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10 Eco-Friendly Small Businesses in Ohio

Rikki Teeters

With climate change as a looming threat to the sustainability of our planet, it is up to consumers to support businesses that strive to make a positive impact on our world instead of a negative one. Luckily, it has never been easier to shop locally and buy with purpose. Ohio has many environmentally conscious small businesses and local artists that are making a difference on a local and global scale with their products and business practices. We curated a list of 10 Eco-Friendly Small Businesses in Ohio! You can start supporting these amazing local businesses today. Meet each of these talented local Makers at one of our upcoming Ohio Maker Marts!

10. Humble Hive Homemade

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Win The Ultimate Ohio Explored Getaway

Rikki Teeters

We are celebrating 3 years of Ohio Explored by partnering with four of our favorite Ohio luxury hotels for this amazing raffle package. Our winner will be announced on June 3, 2018 via Instagram.

Inn At Honey Run

Ultimate Ohio Explored Getaway Raffle Package (worth more than $1000)

3 Ways to Enter Our Ultimate Ohio Explored Getaway Raffle

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10 Healthy Juice Bars in Ohio

Rikki Teeters

Juice Bars are certainly trendy and for good reason. They typically focus on serving healthy, locally-sourced juices and meals. Ohio is home to some of the best Juice Bars in the world. We made a list of our favorites! Here are 10 Healthy Juice Bars in Ohio.

10. Off the Vine - Cincinnati, Ohio

Off The Vine Juice Bar

Photo by Off The Vine Juice Bar via Facebook

 

9. Midwest Juicery - Toledo, Ohio (served a several locations)

Midwest Juicery

Photo by Midwest Juicery via Facebook

 

8. Daily Press Juice - Cleveland, Ohio

Daily Press Juice Cleveland

Photo by Daily Press Juice via Facebook

 

7. Green Farm Juicery - Blue Ash, Ohio

Green Farm Juicery

Photo by Green Farm Juicery via Facebook

 

6. Zest Juice - Columbus, Ohio

Zest Juice - Columbus, Ohio

Photo by Zest Juice via Facebook

 

5. Rooted Juicery & Kitchen - Cincinnati, Ohio

Rooted Juicery & Kitchen - Cincinnati, Ohio

Photo by Rooted Juicery & Kitchen via rootedjuicery.com

 

4. Beet Jar Juicebar & Takeaway - Cleveland, Ohio 

Beet Jar Juicebar & Takeaway - Cleveland, Ohio 

Photo by Beet Jar Juicebar & Takeaway via Facebook

 

3. Native Cold Pressed - Columbus, Ohio

Native Cold Pressed - Columbus, Ohio

Photo by Native Cold Pressed via Facebook

 

2. Alchemy - Columbus, Ohio

Alchemy - Columbus

Photo by Alchemy in Columbus, Ohio

 

1. Restore Cold Pressed - Cleveland, Ohio

Restore Cold Pressed

Photo by Restore Cold Pressed via restorecoldpressed.com

 

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Native Cold Pressed

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40 Best Craft Breweries in Ohio

Rikki Teeters

We think it is safe to say that Ohio is the new craft beer capital of the US. Want proof? Ohio's 3 largest cities (Columbus, Cleveland, and Cincinnati) are filled to the brim with nationally ranked craft breweries and our small towns represent with their high quality brews. Here is our list of the 40 Best Craft Breweries in Ohio. Make sure to try them all!

40. Kindred Brewing - Columbus, Ohio

Kindred Brewing - Columbus, Ohio

Photo by Kindred Brewing via Facebook

 

39. Wild Ohio Brewing Company - Columbus, Ohio

Wild Ohio Brewing Company

Photo by Wild Ohio Brewing Company via Facebook

 

38. March First Brewing - Cincinnati, Ohio

March First Brewing

Photo by March First Brewing via Facebook

 

37. BrewDog USA - Canal Winchester, Ohio

BrewDog USA

Photo by BrewDog USA via Facebook

 

36. HiHO Brewing Company - Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio

HiHo Brewing Co.

Photo by HiHO Brewing via Facebook

 

35. Star City Brewing Company - Miamisburg, Ohio

Star City Brewing Company - Miamisburg

Photo by Star City Brewing Company

 

34. Terrestrial Brewing Company - Cleveland, Ohio

Terrestrial Brewing Company

Photo by Terrestrial Brewing Company via Facebook

 

33. The Brew Kettle - Strongsville, Ohio

The Brew Kettle - Strongsville

Photo by The Brew Kettle via Facebook

 

32. The Phoenix Brewing Company - Mansfield, Ohio

The Phoenix Brewing Company

Photo by The Phoenix Brewing Company via Facebook

 

31. Weasel Boy Brewing - Zanesville, Ohio

Weasel Boy Brewing

Photo by Weasel Boy Brewing via Facebook

 

30. Black Cloister Brewing Company - Toledo, Ohio

Black Cloister Brewing Company

Photo by Black Cloister Brewing Company via Facebook

 

29. Mt. Carmel Brewing Company - Cincinnati, Ohio

Mt. Carmel Brewing Company

Photo by Mt. Carmel Brewing Company via Facebook

 

28. Columbus Brewing Company - Columbus, Ohio

Columbus Brewing Company

Photo by Columbus Brewing Company via Facebook

 

27. Jackie O's Brewery - Athens, Ohio

Jackie O's Brewery - Athens

Photo by Jackie O's Brewery via Facebook

 

