From One Woman to Another

“She believed she could, so she did.” –R.S. Grey Ladies, this one’s for you. In this issue, we highlight all the wonderful women in our community—artists, business owners and women in the medical field, just to name a few. The following pages are filled with stories to inspire us all to appreciate the women in our lives and to … Continued

May 2019 Around Town

City of Medina Building Department Receives Recognition The City of Medina Building Department was the recipient of the 2018 Dave Smith Building Department Award. The accolade was presented by the Ohio Department of Commerce Board of Building Standards on March 4 and recognized the department for its excellent customer service and work toward furthering the Board’s mission and goals.  Cleveland … Continued

The Ladies of OBGYN Associates of Akron

OBGYN Associates of Akron, the only local all-female group of OB/GYN physicians in the area, is celebrating its 50th year in business. Medina County Lifestyle sat down with a few of the individuals who help make the practice one of the top OB/GYN offices in Northeast Ohio.

Medina County Home & Garden Show

The Medina County Home & Garden Show was held at the Medina County Community Center Mach 2–3. There were more than 130 exhibitors from the home and garden industry, as well as many beautiful flower and plant displays. The weekend event was a wonderful kick-off to spring. Photography by Hannah Predojev

Tru Destiny

Meet Sue Costigan, local businesswoman and owner of Medina County's only Barre fitness facility, Tru Barre Studio. Since opening in June, Sue's studio has experienced immense success due to her passion for Barre fitness and her tenacious spirit. This month, Medina County Lifestyle sat down with Susan to learn a little more about Tru Barre and the story behind her success.

Timeless Beauty

With just a few products and a few minutes, these quick makeup routines add a little something extra when you don’t have time to spare Makeup brush 101 Your guide to must-have makeup brushes   01 | ANGLED CONTOUR Use this to apply blush, bronzer or highlighter. The angled cut flawlessly defines and highlights your features. … Continued

Diving into the Art Realm

Walking into the breathtaking gallery, dozens of canvases are showcased throughout the room. People silently admire each piece and take in the beauty of what is before them. Art is a celebration of one’s vivid imagination, where various colors, textures and images are explored. Art is an expression, where thinking is not confined and one has the ability to expand their…

Stress and the Skin: Psoriasis, Eczema and Rashes

As if you needed one more thing to worry about: your skin, hair and nails can be directly affected by the amount of daily stress you’re experiencing. How is that possible? Stress can cause a chemical reaction or defense response in your body. It can also make it harder for skin irritations and diseases to heal.

Going Green

Do you hear that? It’s the sound of nature springing to life after a long winter’s nap. Birds are chirping, flowers are blooming and children are playing outside as the weather gets warmer and the days grow longer. This month at Medina County Lifestyle, we bring you our Eco issue in honor of Earth Day … Continued

It Pays to Be Eco-Friendly

 Energy Tax Credits  Many of the residential Energy Tax Credits for improving your personal residence are gone for 2018. However, the remaining ETCs are available for Solar Water Heating, Solar Electric, Small Wind Energy, Geothermal Heat Pump and Fuel Cells. The credit is equal to 30 percent of the costs, including labor (Fuel Cells limited to $500). The credit is available to new…

April 2019 Around Town

86th Annual Series of Spring Bird Walks The 86th Annual Series of Spring Bird Walks begins on April 13 and will be held every Saturday at 7:30 a.m. through May 18. Guests will have the opportunity to watch as many beautiful migrating spring birds return or travel through the area to their summer breeding grounds. The spring … Continued

Medina County Lifestyle’s Readers’ Choice Celebration

The winners of Medina County Lifestyle's Readers' Choice Awards gathered for an evening celebration at Jilbert Winery Feb. 7. Award winners were recognized, and delicious appetizers, drinks and dinner were served. Medina County Lifestyle would like to thank Buehler's, Jilbert Winery and Blue Heron for helping us create such a special event. Photography by Warren Watkins  

Only the Good Stuff

All-Ohio Beef, Beer & More. What more could you ask for? I guess that's why Ohio-based burger bar The Rail made it not only its slogan but its namesake.

Attractions and More in Medina Square

Traveling on foot throughout Medina Square, I spent the afternoon browsing shops with tea in hand, bundled up in snug winter apparel. Letting my sense of wonder and adventure take over, I came to find four attractions that I could not wait to tell my friends and family about once I arrived home. 

