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August
5

8 Places to Bury Your Nose in a Book Around Northeast Ohio

Book Lovers Day in Northeast Ohio - Cutler Real Estate

Burying your nose in a good book is a great way to leave your worries behind for a few hours. People who read typically have more active imaginations. Plus, reading can help ease stress and depression, prevent cognitive decline, and build your vocabulary. Whether you love mystery novels, non-fiction, or something in-between, Northeast Ohio has several local bookstores worth visiting. Head to one of these book shops to find your next read.

Loganberry Books

10515 Larchmere Blvd., Cleveland, OH 44120

Located in the historic Larchmere neighborhood, this Cleveland bookstore first opened in 1994 and has kept readers happy ever since. They have more than 100,000 different titles in stock, including many on women's history and literature. Loganberry Books carries both new and used titles, including some leatherbound books and first editions. If you're not only a reader but a book collector, this is the place to go.

Loganberry books is open daily. Shoppers can join their Perks Program for free and earn a $10 coupon for every $100 spent. Perks Program members also get a bonus coupon on birthdays and extra store credit when they sell books.

Half-Price Books

1607 Golden Gate Plaza, Mayfield Heights, OH 44124

Half-Price Books is a family-owned bookstore that sells secondhand books and other media. You can take them your already-read books to sell and go home with new titles to enjoy. The store has a good selection of books on philosophy, martial arts, and animals. The wide aisles and friendly atmosphere make it a great place to shop with kids.

Half-Price Books is open daily. They offer online ordering and curbside pickup, which are great if you're in a rush.

Fireside Book Shop

29 N. Franklin St., Chagrin Falls, OH 44022

Fireside Book Shop has been serving Northeast Ohio since 1963. The store has an old-fashioned appeal but in the best way. They not only have a great selection of books, but also countless puzzles, greeting cards, and board games. The helpful staff members can help you find the perfect book, whether you're shopping for yourself or a loved one.

Fireside Book Shop is a woman-owned business and is open daily. Their Trade-In Program is a customer favorite, allowing shoppers to trade in their used books for store credit. Stop by regularly, and you'll always have something new to read.

The Learned Owl Book Shop

204 N. Main St., Hudson, OH 44236

The Learned Owl Book Shop has been open on Main Street since 1968. Although the shop is small, its selection of books is incredible. The owner knows everything on the shelves and is very helpful. They also have a children's nook and a selection of adult coloring books.

This bookstore is open daily and is within walking distance of many great cafes and restaurants. You could spend an afternoon picking out a book, walking around the neighborhood, then treating yourself to a nice meal.

Horizontal Books

1921 W. 25th St., Cleveland, OH 44113

If you find yourself in Cleveland, stop by Horizontal Books and browse their shelves. This shop sells overstock books. If you purchase one, you save 50% off the standard retail price. Purchase more than one, and you save even more. Horizontal Books brings in new titles every day, so there's always something else to discover.

Horizontal Books is open daily from 10 am - 6 pm. They're in the process of opening up their own coffee shop, too.

Mac's Backs-Books On Coventry

1820 Coventry Rd., Cleveland Heights, OH 44118

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Mac's Backs-Books on Coventry is a one of the largest bookstores in Ohio. They have three stories of books and community rooms where they host educational events. This shop has a great sci-fi collection and lots of young adult fiction. The entire basement is full of non-fiction titles.

Mack's Backs is walking distance from Case Western Reserve University and is therefore popular with college students. Keep an eye on their website for events such as book signings, writing workshops, and live readings.

Novelty Shop Used & Rare Books

14948 Chillicothe Rd., Novelty, OH 44072

If you're looking for a specific rare or antique book, Novelty Shop is the place to go. This boutique book store sells used, rare, and antique books, along with a small selection of other antique items. You'll find original hardcovers of classics, leatherbound books, and first editions galore.

Novelty Shop has been open since 1999 and is frequented by many of Ohio's book collectors. You're bound to learn something just by stopping in and taking a look around. 

Visible Voice Books

2258 Professor Ave., Cleveland, OH 44113

Visible Voice Books wants to make reading cool again. This independent bookstore has a very relaxed, inviting atmosphere and stocks titles in almost every genre. But they also have so much more than books. There's a bar and coffee shop where you can grab your favorite drink to sip while you read. Selections include craft beers from Fat Head and Left Hand Brewing. They even host wine tasting events.

Inside Visible Voice Books, there is also a neighborhood pizza shop called Crust. So, you can enjoy lunch, find a new book, and buy a bottle of wine—all under one roof. The shop is open Tuesday-Sunday.

Get Lost in a Book

Where will you discover your new favorite novel? Let us know which one of these bookstores feels most like home.

July
20

9 Things to Do on a Rainy Summer Day in Cincinnati

Rainy Summer Day Activities - Cincinnati, OH - Cutler Real Estate

Now that summer is upon us, there are many outdoor activities that families can enjoy together, such as biking, hiking, picnics, sports, and more. But what happens when the sun goes away, and rain clouds appear? Being stuck inside playing video games and watching movies sounds like fun, but there are so many other things to do. 

Cincinnati is chock-full of exciting places to visit, and many of them are perfect for a rainy summer day. We can't list them all, but we've compiled a list of our favorites found in Cincinnati and the surrounding areas we're sure will surprise and delight your entire family.

American Sign Museum

1330 Monmouth Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45225

There's little doubt that the American Sign Museum will be one of the most unique attractions you'll visit in the Cincinnati area. Although the art and history of signs and sign-making might not seem like something kids would enjoy, we think they'll love the spinning signs, flashing lights, and pop culture imagery. This is a great way for kids and adults to learn about something that's just a little unusual.

Castle Skateland

980 Loveland Madeira Rd., Loveland, OH 45140

Even though roller rinks may not be as trendy as they used to be, they continue to be a fun time for kids and adults. Castle Skateland is a family-owned and operated place of entertainment and features the largest skate floor in the greater Cincinnati Tri-State area. Its bright and friendly atmosphere will be very welcoming on a rainy day, and you can also treat your kids to a variety of music, arcade games, food, and drinks.

Arcade Legacy

662 Cincinnati Mills Dr., Cincinnati, OH 45240

While your kids probably have plenty of console games at home, you simply can't beat a good, old-fashioned arcade. With more than 60 arcade games and pinball machines, gaming console stations, and giant projection screens, the only bad thing about Arcade Legacy is that your kids might not want to leave. You can also check out the media store, where you'll find movies, comic books, board games, action figures, artwork, and other collectibles.

Mosaic Climbing

9501 Union Cemetery Rd., Loveland, OH 45140

Nothing says summer fun quite like expending some of that built-up energy that every child seems to have at all times. Mosaic Climbing provides an exciting indoor adventure for kids and adults of all ages. If you've never been there before, that's perfectly fine. You'll go through a short orientation and be given access to different climbing areas designed for a variety of skill levels and ages.

Recreations Outlet

885 OH-28, Milford, OH 45150

We're going to cheat a little by adding the Recreations Outlet to our list because it's such an awesome place. They feature many outdoor activities like trampolines and playground equipment, but that won't help you when it's pouring outside. But they also offer several items perfect for creating an indoor game room, such as table tennis, foosball, and shuffleboard. This will give you an alternative to keeping kids inside only to watch them play video games all day.

Scene75

876 OH-28, Milford, OH 45150

Since being voted the top family entertainment center in the world, Scene75 has had a lot to live up to—and it never disappoints! There are more than a dozen indoor attractions, including go-karts, mini-golf, laser tag, bumper cars, mini-bowling, and a 4D motion theater. You'll also be treated to a huge game room with more than 100 arcade games, in addition to air hockey and several redemption games where you win tickets that can be exchanged for prizes.

Joseph-Beth Booksellers

2692 Madison Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45208

If you're looking for something a little low-key, you may want to head over to Joseph-Beth Booksellers. This is easily one of the best bookstores in Cincinnati and the surrounding communities. Parents and kids alike will be able to find plenty of books to choose from, including hugely popular favorites and a bunch of indie titles. In addition to a large selection of books, they also have games, toys, planners, puzzles, clothing, and a whole lot more.

Run Jump-n-Play

5897 Pfeiffer Rd. Suite B, Blue Ash, OH 45242

This huge indoor playground and party place is incredible. As soon as you and your kids walk into the Run Jump-n-Play facility, you can see their excitement build up as they gear up to start running around everywhere. The facility is filled with swing sets, basketball hoops, trampolines, and more. There's also a large area for birthday parties and other special events.

Carol Ann's Carousel

8 E. Mehring Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202

If you're looking for something simple but fun, head to Carol Ann's Carousel. Not only is this carousel an amazing work of art that features 44 different characters, it's simply a great way for children to have fun and relax. This carousel can stay open all year round because it's enclosed in glass, making it perfect for a rainy summer day. Your kids will even be able to watch the droplets hit the glass as they ride their favorite horse, tiger, or other animal.

Chase Away Rainy Day Blues 

With so many incredible places to duck indoors and avoid the rain, where will you and your family choose to go? 

July
8

9 Destinations for Daiquiri Day Around Ohio

Daiquiri Day - Explore Ohio - Cutler Real Estate

Beat the Midwest heat with a refreshing beverage to celebrate National Daiquiri Day on Tuesday, July 19. Whether you prefer frozen or on the rocks, you can't go wrong with daiquiris at these great bars and restaurants around Northeast Ohio, Columbus, and Cincinnati.

Frozen Daiquiri Bar & Restaurant

1313 Old River Rd., Cleveland, OH 44113

There's no mistaking the main attraction at Frozen Daiquiri Bar & Restaurant. Inspired by a daiquiri bar he visited in Miami, owner James Cleveland has fulfilled his dream of bringing the concept to Northeast Ohio. In addition to peach, strawberry, and mango, options include a Margarita daiquiri, mystery flavor, and Frozen Way with all flavors. Pair your choice with an order of boneless or bone-in chicken wings, available in 10 different sauces. Hours are 5 p.m. - 1 a.m. Wednesday through Friday and 11 a.m. - 1 a.m. weekends.

Quintana's Speakeasy

2200 S. Taylor Rd., Cleveland Heights, OH 44118

Just as the name promises, you'll feel like you're part of a secret club when visiting Quintana's Speakeasy. The first floor is a barber shop that's a throwback to the classic days of a place where customers make business deals and discuss sports. Head to the hidden bookcase passage in the back that leads upstairs to the bar. Be sure to order the Hemingway Daiquiri with light rum, lime and grapefruit juices, and Luxardo liqueur. Check the website for information about live music shows and special events such as "Prohibition 101 - Learn Hands-On Classic Craft Cocktails." Quintana's Speakeasy is open Tuesday through Saturday from 3 - midnight.

Don Ramon Mexican Restaurant

4866 Richmond Rd., Cleveland, OH 44128

Mexican restaurants might make you immediately think of Margaritas, but they also mix a mean daiquiri at Don Ramon. Choose from six different fruit flavors that come by the pint, jumbo-size, small pitcher, or large pitcher. The food menu features a wide range of traditional Mexican favorites, from nachos and fajitas to burritos and enchiladas. Customers love the spacious dining room with soft lighting, delightful Mexican music, and friendly servers. Hours are 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily except Sunday when closing time is 9 p.m.

Huli Huli Tiki Lounge & Bar

26 W. Olentangy St., Powell, OH 43065

The vibe at Huli Huli Tiki Lounge & Bar is so authentic that you'll feel the tropical breezes blowing through your hair. Part of the fun is the drink presentation, with colorful glasses holding traditional flowers and parasols. The pineapple daiquiri gets a little extra kick from spiced syrup. Try the signature Tiki fries, tossed in a house spice blend and topped with Kalua pork, Bang Bang sauce, and pineapple salsa. Watch their Facebook page for information about special rum tasting events. Huli Huli is open 4 - 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 4 - 10:30 p.m. Friday, 1 - 10:30 p.m. Saturday, and 1 - 9 p.m. Sunday.

Kai's Crab Boil

839 Bethel Rd., Columbus, OH 43214

Craft cocktails meet New England seafood at Kai's Crab Boil. Their namesake meals come with your choice of seafood, boiled in one of three different sauces and spiced in five levels, from "No Heat" to "OMG." Combos include two types of seafood and three add-ons, ideal for sharing. Daiquiris come in strawberry, pineapple, and mango, with three sizes available. Hours are 4 - 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 4 - 10 p.m. Friday, noon - 10 p.m. Saturday, and noon - 9 p.m. Sunday.

The Bar at Echo Spirits

985 W. 6th Ave., Columbus, OH 43212

Old-school cocktails get a contemporary update at The Bar at Echo Spirits. Founders Nikhil Sharoff and Joe Bidinger have a mission to create artisan spirits that honor history and flavor. The drinks are bestowed with charming names that are as inventive as the recipes. A Bell Through the Night is a daiquiri for "lovers of meadows and witchy things," made with Echo Spirits rum, jasmine cordial, honeysuckle, and lime. Need some time to decide? Order a Snaquiri, a miniature daiquiri made with bartender's choice. Feel free to bring in off-site food or purchase from one of the food trucks that are usually on hand. Hours are 4 p.m. - 11 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 4 p.m. - midnight Friday and Saturday, and 4 p.m. - 11 p.m. Sunday.

Lost & Found OTR

22 E. 14th St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

One customer aptly described the ambiance at Lost & Found OTR as "a work of modern pop art." The bar is housed in a four- to five-car garage attached to a home in the historic Over-the-Rhine neighborhood. Funky furnishings and accessories, including the colorful mural in the front patio bar, are almost all works of local artists. Stop in Wednesday through Sunday for "Easy Hour," with special pricing on pitchers of daiquiris, mules, and Margaritas, as well as snacks and sandwiches. Follow them on Facebook for details about comedy shows, dance parties, and other special events. Lost & Found OTR is open 4 p.m. - 2 a.m. Wednesday through Friday and 2 p.m. - 2 a.m. weekends.

Rosie's Cocktails & Pies

300 E. Seventh St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

Daiquiris and pizza? It's a match made in heaven at Rosie's Cocktails & Pies. Rosie's brings East Coast tomato pie-style pizza to Cincinnati. Specialty pies include the popular Tie-Dye, with a pinwheel of pesto atop the tomato and mozzarella. There's even a breakfast pizza, topped with ham, sausage, bacon, spinach, and egg. The menu also includes several pasta dishes, paninis, and salads. OGPD, Rosie's spin on a daiquiri, mixes pineapple rum with ginger liqueur, pineapple, and lime. Hours are 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Sunday.

Igby's

122 E. Sixth St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

Spacious and stylish, Igby's proudly proclaims that "the drinks are cold, but the hospitality is warm." The 7,500-square-foot Civil War-era building features two floors of bars, with balconies around the atrium for good visibility. Each level also has an outdoor balcony, one facing Sixth St. and the other with a bit more privacy. Giggle Water is their take on a daiquiri, featuring a blend of Bacardi Dragonberry Rum, lime juice, simple syrup, and tiki bitters, topped with Prosecco. Small and large charcuterie boards make tasty companions to the craft cocktails. Hours are 4 p.m. - midnight Monday through Thursday and 4 p.m. - 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

Belly Up to the Bar

If you went back in time to a Roaring Twenties speakeasy, what would be your classic cocktail of choice?

June
24

Summer Sunshine and 8 LoLo Gifts Offers

June LoLo Gift Offers - Cutler Real Estate

Poet James Russell Lowell once declared, "And what is so rare as a day in June?" This beautiful month, the gateway to summer, is even more special thanks to the latest lineup of freebies from Cutler Real Estate and LoLo Gifts.

Pick up some tea in Northeast Ohio, olive oil in Columbus, and a sandwich in Cincinnati as you discover the wonderful variety of small local businesses around our region.

June Gifts:

Canton: A Drink

Cleveland: Loose Leaf Tea

Medina: Cookies

Kent/Stow: $10 Certificate

Akron: A Drink

Columbus: Olive Oil

Wooster: A Drink

Cincinnati: A Wrap or Sandwich

Canton: A Drink

Muggswigz Coffee & Tea

5854 Fulton Dr. NW, Canton, OH 44718

Need a quick pick-me-up? Or maybe you want some time to relax and reflect. Whatever your current mood is, you'll find what you need in a drink from Muggswigz Coffee & Tea.

