Lions, Expansions and Beers?! Oh My!

Everyone loves the idea of a family vacation, but the reality may sometimes fall a bit short of perfect. Once you’ve packed the bags, assembled the snack bag, found the sunscreen, rounded up the kids and gotten everyone into the car, many times you are still facing hours of driving and several rest stops before your final destination. Why invite…

Golf, Sun and Fun

 I bet Tiger Woods would eat and compete here.   Bunker Hill Golf Course + Bar and Grille, established in 2001 and reopened in April 2017, is owned and operated by Arnold and Cheri Ingraham in Medina, Ohio.  Complete with a 40-person deck, a lounge, an 80-person patio, a covered 120-person pavilion with an additional 100-person space outdoors—totaling 220 people—this establishment is the…

Maximizing Potential

Your garage should be a place you enjoy, not dread. Growing up, my family used our two-car garage as a storage space for all things old, new, out-of-season, dirty, rusty and even moldy. Aside from my parents' two cars and my father's toolbox, the room was unpredictable in nature because you never knew what you would come across while simply…

Dude, Let’s Go to Denver

 The Foodie  You must begin your day exploring the Denver Union Station. This 100-year-old historic landmark serves as a watering hole for locals and visitors alike. It has more than a dozen shops and places to dine, as well as a luxury hotel, and, of course, Amtrak trains and Denver's transit system.  One of Union Station's most recognizable diners is Snooze: An A.M. Eatery. The vibrant orange…

Words of Wisdom

Turn 100 years old and inevitably you get asked, “What’s your secret?”

Need for Speed

Summer: the season for so many things guys love to do—outdoor projects at home, fishing, baseball, smoking meat, golfing ... the list goes on and on. But nothing says to me that warm weather has officially arrived here in Northeast Ohio like the sight of someone who has taken their motorcycle out of the garage for the first time in months. 

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.

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…

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.

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.

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.…

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…

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.

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…

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…

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. 

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…

From Sunrise To Sundown

 Ingredients  French Toast  Peanut butter drizzle

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…

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…

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…

Feeding the Family

 Ingredients  Crumble  Filling

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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

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…

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…

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…

DIY Duotone Statement Earrings

Shake up your jewelry box with these handmade geometric earrings— perfect for yourself or as a gift for your best ladies Article and Photography Nicolette Martin Piece by Piece Use both your bent nose forceps and needle nose pliers to secure each end of the jump ring. Gently twist the jump ring to open the … Continued

Artist’s Palette: Getting To Know Mark Blake

Spring is in the air, and it seems that color is finally returning to the region. While lush greenery and floral blooms may finally be gracing Medina County's landscape, the interior of one local coffee shop has been alive with color and art since March. We sat down with local artist Mark Blake to talk about his first-ever art exhibit…

Grow Your Own!

Medina County is a splendid place to call home. Its landscape is breathtaking, its residents are friendly, and life in general is laid back here. However, while the county was once largely rural, much of that space now features neighborhoods and smaller yards. This spring, don't let a petite plot of land stop you from growing your own goods! There…

Spring Into A Yard You’ll Love

"My favorite time with the maintenance end of landscaping is when I'm out there with my hands in the dirt planting flowers," reminisces Kristin Bishop, Officer Manger/Maintenance Manager of JTS Landscaping in Seville. "When it's May and the sun is shining... a beautiful day is especially accented by those gorgeous annuals that really make the colors of the landscape pop."

K9s of Valor

Nate King grew up around dogs. He always knew he wanted to be a K9 Officer, so when Canton K9 Jethro was killed in the line of duty, King knew he could no longer sit back in silence.