26. 16 Lots Brewing Company - Mason, Ohio

16 Lots Brewing Company

Photo by 16 Lots Brewing Company via Facebook

 

25. Lockport Brewery - Bolivar, Ohio 

Lockport Brewery

Photo by Lockport Brewery via Facebook

 

24. Rockmill Brewery - Lancaster, Ohio

Rockmill Brewery

Photo by Rockmill Brewery via Instagram

 

23. Hoppin' Frog Brewery - Akron, Ohio

Hoppin' Frog Brewery

Photo by Hoppin' Frog Brewery via Facebook

 

22. Brick And Barrel - Cleveland, Ohio

Brick And Barrel

Photo by Brick And Barrel via Facebook

 

21. FigLeaf Brewing Company - Middletown, Ohio

FigLeaf Brewing Company - Middletown

Photo by FigLeaf Brewing Company via Facebook

 

20. Rivertown Brewery and Barrel House - Monroe, Ohio

Rivertown Brewery and Barrel House

Photo by Rivertown Brewery and Barrel House via Facebook

 

19. The Woodburn Brewery - Cincinnati, Ohio

The Woodburn Brewery

Photo by The Woodburn Brewery via Facebook

 

18. Crooked Handle Brewing Co. - Springboro, Ohio

Crooked Handle Brewing Co.

Photo by Crooked Handle Brewing Co. via Facebook

 

17. Fat Head’s Brewery & Tap House - Middleburg Heights, Ohio

Fat Head's Brewery

Photo by Fat Head's Brewery via Facebook

 

16. Christian Moerlein Brewing - Cincinnati, Ohio

Christian Moerlein Brewing

Photo by Christian Moerlein Brewing via Facebook

 

15. Great Lakes Brewing Company - Cleveland, Ohio

Great Lakes Brewing Company

Photo by Great Lakes Brewing Company via Facebook

 

14. Nine Giant Brewing - Cincinnati, Ohio

Nine Giant Brewing

Photo by Nine Giant Brewing via Facebook

 

13. Lineage Brewing - Columbus, Ohio

Lineage Brewing

Photo by Lineage Brewing via Facebook

 

12. Warped Wing Brewing Company - Dayton, Ohio

Warped Wing Brewing Company - Dayton

Photo by Warped Wing Brewing Company via Facebook

 

11. Masthead Brewing - Cleveland, Ohio

Masthead Brewing

Photo by Masthead Brewing via Facebook

 

10. Listermann Brewing Company - Cincinnati, Ohio 

Listermann Brewing Company

Photo by Listermann Brewing Company via Facebook

 

9. Land-Grant Brewing Company - Columbus, Ohio

Land-Grant Brewing Company

Photo by Land-Grant Brewing Company via Facebook

 

8. Brink Brewing - Cincinnati, Ohio

Brink Brewing

Photo by Brink Brewing via Facebook

 

7. Seventh Son Brewing - Columbus, Ohio

Seventh Son Brewing

Photo by Seventh Son via Facebook

 

6. Platform Beer Co - Cleveland, Ohio

Platform Beer Co

Photo by Platform Beer Co via Facebook

 

5. Wolf’s Ridge Brewing - Columbus, Ohio

Wolf’s Ridge Brewing

Photo by Wolf’s Ridge Brewing via Facebook

 

4. Taft's Ale House - Cincinnati, Ohio

Taft’s Ale House - Over The Rhine

Photo by Taft's Ale House via Facebook

 

3. Rhinegeist Brewery - Cincinnati, Ohio

Rhinegeist Brewery

Photo by Rhinegeist via Facebook

 

2. Yellow Springs Brewery - Yellow Springs, Ohio

Yellow Springs Brewery

Photo by Yellow Springs Brewery on Facebook

 

1. Urban Artifact - Cincinnati, Ohio

Urban Artifact

Photo by Urban Artifact via Facebook

 

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HiHO Brewing Co.

Featured Photo by HiHO Brewing via Facebook

20 Best Ice Cream Shops in Ohio

Rikki Teeters

I scream, you scream, we all scream for... you know the rest. ICE CREAM! We have a livelong love for Ohio's locally made ice creams. From super creamy classics to modern spiked flavors, Ohio has an ice cream shop for everyone. We made a list of our favorites. Here is our list of the 20 Best Ice Cream Shops in Ohio.

20. Piccadilly Artisan Creamery - Cleveland, Ohio

Piccadilly Artisan Creamery

Photo by Piccadilly Artisan Creamery via Facebook

 

19. Mr G's Barn - Toledo, Ohio

Mr G's Barn Ice Cream

Photo by Mr G's Barn via Facebook

 

18. Mason’s Creamery - Cleveland, Ohio 

Mason's Creamery

Photo by @bre_cheezin via Instagram

 

17. Buzzed Bull Creamery - Cincinnati, Ohio

Buzzed Bull Creamery

Photo by Buzzed Bull Creamery via Facebook

 

16. Dietsch Brothers - Findlay, Ohio

Dietsch Brothers
 

15. Tremont Scoops - Cleveland, Ohio

Tremont Scoops

Photo by Tremont Scoops via Facebook

 

14. Mardi Gras Homemade Ice Cream - Columbus, Ohio

Mardi Gras Homemade Ice Cream

Photo by Amy N. via Yelp

 

13. Cowhaus Creamery - Oberlin, Ohio

Cowhaus Creamery

Photo by Cowhaus Creamery via Facebook

 

