All You Need is Love—and Art

February is our month of art—making, collecting, admiring and learning. We love art because it gives us a glimpse of someone’s heart, the part of them we don’t see on the surface. We are all drawn to art in different ways. And in this issue, you will find we don’t confine art to its traditional … Continued

Five, Four, Three, Two, One!

As we begin 2020, a new decade, we set goals for what we want our future selves to be like. We take a glance back at where we have been and what we have done, and we try to remember to extend ourselves grace. January is a time to cleanse, to start fresh and not … Continued

A New Decade Approaches

Tender embraces, holiday celebrations, a few inches of snow—December always bares the most precious gifts. As the final month of each year, it holds the most sacred and selfless duty of all months—to give while letting go. We image the month of December is to us as a mother is to her children. A mother pours her heart and … Continued

Let’s Give Thanks

It’s that time of year again: the department stores are stocked with Christmas lights and chachkies galore, children are preparing their letters for Santa, the sweetly distinct smell of warm apple cider and freshly baked pies cascades from the local bakeries, and there seems to be a little extra magic in the air.  Maybe it’s just me, … Continued

Food, Glorious Food

Are you hungry, Medina County? We’re sure you will be when you read—or should we say devour—this issue, the most drool-worthy one of the year: the Foodie issue! We spent the last few months scouring the streets in search of the most delicious bites Medina County has to offer, and we found more than enough … Continued

Falling Into Fashion

In the magazine world, the September issue is the most anticipated arrival of the year. It’s the unofficial first look at this season’s fashion trends and predictions for the upcoming year. It’s the issue fashionistas can’t wait to get their hands on. So it is with much excitement that we present you, dear reader, with … Continued

Kids + Pets

As summer draws to end and nights that were spent around the campfire roasting marshmallows become all too quickly replaced by quiet evenings preparing for school the next morning, it’s easy to feel melancholy as we bid this sunny season farewell. While the days of sitting poolside outstretched on a lounge chair are quickly dwindling, the … Continued

Sweet Summertime

Summertime is a magical season. The kids are out of school, the sunshine seems never-ending and there’s no shortage of adventures that await. For many, summer evokes fond memories of childhood—sleepaway camp, family vacations and swimming until your fingers shriveled like prunes. In this issue of Medina County Lifestyle, we want to remind you why … Continued

June is for Gents

OK, gentlemen. You’ve waited patiently for your turn. Last month, we brought you our Ladies issue—it is ladies first, after all—and this month, we present our “Gents” issue, celebrating all things masculine. Of course, there’s Father’s Day on June 16, but there are so many more reasons why it’s great to be a guy this … Continued

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lifestyle Letter

Out of all four seasons summer has to be my favorite. The warm temperatures bring smiling faces fostered by oversized ice cream cones and endless days at the pool. That’s why I am happy to bring you this issue solely dedicated to my favorite season.  Whatever your lifestyle–be that a full-time job, a family of … Continued

Lifestyle Letter

Allow me to introduce myself, as I am an unfamiliar face. My name is Emily Shea and I am the new editor of Medina County Lifestyle Magazine. I have come into this position rather quickly, but feel as if I couldn’t have started at a better time. June’s theme, and my first issue with Medina … Continued

The Bond Of Sisterhood

If there is one thing that is certainly worth celebrating, it’s sisterhood. And I don’t mean just the bond between siblings! The bond that we share as women is an integral part of our community. We come from all sorts of backgrounds and walks of life, and yet we can all still relate to the … Continued

Spring Has Sprung!

It's finally April, and things are looking up here in Medina County. The sun is shining (in between the gloomy days, of course), warmth is returning to the region, and summer fun is starting to feel more like a distant reality than a cabin fever-induced day dream.

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…

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.

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…

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…

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…

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…

September 2017 Lifestyle Letter

Now that autumn is upon us, it's finally time to don cozier apparel. As the Medina County landscape transitions into a world of golden hues and pumpkin flavored everything, our wardrobe seems to transition into a collection filled with longer sleeves and rich colors. Area fashion experts aren't scared off by the cooler months that have descended upon our region...…

August 2017 Lifestyle Letter

As we enter late summer, it becomes evident that, sometimes, you just gotta kick back and enjoy a beer. After all, the days are getting shorter, and fall begins next month. While it is still warm and the scents of flowers still perfume the air, you might as well take advantage of a citrusy pale ale that tastes just like…

Endless opportunity 
for adventure

Now that we seem to have escaped the tumultuous weather leading up to summer, it's time to kick back, relax, and have fun! Fortunately, there are endless opportunities for adventure right here in our own backyard. From local golf courses to an epic scavenger hunt for kids and adults alike, you will never be bored. The best part is, with…

A Month of Celebration

It's June, and a lot of exciting things are happening this month. Spring is in the air now, but pretty soon we will be celebrating the longest day of the year on the first day of summer. The first week of June is Fishing Week, and, interestingly, it is also National Gardening Week. Best Friends Day is June 8, and…

The Wedding Issue

We've all heard the saying "April showers bring May flowers." What most people don't know, however, is that this phrase is actually referring to bridal showers and wedding bouquets. Okay, so maybe I made that up. But summer is indubitably a popular season for weddings. With sunshine and an abundance of natural flora and fauna, it is understandable that Ohio…

Home sweet home

Just a handful of months ago, I found myself in a new living space. I remember sitting by the fireplace, surrounded by boxes and plain white walls. I could not help but drink in the blandness of my surroundings with excitement, because I knew that within the following weeks the space would undergo a metamorphosis. Soon, the space would have…

Spring Has Sprung!

