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Explore Ohio: Shop Around These 8 Small Towns

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Tired of the cookie-cutter big-box stores with limited selections, inflated prices, and impersonal service? Combine sightseeing and shopping with day trips to the wonderful small towns of Ohio, from Northeast Ohio to Columbus and Cincinnati, where the character and appeal of a traditional "downtown" is alive and well. 



Founded in 1818, Medina was originally named "Mecca," which means, "a place to which many people are attracted." Residents and visitors agree that the town's friendly atmosphere and "Norman Rockwell" appearance make that an apt description. The charming town square, presided over by the beautiful brick courthouse, is surrounded by Victorian-style buildings that house a number of wonderful shops and restaurants. Support local causes by shopping at The Bookshelf, a used bookstore where all proceeds go to Project Learn, an adult literacy organization. You don't have to have a green thumb to visit the Gardener's Cottage, which offers a full assortment of furnishings, home accessories, seasonal decor, and gifts. Miss Molly's Tea Room and A Cupcake a Day have great treats to sit and enjoy or grab and go. The square, also known as Uptown Park, hosts regular community events such as Art in the Park and International Fest.

Chagrin Falls

From its picturesque name to the quaint, tree-lined streets, Chagrin Falls maintains a classic small-town feel in a 21st-century world. Noted cartoonist and Chagrin Falls native Bill Watterson featured a picture of his hometown on the back cover of The Essential Calvin and Hobbes Collection. With more than 75 independent shops and restaurants in the village center, you'll find anything you may need or want. The annual mid-summer Sidewalk Sale, featuring live music and kids' activities, has been a Chagrin Falls tradition for more than 70 years. Take a break from shopping to enjoy the view of the town's namesake falls from Bell Street Park, Riverside Park, or the Main Street bridge.


Ever feel like technology is taking over your life? Step into a more relaxed way of life with a visit to Berlin. As the oldest existing village in Holmes County, Berlin is the center of the world's largest Amish community. The streets are lined with dozens of shops that carry one-of-a-kind items featuring high-quality craftsmanship. Spend an afternoon exploring Berlin Antique & Craft Malls, two side-by-side facilities where you'll also find the best fudge in the area. If that's not enough, check out Berlin Village Antique Mall, a two-story building filled with classic pieces and collectibles. Sample the cheese, produce, and all the bounty of Amish farms at German Village Market, Bunker Hill Cheese Chalet, and Troyer's Country Market. Don't miss Streb's General Store, where the third generation is running this classic shop.



If Granville reminds you of a town in New England, that's no coincidence. Settlers from the East Coast planned the Ohio community using familiar concepts from New England villages, right down to sharing the name of their original hometown in Massachusetts. Granville's layout follows the traditional grid pattern, with two major thoroughfares meeting in the center at the town square. Several original buildings, including churches, inns, and private homes, are still standing, with more than 100 listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The downtown business district, part of Granville's established historic area, includes boutiques such as Cedar and Thread, featuring clothing and home décor, and Green Velvet of Granville, a Parisian-style shop with an eclectic mix of merchandise. For a modern touch, stop for lunch or dinner at Three Tigers Brewing Company, a craft brewery and taproom that serves Vietnamese-inspired street food.

German Village

As its preservation society proudly proclaims, you don't have to live in German Village to feel like you belong. Located just south of downtown Columbus, German Village is the largest privately funded preservation district on the National Register of Historic Places. Though technically not a town, this neighborhood has gained worldwide recognition as a premier example of successful restoration, retaining much of the same character and appeal as it displayed during its origins in the mid-19th century. The Book Loft of German Village, housed in a pre-Civil War building that takes up an entire city block, is worth a visit all on its own. Other notable shops include Helen Winnemore's, a women's clothing store that originated in its namesake's home, and Vernacular, a clothing and lifestyle boutique that specializes in ethically sourced, organic, and minority-owned brands.


Yellow Springs

Earlier this year, travel website Only in Your State proclaimed Yellow Springs to be one of the coolest small towns in America, referring to it as a "little slice of paradise" based on its charm and originality. Just how cool is it? Comedian Dave Chappelle, whose father was a professor and dean of students at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, still lives here with his wife and three children on a 65-acre farm. Who can resist shops and restaurants such as The Smoking Octopus, a tobacco store located in a uniquely designed building, and Ha Ha Pizza, with its iconic mural featuring a jackalope, gremlin, flying saucer, and the Loch Ness Monster?


Shopping is in Loveland's DNA. The town is named for James Loveland, who ran the general store and post office near the downtown railroad tracks. In the 1980s, the railroad corridor was converted to a bike trail that became part of the Little Miami Scenic Trail, which hosts nearly 750,000 hikers and bikers each year. Not surprisingly, Loveland has several shops, such as JackRabbit, Montgomery Cyclery, and Vertical Drop, specializing in clothing and outdoor activities equipment. If indoor pursuits are more your style, make stops at Busy Bee Boutique and Bond Furniture and Design.


With more than 60 shops and restaurants in a compact, five-block area, you can shop in Waynesville without fear of dropping. Want more credentials? Waynesville is known as the "Antiques Capital of the Midwest," and it has been recognized by USA Today as one of the "Most Walkable Towns in America." Waynesville Antique Mall, housed in a brick building built in 1882, includes nearly 50 vendors offering classic items, collectibles, and historical memorabilia. Don't miss Buckeye Charm, a family-owned retro boutique with an actual vintage truck as its centerpiece.


Friendly residents? Fewer crowds? Good walkability? What's your favorite feature of small towns?


9 Places Around Ohio to Celebrate Women's History Month

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Every year, Women's History Month is celebrated throughout March, and Ohio is home to many fascinating historical sites that are perfect for celebrating this important month. Whether you visit the International Women's Air and Space Museum in Northeast Ohio, the Ohio Statehouse Museum Ladies' Gallery in Columbus, the Harriet Beecher Stowe House in Cincinnati, or one of many other destinations around Ohio, you have endless opportunities to explore women's history close to home. Start your journey with these nine places to celebrate Women's History Month in Ohio.

International Women's Air and Space Museum

1501 N. Marginal Rd., Ste. 165, Cleveland, OH 44114

Located in Cleveland at the Burke Lakefront Airport, the International Women's Air and Space Museum is certainly a must-see Women's History Month destination. Throughout aviation and space exploration history, women have taken to the skies to explore new frontiers. In addition to famed female pilots like Amelia Earhart and astronauts like Sally Ride, this museum explores the many contributions made by women who didn't achieve the same level of fame. The International Women's Air and Space Museum also explores the vast impact made by women on the science, engineering, and advancement of aviation throughout history.

Oberlin College

173 W. Lorain St., Oberlin, OH 44074

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Oberlin College has been a place of many firsts, championing the rights of women and all people throughout its long history. It was the first college in the United States to offer undergraduate degrees to women in a coeducational program in 1841, and the first to adopt a policy allowing people of color to attend college in 1835. The beautiful, historic campus is a great place to explore for Women's History Month, with exhibits where you can learn more about the college's history of advocating for the rights of everyone to have an education, some of the best on-campus museums in Ohio, and plenty more to experience as you tour Oberlin College.

Upton House and Women's Suffrage Museum

380 Mahoning Ave. NW., Warren, OH 44483

Harriet Taylor Upton was an important figure in the Women's Suffrage movement in Ohio, and the Upton House has been preserved as a museum to share the story of her life. One room within the home has been converted into a Women's Suffrage museum, exploring the contribution made by local suffrage advocates, including Upton, Phebe Sutliffe, Elizabeth Hauser, and Zell Draz. Tour the museum with the help of one of the expert volunteers at the Upton House, or explore on your own.

First Ladies National Historic Site

205 Market Ave. S., Canton, OH 44702

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One of the only museums of its kind, the First Ladies National Historic Site tells the inspiring stories behind the women who have been First Lady throughout American history. Learn more about how the role of the First Lady has evolved and how First Ladies have found unique ways to make their own important historical contributions. In addition to the museum located in Canton, you can take a tour of the childhood home of Ida Saxton-McKinley right next door.

Ohio Statehouse Museum Ladies' Gallery

1 Capitol Square, Columbus, OH 43215

Ohio was one of the earliest states to ratify the 19th amendment, granting women the right to vote. A few years after the amendment was ratified, six women were elected to the Ohio General Assembly. The Ohio Statehouse Museum Ladies' Gallery explores the contributions made by those six women and the more than 150 women who have since served in the state legislature. This is one exhibit you won't want to miss when you tour the State Capitol.

Columbus Museum of Art

480 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215

Throughout history, female artists have shaped culture, shared stories, advanced women's rights, and inspired millions through their artwork. The Columbus Museum of Art is a great place to explore the work of female artists throughout history and learn more about the contemporary artists still working to champion women's rights in the present day. Visit the museum to explore various exhibitions from women artists or attend one of many events that celebrate women's creativity. All Columbus Museum of Art tours during Women's History Month will also be themed around women artists.

National Annie Oakley Center at the Garst Museum

205 N. Broadway St., Greenville, OH 45331

Annie Oakley was a legendary sharpshooter, prolific performer, and beloved figure during her time. She achieved fame with Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show and was one of America's first female superstars. But her personality goes far beyond those notable achievements, and the National Annie Oakley Center at the Garst Museum is dedicated to providing a comprehensive look at her fascinating life. The Garst Museum features more than 35,000 square feet of exhibit space and over 300,000 artifacts, many of which are housed in the National Annie Oakley Center.

Cincinnati Museum Center

1301 Western Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45203

Many of the locations on our list are dedicated to specific women or groups of women who have made important contributions to our shared history, but what about all of the less famous women who have shaped Ohio history? The Cincinnati Museum Center is the perfect place to learn more about the many regular, everyday women who may not be famous but still made their mark by living, working, and advocating for women's rights in Ohio. Discover unique exhibits on the first all-female spacewalk, the fight for women's rights throughout history, and Cincinnati's inspiring female artists. 

Harriet Beecher Stowe House

2950 Gilbert Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45206

A literary master with a complex legacy, Harriet Beecher Stowe was a fascinating figure who impacted American history. The Harriet Beecher Stowe House, located in Cincinnati, is dedicated to sustaining her legacy and educating future generations on her social impact. Visit the Harriet Beecher Stowe House to learn more about her legacy, participate in dialogue about social issues, and find inspiration for positive change.

Shaping Ohio History

What stories will you discover and share during Women's History Month this year?


Ohio History 101: Visit These 9 Places Steeped in the Past

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With signs of habitation dating back to 13,000 BC, Ohio has a rich and colorful past. No matter what you learned in history books, it can't compare to seeing it with your own eyes. Whether it's a castle in Northeast Ohio, a covered bridge near Columbus, or a library in Cincinnati, a visit to these incredible sites will give you a new appreciation of our state.

Squire's Castle

North Chagrin Reservation, 2844 River Rd., Willoughby Hills, OH 44094

If you're fascinated by the fictional royalty of Game of Thrones or real-life royalty of Queen Elizabeth and her family, don't miss Squire's Castle. Located at North Chagrin Reservation, Squire's Castle was built in the 1890s and patterned after German and English baronial castles. The gatehouse also serves as the trailhead for one of the North Chagrin's more scenic routes, and there's an adjacent picnic area that includes grills and seating. North Chagrin Reservation is open daily from 6 a.m. - 11 p.m.

Maltz Performing Arts Center

Case Western Reserve University, 1855 Ansel Rd., Cleveland, OH 44106

The design and backstory of Maltz Performing Arts Center are as compelling as the events that take place inside it. Founded in 1850 as a temple for the local Reform Jewish congregation, the building has a unique heptagonal shape to fit the lot's odd configuration while approximating a circle, symbolizing unity. Thanks to the creative architecture and stunning interior, the building was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. A partnership between the Temple and Case Western Reserve University led to the creation of the Performing Arts Center, which hosts a number of concerts, lectures, and other cultural activities.

Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens

714 N. Portage Path, Akron, OH 44303

While many historical buildings bear the name of their original residents, that's not the case with Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens. "Stan Hywet" is actually an Old English term that translates to "stone quarry," which is a nod to the property's most prominent natural feature. The estate served as the home for the family of F.A. Seiberling, co-founder of Goodyear Tire and Rubber, but they also generously opened their doors to the public for frequent community events. Hours are 10 a.m. - dusk Tuesday through Sunday. Admission is $15 for adults and $6 for ages 6-17.

Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

1777 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43203

Natural and man-made history combine to spectacular effect at the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. The 13-acre facility, located just two miles from downtown Columbus, is anchored by the John D. Wolfe Palm House. This glass greenhouse, which dates back to 1895, features 43 species of palms, including fiddle-leaf figs that were part of the original plantings. Seasonal and visiting exhibitions supplement the lush gardens and botanical biomes on permanent display. Franklin Park Conservatory is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Admission is $19 for adults and $12 for ages 3-12.

