Brunswick’s Bierman Leads Memorial’s Mad Scientists

One of the many after-school activities at Memorial Elementary School is the M&M’s Club, also known as Memorial’s Mad Scientists. The club provides hands-on activities for fourth and fifth-graders at Memorial. 

Cru High School Cleveland Reaching Local Students

High schoolers love to get together to eat, play games, and have fun, so why not do it in a spiritually supportive environment? Cru High School is a program that helps students to do just that.  

March 2018 Lifestyle Letter

Life in Medina County is a dream, and it's certainly worth celebrating. Our county has some of the most picturesque communities in the entire state, and we are greeted to a beautiful scene every single time we step out our front door. No matter if it's still snowing or if flowers are finally breaking through the dirt--we've made our home…

March 2018 Around Town

Did you know the Friends of MCDL have regularly scheduled book sales and ongoing book sales in the lobby of every library location?  Did you know these include recently discarded books from the library’s collection and donations from the public?

Hunter Insurance Agency: A Small Town Family Legacy

Hunter Insurance Agency has long been a community fixture. Locals fondly remember Howard and Joy Hunter, who started their business from scratch in 1962. Their son and current agency president Dan Hunter, when a kindergartener, spent mornings at Ella Canavan Elementary School and afternoons at the Hunter Agency office, which at the time was a rented space above the former Old…

Live Like Never Before With Smart Technology

The future is here, and you won't believe how user-friendly it is. Budget Blinds, which helps you personalize your home space with a customized window covering solution, has seen it first-hand, and they're eager to welcome the new technology into the Medina community. 

Make America Green Again

Correy Petz had worked in landscaping and land care through college while he studied business and finance. After graduating, he was finally able to put on a suit and tie every day for work. However, when he was at work, he found that he missed the freedom of being in the great outdoors.

A Memorial In Medina

The Medina Rotary Club has been keeping a secret for years, and on July 28, a masterpiece Memorial that's been in the making since 2009 will finally be unveiled to the public. 
At the time, Kelly Low was president of Medina Rotary Club, which is actually one of two Rotary Clubs in the city. Other notable members at the time included…

The Interior Design Studio

For many of us, making a change in our home space is a big decision. You may wonder, how can I choose colors that I won't get sick of and accent pieces that will say trendy while keeping my space cozy and practical? With help from an interior designer, sorting through all of those decisions can feel a lot less…


 Five ways you can show the clutter in your life who’s really in charge.

February 2018 Hometown Hero

Choir is a time where you can sing and have fun, so why not create an honors choir? That is exactly what Adam Albright, the choir director at Visintainer Middle School, did.

February 2018 Lifestyle Letter

2018 is a big year for Medina County. Our county seat, the City of Medina, is celebrating its 200th birthday, and locals are feeling festive. The tone that this year has already set is overwhelmingly one of community, and all that warmth has made it so much easier to brave the cold that this winter has brought.

Readers’ Choice

Crystal Clinic 
4975 Foote Road, Suite 100, Medina
Your appearance contributes to your overall well-being, and nobody knows that quite like the staff at Crystal Clinic. At their office, experts address the entire spectrum of cosmetic surgery. Whether it is cosmetic or reconstructive, or surgical or non-invasive, their team of experts is equipped to tackle a variety of plastic surgery procedures.
You may…

DIY Vanilla Orange Sugar Scrub

Create your own DIY sugar scrub for a perfect Mother's Day gift for the women in your life. 

Local Students Earn Their Wings

In Brunswick, 2017 ended on a high note thanks to some local kids who earned their wings as selfless 
volunteers. On December 9 at 11 a.m., Willetts Middle School National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) students volunteered their Saturday to spend $5,000 at the Medina Target to buy Christmas presents for over 50 Brunswick area children in need of some holiday cheer. 

A Spring Roadtrip in Southern 
Medina County

It is no secret that the northern half of our county is home to some pretty fantastic places. When Scene 75 first opened its doors last year, the community hype was incredible, and many have found themselves returning to the coolest entertainment center around again and again. And, of course, when the snow finally melts, locals flock to Hinckley Reservation…


We don’t grow when things are easy. We grow when we have to overcome challenges. This alone is reason enough to exercise. Forget about the crop tops and short shorts. Most of us have moved past the “bikini as my goal” motivation, thank goodness. By all means, rock it if you got it, but also, show off that incredible resting heart…

Diet by Color

In the plant world, color and hue rule in terms of disease-fighting capability. Each color represents different benefits and the deeper the color, the more benefit there is. 

New Year, New You!