About Muggswigz Coffee & Tea

Canton native Alex Haas, founder of Muggswigz Coffee & Tea, takes a scientific and global approach to creating the perfect cup. In addition to studying chemistry and biology, Alex has sampled numerous types of coffee and tea during his extensive international travels. It's not surprising that USA Today named Muggswigz one of America's 10 best coffeehouses.

Contact and Hours

330.754.1017

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

Cleveland: Loose Leaf Tea

The Tea Lab

5th Street Arcades, 530 Euclid Ave., Suite 17, Cleveland, OH 44115

High school chemistry was never this much fun! Class is in session at The Tea Lab, where you can choose from more than 150 loose leaf flavors that brew up a great hot or iced drink.

About The Tea Lab

At The Tea Lab, they believe tea is more than just a great-tasting beverage. Their incredible knowledge can help you find blends that promote good health, from fighting heart disease to easing anxiety and depression. Follow them on Facebook for up-to-the-minute info on new products as well as special promotions, such as 10 percent off "Today's Tea Tomorrow."

Contact and Hours

216.650.7017

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

Medina: Cookies

The Honey Bee Bakery

23 Public Square, Medina, OH 44256

Do you believe that a balanced diet is a cookie in each hand? Then run, don't walk, over to The Honey Bee Bakery and fulfill your daily requirement with this month's tasty offer.

About The Honey Bee Bakery

Make any day special with a treat from The Honey Bee Bakery. Everything is made fresh in-house daily, including the from-scratch frosting on their hand-decorated sugar cookies. Send your taste buds to Europe with their delicate French macarons, available in more than two dozen flavors, including cherry Icee and salted caramel.

Contact and Hours

330.725.0912

Tuesday - Saturday: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Kent/Stow: $10 Certificate

McKay Bricker Framing & Black Squirrel Gifts

141 E. Main St. #101, Kent, OH 44240

Everybody has that one person who's difficult to shop for. Problem solved when you use your $10 certificate toward one of the amazing items at McKay Bricker Framing & Black Squirrel Gifts.

About McKay Bricker Framing & Black Squirrel Gifts

For more than 37 years, McKay Bricker Framing & Black Squirrel Gifts has been Kent's go-to source for art and framing needs. Chances are you'll find Cass McKay herself behind the counter, sharing her incredible design expertise with customers wanting to display their beloved prints, photos, and other art pieces.

Contact and Hours

330.673.5058

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

Akron: A Drink

Muggswigz Coffee & Tea

373 S. Main St., Akron, OH 44311

Fortunately, correct pronunciation or spelling of the shop's name isn't required to redeem this month's offer from Muggswigz Coffee & Tea. Your toughest job will be choosing among the wide range of flavors.

About Muggswigz Coffee & Tea

Other coffee shops may boast about being the best, but Muggswigz Coffee & Tea can back up their claims. Throughout its history, Muggswigz has been recognized with local, regional, and national awards. Accolades include top scores at the North American Tea Championship, Ken Davids Coffee Review, and the SCAA Regional Barista Competitions.

Contact and Hours

330.845.8770

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

Columbus: Olive Oil

Green Olive Company

59 Spruce St., Columbus, OH 43215

What's not to love about olive oil? It's a high-quality superfood that packs a punch in both flavor and health benefits. Take your cooking to a new level with olive oil from Green Olive Company.

About Green Olive Company

Not all olive oil is created equal. Green Olive Company sells "early harvest" extra-virgin olive oils made from the first press to maximize taste and healthy qualities. Green Olive also sources from artisan farmers who use sustainable methods to create products that are good for you and the environment.

Contact and Hours

614.512.7124

Sunday - Friday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Wooster: A Drink

Boba Bowl

127 W. Liberty St., Wooster, OH 44691

Have you hopped on board the bubble tea bandwagon yet? Use your free offer from Boba Bowl to try this delightful beverage that's as much fun to create and look at as it is to drink.

About Boba Bowl

Variety is the spice of tea at Boba Bowl. With dozens of different flavors available in fruit tea, milk tea, coffee, and boba pearls, the potential combinations are endless. Traditional boba and their signature crema are cooked in-house from the freshest ingredients. Following a special diet? Many of their drinks are gluten-free and vegetarian- or vegan-friendly.

Contact and Hours

330.462.8323

Tuesday - Thursday: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Friday - Saturday: 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Cincinnati: A Wrap or Sandwich

Dean's Mediterranean Imports

108 W. Elder St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

When you're on the go, a sandwich makes the perfect portable meal. A healthy sandwich or wrap from Dean's Mediterranean Imports keeps you nourished and satisfied.

About Dean's Mediterranean Imports

A native of Lebanon, the namesake of Dean's Mediterranean Imports was inspired by his mother's homestyle cooking and his own entrepreneurial passion. After 30 years, Dean has passed the torch to his daughter Kate, who carries on his legacy of providing tasty Mediterranean dishes and top-quality specialty foods.

Contact and Hours

513.241.8222

Tuesday - Friday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sunday: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Let the Sun Shine In

LoLo Gifts for June - Cutler Real Estate

Cutler Real Estate has teamed up with LoLo Gifts to bring a ray of light into everyone's day with our great free offers. It takes only a few minutes to keep the fun going year-round. Just contact your Cutler Real Estate agent to learn more.

June
22

8 Places to Cool Off With a Cone Around Cincinnati

Ice Cream Shops - Cincinnati, OH - Cutler Real Estate

Life may be like a box of chocolates, but when Forrest Gump was wounded, all he wanted was ice cream. Put a smile on your face with a tasty cone, milkshake, or sundae from these wonderful ice cream shops and parlors around Cincinnati.

Aglamesis Bro's

Oakley Square, 3046 Madison Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45209

Now in the third and fourth generations of family ownership, Aglamesis Bro's blends classic Old World recipes with modern manufacturing methods. The shop's namesakes, Thomas and Nicholas, opened their first location in 1908 after emigrating from Greece. Tiffany lamps, antique tin ceiling, and genuine Portuguese marble fountain top create a charmingly nostalgic ambiance. In addition to premium ice cream and Italian ices, the shop sells a variety of gourmet chocolates to satisfy your sweet tooth. Hours are 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon - 9 p.m. Sunday.

Simply Rolled Ice Cream

32 W. 12th St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

At Simply Rolled Ice Cream, watching your order being prepared is almost as much fun as eating it. In a method inspired by Thai street vendors, ice cream is made right in front of your eyes using a liquid base flattened onto a frozen pan. Once your chosen mix-ins are added, the ice cream is shaped into a roll and placed in a bowl or waffle taco shell. Choose one of their signature combos, such as Buckeye Madness or Salty Caramel Pretzel, or create your own from more than 20 mix-ins. Simply Rolled is open 4. - 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 4 - 10 p.m. Friday, 2 - 10 p.m. Saturday, and 2 - 9 p.m. Sunday.

Buzzed Bull Creamery

1408 Main St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

The ice cream at Buzzed Bull Creamery might be the greatest science experiment ever. Watch as they use liquid nitrogen on fresh, high-quality ingredients to make your order on the spot. Try specialties such as Death by Chocolate and Tiger Stripes, or become a mad scientist and brew up your own combination of mix-ins. If you're really looking for a "buzz," check out the ice cream lattes at the espresso bar or add a shot of liquor. Can't decide? Sample the monthly rotating "flights" that include four servings of special 21-and-over flavors. Hours are 4 - 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 4 - 11 p.m. Friday, 3 - 11 p.m. Saturday, and 4 - 9 p.m. Sunday.

Hello Honey

1530 Madison Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45206

Hello Honey's cozy East Walnut Hills storefront has made a big splash in the neighborhood. But for owners Brian and Nitima Nicely, things haven't changed that much from the days when they were turning out small-batch ice cream for family and friends from their kitchen counter. They still make everything from scratch, right down to the vegan marshmallows brûléed with a mini-blowtorch. Creative flavors such as Berry Earl Grey, Honey Lavender, and Brown Butter Caramel rotate to take advantage of seasonal ingredients. Hello Honey is open Thursday through Sunday from 1 - 9 p.m. 

Sweet Hunter

1028 Delta Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45208

Take your taste buds on a trip to Europe with a visit to Sweet Hunter for gelato, Italy's version of ice cream. With half the fat and calories of ice cream plus high protein and calcium content, gelato lets you indulge your sweet tooth without any guilt. Sweet Hunter also offers sorbetto, which is a fruit-based, non-dairy frozen dessert that's comparable to sherbet. Pair your gelato or sorbetto with a French macaron, a light, crispy gluten-free cookie filled with buttercream or fruit. Sweet Hunter is open weekdays from 1 - 10 p.m. and weekends from noon - 10 p.m.

Pendleton Parlor

1218 Broadway St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

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Nick Ganim, owner of the Pendleton Parlor, has sugar hard-coded into his DNA. Since the 1920s, Nick's family has been serving up sweet treats around Cincinnati with shops such as the Mount Washington Creamy Whip & Bakery and the Old Milford Parlor. Like the other shops, Pendleton Parlor serves luscious soft-serve ice cream in vanilla, chocolate, and swirl, which can be customized with mix-ins and toppings. Edible cookie dough, in four classic flavors, is a recent addition that's been a big hit. Hours are noon - 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. - 11 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

The Dipper 

6918 Plainfield Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45236

Remember those summer days of your childhood when you'd ride your bikes to the local soft-serve stand for a refreshing cone? Share that joy with your own kids when you stop by The Dipper. Eating a chocolate-, butterscotch- or cherry-dipped soft-serve cone is just as much fun as ever. Kids love the blue soft-serve as well as fun flavors like Bubble Gum and Green Apple. Pump up the volume with a Frost Bite, which includes Oreos, Snickers, and your other favorite mix-ins. The Dipper even has pup cups for Fido! Indulge in some people-watching to go with your ice cream while you relax at one of the nearby picnic tables. Hours are 2 - 9 p.m. weekdays and noon - 9 p.m. weekends.

Yagööt

Rookwood Commons, 2737 Edmonson Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45209

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The unusual name isn't the only thing different about Yagööt, which is owned by Cincinnati's iconic Busken Bakery. In a world of self-serve shops offering sweet froyo, Yagöö is a full-service shop where the frozen yogurt has an invigorating tartness. Try one of their signature bowls, including options such as peanut butter and berry, or mix and match toppings to create your own. Yagööt's ice-free smoothies are equally popular, especially with a shot of immunity-boost powder. Hours are 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. daily except Friday and Saturday, when doors close at 9 p.m.

Decisions, Decisions

So where do you stand on the great ice cream flavor debate: chocolate, vanilla, or strawberry?

June
17

Columbus: 8 Places to Take Dad Out to Lunch for Father's Day

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Want to spend some quality time with Dad on Father's Day? Share love and laughter over a delicious meal in comfortable surroundings. Create cherished memories at one of these wonderful restaurants around Columbus.

Polaris Grill

1835 Polaris Pkwy., Columbus, OH 43240

Polaris Grill offers an eclectic menu of upscale American cuisine served in an elegant but relaxing dining room. Start your meal with the signature items that keep customers coming back time after time. If Dad likes some heat, the Aztec chicken chowder includes chiles and pepper jack cheese. The "55" house salad is a take on a wedge salad, topped with the restaurant's special dressing. Entrees include a wide range of burgers and sandwiches, steaks, seafood, and pasta. If Dad wants breakfast, Polaris has a great Sunday brunch. Hours are 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. daily except Sunday when doors open at 10 a.m.

Hofbräuhaus Columbus

Grandview Yard, 800 Goodale Blvd., Columbus, OH 43212

Celebrate Dad with a touch of Oktoberfest flair at Hofbräuhaus Columbus. The restaurant is modeled after its legendary namesake in Munich, right down to the authentic decorations and servers in traditional garb. Enjoy a hearty meal of spätzle, jägerschnitzel, or bratwurst paired with a Hopfen Weizen, the seasonal "bier" for June. Dine alfresco in the dog-friendly biergarten, an expansive patio with picnic-style seating. Hofbräuhaus is open 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. Friday, and 11 a.m. - midnight Saturday. Brunch is served on weekends.

DeVine Tastings & Dining

958 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43201

At DeVine Tastings & Dining, lunch is truly an interactive event. Treat Dad to the self-serve wine station, where he can sample several different varieties, or go for the wine flight with four pours of house choice. Be sure to ask about the $5 brunch bar specials on Sunday. The Mediterranean-influenced brunch/lunch menu includes creative dishes such as baklava pancakes, shawarma wrap, and garlic lemon chicken. Hours are 5 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 5 - 10:30 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday.

Milestone 229

229 Civic Center Dr., Columbus, OH 43215

Food tastes even better with the incredible backdrop of scenic Scioto Mile at Milestone 229. The patio directly overlooks the fountains, while the airy indoor dining room features floor-to-ceiling windows for amazing views from every table. Milestone 229 sources fresh ingredients from local seasonal farmers for elevated comfort food such as skillet mac 'n' cheese, turkey melt, and chicken Marsala pasta. With vegetarian, gluten-free, and vegan options along with a kids' menu, there's something for everyone. Milestone 229 is open for Sunday brunch from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. and dinner from 4 - 9 p.m. The rest of the week is 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. except Friday and Saturday when hours are extended to 10 p.m.

Matt the Miller's Tavern

1436 Gemini Place, Columbus, OH 43240

Honor Dad with the spirit of "craic" personified at Matt the Miller's Tavern. "Craic" is an Irish term meaning "high energy, community, and togetherness," which is a perfect ambiance for a day celebrating family. Matt the Miller's blends traditional steakhouse with contemporary gastropub for an eclectic menu of favorites. Choose from top-quality filet, ribeye, sirloin, or pork chops with customized toppings and classic sides. With several TVs located around the dining room, Dad can keep an eye on the Guardians or Reds game. Hours are 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Sunday, with weekend brunch served from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Rye River Social

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

Community is at the heart of the core values at Rye River Social. Located in Grandview Heights, one of the oldest and most vibrant neighborhoods in Columbus, Rye River Social incorporates this history in murals and other features. The menu, centered on seasonal ingredients from local sources, includes dishes like pork belly sliders, black truffle carbonara, and Seoul chicken tower for maximum foodie appeal. In addition to a large selection of craft cocktails, Rye River Social has a specially curated whiskey list with more than 50 brands. Hours are 4 - 10 p.m Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Sunday. Weekend brunch runs from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Modern Southern Table

Budd Dairy Food Hall, 1086 N. 4th St., Columbus, OH 43201

Lunch at Modern Southern Table is everything that's good about home cooking without any of the work. Armed with experience in Southern cooking and an MBA in marketing and finance, Daisy Lewis built a successful restaurant and catering business. The menu includes favorite dishes from Daisy's childhood, such as gumbo, fried chicken, and Louisiana blackened fish. Your meal isn't complete without candied yams, collard greens, and other classic side dishes. MST is open 4 - 9 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Thursday, 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Sunday.

Drunch Eatery + Bar

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

Drunch Eatery + Bar is an idea whose time has come. Why should brunch be relegated to weekends when it can be enjoyed the rest of the week just as well? The menu is loaded with whimsical items such as woahnuts, which are mini-waffle donuts, and Fruity Pebbles cheesecake. But there are also several favorite brunch staples, including chicken & waffles, crab cake benedict, and shrimp & grits. Hours are 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

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May
27

Everything's Coming Up Free With These 8 LoLo Gifts Offers

May 2022 LoLo Gifts Offers - Cutler Real Estate

No matter what the calendar says, everyone knows Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer. So get the fun going with May's great offers from Cutler Real Estate and LoLo Gifts, the latest in our monthly series of freebies.

Whether it's a bakery in Northeast Ohio, an artisan gift shop in Columbus, or a craft brewery in Cincinnati, there are all kinds of amazing small businesses waiting to be discovered. 

May Gifts:

Columbus: Artisan Soap

Wooster: Donuts

Cleveland: A Sweet Treat

Kent/Stow: A Shake & a Tea

Medina: A Pretzel

Akron: Honey

Canton: Milk & Honey

Cincinnati: A Beer

Columbus: Artisan Soap

State & Third

65 E. State St. #01013, Columbus, H 43215

A good shower can start your morning off right or relax you after a long day. Whichever you prefer, pamper yourself with one of the sweet-smelling artisan soaps from State & Third.

