are sourced from farmers in some of the world's greatest coffee-producing regions, and then roasted to perfection in-house. You may want to take a bag home with you after you've finished your coffee. Brioso Roastery also offers outstanding espresso drinks and a light lunch menu. 

One Line Coffee

745 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43215

Nestled in Columbus' Short North neighborhood, One Line Coffee offers small-batch coffees, roasted to order. It's a great place to grab a bag of beans to brew at home, but the shop's warm, welcoming brick-lined interior is the kind of place that encourages you to stay a while. Besides, their hand-poured coffees and finely tuned espresso drinks are worth savoring slowly. One Line Coffee also has a second location in Franklinton.

Fox in the Snow Cafe

1031 N. 4th St., Columbus, OH 43201

Offering superb coffee and next-level baked goods, Fox in the Snow Cafe is a beloved fixture of the local coffee scene, with three locations around Columbus. It all started at their flagship location in Italian Village in 2014, and the business took off so quickly that additional shops quickly popped up in German Village and New Albany. Food & Wine Magazine ranked Fox in the Snow among the best coffee shops in America in 2019, and folks keep coming back for the amazing coffee and friendly, rustic-chic ambiance.

Pistacia Vera

541 S. 3rd St., Columbus, OH 43215

Located in historic German Village, Pistacia Vera is a from-scratch bakery that also serves up a delicious cup of coffee. Combinations like a Raspberry Vanilla Latte and Raspberry Macarons are sure to please and keep you coming back for more delectable French pastries and coffee creations. Don't forget to add a chocolate truffle or two to your order. Pistacia Vera is open 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. seven days a week.

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We're lucky to live in a city with some of the greatest coffee shops and most talented baristas around. Did we forget to mention your favorite Columbus coffee shop? Let us know in the comments section!

February
19

Don't Forget the Chips and Salsa at These 9 Ohio Mexican Restaurants

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Itching to explore the diverse Ohio dining scene and take your taste buds on a trip to Mexico? Whether you're in the mood for curbside pickup, contactless delivery, or socially distanced in-person dining, you'll find countless fantastic, authentic Mexican dining options throughout Ohio communities. From tiny, well-known neighborhood taquerias to luxurious dining destinations with built-in bars, you'll find something for every taste at Ohio's many Mexican restaurants. Get ready to satisfy your craving for authentic Mexican food with our guide to 9 Mexican restaurants located in Ohio communities.

Azteca Mexican Restaurant

1779 E Market St., Akron, OH 44305

Known for its upbeat atmosphere, friendly staff, delicious drinks, and extensive menu of authentic, flavorful food, Azteca Mexican Restaurant is your destination for Mexican dining in Akron. Azteca Mexican Restaurant strives to create an inviting, family-focused atmosphere, whether you're dining in, enjoying a meal on the outdoor patio, or simply stopping by to pick up a takeout order. If you're searching for a restaurant that offers diverse vegetarian options, this is the perfect place to visit. Online ordering is available anytime, so all you have to do is stop by and pick up your meal.

Tapatias Taqueria

12501 Lorain Ave., Cleveland, OH 44111

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Our journey around Northeast Ohio wouldn't be complete without a trip to the excellent Tapatias Taqueria located in Cleveland. Originally known for its legendary street tacos, this restaurant has grown into one of the city's best all-around Mexican restaurants. It's a casual dining destination with all of your favorite Mexican meals on the menu, along with a full bar serving the best Mexican beer and spirits. Everything on the menu is made from scratch, with fresh ingredients and authentic flavors. You can place your order online with the full lunch/dinner menu available for delivery throughout the Cleveland area, or stop by this neighborhood favorite to pick up your food at the curb.

El Rincon Mexican Restaurant

3212 Tuscarawas St. W, Canton, OH 44708

When you're searching for a family-style Mexican meal in Canton, be sure to make a trip to El Rincon Mexican Restaurant. During these unique times, El Rincon is offering drive-thru pickup, so you can grab your favorite Mexican dishes without ever leaving the comfort of your vehicle. There are extensive specials available for both lunch and dinner, with steak, seafood, chicken, and vegetarian dishes available. Be sure to check out the website for some great coupons and deals before you order.

Los Gauchos Taqueria

5221 Godown Rd., Columbus, OH 43235

You'll have no shortage of outstanding options for Mexican food in Columbus, including the popular Los Gauchos Taqueria. While everything on the menu is excellent, Los Gauchos Taqueria is especially well-known for its famous Tacos al Pastor. These delicious tacos feature marinated pork, pineapple, fresh cilantro, diced onions, and other fresh ingredients to create a unique flavor profile. The original restaurant was so popular that there are now four locations in the city, so you can always find a convenient place to enjoy your Mexican favorites.

Fiesta Jalisco

2700 Northland Plaza Dr., Columbus, OH 43231

A colorful, inviting restaurant with a reputation for serving excellent, contemporary Mexican meals, Fiesta Jalisco stands out among a great selection of Mexican restaurants in Columbus. The menu here is focused on the unique combination of Spanish and Indian flavors that have influenced Mexican cooking for centuries, with fresh ingredients that bring out the best in every meal. Whether you're in the mood for a quick bite or a full, satisfying meal, you're sure to find what you seek when you order from Fiesta Jalisco.

Mi Mexico Restaurant

4775 E. Main St., Columbus, OH 43213

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Known for its enchiladas, shrimp quesadillas, nachos supreme, and much more, Mi Mexico Restaurant is a classic Columbus dining destination with a reputation for excellence. Everything is made fresh to order, and there are always new daily specials when you're in the mood for something different from the regular menu. There's also a unique rewards program, perfect for regular customers who want to earn a delicious, free meal. Place your order online for quick, convenient service, then pick it up at the curb or enjoy fast delivery throughout the Columbus area.

Veracruz Mexican Grill

Incline District, 3108 Price Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45205

Family owned and operated with a convenient location in the middle of Cincinnati's Incline District, Veracruz Mexican Grill has long been a local favorite. Looking for a local Mexican restaurant with an extensive menu of vegetarian options? Then Veracruz Mexican Grill is sure to satisfy your craving. Of course, there are plenty of other great options on the menu as well, with all of the meat on the menu marinated in house. Place your order online for takeout/delivery during lunch and dinner hours every day.

Mazunte Centro

611 Main St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

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Living in Cincinnati means you're never far from your next great meal, and Mazunte Centro is a perfect place to start when you're in the mood for Mexican food. The menu here is as simple as it is delicious, with tacos, tostadas, tortas, tlayudas, soups, and a tempting selection of sides. There are multiple delivery options so you can use your favorite delivery service, along with convenient carryout options so you can skip the line.

Los Potrillos Mexican Restaurant

316 Ludlow Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45220

With soups, salads, steak, burritos, appetizers, and so much more, Los Potrillos Mexican Restaurant brings the flavors of Mexico to the heart of Cincinnati. There are unique daily specials available every day of the week, including drink specials on some of your favorite Mexican drinks from the bar. Simply place your order online, schedule your delivery at your convenience, and get ready to enjoy an authentic Mexican meal from the comfort of home.

Tacos Aren't Just for Tuesdays

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February
3

10 Places Around Columbus to Break Your Fast

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According to noted writer and food critic A.A. Gill, breakfast is a commitment to "a new day, a continuing life." Share that uplifting sentiment throughout February, which has been designated as Hot Breakfast Month.

Do you have tried-and-true breakfast favorites, or do you like variety? Whatever your individual style is, you'll find plentiful options at these great breakfast restaurants around Columbus.

La Chatelaine French Bakery & Bistro

1550 W. Lane Ave., Columbus, OH 43221

Enjoy a European getaway without leaving Columbus. La Chatelaine French Bakery & Bistro features the food and ambiance of a charming Parisian cafe. Owners Stan and Gigi use recipes passed down in their family for dishes such as French toast made with vanilla brioche. Breakfast isn't complete without one of the delectable pastries and baked goods made fresh onsite. Order online for quick carryout. Breakfast hours are 7 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. weekends.

Olive & Thyme Mediterranean Cuisine & Cafe 

4519 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43214

Did you make a New Year's resolution to eat healthier? Try the heart-healthy ingredients and bright flavors at Olive & Thyme Mediterranean Cuisine & Cafe. Their breakfast menu includes traditional dishes such as fatte, made with garbanzo beans cooked in house-blend spices and topped with garlic-infused yogurt. Lovers of classic breakfast can go with eggs scrambled in olive oil and seasonings and an optional side of lamb or beef sausage. Carryout and delivery available. Breakfast is served weekends from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Scotty's Cafe

2980 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43209

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Scotty's Cafe refers to itself as "the best-kept secret in town." But considering the restaurant has been in business since 1989, they're not having any trouble finding customers. Breakfast is served all day, including the specials, which start at just $5.95 for two eggs, toast or bagel, and coffee or tea. The real crowd-pleaser is the French toast, which one delighted customer likened to crème brûlée. Friendly, attentive service adds to the cozy vibe. Scotty's also offers both carryout and delivery. Hours are 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. weekdays.

RH Rooftop Restaurant

4120 Worth Ave., Columbus, OH 43219 

Fine dining at a hardware store? At RH Rooftop Restaurant, you can have a leisurely brunch before heading downstairs to pick out light fixtures or window treatments for your new home in Columbus. The upscale brunch menu includes items from the regular menu along with tempting breakfast dishes such as RH Scramble, with eggs, crème fraîche, avocado, and chives. Elegance of the food is matched by the luxurious glass and steel atrium setting with fountains and trellised London plane trees. Hours are 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. daily.

Katalina's 

1105 Pennsylvania Ave., Columbus, OH 43201

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Southern sass meets Latin flair at Katalina's, a funky cafe housed in a 100-year-old former gas station that's been featured in USA Today's 10Best. The main event at breakfast is the spectacular pancake balls. These fluffy spheres of goodness are stuffed with your choice of Nutella, dulce de leche, or pumpkin-apple butter. Katalina puts her own spin on migas, scrambling the eggs with crema, crushed Shagbark chips, and housemade spiced pepitas. The patio is open for dining seven days a week, plus carryout and delivery are available. Katalina's is open daily from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Stav's Diner

2932 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43209

When you want comfort for your stomach and your soul, head to Stav's Diner. As you walk in, the owner (yes, his name is Stav) will extend a warm greeting from behind the counter where he's preparing orders. In addition to a menu of classic breakfast dishes, Stav's offers rotating daily specials. One recent special was the Polish Cowboy, an omelet with kielbasa, green pepper, mushrooms, onions, and Swiss cheese. You can also order ahead for curbside pickup. Hours are 6 a.m. - 3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 7:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. weekends.

