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5 Small Businesses Creating a Healthier Cleveland

Rikki Teeters

Written by: Meach Zavodny of the fashion and lifestyle blog "My Versatile Style"

There's no doubt that wellness has become #trendy. In a quick scroll through Instagram you're almost guaranteed to find a friend's gym selfie or an artsy photo of avocado toast - if not both. And although it can be argued that some people go a little too far with the #fitspo, I personally love the fact that an industry geared towards the enhancement of mind, body and soul is thriving - especially in little, old, unassuming Cleveland.

Townhall Cleveland

Maybe this is old news to you, or maybe you had no idea, but The Land is quickly becoming a health buff's dream. From bulletproof coffee to cold pressed cocktails, local entrepreneurs have found innovative ways to put a healthier twist on even the simplest of pleasures. With the betterment of the mind, body and soul at the core of everything they do, these business owners have created a wellness community of sorts in CLE, and it’s really cool to see.

Whether you live in Cleveland or are planning a visit, here are 5 of my favorite wellness-oriented local businesses that are worth a try (or ten!).

TownHall

Located in Ohio City, just steps away from the West Side Market, TownHall is the mecca of the Cleveland wellness scene - specifically when it comes to food and drink. Their menu was specifically crafted to be 100% NON-GMO, and they're all about #balance! So while they're committed to keeping chemical-rich foods off their menu, flavor is by no means sacrificed. Their menu includes an array of guilty pleasures, but it's also inclusive of those who follow vegan, paleo and/or gluten-free diets. Some of my favorites include their grass-fed burger (topped with organic cheese), crisp zucchini noodle bowl and bone broth (it’s more delicious than it sounds)! The fortitude smoothie is my beverage of choice if I'm visiting for brunch, otherwise I go with the "Make Me a Bicycle, Clown!" cold pressed cocktail.

Townhall Cleveland

Rebol

Rebol is located in Public Square, right in the heart of Downtown Cleveland. It's actually TownHall's little sister, but like all siblings they're unique in their own way. A cafe-style eatery, Rebol has a smaller menu, but it still packs a powerful (and NON-GMO) punch. Everything is simple and clean, and they implement organic products whenever possible. I'm a huge fan of their "Yolked Up" breakfast sandwich as well as their Breakfast Bol. Their bulletproof coffee is fantastic, too, and it prolongs energy without the mental fog or crash.

Rebol Cleveland
Rebol Cleveland

Raw Trainer

This one is more oriented to Cleveland locals, but I had to add it here because it's such a cool concept. Through Raw Trainer you can get clean, pre-packaged meals and snacks delivered to you on the weekly. So if you’re too busy to cook clean meals, or you don’t know where to start, they have your back. I especially love their "cookie dough" and "brownie batter" snacks. Their Poke Bowl is great, too!

Raw Trainer Cleveland
Raw Trainer Cleveland

Cleveland Yoga

Cleveland Yoga has two locations - Uptown and Beachwood. They specialize in Power Vinyasa Yoga, offering group classes, private sessions and even beginner courses. They’re prepared to train people of all skill levels, so you by no means have to be a pro! And while yoga is their specialty, they preach wellness in all areas of life. In that, they also offer services like health coaching and massage.

Cleveland Yoga

Barre Cleveland

Like yoga, barre is one of those workouts you underestimate until you actually do it. The workouts are a combination of yoga, Pilates and strength training using your own body weight (for the most part). It's said to be great for toning, stretching and achieving an overall lean look. And while the folks at Barre Cleveland are great at their craft, it's actually their community that impresses me most. Everyone seems to know everyone, and if someone unfamiliar walks through the doors they are immediately welcomed by all! Barre Cleveland is exclusively located in Beachwood, right off Chagrin Blvd.

Barre Cleveland
Barre Cleveland

All of these businesses regularly inspire people, both old and young, to live their best lives. I hope that by introducing you to them I've inspired you to do so, too, no matter where you might live. But if you do live in CLE, or even if you plan on visiting soon, be sure to check these spots out. Your mind and body will thank you for it.

Live in CLE? You're in for a treat! In celebration of Small Business Saturday, we're giving away the ultimate wellness package to one lucky winner! The package includes:

  • $100 gift card to TownHall

  • $50 gift card to Rebol

  • One small pack from Raw Trainer with free home delivery

  • One month of unlimited classes at Cleveland Yoga

  • One month of unlimited classes at Barre Cleveland

To enter, you must 1. follow each of the accounts linked below on Instagram, and 2. post any of the pictures included in this write up to your own personal Instagram account. In the caption of your post, let us know why you want to win, OR encourage your friends to #shopsmall on Saturday, November 25th. Be sure to tag all of the partners below in your photo so we know you've entered!

The contest period will run from Thursday, November 23, 2017 through midnight ET on Saturday, November 25th. One lucky winner will be contacted via direct message on Instagram the week of November 27th - so please be sure your account is enabled to receive messages if you'd like to win. Good luck!

