Nicole Delamotte

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Looking for a Cleveland-based writer for city insight while you're in town for the Republican National Convention? Just drop me a line.

(Need a Cleveland writer but I'm not your person? Send me a message and I'll be happy to connect you with other locals.)

100 Things to Do in Cleveland Before You Die will be here summer/fall of 2016.

On a personal note, June and July are the membership drive months for Literary Cleveland, a non-profit where I've served on the board since its inception. We've been working hard to grow the local writing community through workshops, networking events, readings and the Inkubator conference. Learn more about what we do and please consider supporting us by becoming a member here.

Teaching / Speaking

I recently joined several of my colleagues at Market Garden Brewery for a panel about freelancing for the Press Club of Cleveland. I also spent some time with Lake Erie Ink students, where we wrote pop culture essays and reviews.

Cleveland International Film Festival

I wrote about a dozen film synopses for this year's festival, such as The Fits, Parabellum and Summertime. I also served as an editor for their newsletter, The Daily. Complete synopses here.


Thanks to StartMart, who were nice enough to name me as the winner in the writing category of their 2016 Freelancer Awards.

Cleveland Scene Magazine

A few highlights from my weekly column.

Deep dives into the dining explosion of Downtown Willoughby and the revival of the East Banks for this year's City issue.

A profile of Sal Mansour, who's been behind the line of Sal's Menu diner every day for 30 years

The 20th anniversary of Zoss the Swiss Baker. (+ Photography featured.)

J&J Czuchraj Meats, a West Side Market staple for 62 years

Rising star chefs: Dick Kanatzar (Dick's Kitchen), Zachary Ladner (Giovanni's), Ryan Kaston (Bistro 185), Jack Moore (The Black Pig), Anthony Abare (Square Bistro), Martin McCafferty (Thyme)

Cleveland Magazine

Coding education is on the rise. I chatted with teachers around Cleveland about how they're implementing computer programming education as early as elementary school. Plus, an interesting way Cleveland is connected to the global, 10 million-user Scratch program through Progressive Arts Alliance and hip-hop dance.

Teachers are also using creative techniques in the classroom, from building guitars to learn engineering to raps to learn raps about the weather cycles. I look at a few unique classrooms around Cleveland.

For the annual Most Interesting People issue, I profiled National Student Poet honoree De'John Hardges and Mike and Gina Trebilcock of youth rowing initiative The Foundry.

I chatted with the developer behind Musica and Blu Jazz venues about his future plans for renovating historical sites in Akron.

Hungry for house-made sausage? Looking for veggie options? I cover them in Cleveland Magazine's brunch issue.

The Plain Dealer /

I profiled illustrator Derf (My Friend Dahmer, The City) after the release of his newest graphic novel, Trashed. This appeared in the Sunday local section.

Plus, some late night eatsthe best jukeboxes in town and the best new restaurants.

Fresh Water Cleveland

Go behind the scene's of NASA Glenn's Space Apps hackathon, where 3D printing and virtual reality are used to create jet packs from Mars. (+ Photography featured.)

A look at how historic building are getting new lives as breweries, bowling alleys, small business incubators and more in New Life for Old Haunts.

Cleveland International Film Festival does a great job of shining a light on local film making talent. I talk to a few directors about their films that made the fest.

Grassroots crowdfunding platform ioby has started an office in Cleveland. Learn more about the program and hear from some local organizations who have benefited from it.


I talked to some people with the coolest jobs in Cleveland, like a b-boy with the Cavs, a Rock Hall curator and the vinyl queens behind Wax Mage.

Ever wonder about the man behind the rock and roll themed Dave's Cosmic Subs? Here's how he became the sandwich mayor of Cleveland -- along with plenty of concert memories, like Zeppelin in Cleveland in 1969.

Everything you should definitely do in Cleveland this spring, from Dyngus Day to experimental music in a coffee roastery to sci-fi conventions

Everything you should definitely do in Cleveland this summer.

Rooftop patios & lakeside views: The best outdoor drinking spots in Cleveland, featuring The Rusty Anchor, Pier W, Alley Cat Oyster Bar and more.

Cleveland's best restaurant openings of the winter

Destination Cleveland

I contributed to the Spring / Summer guide of our tourism department, Destination Cleveland.

The Boombox

Looking back on the anniversaries of Rihanna's Music of the Sun and Prince's Graffiti Bridge.