Northstar Cafe

951 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43201

Farm-to-table is more than just a trendy dining concept. Northstar Cafe uses locally-grown and artisan-produced products as part of its commitment to the environment and the community. The sweet potato hash adds a vegetarian twist to the classic breakfast dish with roasted beets, arugula, and red peppers. Several items can be made meat- and dairy-free, and the smoothies are a healthy breakfast on their own. Order online for curbside pickup. Northstar is open daily from 9 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Jack & Benny's Old North Diner

2563 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43202

Does the term "gut-buster breakfast" automatically cause you to salivate? If so, then longtime Columbus favorite Jack & Benny's is the place for you. Their Gut Buster is a towering stack of hash browns, potato pancake, bacon, ham, egg, sausage patty, and cheese topped off with country gravy and toast. Still not enough? Go for the James Buster Douglas, which doubles the portions. With dozens of omelet, pancake, and burrito options, there's a breakfast to suit any size of appetite. Jack & Benny's is open for dine-in and carryout. Hours are 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. weekdays.

HangOverEasy

53 Parsons Ave., Columbus, OH 43215

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Despite the clever name, you don't have to suffer from the previous night's overindulgence to enjoy the amazing breakfast dishes at HangOverEasy. Menu items bear names that follow the same quirky sense of humor, such as Walk of Shame, a breakfast sandwich served on a grilled, glazed buckeye donut. Their oatmeal pie pancakes with buttercream icing are the stuff dreams are made of. HangOverEasy has a second location on the Ohio State University campus. Order online for carryout or curbside pickup at both spots. Hours are 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. weekends.

Emmett's Cafe

744 S. High St., Columbus, OH 43206

Owners Ben and Michael Kelley wanted Emmett's Cafe to reflect their passion for their home town. Named after their young nephew, Emmett's has a distinct charm and personality that more than fulfills their mission. The One-Handed, a breakfast sandwich with prosciutto, egg, cheese, and rosemary aioli, is well-suited for dining on the go. Another customer favorite is the breakfast burrito, with ups the ante by adding tots, avocado, and salsa. Visit the website to order for contact-free carryout. Emmett's is open daily from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Which Came First?

So where do you stand on the eternal breakfast debate: break the yolks for a scramble, or go sunny-side-up?

January
29

New Year, New LoLo Gifts From These 6 Small Businesses

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Why not make 2021 the year you get to know the wonderful local businesses around Northeast Ohio, Columbus, and Cincinnati? Cutler Real Estate and LoLo Gifts want to get you started with January's selection of free offers.

January Gifts:

Canton: $10 Certificate

Akron: $10 Certificate

Cincinnati: Coffee and Pastry

Columbus: Coffee and Pastry

Wooster: Cookies or Cupcakes

Medina: Coffee and Pastry

Canton: $10 Certificate

Kozmo's Grille

37 - 1st St. SW, Massillon, OH 44647

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Don't feel like cooking? Kozmo's Grille has a tempting assortment of upscale bar food favorites such as house-made potato chips, hearthstone pizza, and gourmet mac and cheese. Dine in or order ahead for carryout.

About Kozmo's Grille

From its setting in a modestly updated historic building to its menu of elevated comfort food, Kozmo's Grille has a goal to be "just different enough." Customers keep coming back for their award-winning pizza, prepared with homemade dough and baked in a hearthstone oven.

Contact and Hours

330.832.8807

Monday - Friday 11:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday 4 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Akron: $10 Certificate

Niko's Sandwich Board

1947 W. Market St. #104, Akron, OH 44313

Who doesn't love a good sandwich? The healthy, made-to-order deli sandwiches at Niko's Sandwich Board include vegan and vegetarian options, so there's something to satisfy everyone's tastes.

About Niko's Sandwich Board

With its emphasis on fruits and vegetables, olive oil, herbs, and whole grains, the Mediterranean diet has gained acclaim as a heart-healthy way of eating. Niko's Sandwich Board features traditional favorites from the owner's home island of Ikaria, including falafel, curried lentil, garbanzo salad, and pita bread. 

Contact and Hours

330.794.5444

Monday - Friday 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Saturday 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Cincinnati: Coffee and Pastry

Red Tree Gallery and Coffee

3210 Madison Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45209

Whether you're starting your day or need a quick pick-me-up, coffee and a pastry does the trick. Stop by Red Tree Gallery and Coffee for a freshly brewed cup of joe and locally-sourced pastry to go with it.

About Red Tree Gallery and Coffee

Red Tree Gallery and Coffee loves to showcase products and talent from the Cincinnati community. In addition to serving coffee and pastry from local vendors, Red Tree maintains a gallery where customers can view and purchase jewelry, paintings, and other works from regional artisans.

Contact and Hours

513.321.8733

Monday - Saturday 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Sunday 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Columbus: Coffee and Pastry

One Line Coffee - Short North

745 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43125

One Line Coffee combines the finest globally- and locally-sourced ingredients for a menu of creative beverages for purists and adventurous souls alike. Pair your drink with a scratch-made cookie, muffin, or scone from OLC's own kitchen.

About One Line Coffee

Quality ingredients call for quality equipment. One Line Coffee uses the La Marzocco Strada LP, one of the rarest machines in the world, to pull espresso for their extensive offering of coffee drinks. Their signature honey and maple lattes are sweetened with products from nearby Honey Run Farm and Milligan's. Order online and your carryout order will be ready when you are.

Contact and Hours

614.564.9852

Monday - Thursday 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Friday 7 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturday 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Sunday 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Wooster: Cookies or Cupcakes

The Faithful Little Cupcake

116 N. Main St., Orrville, OH 44667

If you have a sweet tooth, cupcakes are one of the four main food groups. You'll be hooked on these mini delicacies from The Faithful Little Cupcake, which are matched only by the excellence of their delightful cookies.

About The Faithful Little Cupcake

At The Faithful Little Cupcake, variety is the spice of life. Each day features a rotating selection from their 100+ flavors along with a core menu of the six most popular flavors. Not surprisingly, one of them is Buckeye Blitz, a chocolate cupcake topped with peanut butter buttercream, ganache, and a buckeye. Have a special occasion coming up? Ask about their custom-designed cupcakes and cookies. 

Contact and Hours

330.683.2253

Tuesday - Friday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Medina: Coffee and Pastry

Cool Beans Cafe

103 Liberty St., Medina, OH 44256

When it comes to coffee, are you old school or do you go trendy with lattes and cappuccinos? Whichever you prefer, you'll come away happy after a visit to Cool Beans Cafe. Add one of their luscious pastries for a great light breakfast or midday snack.

About Cool Beans Cafe

Voted "Best Coffee in Medina County" the last seven out of nine years, Cool Beans Cafe literally has a winning formula. The espresso bar offers five different blends of brewed coffee, including Flavor of the Day, along with a full range of specialty drinks such as lattes, chai tea, Italian sodas, and smoothies. Customers have been impressed with the knowledgeable baristas and their ability to make special request drinks not on the menu.

Contact and Hours

330.723.7174

Monday - Saturday 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Sunday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Freebies Galore!

LoLo Gifts for January - Cutler Real Estate

Who doesn't love free stuff? Every month, Cutler Real Estate teams up with LoLo Gifts to provide a new selection of offers designed to showcase local small businesses. 

It doesn't even cost anything to join! Just contact your Cutler Real Estate agent to get started.

January
27

Bird Watchers Rejoice at These 9 Places Around Central Ohio

Bird Watching Around Central Ohio - Cutler Real Estate

Bird watching may seem like a relatively tame activity, but it's actually beneficial for your mental and physical health. Walking is good for your cardiovascular system, while experts say bird watching reduces stress and anxiety while improving cognitive skills.

Another positive aspect of bird watching? It costs nothing to participate when you visit these fascinating sites around Columbus and Central Ohio.

Grange Insurance Audubon Center

505 W. Whittier St., Columbus, OH 43215

Named for the iconic ornithologist and painter, Grange Insurance Audubon Center is designed to show how conservation efforts enable nature to thrive in urban areas. This lush bird sanctuary stands on a former industrial site in downtown Columbus, right on the banks of the Scioto River. Kids can check out Adventure and Discovery Backpacks for curbside pickup that contain materials to help them get the most out of your visit. Check the website for information about current programs. The Scioto Audubon Park is open daily from 6:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Blendon Woods Metro Park

4265 E. Dublin Granville Rd., Columbus, OH 43081

Where do turkeys go when it's not Thanksgiving? Chances are good you'll see some of them foraging for food at Blendon Woods Metro Park. The 653-acre grounds are also home to a variety of songbirds as well as Thoreau Lake, site of the Walden Waterfowl Refuge. Get a great view from the spotting scopes atop two elevated observation platforms. Stream-cut ravines and open fields provide a picturesque backdrop for a day of bird watching. Park hours are 6:30 a.m. - 8 p.m. seven days a week.

Glen Echo Park

510 Cliffside Dr., Columbus, OH 43202

Running from Fourth St. to Indianola Ave., the ravine setting of Glen Echo Park is so secluded that many Columbus residents are surprised to learn about it. The dog-friendly park offers a serene oasis that feels miles away from the traffic and activity above, making it a popular spot for local bird watchers. Don't miss the tunnel with colorful bird figures painted on the walls, which is a favorite attraction for park visitors. Glen Echo Park is open daily from 6 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Pickerington Ponds Metro Park

7680 Wright Rd., Canal Winchester, OH 43110

The delightfully alliterative name of Pickerington Ponds Metro Park sounds like something you might find in the fields of England. In reality, this top bird-watching site is just minutes from Columbus. With more than 260 species of waterfowl, shorebirds and land birds spotted on 1,608-acre grounds, you're sure to have a productive day. Keep your eyes peeled for deer, beaver, fox, and other wildlife that also roam the park. Park hours are 6:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily.

Highbanks Metro Park

9466 Columbus Pike, Lewis Center, OH 43035

As the name implies, Highbanks Metro Park is noted for its 100-foot-tall shale bluff that looks out over the Olentangy State Scenic River. The 1,200-acre park has several trails in various degrees of difficulty that provide numerous opportunities for bird watching, including eagles, which have been seen at Highbanks. Many of the trails are pet-friendly, so bring Fido along. Highbanks is open 6:30 a.m. - 8 p.m. seven days a week.

Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park

1775 Darby Creek Dr., Galloway, OH 43119

The sprawling 7,000 acres of Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park encompass a variety of different terrains, including forests, prairies, and wetlands. More than 1,600 acres of the land have been restored, with bison inhabiting two enclosed pastures. White Barn Lagoon is a spot favored by many bird watchers. Sightings of nearly 100 species, including peregrine falcons and European starlings, have been reported. A number of the dozen trails are well-suited for family and dog outings. Battelle Darby Creek is open year-round from 6:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Hogback Ridge Park

2656 Hogback Rd., Sunbury, OH 43074

On its own, Hogback Ridge Park is a lovely, dog-friendly place to spend a day of bird watching. Winding trails make their way through wooded ravines that are home to wild turkeys, pileated woodpeckers, and many other species. For a real treat, take the Woodland Ridge Trail to the Equestrian Trail to a spot on Alum Creek dubbed "Osprey Overlook." Enjoy breathtaking sights of these stunning birds fishing, feeding their young and interacting with other osprey. Hogback Ridge is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. - 7 p.m., with extended hours until 9 p.m. between March and October.

Wilma H. Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park

352 W. Dodridge St., Columbus, OH 43202

Bird watching is part of higher education at the Wilma H. Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park. The 52-acre facility sits just on the northern edge of the Ohio State University Campus. Faculty and students use the park for research and training on ecosystems, landscapes, and other environmental matters. The park and its greenway trails, paved paths, and observation pavilion are open to the public daily from dawn until dusk.

Hoover Reservoir Park

7701 Sunbury Rd., Westerville, OH 43081

Few things are more exciting for veteran and novice bird watchers alike than a bald eagle sighting. Such occurrences are relatively frequent at Hoover Reservoir Park, a peaceful spot located a mere 20 minutes from Columbus. The Hoover Meadows Bluebird Trail and Hoover Mudflats are well-known bird-watching spots. Mud Hen Marsh, one of several preserves in the area, offers great opportunities to view the marsh's namesake as well as the Northern Cardinal, Eastern Kingbird, and House Finch. Park hours are 7 a.m. - 11 p.m. daily.

Free as a Bird

Man has long envied birds' ability to fly. If you could take flight, what's the first destination you'd head to?

January
22

9 Places Around Ohio to Puzzle It Out Jan. 29th

Small Businesses for Puzzles - Cincinnati, OH - Cutler Real Estate

January 29th is Puzzle Day, so head to your local shop and buy some to work out on your own or with family members. Simple puzzles with just a few pieces can help kids get started on this fun pastime while working on their fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. Before you know it, they'll be helping you on more complex 500- or 1,000-plus puzzles that take days to complete. And no matter what your interests, you'll probably be able to find a puzzle that matches them.

Check out the following 9 places around Ohio to puzzle it out:

Northeast Ohio

Sweets & Geeks

342 E. Smith Rd., Medina, OH 44256

The Sweets & Geeks name says it all – the store is a pop-culture haven that carries sweet candy as well as retro and modern "geeky" games, collectibles, and puzzles. Located near the heart of Historic Medicine Square, the shop has a good selection of puzzles, including ones with Coca-Cola, DC, Marvel, and Harry Potter themes. And while you're at the store, pick up some candy to enjoy while you're working your puzzle at home. From "weird and gross" choices to nostalgic candies you might have grown up with, you'll find something to please everyone who's working on the puzzle. Hours are 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday.

Once Upon a Time

19285 Detroit Rd., Rocky River, OH 44116

This family-owned toy store has been open since 1984 and been in its current location since 1988, so it has many satisfied customers throughout the northeast Ohio area. It's a good spot to shop for puzzles, including ones from the popular Ravensburger brand. Their puzzles range from 15-piece ones that appeal to young children to 9,000-piece scenes that will keep the family busy for days. You'll also find uniquely fun 3D puzzles. Visit the shop from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday.

Toyrifix

885 W. Main St., Smithville OH 44677

Toyrifix carries a large selection of toys, games, and puzzles and prides itself on inspiring creative interactions between generations. You'll find plenty of puzzles, including one with a "Wine Time" theme that's perfect for these times of social distancing. Others follow a color theme, such as red, orange, or green, or depict colorful flowers or cute llamas. Hours are 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 12:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Sunday.

Columbus 

The Book Loft

631 S. Third St., Columbus OH 43206

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You'll find much more than books at The Book Loft at German Village – which is one of the country's largest independent bookstores – including a huge collection of jigsaw puzzles. It's located a few blocks south of the state capitol building in a location with a rich pre-Civil War history. Since it takes up an entire city block and encompasses 32 rooms, you're sure to find additional items like board games, posters, and more. Hours are 10 a.m.-11 p.m., 7 days a week.

Gramercy Books  

2424 E. Main St., Bexley OH 43209  

Locally owned Gramercy Books carries a selection of carefully curated puzzles, books (of course), and more. It's located in the heart of Bexley, at the intersection of East Main Street and Cassady Avenue. After you select the puzzles you'd like to buy, take time to visit the store's café, Kittie's, to enjoy Stumptown coffee, snacks, and their famous cupcakes. And don't forget to pet Wally, the store's adorable dog. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m., 7 days a week.

Beanbag Books

25 W. Winter St., Delaware, OH 43015

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Originally started as Fundamentals Parent-Teacher Store, Beanbag Books has been one of Delaware's favorite shops for over 30 years. Shop for puzzles, games, books, and more educational and fun activities you can share with your child. Hours are 3 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. The shop is closed on Sundays and Mondays.

Cincinnati

Downbound Books

4139 Apple St., Cincinnati, OH 45223

Downbound Books has an extensive selection of puzzles, including those that have 500 or more pieces and ones that are well suited for children or for the entire family. The shop is open for curbside pickup from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday and 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. You can also set a shopping appointment for groups of up to 5 people, and neighborhood deliveries are also offered.

King Arthur's Toys

3040 Madison Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45209

King Arthur's Toys was started over 40 years ago as a tiny hobby shop, growing over the years to become a popular – and larger – store that carries puzzles, games, and toys. Shop for gorgeous Pomegranate puzzles, which are beautifully artistic. Choose from a depiction of Van Gogh's Irises, Old-World map, Renoir's Luncheon of a Boating Party, and many more. They're so attractive that they're perfect for preserving and framing to hang on the wall. Hours are 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday.

The Bookshelf

7754 Camargo Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45243  

You'll find a variety of puzzles and books at The Bookshelf, so a visit to the shop will have you well-stocked for at-home fun. If you become a frequent customer at The Bookshelf, you may want to purchase a frequent buyer card to receive a 10% discount, and if you're a teacher, you can score 15% off even without the card. Hours are 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, and 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.

Piecing It Together

What kind of puzzles will you piece together as you spend time bonding with your family?

January
8

10 Historic Districts and Places to Visit Around Columbus

Historic Districts Around Columbus, OH | Cutler Real Estate

Founded in 1812 with the intention of making it the capital of Ohio, Columbus was always destined for greatness. Over the last two centuries, as Columbus has grown to become the most populous city in the state, it has developed a rich tradition of historical and cultural significance.

Heritage Treasures Day on Monday, January 11 is a perfect occasion to cherish the legacy of Columbus with a visit to these local historic sites.

Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

1777 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43203

The glory of nature is on full display at Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. Visitors can explore 13 acres of gardens, seasonal displays, and art exhibits, including a collection of glass works by noted artist Dale Chihuly. Kids and adults alike are fascinated by the Scotts Miracle-Gro Company Community Garden Campus, which features an apiary, rose pavilion, and berry house. The John F. Wolfe Palm House, located on the grounds, dates back to 1895. Admission is $19 for adults and $12 for kids ages 3-12. Hours are 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. daily.

Columbus Museum of Art

480 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215

Founded in 1878 under the name Columbus Gallery of Fine Arts, the Columbus Museum of Art has a long tradition of making great art accessible to the local community. Their extensive collection of American and European works focuses on contemporary art, folk art, glass, and photography. Families love "Think Outside the Brick," CMA's annual spring exhibit of LEGO® creations, including a giant model of Columbus. Entrance fee is $18 for adults and $9 for students and kids ages 4-17. Tickets must be purchased in advance. CMA is open 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, with extended hours until 9 p.m. on Thursday.

German Village

588 S. 3rd St., Columbus, OH 43215

A simple trip across a highway bridge transports you to old-world Europe in a matter of minutes. German Village is no commercially-created tourist attraction. This historic district was settled in the mid-1800s by German immigrants, who at one time made up one-third of the city's population. The lack of high-rise buildings and driveways are features from the days of quaint, close-knit neighborhoods where people walked everywhere and homes were often occupied by multiple families. Many of the streets still bear the original brick pavers. The sights and sounds of German Village are well worth multiple visits.

Ohio Statehouse

1 Capitol Sq., Columbus, OH 43215

A trip to the Ohio Statehouse serves a two-fold purpose. In addition to serving as the central location for the business of governing Ohio, the building is a stunning example of the Greek Revival style of architecture that was so predominant during the 18th century. Between stretches of bitter winter weather and struggles for funding, construction took 22 years. The Statehouse finally opened for legislative activity in 1857 and the building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972. Visitors may take self-guided tours weekdays from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. and weekends from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Central Ohio Fire Museum & Learning Center

260 N. Fourth St., Columbus, OH 43215

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Housed in an authentically restored 1908 engine house, the Central Ohio Fire Museum & Learning Center uses interactive programs to offer entertaining and educational lessons on fire safety. Displays of firefighting apparatus throughout the years trace the development of equipment as it has become safer and more effective. Boots the Fire Mouse is on hand to greet kids as they enjoy the play area. Admission is $8 for adults and $6 for children. The Museum is open 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Hanford Village George Washington Carver Addition Historic District

800 Alum Creek Dr., Columbus, OH 43205

Hanford Village was incorporated in 1909, but its true prominence came in 1946 with the development of the George Washington Carver Addition. This suburb of Cape Cod houses was marketed to African-American veterans of World War II. As a result, these men and women and their families had the opportunity to settle in a thriving, supportive middle-class neighborhood. Some members of the legendary Tuskegee Airmen made their home in Hanford Village while stationed at nearby Lockbourne Army Air Force Base. 

