Mustard Seed Market & Café

Mustard Seed Market & Café, a locally owned and family operated business in Akron, has been in the pioneering business for over 38 years–the pioneering of natural and organic food, to be exact. 

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

January 2020 Around Town

Readers Choice 2019 Continues! Medina County Lifestyle’s annual Readers’ Choice Awards continue all this month! In December 2019, we asked you to nominate your favorite businesses for each category. Now it’s time for you to vote among the nominees. To submit your vote, simply visit, voting period will end Jan. 31 at 5 p.m. EST and we will announce the … Continued

Made in Medina County

The Made in Medina County Manufacturing Expo was held on Oct. 4, at the Community Center at the Medina County Fairgrounds. The expo welcomed actor and manufacturing advocate, John Ratzenberger, as the keynote speaker, over 60 exhibitors, a robotics showcase and hands-on demonstrations. 

Finding Serenity

The mission seems simple enough: to eat well and to do good. Sérénité Restaurant & Culinary Institute on West Liberty Street in Medina not only brings a new choice for locals to eat at a fine, quality restaurant, but also an incredible program for their employees. 

Healthy Teeth for All Ages

Sinick Family Dental, a locally-owned and operated practice, offers comprehensive dental care to individuals of all ages, from toddlers to the wisest among us. Drs. Jessica and Christopher Sinick and the entire staff at Sinick Family Dental focus on providing preventative dental care, and are especially passionate about helping little ones stay cavity-free.

“Faces of Sacrifice” – A Tribute to Medina’s Veterans

The “Faces of Sacrifice” was a visual tribute to the men and women who served our country, including eight veterans living at Western Reserve Masonic Community in Medina. The gallery was captured by local photographer Nick Hoeller, and was on display on the third floor of the Medina County Administration building in November and December 2019. 

Rise and Shine

According to The American Academy of Medical Acupuncture, research into acupuncture as a medical treatment has grown wildly over the past 20 years, increasing at twice the rate of research into conventional biomedicine. A wide variety of clinical areas have been studied, including pain, cancer, pregnancy, stroke, mood disorders, sleep disorders and inflammation of muscles and joints. As the studies continue to be…

Your Holiday Gift Guide

There is something so enthralling about this magical time of year. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa, it really is a season of giving. And what better way to rejoice in this cheerful time of year, than by visiting some of Medina County's great boutiques for your gifts. These three boutiques offer everything you need this holiday season, with a…

Best of Medina County 2019

Medina County Lifestyle's annual Best of Medina County Awards has returned! (However, you may better remember it as our Reader's Choice Awards.) We will kick things off with a nomination period that begins on Dec. 1 at 9 a.m. EST. The nomination period allows you, our readers, the opportunity to nominate your favorite local businesses for a chance to be featured in the "Best of Medina County" issue.

Brunswick University Center Welcomes Three New Programs

Cuyahoga Community College’s Brunswick University Center is welcoming three new programs to its offerings.

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

Trivs for the Holidays

 Steak  - 16 Ounce certified Angus beef boneless ribeye  - Salt & pepper to taste

December 2019 Around Town

Medina Hospital Celebrates 75 Years of Service Cleveland Clinic Medina Hospital opened on Oct. 22, 1944, and admitted its first patient the following day. Originally, the hospital was the four-bedroom home of the Theodore Weidner family but was converted into a 35-bed hospital during WWII. Today, the hospital has 148 beds, more than 300 physicians covering over 30 areas … Continued

Third Annual Heroes for Hospice Charity Clays Outing

The Third Annual Heroes for Hospice Charity Event took place Sept. 10 at Hill N’ Dale Club. The day was filled with fun, clay shooting, prizes, full hearts and great food. Through community sponsors, donations and event participation, they surpassed their goal of $15,000, donating $20,000 to Hospice of Medina.