Checking In

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Top row (L - R): Lake Erie Ink guest speaking, Two Girls With Glasses speaks with designer toy maker Kaitlin Juarez, Cleveland Inkubator

Bottom row (L - R): Jessica Lea Mayfield and Seth Avett in Cleveland Magazine, Cuyahoga County Public Library's Teen Writers Boot Camp, Cleveland Scene Magazine FLAVOR issue cover food styling

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Teaching / Speaking

This summer I’ve had the opportunity to be a guest speaker at Cleveland School of the Arts’ creative writing program (journalism and social media), Cuyahoga County Public Library’s Teen Writer Boot Camp (blogging / journalism) and Lake Erie Ink (writing interview questions).

I’ll be presenting about writing about art at the first Cleveland Inkubator on August 1 at Cleveland Public Library. I'll be speaking about it on 90.3 IdeaStream on Tuesday, July 28.

Into The New Year

In 2016, I'll be wrapping up my first book. 100 Things To Do In Cleveland Before You Die is a guidebook to the city as part of Reedy Press' national city series. Follow along with the project on Facebook here.

I'm also looking forward to being a part of the Cleveland International Film Festival as a synopsis writer. The festival is March 30 - April 10, 2016.

For my first piece for, I rounded up and wrote about something near and dear to my heart: the city's indie bookstores.

13 Great Independent Bookstores in Cleveland and Beyond



Since Thrillist launched a Cleveland branch of their site, I've been reporting on dining and local events.

The 17 Most Important Restaurants In Cleveland

The Best Burgers In Cleveland

22 Great Date Ideas In Cleveland

The Best Food Trucks In Cleveland

The Most Underrated Restaurants in Cleveland


The Boombox

10 Years Ago: Common Finds His Voice on ‘Be’ Album
As my first contribution to the Boombox, I looked back on one of my favorite albums, Common’s Be.


Cleveland Magazine

Get Lost: Seth Avett and Kent native Jessica Lea Mayfield honor the late Elliott Smith on a new album

I interviewed Kent native Jessica Lea Mayfield and Seth Avett, also known as part of the Avett Brothers, about their new Elliott Smith tribute album and accompanying tour. I’ve previous interviewed brother Scott Avett for Diffuser.FM.

Meant to Be: After a string of hits and national attention, electrifying blues-rock band Welshly Arms releases its self-titled debut album

I caught up with Welshly Arms at Jukebox Bar to hear about the making of their highly anticipated debut full-length.

Summer Fun Guide 2015: Listen Up: Shuffle your summer music rotation with these new local releases.

A look at six summer releases from locals Seafair, The Speedbumps, Maura Rogers and the Bellows, The Lighthouse and the Whaler, Midnight Passenger and Brent Kirby and His Luck. I especially loved the Bellows’ release In Light.

Rock Steady: A timeline of memorable events from Beachland Ballroom co-owners Cindy Barber and Mark Leddy


Cleveland Scene Magazine

Special Features

Flavor 2015

Chill Out: A Brief History of Cold Treats in Cleveland

What’s Fresh: Seasonal Ingredients and the Chefs Who Love Them

I also had the opportunity to direct and style the cover of this issue (seen in the banner above!). Photographer credit: Emanuel Wallace

Weekly Features

Love Bites: Behind the Scenes of Sweet Shops' Biggest Day

Wheedle Me This: New Local App Delivers Dining Specials to Mobile Devices

Night Moves: New Monthly Open-Air Market in St. Clair Superior Serves Up Street Food After Dark

Land of 1,000 Diners Zine - I've written about zine making in the past and hope to do so more in the future, so I had a lot of fun with this feature.

What's Fresh At: LockKeepers

The Next Batch: A Cookie and a Cupcake Expands to the East

The 5 Dishes That Made Me: Regan Reik, Executive Chef at Pier W

It's Alive! Fermentation on Wheels Rolls into Cleveland

Grilled Cheese Cookbook Author Shane Kearns Hopes to Open Local Cheese Shop

A Look at Maple Sugaring's Short but Sweet Season

The 5 Dishes that Made Me: Bill Fitts, Executive Chef at Lolita

Two Girls With Glasses Podcast

With Co-Host Brandi McElhatten

Costume and Production Designers Inda Blatch-Geib and Chialla Geib

Canopy Collective

Ted Bizon, designer of RVAH clothing

Kaitlin Juarez, designer toy maker and creator of MadKnits

Erica Hansen, owner of new shop the Modern Bohemian

Filmmakers Jon Nix and Jamie Overstreet of Turnstyle Films and Tom Kondilas of LESS Productions

Vintage clothing with Cynthia Deering of Deering Vintage and Kelly Pierce of Great Lake Outfitters


Fresh Water Cleveland

Hack for good: How can we use technology and open data to spark change?