Short North Arts District

886 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43201

Short North Arts District, nestled between downtown Columbus and the OSU campus, is a hip neighborhood of colorful murals, trendy boutiques and hot restaurants. The district is also home to a slice of Columbus history in Victorian Village, the neighborhood's residential area. One of the more notable examples of Victorian architecture is Sells House, built by one of the owners of the Sells Circus, leading to the nickname "Circus House." Nearby is Cocoa Manor, another whimsically-named house that was home to the owners of Anthony Thomas Candy.

Shrum Mound

3141 McKinley Ave., Columbus, OH 43204

In pre-Columbian times, the Adena culture was a group of Native American societies living in Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky and Indiana that shared a number of ceremonial rituals. Shrum Mound in Campbell Park is one of the last cone-shaped Adena burial mounds remaining in Columbus. The mound itself is 20 feet high and 100 feet around, named for the family that donated the land, while the park is named for James E. Campbell, governor of Ohio from 1890 to 1892.

East Broad Street Historic District

1234 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43205

See how "the other half" used to live with a trip to view the homes in the East Broad Street Historic District. Most prominent among these elegant houses is the Old Governor's Mansion, also known as the Lindenberg Mansion after the man who originally built the residence. Another landmark is the High Victorian-style Kappa Gamma National Headquarters, constructed in 1852.

Kelton House Museum & Garden

586 E. Town St., Columbus, OH 43215

While Kelton House Museum & Garden is a striking example of art and architecture from the 19th century, the site has a much greater historical importance. The home of Fernando Cortez and Sophia Stone Kelton served as a stop on the iconic Underground Railroad. Fugitive slaves found a haven in these waystations on their journey toward freedom. Grace Kelton, granddaughter of Fernando and Sophia, bequeathed the home to the city of Columbus for educational use. Admission is $7 for adults, $4 for college students and $3 for K-12 students. The museum is closed in January, but make plans to visit when they reopen on Thursday, February 4.

Sign of the Times

What modern Columbus site do you think will become part of the city's history for future generations?

December
30

Ring in the New Year with These LoLo Gifts

LoLo Gifts for December 2020 - Cutler Real Estate

Now that you've fulfilled everyone else's holiday wishes, reward yourself with a present from Cutler Real Estate and LoLo Gifts.

Greet the new year by exploring the wonderful shops and services around Northeast Ohio, Columbus, and Cincinnati. Our agents at Cutler Real Estate have partnered with LoLo Gifts in order to offer these special treats.

December Gifts:

Canton: Pizza

Akron: Coffee

Cincinnati: Torta or Tacos

Columbus: Pizza Boat

Wooster: Coffee and Cretzel

Medina: $10 Certificate

Canton: Pizza

Camellone Italian American Cuisine

4630 Cleveland Ave. NW, Canton, OH 44709

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Dining with family or friends? Pizza is something that will make everyone happy. Share the tasty goodness of free pizza from Camellone Italian American Cuisine.

About Camellone Italian American Cuisine

At Camellone Italian American Cuisine, their motto is, "Eat well, laugh often, love much." They take care of the first part by making pizza from scratch, including the dough and sauce. Choose from New York-style, Detroit-style, sheet-style, and even low-carb versions. Check the website for listings of lunch and monthly specials.

Contact and Hours

330.754.6995

Monday - Thursday 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday - Saturday 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. 
Sunday 4 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Akron: Coffee

Muggswigz Coffee & Tea

3452 Manchester Rd., Akron, OH 44319

Whether you need a quick pick-me-up before work or you want to relax with a good book, coffee fits the bill. Whatever your day holds, stop at Muggswigz Coffee & Tea for a cup of your favorite hot beverage.

About Muggswigz Coffee & Tea

Locally owned-and-operated Muggswigz Coffee & Tea has been recognized by USA Today as one of the 10 Best Coffeehouses in America. All coffee, including their signature espresso blend, is brewed in-house for superior quality and freshness. Place your order online ahead of time for quick and easy pickup. 

Contact and Hours

234.900.8101

Monday - Saturday 7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Sunday - 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Cincinnati: Torta or Tacos

Mama Lo Hizo

1801 Race St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

Not ready to stop the holiday celebrations? Every day's a fiesta at Mama Lo Hizo. Spice up your day with a free torta or tacos. Don't forget the salsa and guacamole!

About Mama Lo Hizo

Tucked into the west wing of the popular Findlay Market is Mama Lo Hizo, a delightful food stand serving Mexican favorites such as burritos, tacos, and flan. The name translates to "Mama made it," and serves as a tribute to owner Mark Whitworth's beloved mother. Mama Lo Hizo's family specials make a perfect dinner for those don't-want-to-cook days.

Contact and Hours

513.257.7959

Tuesday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Columbus: Pizza Boat

GoreMade Pizza

936 N. 4th St., Columbus, OH 43201

In the mood for pizza but there's no one around to share? Any pie at GoreMade Pizza can be ordered as a convenient half-sized pizza boat. 

About GoreMade Pizza

GoreMade Pizza is truly a labor of love. It started with a group of friends gathering for pizza Sunday, then expanded to a mobile wood-fired catering company. Now you can enjoy their farm-to-table, Neapolitan-style pizza on the patio of their brick-and-mortar location, even during cold weather months.

Contact and Hours

614.725.2115

Tuesday - Sunday Noon - 9 p.m.

Wooster: Coffee and Cretzel

Sure House Coffee Roasting Co.

151 S. Market St., Wooster, OH 44691

Tantalize your taste buds and expand your vocabulary with free coffee and a cretzel from Sure House Coffee Roasting. The sweet and savory croissant-pretzel mashup is bound to become your new go-to snack.

About Sure House Coffee Roasting Co.

Sure House Coffee Roasting believes that a sense of community can extend around the globe. In addition to purchasing locally-produced products, they source their single-origin beans from fair-trade organic suppliers. Cretzels come in chocolate, cinnamon-sugar, and everything flavors, or choose gluten-free scones and chocolate chip cookies.

Contact and Hours

330.601.0645

Monday - Friday 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Medina: $10 Certificate

Honey Bee Bakery

23 Public Square, Medina, OH 44256

Medina is buzzing about the luscious cookies, brownies, and macarons at the Honey Bee Bakery. Indulge your sweet tooth with $10 worth of freshly-made baked goods.

About Honey Bee Bakery

Remember how comforting it was to eat Grandma's homemade cookies? The bakers at Honey Bee Bakery do, and they've mastered all the traditional recipes to give you that same nostalgic feeling. With more than 500 cookie cutters on hand, they can make their signature hand-decorated sugar cookies to coordinate with any event or occasion. If that's not enough, their espresso bar features dozens of flavors to create specialty drinks such as Almond Joy and Honey Lavender.

Contact and Hours

330.725.0912

Thursday - Saturday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Welcome 2021!

December 2020 LoLo Gifts - Cutler Real Estate

2020 may finally be coming to a close, but thanks to Cutler Real Estate and LoLo Gifts, the freebies will keep coming. Simply contact your Cutler Real Estate agent to get in on the fun.

December
23

12 Reasons to Move to Ohio in 2021

12 Reasons to Move to Ohio - Cutler Real Estate

Did you know the Center of the World is in Ohio? Yes, there actually is an unincorporated community by that name near Youngstown, not far from the Pennsylvania state line.

But there are a number of truly compelling reasons why one of the state's slogans is, "Center of the Universe." If you're looking for a new home in 2021, here are a dozen fascinating features that make a great case for finding it in Northeast Ohio, Columbus, or Cincinnati.

  1. Cleveland Rocks!
     

    America's musical legacy includes genres from country to gospel, but none is more deeply entrenched in our country's spirit than rock and roll. Cleveland disc jockey Alan Freed coined that iconic term, so it's only fitting that the city was chosen to be the home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Designed by legendary architect I.M. Pei, the Hall was dedicated in 1995 and includes 338 inductees. 

  2. Marching to a Different Drum

    Most big cities have a number of first-class historical, scientific, and art museums, and Cleveland is no exception. But if you prefer exploring culture that's a little offbeat, you're in luck. Cleveland features several delightfully quirky collections that pay tribute to the weirder side of life. Start your journey by checking out the Buckland Museum of Witchcraft and the Dittrick Museum of Medical History.

  3. Thrills, Chills, and Spills

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    Lake Erie's shoreline is also the site of another type of rockin' and rollin'. Cedar Point in Sandusky proudly bears the title of "Roller Coaster Capital of the World." With its world-record 71 rides, 17 of which are roller coasters, the park has been an annual summer tradition for countless families. As the second-oldest amusement park in the United States, Cedar Point's humble beginnings date back to 1870, when it consisted of a public beach, beer garden, and dance floor.

  4. Dotting the "I"

    More than 60,000 students can't be wrong: Ohio State University is one of the largest and most prestigious institutes of higher learning in the country. OSU's top academic programs are matched by collegiate sports teams that frequently sit atop the national rankings. The marching band's halftime performance of Script Ohio, with a sousaphone player dotting the "i," has become one of the most enduring and beloved traditions of Saturday afternoon football games at the "Horseshoe."

  5. I Triple-Dog Dare Ya!


    Warm, witty, and relatable, A Christmas Story has become a holiday classic for all ages. Reenact your favorite scenes at the actual house that served as the Parker family home, located in Cleveland's historic and elegant Tremont neighborhood. Right across the street is the companion museum, where you can view memorabilia such as Randy's snowsuit and purchase your very own "fra-gee-lay" leg lamp.  

  6. Prost!

    With the rise of microbreweries, domestic beers began to rival imports in terms of variety and quality. Hipster towns such as Denver, Seattle, and Portland are often considered leaders in this movement, but did you know that Columbus ranks in the top five U.S. cities for craft beer production?  Untappd, an app focusing on all things beer-related, gives high marks to local favorites Hoof Hearted, Pretentious Barrel House, and Columbus Brewing Company.

  7. All Roads Lead to Columbus


    Do you enjoy having family and friends come to visit? It's a little-known and astonishing fact that 48 percent of the U.S. population lives within a 500-mile radius of Columbus. Major urban centers such as Detroit, Chicago, Philadelphia, Atlanta, and Washington, D.C. are no more than a day's drive away. Toronto and Ottawa are also within that radius, adding some international flair.

