Do Just 5 Things

1. Donate your time or money to Feeding Medina County, a local nonprofit organization that works to feed families in need within our community. They organize food drives, deliver fresh and healthy food to needy families and seniors at no cost, grow a community garden that is harvested and given to Medina County residents and much more. With so many great programs…

On Being Thankful

November marks the beginning of my favorite time of year. After a day of candy-filled laughs and a costume held together by duck tape and a faulty safety pin, I dawn my Santa hat as soon as the clock strikes midnight on October 31. Don’t get me wrong, I love Halloween. But Thanksgiving and Christmas are … Continued

Let’s Groove Tonight

The Christmas Groove Benefit Concert started 14 years ago as a small event featuring local musicians with the aim at getting the community into the Christmas spirit just before the holidays.  Two of the founding members, Robb Colbrunn and his wife, Joni, estimate that around 250-300 people attended the first show, which was held at Polaris Christian Church in Brunswick. "When we originally started The Christmas Groove, it was…

Medina Fest

It was a perfect summer day as thousands came out to visit this year’s Medina Fest. The festival regularly has the highest turnout of all the Downtown Medina Square events and features vendors that specialize in international food and goodies. This year there was a special focus on showcasing local businesses unique to Medina. Fun was had by all!

November 2018 Around Town

MCDL 2018 Summer Reading Game Experienced Record Number of Participants Medina Country District Library enrolled over 9,000 children and teens in their 2018 Summer Reading Game. According to the MCDL, they experienced a 3.88 percent increase in children’s registrations and a 6.23 percent increase in the number of teen registrations. System-wide, teens read for 1,175,103 minutes, the equivalent of reading … Continued

Feeding the Family

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Welcome Home!

The holidays are officially upon us, and for many they're not complete without welcoming our friends and family into our homes or traveling to see them ourselves.  As we all know, having extra guests in the house can be either fun and eventful or stressful and a bit cramped.  Obviously, a lot of that depends on the layout and design of your house.  Mike Burianek, owner of Modern…

5 Kitchen Gadgets That Will Take Your Cooking to the Next Level

Whether you consider yourself a casual chef–making wholesome family meals like meatloaf and roasted chicken–or a culinary master, there's something so exciting about trying a new gadget in the kitchen. Maybe you love to bake (check out No. 2) or you're dying to try your hand at sous-vide cooking (No. 5 is calling your name)–regardless, it's nice to have a little…

Being a Chef

Triv's Restaurant and Lounge in Strongsville has been a local favorite since it opened in 2008.  Cleveland area residents have come to love dining at Triv's because they can enjoy a high-end, quality meal in a relaxed, yet chic atmosphere.  Chef Matt Gillombardo, 37, has been at Triv's since the early days (9 years now) and he has been committed to making…

A Cut Above

When talking to Timber Lodge owner, Ron Levitt, about the past, present and future of his restaurant, you can hear and see the passion that he puts into every aspect of the Medina-based steakhouse.  It should come as no surprise that Timber Lodge is continuously listed among the finest steak houses in the Greater Cleveland area year after year.  Levitt spares…

Affair On The Square

Sunday, August 12, was a perfect summer day to spend in downtown Medina for the Affair On The Square Craft Festival.  Over 150 artisans put their arts and crafts on display for all to enjoy and there was great local food trucks as well as live music from Hollywood Slim and blues artist, Wallace Coleman. 

October 2018 Around Town

New Assistant Director at MCDL In early August, Medina County Library District welcomed Julianne Bedel as their new Assistant Director.  Bedel has worked in libraries since she was fifteen and is a member of the American Library Association and the Ohio Library Council where she serves in leadership roles and on committees.  Prior to MCDL, Bedel was the … Continued

Lifestyle Letter

Bring out the hearty bowls of black bean chili and the warm mugs of crisp apple cider. There’s a nip in the air and children are beginning to plan what they’d like to dress up as for Halloween this year because it’s officially fall! I can’t even begin to express how much I love this season. The scarlet-colored leaves, … Continued