It is finally March, and the first day of Spring is right around the corner. I think after this particularly unpredictable winter, we definitely deserve the warm days and flowers that are getting closer and closer. I do not know about you, but as the earth awakens from its winter dormancy, my creative juices seem to kick into overdrive. All…

Girl Power!

It's February, and love is in the air! While you may be conjuring up visions of Valentine's Day, it is just as easy to think of the love you have for the people around you. And nobody understands love like mothers, the unsung heroes of Midwestern small-town culture.

Welcome 2017!

Happy New Year! 2017 is going to be a year full of great things—opportunities, memories, and, hopefully, a healthier me. I have made a resolution this year to avoid buying junk food and to take advantage of my gym membership everyday. Though I try to keep healthy on a regular basis, now is a great time to drop the "try"…

December 2016 Lifestyle Letter

Since Christmas is always a chilly time of year, it is the perfect time to read some news that makes you feel warm and fuzzy. This month, I had the opportunity to hunt down some warm stories to fill this issue with festive content. From cops and kids to Christmas coffees, we found a variety of local news to help…

From the farm 
to your fork.

As a lifelong Medina County resident, I have always assumed that agriculture was important to our local economy. However, I had no idea that it was our number one industry. I learned a lot about the processes and hardworking people that take our foodstuffs from the farm to your fork, and I think you will enjoy learning about this evolving…

Is the glass half-empty or half-full?

We all have people in our life who are blindingly optimistic, and we all have people that see their glass as half-empty. I learned while assembling this issue of Medina County Lifestyle that it does not matter how you see your glass because, either way, there is room for more wine.

Arts and Culture in Medina County

Congratulations to Brian Williams, who won our first July giveaway prize -- a lesson at Appex Shooting and Tactical! And Congratulations to Amy Carter, who won our second giveaway prize -- an auto detailing with Roger's Pearl Oil Change & Auto Detailing!

Pets in the Community

Working on this month's magazine was an amazing experience for me as the newbie on the Medina County Lifestyle team. When I formerly worked as a reporter, one of my favorite things to do was to provide a voice for those in our county who could not speak, and it was a lot of fun to continue spending my time…

Support local businesses, grow the community

I love Medina County. It's such a lively place, with so many activities, I can never get to them all. Our county library, recreation centers and beautiful parks offer exciting programs daily. There are charity balls, progressive dinners, fundraisers and volunteerism happening throughout the county. Artists perform on Medina's gazebo, at the restaurant down the street, and on a neighbor's…

Test Driving The 
Hot Wheels Issue

I don't know much about cars. Putting together this month's magazine was a bit of a challenge for me; that is, until I started interviewing some of our county's savviest car experts. Now I know a lot more about cars, although you won't find me test driving a race car any time soon.

All you need is love

Weddings are a personal reflection of the couple who plan them. Whether it's an elegant affair at an exclusive country club or a rustic party in a country barn, you and your guests are there to celebrate your love. And although every bridal couple positively shines on their wedding day, there are hundreds of duties and details they've slogged through…

Welcome Spring

I love spring…I am not referring to moving or jumping suddenly or rapidly upward or forward; nor am I referring to a resilient device, typically a helical metal coil…not even a place where water or oil wells up from an underground source.

The Interior Design Issue

Wood, metal, earth. That's how I describe the kitchen I renovated many years ago. The cabinets were a rich cherry, the hardware a burnished stainless steel and the flooring -- ouch -- an earthy, but unforgiving, slate that wreaked havoc on my lower back whenever I stood in the kitchen for any length of time – which was often.

A jug of wine, a loaf of bread — and thou.

Persian poet Omar Khayyam penned this sentiment in the 11th century and it still rings true today. Good food, good wine and romance all come together in February, the month of love. And speaking of love, we hope you'll love our February issue. We celebrate Valentine's Day with a look at fine dining, fabulous wine and beautiful diamonds. Plus we…

Inspired by Community

The day I drove past Coquette Boutique, I had to take a minute, turn around and pop in to meet boutique owner Carolyn and check out her beautiful store, where you can find all the latest fashion trends and styles. There’s no need for that shopping trip to New York when Coquette Boutique is just minutes from Medina! Carolyn quickly…