  8. Fast Food Nation

    As the birthplace of Wendy's and Buffalo Wild Wings and the headquarters of White Castle, Columbus has plenty of fast food cred. That's just one of the reasons why the city has become well-known as Test Market, USA. Thrillist, Business Insider, and other sources have long noted that Columbus is the go-to for Starbucks, Burger King, and other national brands testing new products. The city's diverse demographics are valued as an ideal cross-section of the national population.

  9. Living on the Square in Cincinnati


    Fans of classic sitcoms immediately recognize Fountain Square from its cameo in the opening credits of WKRP in Cincinnati. As downtown's shopping, entertainment, and cultural hub, Fountain Square is truly the heart and soul of this vibrant city.

  10. Crossing the Line

    Cincinnati's fabulousness can't be contained by just one state. The metropolitan area spills across the Ohio River into Kentucky, incorporating such charming cities as Florence, Union, and Walton. Cross the historic, Brooklyn Bridge-esque John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge to travel from Cincinnati to Covington, which is the actual home of the Cincinnati International Airport.
     
  11. It's All About the Chili

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    Chili is a dish that lends itself to a wide range of ingredients and preparations. But Cincinnati still managed to put itself on the culinary map with a unique version that keeps people coming back for more. More of a sauce than a stew or soup, Cincinnati chili is almost always served on top of hot dogs or spaghetti noodles. Unexpected seasonings such as cinnamon, nutmeg, and chocolate give the chili a Mediterranean flavor. Order it 3-way topped with cheddar cheese, add onions or beans to make it 4-way, or go for the works with 5-way. 

  12. The Color Purple

    Get a good workout or embrace eco-friendly forms of transportation with a brisk walk across the Newport Southbank Bridge. The span, familiarly known as the Purple People Bridge due to its distinctive color, is a half-mile-long pedestrian bridge connecting Cincinnati and Newport, KY. 

The Three Cs

Cleveland, Columbus, or Cincinnati: which one is the perfect fit for you?

December
16

9 Ohio Shops for the Outdoor Enthusiast on Your List

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Shopping for the holidays might feel a little different this year, but we're still as excited as ever. As always, one of the great joys of Christmas is finding the perfect gift for each special someone on your list. If you happen to know a few outdoorsy types, you know they can often be some of the hardest people to shop for. 

Not to worry! Ohio is home to some truly amazing gear stores and outfitters. Head to one of these great shops to find a great gift for the hiker, skier, cyclist, or fisherman on your holiday shopping list. 

NORTHEAST OHIO

Village Ski & Snowboard

25401 Lorain Rd., North Olmsted, OH 44070

Village Ski & Snowboard is your destination for all things winter sports in Northeast Ohio. Founded in 1974, they excel when it comes to offering great winter gear because that's all they do. The store closes in spring after the ski and snowboard season is over, only reopening again in fall. The store is packed with great gear and staffed by genuine ski-and-snowboard experts, so you can rest assured that any purchase you make here will be a good one. They're also running some great holiday sales right now.

Appalachian Outfitters

60 Kendall Park Rd. Suite A, Peninsula, OH 44264

If you're a hiking, backpacking, and backcountry camping enthusiast, Appalachian Outfitters is the type of place that will make you feel like a kid in a candy store. And if you happen to be shopping for someone who loves outdoor gear, you'll find just about anything they could possibly want here. From backpacks and tents to hiking boots, clothing, and camp cookware, every bit of equipment you need to make you a happy camper is here. 

Geiger's

50 Plaza Dr., Chagrin Falls, OH 44022

Geiger's has been one of Ohio's premier outfitters since 1932, and they have three locations in Northeast Ohio—Cleveland, Lakewood, and Chagrin Falls. You'll find a lot of cool stuff in their stores, but where they really shine is outdoor apparel. This is a great store to find rugged, hard-wearing outdoor-wear that's as stylish as it is functional. The staff is always friendly and knowledgeable, and the selection of merchandise always wide-ranging and unique.

COLUMBUS 

Mad River Outfitters

833 Bethel Rd., Columbus, OH 43214

Named for one of Ohio's great fishing streams, Mad River Outfitters is the go-to destination for fly-fishing gear, tackle, and equipment in the Columbus area. Whether you're shopping for a fly-fishing novice or a seasoned pro, Mad River Outfitters is a perfect place to find them a gift. This store has you covered for all things fishing related, from rods, reels, flies, and line to men's and women's apparel. They even offer fly fishing classes and guided destination trips. If you're unable to make it to the brick-and-mortar store, they offer free shipping on orders over $50 within the U.S. 

Filson

3980 Easton Station, Columbus, OH 43219

Offering an amazing variety of high-end outdoor gear and apparel, Filson is one of the best places in Columbus to get a gift for the rugged outdoorsman or woman on your holiday shopping list. You won't find anything in this store that isn't of the highest quality. Their Mackinaw Cruiser and Rugged Twill Original Briefcase are classic gifts, but be sure to browse around, as they offer new and unique seasonal offerings every year. At present, the store is open for curbside pickup and limited in-store shopping. 

Beechwold Bicycles

4584 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43214

Columbus has a reputation as being a great bike-friendly city. As a result, it's also a city with its fair share of excellent bike shops. Even so, Beechwold Bicycles really stands out above the rest. Founded in 2019, they're relative newcomers on the local bike scene, but they've quickly made their reputation by selling only the highest quality bicycles and equipment. Beechwold Bicycles is currently open for in-person shopping—bike shops are considered essential businesses in Ohio—but curbside pickup and delivery are available too. 

CINCINNATI

Benchmark Outdoor Outfitters

9525 Kenwood Rd. #24, Cincinnati, OH 45242

Outdoorsy types in the Cincinnati area know that when they want the best hiking, camping, and climbing gear, Benchmark Outdoor Outfitters is the place to go. Offering all the top brands in the outdoor supply world, this is a store that serious adventurers visit when they need to gear up. If you know somebody who loves to climb mountains, ford rivers, and cut new paths through uncharted territory, Benchmark Outdoor Outfitters is the place to find that person a perfect gift. 

Delamere & Hopkins

2708 Erie Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45208

The Cincinnati sporting community has been getting their gear from Delamere & Hopkins Outfitters for more than 25 years, and it's not hard to see why. Offering an amazing selection of fishing tackle, hunting equipment, outdoor clothing, footwear, artwork, gear, and accessories of all kinds, the store has a cozy mom-and-pop feel. It almost feels like walking into a field guide's house, except everything you see is for sale. Delamere & Hopkins is a great place to find a unique gift for the outdoor fanatic who thinks they have everything. 

Roads Rivers and Trails

118 Main St., Milford, OH 45150

Roads Rivers and Trails is one of Cincinnati's premier outdoor outfitters. This family-owned store is managed and staffed by folks who really know what they're talking about. Whether you're in the store to buy a pair of hiking boots, a new tent, backpack, or kayak, there's a good chance the person you buy it from has actually used it. Be sure to call ahead and ask about the store's current COVID-19 policy. 

Adventure Awaits

From hiking the Buckeye Trail or fishing Lake Erie to camping in one of Ohio's 83 state parks, this is a great state to call home if you have a passion for the outdoors. Use the comments section to tell us about your favorite Ohio outdoor adventures!

December
9

10 Places for Holiday Floral Arrangements Around Columbus

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The holiday season is upon us — why not show your love and gratitude for your family and friends with a stunning floral arrangement? A holiday floral arrangement can bring merriness to any space. Whether you're shopping for a good friend or relative, or if you're looking for a small gift for a coworker or neighbor that speaks volumes, you can find the perfect arrangement at these Columbus florist shops.

Griffin's Floral Design

211 E. Livingston Ave., Columbus, OH 43215

Griffin's Floral Design & Wineshop has been Columbus' favorite florist for the last 30 years. They're ready for any occasion with more than just the best-selling flowers in the city. Browse their holiday gift guide for ideas or create your own festive arrangement pairing flowers with fruits, gourmet foods, balloons, candles, soaps, infant items, lotions, and wines. All of these products are of the same high-quality that you've come to expect from Griffin's, which means your gift recipient will never be disappointed.

Brian Coovert Floral Design

1149 Goodale Blvd., Columbus, OH 43212

If you've ever viewed a Brian Coovert floral design at a wedding, then you've immediately noticed his distinct style that blends nature and interior design to create an arrangement that harmonizes with its setting. With over 20 years in the business, Brain Coovert Floral Design's services are available by appointment only. He's the perfect florist in the area to call if you're interested in designing a custom arrangement for your family get-together or holiday office party.

Flowerama

1600 Morse Rd., Columbus, OH 43229

Voted the best florist in Columbus from 2017 – 2020, Flowerama is the award-winning florist that will help you earn the gold medal in gift-giving. They have an entire winter wonderland collection devoted to Christmas arrangements. If their nearly 40 different Christmas-themed gifts aren't your style, feel free to put together your own holiday gift basket using their flower arrangements and gifts. Krema nuts, decorative throws, Coblentz chocolates, Cheryl's cookies, and a host of other treats are available for same-day delivery.  

Carriage House of Flowers

4923 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43228

Let Carriage House of Flowers help you create a beautiful memory this holiday season. They're ready to put together a customized creation, but we recommend you first view their special holiday arrangements. Winter bouquets include specially-themed Christmas, Kwanzaa, and Hanukkah floral decorations. No matter which seasonal celebration the loved ones in your life are embracing, Carriage House of Flowers has the designer's choice florals that fit their festivities.

Orchard Lane Flowers

18 Orchard Ln., Columbus, OH 43214

If you've hung around downtown Columbus on a warm weekend afternoon, you've certainly seen Rosie the Flower Truck delivering joy and happiness. This '48 Chevy belongs to Orchard Lane Flowers, a floral shop and staple of the community. They have a fresh selection of flowers for all occasions, including holidays. Instead of purchasing an arrangement, give the gift a sincere touch by signing up for one of their workshops where you'll create a one-of-a-kind arrangement to give to your special someone for the holidays.

Rees Flowers & Fine Gifts

249 Lincoln Cir., Columbus, OH 43230

As Central Ohio's premier florist, Rees Flowers & Fine Gifts believes you shouldn't come to a holiday party empty-handed. If you're headed to a small holiday party over the next few weeks, show up in style with one of their exceptional flower arrangements. We recommend picking up a silk arrangement and a bottle of wine — at least one of them will last through the holiday season.