Age at Your Own Pace

Society has taught us that aging is a time of slowing down. A time to sit back and relax while we enjoy the view of younger generations celebrating their youth. At the Western Reserve Masonic Community, they don’t believe in society’s norms of aging. They believe that everyone ages at their own pace. Their promise to spark new beginnings is lived through their out-of-the-box programming,…

Faith, Family and Community

Faith, family and community are three very important things to me. While growing up in Brunswick, I was very close to my three brothers and sister. We did everything together–from family dinners to drive-in movies, to the many sporting events we were involved in and attending Brunswick United Methodist Church on Sundays. Sports were very important to me and representing…

Meet American Entertainment Owner:

Recently, we had the opportunity to sit down with DJ extraordinaire and American Entertainment owner Scott Hanna. Aside from being one of our great friends, Scott DJed our most recent Readers' Choice Awards Banquet in February 2019. And with the holidays quickly approaching, we know how important it is to have not only the best music but also the best entertainment for…

Level Up

Outdoor golf is typically weather-dependent, although now, one creative invention, in particular, allows people to get their golf fix in the rain, snow and other harsh conditions. 

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

November 2019 Around Town

New Senior Living Neighborhood Planned in Medina Western Reserve Masonic Community is building a new neighborhood on its 229-acre campus in Medina. The neighborhood is intended for adults ages 55 and up who are looking to maintain their independence, purpose and lifestyle by being connected to a thriving social community. The Palmary at Western Reserve Masonic Community will … Continued

Medina County Historical Society’s Open House

The Medina County Historical Society's Open House is held on the first Sunday of every month at the John Smart House Museum. The theme this year is the Women’s Suffrage Movement. They are focusing on the passing of the 19th Amendment by the U.S. Congress in the year 1920 while exploring the role of prominent women in Medina County. 

Cozy Up Your Home

Take a cue from the Scandinavian concept of hygge and welcome the transition of summer to autumn with a relaxing refresh Pumpkin spice, apple cinnamon and a hot cup of cocoa. Fall is all about getting warm and comfy as a chill hits the air—preparing yourself for winter, and cherishing those final moments of summer.  … Continued

Premier Craftsmanship with an Affordable Price Tag

It's unfair to assume that as a business grows and expands, the quality of its product or service will suffer and it increases the output or quantity of said product or service. At least, that's definitely the case for locally owned and operated Medina Flooring. 

Hassle-Free Holidays

Finally, the holiday season is upon us! Time to head into the basement and go through all those large plastic storage containers filled with Christmas decorations to see which ones need to be replaced and which of your old favorites will be put up again to give the holidays that special, festive feel. 

A Very Special Place to Call Home

Jill and Jeff Risner, owners of The Echelon of Medina, an independent and assisted living/memory care complex, have so much to be thankful for this year, as their facility approaches its first full year in the business. At the top of their list is The Echelon's amazing location, situated just four blocks from the center of town, as well as the facility's passionate and skilled employees who…

Eating Emerald City

This Pacific Northwest city, dubbed the Emerald City for its abundance of greenery, offers one of the most unique and notable culinary experiences in the United States. One of the main reasons for this is Seattle's community of forward-thinking chefs that have an unwavering commitment to sourcing only the finest fresh and locally grown ingredients. From mom-and-pop shops that have been doing business for more than a…

Meet the Owner:

 How long have you owned Riverstone Taverne?  Twelve years.  What’s your favorite thing about owning your own business?

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

October 2019 Around Town

Medina Hospital’s Emergency Department Receives Award This summer, Medina Hospital’s Emergency Department was awarded with the Emergency Nurses Association Lantern Award for demonstrating exceptional care and performance in advocacy, education, leadership, practice and research. The emergency department will hold this distinction for three years. For more information about the award, visit Avon Brewing Co. Opening New Location … Continued

46th Annual Art in the Park Fine Art Show

The 46th annual Art in the Park Fine Art Show featured more than 130 different art vendors and exhibits. People from all across the county gathered to enjoy the beautiful weather, fine art and a good time with friends and family.

Love in a Brewery

Hundreds of white chairs line the neatly manicured grass in a circular motion. 

Let’s Get Cookin’

 25 minutes plus 1 hour to marinate  6 servings  Ingredients

Keeping Things Fresh

When longtime Timber Lodge Steakhouse owner Ron Levitt decided it was time to retire and step away from the restaurant business, he knew he needed to bring in someone local (and private) who was committed to keeping the restaurant's fine reputation as one of the premier steakhouses in Northeast Ohio. 

