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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.

BOC VIP

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.

BOC 2014 SPA WEST

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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Dog Friendly Northeast Ohio (a guest blog at Cleveland Plus’ #BeThePlusBlog)

If you’ve read PIP for awhile now, you know the importance of one specific character and all the adventures we get ourselves into.  This time I’m not talking about my husband — I’m talking about the other “redhead” in my life!

Visit the Cleveland Plus’ #BeThePlusBlog to read a guest post from Grady and me called Dog Friendly Northeast Ohio.

#BeThePlusBlog

Once a #crazydoglady, always a #crazydoglady. (Graphic c/o The Plus.)

Many thanks to the wonderful team at Cleveland Plus for inviting me back to guest post! In case you missed my first post from last summer, here’s A Day In The Life of a Fit Northeast Ohioan.

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