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

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

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…

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…

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…

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

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

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…

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?

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

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…

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

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

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.

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…

From Sunrise To Sundown

 Ingredients  French Toast  Peanut butter drizzle

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…

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.

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

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.

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

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…

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!

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…

5 Kitchen Gadgets That Will Take Your Cooking to the Next Level

Whether you consider yourself a casual chef–making wholesome family meals like meatloaf and roasted chicken–or a culinary master, there's something so exciting about trying a new gadget in the kitchen. Maybe you love to bake (check out No. 2) or you're dying to try your hand at sous-vide cooking (No. 5 is calling your name)–regardless, it's nice to have a little…

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

October 2018 Around Town

New Assistant Director at MCDL In early August, Medina County Library District welcomed Julianne Bedel as their new Assistant Director.  Bedel has worked in libraries since she was fifteen and is a member of the American Library Association and the Ohio Library Council where she serves in leadership roles and on committees.  Prior to MCDL, Bedel was the … Continued

Affair On The Square

Sunday, August 12, was a perfect summer day to spend in downtown Medina for the Affair On The Square Craft Festival.  Over 150 artisans put their arts and crafts on display for all to enjoy and there was great local food trucks as well as live music from Hollywood Slim and blues artist, Wallace Coleman.