12. Tom's Ice Cream Bowl - Zanesville, Ohio

Tom's Ice Cream Bowl

Photo by Becca W. via Yelp

 

11. Hello Honey - Cincinnati, Ohio

Hello Honey

Photo by Mimi B. via Yelp

 

10. Aglamesis Bros - Cincinnati, Ohio

Aglamesis Brothers

Photo by Aglamesis Brothers on Facebook

 

9. Pav's Creamery - Akron, Ohio

Pav's Creamery

Photo by Pav's Creamery on Facebook

 

8. Z's Cream & Bean - Hinckley, Ohio

Z's Cream & Bean
 

7. Young's Jersey Dairy - Yellow Springs, Ohio

Young's Jersey Dairy

Photo by Karuna Z. via Yelp

 

6. Sweet Moses - Cleveland, Ohio

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Photo by Sweet Moses via Yelp

 

5. Velvet Ice Cream - Utica, Ohio

Velvet Ice Cream

Photo by Velvet Ice Cream via Facebook

 

4. Honey Hut Ice Cream - Cleveland, Ohio

Honey Hut Ice Cream

Photo by Honey Hut Ice Cream via Facebook

 

3. Graeter's Ice Cream - Cincinnati, Ohio

Graeter's Ice Cream

Photo by Graeter's Ice Cream via Facebook

 

2. Mitchell's Homemade Ice Cream - Cleveland, Ohio

Mitchell's Homemade Ice Cream

Photo by Mitchell's Homemade Ice Cream via Facebook

 

1. Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream - Columbus, Ohio

Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream

Photos by Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream via Facebook

 

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Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream

Featured photo byJeni's Splendid Ice Cream

20 Tasty Taco Shops in Ohio

Rikki Teeters

We never turn down a good taco. From authentic Mexican cuisine to modern fusion flavors, Ohio has some of the best fresh taco shops around. Have you ever wondered where to find the best tacos in Ohio? Look no further. Here is our list of 20 Tasty Taco Shops in Ohio.

20. Nada - Cincinnati, Ohio

Nada Cincinnati

Photo by Nada via eatdrinknada.com

 

19. Taqueria Tres Hermanos - Dayton, Ohio

Taqueria tres hermanos - Dayton, Ohio

Photo by Taqueria Tres Hermanos via Facebook

 

18. Uncle Tito's Mexican Grill - Akron, Ohio

Uncle Tito's Mexican Grill

Photo by Uncle Tito's Mexican Grill via Facebook

 

17. Camino - Cleveland, Ohio

Camino

Photo by Camino via Facebook

 

16. Taqueria La Loma - Akron, Ohio

Taqueria La Loma Akron Ohio

Photo by C D. on Yelp

 

15. Tapatias Taqueria - Cleveland, Ohio

Tapatias Taqueria

Photo by Sam L. via Yelp

 

14. Chiapas Mexican Grill - Dayton, Ohio

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Photo by Amy N. via Yelp

 

13. Barrio - Cleveland, Ohio

Barrio

Photo by Barrio via Facebook

 

12. Guerra's Krazy Taco - Springfield, Ohio

Guerra's Krazy Taco

Photo by Guerra's Krazy Taco via Facebook

 

11. Fresco Mexican Grill & Salsa Bar - Kent, Ohio

Fresco Mexican Grill & Salsa Bar - Kent, Ohio

Photo by Fresco Mexican Grill & Salsa Bar via Facebook

 

10. Taqueria Mixteca - Dayton, Ohio

Taqueria Mixteca

Photo by Nicole D. via Yelp

 

9. Condado - Columbus, Ohio

Condado - Columbus, Ohio

Photo by Condado via Facebook

 

8. Cuco's Taqueria - Columbus, Ohio

Cuco's Taqueria - Columbus, Ohio

Photo by Cuco's Taqueria via Facebook

 

7. El Camino - Cincinnati, Ohio

El Camino - Cincinnati, Ohio

Photo by El Camino via Facebook

 

6. La Super Torta - Columbus, Ohio

La Super Torta

Photo by Niki V. via Yelp

 

5. Gomez Salsa - Cincinnati, Ohio

Gomez Salsa - Cincinnati, Ohio
 

4. OH Taco - Sandusky, Ohio

OH Taco

Photo by Oh Taco via Facebook

 

3. Bakersfield - Cincinnati, Ohio

Bakersfield

Photo by Bakersfield via Facebook

 

2. La Plaza Supermarket - Cleveland, Ohio

La Plaza Supermarket

Photo by Sam L. via Yelp

 

1. Mazunte - Cincinnati, Ohio

Mezunte Cincinnati Tacos

Photo by Mazunte via Facebook

 
 

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20 Enlightening Art Museums in Ohio

Rikki Teeters

Art enlightens us. It speaks to our souls. Artists communicate their culture, identity, thoughts and feelings through their creations. Often works of art mean different things to different people. That is what makes it so beautiful. We are lucky that Ohio has some of the world's best Art Museums! Here is our list of 20 Enlightening Art Museums in Ohio. 