About State & Third

The address of State & Third is conveniently featured right in the name of this delightful shop. Owner Becky Brisker, a veteran of the handmade market, thoughtfully curates a selection of unique products, many from artisans in Ohio. Categories include home decor, beauty and skincare, and jewelry.

Contact and Hours

614.636.0130

Tuesday - Friday: 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Wooster: Donuts

Lerch's Donuts

2312 Akron Rd., Wooster, OH 44691

If Homer Simpson ever tasted the delicacies at Lerch's Donuts, America's favorite toon family would be living in Wooster. Fortunately, you can travel no further than Portage Square Plaza to enjoy your free donuts.

About Lerch's Donuts

Since 1933, Lerch's Donuts has been an iconic fixture in Wooster. Founder John Lerch, Sr. discovered a method to fry cake donuts that left them soft but not greasy, and the rest is history. Lerch's Donuts has long been the #1 food item at the Wayne County Fair, and they can also be found on the shop's mobile wagons at various locations.

Contact and Hours

330.465.5517

Monday - Saturday: 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Cleveland: A Sweet Treat

The Sweet Fix Bakery

2307 Lee Rd., Cleveland Heights, OH 44118

Sometimes you just need a bit of sugar in your day. Head over to The Sweet Fix Bakery for a tasty treat that's even better because it's free!

About The Sweet Fix Bakery

In 2014, The Sweet Fix Bakery started as a modest home-based bakery called Craig's Divine Desserts. The food was truly heavenly, as success led to expanding the business into its current location. Customers rave about the cheesecakes and peach cobbler, along with the homemade ice cream.

Contact and Hours

216.571.9866

Tuesday - Thursday: 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Saturday: Noon - 5 p.m.

Kent/Stow: A Shake & a Tea

Main Street Nutrition

1665 E. Main St. #100B, Kent, OH 44240

Double your fun with this month's freebie from Main Street Nutrition. Their creative shakes and flavorful teas satisfy your taste buds while providing a welcome shot of energy.

About Main Street Nutrition

Shakes are often guilty pleasures, but not at Main Street Nutrition. Their shakes may have yummy flavors like German Chocolate Cake and Cherry Delight, but they're so filling and packed with nutrients that they make a complete meal. Tea flavors go beyond traditional Earl Grey with options such as Lemon Berry Punch.

Contact and Hours

330.968.3847

Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sunday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Medina: A Pretzel

Blue Heron Brewery

3227 Blue Heron Trace, Medina, OH 44256

Crisp on the outside and soft on the inside, the warm Bavarian pretzel at Blue Heron Brewery is delicious on its own. But the Matrimony Ale beer cheese sauce, whipped cinnamon butter, and German mustard take the pretzel to a new level.

About Blue Heron Brewery

In just five years, award-winning Blue Heron Brewery has quickly established itself as one of the top regional breweries. Their cozy brewpub, with live music and patio seating, is a perfect setting to enjoy Blue Heron's signature brews, along with a Wagyu burger, tuna poke bowl, and other elevated pub fare.

Contact and Hours

330.870.2583

Tuesday - Thursday: 4 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday: 4 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Saturday: Noon - 10 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Akron: Honey

Akron Honey Company

21 Furnace St., Akron, OH 44308

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If Mary Poppins was being filmed today, Julie Andrews would likely be singing the praises of, "A Spoonful of Honey." Get your free portion of this natural superfood at the Akron Honey Company.

About Akron Honey Company

After growing up hearing stories of his great-grandfather's farm in Georgia, Brent Wesley spotted a vacant lot in East Akron and immediately saw the possibilities. That first apiary was the birth of Akron Honey Company, which has since spawned another apiary on the opposite side of town. Brent's goal? Making his product the "iPhone of honey." 

Contact and Hours

330.552.8858

Tuesday - Friday: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Saturday: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sunday: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Canton: An Ice Cream Sundae

Milk & Honey

3400 Cleveland Ave. NW, Canton, OH 44709

Celebrate the arrival of summer with everyone's favorite creamy treat. Dig into an old-fashioned ice cream sundae while surrounded by the retro charms of Milk & Honey.

About Milk & Honey

Thanks to the friendly service and menu of comfort food, family-owned Milk & Honey has become a favorite destination for many other families. Customers give high marks for the generous portions and extremely affordable prices. With nearly two dozen types of sundaes, you'll find yourself coming back to try each one.

Contact and Hours

330.492.5884

Monday - Sunday: 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Cincinnati: A Beer

Humble Monk Brewing Co.

1641 Blue Rock St., Cincinnati, OH 45223

Ohio has wholeheartedly embraced the craft beer movement, with several highly-rated local and regional breweries. Sample creative beers such as Goldi Lincks and Pancake Porter at Humble Monk Brewing Co.

About Humble Monk Brewing Co.

Take your best friend along on a visit to Humble Monk Brewing Co. The pet-friendly taproom even has a regular Thursday night meetup for "Humble Hounds." NYPD Northside Pizza offers free delivery to Humble Monk, and you can also purchase from on-site food trucks or bring your own eats.

Contact and Hours

513.510.4615 

Wednesday and Thursday: 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Friday: 4 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Saturday: Noon - 11 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m.

A Year-Round Bonanza 

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Our incredible free offers are always in season. Contact your Cutler Real Estate agent to receive our monthly list.

May
20

9 Places to Pick Strawberries Around Ohio

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What's not to love about strawberries? They taste delicious, look good on a plate, and are loaded with vitamin C and antioxidants. Add some color and sweetness to your summer eating with strawberries you pick yourself at these wonderful farms around Northeast Ohio, Columbus, and Cincinnati.

Aufdenkampe Family Farm

3275 N. Ridge Rd., Vermilion, OH 44089

The property where Aufdenkampe Family Farm now sits dates back to the Western Reserve. After the Aufdenkampes purchased the farm from its original owners, they became a fixture at the Cleveland Produce Terminal, selling their fresh fruits and vegetables. In 2018, the family decided to focus on strawberries, their most popular crop. The 2022 picking season starts around June 1. Follow them on Facebook for updates.

Fitch's Farm Market

4413 Center Rd., Avon, OH 44011

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Three generations of family work side-by-side at Fitch's Farm Market, founded in 1983 by Richard and wife Rita. Sons Adam and Daniel and grandfather Robert handle everything from field management and harvesting to mechanic duties. In addition to strawberries, visitors can pick their own beans, peppers, and tomatoes in season. Stop by the on-site market for other fruits and vegetables as well as flowers in flats and hanging baskets. Follow them on Facebook for information about u-pick availability. Hours are 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily.

Maurer Farms 

2901 Batdorf Rd., Wooster, OH 44691

From its humble beginnings in 1950 on a small patch of land along Highland Avenue, Maurer Farms grew into its current location in 1961. Strawberries have been the primary crop since day one, with peaches, sweet corn, and other fruits and vegetables added over the years. Maurer Farms offers u-pick strawberries and raspberries, and their on-site market sells their own produce along with products from other local farmers. Hours are 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturday between late May and mid-October. Watch their website and Facebook page for updates.

Mitchell's Berries & Blooms 

9331 Mitchell-Dewitt Rd., Plain City, OH 43064

Farmer Paul and wife Shelly, aka Berrygirl, are a match made at OSU. Together they run Mitchell's Berries & Blooms on a farm that's been in the family for more than two centuries. After son Jake doubled their raspberry production, Paul and Shelly took his advice and added strawberries to their crops. With events like Sunrise and Sunset Yoga, Dairy Day, and the Berry Fairy Summer Tea Party, Mitchell's Berries & Blooms offers fun for the whole family. Follow them on Facebook for current information on hours and availability.

Folck Family Farm

6843 State Route 54, Mechanicsburg, OH 43044

Can't get enough fresh berries? You'll be in seventh heaven with a visit to Folck Family Farm. Berry picking season kicks off in late spring with strawberries, followed by raspberries in June and blackberries in July. After growing up on dairy and cattle farms, owner Bob Folck had a successful career in sales, but he couldn't resist the call of the farming life. Bob and wife Cindy began growing berries in 2003, and in 2018 they opened a winery and tasting room selling wine made from the fruits of their fields. Visit their website and Facebook page for updates.

Doran's Farm Market

5462 Babbitt Rd., New Albany, OH 43054

In the 1970s, Farmer Jim Doran sold his produce right out in the front yard from one of the wagons that are such a nostalgic part of Americana. Fast forward to 2022, and Doran's Farm Market is a popular destination filled with fresh fruits and vegetables, jams and jellies, baked goods, and beverages. Customers also have the opportunity to pick their own strawberries and other select produce. Doran's Farm Market opens with the strawberry season in late May and runs through pumpkin season in early November. Check their website and Facebook page for information.

Irons Fruit Farm

1640 Stubbs Mill Rd., Lebanon, OH 45036

A trip to Irons Fruit Farm is truly an event. Since its beginning in the early 1900s, the farm has expanded to include pick-your-own strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, apples, and pumpkins. The on-site market and bakery is known for the signature cinnamon cider donuts and apple fritters. They also carry jam, jellies, and other specialty products made from produce grown on the farm. Follow them on Facebook for information about the vendor fair, which features local craft artisans as well as food trucks and live entertainment. Summer hours are 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon - 6 p.m. Sunday.

Stokes Berry Farm

2822 Center Rd., Wilmington, OH 45177

For more than four generations, Stokes Berry Farm has been a fixture in the Cincinnati area. Visitors can pick strawberries and black raspberries from the lush fields or preorder white Georgia peaches, tart Michigan cherries, and other fruits for convenient pickup. The whole family can enjoy a stroll along the creek or catch-and-release fishing in the six-acre lake. Don't forget to bring a picnic lunch! There is a $25 fee for a three-hour fishing pass. In-season hours are 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. daily. Watch their Facebook page for posts about the current schedule.

McGlasson Farms

5832 River Rd., Hebron, KY 41048

Located in a scenic rural area, McGlasson Farms is rich with family history. After moving west from Virginia in the 1860s, the McGlassons built a log cabin and began farming the land. While the family had success selling to various markets, they discovered there was even more potential in creating a produce stand on their own property. Today, McGlasson Farms even has a devoted following of customers from all around the region. Visitors can join in the fun picking their own strawberries, blackberries, and other fresh produce. In-season hours are 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. weekends. Watch the website and Facebook page for schedule information.

Strawberry Fields Forever

Strawberries and cream has been a tradition at the classic Wimbledon tennis tournament since it began in 1877. What's your favorite way to eat strawberries?

May
13

9 Places for a Sweet Wine Tour of Cincinnati

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Whether you're a wine connoisseur or just a casual fan, it's easy to discover a wide array of wine selections throughout Cincinnati and surrounding areas. Many of these wineries also have food, live music, and other events that locals and tourists absolutely love. To give you an idea of the many selections available, we've put together some of our favorite wineries in the area. 

Meier's Wine Cellars

6955 Plainfield Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45236

As one of the largest wineries in the state, Meier's Wine Cellars has a wide range of selections that include Cabernet franc rose, Concord, Catawba, and Sangria. Feel free to bring the kids along because they can enjoy a variety of fruit juices like apple or raspberry. This winery has been around since 1890 and has won many awards encapsulating more than 30 different types of wine that they produce and make available to the public.

Henke Winery

3077 Harrison Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45211

Started in 1973, this family-operated winery has been a winemaking hotspot in Cincinnati since its inception. Henke Winery is considered by many locals to be the best wine shop in town and is the perfect place for both residents and visitors. While you're checking out the awesome variety of wines, you can also indulge in Cincinnati cuisine that includes pizza, spaghetti, mussels, and smoked salmon salad while listening to local artists and music. Bring the entire family and have a heck of a good time!

Vinoklet Winery & Restaurant

11069 Colerain Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45252

Come by this incredible winery and feast your eyes on more than 500 vines spread across 32 acres! The Vinoklet Winery & Restaurant has won multiple awards and wine competitions over the years, but its true claim to fame for many residents is the amazing art and wine festival featured every September. In addition to their wine tasting tours, we suggest you drop in for the craft show held on Mother's Day, the rib dinner available every Thursday, the Sunday picnic lunches, and the occasional outdoor bonfire.

Valley Vineyards

2276 US-22 & OH-3, Morrow, OH 45152

Valley Vineyards may just be home to the quintessential Cincinnati winery tour. While you're there, you'll be able to taste several types of delicious wines and beers while trying out a few of their dishes and meeting some of the friendliest people in the state. You can also enjoy a self-guided tour of the cellar and learn winemaking skills giving you more insight into why wine tasting is such a phenomenon. Add steak cookouts, live music, and comedy nights, and this is a one-stop shop for entertainment, food, and drinks.

Oakley Wines

4011 Allston St., Cincinnati, OH 45209

Oakley Wines changed hands not too long ago, and it definitely shows. You'll now find a fresh, modern ambiance paired perfectly with the current selection of affordable wines. Each wine tour revolves around a specific theme such as spring wines, California wines, and classic varietals. And if you're up for a little mystery in your life, you may want to check out their blind tastings routinely scheduled for locals and visitors.

1215 Wine Bar & Coffee Lab

1215 Vine St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

The entire menu of the 1215 Wine Bar & Coffee Lab is a tasting menu, offering different selections depending on the season. The staff has been very well-trained in wine tasting, allowing patrons ample opportunity to converse with an aficionado or two. Located in the Over-the-Rhine area of Cincinnati, other features include live jazz on Thursday nights and a different type of tasting in the mornings consisting of hot and iced coffees.

Market Wines

128 W. Elder St., Findlay Market, Cincinnati, OH 45202

This Findlay Market storefront is a bit unique, to say the least. If you do some food shopping before checking out the wine selections, the owner of Market Wines may just take a look at what's in your bag and suggest the best wine to pair with your food. The weekly weekend tastings are quite popular with the locals, but you can also stop by every Tuesday night to try out some samples without a big crowd.

Water Tower Fine Wines

6136 Campus Ln., Cincinnati, OH 45230

If you're looking for variety, you can't do much better than Water Tower Fine Wines. Their facility is home to approximately 2000 wines, including around 130 international sparkling wines and 135 champagnes. Every tasting includes hors d'oeuvres, and you can sign up for their newsletter to always know what they're sampling on any given day. Their location now also features beer on draft in case you want to change things up every once in a while. If you like the spot (which you surely will), feel free to rent it for a special event!

Revel OTR Urban Winery

111 E. 12th St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

Located in Cincinnati's historic OTR neighborhood, the Revel OTR Urban Winery is one of the most flexible wineries in Ohio. Not only does it include a wide selection of handcrafted wines that you'll be able to sample, but it also features live music and other events on the weekends. And if you're so inclined, you can rent out the newly reconstructed rooftop patio for a private party of your very own.

Cheers!

Which incredible wine tasting opportunities in Cincinnati will you dive into?

May
11

Have a Unique Burger at These 7 Places in Columbus

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Is there anything as enjoyable as biting into a good, juicy burger? If you've been looking for an excuse to indulge your burger craving, the wait is over. May is National Hamburger Month, an occasion to celebrate this American culinary creation. Whether you prefer your burger with or without cheese, thick or thin, there are plenty of great burger restaurants to visit in Columbus. Plan a trip to one of these burger restaurants in celebration.

Bareburger

463 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43215

Bareburger is a staple in Columbus and the surrounding area. Their High Street location is well worth visiting on your lunch break or after a busy workday. Bareburger takes pride in preparing their food with ethically sourced ingredients. Their beef is all organic, grass-fed, and hormone-free. They also offer a great selection of plant-based burgers.

One favorite at Bareburger is the Blazin' Bacon, which is topped with pepper jack, smoked bacon, pickled jalapenos, and habanero mayo. The Guadalupe is a popular plant-based option that comes topped with organic tomatoes, pickled red onions, and avocado. Don't forget to order some truffle asiago fries or organic sweet potato fries for the side.

Flip Side Easton

3945 Easton Station, Columbus, OH 43219

Flip Side is a gourmet burger restaurant with a few locations throughout Ohio. All of their beef is grass-fed and raised in Ohio. In addition to burgers, they also offer some incredible craft milkshakes made with local ice cream, and their macaroni and cheese practically has its own fan club.