Decorative Arts Center of Ohio

145 E. Main St., Lancaster, OH 43130

Do you think of art as something that requires specialized skill or talent? The Decorative Arts Center of Ohio has a mission to awaken the creative spirit in everyone. Programming includes themed exhibits, classes, workshops, and lectures aimed at making art accessible to all. Welcome the new year with the upcoming exhibit, "Hindsight: The Art of Looking Back," which is particularly appropriate for exploring the past. "Classrooms" are located in the Reese-Peters House, a Federal/Greek Revival-style home built in 1835 and widely acclaimed as the finest house in Lancaster. Hours are 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 1 - 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free, but donations are gratefully accepted.

Mink Hollow Covered Bridge

Arney Run Park, 2340 Meister Rd. SW, Lancaster, OH 43130

Covered bridges, once a common sight around the countryside, have become rare but treasured relics of the past. Only about one in 10 have survived to the present day, with Mink Hollow Covered Bridge being one of the more picturesque structures. At a length of 54 feet, this charming "house bridge" boasts the longest official name of any bridge in the country: Mink Hollow over Arney Run in Oil Mill Hollow near the Borcher's Mill Covered Bridge. Dog-friendly Arney Run Park is also a great spot for hiking, photography, bird-watching, and picnicking. Park hours are dawn till dusk, 365 days a year. 

National Voice of America Museum of Broadcasting

8070 Tylersville Rd., West Chester, OH 45069

Before social media and television, news and entertainment were transmitted across radio waves. The National Voice of America Museum of Broadcasting highlights the development and impact of radio technology, both locally and globally. Cincinnati native Powel Crosley Jr., once dubbed "the Henry Ford of radio," was the driving force behind the Bethany Relay Station, which broadcasted from the building that now houses the museum. Other attractions include displays of early wireless transmitters and a fully-equipped ham station where you can observe the workings of shortwave radio. The museum is open weekends from 1 - 4 p.m. Admission is $10 for everyone aged 16 and older. 

The Mercantile Library

414 Walnut St. #1100, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Established in 1835, the Mercantile Library is one of only about two dozen membership libraries that still exist in the country. Spread across the 11th and 12th floors of the building, the library holds more than 80,000 volumes on subjects ranging from contemporary fiction and poetry to travel and history. Harriet Beecher Stowe, Salman Rushdie, and Julia Child are just a few of the exciting guest lecturers who have appeared at the Mercantile. Hours are 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturday.

Carillon Historical Park

1000 Carillon Blvd., Dayton, OH 45409

Kitty Hawk may be the site of their first flights, but the dreams of the Wright Brothers first took hold in their hometown of Dayton. Carillon Historical Park shines a light on the Wright Brothers and other regional pioneers of transportation and industry. The 65-acre open-air museum includes displays such as the Wright Brothers National Museum, Great 1913 Flood Exhibit, and Heritage Center of Dayton Manufacturing and Entrepreneurship. Carillon Historical Park is open 9:30 a.m. - 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9:30 a.m. - 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon - 9 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $12 for adults and $8 for ages 3-17.

Yesterday Is History, Tomorrow Is a Mystery

What site in Ohio is associated with a significant memory from your own past?


Skate the Night Away at These 7 Northeast Ohio Ice Rinks

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Skating is a popular activity around Northeast Ohio, and you'll find plenty of ice rinks in the area where you can take a spin around the ice. Several offer great scenery, and some are located near shopping areas where you can also spend some time browsing in shops when you're out and about.

Dress in warm layers before you go since even indoor ice rinks stay cold to maintain the ice. Don't forget to bring your cell phone or camera to take photos of your kids or others in your group.
Check out the following indoor and outdoor ice rinks around Northeast Ohio, where you can glide away the stress of the day.

The Pond Ice Rink

9999 E. Washington St., Chagrin Falls, OH 44023

The Pond Ice Rink stays busy, hosting figure skating and ice hockey as well as open skate sessions. If you'd like to drop by to skate, register online. The cost is $10, including skates and gliders (if available). And if you'd like to get more serious about your time on the ice, The Pond offers Saturday and Sunday skating lessons for all ages and skill levels. Private lessons are also available.

Crocker Park

177 Market St., Westlake, OH 44145

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Browse in the upscale Crocker Park shopping center and then head out to the open skating rink to have some fun. Located at Union Square in front of Regal Cinemas, the rink has a surface that's made of real ice. Glide along as you listen to Christmas tunes, or keep a check on social media to see which select days DJs from 96.5 KISS-FM will be there to spin some tunes. The rink is open through Feb. 21, 2022, and costs $12 per person, including skates.

Center Ice Sports Complex

8319 Port Jackson Ave. NW, North Canton, OH 44720

Center Ice Sports Complex is a hub for several types of ice-related activities and sports, including figure skating, hockey, and ice skating. If you'd like to do your own thing on the ice, register online in advance for an open skate. It costs $10 admission and $4 for skate rental. And whether you're just starting out or already have some skills you'd like to improve, the complex offers ice skating lessons for toddlers through adults and for everyone from beginners to more advanced levels. Before long, you might find yourself ready to tackle figure skating or hockey!

The Rink at Wade Oval

10820 East Blvd., Cleveland, OH 44106

The Rink at Wade Oval is located at University Circle, where you can spend time exploring this square mile that's filled with museums, parks, restaurants, and more. It's even been named the Best Arts District in the country by a USA Today poll of readers. The perfect place to spend a day or afternoon, University Circle also houses a skating rink to help you extend the fun. The rink is open through Feb. 27, 2022, and skating costs $3 for general admission and $2 for students. Skate rental costs $2 for general admission and $1 for students. As an added bonus, if you show your skating admission wristband, you can visit the nearby Cleveland Botanical Garden, Cleveland History Center, and Cleveland Museum of Natural History for $2 off same-day admission.

Cuyahoga Falls Ice Skating Rink

2085 Front St., Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221

Try the ice rink in downtown Cuyahoga Falls, located at the plaza by the downtown pavilion and amphitheater. It's the perfect spot to skate after spending some time browsing at the town's outdoor shops. Park in one of three public parking decks, or try a metered spot on Front Steet when you're heading over to skate. Through Feb. 21, the rink is open from 3-8 p.m. on Fridays and noon-8 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Holiday hours can differ, so check the website before you go. Admission is free for everyone, and skate rentals are $4 per person.

Rivergate Park

1785 Merwin Ave., Cleveland, OH 44113

Winter RiverFest, an annual holiday celebration held at Rivergate Park and Merwin's Wharf, brings an authentic ice skating rink to the park this year. You'll be able to enjoy scenic views of the Cuyahoga River as well as festive decor while you skate, and be sure to make time for other activities like visiting a beer garden or warming up at the firepits. Book your rink time online in advance since walk-ups are based on availability. Prices (including skate rental) are $15 for ages 6 and up and $8 for ages 3-5. Skating aid rentals can also be rented for $10. The rink is open until Jan. 2, 2022.

Alice Noble Ice Arena

851 Oldman Rd., Wooster, OH 44691

If you're looking for a Northeast Ohio ice skating rink that offers skating year-round, head to Alice Noble Ice Arena in Wooster. The rink has open ice time on most days for $9 admission and $3 skate rental, except for Thursdays when admission is free. Lessons are also offered through the Learn to Skate USA program for kids as young as 3 and adults of all ages. And if you're ever ready to take your skating to the next level, figure skating and hockey lessons are available.

Ice, Ice, Baby

Where's your favorite place to skate in Northeast Ohio, and do you prefer an indoor rink or an outdoor one?


Explore Ohio in Bloom at These 9 Sunflower Fields

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Did you know that sunflowers are native to North America or that their flowers rotate throughout the day, so they are always facing the sun? There's no doubt about it; sunflowers are incredible. Luckily, there are several wonderful sunflower fields that you can visit in Ohio. Surrounding yourself with these bright, yellow flowers is sure to make you feel uplifted.

Ramseyer Farms

4000 Ramseyer Ln., Wooster, OH 44691

Ramseyer Farms is another great place to enjoy sunflowers in Northeast Ohio. They even have an annual sunflower festival each fall — a good opportunity to celebrate these magnificent flowers. The flowers here are well cared for and brilliantly colored.

In addition to the sunflower fields, Ramseyer Farms has all sorts of other fun activities. In the fall, there's a corn maze for all ages. You can pick your own potatoes, shop for farm produce and baked goods, or simply walk around and see the scarecrows. You can buy tickets or season passes online. They give you access to the sunflower field and other accompanying activities.

Prayers From Maria

Jaycox Rd., Avon, OH 44011

If you're in Northeast Ohio, this is the perfect sunflower field to visit. It was founded in 2014 by Ed and Megan McNamara as a way of honoring their daughter, Maria after she lost her life to brain cancer. There is no charge to visit this sunflower field, but donations are requested, and proceeds go toward cancer research.

The Prayers From Maria Field of Hope is lined with benches, so there are plenty of spots to stop and enjoy the view. Visitors love photographing themselves standing on the bridge or by the sign that reads "hope."

Rogish Farm

8637 Mulberry Rd., Chesterland, OH 44026

Rogish Farm is a friendly, family-owned farm established in 2014. They have a large sunflower field, and they let customers visit and cut their own sunflowers. That's right — after admiring these beautiful flowers at the farm, you can take a couple home with you. Visitors do need to register in advance to attend.

Along with their sunflower fields, Rogish Farm also offers blueberry picking, and they have a shop where you can buy various cut and dried flowers, garlic, and other goodies.

Tecumseh Sunflower Field

4625 US-68, Yellow Springs, OH 45387

The Tecumseh Sunflower Field is a part of the larger Tecumseh Land Trust, dedicated to preserving natural land and ecosystems in Ohio. Admission is free, but visitors are not permitted to cut the sunflowers. Parking can be a bit limited but tends to open up later in the evening.

There is a path that leads deep into the Tecumseh Sunflower Field, offering wonderful, 360-degree views. Many of the sunflowers reach more than 5 feet tall, so you may want to ask your friend for a piggyback ride so you can get a better view.

Van Buren Acres

5066 Keller Rd., Hebron, OH 43025

Van Buren Acres is just a short drive to the east of Columbus. This family-friendly farm opened in 2017, and it offers all sorts of fun activities, from pumpkin picking to corn mazes.  Their sunflower field is approximately 9 acres large, making it one of the biggest on this list.

You will need to pay admission to enter Van Buren Acres, but the cost of admission covers the sunflower fields and other activities. Watch the farm's Facebook page for an announcement when the sunflowers start blooming. They're only around for a few weeks.

22 Acres Farm

5455 Davis Dr. SE, Newark, OH 43056

This farm offers a 5-acre sunflower field, and to make things even more interesting, they've planted 15 different varieties of sunflowers in the field. It's entertaining to stroll along and compare the different varieties. Pick a favorite, and see if your friends choose the same one.

22 Acre Farms' sunflower fields are only open through August 31, 2021, so make sure you schedule your visit soon. You can purchase tickets online. The cost is $10 per person, except on Tuesdays when there's a $5 per person deal. Hours are 8 am - 8 pm, Monday-Friday. Visit the website to learn about some special sunflower events, like Sunrise in the Sunflowers.

Dresbach Farms

2626 Higby Rd., Chillicothe, OH 45601

Located to the east of Cincinnati, Dresbach Farms is a busy farm with many different animals and crops. They have a sunflower field that guests can visit for a few dollars each. There's an extra fee if you want to clip some sunflowers to take with you. Typically, the sunflowers bloom in late August or early September.

While you're at Dresbach Farms, you may want to do some shopping at their farm market. They offer locally produced honey, cabbage, beef, tomatoes, eggs, whole chickens, and so much more.

Cottell Park

5847 Irwin Simpson Rd., Mason, OH 45040

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Cottell Park is a 47-acre public park in the town of Mason. Over the past few years, they have begun planting a sunflower field for guests to enjoy. The sunflowers here are not always as large as the ones seen on private farms, but they are gorgeous, nonetheless.

After walking through the sunflower field, you can spend some more time at Cottell Park enjoying the basketball courts, tennis courts, or soccer fields. There are also several shelters where you could enjoy a picnic lunch, along with playgrounds that are great for kids.

CherryHawk Farm

16220 Springdale Rd., Marysville, OH 43040

CherryHawk Farm is primarily an apple picking farm, but if you visit to pick apples, admission to the sunflower fields is included. The sunflower fields here are vast, and the flowers themselves represent an impressive variety. There are grass paths you can follow for a nice, complete view of the fields. 

Visitors can take one stem home for no additional charge. If you would like more than one sunflower, the farm charges $1 each. Guests are welcome to take photos in the sunflower fields, but professional photographers are asked to check in with the farm beforehand.

Everything's Coming Up Sunflowers

Which of these sunflower fields will brighten your day?


How You Can Help These 8 Ohio Food Banks

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Food banks play an important role in communities throughout Ohio, providing food and support for those in need. Given the challenges of the past year, more people than ever before need support from local food banks. Whether you volunteer your time or make a donation, food banks across Ohio need support from the community to help as many people as possible. Even a small donation can make a big difference in the life of someone in need, so we've put together a guide to 8 Ohio food banks where you can show your support and make a positive difference in the community.