Eco-Friendly Must-Haves

 1. Matt & Nat Raylan Med Diaper Bag, $195, MattAndNat.com  This chic diaper bag is made with vegan leather and recycled nylon, materials that are less harmful for the environment than traditional textiles. The recycled nylon lining of the bag is made with 100 percent recycled plastic bottles–21 to be exact. Plus, it has an adjustable and removable strap, a changing pad,…

How to Be an Effective and Supportive Long-Distance Caregiver

Loving a senior from far away can pull at your heartstrings. Too often, you might feel you are hindered by the miles between you and unable to provide the kind of care you would in person. However, there are many ways you can bridge the distance, ensuring your loved one has the necessary support for good health and quality of life.…

This Is Home

Warm sunlight streams throughout the room, as if spreading its arms wide and saying, “hug me” in the most gentle way. A furry friend finds comfort in the chestnut brown hardwood floor and lies outstretched on an eggshell-colored carpet, sleeping soundly. In one corner, a tall fern leans against the wall like a shy child at a school dance. A stone…

Home Sweet Home

“Home is where the heart is.” It’s a common phrase meaning that our homes are a central place in our lives—where we rest our heads, nourish our bodies and make fond memories with loved ones. It’s the epicenter of our worlds, where we start and end each day, and where we keep our most prized … Continued

Perfect Power Wash

One of the most cost-effective ways you can keep up the value of your home is with a thorough exterior cleaning, adding curb appeal and making a great first impression on friends, family and all passers-by. According to the National Association of Realtors, a complete power washing of a home’s exterior can increase resale value by more than $15,000. For such a…

March 2019 Around Town

Neil Simon’s Brighton Beach Memoirs The Medina County Show Biz Company presents Neil Simon’s Brighton Beach Memoirs at the Haddad Theater in the Medina County Administration Building on weekends from March 8 until March 24. (There will be no show on March 17.) The play is directed by Bob Kenderes and will be offered at 7:30 p.m. … Continued

Decor and More in Sugarcreek

Walking into the business, one is greeted kindly with a smile and offered a cup of coffee. Taking in the surroundings, my eye immediately gravitates towards the very impressive, very colorful selection of candles. Some are medium-sized, some large and some are bigger than my entire head. Browsing everything in awe, the candle descriptions range from “Belgian Pecan Waffles” and “Grandma’s Kitchen” to…

JTS Landscaping

Last month’s issue of Medina County Lifestyle magazine saw JTS Landscaping win our Readers' Choice Award for Best Landscape/Lawn Care business in Medina County. This month, we take a closer look at the successful business with owner Joe Pavlovicz and his sister and office manager, Kristin Bishop, to see what it is that sets them apart from the rest.

Lifestyle Letter

We are so excited to bring you our annual Reader’s Choice issue!  This issue has been completely designed with you, our readers, in mind–and even with a little bit of your help! Within this issue you will find our 2019 Readers’ Choice Awards that were decided by you. This year’s winners are a collection of local businesses and … Continued

Readers’ Choice 2019

 Best Cosmetic Surgeon: Ponsky & Frankel Facial Plastic Surgery  3700 Park East Drive, Suite 160, Beachwood 216.342.5150 clevelandfacialplastics.com  Ponsky & Frankel Facial Plastic Surgery has been open for two-and-a-half-years, and specializes in facial aesthetic surgeries, including “invasive or non-invasive therapies,” according to double-board certified surgeon, Dr. Diana Ponsky. Procedures include eyelid lifts, fillers, hair transplants and more. Dr. Jonathan Frankel, a…

Meet Our Editor

 Where are you from?  I'm from Asheville, NC, and I graduated with a degree in Mass Communications from the University of North Carolina Asheville in May 2018.  Did you always know you wanted to be a magazine editor?

February 2019 Around Town

Adult Winter Reading Celebration The Medina County District Library’s Adult Winter Reading Celebration is currently underway, and will continue until March 2, 2019. The celebration allows adults the opportunity to read for the chance to win gift cards. Adults can enter the title of every book, eBook, audiobook, downloadable audiobook or Playaway that they read in throughout February … Continued

The Art of Indy

Newsflash: This capital city is much more than motorsports, football and basketball. While Indianapolis is great for all things sports-related, that's not all it's good for. In fact, it arguably offers one of the most notable up-and-coming art scenes in the country. Here are four ways Indy is challenging its "sports town" stereotype and why it's worth visiting for its art scene alone. 

The Christmas Groove Benefit Concert

The Annual Christmas Groove Benefit Concert was a huge success. Approximately 5,700 people attended and they collectively donated $50,223.57 to Safe Families. The Christmas Groove Benefit Concert has generated over $190,209 for local charities since beginning in 2010. Photography courtesy of Aleks Lozovskiy.

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…

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…

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…

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

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!

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…