Drink Tea and Shop in Style

Ed Wright and his wife, Dinah, the owners of Miss Molly’s Tea Room, Gift Shop, Fashion Boutique and Medina Funtastic Toyz, operate the businesses with a professional team of managers and employees. They are now in their 21st year of ownership of Miss Molly’s. The fashion boutique opened in November 2014, while the toy store opened in May 2013. In addition…

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

September 2019 Around Town

Medina Hospital Cereal Drive Supports Feeding Medina County In June, Medina Hospital nursing staff teamed up with nurses at Lodi Hospital and the Life Support Team to deliver more than 600 boxes of cereal to Feeding Medina County. Feeding Medina County is a local 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that works to feed families in need in Medina County … Continued

Uncorked Medina Wine Festival

In July, the Uncorked Medina Wine Festival returned for its third year at Buffalo Creek Retreat. The two-day event featured Ohio wines, locally crafted beers, food trucks, live music and the option to attend the Friday night Sip & Savor event and the Saturday evening Twilight Dinner (for an extra price). All proceeds supported the Friends of Medina … Continued

48 Hours in the Fashion Capital of the U.S.

New York City is the place to go for all things fashion. It's been long deemed one of the big four fashion pillars in the world, along with Paris, Milan and London. Being that it's the only fashion mecca in the United States and direct flights are easy to come by (and typically decently priced), visiting the Concrete Jungle is a no-brainer—especially…

The Echelon of Medina

Members of the brand-new independent and assisted living community The Echelon of Medina have all the amenities (and more!) that one could hope for when searching for the perfect place to call home. 

Six Generations of Fine Craftsmanship

Celebrating 160 years in business, Leopold's Fine Home Furnishings is one of the oldest furniture retailers in the nation. It has been continuously operated by the Leopold family for six generations. 

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

August 2019 Around Town

“In the Style of Masters” Art Show The Medina County District Library is currently holding its “In the Style of Masters” Art Show at the Medina Library B. Smith Gallery. The show began on July 29, and artwork will remain on exhibit until Aug. 25. It features paintings in a variety of mediums, all created by The Clever Artisans. … Continued

Medina County Lifestyle Mixer

On Thursday, May 24, Medina County Lifestyle hosted a mixer event at one of Modern Home Concepts' beautiful model homes. We had such a great time with our clients, friends and members of the community. 

Hope Recovery Community’s Ride 4 Recovery

On June 22, Hope Recovery Community hosted the Ride 4 Recovery event. More than 250 people, including more than 100 riders who rode 100 miles. The ride started at Heartland Community Church and ended at Cornerstone Chapel, where the Recovery Festival took place. The festival included community resource tables and more than 60 different organizations. The … Continued

Fido-Approved Funhouse

When it comes to finding a Fido-approved pet groomer and boarder, Dog Gone Crazy: A Canine & Feline Funhouse! is the place to go in Medina County. As the name suggests, Dog Gone Crazy offers a fun and worry-free experience for you and your pets, removing the stress from an ordeal that may typically cause distress. Whether you need to board your pet for a…

Give Your Backyard Purpose

On a beautiful sunny afternoon, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Steve and Julie Bennett, owners of Bennett's on Medina Road, to discuss the secret to their success and their longevity in the business. 

Art, Food and … Aliens?

 1. Alien Vacation Mini Golf  I think ET would most definitely feel at home in this golf course.   Alien Vacation Mini Golf, Northeast Ohio's premier 3D mini golf experience, is conveniently located right beside Castle Noel, the Christmas attraction that opened in November 2013. Alien Vacation opened just a few months later in April 2013 and is owned by Dana and Mark Klaus. It offers an indoor 3D virtual…

Jilbert Winery & Brewery

As I sit next to Dave Jilbert, owner of Jilbert Winery & Brewery, on a pleasant "Thirsty Thursday" evening, it was easy for me to see that his attention wasn't solely focused on me for the purpose of our meeting. Instead, Dave's eyes were, for the most part, concentrating on his guests to make sure their every need was being taking care of. 

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…