Greater Cleveland Food Bank

15500 S. Waterloo Rd., Cleveland, OH 44110

Northeast Ohio is home to a wide variety of food banks, including the large Greater Cleveland Food Bank, which serves more than 400,000 people per year. In addition to providing meals and fresh produce, the Greater Cleveland Food Bank works to help people in need sign up for programs that can help them find long-term solutions to food insecurity. There are many ways that you can get involved, by making a planned donation, monthly donation, or contribution of non-perishable food items. There are also volunteer opportunities available in a wide variety of positions, from loading/unloading food to using specialized skills to help with large administrative projects within the food bank.

Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank

350 Opportunity Pkwy., Akron, OH 44307

The Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank has been serving eight counties around both cities for nearly 40 years by storing and distributing food to a large group of smaller food pantries in the area. With 83,000 square feet of warehouse space and 8,000 square feet of freezer space, the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank can serve more than 500 food pantries, shelters, and other non-profit organizations in the region. This foodbank is always accepting donations of food and funds, so it's easy to give back in a way that works for you. You can also volunteer in various support roles at the warehouse or help with food distribution in local communities.

Second Harvest Food Bank

5510 Baumhart Rd., Lorain, OH 44053

In its more than 35 years of serving Northeast Ohio communities, the Second Harvest Food Bank has distributed nearly 100 million pounds of food to those in need. The food bank distributes food to an organized network of food pantries and charity organizations throughout Northeast Ohio. Thanks to a new facility built in Lorain, Second Harvest Food Bank has tripled its capacity for food storage. You can help distribute all of that extra food or make a donation to ensure that the warehouse shelves are always stocked. The organization also needs volunteers to help package food backpacks, along with packages for senior centers and mobile food pantries.

NNEMAP Food Pantry

667 E. 11th Ave., Columbus, OH 43211

NNEMAP Food Pantry is part of a coordinated network of food pantries in Columbus and beyond. While many food pantries distribute food based on ZIP codes, NNEMAP Food Pantry makes its services available to anyone who lives in Columbus regardless of where in the city they're located. Volunteers here help with food insecurity, hygiene products, food stamp access, and healthcare needs. You can make a difference as a delivery driver, client interviewer, inventory assistant, or a fundraiser. NNEMAP also accepts help from volunteer groups, if your friends, colleagues, or family would like to help contribute to a positive cause.

Worthington Resource Pantry

6700 Huntley Rd., Columbus, OH 43229

Based in Columbus, the Worthington Resource Pantry serves southern Delaware and northern Franklin counties. In addition to nutritious food, the Worthington Resource Pantry also distributes many essential personal care items to those in need. With a small leadership team and a large, dedicated group of volunteers, this food bank is able to reach more people every year. You can volunteer to help sort and package food, in order to make the distribution process as smooth as possible. The Worthington Resource Pantry also welcomes donations of food, funds, and personal care items.

Mid-Ohio Foodbank On-Site Pantry

3960 Brookham Dr., Grove City, OH 43123

The Mid-Ohio Foodbank On-Site Pantry is part of the larger Mid-Ohio Foodbank network, serving local communities in various ways for more than 40 years. The network is one of the largest of its kind in Ohio and reaches communities throughout the state through more than 680 partner organizations in addition to its own food pantry. With such a large network, there are many ways that you can get involved. Your donations of non-perishable food or funds are always welcome, with every donation playing a small part in distributing more than 140,000 meals every day. There are also many volunteer opportunities available, both at the On-Site Pantry and at other Mid-Ohio Foodbank locations around the state.

Freestore Foodbank

1141 Central Pkwy., Cincinnati, OH 45202

The Freestore Foodbank has a variety of locations around the Cincinnati area, including its main location on Central Parkway. This large food bank is part of the Feeding America network, with a variety of unique ways to contribute in addition to volunteering or donating directly. You can arrange a virtual food drive to raise money online, or participate in events like the Virtual Hunger Walk to help raise money for a diverse collection of local organizations which are working to address food insecurity around Cincinnati.

SEM Food Pantry

2020 Beechmont Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45230

The SEM Food Pantry provides support for those in need who are located in eastern Hamilton County and Clermont County, while establishing partnerships with other local organizations including the Freestore Foodbank. SEM Food Pantry operates a client-choice food pantry, which allows members to select their food as if they were at the store. You can volunteer to help by answering phones, helping clients choose food, stocking shelves, and collecting donations. If you aren't able to volunteer, donations of food and funds are crucial in helping SEM Food Pantry serve the community.

Lending a Hand

Every little bit adds up, so how will you show your love to organizations that work every day to make a difference in the lives of those in need?


Celebrate Summer With These 7 LoLo Gifts

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Need a pick-me-up to get you through the dog days of summer? The time is right for July's selection of fun freebies, brought to you courtesy of Cutler Real Estate and LoLo Gifts.

Northeast Ohio, Columbus, and Cincinnati are home to some incredible local businesses. Our agents at Cutler Real Estate have partnered with LoLo Gifts to help you discover these shops and restaurants with a monthly series of enticing special offers.

July Gifts:

Akron: $10 Certificate

Canton: Popcorn

Columbus: $10 Certificate

Medina: $10 Certificate

Kent/Stow: Latte & Cookie

Wooster: A Coffee

Cincinnati: Pint of Ice Cream

Akron: $10 Certificate

Michael's A.M.

1562 Akron Peninsula Rd., #120, Akron, OH 44313

You're never too old to follow Mom's advice about eating a healthy breakfast. Jumpstart your day with $10 toward an omelet, crepe, or pancakes at Michael's A.M.

About Michael's A.M.

For more than 35 years, busy Akronites have been heading to Michael's A.M. for breakfast, brunch, or lunch. Their scratch-made food with locally sourced ingredients has a number of readers' and viewers' choice awards from local media. With a wide range of hearty meals and a la carte offerings, Michael's A.M. accommodates any appetite and taste.

Contact and Hours


Monday - Saturday 7:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Canton: Popcorn

Nom Nom Popcorn Company

4866 Everhard Rd. NW, Canton, OH 44718

Whether you're a traditional purist or adventurous foodie, popcorn is the snack that puts a smile on everyone's face. Head to Nom Nom Popcorn Company to satisfy that crunchy craving.

About Nom Nom Popcorn Company

Founded in 2015, Nom Nom Popcorn Company is named for the distinctive chewing sound made by enthusiastic customers. All popcorn, whether plain or flavored, is made with fresh butter, real cheese, and other top-quality ingredients. Go classic with kettle or movie butter, or find a new favorite from unique flavors such as beer cheese soup, birthday cake, or peanut butter s'mores. 

Contact and Hours


Monday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Tuesday - Thursday 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Sunday Noon - 6 p.m.

Columbus: $10 Certificate

The Red Stable

223 E. Kossuth St., Columbus, OH 43206

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Looking for a one-of-a-kind gift or a new accessory to brighten up your home? You'll have a hard time settling on just one choice with your $10 certificate toward the delightful products at The Red Stable.

About The Red Stable

Located in historic German Village, The Red Stable was indeed a horse livery when it was built in 1872. Nearly 150 years later, the vividly colored building now serves as a gift shop featuring original products from more than 100 local artisans. Be sure to check out the second-floor art gallery, where prints of German Village, Columbus, and Oho are on display.

Contact and Hours


Monday - Saturday Noon - 8 p.m.
Sunday Noon - 7 p.m.

Medina: $10 Certificate

Lemonberry Frozen Yogurt

201 S. Court St., Medina, OH 44256

Nothing like a creamy, refreshing treat to cool down on a hot summer day in Ohio. You can't go wrong using your $10 certificate toward any of the luscious flavors found at Lemonberry Frozen Yogurt.

About Lemonberry Frozen Yogurt

"Have it your way" isn't just for burgers. Lemonberry Frozen Yogurt lets you choose your own flavors and toppings, so you can make your order as decadent or as healthy as you like. Following a specific diet? Don't feel left out. Lemonberry offers non- and low-fat, dairy-free, sugar-free, vegan, and gluten-free options. 

Contact and Hours


Monday - Saturday Noon - 10 p.m.

Kent/Stow: Latte & Cookie

Tree City Coffee & Pastry

135 E. Erie St., Kent, OH 44240

If it's a quick breakfast or comforting midday snack you're after, a latte and a cookie fits the bill. Stop by Tree City Coffee & Pastry for their "stay-put atmosphere and drive-thru convenience."

About Tree City Coffee & Pastry

As denoted by the use of Kent's popular nickname, Tree City Coffee & Pastry focuses on serving as a gathering spot for local residents and university students. The cafe regularly gives back through charitable donations to schools and service members. Tree City's high-quality coffee is organic and ethically sourced, while all desserts and pastries are baked in-house every morning.

Contact and Hours

Monday - Thursday 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Friday 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Wooster: A Coffee

Boo Bear's Brew

140 S. Walnut St., Wooster, OH 44691

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The name may be a tongue-twister, but Boo Bear's Brew serves "plain good coffee." Get your java fix to go or savor it with a cup of oatmeal, slice of cinnamon bread, or blueberry muffin.

About Boo Bear's Brew

While the coffee and baked goods are incredible, customers also return to Boo Bear's Brew for the warm, helpful service. The baristas are frequently profiled on the shop's Facebook page, which creates a welcoming atmosphere of family. Be sure to greet Otis, the adorable gray cat who is Boo Bear's official mascot.

Contact and Hours


Monday - Saturday 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sunday 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Cincinnati: Pint of Ice Cream

Aglamesis Bro's 

3046 Madison Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45209

In summer, ice cream takes on the status of a basic food group. Fulfill your basic daily requirement with a pint of one of the delicious flavors from Aglamesis Bro's, a Cincinnati tradition.

About Aglamesis Bro's

The original Aglamesis Bro's, Thomas and Nicholas, made their way to Cincinnati from Greece during the late 19th century. As sole support of their large family after the death of their father, the brothers learned the ice cream trade and opened their own ice cream parlor in 1908. Today, the third and fourth generations of the family carry on the tradition of first-class products and service.

Contact and Hours


Monday - Thursday 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Friday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Sunday Noon - 10 p.m.

Free Gifts Galore!

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This is not a one-off special. Each month brings a new selection of exciting offers curated by Cutler Real Estate and LoLo Gifts. Best of all, these gifts are completely free to you, just for participating.

Joining this exclusive group couldn't be any easier. Simply contact your Cutler Real Estate agent to get started.


Plan a Visit to These 9 County Fairs and Festivals Around Ohio

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With a charming mix of carnival rides, farm animals, and tasty food treats, county fairs are an iconic part of Midwest summers. In Ohio, these lively events date back literally hundreds of years. Mark your calendar for these must-see county fairs in Northeast Ohio, Columbus, and Cincinnati.

Medina County Fair

735 W. Smith Rd., Medina, OH 44256

Better late than never! After a year off, the Medina County Fair is celebrating its 175th anniversary during its 176th year. Traditional events, such as the popular livestock shows and bull riding contest, pay tribute to the fair's past. Live concerts, drag racing, and motocross are some of the entertainment options that highlight Medina's present. Kids can show off their creativity in coloring, art, writing, and hay bale decorating contests. The Medina County Fair runs from Monday, August 2 through Sunday, August 8. Admission is $7 for everyone 12 and over and $3 for kids aged 2-11.

Lorain County Fair

23000 Fairgrounds Rd., Wellington, OH 44090

Another Northeast Ohio tradition observes a milestone as the Lorain County Fair, second largest in the state, reaches its 175th year. Each summer, people head to the fair for one last celebration before Labor Day leads into fall. One of the event's goals is to educate the public about animals with showings of horses, sheep, and poultry, along with auctions and skill demonstrations. Evening entertainment includes live music, derbies, and a rodeo. Enjoy thrilling midway rides for only $1 each or $20 for unlimited rides. Gates open at 8 a.m. each day from Sunday, August 22 to Sunday, August 29. Admission is $6, with no charge for kids aged 8 and under. A $30 season pass is good for seven admissions.

Great Geauga County Fair

14373 N. Cheshire St., Burton, OH 44021

The Great Geauga County Fair is just shy of two centuries, but it's twice as much fun as fairs half its age. Founded in 1823, the Great Geauga is the oldest continuous county fair in the state as well as one of the oldest agricultural fairs in the United States. There's fun for the whole family at the Natural Resource Area, which features demonstrations and activities centered around wildlife and environmental awareness. And what's a fair without an apple pie-eating contest? If you're feeling lucky, try your hand at the other family-friendly competitions, including Diaper Dash, Kiddie Tractor Pull, and 4-H 5K. The fair takes place Thursday, September 2 through Monday, September 6. Admission is $10 for ages 7 and above. Buy advance tickets online to save $2 and avoid the lines.

Hartford Fair

14028 Fairgrounds Rd., Croton, OH 43013

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Billed as the "Biggest Little Fair in the World," the Hartford Fair encompasses Licking County along with portions of Delaware and Knox counties. The fair also has a reputation as a reunion spot, as families use the occasion for annual gatherings of relatives from across the distance. Fans of motorsports are in seventh heaven with truck and tractor pulls, autocross, demolition derbies, and monster truck rallies. Even during the fair's earlier days, racing was the main attraction, including a foot race when Maggie McComb beat out William Lane. Fair days run from Sunday, August 8 through Saturday, August 14. Admission is $8 for ages 8 and above.