If you like peanut butter, you have to try Flip Side's Uncle Jimmy burger. It's topped with peanut butter, applewood bacon, and pepper jelly. This may sound like a strange combination, but the ingredients complement each other well. Another fun choice is the One Red Door burger, topped with crispy shallots, melted brie, and applewood bacon aioli. Not a fan of beef? Flip Side offers an Impossible Burger, along with several turkey burger options.

Matt and Tony's Kitchen x Tavern

340 E. Gay St., Columbus, OH 43215

Matt and Tony's Kitchen x Tavern is a local pub that has a few great burgers on the menu. They make their burgers with Certified Angus Beef, but you can substitute chicken breast if desired. The Chimi Burger is a great choice if you like smash burgers. It's topped with melty jack cheese, chimichurri, caramelized onions, and bacon. They also have a build-your-own burger option.

Matt and Tony's is a great place to celebrate National Burger Month with kids. They have a dedicated kids' menu with options including a burger, mac & cheese, and chicken tenders.

Alley Burger

26 N. High St. Rear, Columbus, OH 43215

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You enter this casual restaurant from an alley, and that's part of the appeal. It's tucked away like a secret, but it's a secret worth sharing. Alley Burger often has live music, and the chef relies on traditional family restaurants to make delicious meals.

At Ally Burger, you don't have to stick with a beef burger, though their beef burgers are certainly delicious. The Fish Burger is a popular choice; it's topped with a house-made Creole tartar sauce. The Greek Burger, made with tzatziki cream, banana peppers, and feta, is another smart choice. Make sure you order some fries for the table. There are lots of creative options, such as the Oscar Alley fries topped with chorizo, pico de gallo, lime crema, chimichurri, and cheese.

Burger Theory Columbus

175 E. Town St., Columbus, OH 43215

With a name like Burger Theory, you'd expect this place to have some creative, innovative burger choices. And the selection does not disappoint! Even their BT House burger comes topped with their own KGB Sauce. If you're feeling adventurous, try The Boss. It's actually two burgers stuffed with bacon, onion, cheddar, and Swiss cheese. Pair it with some Parmesan-panko onion rings, and you have a truly munch-worthy meal.

Mason Jar Treats are another favorite at Burger Theory. They're the perfect, sweet way to end a meal. Choose from flavors like key lime pie, s'mores, and carrot cake. Visit Burger Theory Monday-Friday from 5-7 pm for Happy Hour Specials, which vary by the day.

Arch City Tavern

862 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43215

Located in the Arts District, Arch City Tavern is known for their lively happy hours. Visit Monday-Friday between 3 and 6 pm to take advantage of their drink specials. Of course, you'll want to order a burger while you're there. The Arch City Burger, topped with muenster cheese, onions, cilantro, chile aioli, and peppered bacon, is excellent, and try the lamb sliders instead if you want to be a little experimental.

The bartenders at Arch City Tavern are pretty talented, making this a good place to order cocktails. Their Smoked Tavern Old Fashioned, in particular, is incredible. They also have a delicious Spiced Pear & Pomegranate Margarita.

Press Grill

741 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43215

Press Grill is a casual neighborhood bar and restaurant serving craft cocktails and house-made cuisine. They always have a good selection of Ohio-brewed craft beers on tap.

One of the top choices here is the Press Burger. You can choose a single, double, or triple patty. Add cheese or a fried egg for something extra special. If you have a big appetite, then add on some sides. The Yukon Gold potato salad is delicious, as is the Texas toast. Even the balsamic greens are fresh, delicious, and a great way to get your veggies.

Get Your Burger On!

National Burger Month comes but once a year. Where will you be getting your burger on this May?

May
6

Pamper Mom at These 9 Ohio Spas

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Mother's Day is fast approaching: it's time to start thinking about what you'll get your mom. Why not help her relax and get away from it all by taking her for a day at the spa?

There are countless luxury spas with excellent reputations scattered around Columbus, Cincinnati, and Northeast Ohio. Check out the ones listed below and see if any of them are the right choice for your mom's special day.

PENZONE Salons + Spa

2260 W. Henderson Rd., Columbus, OH 43220

With three locations in Columbus and several more in other parts of Ohio, PENZONE has built a reputation for excellence in its local community. The spa offers massages ranging from light contact to deep tissue treatments and even a foot massage. Luxury facials are also available. 

For beauty treatments, your mom can choose from body hair removal, lashes and brow sculpting, full makeup applications, and hairstyling. The spa also offers packages called "experiences" that you can purchase if you want to make your mom's trip into a full-day event.

Paloma

1197 W. 5th Ave., Columbus, OH 43212

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Paloma is a top-ranked luxury spa in Columbus, offering a subdued yet sumptuous experience your mom will love. The spa is well-known for its special massages, including The Paloma (an adapted Swedish massage that uses long stroked of light to medium pressure to produce a relaxing effect) and The Power (a deep pressure massage focused on the knots in your muscles). Their infrared sauna helps guests sweat out toxins without the discomfort of steam. 

Paloma also offers custom spa journeys for guests who want to try out a few different services in one day. These packages are the perfect gift to show your mom how much you love her. 

Lacquer Gallery HAIR + NAILS

448 W. 3rd Ave., Columbus, OH 43201

Does your mom like to stray from the beaten path? She'll love The Lacquer Gallery. This Columbus salon and spa is known for its avant-garde style and rebellious approach. 

In addition to hairstyling and nail manicuring services, this spa offers a selection of luxury facials, massages, and other spa experiences. Some of the most popular include the Migraine Miracle Massage and Crystal Healing Massage. Their Luxe Body Polish treatment provides potent skin rejuvenation that will have your mom feeling vibrant from head to toe. They also offer additional treatment facials, scrubs, and cosmetic treatments like eyelash extensions, tinting, and waxing.

Charles Scott Salons and Spas

19025 Old Lake Rd., Rocky River, OH 44116

Does your mom have trouble disconnecting from her devices? Charles Scott Salons and Spas are phone-free spaces where patrons are encouraged to leave the outside world behind. 

This spa is all about taking the time you need to really decompress. They offer spa packages that last much longer than your typical treatment, starting at 2 hours and a half hours in length and going up to 6 and a half hours. These packages include facials, massages, manicures, makeup application, and more. They also offer a variety of specialty treatments, including hydrafacials, spray tans, and face and body waxing.

A White Pond Paradise Salon and Day Spa

566 White Pond Dr., Suite D, Akron, OH 44320

A White Pond Paradise Salon and Day Spa has been operating in Akron for over 20 years and has won several awards for its excellent service. Customers can enjoy massages, facials, and manicure and pedicure treatments in a tranquil and relaxing setting. 

If your mom is interested in switching up her style, you could also get her an appointment at their salon for a professional cut and color after her spa treatments. The salon's talented stylists are sure to help her find a new look she'll love.  

The Spa at Yellow Creek

3636 Yellow Creek Rd., Akron, OH  44333

Located inside a beautiful building that once served as a local church, The Spa at Yellow Creek's serene environment sets the stage perfectly for a day of rest and relaxation. Some of the services offered here include massages, facials, dermaplaning, and CBD treatments. Their Signature Yellow Creek Massage combines traditional Swedish massage techniques with temperature therapy, while their Tranquility Escape Sleep Massage is gentle, soothing, and intended to promote rejuvenation through rest. 

The staff has also created ritual treatments with multiple steps designed to help your whole body relax. These treatments take a little longer than your standard massage or facial, giving your mom more time to enjoy her outing. 

Face It Spa

229 W. 9th St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

As the name suggests, the Face It Spa is all about luxury face treatments that relax, hydrate, and rejuvenate your skin. Your mom can choose from facials, peels, masks, and microdermabrasion treatments to improve her skin's color, smoothness, and elasticity. 

If she enjoys her time here, you can also purchase some of the luxury beauty products used by the staff. These masks, creams, and other facial treatments from PCA Skin and DMK Skincare are perfect for replicating the spa experience in the comfort of home.

The Spa at 21c

609 Walnut St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

The Spa at 21c is located inside the 21c Hotel in downtown Cincinnati. At this luxury spa, your mom can enjoy Swedish and Himalayan salt stone massages, peels, and facials. The spa even offers treatments using the SWiCH dermal rejuvenation system, an advanced anti-aging device that triggers the skin's natural healing response without damaging it. 

Most treatments last about an hour, and treatment enhancements like The Wrinkle Reducer and The Eye Lift can be added to facial treatments to target specific areas for an additional boost. The Spa at 21c is currently closed Monday through Wednesday, and certain treatments are only offered on specific days, so be sure to call ahead or check their online menu to see what is available on the day you plan to take your mom out. 

Inner Peace Organic Spa

811 Race St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

The Inner Peace Organic Spa is well-named: Its calm atmosphere is perfect for soothing stressed nerves. Some of the services guests can enjoy include foot baths, sauna sessions, and Shirodhara oil treatments. All of the products used are made from the finest organic, natural ingredients for gentle yet effective results. 

The spa also offers alternative services like hypnosis, spirit card readings, and chakra balancing to complete the experience. Your mom is sure to walk away from this spa relaxed, refreshed, and brimming with life. 

Dream Spa Day

Which of these enchanting establishments will you be sending your mom to this Mother's Day?

April
27

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. 

NORTHEAST OHIO

Medina

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.

Berlin

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.

COLUMBUS

Granville

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.

CINCINNATI

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?

Loveland

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.

Waynesville

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.

SMALLTOWN U.S.A.

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

April
22

Northeast Ohio: Spend the Weekend in Cleveland

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Cleveland rocks, and we're not just talking about music. Located on the shores of Lake Erie, Cleveland is a perfect blend of sights, sounds, and activities that represent the best of Northeast Ohio.

Whether you're off on a romantic weekend, a family getaway, or an adventure with friends, put these amazing places in Cleveland on your must-see list.

Cleveland Museum of Art

11150 East Blvd., Cleveland, OH 44106

With more than 750,000 guests each year, the internationally renowned Cleveland Museum of Art is one of the most-visited art museums in the world. Founded in 1913 by a group of local industrialists, the museum holds a comprehensive collection of more than 61,000 works, highlighted by their well-regarded holdings of Egyptian and Asian art. Even the neoclassical building itself is a stunning work of art, while its setting of Wade Park is on the National Register of Historic Places. Museum hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday except Friday when hours are extended until 9 p.m. Admission is free for all visitors.

West Side Market

1979 W. 25th St., Cleveland, OH 44113

Out of three vibrant public markets that served Cleveland's diverse and growing population in the early 20th century, only West Side Market remains. While local residents still flock to the market for shopping and dining, it's no longer a hidden gem. Tourists from across the country visit the market, drawn by glowing coverage from national sources such as Food Network and Travel Channel. The iconic tower with its Seth Thomas clock presides over more than 100 vendors selling top-quality meats and seafood, fruits and vegetables, baked goods, specialty items, and ready-to-eat foods. West Side Market is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday from 7 a.m. - 5 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Kimpton Schofield Hotel

2000 E. Ninth St., Cleveland, OH 44115

The Kimpton Schofield Hotel is quirky and colorful yet classic and traditional, much like Cleveland itself. Housed in a landmark downtown building restored to its original facade, the charming boutique hotel features pet-friendly guest rooms with pillow-top beds, luxury linens and bath accessories, and Victorian-style artwork. Amenities range from a fully-equipped fitness center to complimentary Micro Kickboard scooters for kids to use. Visit the website for information about special offers and hospitality packages.

Playhouse Square

1501 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44115

Live theater offers a magical energy that's different from other forms of entertainment. Playhouse Square has the distinction of being the largest performing arts center in the country outside of New York City. As one of Broadway's touring partners, Playhouse stages first-class productions of Waitress, To Kill a Mockingbird, and other eagerly anticipated shows. Playhouse Square also serves as home to the Cleveland Ballet, Cleveland International Film Festival, DANCECleveland, and Tri-C Jazz Fest. Visit the website to view the full calendar of events and ticket information.

Cleveland Metroparks

4101 Fulton Pkwy., Cleveland, OH 44144

Most urban parks are an oasis of greenery tucked away inside a city. Cleveland Metroparks is a dazzling network of 18 reservations that circle the city, earning it the nickname of the "Emerald Necklace." The system sprawls across more than 24,000 acres, including 300 miles of trails, eight golf courses, nature education centers, and countless fishing spots. In the midst of this exciting variety of activities is the glittering centerpiece of the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. Park grounds are open 6 a.m. - 11 p.m. daily. Zoo hours are 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. seven days a week, extended to 5 p.m. from April through October. Tickets are $16.95 for adults and $12.95 for ages 2-11.

Butcher and the Brewer

2043 E. Fourth St., Cleveland, OH 44115

Butcher and the Brewer offers an inventive take on two staples of the Cleveland culinary scene: meat and beer. An in-house butcher and charcutier handle the former, while the latter is brewed on-site in the century-old, 13,000-square-foot building. Long tables and public house-style seating promote a convivial atmosphere, complemented by communal dining from the creative menu of small plates. Customer favorites include the crispy pork belly and kimchi, an Asian-flavored take on Italian arancini. Butcher and the Brewer is open 4 p.m. - 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 4 p.m. - midnight Friday and Saturday.

Stone Gables Inn

3806 Franklin Blvd., Cleveland, OH 44113

Are conventional hotels a little too cookie-cutter for your taste? Immerse yourself in the authentic Cleveland experience with a stay at Stone Gables Inn. This delightful boutique hotel is located in a picturesque historic mansion in trendy Ohio City, whose motto is "A Complete Cleveland Neighborhood." Owners Jeff and Connie bought the inn after spending many nights there themselves while renovating a nearby duplex. Each guest room has a private bathroom, and there is no front desk, which adds to the homey ambiance. Visit the website for rate information and reservations.

A Christmas Story House & Museum

3159 W. 11th St., Cleveland, OH 44109

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A favorite holiday tradition comes to life at A Christmas Story House & Museum. The green-trimmed Victorian in Cleveland's Tremont neighborhood has been restored to the same appearance it had as the Parker home in the classic holiday movie. Megafans can actually spend the night sleeping in Ralphie's and Randy's beds in the home's private third-floor loft. Across the street is the museum, which holds memorabilia such as props and costumes, and the gift shop, where you can purchase a leg lamp of your own. Hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily. Admission is $15 for adults and $11 for ages 3-12.

International Women's Air & Space Museum

Burke Lakefront Airport, 1501 N. Marginal Rd., Cleveland, OH 44114

Aviator Amelia Earhart and astronaut Sally Ride are just two of the pioneers whose accomplishments are honored at the International Women's Air & Space Museum. Exhibits such as "Women of NASA" and "Link GAT-1 Flight Simulator" are part of the museum's goal to showcase the history and culture of women in flight for current and future generations. Museum hours are 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. daily, while the gift shop is open weekdays from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Admission is free for all visitors.

It's Only Rock 'n' Roll, but I Like It

In honor of Cleveland's status as the home of rock and roll, which musician or group would be #1 in your personal hall of fame?

April
13

Make Lunch Count at These 9 Places in Northeast Ohio

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Lunch doesn't always get enough attention. This midday meal can be a great opportunity to take a break from work, converse with friends, and try some new cuisines. If you're in the mood to focus more on lunch, the perfect opportunity is just days away. April 13 is National Make Lunch Count Day, and we recommend celebrating at one of these top-notch Northeast Ohio restaurants.

Taza Lebanese Grill

1400 W. 6th St., Cleveland, OH 44113

Taza Lebanese Grill is a wonderful place to stop for lunch in downtown Cleveland. The word "Taza" means fresh, and indeed, this restaurant uses the freshest ingredients. They even make their pita bread in-house, using their traditional Lebanese stone oven.

The rolled pitas are a popular lunch option at Taza. Choose from lamb, kabob, Kafka, and falafel fillings. On a chilly spring day, you may want to pair your pita with a bowl of lentil soup. If you're in the mood for something lighter, the Taza Chicken Salad is a wise choice. Featuring dates, red grapes, and roasted pine nuts, it comes tossed in an incredible cilantro-mango dressing.

Lucky's Cafe

777 Starkweather Ave., Cleveland, OH 44113

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Lucky's Cafe has won awards for their brunch, but they're a great place to stop for lunch, too. They source their ingredients from local Ohio farms whenever possible, and they make all of their bread and pastries by hand.

