event recap: Cleveland Magazine’s 2014 Best of Cleveland Party

After quite the exciting, emotional and memorable week, it was time to celebrate on a Friday night (instead of heading home to watch Shark Tank). Hans and I headed downtown to Cleveland Public Auditorium for one of Northeastern Ohio’s best events: Cleveland Magazine‘s 2014 Best of Cleveland Party presented by The Collection Auto Group on October 10th.

With a change of layout from the previous year, VIP guests entered via a separate entrance right into the VIP Lounge. I loved the change of keeping the VIP space on the same level as the main floor, and highly enjoyed the very special offerings.


I could have stayed there all night. From Lola, to Trentina, to Pier W to Cork & Cleaver Social Kitchen, my belly was already content in the first twenty minutes of being at the event.  But we knew we had more to see in the main hall of the auditorium.

After first checking in with the Harness Cycle table which includes some other local yoga studios (always great catching up with my girl Ylonda — @rosenty76 on Instagram — and the ladies from 3 Sisters Yoga in Avon), we started wandering around the wide array of vendors:

BOC 2014 main hall

Our favorites from the night included:

  • The various offerings from GV Art & Design (I’m overdue for a visit to their Lakewood shop)
  • Paladar Latin Kitchen and Rum Bar‘s taco offering (if only it came with a side of their guac…)
  • WFF Pickles — the most delicious of all the pickles that night, IMO, and can be bought at the Kamm’s Corners market.
  • A wheelbarrow of juice from Garden of Flavor. (I might have tweeted this after realizing they were giving away full bottle samples of their White Knight flavor.)
  • Pope’s Kitchen’s bloody mary mix (plus chatting with Clark is always a fun time!)
  • Adega in The 9‘s risotto ball of goodness. YUM.
  • …and getting to catch up with my old college buddy and giveaway winner, @jvalentiGreat to see you and your wife, Joe!

Also, it didn’t hurt to end the round with some vegan chocolate ice cream from Mitchell’s. And  a second round of pumpkin spice for good measure.

Back to the SpaWest VIP Lounge, we found ourselves drawn to the spa services, first hitting up a couple’s chair massage, then a couple’s manicure.


Too bad we spent the next day priming our bedroom for a painting the following day. That manicure looked great at yoga that Saturday morning at least! Speaking of successes at the yoga studio, a final treat was in the VIP bags: a CLE Clothing Co. tshirt, plus other goodies including our own copies of the October Cleveland Magazine issue featuring all the evening vendors.

Since I had an early morning wake up call, it was time to call it a night.  Even in a shorter-than-usual event stay, we had a great time celebrating the best of what Cleveland had to offer in 2014. Many thanks to the entire team at Great Lakes Publishing for having us and making such a fun night possible. Congrats on another successful Cleveland Magazine Best of Cleveland Party — can’t wait to celebrate all that 2015 will have to offer!

Disclosure: I was asked by the publication to help promote this event via a ticket giveaway here on the blog. In return, I received two tickets to attend this event. My thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Interview with Jarran Muse from Motown the Musical (a guest post at PlayhouseSquare’s Behind the Curtain blog)

If you’re a long time blog reader around these parts, you already know how much I adore PlayhouseSquare. To be able to partner with the organization on a fun project this year is nothing but an honor for me.

During the 2014-2015 KeyBank Broadway Series, I will serve as a blogger for PlayhouseSquare‘s Community Engagement and Education department. Since the first show of the year is up, it’s time to dive right in!

Visit the PlayhouseSquare’s Behind the Curtain blog to read my interview with Jarran Muse from Motown the Musical.

PlayhouseSquare Motown the Musical

Motown the Musical comes to Cleveland October 3 – 19 as part of the KeyBank Broadway Series at PlayhouseSquare. For more information, please visit the show’s page on the PlayhouseSquare website.

Many thanks to the wonderful team at PlayhouseSquare for inviting me to be a PlayhouseSquare blog contributor for the Broadway Buzz program KeyBank Broadway Series. Next up is Disney’s Newsies — already crafting my questions, all inspired by one of my favorite movie musicals of all time!

Just want to know more about PlayhouseSquare? Stay up-to-date with all of their social media happenings: follow PlayhouseSquare on Facebook, on Twitter at @playhousesquare, or on Instagram at @playhousesquare.

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it’s time for a change (an update on an evolving career)

My yoga practice and teaching path might have started elsewhere, but it made its new home here last twelve months ago.

In the fall of 2012, I returned to full time employment. With going from freelancing back to a full-time job, concern worried me. How would I fit in a regular practice to this 40+ hour a week schedule? But then I got word that Evolution Yoga announced it was reopening  – and in the same plaza as my full time job — it felt like the Universe was opening up to say, “no worries, Alicia — here’s a vinyasa yoga studio and enjoy.”

In October 2013, the studio opened and I had the opportunity to audition to join the teaching staff.  I dove right in, picking up two classes on the regular schedule, trying to learn as much as I could from Sandy, the studio owner, and the other EY teachers. This new community accepted me with open arms as my previous yoga home closed it doors, allowing me to thrive in this new-to-me setting.

The past twelve months have been a journey in understanding myself: as a teacher, as a student, as a wife, a daughter, a sister and a friend. But in all of it, a few things kept me focused:

  • A deep down desire to serve others.
  • A need to make more space in my life for positive energies.
  • A want for more opportunities to grow my yoga career while utilizing the skills I developed an event planner and community builder.
  • A goal of accepting myself for exactly who I am.

But to do all of that, I had to change. And DRASTICALLY. It was crystal clear that it was time to do what was necessary to achieve what I wanted to become.  And lucky for me, the community surrounding me was there to help make it happen.

This month, I start as the Director of Development for Evolution Yoga School & Practice Space. I’ll be able to use all the skills I’ve learned so far in my professional career to help the business thrive. This new role also gives me the opportunity to grow as a yoga teacher (including adding more classes to my teaching schedule!) – something I’ve dedicated myself to for the past year.  I’m so excited to dig in.

To Sandy and the entire EY community: thank you for welcoming twelve months ago with open arms. You’re all about to get a lot more hugs, savasana assists and playlists filled with John Mayer slow jams.

File this one in the #whatyoubelieveyoucreate folder, kids – sankuplas (and dreams) do come true.

So maybe do me a favor if you haven’t already? Like Evolution Yoga on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter at @EvoYogaCLE and Instagram at @evolution_yoga. Visit the studio’s website to learn more & check out our MINDBODY page to see the schedule of classes.

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