Delaware County Fair

236 Pennsylvania Ave., Delaware, OH 43015

Who says the outdoor fun has to end with summer? Enjoy some post-Labor Day delights at the Delaware County Fair. Horses are the main event here, starting with the parade that kicks off the festivities and right up to the Little Brown Jug, the fair's signature harness race. The impressive motorsports complex is the site of demolition derbies, truck pulls, and even school bus races. With a wide range of activities from eating contests and putt-putt golf to scavenger hunts and kids' crafts, there's something for everyone. This year's fair is scheduled for Saturday, September 18 through Saturday, September 25. 

Hardin County Fair

14134 Letson Ave., Kenton, OH 43326

September means back to school, and kids won't need any encouragement to attend the "classroom" at the Hardin County Fair. One of the top activities is COSI on Wheels, a traveling outreach program that offers a variety of dynamic interactive experiments. A petting zoo and Columbus Zoo exhibit provide opportunities to get up close and personal with some fascinating animals and birds. Eli the Magician stars in two shows a day and strolls the grounds, delighting fairgoers with amazing tricks. These activities are all included in fair admission, which is $10 for everyone aged 9 and older. Fair dates are Tuesday, September 7 through Sunday, September 12. 

Hamilton County Fair

7700 Vine St., Cincinnati, OH 45216

Situated on 30 acres just north of Cincinnati, the Hamilton County Fair creates an interesting juxtaposition of agricultural and urban landscapes. City slickers get to learn about life on the farm, including a chance to try their hand at milking a cow. This year's grandstand events include go-kart racing and a soccer mom derby. Fire up your oven and prepare your best pies, cookies, breads, and cakes for the baking competitions. The Hamilton County Fair runs from Thursday, August 12 through Sunday, August 15. Admission is $10 per person, which includes all rides.

Allen County Fair

2750 Harding Hwy., Lima, OH 45804

On October 21, 1851, it was reported that a "vast throng" attended the first Allen County Fair at Faurot Farm. Today, more than 200,000 visitors attend the annual event, making it one of the top fairs in the state. One of the biggest draws is the top-name entertainment that takes the main stage each year. Vince Gill, Def Leppard, Alabama, and Reba McEntire are just a few of the stars who have appeared at the Allen County Fair. 2021 is no exception, with Brad Paisley as the headliner. Fair days are Friday, August 20 through Saturday, August 28. Admission is $7 for ages 7 and up.

Champaign County Fair

384 Park Ave., Urbana, OH 43078

The Champaign County Fair includes livestock shows, craft exhibits, and other traditional fair activities, but this year's event will also be a classic rock lover's dream. Opening night features a three-hour extravaganza with Beatles, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute bands. Fair dates are Friday, August 6 through Friday, August 13. Admission of $8 includes rides, while tickets for Rock the Fair are an additional $10.

Good Eats

Fair food is so popular that it has its own show on Food Network. What's the most memorable food you've eaten at a fair?


9 Places to Experience Ohio on Horseback

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Do you ever feel like you're always rushing to get somewhere? When you long to slow it down, unwind with the relaxed pace of a horseback ride. Enjoy this healthy and eco-friendly activity at one of these top riding facilities around Northeast Ohio, Columbus, and Cincinnati.

Chagrin Valley Farms 

9250 Washington St., Chagrin Falls, OH 44023

Chagrin Valley Farms has a mission to serve all riders through every stage of the "horsemanship cycle." Whether you're a veteran rider or a first-timer, their experienced staff will help you reach your goal. The 85-acre facility includes two heated indoor arenas and four outdoor rings along with pastures and trails. Group, private, and semi-private lessons are available for all ages. Newcomers take an introductory ride so instructors can accurately assess your level and make sure you receive optimum placement. Visit the website for information about their horsemanship camps for kids that are offered year-round.

River Road Horse Farm

1009 River Rd., Hinckley, OH 44233

For the owner and caretaker of River Road Horse Farm, horses and riding are literally their life. Both live on-site so they're easily accessible and stay responsive to the needs of the farm, including horses and riders. Owner Mark Palik, who purchased the farm in December 2011, is continually upgrading the facility to provide a superior experience for guests. One recent change was the addition of a second indoor arena. Lessons are offered for riders starting at age 5, so kids can get started on a lifelong appreciation of horsemanship. 

Stable Solutions Farm

12381 Easton St. NE, Alliance, OH 44601

Loree Stubblefield, owner of Stable Solutions Farm, knows firsthand how powerful the connection between people and horses can be. After Loree's father was stricken with a brain injury and her daughter was diagnosed with a heart condition, she made the decision to run the farm while caring for her family. Today, Stable Solutions is known for its many equine therapy programs, which benefit those with special physical, emotional, and social needs. Guests also love the miniature Australian shepherds raised by Loree's family, who are frequently wandering the grounds.

Sid Griffith Equestrian Center

7380 Scioto Darby Rd., Hilliard, OH 43026

The story of Sid Griffith, founder of the popular equestrian center than bears his name, is something of a legend. At the age of 11, when his parents refused to indulge his early love of horses, Sid began working at a dude ranch in order to earn riding time. After purchasing his first horse with money from his 16th birthday, Sid went on to an illustrious career riding, showing, and training horses. These days, Sid remains active running his full-service equestrian center along with his wife and their youngest daughter, an award-winning rider in her own right. 

Field of Dreams

1841 Unbridled Way, Blacklick, OH 43004

You would be forgiven for thinking Field of Dreams is a baseball diamond. The name refers to owner Jennifer Hansen's childhood dream to own a horse. After graduating from law school at Ohio State University, Jennifer finally got her wish and wanted to share the experience with other kids who also thought their dream was unattainable. In addition to offering traditional riding programs, Field of Dreams is the home of Dreams on Horseback, a non-profit organization founded by Jennifer that provides therapeutic riding programs.

Horse-N-Round Fun, LLC

Mount Sterling, OH 43143

Picture yourself on the back of a magnificent horse, enjoying the serenity of nature as you leave the rest of civilization behind. Horse-N-Round Fun, LLC conducts trail rides from 30 minutes to four hours for riders ages 10 and up. You'll pass through peaceful wooded areas, cross gentle streams, and share the space with wild turkeys, rabbits, deer, and other wildlife. If you have a specific trail you want to ride, Horse-N-Round Fun can also bring the horses to you. Hand-led trail rides are available for youngsters ages 4 and up so they don't have to be left out. Plans are in the works to offer riding lessons and other services, so watch their website for news.

Muddy Water Equestrian Park

10129 Mill Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45231

Does the idea of riding a horse appeal to you, but you're not quite confident you can handle it? Muddy Water Equestrian Park wants all visitors to be comfortable with their decision to ride. At 10:30 a.m. on the fourth Sunday of each month, they have a horseback riding seminar to help newbies become familiar with the experience. Afterward, you'll head out on the noon trail riding session. One-hour trail rides are held at noon, 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. each weekend for guests 8 years or older. Price is $30 per person, or $85 if you want to participate in the seminar. Younger kids can have their own staff-led pony rides for only $5.

Winton Woods Riding Center

10073 Daly Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45231

For nearly 70 years, Winton Woods Riding Center has been a leading equestrian facility serving the Cincinnati area. They are known for their outstanding instruction programs as well as their equestrian teams for middle and high school students. Team members get a chance to participate in competitions without having to own a horse. Each Saturday and Sunday at 5:30 p.m., one-hour trail rides are available for ages 7 and up with a fee of $45 per person. Guests are also welcome to bring their own horses and access the trail that's approximately five miles round trip.

East Fork Stables

2215 Snyder Rd., Batavia, OH 45103

Horses are definitely a family affair for George Wisbey, owner of East Fork Stables. As chief of the Cincinnati Fire Department, George's great-grandfather trained the department's horses and later founded the first retirement farm for the fire horses. George, his father, and his grandfather all had successful careers training horses for racing and movies, and his wife Judy runs the summer horse camp. East Fork Stables includes an indoor arena, a riding track around a lake, and 50 miles of trails to accommodate whatever experience you're looking for.

A Horse with No Name

Race horses are known for their quirky, colorful names. If you owned a horse, what name would you choose?


Enjoy the First Signs of Spring at These 9 Columbus Greenspaces

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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.


8 Walk-Worthy Parks for Spring Around Cincinnati

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From improving your mood to strengthening your immune system, there are many benefits of going outside and taking a walk. The Cincinnati area is full of parks and outdoor areas perfect for everyone, from hardcore hikers to casual dog walkers. 

Next time you want to get some exercise and enjoy the great outdoors, consider visiting one of these eight beautiful parks. 

Buttercup Valley Preserve

1558 Stanford Dr., Cincinnati, OH 45223

Located in Cincinnati's Northside neighborhood, Buttercup Valley Preserve is a great option for avid nature hikers. The trails are very wooded, with steep inclines that will offer you a bit of a challenge. This trail is nestled in the middle of some of the city's best neighborhoods and is an excellent getaway that will make you forget that you're still in the city. 

You'll find lots of flora and fauna in the preserve, including some trees that are over 200 years old. There are multiple walking and hiking trails here, including one that will provide a memorable view of Spring Grove Cemetery. 

Ault Park

5090 Observatory Circle, Cincinnati, OH 45208

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As the highest point in Hyde Park, Ault park offers stunning views of the city. It's home to a 1.4-mile walking, hiking, and mountain biking trail that is one of the city's best-kept secrets. 

This trail is hilly and will offer a bit of a challenge. However, once you get through it, you'll find that the beautiful views, scenery, and wildlife are well worth the effort. Many residents and visitors agree that this is one of the most beautiful parks in the Cincinnati area. 

Ohio River Trail

Riverside Dr. & Corbin St., Cincinnati, OH 45226

You can't beat the views on the Ohio River Trail. Once it's complete, this 23-mile trail will span along the north bank of the river. It runs from Coney Island through downtown to Sayler Park. While areas are still under construction, you can still enjoy 10 miles of it now. When it's completed, it will connect downtown to the Little Miami Scenic Trail and eventually extend all the way to Lake Erie. 

There are many fun things to do here, including swinging on the 2-3 person swings, splashing in the interactive fountain, and riding the carousel. This family-friendly series of trails are ideal for running, walking, and biking. It's perfect for people of all ages and fitness levels. 

Red Bird Hollow Trail

6168 Given Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45243

An easy urban trail with a lot of foot traffic, Red Bird Hollow Trail offers a nice walk near the river with plenty to see. It's a 3-mile in-and-out trail that's popular for running, hiking, and nature walks. We recommend starting at the top of the trail where you'll find plenty of parking spots. 

This trail is also dog-friendly, although you must keep your furry friend on a leash while your walk. Generally, it's safest and most pleasant to use this trail between April and October. 

French Park

3012 Section Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45237

One of the area's most underrated parks, French Park offers several looping trails that are good for walkers of all skill levels. Some areas offer a moderate challenge and a few inclines that might even qualify as strenuous. 

This is an excellent kid-friendly trail. Little ones especially love heading down by the creek to explore. When you finish your walk, plan to drive to the top of the park to enjoy a beautiful view and a picnic lunch.

Mt. Airy Forest

5083 Colerain Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45223

The 1,459-acre Mt. Airy Forest is Cincinnati's largest park. It offers miles of hiking trails, a multi-use mountain biking trail, and bridle trails for horseback riders. It also has an enclosed dog park, disc golf, and Ohio's only wheelchair-accessible public treehouse. There are also picnic tables, charcoal grills, and swing sets, so you and the family can relax and spend an entire day exploring the park and taking in the beautiful scenery. 

Mill Creek Greenway Trail 

Mill Creek Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45233

The multi-use Mill Creek Greenway Trail currently spans just three and a half miles along the historic Mill Creek. However, plans are in the works to someday extend it to run over 50 miles and link to the Ohio River Trail. 

There's a lot of cool stuff to see, including the Freedom Tree Edible Garden, where you're free to pick an apple or a pear and enjoy a tasty snack. You'll also want to visit the trail after dark so you can check out the 3/4-mile Space Walk, a 3.5-billion-to-one scale model of the solar system. Whether you prefer to walk, run, or bike, you'll want to add this trail to your list of "must-visit" sites.

California Woods Nature Preserve

5400 Kellogg Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45230

The 113-acre California Woods Nature Preserve features more than 200 species of plants and 53 species of trees. Lick Run Creek also runs through the preserve. Here you'll find small fish, kingfishers, snapping turtles, beavers, ducks, and more.

There's also a hummingbird and butterfly garden in front of the nature center. If you keep your eyes peeled, you might see some woodpeckers and great horned owls as well. When you hike these trails, there's a good chance you'll get so caught up in the scenery that you'll forget you're also exercising. 

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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


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


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


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


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


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


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.


Find the Perfect Christmas Tree at These 8 Farms Around Northeast Ohio

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The holidays are upon us in Cleveland and the surrounding areas. As always, one of our favorite parts of the season is heading out in search of the perfect Christmas tree.

Whether you're looking for a majestic, towering Douglas fir or a small Charlie Brown-esque tree in need of some love, you're in luck. These amazing Northeast Ohio Christmas tree farms offer something for everyone. 