 

20. Taft Museum of Art - Cincinnati, Ohio

Taft Museum of Art
 

19. Decorative Arts Center of Ohio - Lancaster, Ohio

Decorative Arts Center of Ohio
 

18. Massillon Museum - Massillon, Ohio

Massillon Museum
 

17. Springfield Museum of Art - Springfield, Ohio

Springfield Museum of Art
 

16. Miami University Art Museum - Oxford, Ohio

Miami University Art Museum
 

15. Wexner Center of the Arts - Columbus, Ohio

Wexner Center of the Arts
 

14. Zanesville Museum of Art - Zanesville, Ohio

Zanesville Museum of Art
 

13. Fitton Center For Creative Arts - Hamilton, Ohio

Fitton Center for Creative Arts
 

12. Allen Memorial Art Museum - Oberlin, Ohio

Allen Memorial Art Museum
 

11. Canton Museum of Art - Canton, Ohio

Canton Museum of Art
 

10. The Dayton Art Institute - Dayton, Ohio

The Dayton Art Institute
 

9. Columbus Museum of Art - Columbus, Ohio

The Columbus Museum of Art
 

8. The Butler Institute of American Art - Youngstown, Ohio

The Butler Institute of American Art
 

7. Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland - Cleveland, Ohio

The Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland

Photo by Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland via Facebook

 

6. 21c Museum Hotel - Cincinnati, Ohio

21c
 

5. Cincinnati Art Museum - Cincinnati, Ohio

Cincinnati Art Museum
 

4. Akron Art Museum - Akron, Ohio

Akron Art Museum
 

3. Cleveland Museum of Art - Cleveland, Ohio

Cleveland Museum of Art
 

2. Contemporary Arts Center - Cincinnati, Ohio

Contemporary Arts Center
 

1. Toledo Museum of Art - Toledo, Ohio

Toledo Museum of Art
 
 

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20 Sizzling Pizza Places in Ohio

Rikki Teeters

We are always on the hunt for the perfect pizza. Luckily, Ohio has some of the best pizza shops in the world so we do not ever have to travel far. We asked our Instagram followers to tell us their favorite pizza places which helped us create our list. Get ready to take a pizza road trip around Ohio to try these 20 Sizzling Pizza Places in Ohio.

20. Mohio - Delaware, Ohio

Mohio - Delaware
 

19. Brimfield Bread Oven - Kent, Ohio

Brimfield Bread Oven
 

18. Dewey's Pizza - Cincinnati, Ohio

Dewey's Pizza
 

17. Wheat Penny - Dayton, Ohio

Wheat Penny
 

16. Two Cities Pizza - Mason, Ohio

Two Cities Pizza
 

15. 3 Palms Pizzeria - Hudson, Ohio

3 Palms Pizzeria.jpg
 

14. Park Street Pizza - Sugarcreek, Ohio

Park Street Pizza
 

13. Cocca's Pizza Boardman - Youngstown, Ohio

Cocca's Pizza
 

12. Goodfellas Pizzeria - Cincinnati, Ohio

Goodfellas Pizza
 

11. 5th Street Pub - Perrysburg, Ohio

5th Street Pub
 

10. Angelo's - Lakewood, Ohio

Angelo's Lakewood
 

9. Forno Kitchen + Bar

Forno Kitchen + Bar
 

8. Citizen Pie - Cleveland, Ohio

Citizen+Pie.jpg
 

7. Paulie Gee's Short North - Columbus, Ohio

Paulie Gee's Short North
 

6. Mia Bella Restaurant - Cleveland, Ohio

Mia Bella Restaurant - Cleveland
 

5. Crust - Cleveland, Ohio

Crust Pizza Cleveland
 

4. Harlow’s - Lakewood, Ohio

Harlow’s Pizza - Lakewood
 

3. Old Scratch Pizza - Dayton, Ohio

Old Scratch Pizza
 

2. A Tavola Bar + Trattoria - Cincinnati, Ohio

A Tavola Bar + Trattoria
 

1. Harvest Pizzeria - Columbus & Cincinnati, Ohio

Harvest Pizzeria
 
 

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Featured Photo by Harlow's Pizza

20 Delicious Donut Shops in Ohio

Rikki Teeters

Ohio has some of the best donut shops in the world. We make sure to stop and try local donuts during all of our adventures across Ohio. Here is our list of 20 Delicious Donut Shops in Ohio.

20. Marcella's Doughnuts & Bakery - Amelia, Ohio

Marcellas Doughnuts
 

19. Lil Donut Factory - Hilliard, Ohio

Lil Donut Factory
 

18.Becker's Donuts - Fairview Park, Ohio

Becker's Donuts
 

17. Crispie Creme Donuts (The Original) - Chillicothe, Ohio

Crispie Creme Donuts
 

16. Donut Lab Food Truck - Cleveland, Ohio

Donut Lab Food Truck
 

15. The Donut Experiment - Dublin, Ohio

The Donut Experiment
 

14. Jupiter Coffee and Donuts - Fairfield, Ohio

Juniper Coffee and Donuts
 

13. Amy's Donuts - Columbus, Ohio

Amy's Donuts
 

12. Destination Donuts - Columbus, Ohio

Destination Donuts
 

11. Oxford Doughnut Shoppe - Oxford, Ohio

Oxford Doughnut Shoppe
 

10. Buckeye Donuts - Columbus, Ohio

Buckeye Donuts
 

9. Holey Toledough - Toledo, Ohio

Holey Toledough
 

8. Duck Donuts - Dayton, Ohio

Duck Donuts
 

7. Bill's Donuts - Centerville, Ohio

Bill's Donuts
 

6. Bear Creek Donuts - Miamisburg, Ohio

Bear Creek Donuts
 

5. Peace, Love and Little Donuts - Cleveland, Ohio

Peace, Love and Little Donuts
 

4. Tupelo Doughnuts - Clintonville, Ohio

Tupelo Doughnuts
 

3. Brewnuts - Cleveland, Ohio

 Photo by @eatlocalohio & @cravetheland

Photo by @eatlocalohio & @cravetheland

 

2. The Vegan Doughnut Company - Lakewood, Ohio

The Vegan Doughnut Company
 

1. Holtman’s Donuts - Cincinnati, Ohio

Holtmans Donuts
 
 

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8 Must Find Food Trucks in Ohio

Rikki Teeters

Food trucks are one of the best ways to try delicious local foods and delicacies all over the world. Ohio has some of the best food trucks. Take a foodie adventure to try all of these amazing eateries. Here is our list of 8 Must Find Food Trucks in Ohio.