One of the top items on Lucky Cafe's lunch menu is the Mac-N-Cheese. Made with cheddar, brie, and parmesan, it's both gooey and flavorful. Guests also love the Curried Chicken Salad Sandwich and the Triple B Salad, made with beets, blue cheese, and bacon.

The Vegan Club

13228 Shaker Square, Cleveland, OH 44120

Whether you follow a plant-based diet or are just trying to eat more healthy foods, The Vegan Club is a lovely place to enjoy a delicious lunch in Cleveland. They only serve 100% plant-based items in-house and offer many gluten-free and nut-free dishes.

Start your lunch with an appetizer to share. The Okra Fries are delicious and come with a cilantro-lime dipping sauce. As your main course, you may want to try the Oyster Mushroom Po'Boy or the BLT—made with vegan bacon, of course. And for dessert, you can't go wrong with a Berry Apple Strudel or Apple Tart.

Chameleon Cafe

23 S. Main St., Akron, OH 44308

Chameleon Cafe is a simple, welcoming, locally-owned staple in Akron, Ohio. Their menu is brimming with delicious lunch options to please all palates. The Powerbowls, which are loaded with kale, quinoa, and your choice of protein, are fantastic. Guests especially love the Korean BBQ Chicken Powerbowl. For something lighter, you may want to try the Chicken Caprese or Harvest Salad.

Chameleon Cafe also offers a selection of creative grilled cheese sandwiches, wraps, and toasted croissants. They're open Monday-Friday until 4 pm, making them a great place to stop for a workday lunch.

Luigi's Restaurant

105 N. Main St., Akron, OH 44308

If you're in the mood for Italian food, then Luigi's Restaurant can't be beat for lunch. They open at 11 am Monday-Friday. You'll find all of the Italian favorites on the menu, including pizzas, pasta, and salads. Their Pizza Bianco, a white pizza made with cheese, garlic, and onions, is a fan favorite. You also can't go wrong with the Italian Sub.

Luigi's has several lunch specials, which they serve until 3 pm. With options like homemade lasagne and basked rigatoni, you may want to order a second portion to take home.

Cilantro Thai & Sushi Restaurant

326 S. Main St. #1204, Akron, OH 44308

Cilantro was voted to have Akron's Best Thai & Asian Food in 2020. The restaurant has a fresh, modern vibe and a dedicated lunch menu. Start with an appetizer to share, such as the Chicken Satay or Cilantro Crab Cakes. For your entree, the Pad Thai is a classic choice. Guests also love the Singapore Noodles, which are flavored with curry powder.

Make sure you save room for dessert when you dine at Cilantro. Their F.B.I, which stands for Fried Banana & Ice Cream, is an incredible way to end your lunch. They also serve Mango Sticky Rice when mangoes are in-season.

Pete's Restaurant

4223 Tuscarawas St. W., Canton, OH 44708

Pete's is a classic American restaurant offering favorites like burgers, club sandwiches, and wraps. The casual, family-friendly atmosphere will make you feel welcome and comforted. Some of the top items to try here include the House Burger, which comes topped with grilled onions, peppers, and mozzarella cheese. The Pot Roast Sandwich is also delicious.

Pete's has a kids' menu, and they also serve breakfast all day. So if you're in the mood for pancakes or French toast at 1 pm, this is the place to go.

Table Six Kitchen + Bar

6113 Whipple Ave. NW, North Canton, OH 44720

Table Six Kitchen +  Bar is a modern gastropub serving unique interpretations of American comfort food dishes. The atmosphere is casual but classy. This would be a great place for a business lunch.

Table Six has a whole street food section of their menu. The Glorious Shrimp Tacos, made with jalapenos and pineapple mango salsa, are an incredible choice. You can't go wrong with the Chicken Tacos either. For larger appetites, the Famous Chicken & Waffles make a great lunch. The chicken is hand-breaded, fried to perfection, and served over fluffy waffles with butter and bourbon maple syrup.

Athens Restaurant

816 Harrison Ave. SW, Canton, OH 44706

Athens Restaurant is a traditional Greek restaurant offering a delicious selection of sandwiches, salads, and wraps. Guests love their gyro platters, which come with tender pita bread and plenty of feta cheese. The Grilled Chicken Wrap is another good choice if you're looking for something lighter. Athens Restaurant also has a kids' menu with appealing options like grilled cheese and spaghetti.

Don't leave this lunch spot without trying the baklava, even if you take it home for later. It's tender, flaky, and oozing with sweet honey sauce. 

Order Up!

What will you order on National Make Lunch Count Day?

March
30

Spring Into 8 Free March LoLo Gifts Around Ohio

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We may have lost an hour in March, but you're gaining even more with this month's fabulous free gifts from Cutler Real Estate and LoLo Gifts!

Spring is the perfect time to discover the variety of wonderful small businesses in our region. March right down for a sandwich in Northeast Ohio, a Breakfast Roll in Columbus, and coffee and a bite in Cincinnati.

March Gifts:

Columbus: The Breakfast Roll

Wooster: A Bag of Coffee

Cleveland: A Sandwich

Kent/Stow: A Houseplant

Medina: A Mocha Latte

Akron: Arnold's Gift Tin

Canton: An Appetizer

Cincinnati: Coffee and a Bite

Columbus: The Breakfast Roll

Cravings Café

114 N. Front St., Columbus, OH 43206

Fuel up for your busy day ahead with a protein powerhouse. The classic Breakfast Roll at Cravings Café includes a cage-free fried egg, cheddar cheese, and your choice of sausage, bacon, or an extra egg on a freshly made brioche bun.

About Cravings Café

The original plan for Matt and Lindsey Terwanger was to open a small cookie shop. Before long, they recognized the need for a quality lunch and brunch spot, and Cooking Cravings Bakery morphed into Cravings Café. In 2015, they moved into a larger space in downtown Columbus that accommodates their ever-increasing number of regulars. 

Contact and Hours

614.670.4439

Monday - Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Wooster: A Bag of Coffee

Salt Creek Café

111 N. Mill St., Fredericksburg, OH 44627

As soon as you walk in the front door of Salt Creek Café, the delectable aroma of coffee is enough to wake you up. Savor the taste and scent at home with a free bag of their premium, fresh-roasted coffee.

About Salt Creek Café

Whether you're having a catch-up lunch with a friend or just need a place to relax, head to Salt Creek Café. The beverage menu includes lattes, frappes, cold brew, and other gourmet drinks made with their signature coffee brand. Pair your drink with a sandwich, salad, or pastry made in-house daily.

Contact and Hours

330.946.1012

Monday - Friday: 6 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturday: 6:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Cleveland: A Sandwich

Ohio City BBQ

3829 Lorain Ave., Cleveland, OH 44113

Japan has sushi, Mexico has tacos, and the United States has BBQ. Pick up your free sandwich from Ohio City BBQ and enjoy the flavors that define American cuisine.

About Ohio City BBQ

In the effort to perfect their craft, the folks at Ohio City BBQ decided to learn from the best. They entered into a collaboration with Blazin' Bronco BBQ, multiple award winners at Cleveland's Great American Rib Cookoff, to discover the secrets of authentic Memphis-style BBQ. Try one of their hearty platters that include a variety of meats and side dishes.

Contact and Hours

216.417.5987

Monday - Thursday: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Friday - Saturday: 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Sunday: Noon - 6 p.m.

Kent/Stow: A Houseplant

Acorn & Evergreen Floral Studio of Kent

1109 S. Water St., Kent, OH 44240

Did you know scientists have found that indoor plants can help relieve stress? Brighten your home and mood with a free houseplant from Acorn & Evergreen Floral Studio of Kent.

About Acorn & Evergreen Floral Studio of Kent

How fresh are the plants and flowers at Acorn & Evergreen Floral Studio of Kent? They use locally-grown products whenever possible, including from their on-site greenhouse. Decorate your own home or have their skilled florists create an exquisite arrangement for birthdays, weddings, funerals, and other occasions.

Contact and Hours

330.673.9844

Monday - Thursday: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Medina: A Mocha Latte

1904 Coffee Bar

320 S. Court St., Medina, OH 44256

Everything goes better with chocolate, including your morning cup of joe. Add a welcome touch of sweetness to your day with a free mocha latte from 1904 Coffee Bar.

About 1904 Coffee Bar

Soak in some local history when you visit 1904 Coffee Bar. This charming café is located in the Exchange Market, once the Old Grain Mill in Medina. Keller Meats spearheaded the conversion as a way to showcase their butcher shop and other local small businesses. 

Contact and Hours

330.952.2087

Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Friday - Saturday: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Akron: Arnold's Gift Tin

Arnold's Candies

931 High Grove Blvd., Akron, OH 44312

You're not obligated to give your Arnold's gift tin to someone else. It makes a perfect stash for peanut brittle, turtles, cinnamon puffs, or any of your favorite treats from Arnold's Candies.

About Arnold's Candies

Since 1953, Arnold's Candies has been an iconic part of the Akron community. Current owner Greg Dauphin, who took the baton from Ted Arnold in 2011, uses the lessons he learned directly from Ted to maintain the same high quality and customer service that have always been identified with Arnold's Candies.

Contact and Hours

330.733.4022

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

Canton: An Appetizer

Walther's Twin Tavern

430 Applegrove St., NW, North Canton, OH 44720

Good things come in small packages and on small plates. You can't go wrong with Buckeye bites, quesadillas, or the signature stuffed peppers on the appetizer menu at Walther's Twin Tavern.

About Walther's Twin Tavern

With Walther's Twin Tavern, fourth-generation owners Tana and Terra carry on a family tradition that dates back more than a century. Walther's Café was a Canton-area legend for 107 until it closed in 2021, but the tavern features the same homestyle cooking, friendly service, and warm ambiance for new generations.

Contact and Hours

234.714.9533

Monday: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Tuesday - Thursday: 8 a.m. - 10 p.m. 
Friday - Saturday: 8 a.m. - midnight
Sunday: 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Cincinnati: Coffee and a Bite

Hyde Perk

3664-B Edwards Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45208

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Doesn't it seem like conversation goes better with coffee? Visit with old friends or make new ones over coffee and a bite at Hyde Perk.

About Hyde Perk

At Hyde Perk, community is more than just a word. It's their defining feature. Hyde Perk offers locally sourced artisan coffees, a chocolate and wine pairing menu, and tasty treats in an ambiance that encourages customers to make return visits. 

Contact and Hours

513.871.5111

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

March Into Action!

LoLo Gifts for March 2022 - Cutler Real Estate

Freebies from Cutler Real Estate and LoLo Gifts make every season special. Contact your Cutler Real Estate agent to learn how you can receive these offers in your inbox each month.

March
23

9 Shops to Show Your Love for Ohio

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Ohio is known for many things, including its popular college and professional sports teams, as well as local food and artisan products. Whether you're shopping for yourself or for a gift, you'll find a great selection of Ohio-themed merchandise at many area shops, each of which has its own specialty.

Check out the following nine shops that let you show your love for Ohio.

Northeast Ohio

Flavor of Ohio

6736 Hathaway Rd., Valley View, OH 44125

For over 31 years, Flavor of Ohio has selected the state's best foods and products and attractively packaged them into gift baskets. You can order just one basket or a large number to treat your customers or employees, and the shop can customize them in any configuration and in any price range. Popular baskets include several Amish breakfast options including products like Fowler's mill cloth bag pancake mix, raspberry jam, apple butter, and maple syrup. Ohio State and other sports-related baskets are also customer favorites. And if you'd like to order a single product, such as the state's famously delicious buckeyes, you can do that as well.

Cleveland in a Box

530 Euclid Ave. #40, Cleveland OH 44115

Cleveland in a Box is the perfect shop to order some local items to send to a former resident or a friend or relative who lives in another area to give them a taste of the area. Start by choosing your box size, which starts at $25 and holds up for three items and tops out at $75 and up for 15 items. Then, fill your box with your choice of a wide range of products, including Bertman Ballpark Mustard, treats from the Sweetie Candy Company, BARRS Bars of Soap, a Cleveland T-shirt, and more. It's easy to find items to suit your recipient as well as your budget. And shipping to U.S. and military addresses is free.

Cuyahoga Collective

15701 Madison Ave., Lakewood, OH 44107

You'll find an eclectic and interesting collection of Ohio and North Coast items at Cuyahoga Collective, which sells apparel as well as objects for the home. Merchandise includes hometown prints, topographic and harbor maps, regional apparel, local pennants with a vintage flair, and Ohio-shaped bamboo boards. Some items are made in-house, while others are from local makers as well as those in other parts of the U.S. and abroad. When you visit the shop, relax in the "living room" concept of the store, have a seat, and enjoy a cup of coffee. You're also welcome to create custom work with the shop's design team.

Columbus

Celebrate Local

Easton Town Center 3952 Townsfair Way, Columbus, OH 43219

If you want to support Ohio businesses and treat yourself to a few favorite items or send a gift basket to someone special, Celebrate Local has it covered. You'll be able to choose apparel, foods such as barbecue rubs and popcorn, and unique items such as a buckeye leaf hand-thrown mug, and much more at the retail brick-and-mortar shop or online. Everything is grown or created by Ohio makers, farmers, and artists. And if you'd like to create a gift basket, the shop can fill it with products like Ohio food, wines, gifts, and more.

Homage

4032 Easton Station Rd., Columbus, OH 43219

Have you ever had a stranger come up to you and comment on your T-shirt? Maybe you were sporting an Ohio State shirt and had people come up to you with a friendly and enthusiastic, "Go, Buckeyes!" That's the inspiration behind Homage, a local clothing company that was created with the idea of the stories that clothing tells as well as the connections they let us make. You'll find all kinds of graphic T-shirts at Homage, including those representing local sports teams as well as those throughout the country, pop culture shirts, and food and drink-themed shirts touting specific breweries and Skyline chili, among other favorites.

The Red Stable

223 E. Kossuth St., Columbus, OH 43206

Located in the heart of historic German Village just south of downtown Columbus, The Red Stable is housed in a building that has evolved through the years to meet the needs of the community. The "little red barn" was originally used as a horse livery in the late 1800s and has also seen use as an ice storage facility and as a service garage with the advent of the car. Today, it features the work of over 100 local artists and vendors who create unique gifts and artwork. You'll find handmade jewelry, fine art, garden art, books by local authors, Ohio State memorabilia and more at the shop. And while you're there, make sure to visit the second floor to see and shop in an art gallery filled with originals and print reproductions of German Village as well as Columbus and Ohio.

Cincinnati

I Love Cincinnati Shop

441 Vine St., Suite 2E, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Billing itself as "The Hometown Shop for Everything Cincinnati," the store carries a wide variety of sports apparel for teams including the Reds, Bengals, FC Cincinnati, the University of Cincinnati, Xavier, and Ohio State. You'll also find plenty of souvenir items such as Cincinnati-branded shot glasses, snow globes, and more.

The Collective

411 Walnut St., New Richmond, OH 45157

The Collective showcases the work of local artists in a curated collection of quality handcrafted local goods. You'll also find the work of a few special regional artists here, but the main focus is on local artisans. You can find everything from metalworks to spruce up your outdoor space to beautiful handwoven rugs, placemats, and table runners, with the number of artists continuing to expand.

Cincy Shirts

OTR location, 1301 Main St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

Hyde Park location, 2709 Observatory Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45208

It's all about Cincy at this shop, as the name of this company suggests. Shirts are the main product, with options for every local sports and professional team, restaurants such as Johnny Bench's Home Plate, and pop culture shirts including ones based on the popular TV show of yesterday, "WKRP in Cincinnati." You'll also find some other apparel products, including hats and socks, that can help accessories your shirts.

Local Flavor

Which stores do you shop at to show your love for Ohio? 

March
18

Plan a Visit to These 10 Bourbon Bars Around Ohio

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When you think "bourbon," the first place that comes to mind is probably Kentucky. But with all due respect to our neighbors across the river, Ohio has plenty to offer when it comes to the most American of spirits. In every corner of the Buckeye State, you'll find great bourbon bars where you can sip your favorite whiskey neat, on the rocks, or mixed into a unique craft cocktail. Let's all raise a glass to the best bourbon bars in Ohio!