Storeyland Christmas Tree Farm

5148 OH-7, Burghill, OH 44404

Family-owned Storeyland Christmas Tree Farm has been planting Christmas trees since 1954. Making a family trip to this beautiful farm has become a beloved holiday tradition over the last 50-plus years, often with a tractor-pulled hayride and bonfire thrown in for good measure. The farm spans more than 100 acres of evergreens, including Canaan fir, Fraser fir, blue spruce, Norway spruce, and white pine. Cut your own or choose from their extensive selection of pre-cut trees, specialty wreaths, and pine garland. 

Mountain Creek Tree Farm

7185 Williams Rd, Painesville, OH 44077

Whether you want to explore the fields searching for the perfect tree or choose from a vast selection of pre-cut trees, Mountain Creek Tree Farm has the goods. This third-generation family-owned farm has been in operation since 1949 and offers a beautiful 52-acre landscape of prime Christmas trees. From white pine and Norway spruce to Canaan fir and grand fir, Mountain Creek Tree Farm always offers many beautiful trees. You can also warm up by the fire in the gift barn while your tree is wrapped and prepared, but remember to bring a face covering and practice social distancing!

Wintergreen Tree Farm

3898 Winchell Rd, Mantua, OH 44255

Just a short drive from Cleveland and Akron, Wintergreen Tree Farm has been in business since 1986 and offers a great selection of pines, spruces, and firs. You can choose and cut your own tree from their picturesque rolling farmland, and the folks at the farm will be happy to wrap and prepare it for transport (this particular farm accepts cash and checks only). During the summer months, Wintergreen Tree Farm switches gears to offer pick-your-own blueberries and also offers chestnuts in autumn, making this a fun place to visit in any season. 

Sugargrove Tree Farm

1619 Township Rd 1455, Ashland, OH 44805

Sugargrove Tree Farm has been in the Christmas Tree business since 1984, but the farm itself goes back much further. The farm is one of Ashland County's oldest and has been continuously owned and operated by six generations of the same family since 1823. They offer pre-cut trees in four varieties—Canaan fir, Fraser fir, blue spruce, and white pine—and also provide tractor-pulled wagon rides into the field, where you can choose your own if none of the pre-cut offerings strikes your fancy. Only cash and checks are accepted (there's an ATM on-site), and masks are required on all wagon rides. 

Twinsberry Tree Farm

8916 Jefferson Rd, Shreve, OH 44676

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With cut-your-own, pre-cut, and live balled trees, Twinsberry Tree Farm has something for everyone. The farm itself has been a fixture of the Wayne County landscape since the 1930s, but it wasn't until the '70s that the Berry Family started dedicating 40 of its acres to growing Christmas trees. Their trees are grown pesticide-free, just as they have been on this 155-acre farm for more than 40 years. To help with social distancing, Twinsberry Tree Farm also provides an online store where you can pre-order a tree for pick-up. Handmade custom wreaths and greenery are available as well.

The Farms at Pine Tree Barn

4374 Shreve Rd, Wooster, OH 44691

A 150-acre farm populated by about 75,000 trees, the Farms at Pine Tree Barn offer a complete family Christmas experience. That experience might look a little different this year due to social distancing requirements. However, Pine Tree Barn is still one of Northeast Ohio's best places to get in the holiday spirit, including a fully stocked gift shop, on-site restaurant, and rides through the fields on the Pine Tree Express. You'll find not only the perfect tree, but there's a good chance you can also pick up unique, hand-made gifts for quite a few people on your list.

Sugar Pines Farm

9500 Mulberry Rd, Chesterland, OH 44026

A favorite Geauga County tree farm for more than 35 years, Sugar Pines Farm offers an incredible selection and a memorable tree-cutting experience. The farm spans more than 100 acres, including dozens of acres of cut-your-own trees. It's a safe bet that your family will find just the right tree for your home. The farm also offers a great selection of pre-cut trees if venturing out into the field isn't for you. Live balled trees are available too, and the folks at Sugar Pines Farm are currently offering barn-side pickup and delivery options to keep everybody safe during the 2020 holiday season.  

Medina Christmas Tree Farm

3301 Hamilton Rd, Medina, OH 44256

There's a tree for every family at Medina Christmas Tree Farm, including Norway spruce, blue spruce, Scotch pine, white pine, Austrian pine, Fraser fir, Canaan fir, and Concolor Fir. Select a mini tabletop-sized Christmas tree or a towering 15-foot giant from the pre-cut offerings, or explore the farm to pick your favorite among thousands of cut-your-own trees. Medina Christmas Tree Farm also offers handmade wreaths and fresh pine roping; you can even watch the process in person as the farmworkers create your special made-to-order wreath.

'Tis the Season

We're always excited to get out and find the perfect Christmas tree in Northeast Ohio. If we forgot to mention your favorite local tree farm, be sure to let us know in the comments section!


8 Places for Halloween Frights Around Ohio

Halloween Destinations Around Ohio - Cutler Real Estate

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!


September LoLo Gifts: Fall for These Free Treats

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What could possibly improve on the joys of fall in Ohio? How about the September lineup of freebies from Cutler Real Estate and LoLo Gifts? 

Each month, we partner with LoLo to provide an enticing assortment of location-specific offers from the best small businesses around Northeast Ohio, Columbus and Cincinnati. Brighten an already beautiful autumn day with one of these free treats.

September Gifts:

Canton: Any Drink

Akron: Small Pizza or Sub

Cincinnati: Latte and Pastry

Columbus: Pair of Pastries


Canton: Any Drink

Muggswigz Coffee & Tea Co.

5854 Fulton Dr. NW, Canton, OH 44718

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There's nothing cozier than hunkering down on a crisp fall afternoon with a hot drink. Choose your favorite or try a new flavor from the extensive selection at Muggswigz Coffee & Tea Co.

About Muggswigz Coffee & Tea Co.

In this fast-moving world, Muggswigz Coffee & Tea knows the best things in life take time. All coffee, including their signature espresso blend, is roasted in-house using fresh-roasted, specialty-grade Arabica beans. They also forgo conventional bagged tea in favor of whole leaf, or pekoe, which is the highest grade of the four types of tea. Muggswigz supports local artists by displaying their works inside the shop and hosting an open mic night each Monday.

Contact and Hours


Monday - Friday 6:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday 7 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Akron: Small Pizza or Sub

Papa-Roni's Pizza & Ice Cream

68 W. State St., Barberton, OH 44203

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There's something extra satisfying about food you can eat with your hands. Make your day with a tasty small pizza or oven-baked sub from Papa-Roni's Pizza & Ice Cream.

About Papa-Roni's Pizza & Ice Cream

In 2010, co-founders Bob Wilson and Dan Urbancic had a goal to combine the efficient business model of a chain restaurant with the down-home appeal of a community pizza joint. The result is nearly two dozen specialty pizzas and a dozen subs, prepared with consistent quality and served with a smile. Leave room for a scoop of Peanut Butter Swirl or Butter Pecan at Katie's Korner, their adjacent ice cream patio.

Contact and Hours


Sunday - Thursday 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Friday - Saturday 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. 

Cincinnati: Latte and Pastry

Mad Llama

5001 Kenwood Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45227

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Coffee ... it's not just for mornings. Jump-start your day or take a relaxing break with a latte from Mad Llama. Pair your drink with a delicious pastry such as their signature Llama bread, a rich swirl of chocolate and vanilla pound cake.

About Mad Llama

Who would think to name a coffee shop after an angry mammal? The creative, hard-working, and community-minded people at Mad Llama, who make nearly all of the food and beverages in-house. Their mouthwatering breakfast and lunch sandwiches, pastries, and coffee drinks are served all day. In a hurry? Order online and pick up your items using the convenient drive-thru window. 

Contact and Hours


Monday - Friday 6:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Columbus: Pair of Pastries

Short North Piece of Cake Bakery & Café

772 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43215

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Sharing some luscious baked goods with a loved one makes them even sweeter. Head to Short North Piece of Cake and enjoy a couple of cookies, cupcakes, or tarts with a friend or family member.

About Short North Piece of Cake Bakery & Café

At Short North Piece of Cake, the name may refer to how easy their baked goods go down when you eat them, but there's nothing simple about their incredible creations. Cupcakes, or "smiles with frosting," come in a variety of traditional and deluxe flavors, while cookies can be found in whimsical shapes such as flowers, flags, and yes, cupcakes. If you want a special cake for a wedding, birthday, or other occasion, the talented bakers will turn your most imaginative design into reality.

Contact and Hours


Tuesday - Friday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

"Fall" for Free Gifts Each Month

Free Gifts from LoLo and Cutler Real Estate Agents

The fun doesn't stop here. With each new month, members of our LoLo Gifts program look forward to seeing what fabulous freebies are coming their way.

Joining in is a "piece of cake." Just contact your Cutler Real Estate agent and get ready for the treats to start rolling in!


See Changing Leaves Around Ohio at These 9 Places

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Fall is a wonderful time of the year in Ohio. The cool autumn breeze, the spooky arrival of Halloween festivities, and the many community festivals make this our favorite season for living in Ohio. Of course, you can't mention fall in Ohio without noting the gorgeous colors of the changing leaves.

Northeast Ohio

Cuyahoga Valley National Park

15610 Vaughn Rd., Brecksville, OH 44141

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Residents of Akron and Cleveland will agree that a trip to the Cuyahoga Valley National Park does wonders for the soul. A great place to reconnect with nature, there's so much to see and do in this national park that it's not surprising that it draws visitors from near and far each year. During the autumn, the Cuyahoga River weaves its way through rolling hills, farmland, and forests, glistening brightly as it collects falling leaves from the changing trees. With more than 125 miles of trail to hike, Cuyahoga Valley National Park is a must-visit in autumn for anyone who loves to embrace the season's beauty.

Eagles Creek Nature Preserve

Center Rd., Garrettsville, OH 44231

A few miles southeast of Cleveland is the Eagles Creek Nature Preserve which is full of Northeast Ohio's wonderfully diverse plants and animals. The landscape varies from marshes and swamps to woodlands and forests, offering a truly exceptional view into the many habitats that house such interesting biodiversity. Manageable trails lead you into this underrated gem, providing you with privacy and peace while you gaze at mix of yellows, reds, oranges, and browns that paint a stunning portrait.

Beaver Creek State Park

12021 Echo Dell Road, East Liverpool, OH 43920

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Do you want a little outdoor adventure to mix in with your sightseeing? Then head to Beaver Creek State Park to watch the leaves change as you cruise down the Little Beaver Creek on a canoe. If you'd rather stay on land, you can hike the many trails on foot, atop a mountain bike, or on horseback. Whichever you choose, make sure you bring your camera to photograph the dazzling colors of this rugged landscape.


Tar Hollow State Park

16396 Tar Hollow Rd., Laurelville, OH 43135

Immerse yourself in the dense woodlands and deep ravines of Tar Hollow State Park as you get lost in the beauty of the Appalachian Plateau. A walk through Tar Hollow State Park will make you feel like you're in the wilderness worlds away from Columbus. Turkeys, turtles, skinks, snakes, and more call this area of Ohio home. A stroll through Tar Hollow's 604-acres offers a great way to see the changing of the leaves, only rivaled by the beautiful colors that spring back to life once winter ends.

Scioto Audubon Metro Park

400 W. Whittier St., Columbus, OH 43215

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Downtown Columbus may be a bustling cityscape, but the Scioto Audubon Metro Park offers an opportunity to get back in touch with nature just a few blocks from the skyscrapers. The park covers 120-acres of previously industrial land, now refreshed as a thriving oasis where wildlife flourishes. The views along the Scioto River, chirping of the birds, and miles of multi-use trails are ideal for working professionals who only have a small period of time to escape from the daily grind. Because it's so close to home, you can visit every weekend and watch as the landscape changes from green to bright reds.

Grand Lake St. Marys State Park

834 Edgewater Dr., St. Marys, OH 45885

Where better to see the leaves change than from the water? The popular boating destination of Grand Lake St. Marys State Park is a beachside paradise where you can relax on or offshore and watch the trees transform around you. We think that this state park is a wonderful place to take the kids for an overnight stay, as fishing, hiking, hunting, and boating opportunities sit alongside volleyball courts, horseshoe pits, a playground, basketball courts, and an off-leash dog park.


Shawnee State Park

4404 OH-125, West Portsmouth, OH 45663

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Nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, the Shawnee State Forest is a breathtaking place to become one with nature. Totaling 1100-acres of the 63,000-acre forest, Shawnee State Park is a fantastic place for a weekend getaway with the family. This state park is a popular place to hunt, fish, boat, and hike, offering you the opportunity to take in the changing of the leaves on the banks of the Ohio River. The Shawnee Lodge & Conference Center is within the forest, making it a perfect location to enjoy unspoiled nature during the day before returning to cozy creature comforts at night.

Mt. Airy Forest

5083 Colerain Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45223

You don't have to leave Cincinnati's city limits to enjoy a getaway in nature. Mt. Airy Forest was one of the earliest urban reforestation projects in the country and now provides nearly 1500-acres of multi-use space for hiking, biking, picnicking, and more. Mt. Airy's accessibility isn't limited to its proximity to the city. The forest has an enclosed dog park for hikers to let their pets run free and also houses the state's sole public treehouse that is accessible for those using a wheelchair.