Eat Your Way Through Arch City

Colombus, Ohio, otherwise known as Arch City, boasts everything from quite literally being at the heart of it all–it's estimated that at least 48% of the United States population life within 600 miles of boomtown–to a dang good scoop of ice cream. With a population just shy of 900,000, the city is the most populous in Ohio and was ranked the…

Lifestyle Letter

Builders, bakers, potters, painters, innovators, inventors, creators…makers; ah yes, that’s the word I am looking for! There are so many ways to describe, categorize and draw upon the makers in our community. We often imagine that they will come to us in the form of artists or crafters, but they can also be poets, writers, playwrights, actors, songwriters, … Continued

Nailing All The Details

 Article Emily Shea  To learn more about Bent Nail Architectural Millwork, please visit bentnailmillwork.com or call 330-948-4500.   When it comes to new construction or the simple need for a more updated and elegant entrance to your home, Bent Nail Architectural Millwork offers a service that is hard to come by. It all began in the late 1970s when John Fetherolf found himself struggling to…

Baked Cinnamon Sugar Apple Chips

 Article Emily Shea  Ingredients  Directions:

10th Annual Medina Bee Festival

On July 21, the Medina Library hosted the 10th Annual Medina Bee Festival. The festival provided family-friendly activities and education about the importance of bees. There were many different activities and interactive booths set up both inside and outside the library including fun bee crafts, a balloon artist, Beeswax comic creator John Martin and much more. 

September 2018 Around Town

Keeping It Historic In July, the Medina City Council passed two ordinances by emergency clause that prohibit any new cellphone towers around the city’s historic square. The ordinances were passed in response to the Substitute House Bill 478, which amends Ohio’s law regarding small cell antennas. Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed the bill in May and the … Continued

As Sweet As Honey

 Article and Photography Warren Watkins  When local business owner and baker, Keni Scherbinski, thinks back on her childhood, it is impossible for her to forget the moments she spent with her grandmother, baking countless delicious items together.  "The first thing I ever learned how to bake was bread," she recalled. "Before an age I can even remember, my grandmother would pull over a…

Medina’s Own Root Candles

 Article Warren Watkins | Photography Warren Watkins & Root Candles  Inside the 22,000 square foot historical A.I. Root building at 623 W. Liberty St.-the site of the original beekeeping and candle making factory- you will discover a wonderful collection of candles, seasonal decor, home accents and furnishings, and gifts that are sure to delight. A must-see destination in Medina County!  Anyone…

43rd Annual Twin Swizzler

Hundreds of people gathered at the Historic Medina Public Square on the morning of July 4 to compete, cheer and have a little fun at the 43rd Annual Medina Twin Sizzler. The series included a 5k, 10k, Fun Run, Kid's Run and Bike Race. The event raised funds and awareness for Faith in Action Medina County Caregivers. 

Dominique Moceanu Gymnastics Center

 Article and Photography Warren Watkins  Dominique Moceanu, Olympic gold-medalist and member of the 1996 US women's gymnastics team, has called Northeast Ohio home since 2002. Currently, Moceanu lives in the Hinckley area and has recently opened up the Dominique Moceanu Gymnastics Center in Medina with her husband, Dr. Michael Canales, who was also a former collegiate gymnast at Ohio State University. Together, they have…

5 Ice Cream Shops To Visit Before Summer Ends

 Article Emily Shea  1. Handel's Homemade Ice Cream  Offering every flavor your heart could desire, Handel's is a must-visit before school starts back in session. Their flavors range from traditional vanilla and chocolate to creative and outrageous crowd favorites Oree-Dough and key lime pie. 