The Whiskey Bar

2767 Euclid Heights Blvd., Cleveland Heights, OH 44106

It's hard to imagine a better hangout for bourbon aficionados than the Whiskey Bar. With its straight-to-the-point name and welcoming speakeasy vibes, it's a perfect place to sit and sip awhile. And with over 400 varieties of whiskey on deck, it's unlikely you'll run out of spirits to sample. The Whiskey Bar also has a friendly, easy-going staff of bartenders who are always happy to help you find the perfect bourbon for any palate. This is definitely a hidden gem in the Cleveland area. 

Society Lounge

2063 E. 4th St., Cleveland, OH 44115

Offering one of the best bourbon collections in Northeast Ohio, Society Lounge is a staple of the Cleveland bar scene. With its stylish interior and Roaring 20s-inspired atmosphere, drinking here almost feels like stepping back in time. Society lounge is best known for their expertly-mixed craft cocktails (bourbon fans should sample the 'Death in New York') and prohibition-era ambiance, but they also offer a huge selection of spirits. Expect to be able to choose from 30-plus bourbons at any given time, and with a healthy selection of rye, scotch, and gin to boot. 

Oak and Embers Tavern

8003 Mayfield Rd., Chesterland, OH 44026

The Bourbon Review named Oak & Embers one of the best bourbon bars in America in 2019, and they definitely know what they're talking about. This hole-in-the-wall in Chesterfield is all about the three B's: bourbon, barbecue, and beer. They serve an amazing selection of bourbon and craft beer to go with their smoky, savory pulled pork, beef brisket, and baby back ribs. And if you're in the mood for a cocktail, try one of their bourbon-centric signature mixed drinks. The "Follow the Smoke" is made with Makers Mark bourbon, Campari and Dolan sweet vermouth smoked with hickory.

Buckeye Bourbon House

36 E. Gay St., Columbus, OH 43215

You'll find no shortage of great whiskey bars in Columbus, and the Buckeye Bourbon House is definitely one of the best. Their bourbon shelf is a thing of beauty, and they're always highlighting new and exciting bourbons, including a lot of small-batch spirits made right here in Ohio. They have over 50 whiskeys and bourbons to choose from, as well as crafty cocktails and a menu of elevated pub grub. They even offer bourbon flights for those who want to savor the different flavors. Buckeye Bourbon House also made Bourbon Review's ranking of the best bourbon bars in the Midwest for 2021.

The Alibi Bourbon & Cocktail Lounge

843 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43215

Over 300 whiskeys are just waiting to be sampled at the Alibi Bourbon & Cocktail Lounge, a High Street hangout that might just offer the best bourbon selection in Columbus. This cozy, intimate space is the perfect place to enjoy drinks with friends and enjoy the Prohibition-themed decor. In addition to a deep roster of bourbons, the Alibi Bourbon & Cocktail Lounge offers an incredible array of signature cocktails that run the gamut from approachable and sweet to bitter and spirit-forward. You'll never run out of new flavors to try here, but if you want a basic Old Fashioned made just the way you like it, this is a great place for that too.

Barrel & Taps

1380 W. 3rd Ave., Columbus, OH 43212

A beloved staple of Columbus' Grandview Heights neighborhood, Barrel & Taps has everything you need for a good time. They always have a well-curated selection of bourbon ready to pour and craft beer on tap, and the indoor bar and outdoor patio each invite guests to stay awhile and enjoy themselves. There's a good chance there will be a food truck or two on-site if you get a little hungry. And with regular events like trivia nights, live music, and yoga on the patio, there's pretty much always something fun going on at Barrel & Taps.

High Bank Distillery Co.

1051 Goodale Blvd., Columbus, OH 43212

Having been awarded Best Creative Cocktails two years running in 614's ColumBest poll, High Bank Distillery Co. takes drinks seriously. Bourbon is featured in cocktails such as the End of Anxiety, which pairs nicely with the restaurant's many shareables. We're partial to the Crispy Brussels with sweet chili glaze and Shrimp Tacos with adobo marinated shrimp. In addition to Grandview, the owners of this bar and eatery are scheduled to open a second location in the Gahanna/New Albany area this year.

The Littlefield

3934 Spring Grove Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45223

Cincinnati is just a stone's throw across the Ohio River from Kentucky, so it should come as no surprise that the city has a lot to offer bourbon aficionados. The Littlefield is a great example. This hip Northside hangout features an eclectic interior and a breezy patio space, along with a great bourbon selection and plenty of local craft beers on tap. They make great cocktails too, like "The Fergus," made with bourbon, balsamic vinaigrette, ginger beer, and basil simple syrup. The Littlefield is also known for their elevated pub fare and Sunday brunch, which always includes vegan and vegetarian options alongside staples like burgers and shrimp-and-grits 

Boomtown Biscuits & Whiskey

1201 Broadway St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

You might never have guessed that biscuits and bourbon went together, but you will after visiting Boomtown Biscuits & Whiskey. Their biscuit plates and biscuit sandwiches are to die for. Try the Rosewood—Korean fried chicken, house-made kimchi, and Gochujang BBQ between two golden, butter biscuits—and chase it with a house cocktail like the Boomtown Gold Rush or the Gold Fashioned. Boomtown always has around 50 varieties of bourbon, scotch, whiskey, and rye as well, and their whole vibe revolves around a creative take on classic American frontier food and drink.

Hop Scotch Craft Beer & Whiskey

251 Calhoun St., Cincinnati, OH 45219

Known for being a great happy hour hangout, Hop Scotch Craft Beer & Whiskey is the perfect place to grab a drink after work. They have a huge selection of bourbon and whiskey, along with plenty of excellent craft beer. The staff behind the bar is reliably friendly and knowledgeable, and weekly specials like karaoke and mix-and-match craft beer buckets, there's always a good time to be had. Hop Scotch has 100-plus varieties of whiskey and a menu of staple pub fare like wings and flatbread pizzas. 

Another Round

Ohio offers no shortage of great bourbon bars. What's your favorite watering hole?

March
9

Northeast Ohio Cheesecake: 9 Places for This Decadent Dessert

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Oh, cheesecake. It's hard to imagine any dessert more rich and delicious. Whether you prefer yours topped with strawberries, drizzled with chocolate, or layered with caramel sauce, you deserve to indulge every now and then. Here are some of the top places to enjoy cheesecake in Northeast Ohio.

Studio Bakery

4339 Dressler Rd. NW, Canton, OH 44718

Studio Bakery creates beautiful, artistic baked goods. Everything is made from scratch, using high-quality ingredients. Their cookies are meticulously decorated and creatively designed, and their cheesecake is some of the best around. Guests love their chocolate crinkle and bananas foster, made with fresh bananas and rum.

This artistic bakeshop is always adding new options to the menu, so you never know which decadent cheesecake they'll have when you stop by. They serve coffee and have a few tables in the shop, so you can easily enjoy your dessert on-site.

Sprinkle City

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

Sprinkle City is a cheerful little bakery on North Canton. They're widely known for their wedding cakes and special occasion cakes, but their cheesecake is incredible, too. There's an entire section of their menu dedicated to it, and they offer a variety of flavors, including classic, strawberry, chocolate, lemon, and pumpkin swirl.

Sprinkle City also sells miniature cheesecakes, which are the perfect weeknight treat. The shop is only open on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, so be sure to plan your visit.

Sweet Sadie's Desserts

24th St. NW, Canton, OH 44709

Sweet Sadie's Desserts was founded in 2015 and quickly became a favorite in Northeast Ohio. The owner, Sade, does all of the baking herself. The shop's motto is Real Flavors, Real Love, and the love comes through as you taste the cheesecake.

The best way to enjoy cheesecake from Sweet Sadie's is to order online via their website. Sade's menu changes regularly, with new items being added often. Past customers have loved the cherry cheesecake, which is smooth and creamy with a sweet cherry topping.

Sweet Mary's Bakery

76 E. Mill St., Akron, OH 44308

Sweet Mary's Bakery is a woman-owned business and an Akron staple. They recently expanded their kitchen and menu, making this the perfect time to stop by. Sweet Mary's does not have a dining room, so plan on taking your cheesecake to-go. Order a whole one and bring it home to share with your family for dessert, or just order a slice for yourself.

Raspberry cheesecake is a favorite here. It's topped with a house-made raspberry glaze and fresh berries. Other options include lemon meringue and turtle. Some of the cheesecakes are even gluten-free!

BB's Sweet Treats

Akron, OH 44113

BB's Sweet Treats is an Akron-based online bakery that will deliver tasty cheesecake straight to your home. Browse their selection on their website, then contact them for a quote when you're ready to order.

While BB's does sell a lot of traditional cakes, their selection of cheesecakes is nothing short of incredible. The butter pecan is so buttery and creamy it melts in your mouth. They also have a tasty white chocolate raspberry cheesecake, along with a key lime cheesecake that will knock your socks off. Other flavors include blueberry, cherry, and strawberry. Add a few cheesecake-stuffed chocolate strawberries to your order for a special touch.

Chef Gina's Bakeshop

21 Furnace St., Akron, OH 44308

Chef Gina's Bakeshop is the creation of Gina Giampietro, a professional pastry chef who studied at the Culinary Institute of America. She creates a variety of sweets, including eclairs, sugar cookies, and macarons. If you're looking for something unique to try, cheesecake macarons are a great choice.

Gina's menu also includes mini cheesecakes, which are lovely for serving at parties. Order them ahead on the bakery's website to ensure you have enough.

Larder Delicatessen and Bakery

1455 W. 29th Street, Cleveland, OH 44113

Larder Delicatessen has quite the reputation in Cleveland. They were even nominated for the James Beard Award for Best New Restaurant in 2019. With an emphasis on Eastern European baked goods and ingredients, they create all sorts of treats, ranging from babka to knish.

While you're at Larder, it only makes sense to enjoy a full meal. Complete that meal with an order of cheesecake, which is classic and creamy. They'll wrap it up for you to take home if you're too full to enjoy it on-site.

Chanelle's Treatz

13204 Shaker Square, Cleveland, OH 44120

Chanelle's Treatz is a popular, modern bakery in Cleveland. They make all sorts of creative cakes and cupcakes, and they have a whole menu of specialty cheesecakes. Chocolate peanut butter, cherry cobbler, strawberry crunch supreme, Oreo dream, and red velvet are all popular choices.

All of Chanelle's cheesecakes come in either regular size or "triple" size, which is great for a larger party. In addition to being delicious, these cheesecakes are beautifully decorated and look incredible on a table. Stop by their shop, or place an online order on their website.

Presti's Bakery

12101 Mayfield Rd., Cleveland, OH 44106

Located in Cleveland's Little Italy, Presti's Bakery first opened in 1903. They still use traditional Italian recipes and ingredients to create their baked goods, including cheesecake. Should you want a meal before your cheesecake, their cafe serves pizza, stromboli, deli sandwiches, and other favorites.

As Presti's cheesecake is Italian cheesecake, it has a lighter texture and less-sweet flavor than you may be used to. It's a nice change of pace and well worth ordering. Presti's serves a turtle version of their cheesecake, too. Pair your slice with a cup of espresso or a delicious cappuccino for an indulgent experience. 

Cheesecake Heaven

What's your favorite style of cheesecake?

March
2

How Sweet It Is: 8 Maple Syrup Farms Around Northeast Ohio

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Did you know that maple syrup, like wine, has a specific flavor derived from the geographic area where it's produced? Maple syrup is a Northeast Ohio tradition that predates statehood, and the product is regarded as some of the finest in the country.

Maple tree sap starts running in February, making this a prime time to enjoy syrup and maple-flavored foods. Whether you participate in Maple Madness or conduct your own driving tour, check out the delicious products from these great maple syrup farms and shops.

KC Maple Syrup

16350 Hart Rd., Montville, OH 44064

In 1988, the fledgling run at KC Maple Syrup resulted in a half-gallon of syrup from the sap of about 20 trees. Continued expansion led to the addition of a sugarhouse in 1994. Now their first-class operation includes 450 taps, a 30" x 8' evaporator, and a reverse osmosis (RO) unit for water filtration. All the hard work at KC Maple Syrup was rewarded when they took first place at the 2010 Geauga County Maple Festival. You can even get maple-flavored doggie treats so Fido won't feel left out.

Seldom Seen Farm

10055 Madison Rd., Montville, OH 44064

Family-owned Seldom Seen Farm is one of the more recent additions to Northwest Ohio's maple syrup network. In 2008, Kevin and Morgan Holy purchased the property and turned their maple syrup hobby into a business. While Kevin hopes to give up his day job someday, he continues to work for local government as an equipment operator while Morgan cares for their two kids. That day may come sooner rather than later, as Seldom Seen Farm is the reigning champion of the Geauga County Maple Festival. Order online or visit the farm Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. by appointment only.

Mowry Maple Farm

3736 State Hwy. 13, Lexington, OH 44904

While Mowry Maple Farm celebrated its 100th anniversary last year, it was originally known for cattle. About 10 years ago, third-generation family member Richard and his wife Carol became intrigued with maple syrup production on the recommendation of a friend, who loaned them supplies. Now maple syrup has become the farm's biggest claim to fame. Experiment in your own cooking with products such as BBQ rub, hot pepper butter, savory herb-maple blend, maple sugar and cinnamon, and habanero-infused syrup. Hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday.

Ma & Pa's Gift Shack

15161 Main Market Rd., Burton, OH 44021

Originally built in the 1820s, Ma & Pa's Gift Shack is just as cozy and charming as the name implies. The shelves in the rustic log cabin are filled with syrups, butters and spreads, and other maple products made on-site. Warm up with a cup of maple coffee after one of Ma & Pa's popular sleigh rides when the ground is snow-covered. Ma & Pa's is also known for its wooden lamps and furniture carved out of hickory. Hours are 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Reservations are required for sleigh rides.

Messenger Century Farm

17098 Messenger Rd., Chagrin Falls, OH 44023

The Messenger family began producing maple syrup in the mid-1800s. While Bill and Dee Belew purchased Messenger Century Farm in 1992, it remains a family-run operation, with three generations of Belews involved. State-of-the-art, "green" equipment replaces buckets and horses, but the original Messenger sugarhouse remains standing as a tribute to the earlier days. Be sure to return in July, when you can pick your own blueberries. The Messenger country store is open daily from 8:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Sugarbush Creek Farm

13034 Madison Rd., Middlefield, OH 44062

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How appropriate that Sugarbush Creek Farm had their first sap boil of 2022 on February 14, the "sweetest" day of the year. While the current farm was established in 1992, trees on the property have been tapped for more than 200 years. The sugarhouse is on the same spot as the original, but it was rebuilt to modern standards using wood sustainably harvested from the farm. Thanks to another update, the entire operation can be monitored on a smartphone app. Sugarbush Creek Farm is open 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday and noon - 5 p.m. Sunday.

Richards Maple Products

545 Water St., Chardon, OH 44024

Maple salad dressing and maple bacon coffee? Those are only two in the remarkable assortment of items found at Richards Maple Products. Located in Geauga County since 1910, the shop truly seems to live up to its boast of "the world's largest variety of maple products." Surprise family and friends anywhere in the country with a gift box, basket, or crate filled with syrup, cookies, condiments, spreads, and other maple-flavored goodies. Subscription programs are available on a monthly or quarterly schedule. Store hours are 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Burton Log Cabin & Sugar Camp

14590 E. Park St., Burton, OH 44021

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As the first settlement in Geauga County, dating back to 1798, Burton is a quiet community full of history and charm. The town square is modeled after New England's iconic village greens, and maple syrup is such a part of local tradition that the Burton Log Cabin & Sugar Camp is operated by the Chamber of Commerce. Syrup produced each spring is used to make maple candy throughout the year. The Log Cabin also serves as the town's information center. Hours are 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. seven days a week.

Sweet or Savory?

Blending sweet and savory flavors is one of today's popular food trends. Do you enjoy maple with bacon, hot sauce, and other savory items, or are you a purist who sticks with maple syrup?