8. Tin Man Grill - Cincinnati, Ohio

Tin Man Grill
 

7. The Square Scullery - Akron, Ohio

The Square Scullery
 

6. Hott Mess Express - Cincinnati, Ohio

Hott Mess Express
 

5. Best Thing Smokin - Cincinnati, Ohio

Best Thing Smokin
 

4. Sophies Pierogi - Columbus, Ohio

Sophies Pierogi
 

3. Fetty's Street Food - Columbus, Ohio

Fetty's Street Food
 

2. Red Sesame - Cincinnati, Ohio

Red Sesame
 

1. The Little Kitchen Food Truck - Columbus, Ohio

The Little Kitchen Food Truck
 
 

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10 Places To Find Amazing Macarons in Ohio

Rikki Teeters

Macarons are delicious bite-sized desserts. Have you ever wondered where to find these delicacies in Ohio? Look no further. Here is our list of 10 Places To Find Amazing Macarons in Ohio.

10. Kelsey Elizabeth Cakes - Rocky River, Ohio

Kelsey Elizabeth Cakes
 

9. Michelle's Macarons - New Bremen, Ohio

Unicorn Macarons Ohio
 

8. KB Confections - Lakewood, Ohio

KB Confections
 

7. Bake Me Treats - Poland, Ohio

Bake Me Treats
 

6. Bonjour Macarons - Dayton, Ohio

Bonjour Macarons Dayton Ohio
 

5. Buona Terra - Cincinnati, Ohio

Buona Terra Cincinnati Macarons
 

4. Le Torte Dolci - Springfield, Ohio

Le Torte Dolci
 

3. Coquette Patisserie - Cleveland, Ohio

Coquette Patisserie
 

2. Pistacia Vera - Columbus, Ohio

Pistacia Vera
 

1. Macaron Bar - Cincinnati, Ohio

Macaron Bar
 

Featured Photo of Macaron Bar by Anjali Fong Photography

25 Ohio Bloggers to Follow on Instagram

Rikki Teeters

We love following local bloggers on Instagram. These awesome Ohioans are always exploring cool spaces and delicious restaurants. No matter your style or taste, you can find an Ohio blogger to connect with. We compiled a list of 25 Ohio Bloggers to Follow on Instagram. These are some of the best bloggers in Ohio. Follow them and come along on their Ohio adventures!

 

25.  Hummusapien - @hummusapien - Columbus, Ohio

Hummusapien
 

24. Cle Vegan - @cle_vegan - Cleveland, Ohio

Cle Vegan
 

23. The Samantha Show - @samantha_show_ - Cleveland, Ohio

The Samantha Show
 

22. My Life From Home - @mylifefromhome - Cincinnati, Ohio 

My Life From Home
 

21. Whole Living Lauren - @wholelivinglauren - Columbus, Ohio

 Photo by  @laurynbyrdystudio  on Instagram

Photo by @laurynbyrdystudio on Instagram

 

20. My Versatile Style - @itsmemeach - Cleveland, Ohio

My Versatile Style
 

19. Eating Books - @eatingb00ks - Columbus, Ohio

Eating Books
 

18. Girl About Columbus - @girlaboutcolumbus - Columbus, Ohio

Girl About Columbus

17. Two Girls One Cbus - @twogirlsonecbus - Columbus, Ohio

Two Girls One Cbus

16. An Explorer's Heart - @anexplorersheart - Columbus, Ohio

An Explorer's Heart
 

15. DDOTTS - @ddotts_ - Cincinnati, Ohio

DDOTTS
 

14. Kasual Life - @kasuallife - Columbus, Ohio

Kasual Life
 

13. Are You Kitchen Me - @areyoukitchenme - Columbus, Ohio 

Are You Kitchen Me
 

12. Columbus Foodie - @columbus_foodie - Columbus, Ohio

Columbus Foodie
 

11. Queen City Foodie - @queencityfoodie - Cincinnati, Ohio

Queen City Foodie
 

10. Merlot & Chat - @merlotandchat - Dayton, Ohio

Merlot and Chat
 

9. Eat Play Cbus - @eatplaycbus - Columbus, Ohio

 Photo by @exact_moments_photography

Photo by @exact_moments_photography

 

8. That's What She Eats - @thatswhatsheeats - Cleveland, Ohio

That's What She Eats

7. Vino In The Village - @emilyvdw - Columbus, Ohio

Vino In The Village
 

6. Simply Taylor - @simplytaylorblog - Columbus, Ohio

Simply Taylor Blog
 

5. Foods of Jane - @foodsofjane - Cleveland, Ohio

Foods of Jane
 

4. Our City House - @ourcityhouse - Cincinnati, Ohio

Our City House

3. Breakfast With Nick - @breakfastwithnick - Columbus, Ohio

Breakfast With Nick
 

2. Out + Outfit - @outandoutfit - Cincinnati, Ohio

Out And Outfit
 

1. Natalie Was Here - @nataliefolchi - Columbus, Oho

Natalie Was Here
 

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Blogger must live in Ohio.
 