Refresh & Recharge

 Article and Photography Emily Shea  1. Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World by Bob Goff  Brought to you by New York Times best selling author, Bob Goff, Love Does is a book about action, faith and most importantly, faith in action. The stories in Goff's novel are nothing short of amazing, offering unique and profound life lessons from…

Fun on the Farm

 Article Emily Shea | Photography Warren Watkins  Spring Mist Farms is not horsing around when it comes to having some summer fun. This third generation working family farm welcomes groups of all sizes to enjoy their plethora of family-friendly activities. Every Wednesday throughout June, July and August, Spring Mist Farms offers their summer event, Fun on the Farm. At Fun on…

Easy Peanut Butter Dog Treats

 Article Emily Shea  These dog approved treats have been a hit in my house lately. I'm pretty sure my dog would choose these treats over human food. OK, maybe not. But I think it'd be pretty darn close. These peanut butter dog treats are so easy to make and don't contain any unknown additives and processed ingredients that can be…

August 2018 Around Town

Medina County Fair This year marks the 173rd birthday of the Medina County Fair. Open for just seven days (July 30-August 5), this historic fair will offer traditional fair rides and games, concessions, the Medina County Bicentennial Picture Contest, Pick-Up Stix Stilt Walkers, special guest Kane Brown and much more! Shakespeare In The Square A Medina … Continued

Lifestyle Letter

It’s with much excitement and few remaining rookie jitters that I bring you Medina County Lifestyle’s Kids + Pets issue. This issue has been a joy for me to work on. I love both kids and pets, although I only boast having one of those two things. (I’ll let you guess which one.) However, I … Continued

Friends of Medina County District Library Book Sale

On June 1 and 2, The Friends of Medina County District Library held a book sale at the Medina County District Library. The Friends of Medina County District Library help support youth programs at the library by volunteering time and money earned from their monthly book sales at the Medina and Brunswick libraries. 

Soak Up the Sun in Style

 Article Emily Shea | Photography The Place  1. The Comfortable Outdoor Chair   How much you invest in furniture matters more than you may think, especially when it comes to outdoor furniture. The Telescope Deep Cushion Swivel Rocker is a prime example of a good investment that is built to provide lasting comfort. Folks just instantly relax when they settle in, even the…

Your Guide to Summer

 Article Emily Shea  Summer permits no excuses when it comes to having fun. Yes, sometimes there is work to be done. But it's also important to make time for moments that bring joy to your heart. Whether you're feeling adventurous or wish to enjoy a relaxing stroll in the park, these four summer hot spots are bound to bring endless smiles and create…

Memorial Day Parade

Downtown Medina kicked off the season of summer with a bang this year. Hot weather and a patriotic crowd converged at Medina Square and welcomed those participating in the annual Memorial Day Parade, which ended at Spring Grove Cemetary to honor our local service men and women who served and died for their country. 

July 2018 Around Town

Sandridge Celebrates New Addition On April 20 Sandridge Food Corporation celebrated the expansion of its Soup Kitchen. The 19,000 square foot project added several pieces of new equipment and infrastructure that have helped expand its capabilities and capacity. Sandridge is headquartered in the City of Medina and the expansion is expected to bring new employment … Continued

Lifestyle Letter

Out of all four seasons summer has to be my favorite. The warm temperatures bring smiling faces fostered by oversized ice cream cones and endless days at the pool. That’s why I am happy to bring you this issue solely dedicated to my favorite season.  Whatever your lifestyle–be that a full-time job, a family of … Continued

Game On

Have Some Outdoor Fun this Summer with Lawn Games Perfect for any Get-Together, then Cool Off with a Couple Sweet Treats. Article Nicolette Martin Mölkky Throwing Game Dick’s Sporting Goods, $29.99 Playing Mölkky: In this Finnish throwing game, use a wooden pin (mölkky) to knock over wooden pins (skittles). Be the first to reach exactly 50 points to win! … Continued

Drink for a Cause

 Article and Photography Warren Watkins  Summer is upon us and with that, so is festival season here in Northeast Ohio. The 2nd Annual Uncorked Medina Wine Festival will be held at the Buffalo Creek Retreat in Seville. The event takes place on July 20 and 21 and will give locals an opportunity to taste up to 80 wines from all over the world.…

