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.

Medina County Markets

With summer just around the corner, locals are gearing up for the promise of summertime produce. While a few veggies are beginning to pop up now, the true splendor of the seasonal harvest is awaiting in the near future. Fortunately for locals, Medina County is overflowing with local produce and homemade goodies. You can pick up your favorites at these…

Preservation Instinct

My garden is official going wild. From now until October it will be a part-time project to upkeep, harvest, cook and preserve all the goodies that our harvest is giving us. First up in our garden preserving process are PICKLES. The cucumber vines are going off, and I couldn’t be happier. This is my third year growing cucumbers and, finally,…

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.

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…

MINIMALIZE YOUR SPACE

 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.
 

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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…

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. 

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. 

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,…

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!

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.”

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.

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…

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,…

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.

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…