Scioto Trail State Park

144 Lake Rd., Chillicothe, OH 45601

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Equal distance between Cincinnati and Columbus, Scioto Trail State Park is a fantastic destination to watch the leaves change this autumn. This park is within the 9,000-acre Scioto Trail State Forest but only encompasses 218-acres, making it an easy state park to tackle in a single trip. Bordering the Scioto River, this area offers amazing views of the Scioto River Valley. Bring a fishing rod to cast a line in the river or pack up the camping gear and spend an early-fall evening enjoying the quiet swaying of the trees.

Ohio Leaf Peeping

Where is your favorite spot around Ohio to see the leaves change? 


Northeast Ohio Honey: These 8 Places Are the Bee's Knees

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Living in Northeast Ohio grants us access to acres of farm-fresh foods, including the oh-so-sweet local honey that we love to drizzle on everything we can. After much taste-testing, we've found that these nine places are the bee's knees for honey in Northeast Ohio.

Jacobs Heritage Farm

2196 Jacoby Rd., Copley, OH 44321

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A fourth-generation farm that's been restored and preserved, Jacobs Heritage Farm includes a honey bee preserve. If their name sounds familiar, it's likely because you've seen their honey for sale at markets and stores throughout the area such as Target. A stop at Jacobs Heritage Farm is a must as they have much more than just their raw honey. You can also pick up meat and eggs from their livestock as well as firewood, antiques, plants, natural soaps, and plenty of other locally produced goods.

Heavenly Hill Farm

18375 State Road, North Royalton, OH 44133

Heavenly Hill Farm is well…heavenly! From apple picking and hayrides to pumpkin patch playing, cider tasting, and market strolling, it's easy to spend hours of your weekend at Heavenly Hill Farm with your family. Of course, if you're just looking to pick up a quick batch of honey, you can easily grab a jar fresh from the hive in their market.

Arrowhead Orchard

11724 Lisbon St., Paris, OH 44669

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You probably already know Arrowhead Orchard as the home of the crispy and juicy apples Paris residents love, but you should know that their farm produces much more than a single fruit. Along with apples, you'll find delicious raw honey, ciders, homemade goods, sunflowers, vegetables, and other fruits throughout the property. Best of all, in the fall parents can enjoy a leisurely stroll around the market while their children have fun in the corn maze, on a hayride, or engaging in other fun activities.

Sheffield Farms

5100 Richelieu Ave., Sheffield Lake, OH 44054

Sheffield Farms believes that when it comes to knowing exactly what goes into your honey, too many big-name producers say "it's none of your beeswax." The local producers at Sheffield Farms insist that their customers understand what's in – and what's left out of – their honey. Their honeybees are housed according to organic practices and every batch of honey is free of additives, miticides, antibiotics, chemicals, and pasteurization. No matter if you're picking up raw honey, comb honey, propolis, or other beeswax products, you can confidently purchase knowing that their products are as natural as it gets.

Wade's Fruit Farm

12915 Warren Rd., Paris, OH 44669

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Wade's Fruit Farm is a pick-your-own farm located in Paris. While they are open throughout the year, their operating hours will vary depending on season and harvest. Blueberries and black raspberries are among their most popular fruit and vegetable offerings but you can usually find their fresh honey, cider, and eggs all year long. We especially love Wade's Fruit Farm because they offer their own unique blueberry honey made from the bees and blueberries that call their farm home. Imagine making blueberry pancakes, blueberry waffles, or blueberry French toast and topping it with delicious blueberry honey.

Kall Christmas Tree Farm

3605 Foskett Rd., Medina, OH 44256

If you've only visited Kall Christmas Tree Farm during the holiday season, then you've been missing out on their year-round supply of honey, beeswax candles, snacks, and other products available in their gift shop. Raw honey, strained honey, wildflower honey, and beeswax candles are just a few things you'll find around their farm, which includes a refreshment stand and cuddly farm animals. While you can stop by throughout the year, Kall Christmas Tree Farm encourages you to call ahead outside of the Christmas tree season so they can ensure that they'll be able to provide you with the specific honey you want.

Plum Creek Farm

66 Station Rd., Valley City, OH 44280

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For over 100 years, the family at Plum Creek Farm have tended to their land and livestock to produce free-range eggs, meats, jams, honey, and more throughout the year. Their goal is to deliver farmers market quality at prices that allow all residents of Valley City to enjoy a fresh farm to table experience at home. All honey is produced from hives on the farm and all of their animals are raised cage-free with ethical standards and are not fed hormones or antibiotics. A great family farm that's been a staple of Valley City for a century, Plum Creek Farm is one of the best places to sample the freshest foods from Northeast Ohio.

Hamey's Apiary Hives & Honey

6894 Smith Rd., Medina, OH 44256

Would you love to responsibly source honey from your own backyard? Then make a stop at Hamey's Apiary Hives & Honey. Not only do they bottle and sell their own local honey, but they also sell pollen for consumption and bee colonies so you can source your own honey at home. All bees are descended from their own Select Breeder Queens and are able to excel even in the winter months. Sample Hamey's honey then make your own batch! Your support of Hamey's Apiary also helps them donate colonies and host educational events each year.

A Taste of Honey

Do you know of any other sweet places to find local honey around Northeast Ohio? Let us know where we should make a beeline for honey in the comments below.


It's National Dog Day! Visit These 10 Parks Around Columbus

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We might still be social distancing from humans, but there's no reason we can't spend some quality time with our furry friends! National Dog Day is coming up soon, and we can't think of a better way to celebrate than to grab Fido's leash and head out to the dog park! 

There are many great dog parks in the Columbus area. Some have amenities like picnic areas, agility courses, and more. Here are a few of our favorites. 

Three Creeks Dog Park

3066 Spangler Rd., Columbus, OH 43207

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Three Creeks Dog park is managed by the City of Columbus Parks and Recreation Department. It offers 4 acres of space for your dog to romp and play. With separate fenced-in areas for small and large dogs and benches for their humans to relax, everyone will have a great time. The nearby picnic areas are also pet-friendly as long as your dog is on a leash. So plan to pack a lunch and make a day of it! 

Scioto Audubon Dog Park

347 Maier Place, Columbus, OH 43215

Not only does Scioto Audubon Dog Park have separate areas for large and small dogs, but it also has an agility course! It features 2.5 acres of space and also has a nearby pet-friendly picnic area. Outside of the park, there are miles of trails you can walk or jog with your dog. Choose to either take a trail through the park or follow the trail that runs along the Scioto River.

Brooksedge Park Bark Park

708 Park Meadow Rd., Westerville, OH 43081

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With just short of 4 acres of space, this well-appointed dog park has two large-dog areas and one small dog area. It also offers visitors an agility course, a water hydrant, a waste bag dispenser, a portable restroom, a picnic table, and benches. The 20 onsite parking spots also make this one of the most convenient local parks to visit. 

Godown Park

6099 Godown Rd., Columbus, OH 43235

The 10-acre Godwin Park has a one-acre small dog section and a 4-acre area for large dogs to play. It's a favorite among locals thanks to having plenty of trees that provide much-needed shade. There are also several benches, a dog water fountain, and walking trails that wind through the park. 

Frank Fetch Park 

228 E. Beck St., Columbus, OH 43206

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The perfect small dog park for those who want to sit and relax, the Frank Fetch Memorial Park was modeled after a 19th Century German "Bier Garten." It features extensive landscaping, decorative lights, brick walkways, and picnic tables where you can sit and enjoy a cup of coffee with a friend while your dogs play.

A wrought iron fence gives the park an "old world" look that you're sure to love. It's also well-appointed with plenty of doggie bags and water stations. 

Big Walnut Dog Park

5000 E. Livingston Ave., Columbus, OH 43227

Visitors to Big Walnut Dog Park will enjoy the open space and the separate play areas for large and small dogs. There's also ample parking, a portable restroom, and picnic tables. This park doesn't provide water for the dogs, so make sure you bring your own! 

Pizzurro Dog Park

940 S. Hamilton Rd., Gahanna, OH 43230

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In addition to its other amenities, the 23-acre Pizzurro Park features a 4-acre, fenced-in, off-leash dog park. There's a separate area for dogs under 25 pounds and an agility course for dogs of all sizes. There's also a paved trail through the large-dog area, which makes it wheelchair friendly. There are restrooms on-site and trails where you can walk or jog with your dog on-leash. 

Wheeler Dog Park

725 Thurber Dr. W, Columbus, OH 43215

Locals love visiting the Wheeler Dog Park. It features separate large and small dog areas, a picnic table, and benches. There's no onsite parking here, but it's easy to park on the curb and walk. It's also extremely popular with residents who live within walking distance from the park.  

Heritage Trail

7262 Hayden Run Rd., Hilliard, OH 43026

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Do you enjoy running with your dog? Then you'll love the 6.1-mile, dog-friendly Heritage Trail. This paved trail runs from downtown to Cemetary Pike. There's also a 4-acre off-leash dog park with separate fenced-in areas for small and large dogs to play. 

Friends of Alum Creek Dog Park 

3993 Hollenback Rd., Lewis Center, OH 43035

Like most dog parks in the area, this park offers separate play areas for large and small dogs. It's also light, so dogs and their owners can continue to safely play after the sun goes down. There are also three fenced water areas for those dogs who love to swim!

Want to help out? This park has a monthly meetup on the last Saturday of each month from 10 am until noon. This is a great way to meet like-minded people (and their dogs!) while also working on small improvement projects around the park. 

Time for Tail-Waggin' Fun! 

Which area park do you think your furry friend will love the most? 


July LoLo Gifts: Indulge at These Ohio Eateries

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Do you like to try before you buy? Then you'll love this month's freebies from LoLo Gifts, brought to you by Cutler Real Estate.

Northeast Ohio, Cincinnati, and Columbus are home to a wide variety of local businesses offering the best in goods and services. Cutler Real Estate and LoLo Gifts are pleased to help you discover these small businesses through our monthly program of free treats.


July Gifts:

Canton: Two-Topping Mini-Pizza

Cincinnati: Olive Oil or Vinegar

Akron: Bread, Cookies or Scones

Columbus: Two Double-Dip Ice Cream Cones OR Quart of Ice Cream


Canton: Two-Topping Mini-Pizza

Expresso Pizza

123 Nassau St. W., East Canton, OH 44730

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What's not to love about pizza? Stop in at Expresso Pizza and pick up a personal mini-pizza with your choice of any two toppings.

About Expresso Pizza

Pizza's beauty lies in its simplicity, and Expresso Pizza makes sure they get all the components right. Their pies are prepared with dough made from scratch each day. Fresh, high-quality toppings complete the equation. Expresso Pizza's entire menu, including subs, pasta, and fried chicken, is available for carry-out or delivery. 

Contact and Hours


Monday - Thursday 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Friday - Saturday 11 a.m. - midnight
Sunday Noon - 11 p.m.


Cincinnati: Olive Oil or Vinegar

The Spicy Olive

7671 Cox Lane, West Chester, OH 45069

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Want to add some zest to your favorite recipes? Head to The Spicy Olive for a free bottle of flavored olive oil or balsamic vinegar.

About The Spicy Olive

Premium ingredients transform an average dish to a truly memorable one. Melanie, owner of The Spicy Olive, sells only fresh olive oil that's full of flavor and health benefits. The balsamic vinegars are aged from 12-18 years and come directly from Modena, a historic Italian city noted for its cuisine. Gourmet flavors include basil, honey ginger, and blood orange.

Contact and Hours


Monday - Thursday 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Friday 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Sunday Noon - 5 p.m.


Akron: Bread, Cookies or Scones


3067 W. Market St., Fairlawn, OH 44333

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Whether your tastes run to sweet or savory, you'll find what you're looking for at BREADS. Choose your favorite bread, cookie, or scone from an assortment of delectable flavors.


Are you tired of overly processed baked goods that all taste the same? For more than 18 years, BREADS has been following the artisan process pioneered by top European bakers. Non-processed flours, grains, seeds, fruits, and herbs are in, while artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives are out. Offerings rotate daily from a selection of flavors including pepperjack sourdough, raspberry scones and carrot cake cookies.

Contact and Hours


Tuesday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Saturday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


Columbus: Two Double-Dip Ice Cream Cones OR Quart of Ice Cream

Clown Cones & Confections

3431-F Cleveland Ave., Columbus, OH 43224

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Nothing caps off a lazy summer day better than some refreshing ice cream. Enjoy double-dip cones for two or a quart of ice cream for the family from the 39 flavors at Clown Cones & Confections.

About Clown Cones & Confections

Everyone's a kid at Clown Cones & Confections, which carries a seemingly endless selection of ice cream and candy to satisfy any sweet tooth. The 39 flavors of ice cream include classics as well as unique blends like Elephant Ear and Buckeyelicious. Candy choices run from modern-day Snickers and Twizzlers to nostalgic items such as Pop Rocks, Laffy Taffy and Nik-L-Nip. 

Contact and Hours


Monday - Saturday 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Sunday Noon - 7 p.m.

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At Cutler Real Estate, we treat all our clients like VIPs. The monthly LoLo Gifts program is offered free of charge to help you discover the amazing local businesses around Northeast Ohio.