February
25

We Know You'll Love These February LoLo Gifts

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

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

February Gifts:

Canton: Macarons

Akron: A Gourmet Hot Dog

Medina: Two Cupcakes

Kent/Stow: An Appetizer

Wooster: A Pizza 

Columbus: A Breakfast Bagel

Cleveland: Bonbons

Cincinnati: $10 Certificate

Canton: Macarons

Le Macaron French Pastries

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

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

About Le Macaron French Pastries

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

Contact and Hours

740.263.1557

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

Akron: A Gourmet Hot Dog

Stray Dog Cafe

75 S. Main St., Akron, OH 44308

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

About Stray Dog Cafe

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

Contact and Hours

330.594.5392

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

Medina: Two Cupcakes

Frosted Cake Shoppe

503 S. Court St., Medina, OH 44256

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

About Frosted Cake Shoppe

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

Contact and Hours

330.952.2253

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

Wooster: A Pizza

Whitmer's Pizza of Kidron

4692 Kidron Rd., Kidron, OH 44636

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

About Whitmer's Pizza of Kidron

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

Contact and Hours

330.857.3000

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

Kent/Stow: An Appetizer

Erie Street Kitchen

163 W. Erie St., Kent, OH 44240

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

About Erie Street Kitchen

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

Contact and Hours

330.593.5928

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

Columbus: A Breakfast Bagel

The Lox Bagel Shop

772 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43215

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

About The Lox Bagel Shop

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

Contact and Hours

614.824.4005

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

Cleveland: Bonbons

Sweet Bean Chocolate

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

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

About Sweet Bean Chocolate

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

Contact and Hours

216.795.5561

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

Cincinnati: $10 Certificate

Fawn Candy

4271 Harrison Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45211

2692 Madison Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45208

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

About Fawn Candy

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

Contact and Hours

Harrison Ave.

513.574.9612

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

Madison Rd.

513.351.4191

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

A Match Made in Heaven

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February
18

On the Menu: 9 Cincinnati Bars for Hard Seltzer

Cincinnati Bars for Hard Seltzer - Cutler Real Estate

Fizzy, often fruity, and just a little bit sweet, hard seltzer is quickly becoming a favorite drink among those who prefer a lighter flavor profile when indulging. Cincinnati seltzer lovers are in luck: The city is home to some of the most popular hard seltzer producers in the state, and many of its bars serve at least one brand. The following nine bars are some of the best places to enjoy a happy hour hard seltzer in and around Cincinnati. 

Sundry and Vice

18 W. 13th St., Over-the-Rhine, OH, 45202

Full of gleaming glass and sophisticated wood paneling, Sundry and Vice is a small old-fashioned bar with a classy, almost academic atmosphere. Its front window looks almost like a curio cabinet. Inside, patrons can sit atop the tall leather-covered bar stools and order drinks with captivating names like the Clover Club, the Jade Effect, and the Miracle Finnish. 

In addition to their cocktail menu, Sundry and Vice also serves a pair of highballs made with classic New York Seltzer. You can choose from either mezcal mixed with Root Beer seltzer or vodka mixed with Peach Soda seltzer.

March First Brewing

7885 E. Kemper Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45249 

Named for the day Ohio was founded (March 1, 1803), the March First Brewery is extremely proud of their state and heritage. This company produces the locally beloved Astra Hard Seltzer line of products, which was named to celebrate Ohio's under-recognized contributions to the field of space exploration.  

You can visit the brewery and stop by the on-site bar to sample a few flavors of Astra seltzer drinks, including Bomb Pop, Red Cream Soda, and Crush. March First also serves plenty of food to accompany their drinks, including sandwiches, chips, and delicious fresh pizzas straight from the stone ovens of their pizza kitchen.

Fowling Warehouse

2940 Highland Ave. #230, Cincinnati, OH 45212 

Part bar and part bowling alley, Fowling Warehouse might just be the best place in Cincinnati for hard seltzer lovers. In spring 2021 they hosted Cincinnati's very first Seltzer Fest, a celebratory exhibition with nearly a hundred different types of hard seltzer from local and national brands on tap.  

Fowling Warehouse also offers a wide selection of hard seltzer from local partners year-round. One particularly fun menu offering is their Mystery Seltzer, an order which will get you one random can of hard seltzer from a selection of over 30 flavors. This can be a fun way to get your hard seltzer fix without limiting yourself to the same old standby flavors you always go for.

The Rooftop (Braxton Brewing Company) 

27 W. 7th St., Covington, KY 41011

Prefer to sip your drinks in the cool, refreshing night air? The Rooftop is an open-air bar that has recently opened on top of the Braxton Brewing Company building. With 5,000 square feet of space and plenty of on-site amenities to enjoy (including lounge-style seating, umbrellas and canopies, a grassy lawn area, and more), this establishment offers a relaxed setting and an incredible view of Cincinnati's skyline.  

The Rooftop's extensive drink menu includes four flavors of VIVE hard seltzer, including Sunrise Punch and Southern Punch. The fruity profiles of these picks matches perfectly with the bar's breezy atmosphere. Be sure to visit when the weather is good for the best possible experience!

Woodburn Brewing 

2800 Woodburn Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45206 

Woodburn Brewing is a modern bar with a deep respect for its historical roots. The company chose to use phoenix iconography in its branding to celebrate the resurgence of Ohio's brewing culture in recent years. Now, they have become an integral part of this thriving sub-culture. The owners have gone the extra mile to create a diverse entertainment experience to complement their enticing array of drinks. The bar regularly hosts events like trivia nights, live performances, and even yoga classes on the premises. 

On top of their artisan beer, this bar also serves several flavors of Astra hard seltzer, including Pink Lemonade and Baja Blast. They also offer Blackberry Breeze hard seltzer from Ohio's own FigLeaf Brewing Company.

The Comfort Station 

793 E. McMillian St., Cincinnati, OH 45206

Thanks to its offbeat location, The Comfort Station is one of the most distinctive bars in the Cincinnati area. The building was originally built as a public restroom and bathhouse back in the early 1910s and was recently converted into a commercial bar space by the same team that founded Sundry and Vice, another bar on this list. Patrons still enter the bar using the original Women's room door, an excellent touch that makes your visit feel unique from the moment you walk in.

This bright and intimate bar is all about fostering connections, and patrons are encouraged to bring outside food and stay a while if they want to. As for drinks, most are handcrafted cocktails that you won't find anywhere else. For instance, the bar's signature Mass Communicatin' hard seltzer cocktail blends the fruity flavors of strawberry and citrus with more complex notes of ginger and amaro.

Samuel Adams Cincinnati Taproom 

1727 Logan St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

The Samuel Adams Cincinnati Taproom is a relatively recent addition to the Samuel Adams Brewery, but it has already grown a considerable local following. With both indoor and outdoor spaces for mingling and a growing clientele, this is an up-and-coming social spot for the city's younger crowd.  

The bar's menu is largely focused on promoting their fresh-brewed Samuel Adams beer, but they also offer some Truly Hard Seltzer (one of the other brands owned by their parent company, the Boston Beer Company) and other drinks. Try a few different options as you relax in one of their leather-upholstered armchairs or admire the rustic barrel wall that pulls together their dark wood décor.

Anjou

2804 Woodburn Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45206

Anjou is a very new bar that the owners decided to open after seeing so many of their favorite hangouts close during the 2020 pandemic. While it is still working to establish itself as a recreational venue, its bright, airy atmosphere gives it a unique appeal that should help it to stand out from the local competition. 

Anjou serves Braxton Brewing's VIVE Dragonfruit and Mango hard seltzers as part of their lineup of local beers and spirits. The light fruity taste of these drinks goes perfectly with the cheery surroundings, but make sure you don't visit too late – the bar's doors close by midnight at the latest.

Millions Café 

3210 Linwood Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45226 

If you prefer a casual atmosphere while you're out on the town, Millions Café is the place for you. This modest-looking dive bar serves an impressive selection of hard seltzers from both local and national brands, including Astra, Truly, and White Claw.  

You can sip your drink while listening to music from the live DJ, participating in the bar's weekly trivia night, or just chatting with your fellow patrons. This bar is known to be very laid-back, so it's a great hangout spot for people who don't usually spend much time in Cincinnati's nightlife scene.

Get Your Fizzy On 

Which Cincinnati bar will you be sipping hard seltzer at next Friday night? 

February
11

9 Places to Savor Chocolate and Mint around Columbus

Savor Mint Chocolate Around Columbus - Cutler Real Estate

Chocolate and mint pair together so well! This must be a pretty popular opinion because there's actually a whole holiday dedicated to the flavor combination. February 19th is National Chocolate Mint Day. If you want to celebrate, all you have to do is enjoy your favorite chocolate mint treat. There are a few great places in Columbus serving chocolate-mint creations too.

Graeter's Ice Cream

1534 W. Lane Ave., Columbus, OH 43221

If you prefer your chocolate and mint fix in ice cream form, Graeter's is the place to go. This veteran-owned ice cream parlor has been a vibrant part of the community for decades. They make their ice cream by hand in small batches, and it is incredibly creamy and delicious. 

The obvious choice at Graeter's is the Mint Chocolate Chip. It has Oreo cookie crunchies for a unique touch. Another option is the Peppermint Chip Wheelies. These are ice cream sandwiches made with chocolate chip cookies and pink peppermint ice cream. 

Simply Rolled Ice Cream

968 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43201

Simply Rolled Ice Cream is a modern ice cream shop that uses locally sourced ingredients and prepares each ice cream treat to order. You choose your ingredients, and they freeze your ice cream on a large, chilled flat-top surface, adding in toppings as desired.

Rolled ice cream is a whole other way to experience the chocolate and mint combination. Their Mint Chocolate Mania signature roll, made with mint ice cream, hot fudge sauce, peppermint patties, and chocolate chips, is incredibly delicious. Of course, you can also custom-create your own minty ice cream treat by selecting mint ice cream as the base and adding various chocolate toppings as desired.

Bruster's Real Ice Cream

1515 Gemini Pl., Columbus, OH 43240

Bruster's Real Ice Cream makes their ice cream fresh in-store. They've been around since 1989, and they take pride in their premium flavors, which have been carefully developed over the years.

The obvious choice for National Chocolate Mint Day is their Chocolate Peppermint. The red peppermint candies make it unique. Their Mint Chocolate Chip is also delicious and quite classic, and of course, you can't go wrong with the Mint Oreo. If you want something a bit different, you can ask them to make a milkshake out of any flavor.

Anthony-Thomas Candy Shoppe

5040 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43214

Anthony-Thomas Candy Shoppe is a family-owned candy company with several locations in the Columbus area. They've won numerous awards over the years, including a CBUS Top Pick in 2020. 

Anthony-Thomas is best known for their buckeyes, which are an Ohio staple. But they do also make some chocolate-mint creations. Their Peppermint Bark, made with dark and white chocolates, is a top choice and suitable for sharing. Customers also love the Milk Melt-A-Way Mints, which feature creamy, whipped chocolate centers with a hint of mint.

Colonial Candy

3620 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43214

Colonial Candy has been serving the Columbus area for more than 50 years, and it's a great place to get your chocolate and mint fix—candy style! Their Peppermint Cream candies are coated in smooth, milk, or dark chocolate. The interior is white, creamy, and oh so minty.

You can purchase the Peppermint Creams by the 1/8-pound, so you can order as few or as many as you like. While you're there, you may want to try some of the chocolate-covered pretzels. No, they're not minty, but they're so munchable and addictive.

Chocolate Café

1855 Northwest Blvd., Columbus, OH 43212

Chocolate Café is a bright, welcoming cafe where you can enjoy anything from a freshly made sandwich to a hot cup of mocha. The obvious choice on National Chocolate Mint Day is the Thin Mint Martini. It's rich and creamy with just the right amount of mint.

If you're in the mood for dessert, then try one of the mint truffles. They're creamy and so satisfying. Or, if you want to bring a mint chocolate treat home to the whole family, you could order an 8" or 10" Thin Mint Cake. Add an espresso filling for something totally unique.

Schmidt's Fudge Haus

220 E. Kossuth St., Columbus, OH 43206

Schmidt's Fudge Haus, as the name suggests, is known for its handmade fudge. You have to try it, but you should also explore their selection of gourmet chocolates. The Mint Meltaways are creamy and delicious—the perfect choice for a National Chocolate and Mint celebration.

Schmidt's is also a great place to pick up some snacks. Their Bridge Mix, Animal Crackers, and Yogurt Pretzels are good to munch on if you need a break from chocolate and mint.

Stauf's Coffee

1334 Neil Ave., Columbus, OH 43201

Stauf's Coffee is a pristine, modern coffee shop with a minimalist vibe. They offer a great selection of coffees, including a Chocolate Mint coffee that's well worth a try. They'll brew some for you in-house, and they also sell the beans, so you can take more home for later. In the mood for something lighter? Try a mug of peppermint tea. Pair it with a chocolate dessert, and you'll be fully celebrating National Chocolate Mint Day.

Stauf's also has delicious chocolate cookies, which are worth pairing with your Chocolate Mint coffee. If you're really craving chocolate, the Espresso Fudge Brownies are incredible. Guests also love the Chocolate Croissants and the Chocolate Chip Scones. 

Sweetwaters Coffee and Tea

15 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, OH 43201

Sweetwaters is known for serving delicious coffee, tea, and pastries. Their cafe is airy and open, making it a great place to relax as you sip your minty beverage and maybe even read the newspaper.

A unique option would be to order the Greek Mint Tea, which comes straight from Greece, paired with a chocolate pastry. The Chocolate Croissants are perfectly flaky and delicious, and the OMG Chocolate Cake is truly indulgent. You really can't go wrong with a simple Chocolate Cookie, either. Sweetwaters puts pretzel pieces in them to add an incredible crunch.

Better Together

Which one of these Columbus businesses will you visit on National Chocolate Mint Day?

January
28

Resolve to Enjoy These 8 January LoLo Gifts

January 2022 LoLo Gift Offers - Cutler Real Estate

New Year's resolutions like losing weight are so last century. In 2022, why not resolve to learn more about your community with the help of Cutler Homes and LoLo Gifts?

We've teamed up to provide a monthly series of free gifts spotlighting local small businesses. Whether you pick up croissants in Northeast Ohio, appetizers in Columbus, or coffee in Cincinnati, make a resolution to check out these fabulous merchants. 

January Gifts

Canton: Gourmet Cupcakes

Akron: Smoked Gouda Mac 'N' Cheese Bites

Medina: A Candy Apple

Kent/Stow: $10 Certificate

Columbus: Smoked Gouda Mac 'N' Cheese Bites

Wooster: A Pulled Pork Sandwich

Cincinnati: A Sandwich or Bagel, and a Coffee

Cleveland: Two Croissants

Canton: Gourmet Cupcakes

Nom Nom Cupcake Factory

4866 Everhard Rd. NW, Canton, OH 44718

Who says you can't improve on perfection? Cupcakes are heavenly, but the gourmet flavors at Nom Nom Cupcake Factory will take your appreciation to a whole new level.

About Nom Nom Cupcake Factory

The baked treats at Nom Nom Cupcake Factory are so amazing that delighted customers use them as wedding cakes. Each week features a rotating selection of flavors such as Salted Caramel and Cinnamon Toast. As if that weren't enough, the bakery has upped their game by offering gourmet flavored popcorn.

Contact and Hours

330.705.2560

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

Akron: Smoked Gouda Mac 'N' Cheese Bites

The Rail - Akron

3265 W. Market St., Fairlawn, OH 44333

Yes, the blue-box mac 'n' cheese is classic comfort food. But get ready to enjoy the blissful sensation of biting into the smoked Gouda mac 'n' cheese bites from The Rail.

About The Rail

As a spinoff of Mike Mariola's City Square Steakhouse, it's no surprise that The Rail serves first-class burgers. Beef is 100 percent locally sourced, with several specialty burgers as well as extensive build-your-own options. The Rail is also known for their delicious four-cheese scratch-made mac 'n' cheese. 

Contact and Hours

330.864.7245

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

Medina: A Candy Apple

Candyapple & Co.

109 W. Washington St., Medina, OH 44256

Candy apples aren't just for fall. Bite into one of these delicious sweet treats with your gift from Candyapple & Co.

About Candyapple & Co.

Appropriately, Candyapple & Co. is an "offshoot" of a landscaping company specializing in orchards. Their dipped apples go far beyond caramel and candy to encompass more than 100 flavors, including root beer float, carrot cake, and sparkling wine. Be sure to check out their boutique with jewelry, skincare products, and other great gift items.