Featured Photo by @nataliefolchi

10 Hot Coffee Shops in Ohio

Rikki Teeters

Ohio has some of the best coffee shops in the world. Last year, we toured Ohio to visit our followers' favorite coffee spots. During our adventure, we found that Ohio has some amazing coffee shops! Here is our list of 10 Hot Coffee Shops in Ohio.

10. Cheapside Cafe - Cincinnati, Ohio

 Photo via  Cheapside Cafe  on Facebook

Photo via Cheapside Cafe on Facebook

9. Six Shooter Coffee - Cleveland, Ohio

 Photo by Ohio Explored at Six Shooter Coffee

Photo by Ohio Explored at Six Shooter Coffee

8. Maddie & Bella Coffee Roasters - Perrysburg, Ohio

 Photo by  Maddie & Bella  via Facebook

Photo by Maddie & Bella via Facebook

7. Sure House Coffee - Wooster, Ohio

 Photo of @surehousecoffee by @graceejones

Photo of @surehousecoffee by @graceejones

6. The Roosevelt Coffeehouse - Columbus, Ohio

 Photo via  The Roosevelt Coffeehouse  on Facebook

Photo via The Roosevelt Coffeehouse on Facebook

5. Paper City Coffee - Chillicothe, Ohio

 Photo via  Paper City Coffee  on Facebook

Photo via Paper City Coffee on Facebook

4. Coffee Emporium - Cincinnati, Ohio

 Photo by  Coffee Emporium  via Instagram

Photo by Coffee Emporium via Instagram

3. Urbana Cafe - Cincinnati, Ohio

 Photo of Urbana Cafe by  Aaconn Photo

Photo of Urbana Cafe by Aaconn Photo

2. Rising Star Coffee Roasters Hingetown - Cleveland, Ohio

 Photo of Rising Star Coffee Hingetown by  arbela_c  on Instagram

Photo of Rising Star Coffee Hingetown by arbela_c on Instagram

1. Rustbelt Coffee - Toledo, Ohio

 Photo of Rustbelt Coffee by  @lylahrosewolff  on Instagram

Photo of Rustbelt Coffee by @lylahrosewolff on Instagram

 
 

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Italian Food Gems in Cleveland

Rikki Teeters

This is a guest blog post written by Alyssa Rodgers, The Mexitalian

Growing up, my mom’s side of the family always celebrated our Italian culture. Lucky for me, a lot of that celebration involved really delicious food.  When I moved to Cleveland last year I was so pleased to find so much great Italian food and culture. From Little Italy to modern Italian restaurants there are a ton of Italian food gems in Cleveland and the surrounding area. While this is certainly not an exhaustive list, here are several of the wonderful local Italian spots. 

Italian Food Cleveland

First up, I absolutely must mention Cleveland’s own Little Italy on the east side of town. A popular spot for tourists and locals alike there are a range of shops, restaurants, and cafes in the neighborhood. It’s especially lovely on summer evenings when patios are full and the music is flowing. Mia Bella on the corner of Mayfield and Murray Hill is a well known spot for their creamy tortellini. If you are looking for a quick ingredient or sandwich, Murray Hill Market is just what you need. They offer a small selection of groceries, beer and wine. Their fresh-made Italian sandwiches really hit the spot, with options like porchetta, eggplant parmesan, and roast beef with Italian peppers and provolone. 

Cleveland Italian Food

When it comes to bakeries in Little Italy, there are strong feelings from those who are team Presti’s Bakery and those who are team Corbo’s Bakery, two bakeries just down the street from one another. I happen to be team let’s have both! I love that you can have a sandwich or hot dish from the prepared food’s case at Presti’s along with a lovely pastry or a fresh-filled cannoli and a seriously good pepperoni roll from Corbo’s. 

Cleveland Bakery

Word on the street is that some of the restaurants in Little Italy source their pasta from Ohio City Pasta. Ohio City Pasta makes a huge variety of fresh pasta noodles and ravioli with flavors like lemon pepper pappardelle, and garlic chive linguini. You can find their pasta all around town in local shops, many grocery stores, farmer’s markets throughout northeast Ohio, and always at the West Side Market. Their delicious pasta will make for the perfect Italian feast at home.

Bakery Cleveland

Little Italy isn’t the only place around town for an Italian meal. 

In the flats is relative new comer, Lago East Bank at the base of the Aloft Hotel. The space is small but the food is solid. Their meatballs are tender and super flavorful, a perfect appetizer or side. They also offer an extensive happy hour to fill you up without breaking the bank. 

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Dante Boccuzzi is one of Cleveland’s most well-know chefs as he has been named one of the top chefs in the US. You can try his Italian food (he has several other restaurants as well) at Dante Next-Door in Tremont, The D.C. Pasta Co. in Strongsville, or grab a pizza and play some bocce at Dante’s Inferno in The Flats. 

Cleveland Italian Restaurants

Another house hold name is Cleveland is Zack Bruell and his downtown spot Chinato is another option for Italian in the city. This upscale 4th street spot provides a modern, upscale take on Italian food with hearty dishes like beef osso bucco with risotto, and paccheri, a large tube-shaped pasta, with squid and broccoli rabe. 