 

Fall Weekend Getaway to Cleveland

Rikki Teeters

Guest post written by Leah Deppert of By Travel & Error

Cleveland Ohio

Autumn is the perfect time to visit Cleveland. While summers are a blast in the Land, CLE really shows off in the fall with it’s color-changing leaves, slightly cooler temperatures and plethora of activities and events for all. Foodie? Outdoor Adventurer? Beer/Wine Connoisseur? Theater Lover? Sports Fanatic? If you answered yes to any of those questions, it’s time to book your fall weekend getaway to Cleveland.

Cleveland Photos

Fall Weekend Getaway to Cleveland

Friday *Time to Paint the Town Red*

  •  4:00 PM: Check-in at your lodging. Cleveland has recently had quite a few amazing hotels built in the downtown area.
    • Kimpton Schofield Hotel: Location, location, location! Book here.
    • Aloft Cleveland Downtown: Artsy flair and close to many popular attractions like the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame & the East Bank of the Flats! Book here.
    • Cleveland Hostel: Need a budget friendly option? Check out the Cleveland hostel which is outside of downtown but in a great neighborhood called Ohio City. Think lots of cool bars and plenty of locally owned restaurant options.
    • For a full list, check out TripAdvisor’s reviews!
  • 5:00 PM: Grab a glass of vino or craft beer (pumpkin-flavored preferably) from the Heinen’s Grocery Store 2nd floor rotunda balcony bar. Happy hour in a grocery store? YES! This historic building was previously home to the Cleveland Trust Company and has recently been restored to a grocery store. Check out their events calendar for themed nights like “Bubbles Because-Latin Lovers”. Done and done.
  • 6:00 PM: No visit to Cleveland is complete without a stop on East 4th Street. Craving pasta? Eat at Chinato. A bit more adventurous? Check out the innovative pairings at the Greenhouse Tavern. On a budget? Tacos at Barrio it is.
  • 7:30 PM: Time to be entertained! Consider going to a concert at the House of Blues, attending a show in Playhouse Square or cheering on the Cleveland Indians during the playoffs.
Cleveland

Saturday *Learn From the Past: A Day of History, Art & Good Italian Food!*

  • 9:00 AM: Wake up and head to the West Side Market! Taste and sample in-season goodies to your heart’s desire. If you’re still hungry, head to Lucky’s Cafe in Tremont. Order the Waffles, Shipwreck Omelette and Pecan Bacon. Yummm…
Cleveland West Side Market
  • 11:00 AM: Choose one or two museums to visit. There are so many to choose from, but some of the most popular include the Rock & Roll Hall of FameCleveland Museum of Art, and Cleveland Museum of Natural History.
  • 1:00 PM: If you’re lucky enough to visit when the Cleveland Flea is happening, be sure to check out this local favorite! If you’ve recovered from brunch, the food and drink options here will not disappoint.
  • 3:00 PM: Looking for a bit of fresh air? Check out one of the many stretches of the Cleveland Metroparks. Edgewater is close to downtown and has great paved trails and views of Lake Erie. Short drive don’t bother you? Check out one of the many apple orchards near Cleveland and pick a bushel while sneaking a few crunchy bites.
Fall in Cleveland Ohio
Fall in Cleveland Ohio
  • 7:00 PM: After a bit of R&R, head to Little Italy to feast on pizza, pasta, wine, tiramisu and cannolis. Corbo’s Bakery is the perfect after-dinner sweet spot.

Sunday *Explore the Great Outdoors*

Cleveland Coffee Ohio

11:45 AM: Check out of your hotel and say a “see you soon” to downtown CLE. Grab your wheels and head to the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad train station in Independence where you’ll hop on the 12:50 PM train headed for Peninsula. Enjoy the shades of yellows, reds, oranges and greens outside your window and experience all the fall feels.

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Autumn Cleveland Ohio Fall
  • 1:30 PM: Get off the train in Peninsula and rent bikes at Century Cycle to work off all those calories you’ve consumed this weekend. Make a quick stop at Szalay’s Farm & Market to listen to some live music, gawk at the hundreds of pumpkins and (of course) savor some fall treats (apple cider and corn on the cob on a stick, anyone?!).
Szalay's Sweet Corn Farm Market Cleveland
Cleveland Ohio Market
Cleveland Ohio Donuts
Cleveland Ohio Pumpkins
Cleveland Ohio Pumpkins
  • 4:30 PM: After more outdoor adventures, return your bike and head back to Independence via the train feeling tired but happy. Vow to return to CLE because you barely scratched the surface. Drive (or fly) home thinking to yourself, “I was skeptical, but Cleveland IS pretty great…” I won’t even say I told you so.

Check out this “All the Fall Things” video that Destination Cleveland recently released and grab your calendar to decide when you are booking your fall weekend getaway to Cleveland!

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