Happy 2018, Medina! It's great to be kicking off another year here in the most picturesque community in the state. And this year is a big one!
There are so many milestones that we as a community are going to reach this year. For starters, a new year means a new you. It's another opportunity to accomplish goals that you have…

This Year, Reach Your 
Maximum Potential

How important is it that the nervous system is working as efficiently and optimally as possible? That may seem to be a silly question, but the truth of the matter is that many of us neglect that aspect of our health, and it is due to nothing more than a lack of understanding.  
Like many of us, Dr. Matthew Hamilton,…

Medina Ice Festival 2018

For over two decades, the Medina Ice Festival has been gracing Medina Square with an incredible kick-off to the new year. The festival features over 85 sculptures designed Elegant Ice Creations and sponsored by local businesses, and skilled ice carvers from all corners of the nation travel to the Historic District to compete in both individual and team competitions. The festival is a…

Timeless And Trendy

"I believe you are chosen for this kind of work," says Cheryl Basilisco, co-owner of Esbi International Salon. She and her husband, Nuccio, provide services that beautify clients and enhance their lifestyle. "Everyday, you meet different people. They have different personalities and they face different situations. As a stylist, you have to put yourself on the back burner and focus…

“Stick With What You Love!”

It’s the New Year, the time of year when people are setting new goals. Of course, common goals for the New Year center around health and wellness. Yay!

What’s In Store For Medina In 2018?

On November 30, 1818, the community of Medina was formed. The quaint Medina Township, which was originally named Mecca, was made the county seat that day when its Public Square area was deeded by Elijah Boardman to the county. To bring the era into perspective, the Great Hinckley Hunt would take place less than one month later. The hunt is…

Happy Holidays!

Finally, the most magical time of the year has arrived. While the holidays are doubtlessly a magical time around the globe, there is something about the quaint Midwestern atmosphere of Medina County that just feels extra special around this time of year. Perhaps it is because certain areas, like Medina Square and Downtown Wadsworth, could easily make picture-perfect model train…

The Museum That Makes Spirits Bright

"Those of us who are 50, 60, or 70 enjoyed a very different childhood then children today," says Dana Klaus, who owns Castle Noel and Alien Vacation Mini Golf with her husband, Mark. "You would go downtown, and it didn't matter where you lived. Everybody had a downtown somewhere, full of fantastic stores. You would be dressed to the nines.…

Magical Holiday Memories: Medina Tree Farm

“We don't sell trees,” explains Charles Albert Reichheld III, Ph.D, who locals affectionately know as “Doc,” of the Medina Christmas Tree Farm. “We sell a Christmas experience.”

Buehler’s: Savor The Moment

Nothing completes family festivities like a deliciously easy holiday meal, and nobody knows how to do that quite like the catering team at Buehler's Fresh Foods. And, with 13 locations across Ohio, ranging from Coshocton to Medina, full service caterings are painlessly easy.

Scarlet Transportation: The Gift They’ll Never Forget

With the holidays right around the corner, many find themselves scrambling for last minute gifts. But how do you choose the perfect present? It is hard to gift clothing, as sizes may be wrong or the fit may not be right. Knick knacks just pile up, and nobody wants to kick off the New Year feeling cluttered. What about gifting…

How to Make a Ribbon Wreath

This is a great way to repurpose ribbons from past Christmases, making an elegant decoration for your holiday celebration. Coordinate colors with your Christmas theme or with your home’s interior design to create a festive and stylish seasonal design. Have fun and be creative!

What Christmas Means To My Family

Everyone celebrates Christmas differently, each family with their different traditions. My family and I come from an Indian background, meaning the ways in which we celebrate Christmas are far different than many others. For us, Christmas is more of a family holiday then a religious holiday. We cherish the time given and become closer as a family.

Riverstone Taverne

When the weather grows cold, nothing is as warm or inviting as casual comfort food. 
"I'm an electrical engineer, my wife is a software consultant," explains Bruce Iacovelli, who owns Riverstone Taverne with his wife Joyce Hicks. "We had a passion for food and decided to become restaurateurs in 2007." 
When the Riverstone Taverne opened in Valley City, it delighted locals with…

Gorgeous Gifts

Growing up, Deb Wasylko was always in tune with her artistic abilities. As a teenager, she sold her crafts to her schoolmates, and a passion was sparked. 