Petals & Leaves

1266 Goodale Blvd., Columbus, OH 43212

While their local "Designer of the Year" awards are significant, Petals & Leaves goes beyond state accolades and has achieved national recognition over the years. Their 25+ years of experience are typically dedicated to wedding floral arrangements; however, they're happy to help you create your own DIY arrangements at a discounted price. With the money you save, you'll have enough left over to purchase a box of chocolates or cookies to gift with your arrangement.

Buffington's Flowers

41 S. High St. Suite 55, Columbus, OH 43215

The holidays may not feel quite normal this year, but you can still brighten someone's day with a beautiful floral design from Buffington's Flowers. Depending on what time you place your order, your recipient will receive same-day delivery. Consider sending a colorful bouquet to someone you care about this holiday season to remind them that just because we may not be able to be together doesn't mean that they're not always close to your heart.

April's Flowers & Gifts

1195 W. 5th Ave., Columbus, OH 43212

As a full-service florist, it's no surprise that April's Flowers & Gifts carries a variety of floral arrangements for every occasion. They have winter flower arrangements, Christmas bouquets, Kwanzaa vases, and Hanukkah bunches. However, what makes them unique is that they also have a collection of gifts specifically for cat lovers. If there's a feline fanatic in your life, consider swapping one of their holiday arrangements for a custom cat arrangement — it's the purfect present!

Sawmill Florist

7370 Sawmill Rd., Columbus, OH 43235

Nothing says Merry Christmas like a beautiful poinsettia, and no one creates a Christmas bouquet quite like the designers at Sawmill Florist. They offer almost 60 different Christmas bouquets, each one handcrafted to deliver tidings of great joy. Although they do have arrangements in traditional vases, you'll be easily tempted to pick one of their arrangements set in Santa's sled, atop a snowman's head, or adorning a Christmas tree. Sawmill Florist also has a selection of holiday wreaths, and they'll ship nationwide to ensure everyone you love receives the perfect floral gift no matter how far away they may be.

Kiss Under the Mistletoe

Let us know in the comments which floral shop in Columbus you think makes the best holiday arrangements.

November
25

Be Thankful for These November LoLo Gifts

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What are you grateful for this month? Cutler Real Estate wants to give thanks to you with November's selection of special offers from LoLo Gifts. These delightful freebies are a great way to get acquainted with the wonderful products and services available from local businesses.

Whether you're celebrating Thanksgiving around Northeast Ohio, Columbus, or Cincinnati, this month's treats will make tasty additions to your holiday feast.

November Gifts:

Canton: Macarons

Akron: Jar of Honey

Cincinnati: Popcorn

Columbus: Cake or Bread

Canton: Macarons

Sprinkle City Sweets

706 S. Main St., North Canton, OH 44720

Give your all-American celebration some European flair with elegant macarons from Sprinkle City Sweets. These delicate, candy-colored beauties will dress up any dinner table, and they taste even better than they look.

About Sprinkle City Sweets

Customers describe the macarons from Sprinkle City Sweets as their "obsession," but the deliciousness doesn't stop there. With an assortment of made-from-scratch baked goods ranging from cookies and bars to scones and cakes, there's something to satisfy everyone's sweet tooth. 

Contact and Hours

330.933.0767

Thursday and Friday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Akron: Jar of Honey

Akron Honey Company

21 Furnace St., Akron, OH 44308

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According to Akron Honey Company, "exciting honey makes the best food." They back up their words with creative flavors such as bourbon, habanero, and hickory-smoked strawberry. 

About Akron Honey Company

When IT expert Brent Wesley spotted a vacant patch of land along the drive to his day job, beekeeping was the furthest thing from his mind. But after Wesley bought the lot with a vague idea of creating something for the community, Akron Honey Company was born. In fact, Wesley has become so enamored of honey that he's using it as a base for diverse products such as ice cream and men's grooming products.

Contact and Hours

330.552.8858

Monday 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Tuesday - Thursday 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Friday 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Cincinnati: Popcorn

Mama Made It Kettle & Gourmet Popcorn

1801 Race St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

Popcorn as gourmet food? It is when it comes in fanciful flavors like White Cheddar, Habanero Sweet Fire, and Double Crunch, found at Mama Made It Kettle & Gourmet Popcorn.   

About Mama Made It Kettle & Gourmet Popcorn

Despite the store's name, the crunchy goodness from Mama Made It Kettle & Gourmet Popcorn is on a whole other level from your childhood snacks made on the stove or in an air popper. When the housing bubble crashed in the late 2000s, successful realtor Mark Whitworth seized the opportunity to expand his hobby into a thriving business. Mushroom-style kernels are popped in traditional kettles to form a shape that holds a variety of seasonings.

Contact and Hours

513.257.7959

Saturday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. 
Sunday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Columbus: Cake or Bread

Belle's Bread

1168 Kenny Centre Mall, Columbus, OH 43220

Leftover turkey sandwiches are a time-honored Thanksgiving tradition. Kick it up a notch by serving them on fresh-baked bread from Belle's Bread, or cap off your meal with a slice of their luscious cakes.

About Belle's Bread

East meets West describes Belle's Bread as well as the union of owner Takashi Takenaka and his French-born wife. The two "married" their respective culinary backgrounds to open a bakery offering the best of both worlds. Authentic French pastries sit side-by-side in the display case with curry donuts, sweet red bean rolls, and other Japanese delicacies. 

Contact and Hours

614.451.7110

Monday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Sunday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Give Thanks for Free Gifts!

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We love to carry the spirit of gratitude throughout the entire year. It's always a good time to partake in our monthly program of complimentary offers from LoLo Gifts. Just contact your Cutler Real Estate agent to sign up.

November
20

8 Columbus Coffee Shops to Fuel Your Morning With Espresso

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Espresso Day is celebrated on November 23, so get up and get ready to wake up your senses with one of these delicious coffees. As you find ones that you particularly like, you'll notice that many shops also sell whole-roasted beans so you can enjoy an espresso at home. And you may also be helping local and global non-profit organizations, since several coffee shops make regular donations to them.
  
Start your day with an espresso at one of these excellent coffee shops in and around Columbus.

One Line Coffee 

745 North High St., Columbus, OH 43215 

It's all about the coffee at One Line Coffee, so they take care to do it right. If you order espresso, it will be pulled from the La Marzocco Strada EP, one of the rarest machines in the world. To up the enjoyment, order single origin chocolate from Askinosie to sweeten up your drink. You'll also be able to indulge in signature espresso beverages, such as the popular honey latte. One Line Coffee is open 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, and 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday.

The Roosevelt Coffeehouse 

300 E. Long St., Columbus, OH 43215 

The Roosevelt Coffeehouse is an interesting yet comfortable location to enjoy your morning espresso. It has an industrial feel as well as tall ceilings, large windows, plenty of plants, and even a record player. You can have your choice of espresso beverages, including americano, macchiato, cortado, and cappuccino with your choice of flavors and milk. And while you're treating yourself to an espresso, you're also contributing to amazing causes, since profits from the roaster fight hunger, unclean water, and human trafficking. Hours are 8 a.m.-6 p.m. daily.

Highline Coffee Co. 

693 High St., Worthington, OH 43085 

As you sip your espresso or favorite espresso beverage at Highline Coffee Co., you can relax in a cozy space with a variety of comfortable seating ranging from stools to armchairs. Sit inside or outside as you look out onto the Village Green and make time to visit the Highline Coffee Art Space. This intimate gallery features works in a variety of media and styles from artists of differing experience levels who live in central Ohio. Hours are 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday.

Kafe Kerouac 

2250 N. High St., Columbus OH 43201

With its mismatched chairs, full bookshelves, and considerable charm, Kafe Kerouac feels like the kind of place where you could comfortably spend more time than you'd originally planned to. Start the day out with an espresso drink in a 12, 16, or 20-ounce size, and come back later to enjoy an alcoholic beverage in the evenings. You can even take a board game off the shelf and play it with some of your friends as you drink your coffee. Kafe Kerouac is open from 8 a.m.-1 a.m. Monday-Friday, from 10 a.m.-1 a.m. Saturdays, and from noon-midnight on Sundays.

Bottoms Up Coffee 

1069 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43222

Pair your morning espresso with a homemade pop tart at Bottoms Up Coffee to start your day off right. And as you enjoy your shot of caffeine and sweet treat, you'll also be helping local parents and children. The shop provides diapers to parents in need throughout the year and aims to achieve positive social change by serving up great coffee and engaging with the community. You can stop by Bottoms Up Coffee from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Saturday and from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sundays.

Stauf's Coffee 

Victorian Village/Dennison Place, 1334 Neil Ave., Columbus, OH 43201 

As you sip your espresso at Stauf's Coffee, you'll marvel at the renovated church setting, complete with ornate windows and old pews. You can also have bags of whole beans delivered to your home once you find the ones you like, but you'll still probably want to visit the coffee shop for the beautiful setting and the convenience of having it prepared for you, just right. Hours are 6:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, and 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday.

Florin Coffee

874 Oakland Park Ave., Columbus, OH 43224 

As Florin Coffee's slogan says, "We solve the problem of boring coffee." The shop sources and roasts exceptional, fresh coffees and has over 10 years of roasting experience. You'll find the café tucked in the front of the roasting facility, and when you find the espressos you love, you can order bags of whole bean coffee to take home. Hours are 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday.

Coffee Connections

4004 Main St., Hilliard, OH 43026

Espresso shots and other espresso drinks like lattes are available to enjoy at Coffee Connections, which not only emphasizes coffee but also people. In addition to the friendly connections you'll make at the shop, you'll also be helping local and global initiatives since 100% of tips are donated to different non-profits. Hours are 7 a.m. - noon Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Closed Tuesday and Sunday. 

Your Morning Jolt 

What's your favorite place to get that much-needed shot of concentrated coffee in the morning? You know – the café where you come in wiping the sleep out of your eyes and leave with enough energy to face your morning. 

November
6

Appreciate Art Nov. 9th at These 9 Ohio Museums

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Who's ready to explore a world of art? November 9th is National Go to an Art Museum Day, and art museums all around Ohio are calling your name! Whether you're close to Columbus, nearby Northeast Ohio, or living in Cincinnati, we encourage you to head to these fascinating art museums in Ohio.

Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland

11400 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44106

The ever-changing Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland has a history of developing the city's cultural landscape. It was one of the first museums in the area to display works from artists like Andy Warhol, and they continue to feature innovative works from emerging artists. MoCa Cleveland reopened in October and invites visitors to gaze at their current exhibits from artists Nina Katchadourian, Paul Ramirez Jonas, Martin Creed, and Margaret Kilgallen.

The Cleveland Museum of Art

11150 East Blvd., Cleveland, OH 44106

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The Cleveland Museum of Art was founded over a century ago for the "benefit of all the people forever." Since then, it's been renovated and expanded to enhance and engage the Northeast Ohio art community. Today, you can view their current exhibitions dedicated to Korean, Chinese, and Latin American artists. Music lovers will enjoy the special Behind the Beat series, which celebrates the legacy of music at the museum, which can be viewed and heard online.

ARTneo, The Museum of Northeast Ohio Art

1305 W. 80th St. Suite 016, Cleveland, OH 44102

Those who love art but wish to appreciate regional work rather than globally curated collections should head to ARTneo, the Museum of Northeast Ohio Art. Located in Gordon Square, this unique museum showcases artists from past and present who called Northeast Ohio home. Plan your visit ahead of time, as they're currently open by appointment only. If you can't find an appointment that works for you, consider heading to their free open house event at 78th Street Studios on Friday, November 20th. These Third Friday events have been voted the Best Arts Event in Cleveland.

Columbus Museum of Art

480 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215

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The Columbus Museum of Art is open and ready to welcome art lovers back. Among their many wonderful pieces, they host the world's largest collection of artworks from local artists, including George Bellows and Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson. Spend hours browsing their permanent collection and latest exhibitions or take part in one of their creative events in-person or online. Although the Columbus Museum of Art is closed on Mondays, which is National Go to An Art Museum Day, you can browse their collections online from home to help plan your visit.

Wexner Center for Arts

1871 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43210

The Ohio State University is home to acclaimed athletics and academics, but many don't know that they also house a fantastic art center. The Wexner Center for the Arts is an on-campus laboratory for advancing contemporary art. As one of the most dynamic contemporary art programs in the country, it showcases its students' works throughout exhibition space. These exhibits feature art in every medium, with many showcased indoors and outdoors. There are five interesting exhibits on display during National Go to an Art Museum Day to provide you with a memorable visit to OSU that requires no tailgating.

Otherworld

5819 Chantry Dr., Columbus, OH 43232

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If you're looking for one of the most unique art experiences in Columbus, head to Otherworld. This 32,000 square-foot immersive art experience in Chantry Square takes you through dozens of rooms. Some display large-scale artworks while others offer mixed-reality playgrounds or secret passageways. Over 40 artists have contributed to this tech-infused space, creating a truly other-worldly experience for art lovers and anyone who loves an immersive experience. Note that tickets can only be purchased online in advance.

Cincinnati Art Museum

953 Eden Park Dr., Cincinnati, OH 45202

There are few better ways to spend the day in Cincinnati than in Eden Park. It's home to some of the city's best attractions, including the Cincinnati Art Museum, which boasts nearly 70,000 pieces from across 6,000 years. Their collection includes stunning African, Islamic, Asian, and Native American artwork. One of November's featured exhibits is Women Breaking Boundaries, which showcases works from the museum's permanent collection completed by female artists. Another interesting exhibit is Do It (Home), an interactive exhibit that you can also download and create at home.

Taft Museum of Art

316 Pike St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

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Fine art has lived at the Taft Museum of Art in downtown Cincinnati for the last 200 years. Art and history come alive in ways unlike any other museum in the state. Though one of the finest small art museums in the country, there are countless hidden gems throughout the historic building. Eleven different period-inspired rooms display masterpieces from the 17th to 19th centuries. Current exhibits available for viewing during Go to an Art Museum Day include galleries celebrating local Cincinnati art over the history of the Taft Museum.

Contemporary Arts Center 

44 E. 6th St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

Enjoy free admission to the Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center and view their current exhibits, including works from Marjolijn Dijkman, Vhils, Kader Attia, and Tania Candiani. One of the reasons why we love the Contemporary Arts Center is because it also hosts the UnMuseum. This innovative area allows adults and children alike to get hands-on with art and unleash their creativity. If you're unable to go to CAC on Go to an Art Museum Day, you can view their collection virtually online for free.

Admire a Masterpiece

Let us know which destinations we should head to on National Go to an Art Museum Day in the comments!

November
4

Get a Jump on Holiday Shopping at These 8 Columbus Specialty Shops

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As the calendar winds down on this unprecedented year, the holiday season is more welcome and reassuring than ever. When it comes to gift-giving, is your motto "Shop 'til you drop," or do you like to get in and out as soon as possible? Whatever your shopping style, have fun getting a head start at these exciting specialty shops around Columbus

On Paper

737 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43215

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In this digital era, actual writing has become essentially obsolete. Why not start a trend back to a more personal form of communication with gifts from On Paper? The assortment of elegant stationery and greeting cards will brighten the day of both sender and receiver. Supplement your gift with accessories such as pens and pencils, embosser, and stamps. Get ready for 2021 with a calendar, planner, or journal for yourself or a loved one. On Paper also carries a selection of candles, bath and body products, and other items perfect for a day of self-care. Hours are 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon - 5 p.m. Sunday and Monday.

The Morgan House

5300 Glick Rd., Dublin, OH 43017

Once you visit the Morgan House, you'll be so enchanted that you may never want to leave.  Anchored by a reassembled historic log cabin named after John Hunt Morgan, a famed Civil War veteran, the Morgan House is as much a tourist attraction as a gift shop. The five-acre space is the site of an 18,000-square-foot mini-mall that includes departments for furniture and home decor, gourmet foods, clothing and accessories, and specialty gifts. With a full-service on-site restaurant serving lunch, you don't even have to leave the grounds. Shops are open 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday and noon - 5 p.m. Sunday, while the restaurant is open 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon - 3 p.m. Sunday.

Bliss Life + Style

The Shoppes at River Ridge, 4345 W. Dublin Granville Rd., Dublin, OH 43017

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Looking for a one-of-a-kind gift for your BFF? Bliss Life + Style offers a carefully curated variety of home accessories, jewelry, and gifts from local and global artisans. Finding it hard to decide? Opt for one of Bliss Life + Style's signature gift boxes, which come in whimsical themes such as Drinks Are On Us, Foodie Favorites, and Wanderlust. Tell the staff a bit about who the gift is for, and they'll curate a custom box, or you can create your own. Free delivery is available within a 10-mile radius of the shop, or ship anywhere in the greater Columbus area for just a $10 fee. Hours are 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and noon - 4 p.m. Sunday.

Helen Winnemore's

150 E. Kossuth St., Columbus, OH 43206

In 1938, Helen Winnemore's began life as the Afternoon Shop in its namesake owner's home. Thirteen years later, Helen moved the business to a storefront on Broad Street, then to its current location in 1966. Today, siblings John and Julie Jenkins carry on Helen's legacy, featuring items of usable and wearable art.  The handmade jewelry, textiles, pottery, glass, and metal works are gifts your loved ones will cherish for years to come. As Helen herself once said, "No shop is worth anything unless it is a gracious place." Hours are 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday by appointment only. Visit the website to schedule a time for up to four guests. 

The Book Loft

631 S. Third St., Columbus, OH 43206

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Everyone has at least one bookworm on their list, many of whom still prefer the feel of a hard-bound volume in their hands to the electronic text of an e-reader. The Book Loft, located in vibrant German Village, houses an incredible 32 rooms in its pre-Civil War building. Fortunately, store maps and friendly, knowledgeable staff are on hand to help you navigate the different areas. Start a child on the road to a lifelong love of reading with a title or two from one of the country's largest selection of children's books. On your way out, grab a pick-me-up cup of joe to go at Staul's Coffee Roasters next door. The Book Loft is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. - 11 p.m.

Flower Child

233 E. Fifth Ave., Columbus, OH 43201

Everything old is new again, and nowhere is that more apparent than at Flower Child. This wonderfully funky shop is like a time tunnel back to the mid-20th century. You'll have as much fun browsing the Gucci and Halston fashions, vintage jewelry, and kitschy home accessories as your friend or family member will have receiving these unique items. The spacious store includes full-size displays of retro living rooms and kitchens that are sure to inspire some creative ideas. You might end up with a few pieces for your own home from their collection of vintage holiday ornaments and decorations. Flower Child is open noon - 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, noon - 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon - 6 p.m. Sunday.

The Red Stable

223 E. Kossuth St., Columbus, OH 43206

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The Red Stable has a history as colorful as its eye-catching exterior. Built in 1872, the building has served as a horse livery, wagon repair shop, ice storage facility, and auto garage over the years. In the late 1950s, when a group formed to save the German Village neighborhood from demolition, local artist Phil Keintz transformed the Red Stable into a custom art studio and gift shop featuring the works of his fellow artists. Phil's tradition continues today, as more than 100 local artists showcase their work inside the historic building. The Red Stable is open noon - 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, noon - 6 p.m. Friday, noon - 7 p.m. Saturday, and noon - 5 p.m. Sunday.

Ohio Art Market

30 N. State St., Westerville, OH 43081

Do you enjoy visiting summer art fairs, with the thrill of finding incredible items you wouldn't see anywhere else? Ohio Art Market provides that opportunity year-round. Talented artists from Westerville and all around the state display their works in fine art, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, and a variety of media. Since everything is original, each visit to Ohio Art Market provides a different experience. Share your state pride with a gift that literally and figuratively says, "Ohio." Hours are 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon - 5 p.m. Sunday.

Gifts That Keep on Giving

Columbus is home to several small businesses offering an incredible range of products. What's the most unusual gift you've ever given or received?

October
30

LoLo Gifts: Brewing Up Great Freebies for October

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It may be October, but a witch's potion isn't the only thing brewing! Whether your taste runs to hot or cold beverages, this month's freebies from Cutler Real Estate and LoLo Gifts are no trick and all treat.

Northeast Ohio, Columbus, and Cincinnati are home to a wide range of small businesses waiting to serve you. Explore these great local breweries and coffee shops, courtesy of Cutler Real Estate and LoLo Gifts.
 

October Gifts:

Canton: Beer Flight

Akron: Beer

Cincinnati: Pint of Beer

Columbus: Coffee and Pastry

Canton: Beer Flight

UnHitched Brewing Company

115 S. Mill St., Louisville, OH 44641

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With a modern craft beer taproom housed in a historic downtown building, UnHitched Brewing Company bridges Louisville's past and present. Stop by and sample a flight of their draft beers, made with care from the best locally-sourced ingredients.