A bit more off the beaten path is Luca Italian Cuisine. The restaurant is known for being cozy and full of character, and the food hearty and delicious. Try the calamari, white truffle and ricotta stuffed pasta, or the pollo alla piccata, chicken with a white wine, lemon, and caper sauce. 

Cleveland Italian Food

The rest of northeast Ohio is not without good Italian food. Flour, an Italian kitchen in Moreland Hills, offers a really special Italian Sunday brunch. For the full communal Italian experience, go with the whole family for a special brunch out. The pepperoni biscuits and gravy is something special, or you can opt for a big bowl of Bolognese, or a wood-fired breakfast pizza, because Italian food is good at any time of the day. 

Cleveland Pizza

Finally, I couldn’t miss the perfect place to buy all of your Italian food needs. From imported ingredients, such as the the simplest and tasty semolina crackers, to a range of cured meats, Gallucci’s has everything you need. You can stop in and grab ingredients like fresh pasta sheets and ricotta to make your own lasagna, or frozen meals made in-house that you can enjoy with much less work. Try stopping in at lunch during the week and you will find a line almost out the door for one of their sandwiches or hot lunch counter specials. The Gus Galluci Company has been sharing fine Italian goods with Clevelanders for over 100 years and is truly something special. 

  Photo via Cleveland.com

Photo via Cleveland.com

Sunny Meade Alpaca Farm

Rikki Teeters

We have been following Sunny Meade Alpaca Farm on Facebook ever since we saw our first video of Baby Tut flopping around in their field. Sunny Meade is an alpaca farm located in Swanton, Ohio. They post daily wonderful videos of their happy Alpacas on their Facebook page. During our last trip to Northwestern Ohio, we took some extra time to meet these beautiful creatures and their keepers.

Sunny Meade Alpaca Farm
Sunny Meade Alpaca Farm
Sunny Meade Alpaca Farm
Sunny Meade Alpaca Farm
Sunny Meade Alpaca Farm

We learned the Sunny Meade Alpaca Farm has been in business for 19 years! Owner, Julie, was a graphic designer that fell in love with a baby Alpaca while working on an Alpaca logo. She says the rest was history. Along with her husband, Julie cares of these beautiful animals.

Sunny Meade Alpaca Farm
Sunny Meade Alpaca Farm
Sunny Meade Alpaca Farm
Sunny Meade Alpaca Farm
Sunny Meade Alpaca Farm
Sunny Meade Alpaca Farm
Sunny Meade Alpaca Farm
Sunny Meade Alpaca Farm
Sunny Meade Alpaca Farm
Sunny Meade Alpaca Farm
Sunny Meade Alpaca Farm
Sunny Meade Alpaca Farm
Sunny Meade Alpaca Farm
Sunny Meade Alpaca Farm

Along with raising and caring for the alpacas, Julie also has her own art studio where she creates beautiful pieces from alpaca fibers. She offers classes to local crafters!

Sunny Meade Alpaca Farm
Sunny Meade Alpaca Farm
Sunny Meade Alpaca Farm
Sunny Meade Alpaca Farm
Sunny Meade Alpaca Farm
Sunny Meade Alpaca Farm
Sunny Meade Alpaca Farm
Sunny Meade Alpaca Farm
Sunny Meade Alpaca Farm

Products from Sunny Meade Alpaca Farm feature a photo of the Alpaca that contributed fiber to your item! You can even meet your special Alpaca at the farm. 

Sunny Meade Alpaca Farm

And the best news is you can Become a PacaPal! Support Sunny Meade Alpacas by becoming a PacaPal! This great program allows long-distance Alpaca lovers to support the cause.

Sunny Meade Alpaca Farm

Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel

Rikki Teeters

We always love exploring Toledo. From Oak Openings Preserve to Maumee Bay State Park, Toledo has everything that an adventurous soul desires. However, we always find it difficult to find somewhere to stay during our Toledo trips. When we heard about the new Renaissance Hotel in Downtown Toledo, we knew we had to check it out.

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The Toledo Renaissance Hotel features a roof top bar, a top rated restaurant, and beautiful city views. We enjoyed relaxing in the hotel after a day full of adventures.

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We stayed on the highest residential floor during our visit to the Toledo Renaissance Hotel. Our room allowed us to see stunning views of Toledo, as far as the eye could see.

 Photo by Robert Wagner

Photo by Robert Wagner

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Toledo Renaissance Hotel
Toledo Renaissance Hotel
Toledo Renaissance Hotel
Toledo Renaissance Hotel
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Toledo Hotel Restaurant
Renaissance Hotel Toledo

When we woke up, our views had turned foggy but just as beautiful. We loved seeing Toledo from a new view point.

Toledo Renaissance Hotel
Toledo Renaissance Hotel Foggy Views
Toledo Renaissance Hotel Foggy Views
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Sprinly: Ohio's Locally Made Subscription Meal Service

Rikki Teeters

We have been big fans of subscription meal services since they came into existence. Often, we are too busy exploring Ohio, that we don't have time to go grocery shopping or cook healthy food. We have tried Blue Apron, Hello Fresh, Purple Carrot, and Plated. All of which failed to meet our expectations. The food was either damaged or delivered late consistently. Once the food was delivered, we still had to spend at least 1 hour cooking. Plus, it was impossible to eat locally while subscribing to out of state food services like those mentioned above. So when we found Sprinly, we were thrilled!