Giving Thanks

It's November, and Medina County is feeling as cozy as ever. The air is chilly, fireplaces are glowing with hot embers, and warm meals are tempting the taste buds. Now is the time to celebrate all that our community has to offer, from elegant furnishings to warm beverages and delightful cuisine. This is truly a great place to be, and…

Holiday Wine Pairings

“Rich, full-bodied whites like Chardonnay, Viognier, Gewürztraminer and Rhône White Blends pair delightfully with many of the dishes found on the Thanksgiving table. For example, pumpkin soup or butternut squash with brown butter and sage is a delicious match for a richly textured Chardonnay. The warmer spices of autumn, like nutmeg, cinnamon and clove, are complementary to this style of…

November 2017 Around Town

All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt. On January 19, 2018, Faith in Action Medina County Caregivers proudly presents the 21st Annual For The Love of Chocolate Festival. The For the Love of Chocolate Festival will be held at the Medina County Fairgrounds Community Center, 735 Lafayette Road, Medina from 6 pm to…

Homestead Furniture

Northeast Ohio is overflowing with remarkable attractions, but one would not typically expect to find an Amish-owned furniture store to be on that list. And yet, Homestead Furniture­ tops it, as this one remarkable shop is redefining an industry. “Amish built furniture is known to be traditional, typically made of blonde oak, and of durable, high quality,” says Codi Mast,…

Readers’ Choice

Medina County is a truly remarkable place to call home. Its historic streets, friendly residents, and way of life are entrancing. There is something here that caters to everyone, and we think that is something worth celebrating.

The Buzz On Bees

Love of honey is deeply-rooted in us humans. Between 8,000 to 10,000 years ago, humans began to collect and consume honey products. By 2444 B.C.E., cultures like the Ancient Egyptians began to perfect the art of beekeeping. Honey is a commodity that has become something of a necessity, and its history may surprise you.

Farm-To-Table Delivery

There are very few trucks that can claim that title of "beast" but this is definitely one of them. The 2017 Ford Raptor now offers a 3.5L twin turbo V-6 motor, putting out 450 HP and 510 lb-ft of torque. The 0-60 time is estimated at the low 5 second range. For a truck weighing close to 6,000 pounds, that…

A year of succulent seafood

A year of succulent seafood has crossed the plates and palates of many Medina County Lifestyle readers, and Kingfish Seafood--the upscale dining destination atop Restaurant Hill in Montrose—opened as the immediate, undeniable local leader in coastal cuisine is just getting started. Locals have fallen in love with everything from fresh-caught blue point oysters to sweet-succulent Maine lobster, as well as…

Strengthening Communities With Coffee

Coffee is a mundane thing. We consume it with such frequency that, oftentimes, it is easy to overlook its significance. We rarely consider what it takes to go from the farm to our cups, but the process is, in actuality, remarkable. What is even more remarkable, perhaps, is the role it plays in our own local economy.

October 2017 Lifestyle Letter

As it grows colder outside, our homes suddenly feel so much 
 cozier. Autumn is a season in which people thrive on coziness, so in celebration of warmth and family we've brought our magazine a little bit closer to home. From cover to cover, you will discover who's who in the world of interior design, and you'll learn hear some…

Violi Golf Outing

At the Inaugural Jimmy Violi Memorial Golf Outing, hosted at Shale Creek, attendees raised over $10,000 to benefit the National Parkinson's Foundation. Now that's a hole in one!

All Decked Out

Toward the end of this month, boutique fashion meets the beauty of the Medina County countryside at Buffalo Creek Retreat. Save the date for October 26, because from 4 to 9 p.m. a glamorous ladies night out will benefit an amazing cause.

Architectural Justice

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but photos just don’t do these two spaces justice. “You must see it in person to take it all in,” explains James Justice, Owner and Founder of Architectural Justice. “Our showroom space is composed of kitchen and bath vignettes, fireplaces, and a wine room, all of which mix styles and materials…

October 2017 Around Town

It was in the Summer of 1997 that it became known that the experienced and successful brass band director, Dr Keith M Wilkinson, had moved from Britain and was residing in the area. This knowledge inspired a group of brass and percussion players to invite Keith to direct a couple of sessions reading brass band literature. The enthusiasm generated by…

Lighting the Way With Whitmer’s Lighting

For decades, Whitmer’s Lighting has been serving Northeast Ohio. With locations in Akron/Montrose, Westlake, and North Olmsted, totaling over 30,000 feet of showroom space, the Whitmer family is uniquely equipped with the selection to bring any bright ideas to life.

Changing the Season with Color

Fall Solstice: The changing of seasons from summer to fall. Days are getting shorter, and evenings are growing cooler. The beauty of the seasonal shift can be reflected in your home through the employment of a few simple color techniques. Colors become brighter with Fall while our houses grow quieter, a combination that creates feelings of warmth, beauty, and calmness…

Tom Batiuk

In 1972, area artist Tom Batiuk debuted syndicated comic Funky Winkerbean in the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram. The comic drew from the community and environment he thrived within, and through real-life situations he encounters, he has developed and matured his characters. Employing a slice-of-life approach, he flawlessly creates a narrative that allows him to tackle sensitive subjects such as teen pregnancy, alcoholism,…