Contact and Hours

330.635.0132

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

Kent/Stow: $10 Certificate

Brimfield Bread Oven

3956 OH-43 #2, Kent, OH 44240

Bread is sometimes referred to as "the staff of life." You're sure to agree after you use your $10 to try one of the tasty loaves from Brimfield Bread Oven.

About Brimfield Bread Oven

Technology may be king, but Brimfield Bread Oven still believes in old-school techniques. At this European-style bakery, all products are made from scratch with top-quality ingredients and baked in a wood-fired oven. Stop by on Saturday between 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. and take home a traditional wood-fired pizza for dinner.

Contact and Hours

330.474.7800

Thursday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Sunday: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Columbus: Smoked Gouda Mac 'N' Cheese Bites

The Rail - Dublin

5839 Frantz Rd., Dublin, OH 43016

Even chefs at five-star restaurants agree that everything tastes better fried. That goes for mac 'n' cheese, the granddaddy of comfort foods, especially when they're made with gourmet cheese like the smoked Gouda mac 'n' cheese bites at The Rail.

About The Rail

Over the past few years, the gourmet Angus beef burgers at The Rail have earned awards and recognition from local and national publications. One of the favorites is the Mojo, made with a blend of beef and andouille sausage and getting some added kick from a topping of jalapeño slaw. Cool things down with one of two dozen brands of Ohio craft beer on hand.

Contact and Hours

614.725.3200

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

Wooster: A Pulled Pork Sandwich

Omahoma Bob's BBQ

128 S. Market St., Wooster, OH 44691

Sample some legendary Southern BBQ without leaving town. Make sure you have plenty of napkins ready when you get your pulled pork sandwich at Omahoma Bob's BBQ. 

About Omahoma Bob's BBQ

Omahoma Bob's BBQ achieves their authentic Texas-style taste with a dry rub of spices and classic low-and-slow cooking in the smoker. Hot Italian sausages and German brats are also created in-house. Complete your meal with turnip greens, red beans and rice, hush puppies, and other traditional sides. 

Contact and Hours

330.262.9871

Tuesday - Thursday: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Friday - Saturday: 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Cincinnati: A Sandwich or a Bagel, and a Coffee

Marx Hot Bagels

9701 Kenwood Rd., Blue Ash, KY 45242

Marx Hot Bagels has been a Cincinnati favorite since 1969. With the first bite of your sandwich or bagel, you'll understand why.

About Marx Hot Bagels

Don't settle for those frozen grocery store bagels. Marx Hot Bagels serves more than 30 varieties, all baked fresh daily. They make a perfect canvas for egg salad, lox, hummus, or just a simple schmear of cream cheese. Change things up with some bagel bread, bagel pretzels, or bagel thins.

Contact and Hours

513.891.5542

Monday - Sunday: 6 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Cleveland: Two Croissants

On the Rise Artisan Breads

3471 Fairmount Blvd., Cleveland, OH 44118

Croissants are the superstars of baked goods, serving equally well as breakfast pastry and base for a savory sandwich. How will you enjoy your two croissants from On the Rise Artisan Breads?

About On the Rise Artisan Breads

At On the Rise Artisan Breads, baking is truly an art. The bakers start work each day before the sun rises, using simple but high-quality ingredients to create breads, rolls, pastries, cookies, and quiches. For a real treat, don't miss the daily specialty flavors such as raisin challah, eclairs, and chocolate cherry batard. 

Contact and Hours

216.320.9923

Tuesday - Friday: 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.

New Year, New Gifts

LoLo Gifts for January 2022 - Cutler Real Estate

Resolve to keep the fun going all year long. Just contact your Cutler Real Estate agent to get our monthly offering of freebies. 

January
21

Outside Dining: 8 Places to Reserve an Igloo Around Northeast Ohio

Igloo Dining - Northeast Ohio - Cutler Real Estate

Who says outdoor dining is only for summer? Taking a cue from Alaska and other chilly climates, several restaurants around Northeast Ohio feature warm, cozy igloos to keep the fun going all winter long. Head out to one of these great locations with family and friends for a memorable dining experience.

Wishmaker House

116 Main St., Bellville, OH 44813

While the family-owned Wishmaker House dates back to the late 1800s, the seven igloos add a welcome contemporary touch. Each is individually heated and decorated in a different theme inspired by local treasures, such as parks and farms. You won't want the evening to end, and at Wishmaker House, it doesn't have to! The main house is a charming bed and breakfast with rooms that bear inviting names such as "Starry Night" and "Velvet Rain." Wishmaker House is also one of the stops on the popular Wine and Ale Trail. 

Georgetown | Vosh 

18515 Detroit Ave., Lakewood, OH 44107

Thanks to the heated igloos, the award-winning outdoor patio at Georgetown | Vosh can be experienced all year long. Each level of the patio also features a fire pit for extra coziness. Choose from elegant table dining or a more casual setting with couches and a coffee table. Georgetown | Vosh serves upscale American cuisine with small plates and entrées such as Maine lobster pizza and short ribs. The five igloos seat up to eight people each for two hours with a rental fee of $45. Two seatings are available Monday through Thursday, and three seatings Friday and Saturday.

The South Side

2207 W. 11th St., Cleveland, OH 44113

Watching the big game from a toasty-warm igloo at The South Side is better than being there. Lounge igloos, which seat up to eight people, include TVs along with couches, chairs, and a coffee table for a relaxing ambiance. Dining igloos accommodate up to six guests with a formal table and chairs. Bottle service, beer buckets, and food specials are available as well as regular menus. Igloos can be reserved for two-hour periods with no minimums or rental fees. There is a $50 deposit on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday that is applied to the final bill. Hours are 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. - midnight Friday, 10 a.m. - midnight Saturday, and 10 a.m. - 11 p.m. Sunday.

Bar 32

100 Lakeside Ave. E., Cleveland, OH 44114

You'll feel on top of the world, literally and figuratively, sitting in one of the igloos at Bar 32. Located on the 32nd floor of the Hilton Cleveland Downtown, Bar 32 boasts the best views of the city any time of the year. Heated rooftop igloos add a breathtaking new dimension to the panoramic scenery. Enjoy one of Bar 32's signature cocktails while sharing fresh oysters, Margherita flatbread, and other tasty items from the small plates menu. Both igloos seat up to eight people and come with Bluetooth speakers so you can stream your favorite playlist. Two-hour reservations include a $50 booking fee that goes toward the final bill. Minimum charges apply Thursday through Saturday. Hours are 5 p.m. - midnight Wednesday and Thursday and 4 p.m. - 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

Lakewood Truck Park

16900 Detroit Ave., Lakewood, OH 44107

Northeast Ohio has embraced the red-hot food truck trend, which offers a convenient way to try some surprisingly high-quality and inventive cuisines.  Lakewood Truck Park is a 12,000 square-foot dining area with two bars and a rotating assortment of food trucks. The lineup showcases local favorites such as Original Steaks and Hoagies, Samurai Dynasty, and Smoke This BBQ. Fire pits keep the patio warm, and the park also has several heated igloos available for reservations. Lakewood Truck Park is open daily from 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. except for Friday and Saturday, when closing time is midnight.

Merwin's Wharf

Lakefront Reservation, 1785 Merwin Ave., Cleveland, OH 44113

Located in the iconic Flats neighborhood of Cleveland, Merwin's Wharf is a beloved part of the city's history. Noble H. Merwin was one of the more successful merchants during Cleveland's early days, whose holdings included a tavern, packing and slaughterhouse, and warehouse. Today, eight-person igloos at Merwin's Wharf offer beautiful views of the Cuyahoga River along with a menu of small plates, desserts, and specialty cocktails. Rental fees are $50 for two hours with a minimum charge of $150. Hours are 10 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. daily.

The Rustic Grill at StoneWater Golf Club

1 Club Dr., Highland Heights, OH 44143

Temperatures may be a little too frosty for nine holes, but heated igloos at The Rustic Grill at StoneWater Golf Club keep the dining action going strong. Turn a winter weekend into a special occasion with an outdoor Sunday brunch, with seatings at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Dinner seatings are available nightly at 5:00 p.m., 5:15 p.m., 7:30 p.m., and 7:45 p.m., while two-hour lunch reservations can be made between 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. There is no rental fee for the igloos, but there is a minimum charge of $100 for dinner on Friday and Saturday.

The Fairmount

2448 Fairmount Blvd., Cleveland Heights, OH 44106

The herb gardens are just one reason that The Fairmount was voted as "Best Patio" by Cleveland Magazine. Come winter, the restaurant ups their outdoor game to another level when the patio is transformed into an igloo village. The Fairmount is committed to freshness in both food and beverages, from the housemade ginger beer in the Moscow Mule to a selection of vegan dishes such as cauliflower rice bowl and pecan tart. There is no rental fee for the igloos, and the only requirement is a four-person minimum. Hours are 4 p.m. - 2 a.m. daily.

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January
19

Get Active This Winter at These 9 Places Around Ohio

Winter Activities - Explore Ohio - Cutler Real Estate

When the snow flies in Ohio, the fun has just begun! With opportunities for skiing, ice skating, winter hiking, and countless other activities, it's the perfect season to enjoy the outdoors in Ohio. Be sure to check out these nine amazing outdoor destinations in Ohio this winter. 

Mill Stream Run Reservation

16200 Valley Pkwy., Strongsville, OH 44136

Tobogganing at the Chalet at Mill Stream Run Reservation is a winter tradition in Northeast Ohio. With its two 700-foot refrigerated ice chutes, Mill Stream Run offers the thrill of a fast-paced toboggan ride all winter long, with or without snow. Just be sure to hold on tight—once you start moving, you're likely to top 50 miles per hour before you reach the bottom! You can always warm up in the Chalet or slow down and explore the park's snowshoe and cross-country ski trails while you're there. Mill Stream Run Reservation is operated by Cleveland Metro Parks and is just 20 minutes from the city.

Alpine Valley Ski Resort

10620 Mayfield Rd., Chesterland, OH 44026

One of Ohio's top skiing destinations, Alpine Valley Ski Resort is nestled among the rolling hills of Northeast Ohio, less than 40 minutes from Cleveland. Their varied terrain includes gentle slopes that are great for beginners, as well as some more advanced slopes for seasoned skiers. Alpine Valley Ski Resort also offers equipment rentals and hands-on skiing courses with skilled instructors to help new skiers learn the ropes. If you get a little hungry between runs, stop in at the on-site restaurant for a bite, or warm up with a beverage at the Snow Belt Saloon.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park

5793 Boston Mills Rd., Peninsula, OH 44264

Endless winter adventures await at Cuyahoga Valley National Park. This wild 32,500-acre playground in Northeast Ohio includes 125 miles of hiking trails open year-round. The 19.7-mile Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail is especially popular among cross-country skiers thanks to its smooth grade, while the rugged Ledges Trail meanders among large rock formations that become encrusted in icicles every winter. Cuyahoga Valley National Park also offers some great opportunities for snow tubing and sledding, especially in the Kendall Hills section.

Blendon Woods Metro Park

4265 E. Dublin Granville Rd., Columbus, OH 43230

Blendon Woods Metro Park is one of the best places in Columbus to get away from city life for a while and experience nature. This 653-acre park includes a waterfowl refuge and nature center, with an elevated platform overlooking Thoreau Lake that's a popular year-round spot for bird watching. Blendon Woods Metro Park also includes several trails that are perfect for a winter hike. The 2-mile Sugarbush Trail is especially popular among cross-country skiers. Best of all, the park has a shallow, man-made pond that freezes over in winter to form a natural ice skating rink.

Buckeye Lake

2905 Leibs Island Rd. NE, Millersport, OH 43046

A mere 30 minutes from Columbus, Buckeye Lake is one of the great winter destinations in Central Ohio. When the 3,100-acre lake freezes over in winter, it's one of Ohio's best ice fishing spots, thanks to its abundant populations of saugeye, panfish, and bass. Stop in one of the gear shops or cafes around the lake to warm up, and be sure to visit on January 22, 2022, for Winterfest. This annual event includes food and drink, live music, and various events around the lake, culminating in a spectacular fireworks show. Buckeye Lake is accessible for fishing through Buckeye Lake State Park, including a 4-mile shoreline path that connects the North Shore to Lieb's Island.

Mad River Mountain

1000 Snow Valley Rd., Zanesville, OH 43360

Central Ohio's premier ski and snowboard destination, Mad River Mountain is located just an hour from Columbus in the rolling hills of Zanesville. Skiing is available December through March most years on the 1,460-foot mountain, with a vertical drop of 300 feet. Mad River Mountain offers challenging runs for experienced skiers, as well as a learning area with easier terrain for beginners. There's even a tubing area that kids can enjoy while the grown-ups ski and a bar and grill in the lodge that serves up tasty drinks and pub grub.

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

3400 Vine St., Cincinnati, OH 45220

The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden opened in 1875, making it the second-oldest zoo in the United States. It's one of the absolute must-visit attractions in the Cincinnati area, no matter the season. In winter, visitors have some particularly special events to look forward to, including the spectacular PNC Festival of Lights. Visit on a winter weekend for Penguin Days, an annual event that includes discounted admission and a chance to meet the zoo's resident penguins up close and in person. Penguin Days goes from January 10 to March 11.

Fountain Square Ice Rink

520 Vine St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

Fountain Square is at the center of Downtown Cincinnati. Every year from November through February, the square is overtaken by a massive outdoor ice rink open to public skating. A 90-minute ice skating session including skate rentals is just $10, and kids 4 and under can skate for free. The rink also includes a separate area for ice bumper cars, which are a heck of a lot of fun. Visit after dark to see Fountain Square lit up in holiday lights, and be sure to check out some of the shops and eateries that are just footsteps away. It's a perfect place for a romantic winter night out in Cincinnati. 

Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum

1763 Hamilton Cleves Rd., Hamilton, OH 45013

An outdoor sculpture gallery spanning more than 300 acres, Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum is a unique place in any season. But it's a particularly magical place in winter, when the trees, trails, and more than 70 sculptures are dusted with snow. Every year, the park also hosts a spectacular holiday lights display. Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum is located in the community of Hamilton, less than 30 minutes from Downtown Cincinnati. 

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December
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Cheer On Local Businesses with These 8 LoLo Gifts

LoLo Gifts - December 2021 - Cutler Real Estate

So have you been naughty or nice this year? The good news is that it doesn't matter! When it comes to our monthly gifts from Cutler Real Estate and LoLo Gifts, everyone can get in on the fun.

Some great local businesses in Northeast Ohio, Columbus, and Cincinnati are out there waiting to be discovered by you. Enjoy some holiday cheer, courtesy of your friends at Cutler Real Estate and LoLo Gifts.

December Gifts:

Canton: A Sandwich

Medina: An Appetizer

Wooster: A Whippt Coffee

Columbus: Sweet Treats

Kent/Stow: A Pizza

Cleveland: A Coffee

Cincinnati: A Breakfast Sandwich and a Coffee

Akron: A Pizza

Canton: A Sandwich

Salumeria di Torre

425 Tuscarawas St. E., Canton, OH 44702

Sandwiches are portable and come in various options, making them a perfect meal. Satisfy your hunger with one of the tasty sandwiches from Salumeria di Torre.

About Salumeria di Torre

Nothing beats a hearty deli sandwich, especially when it's made with the fresh Italian meats and artisan cheeses found at Salumeria di Torre. Pair your sandwich with a side of pasta salad, chickpea salad, or cup of soup. Hosting a special event? Salumeria di Torre offers convenient catering with pastas, entrées, sandwiches, and dessert trays.

Contact and Hours

330.488.5763

Tuesday - Saturday 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Medina: An Appetizer

Corkscrew Saloon

811 W. Liberty St., Medina, OH 44256

Appetizers have come a long way since cheese and crackers. Choose from creative starters such as duck bacon wontons, potato and cheese pierogies, and toasted mussels from Corkscrew Saloon.

About Corkscrew Saloon

The Corkscrew Saloon, located in a beautiful 1850s Victorian mansion, is "where the foodie comes to relax." Whether it's produce from local farms or seafood from the Pacific Ocean, Chef Ryan Marino takes pride in sourcing the freshest ingredients for their menu of new American cuisine. 

Contact and Hours

330.725.0220

Tuesday - Thursday 2 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Friday - Saturday 2 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Wooster: A Whippt Coffee

Whippt Dalgona Coffee

135 W. Liberty St., Wooster, OH 44691

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