Sprinly is an organic meal plan service based in Cleveland, Ohio. They create healthy meals and deliver them to their clients on a weekly basis.

Sprinly Ohio Meal Plan Service

Our first Sprinly order arrived in a beautiful box and we couldn't wait to open it. They keep the food fresh and cool by using environmentally friendly frozen packaging. We opened the box to find a week's worthy of healthy prepared meals ready to be stored and then devoured at will. We have to admit that having healthy meals readily available saved us so much time! As vegetarians, we also appreciated that all of the meals were plant based. After falling in love with Sprinly we asked the owners, Mary & Ray, to tell us more about their story!

Sprinly Ohio Based Meal Plan Service

Tell us more about Sprinly & your background.

Our focus is all around making healthy eating as convenient as possible, so we worked with nutritionists and a doctor focused on plant-based nutrition to ensure that our meals are honestly healthy and we partnered with FedEx to ship our meals via overnight service in a refrigerated box with a biodegradable insulating liner to make sure our clients receive them as fresh as possible. Even more, we use organic ingredients, no refined sugars, no artificial ingredients or preservatives, and all of our meals are gluten-free! Currently, we have two weekly plans available: 12 meals for $199 or 6 meals for $109. Many of our clients either bring our healthy meals to work or enjoy a healthy dinner with a significant other or family during their busy nights at home. An interesting tidbit is that the majority of our clients are actually not vegan - they're mostly individuals who understand the positive health impacts of eating more vegetables and want to incorporate more of that into their diet as they look to eat healthier. 

Sprinly Ohio Based Meal Plan Service

How did Sprinly come to be?

About three years ago, my girlfriend and I both decided to quit our finance and tech jobs in San Francisco, without a backup plan. Mary and I are both planners, so up to that point, we always knew our next step, but this time was different. We were going to take a trip and backpack around the world, with no end date and no itinerary. During our trip, we immersed ourselves in each country and found ourselves meditating with monks in Thailand, visiting rural villages in China, and sleeping under the stars in the Amazon rainforest. It was the most inspiring and enlightening adventure we’ve ever been on, and it was incredibly humbling. After our travels, we stopped in Cleveland, where I grew up, to visit my family and to figure out our next steps. We had initially planned on looking for new jobs in the startup world of Silicon Valley, but we were taught a memorable lesson from a monk in Japan during one of our meditation retreats. He was our age, and he opened his heart to us one night. He told us that he truthfully didn’t want to be a monk, but in order to honor his father and carry on his family tradition, he was obligated to live as a monk for the rest of his life. A monk forever. He kept reminding us that we were incredibly fortunate to have the freedom to pursue our passions. That stuck with us.

Japanese Carrot Ginger Salad with Tofu

Our whole lives, Mary and I have always been passionate about living a healthy lifestyle (exercising, eating right, meditating…etc.), and while we were in Cleveland, we faced one particular problem: we couldn’t get a meal that was both convenient and healthy. Without preparing meals for lunch every day or cooking every single night, this simply wasn’t possible. Even more, we were tired of all the "healthy" claims in stores and restaurants when we knew by looking at the ingredients that those meals were not honestly healthy. The word, "healthy," has evolved to become more of a marketing claim, and that bothered us.

We knew we couldn’t be the only ones having trouble getting a convenient, honestly nutritious meal. This, along with our desire to have a positive impact with our career, is what inspired Sprinly. This is why we decided to design each meal with nutrition in mind first and why we work with nutritionists and doctors. This is why our service is plant-based, because we know that if we want to have the biggest healthful impact possible in our country, it has to start with Americans eating more vegetables. This is why we decided to make Sprinly a delivery service, so we can reach more people and make healthy eating as convenient as possible. And this is why our long-term vision is to serve the entire country, because if traveling has taught us one thing, it’s that we’re all similar, no matter where we live, and Mary & I believe that location shouldn’t prevent anyone from having access to convenient, honestly nutritious meals. Our mission is to spread health and create happiness - we want to give people their time back and make it as easy as possible for others to live a healthier, happier life.

In line with our mission, with meals purchased, we donate to mission-driven non-profits who share similar values. From day 1, we made the decision to build a socially-aware business, and we believe that by working together, we can have a larger impact and create a healthier world. We are still just starting, but we've put our life savings into this, and we’re committed to creating something meaningful - something that will have a lasting positive impact on people's lives, and we believe that starts with one of our most priceless and underappreciated assets: our health. 

Sprinly Ohio Based Meal Plan Service
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10 Reasons To Visit Yellow Springs

Rikki Teeters

Yellow Springs, Ohio is a Midwest Gem. Tucked in between local produce fields and natural wonders, this small town is like a dream. Here is a list of our 10 Reasons To Visit Yellow Springs.

10. Enjoy beautiful waterfalls at Clifton Mills & Glen Helen

 

9. Shop local at unique Ohio businesses

 

8. It's an artists paradise

 

7. The streets are lined with lovely artwork

 

6. See an award winning movie at Little Art Theater

 

5. You can bring the kids!

 

4. Recycling is a priority and even the trash cans are made of art

 

3. Pick up fresh local flowers & produce

 

2. Businesses are welcoming to all people

 

1. It is one of the coolest places in Ohio

There are so many fun things to do in and around Yellow Springs! Make sure to visit John Bryan State Park while you are in the area!

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