Ready to get started? Just contact your Cutler Real Estate agent.


Northeast Ohio: How to Spend 24 Hours in Hartville

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Hartville is a historic village that's home to approximately 3,000 people, and each year this charming spot draws upwards of two million visitors. Explore the delights Hartville has to offer with this look at how to spend a fun 24 hours in this popular community.


Quail's Covey Bed & Breakfast

3631 Swamp St. NE, Hartville, OH 44832

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Visit Quail's Covey Bed & Breakfast and you'll truly enjoy the comforts of home. The stunning Tudor-style house features a comfy great room and cozy sunroom where you can read, play games or simply relax. Stroll the peaceful grounds and view the gardens, waterfall, koi pond, and bass-filled lake with swans Gracie and George. Fall asleep to the sounds of waterfalls and wildlife, then wake to the scent of Charlotte's homemade apple dumplings. Call 330.312.0083 for reservations.

Comfort Suites Hartville-North Canton

953 Edison St. NW, Hartville, OH 44632

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Visiting Hartville became even more convenient with the opening of Comfort Suites Hartville-North Canton, the first hotel of any kind in the area. Pet-friendly Comfort Suites is within walking distance of the famous Marketplace & Flea Market, hardware store, and other Hartville attractions. Hotel amenities include free WiFi and hot breakfast, flat-screen TVs, fitness center, heated pool, and hot tub. Call 330.587.4347 for reservations.


Hartville Marketplace & Flea Market

1289 Edison St. NW, Hartville, OH 44632

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Recognized as one of the top 20 flea markets in the United States, family-owned Hartville Marketplace & Flea Market celebrated its 80th anniversary in 2019. The 12-acre grounds, largest in the country, accommodate 1,000 vendors displaying everything from antiques to collectibles to fresh produce. There's also a full calendar of events such as specialty markets, craft workshops, and movie nights. Weather isn't cooperating? No problem! Spend the day browsing the three-acre indoor marketplace, which includes dozens of vendors along with Sarah's Market Fresh Grill and The Coffee Mill. Hours are 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

The Shops at Hartville Kitchen

1015 Edison St. NW, Hartville, OH 44632

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From jewelry by Alex and Ani and Pandora, to bags from Vera Bradley and Brighton, The Shops at Hartville Kitchen have something for everyone. Shop for gifts or treat yourself to figurines by Swarovski, shoes by Crocs, or apparel from Life is Good. Don't forget to browse the Children's Shoppe for toys, clothing, and other essentials. The Shops at Hartville Kitchen is open 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday through Saturday.

Hartville Hardware & Lumber

1315 Edison St. NW, Hartville, OH, 44632

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Hardware stores may not be on the must-see list in other cities, but Hartville Hardware & Lumber is on a level of its own. Founded in 1947 as a general farm store, Hartville Hardware has grown to become the largest independent hardware store in the country. With nearly seven acres under its roof, the store includes unique features such as Idea House, a complete 1,850-square-foot showcase home, and the Row House, a facade of various architectural styles. Check out the Farm and Pet area, which features a section of the original livestock auction barn from Hartville Hardware's humble beginnings. Hours are 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday.

Best Bib and Tucker

127 Mill St. SE, Hartville, OH 44632

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Tired of looking at the same things in national clothing store chains? It's easy to put together a one-of-a-kind wardrobe at Best Bib and Tucker. Mother-and-daughter team Barb and Megan Wise's stylish boutique combines high-fashion consignment items with a carefully curated selection of jewelry, handbags, and accessories from their buying trips to Chicago. Sign up for the BBT newsletter and get birthday discounts, secret sales, and other perks. Hours are 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday and 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.


Peace, Love & Little Donuts

115 S. Prospect Ave., Hartville, OH 44632

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Peace, Love & Little Donuts is the result of a fortunate mistake made by founders Ron and Marci when their used fryer produced tennis ball-sized cakes. By the time the couple realized they had simply assembled the machine incorrectly, they had a hit on their hands. The range of creative flavors, including salted caramel macchiato, Fruity Pebbles, and Robert Brulee, is enough to make Homer Simpson's head spin. Phone ahead and your order will be ready for pickup when you arrive. Hours are 7 a.m. - 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturday, and 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. Sunday.

Hartville Kitchen Restaurant & Bakery

1015 Edison St. NW, Hartville, OH 44632

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Hartville Kitchen Restaurant & Bakery is part of the same family-owned group operating Hartville Hardware, Hartville Marketplace & Flea Market and Hartville Collectibles. After more than 50 years, Hartville Kitchen is still serving tasty homemade meals created from the recipes handed down by grandma Soloma Miller. The menu features comfort food classics such as hot roast beef sandwiches, chicken noodle soup, and breaded pork chops. Don't leave without pastries, pie, or breads from the onsite bakery. Plan a special night out at one of Hartville Kitchen's dinner shows featuring comedians, musical actsm and tribute bands. Hartville Kitchen is open 11 p.m. - 8 p.m. every day but Wednesday and Sunday.

Carlo's Trattoria

733 W. Maple St., Hartville, OH 44632

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Italian restaurants are appropriate for every occasion from a family dinner to a romantic date night for two. In fact, true love led to the opening of Carlo's Trattoria when the restaurant's namesake met his future wife on a cruise ship and followed her back to her hometown of Hartville. Carlo's signature dish is the plate-sized stromboli, a turnover-style sandwich loaded with cheese, sauce, and fillings. Other customer favorites include chicken Parmigiano and lasagna. Hours are 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon - 9  p.m. Sunday.


Quail Hollow Park

13480 Congress Lake Ave. NE, Hartville, OH 44632

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When you want to spend some quiet time away from it all, you're just minutes from scenic Quail Hollow Park. Explore the 700 acres of meadows, marshes, and woods on foot, horseback, or mountain bike or try your luck fishing in Shady Lane Pond. Leashed dogs are welcome on the trails. The nature center is open weekends for live animal exhibits and interactive educational programs. Cross-country skiing, skating, and sledding are available Saturdays and Sundays during winter for a minimal fee. Quail Hollow Park is open sunrise to sunset seven days a week.

The 'Hart' of Ohio

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

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

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


June Gifts: 

Canton: Small Drink Combo

Cincinnati: Wrap, Juice or Smoothie

Akron: Gourmet Hot Dog

Columbus: Board Game Rental


Canton: Small Drink Combo


32 Erie St. S., Massillon, OH 44646

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

About Healthalicious

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

Contact and Hours


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

Cincinnati: Wrap, Juice, or Smoothie

Total Juice +

631 Vine St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

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

About Total Juice +

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

Contact and Hours


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

Akron: Gourmet Hot Dog

Stray Dog Cafe

75 S. Main St., Akron, OH 44308

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

About Stray Dog Cafe

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

Contact and Hours


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

Columbus: Board Game Rental

Tabletop Game Café

4316 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43214

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

About Tabletop Game Café

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

Contact and Hours


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

Love Freebies?

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

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


Columbus: Where to Give Blood On World Blood Donor Day

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Could you spare a pint of blood for those in need throughout Columbus?

Believe it or not, you can "bleed" for a good cause without any pain or discomfort. In fact, a few minutes sitting on a comfortable chair is all that's needed to save a number of lives. Donating blood is one of the easiest, yet most selfless acts that you can do. If you've never donated blood before or haven't in a few years, now is the perfect time to perform such a heroic deed.

June 14th, 2020, is World Blood Donor Day. Organized by the World Health Organization, World Blood Donor Day is an annual event designed to raise awareness and spread education about the many benefits of blood donation. This international celebration unites us all in a quest to preserve the wellbeing of our communities with the life-saving gift of blood.

World Blood Donor Day began in 2004 in an attempt to raise awareness of the need for safe, clean blood, as well as to recognize the many selfless donors who voluntarily save the lives of thousands by simply donating their blood a few times each year.

Why are Blood Donations so Vital?

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Think about how much any donation can impact a community. A few dollars can feed a person struggling with homelessness, a few donated clothing can help a family, and a few hours of volunteering can benefit countless members of our society. While time, money, and effort can go a long way in helping our fellow neighbors, blood donations can make quite an impact in ways that we may not even realize.

Like other donations, blood donations are used in a variety of ways. In some cases, donated blood is used in planned medical treatments such as blood transfusions. Donated blood is also used to facilitate urgent medical interventions, such as when an individual has lost a significant volume of their own blood due to an accident, injury, or natural disaster.

What many individuals, even some donors, don't know is that blood is also used for healthcare in other, long-term ways. Many blood donations are saved in a blood bank for future use while others are sent overseas to countries that do not have safe or sufficient quantities of blood. Blood plasma donations can also be used for other medical treatments.

Facts About Blood Donations

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When you donate blood, every drop counts. While it may seem odd to think that something every human has is in short supply around the world, the reality is that there are thousands if not millions of men, women, and children across the globe that cannot obtain the clean, safe blood that they desperately need to restore their health. Here are a few vital facts about blood donations that we believe you should know:

  • A single blood donation can save as many as three lives.

  • Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs a blood donation.

  • 62 percent of the population is ineligible to donate blood.

  • Type O blood is the most requested blood by hospitals, because Type O negative can be given to all blood types, but only 7 percent of the population in the United States are Type 0 negative.

  • Blood cannot be manufactured artificially; it must be donated from volunteers.

  • Over 117 million blood donations are collected around the world each year.

  • Over 65 countries collect less than 10 donations per 1,000 people.

  • Blood transfusions account for 75 percent of adults over the age of 65 in high-income countries.

  • Nearly 80 countries around the world rely on voluntary unpaid blood donations for 90-100 percent of their blood supply.

  • Blood transfusions account for 52 percent of children under the age of 5 in low-income countries.

Frequently Asked Questions About Blood Donations

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Would you like to learn more about donating blood? Here are a few frequently asked questions prospective donors inquire about via the American Red Cross:

  • How old do I need to be to give blood?
    Most states require a donor be 17 years of age or older, but some states do allow 16-year-old individuals to donate with parental consent.

  • How often can I donate blood?
    A donor may donate blood at most once every 8 to 16 weeks.

  • Does donating blood hurt?
    When the needle is inserted into your arm, you may feel a quick, small pinch.

  • When will my body regenerate my blood?
    While your red blood cells require around six weeks to regenerate, your plasma will regenerate within one day.

  • How long does a blood donation take?
    On average, the actually donating process takes around 10 minutes. However, the registration process and recovery process will add time to your visit. Budget around one full hour to complete the full process.

June Blood Drives Around Columbus

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Friday, June 12, 2020
  • Capital University Student Union
    745 Pleasant Ridge Ave., Columbus, OH 43209

Saturday, June 13, 2020

  • Polaris Fashion Place
    1540 Polaris Parkway, Columbus, OH 43240

Sunday, June 14, 2020

  • New Life Church
    3690 N. Stygler Rd., Gahanna, OH 43230

Monday, June 15, 2020

  • American Red Cross
    995 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43205

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

  • Mount Carmel New Albany Surgical Hospital
    7277 Smiths Mill Rd., New Albany, OH 43054

Friday, June 19, 2020

  • Molina Healthcare
    3000 Corporate Exchange Dr., Columbus, OH 43231

Note that many locations may require signup prior to donating, but these blood donation events are far from the only opportunities for donation. Nearly every day of the year, there's a way for you to donate blood around the Columbus area. There are also a number of blood buses that schedule frequent stops at popular locations such as shopping plazas, community centers, and school campuses.

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Brighten Your Deck with Flowers from These Columbus Greenhouses

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Summer is the perfect time to breathe new life into your deck and landscaping with beautiful flowers, shrubs, and patio plants. These greenhouses around Columbus will help you find what you need to spruce up your yard this season.

deMonye's Greenhouse, Inc.

2500 Airport Drive, Columbus, OH

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deMonye's Greenhouse has been family-owned and operated since 1929, so they must be doing something right! Their growers have over 50 years of experience in growing healthy plants, and their staff is happy to help you pick the perfect plants. You'll find succulents, annuals, perennials, tropicals, and garden vegetable plants. And if you're unsure about what plants to choose for front porch planters, you've come to the right place. deMonye's custom planters will talk with you about what plants you like and then plant them in a planter for you.

Oakland Nurseries

1156 Oakland Park Ave., Columbus, OH

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If spring has inspired you to improve your landscaping, you'll find a very large selection at Oakland Nurseries. The staff is trained in horticulture, so they'll be able to offer knowledgeable advice about their plants as well as what would work well in your yard's conditions. You'll find many unique and exotic plants, shrubs, ornamental and shade trees, houseplants, succulents, and bonsai plants. The nursery also has plenty of fruit, nut, and vegetable plants, seeds, bulbs, and gardening accessories as well as annual, perennial, and patio plants. Whatever you're looking for, you'll most likely find it at Oakland Nurseries.

Strader's Garden Center

1354 King Ave., Columbus, OH

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Strader's Garden Center has thousands of shrubs and trees to choose from, and if you don't have a green thumb, don't worry—most come with a one-year guarantee. You'll also find flowering plants to brighten your garden with, as well as indoor plants to bring a touch of nature inside. A variety of organic products are available, including lawn foods, plant foods, potting mixes, and supplements. And if you'd like to attract birds to your yard this spring, you'll find a good selection of bird feeders and seed.