The Inside Scoop: Buehler’s Summer Catering

 Article Emily Shea  Whether you're planning a large wedding or a small corporate event, Buehler's Fresh Foods Catering will make your life easy and your event outstanding. Buehler's Fresh Foods was established in 1929, and since their inception has sought to bring each and every customer a grocery shopping experience like none other. But in addition to their superb grocery services, Buehler's offers top of the line…

Dude Food

Whether You’re Cooking for One or Cooking for Many, These Easy Dishes are Sure to Impress Anyone Gathered at Your Kitchen Table Article Nicolette Martin FRIED CHICKEN SANDWICH WITH JALAPEÑO SLAW   INGREDIENTS (SANDWICH) 1 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon ground paprika 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder Cayenne pepper, to taste Boneless, skinless chicken breasts Vegetable … Continued

Become a Stronger You

 Article Emily Shea  Whether you're still aiming to perfect your physique or just want to get in a quick sweat before hitting the pool, this workout will leave you feeling stronger than ever. With a variety of upper body, lower body and core movements, no muscle is left behind. Take the workout up a notch by adding weight to the…

Golf, Steak, Cigars

 Article Emily Shea  Lose the suit and tie because it's time for a day with the guys. Whether it's been a stressful week at work or you just want to chill with the guys for a day, these three hot spots have all the necessary elements for a guys only daycation. Start your day off at the Shale Creek Gold…

A Job Always Well Done

 Article Emily Shea  Wise Words From Owner Ray Petrime  In March All Weather Heating & Cooling celebrated 20 years of business. Owner and operators, Ray S. Petrime & Joseph P. Brezovsky, Jr., said that their business's success and what makes All Weather Heating & Cooling stand out from its competitors is that Ray and Joe and their 22 employees always stand behind their…

Meet the Mayor

 Article Emily Shea | Photography City of Medina  Where are you originally from?  I grew up in the Brunswick area of Medina County, but moved to the town of Medina shortly after working for the police department.

6th Annual Bread for Brunswick Benefit Concert

On Sunday, April 29, Mapleside Barn in Brunswick, OH, hosted the 6th Annual Bread for Brunswick Benefit Concert. The event raised $8,800 for the Brunswick Food Pantry and over 270 people were in attendance. Featured bands and singers included Camille Marie, Polaris Band and 42 South.

June 2018 Around Town

Siedel’s Barber Shop Grand Opening Celebration The Greater Medina Chamber of Commerce and Main Street Medina held a grand opening ceremony for Siedel’s Barber shop in April. Owner Jim LaMarca opened the shop three months prior to the celebration, but said that he scouted out countless locations before deciding on a spot close to Buehler’s … Continued

Lifestyle Letter

Allow me to introduce myself, as I am an unfamiliar face. My name is Emily Shea and I am the new editor of Medina County Lifestyle Magazine. I have come into this position rather quickly, but feel as if I couldn’t have started at a better time. June’s theme, and my first issue with Medina … Continued

The Ladies Behind The Medina County Women’s Endowment Fund

 Article Nikki Rhoades  The President  Mary Isaac

Girlfriend Getaway: Why Women Love Wadsworth

 Article and Photography Nikki Rhoades  Wadsworth has a reputation for being a rural community, which is partially true. Yes, the city is overflowing with rolling fields and other scenic attractions, but it has also become an enchanting tourist destination in recent years. Its lovely Victorian Downtown, its local parks and wine cellars, and the pleasant people that call it home…

A Mother and Daughter, An Unstoppable Force

 Article Nikki Rhoades  Elegant Red Petticoat  Amazon, $19

May 2018 Around Town

Severance Hall Party Bus: The Cleveland Orchestra All Beethoven Concert The world-renowned Cleveland Orchestra performs Beethoven’s Leonore Overture No. 3, Symphony No. 6 (Pastoral) and Symphony No. 2. Franz Welser-Möst conducts.   Hop on the bus at Buehler’s River Styx in Medina May 13 at noon. Enjoy a box lunch, flowing wine, homemade cookies and … Continued