About UnHitched Brewing Company

UnHitched Brewing Company's name is a creative nod to the long and proud tradition of beer in the Canton area. At one time, brewers traveled by horse and buggy to deliver their product, but today's owners have "unhitched" the wagon in favor of a comfy taproom. Unhitched also offers a menu of snacks, sandwiches, and wood-fired pizza to go along with their brews. Reservations are strongly recommended.

Contact and Hours

330.871.8021

Tuesday - Thursday 4 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday 4 p.m. - 10 p.m. 
Saturday Noon - 10 p.m.

Akron: Beer

Eight-Three Brewery

1201 E. Market St., Suite 110, Akron, OH 44305

Whether you're a beer aficionado or new to the world of craft brews, you'll find a lot to like at Eight-Three Brewery. Check out their Devil's Night Jack-O-Stout pumpkin brew, just in time for Halloween!

About Eight-Three Brewery

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For years, Chris Surak's homemade beers were the hit of gatherings hosted by Chris and his wife Steph. Eight-Three Brewery was established as a natural extension of Chris's dream to serve those same creations to the Akron community.  The Historic Goodyear Headquarters in the city's East End is the perfect setting to meet old friends and make some new ones over a pint, especially on Trivia Tuesdays. 

Contact and Hours

234.571.1067

Tuesday - Friday 3:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Saturday Noon - 10 p.m.
Sunday 2 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Cincinnati: Pint of Beer

HighGrain Brewing Co.

6860 Plainfield Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45236

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So you think you know beer? HighGrain Brewing Co. blends traditional German techniques with modern innovation, incorporating flavors such as chocolate, citrus and stone fruits, and coffee. 

About HighGrain Brewing Co.

In an effort to establish themselves as a true community partner, the owners of HighGrain Brewing Co. embrace sustainability in all aspects of their business. The brewery has earned 513 Green Workplace certification based on their environmentally responsible practices, while the farm-to-table-inspired food menu uses fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. They even have a carbon-neutral Norwegian table ale, dubbed "Northern Exposure." As if that weren't enough, HighGrain regularly gives back through donations and fundraisers for charitable organizations.

Contact and Hours

513.791.7000

Tuesday - Thursday 3 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday - Saturday Noon - 10 p.m. 
Sunday Noon - 8 p.m.

Columbus: Coffee and Pastry

Brioso Coffee

53 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43215

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For nearly 20 years, Brioso Coffee has been keeping downtown Columbus fueled with freshly-brewed java drinks. Kick off your day with a classic pairing of coffee and pastry.

About Brioso Coffee

At Brioso Coffee, the staff proudly declares that they "take coffee seriously so you can take it easy." Brioso sources top-quality beans, then roasts them in-house and uses state-of-the-art equipment to brew your drink just the way you like it. The shop carries vegan baked goods from Happy Little Treats so you can indulge your sweet tooth with a little less guilt. There's a second Brioso location at 329 E. Long St.

Contact and Hours

614.670.8490

Monday - Friday 7 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Saturday 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Fall Under Our "Spell" of Free Gifts

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Halloween may happen only once a year, but our treats come every month to keep the fun going. 

What freebies will you be giving thanks for in November? Contact your Cutler Real Estate agent to sign up at no charge for our LoLo Gifts program.

October
9

8 Places for Halloween Frights Around Ohio

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The Buckeye State is a spooky place! From Cincinnati to Columbus to Northeast Ohio and beyond, ghosts, ghouls, specters, and spirits have been sighted near some of our most popular landmarks. The Halloween season is the perfect time to scour Ohio and search for the souls that haunt our state. Don't forget to bring a flashlight when you explore these haunted sites around Ohio!

The Ohio State Reformatory

100 Reformatory Rd., Mansfield, OH 44905

Distance from: Columbus: 69 Miles | Cincinnati: 177 Miles | Cleveland: 78 Miles

 
 
 
 
 
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The Ohio State Reformatory is one of the most famous haunted prisons in the country. As the site of many paranormal sightings and events, the prison offers a variety of ghost tours for people of all ages. Ghost Hunting Classes and Ghost Walks are available for those 13 and older. For adults aged 18 and above, you can sign up for a Private Paranormal Investigation or a Public Ghost Hunt. Best of all, after the tour, you can pick up your own ghost hunting equipment from the gift shop so you can search for spirits wherever you go in Ohio.

Night Haunt at Malabar Farm State Park

4050 Bromfield Rd., Lucas, OH 44843

Distance from: Columbus: 69 Miles| Cincinnati: 176 Miles | Cleveland: 85 Miles

Malabar Farm State Park is considered one of the 10 Best Most Haunted Destinations in America, which makes it a must-see for any family who loves ghostbusting. Despite a tragic group of murders, the farm is still in operation…but paranormal activity has continued since the deaths. Visitors have felt "electric waves" crawl up their skin while others have witnessed other mysterious events. If there's one ghost adventure you take this October, a Night Haunt walking tour at Malabar Fark State Park should be it!

Garrison Ghost Walk at Fort Meigs

29100 W. River Rd., Perrysburg, OH 43551

Distance from: Columbus: 135 Miles | Cincinnati: 195 Miles | Cleveland: 112 Miles

 
 
 
 
 
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Fort Meigs was the site of an important battle during the War of 1812. As is the case with many historic war sites, this battlefield often shows signs of a haunting. Ghosts of dead soldiers are seen walking around at night, as are mysterious blue orbs that float around the battleground. If you listen closely, you might even hear the sounds of marching footsteps or canons being fired in the distance. A great place to learn about the history of our state, a haunted tour of Fort Meigs is perfect for history buffs.

Merry Go Round Museum

301 Jackson St., Sandusky, OH 44870

Distance from: Columbus: 116 Miles | Cincinnati: 231 Miles | Cleveland: 61 Miles

If you thought the Merry Go Round Museum was all fun and games, think again! Paranormal activity has long haunted this colorful museum. The only haunted carousel horse in the world is located in this museum. The carousel's creator had a wife who fell in love with one special horse. They say that her ghost comes back to ride the Haunted Steed quite often. While you're listening closely for her footsteps, don't be surprised if you feel a tug on your shirt — a young girl also haunts this museum and sometimes interacts with visitors.

Hallowed Halls of Horror 

281 W. Lane Ave., Columbus, OH 43210

Distance from: Columbus: 6 Miles | Cincinnati: 110 Miles | Cleveland: 139 Miles

 
 
 
 
 
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Columbus Ghost Tours is known for taking visitors to the spookiest places in the city. While their city walking tour and cemetery tours are excitingly spooky, one of our favorites takes you to Ohio State University. Tour the school searching for ghouls as you learn about the dark history surrounding one of America's most popular campuses. Trust us, this is one history lesson you'll never forget!

Queen City is Haunted

1332 Vine St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

Distance from: Columbus: 107 Miles | Cincinnati: 1 Mile | Cleveland: 248 Miles

Cincinnati is a wonderful city to explore, full of museums, amazing sports venues, and plenty of restaurants where you can get your chili fix. Look a little closer, however, and you'll discover a sinister side to Cincy. The Queen City is Haunted walking tour is one of the best ways to learn about the ghastly and ghoulish events that have happened throughout the city. This two-hour tour will guide you through many areas of the town includes havens for paranormal activity and even hallowed grounds where remains have been recently discovered! The Queen City is Haunted is an interesting way to learn about Cincinnati's grizzly past while enjoying a night out in this beautiful urban space.

Loveland Castle-Chateau

12025 Shore Dr., Loveland, OH 45140

Distance from: Columbus: 89 Miles | Cincinnati: 22 Miles | Cleveland: 231 Miles

 
 
 
 
 
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This historic castle is now a museum on the banks of the Little Miami River. Built in the 1920s by medievalist Harry D. Andrews, the chateau's beautiful landscape was the site of a fiery tragedy. A moonshiner and his wife lived in a small cabin near the end of the castle's property. One day, Harry Andrews heard an explosion at the cabin and rushed over to help. The moonshiner's wife was found dead and Andrews sustained severe burns that resulted in his untimely death. Visitors claim that the castle is haunted by three ghosts — a male entity who is likely Harry Andrews, a female entity who is assumed to be the moonshiner's wife, and a Viking entity that is said to haunt the castle's exterior. Find our for yourself on a walking tour of the grounds.

Collingwood Arts Center

2413 Collingwood Blvd., Toledo, OH 43620

Distance from: Columbus: 144 Miles| Cincinnati: 204 Miles | Cleveland: 116 Miles

Once a retirement home for local nuns, just one look at the Collingwood Arts Center's Gothic façade is enough to make you believe it's haunted. The retirement home closed for a few years before being reimagined as an arts center…but a few spirits from the past stuck around. From residents dying of Typhoid and other diseases to the occult practices that used to take place in the basement when the building was vacated, guests have reported and photographed mysterious sights in the art center. Floating orbs can be seen in around the home, assumedly spirits of the nuns who perished there. In the basement, spirits have been known to scare visitors. Take a tour inside and see for yourself!

Things That Go Bump in the Night

Where are your favorite haunted places in Ohio perfect for a spooky ghost tour? Tell us your ghost sightings in the comments below!

October
7

8 Places Around Ohio to Take In Fall Scenery by Zipline

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You've probably used the expression "bird's-eye view" dozens of times, thinking it's just a metaphor. But thanks to the thrills of ziplining, you can gain a new appreciation of the landscape around Northeast Ohio, Columbus, and Cincinnati as you "fly" high above it. Get your "bird's-eye view" of Ohio's colorful fall scenery with one of these popular ziplining tours. 

Hocking Hills Canopy Tours

Distance From: Cleveland (182 miles) | Columbus (43 miles) | Cincinnati (136 miles)

 
 
 
 
 
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Highly acclaimed by sources such as USA Today, Discovery Channel, and the New York Times, Hocking Hills Canopy Tours proudly bills itself as Ohio's first "world-class" zipline adventure. The attraction gets high marks for innovation and a commitment to safety while maintaining respect for the environment. In addition to the popular Original Tour, HHCT offers several specialty options, including night ziplining and kid-friendly adventures. Get a different perspective with one of the guided Segway® off-road nature tours. HHCT is open seven days a week.

Tree Frog Canopy Tours

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