Orange Creamsicle Smoothie

It's time to hit the reset button after a month of peppermint bark-filled Christmas parties and sugar cookie bake-offs. Start the new year off right with this delicious and refreshing smoothie that will energize your body with essential vitamins and nutrients. The vitamin C in the orange will support a healthy immune system, the protein from the Greek yogurt will keep you…

Restoring Your Mind, Body and Soul

In unprecedented frequency, the words "stress" and "vacation" are being used in the same sentence. Go on social media and get bombarded with everyone’s political views, hardships and even comparing our own inadequacies to others. Another Monday approaches and we enter into the same routine of work, deadlines and family obligations, and maybe even daily disappointments. Over and over again, our mind and…

New Year, New Body, New You

At My Personal Trainer, owner and trainer Eric Schaefer has been showing his clients for years how they can transform their bodies with just two 20-minute workouts per week. Sounds too good to be true, I know. But it isn't. 

Women Uplift and Inspire Through Barre Fitness

A group of females enter the well-lit studio, dressed in comfortable gym apparel with body-positive affirmations or the company logo displayed across the front. One-by-one they remove their shoes and place their bags in the appropriate cubby. During the course of the workout, each person proceeds to perform with weights and do various moves on a ballet bar. Demi Lovato’s…

Financial Empowerment

As we welcome in 2019, most of us will certainly make New Year's resolutions that we feel will make us stronger, happier and healthier. These resolutions usually require keen attention be paid to exercise and diets. But what about our financial health? What kind of attention should we be giving to finances and investing? Bryan Glancy, of Spinnaker Financial Group, LLC, believes that the key…

January 2019 Around Town

Medina Experienced High Voter Turnout in 2018 Midterm Elections According to The Medina Gazette, voters in Medina County cast almost 75,000 ballots in the 2018 midterm elections, equating to approximately a 60 percent voter turnout within the county. This is a higher voter turnout than the state average. The Gazette also reported that Medina County “voted at a higher … Continued

Wellness Letter

January marks the beginning of not only a new calendar year, but also the opportunity for setting personal goals. That marathon you’ve told yourself you’re going to start training for for the past five years, let’s start now! Or maybe you want to try meditation or learn how to make sushi; whatever it is that you’re interested in, … Continued

The BASH

The 2018 BASH (Benefiting a Superior Hospital) committee thanks everyone who made the night a great success. The BASH raised nearly $98,000 for innovative patient programs at Cleveland Clinic Medina Hospital. Betsy Kling, WKYC’s Chief Meteorologist, was a great MC and shared her family’s great experience at Medina Hospital. Photography courtesy of Nancy Gatsios.

From Sunrise To Sundown

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Your Complete Holiday Gift Guide

One of my best friends has a sixth sense for interior decorating. She's so talented, but she's not even an interior decorator. (She's actually a nurse.)  I, on the other hand, like to wing it. My apartment follows no color scheme and is basically a conglomerate of items I've bought over the years simply because they look cool. And whether the person that you're shopping for…

Snuggle Up With a Good Book

 1. The Constellation of Vital Phenomena, Anthony Marra, BarnesAndNoble.com, $16  This beautifully haunting novel depicts the bleak and brutal times experienced by many during the wars in Chechnya, Russia. Set in December 2004, it details ordinary people trying to live authentic, meaningful lives in the midst of violence and ethnic strife. Anthony Marra delivers rich storytelling, elegant prose and memorable characters, making The…

Dear Readers,

As we near the close of 2018, I look back on a year filled with parades, concerts, historical programs, re-enactments, occasions of remembrance and times of festivity, during which the City of Medina came together to celebrate its Bicentennial.

Smartickles

Steve and Julie Bennett, owners of Smartickles Toy Store and Bennett's Route 18, have built their family-owned-and-operated business into a one-stop destination that has a little something for everyone in the entire family, including your pets. Bennett's Kennels originally started business on the property in 1976. From there the Bennett Family began selling amish-style gazebos, lighthouses, wooden bridges and other home furnishings. In 1995 Bennett's…

December 2018 Around Town

Elf Labs: FUN WITH SANTA Don’t forget to join Santa and his elves at Castle Noel’s Christmas-themed Elf Labs before it’s too late! There are only three dates remaining: December 1, 8 and 15. Each Elf Labs event allows children to enjoy six different unique stations where they will experience the magic of Christmas. They will be able to visit … Continued

LabTies & Tails Gala

Dog and Labrador lovers alike gathered on Saturday, October 6, at Medina Country Club for Lake Erie Labrador Retriever Rescue Inc.'s third annual LabTie & Tails Gala. Two hundred people enjoyed the Year of the Dog celebrations, complete with a silent auction, raffle, buffet supper and dessert. The gala raised funds to provide veterinary support for the rescue's dogs.

Lifestyle Letter

As the saying goes, time flies when you’re having fun. And time sure has flown by this year as we can’t believe we’ve put together the final issue of Medina County Lifestyle in 2018! It seems like just yesterday we were sitting down to write our January letter to all of you—talking about resolutions and … Continued

Happy New Year!

What a year 2018 has been for Ben Erjavec, part-owner and Executive Chef of Blue Heron Brewery & Event Center.  Erjavec and partners, Bill Rini and Mike Piazza, have watched their hard work and years of planning take a giant leap forward in 2018. This only adds to the excitement of what 2019 has to offer for them. The Blue Heron Event…

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

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

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!

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…

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…

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…

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

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. 

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…

Baked Cinnamon Sugar Apple Chips

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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…

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

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. 

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.