Dill's Greenhouse

800 Rager Road, Groveport, OH

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Dill's Greenhouse is an area mainstay, located southeast of Columbus between Groveport and Canal Winchester. Their original greenhouses were built in 1923, and the business has grown exponentially since then. Family-owned Dill's Greenhouse grows their own annuals, perennials, vegetable plants, and hanging baskets, and they have 10 acres of production and retail areas. Most of their trees and shrubs are grown in Ohio, so they're not traveling long distances, and you know they'll thrive in the state's climate. You'll also find natural and organic products to help your garden grow, including insecticides, fungicides, herbicides, and fertilizers.

Hoover Gardens & Gift Center

182 N. Sunbury Road, Westerville, OH

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You'll be able to check off your list of exterior and interior landscaping needs at Hoover Gardens & Gift Center, since they carry everything from pond care items to trees and shrubs. They pride themselves on great customer service and even host an annual spring festival as well as other events throughout the year. And if you'd like to learn more about particular gardening topics, check out their seminars and workshops, which include topics such as herb and fairy gardens. And before you take your purchases home with you, take time to pet Smokey, the garden center's cute resident cat.

Cuthbert Greenhouse

4899 Hendron Road, Groveport, OH

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Located just 15 minutes from downtown Columbus, Cuthbert Greenhouse was founded in 1951 as a way to supply starter plants to the Cuthbert family's large vegetable farm. Since then, it has expanded to over 15 acres devoted to growing. The business supplies other greenhouses, retail chains, and other customers but also has a neighborhood garden center called The Market. Cuthbert Greenhouse grows a wide variety of flowers, including tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, and more.

Kurtz Bros.

6125 Westerfield Road, Westerfield, OH

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Kurtz Bros. plant nursery is located next to its landscape center, so you can easily find everything you'll need for your lawn and garden. They'll advise you about how to create and maintain a beautiful yard and will even deliver for an additional charge. The company produces topsoil, mulch, and compost to go along with the perennials, annuals, grasses, trees, shrubs, and more that it sells, so you'll be able to make sure your purchases are well taken care of when you get home.

Baker's Acres Greenhouse & Garden Center

3388 Castle Road, Alexandria, OH

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Baker's Acres Garden Center has 4,000 varieties of annuals, perennials, vegetables, herbs, trees, and shrubs, the vast number of which are grown in the area. Their staff will help you choose the right plants for your needs, and if you'd like anything potted, stop by the greenhouse. They have containers for sale, or you can bring your own and get them to arrange and pot it for you. And if you're looking for some fun yard decor made by local artists, Baker's Acres has that, too!

Darby Creek Nursery

6368 Scioto Darby Creek Drive, Hilliard, OH

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If you need help deciding what plants to choose or how to care for them, Darby Creek Nursery has the experts to help. Certified Grower Technicians and Certified Garden Center Technicians can help provide the advice you need to give your project the best chance for success. The nursery sells an extensive variety of shrubs, trees, and plants, and all their shrubs and trees have a one-year guarantee. And if you'd like to spiff up your landscaping even further, check out Darby Creek's water fountains and patio decorations.

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What plants will your Columbus area yard include this year?


Northeast Ohio: Historical Buildings You Have to See

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A breath of fresh air and the open road does us all good every now and then. For anyone trying to balance the need to maintain distance from others with a desire to get out and explore, a scenic drive might be just the answer.

If that sounds like you, then Northeast Ohio is a great place to be. Be sure to check out these amazing historical buildings on your driving tour in the Cleveland area!

Tiedemann House

4308 Franklin Blvd., Cleveland, OH 44113

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Commonly known as Franklin Castle, the Tiedemann House has overlooked Cleveland's Ohio City neighborhood from its perch on the north side of Franklin Boulevard for more than 125 years. This spectacular stone mansion is a prime example of Victorian architecture in the American Queen Anne Style, complete with turrets, gargoyles, and more than 80 windows. The Tiedemann House also has more than 20 rooms, including a ballroom that runs the entire length of the fourth floor. The house is rumored to be haunted and also to include as-yet-undiscovered secret rooms and passageways used by bootleggers during prohibition. 

Old Stone Church

91 Public Square, Cleveland, OH 44113

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The Old Stone Church looks oddly out of place among the high rises that surround it in present-day Downtown Cleveland. It wasn't always that way. Cleveland was a very different city when this Presbyterian church was first dedicated in 1834. But even as time has moved on all around it, the Old Stone Church remains virtually unchanged. It's the oldest building on Public Square and the second-oldest church within the city limits. No visit to Cleveland is complete without taking some time to admire this incredible piece of living history. 

Rockefeller Building

614 W Superior Ave, Cleveland, OH 44113

A memorable high-rise office building in Downtown Cleveland, the Rockefeller Building was built between 1903 and 1905. Seventeen stories tall and massively wide, the building was one of the city's most imposing structures at the time of its completion. The famous American business magnate John D. Rockefeller oversaw the construction of the building, which partly swallowed up the Weddell House, its historical neighbor. The Rockefeller family sold the building to Cleveland businessman Josiah Kirby in 1920, only to buy it back shortly thereafter to prevent the name "Rockefeller" from being removed. 

The Louis Penfield House

2203 River Road #9685, Willoughby Hills, OH 44094

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Nestled in the quiet Cleveland suburb of Willoughby Hills, the Louis Penfield House was built in 1955 and designed by none other than famed American architect Frank Lloyd Wright. With its floating staircase and several walls made entirely of windows, the house has a number of features typical of Wright's unique architectural vision. Many of those windows offer incredible views across the home's 30-acre plot to the Chagrin River. And while there are a handful of Frank Lloyd Wright homes scattered across Northeast Ohio, the Louis Penfield House is the only one where guests can spend the night. 

Terminal Tower

50 Public Square, Cleveland, OH 44113

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One of Cleveland's signature landmarks, the 52-story Terminal Tower was formally dedicated in 1930, after a long process of demolition, excavation, and construction that lasted four years. Built during the peak of the "skyscraper boom" in the '20s and '30s, Terminal Tower was the second-tallest building in the world when it opened its doors. Today, it's the second-tallest building in Cleveland (after Key Tower), and it remains one of the city's most recognizable structures, with hundreds of LED lights that illuminate the building's iconic spire in different colors throughout the year. 

Dunham Tavern

6709 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44103

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Dunham Tavern is the oldest building in Cleveland. Originally built as a private residence by the Rufus and Jane Pratt Dunham family in 1824, the structure was expanded with the addition of a taproom. It was used for many years as a tavern and stagecoach stop, gradually falling into disrepair until it was purchased and restored by landscape architect A. Donald Gray in 1932. Dunham Tavern was then re-opened as a museum, which it remains to this day. Visiting the Dunham Tavern Museum is like stepping back in time, offering an unmatched glimpse into a time when Ohio was at the very edge of the Western frontier. 

Saxton McKinley House

331 Market Ave. S, Canton, OH 44702

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Built in 1841 by the grandfather of Ida Saxton McKinley—first lady and wife of President William McKinley—the Saxton McKinley House is a beautiful Victorian building in Canton, Ohio. With its expansive porch and irregular massing, this incredible three-story brick house was Ida's childhood home. The couple lived there for years prior to his election as president and the house served as a stage for William's campaign. Today, it's the only surviving home with direct ties to the McKinleys in their hometown of Canton. The Saxton McKinley House is managed as a First Ladies National Historic Site and is home to the National First Ladies Library.

St. Stanislaus Church

3649 E. 65th St., Cleveland, OH 44105

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Cleveland offers no shortage of spectacular churches, but few can match the grandeur of the St. Stanislaus Church. Known by the full name Shrine Church of St. Stanislaus, Bishop and Martyr, the church was built in 1873 and served Cleveland's growing Polish Catholic community. Many Polish immigrants settled in the part of Cleveland known then as Warszawa—today it's called Slavic Village—and the splendid architecture of St. Stanislaus Church was as prominent then as it is todayThe church itself, as well as its surrounding neighborhood, are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 

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Northeast Ohio offers a rich history of architecture dating back centuries. Did we forget to mention your favorite Cleveland area landmark? Let us know in the comments section!


Spot These Iconic Signs Around Columbus

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Did you know the city of Columbus has a long and interesting history that can be told through its iconic signs? It's true! Next time you're itching to get out of the house, we suggest taking a drive around so you can see some of these historic signs and buildings for yourself. 

Follow this list in order and you'll have the perfect driving tour. Let's get started! 

Hawk Galleries

153 East Main St. Columbus, OH 43215

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It's easy to spot the verticle red and white sign adorning the outside of Hawk Galleries. This retail art gallery was founded in 1986 and moved to this 5,000 square-foot location in 2002. It continues to be an icon in the culturally rich area of downtown Columbus. 

Here you'll find museum-quality works of art made by world-renowned artists working in a variety of mediums including glass, sculpture, wood, metal, and paintings. 

Little Palace Restaurant

240 S. Fourth St. Columbus, OH 43215

The original Littel Palace Restaurant was a staple of downtown Columbus for decades. When the location was purchased by new owners in 2010, they decided to keep the name, in part, because of the recognizable neon sign. It reads "Little Palace | Food | Liquor" with an arrow adorned with the word "Restaurant" pointing towards the entrance.

The restaurant itself is incredibly popular among locals and is also a "must visit" spot for tourists. From the 1960s look to the delicious selection of American, Greek, Italian, and other ethnic dishes, this locally-owned restaurant and bar has more than earned its stellar reputation. 

Ho-Toy Chinese and Thai Restaurant

11 W. State St. Columbus, OH 43215

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The classic vertical sign adorning the Ho-Toy restaurant is easy to spot. It features a top that resembles a Chinese pagoda, large Asian-style lettering that reads "Ho Toy," and the words "Chinese & American Food & Cocktails" along the bottom. 

The Ho-Toy restaurant, which was originally opened back in 1959, used to be located on Town Street. It moved to its current location, which was previously a two-story Burger King restaurant in 1980. The decor still has a 1980s flair and shows its Burger King roots including the original Formica counters, vinyl booths that are now covered in plastic sheeting. and faded paint, carpeting, and flooring that still bears the original Burger King primary colors. 

Despite its unassuming interior, the restaurant is known for serving fresh and delicious Americanized Cantonese Chinese comfort food and Thai cuisine. 

Planters Peanut Sign at Peanut Shoppe Columbus

21 E. State St. Columbus, OH 43215

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The Planters Peanut sign is one of the most notable historical signs in Columbus. It features the "peanut man" that has long been part of Planter's marketing and the words "Planters Peanuts" in red neon.  

The sign has been in this location since it was erected in 1936 by the Planters Peanut company. At the time, there were over 300 of these shops across the country. They were sold to independent owners in the 1960s. Today, there are only about a dozen of them left, including this one located on E. State St. This nostalgic candy shop now sells roasted nuts, a variety of chocolates, and themed candy. 

Ohio Theatre

36 E. State St. Columbus, OH 43215

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The 2,791-seat Ohio Theatre has been entertaining the people of Columbus since 1928. The building features stunning architecture and design, including the gorgeous original marquis. This red neon sign continues to be a local landmark to this day. 

Tip Top Kitchen and Cocktails

73 E. Gay St. Columbus, OH 43215

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The historic building that houses the Tip Top is a long-standing icon located in the heart of downtown Columbus. The black and white sign reads "Tip Top" in large lettering and "Kitchen and Cocktails" along the bottom. Most notably, the "I" in Tip is topped with a bright red cherry. 

This neighborhood bar offers "Ohio Comfort Food," delicious whiskey drinks, and microbrews on draft. They also have pinball machines, 22 beers on taps, and always offer PBR drafts for just two bucks. 

Palace Theatre

34 W. Broad St. Columbus, OH 43215

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The 2,695-seat Palace Theatre was designed to resemble the Palais de Versailles in France. The inside is adorned with a grand staircase, fountain, mural, and stunning chandeliers. The red neon sign that reads "Columbus Palace Theatre" is impossible to miss! 

Beacon Building

50 W. Gay St. Columbus, OH 43215

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The mid-century modern Beacon Building was built in 1957 and the huge teal blue and red sign remains a focal point of the area today.  This beautiful six-story building faced in polished stone was purchased by the city in 1979 for $2 million. Today it's home Columbus' Public Service Department. Plans are currently underway to relocate the department, and, once this is complete, the building will be sold to a private party. 

Elevator Brewing Co.

161 N. High St. Columbus, OH 43215

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It's hard to miss the giant beer glass sign with the words "Elevator Brewery & Draught Haus" along the side of the Elevator Brewing Co. This beautiful historic restaurant and brewery was founded in 1999 by a father-and-son team.

They've been producing award-winning craft beer for over 20 years and the menu features modern American fare that you're sure to love. When you're done enjoying your meal, you'll want to stick around to play a game on one of their three classic dartboards or restored antique billiard tables. Their eight-foot table dates back to 1891 while the seven-foot table was made in 1884! 

North Market

59 Spruce St. Columbus, OH 43215