I spent the weekend at Cleveland’s first civic hackathon, which focused on using open data to make the consent decree addressing police use of force more accessible to the public. I also attended my first Coding 101 class!

Innovation by design: How CIA students are transforming Cleveland

A look at how Cleveland Institute of Art graduates are shaping the city with their industrial, graphic and interior architecture. Especially fun was visiting the classes and watching the students tinker with building cars and toys firsthand.

cleveland institute of art unifies with new uptown building

CIA gave me a guided tour through their soon-to-be unified campus in Uptown.

on the rise: four young hispanic entrepreneurs making their mark

The challenges and necessary improvements facing Cleveland when we look at how to increase our number of Hispanic entrepreneurs.



I created the verbiage for a Downtown Willoughby full-page color ad that ran for six weeks in our local alt-weekly. Each week, I wrote two new capsules of different local businesses.


All Caught Up With You

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Top row (L - R): Scene's annual Flavor issue, gifts brought when talking with Toledo's WSPD about Cleveland entrepreneurs, the Two Girls With Glasses podcast, Made in Cleveland

Bottom row (L - R): Way Out Records in Cleveland Magazine, Scene's annual 30 People issues, featured as "50 People" in the Plain Dealer, just me as a robot

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Cleveland Scene Magazine

Special Features

Annual "30 People" Issue - July 9

The Bagel Guys: Dan Herbst and Geoff Hardman

36 Hours In Pittsburgh - Sept. 17

Dining Drinking

Through the Pittsburgh tourism bureau, I was invited to explore Pittsburgh and report back on my favorite dining experiences.

Halloween - Oct. 22

Make Your Masquerade: From Scary to Seductive to High Tech, A Guide to DIY Halloween Costuming Around Town

I spoke to costuming and special FX wizards, vintage shop owners, and tech-smart fashion plates around town for their costuming tips.

Annual "Flavor' Issue - Nov. 19

Top Chefs: Jennifer Horvath of Toast |Top Chefs: Juan Vergara of Barroco Grill | Top Chefs: Diane Sikorski of Humble Pie


Holiday Issue - Dec. 10

Made In Cleveland: The Rise of Cleveland's Maker Economy

For a five page feature spread, I talked to seven market owners (Cleveland Bazaar, Cleveland Flea, Crafty Mart/Manly Mart, Avant-Garde Craft Fair, Cleveland Craft Coalition, Heavy Metal Flea Market), eight makers (Gina DeSantis, Sawhorse Woodworks, MadKnits, Sleepy Robot 13, Terra Verde, Oceanne, On The Lookout, Wright and Rede) and three store owners (Crafty Goodness, Banyan Tree, Room Service).

Podcast: Two Girls With Glasses

My friend and artist-organizer extraordinaire Brandi McElhatten Woodward tapped me to be a part of her podcast that covers handmade, fashion and local business. Listen to our Halloween episode here and watch a roundtable of organizers from Cleveland Bazaar, Cleveland Flea, and Crafty Mart talking about upcoming holiday markets and what their job entails.

Weekly Features

This year I've been able to profile: the opening of Fear's Confections in Lakewood (Sept. 25), collaborations between local restaurants and beverage makers (Oct. 15), Western Reserve School of Cooking's new downtown outpost (Oct. 22), the new juice bar in Gordon Square, Daily Press (Oct. 29), fall menus around town (Nov. 5), the incredible staying power of Le Bistro du Beaujolais (Nov. 12), the opening of Lakewood's new vegan-owner and operated Cleveland Vegan (Nov. 19), the opening of Hungry Bee in beautiful Chagrin Falls (Nov. 26), the new West Side Shuffle bus (Dec. 3), and a local foodie gift guide (coming soon).


Fresh Water Cleveland

Special Features

from bust to boom: how the city's brand is on the rise, within our borders and beyond - June 19

This piece charted the uprise of civic pride post-economic downfall and how entrepreneurs are fueling that movement. I was asked to speak about this on my hometown of Toledo's radio station WSPD 1370. Naturally, I brought them an OKPants "Cleveland is for Weirdos" tshirt.

soup's on: meal-based micro-grant program for creative projects takes root in cleveland - Aug. 28

insider's guide to cleveland museums: curators show off their favorite artifacts - Sept. 11

Features curatorial commentary from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum, Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Dittrick Museum of Medical History, Great Lakes Science Center and Western Reserve Historical Society

7 craft food start-ups that are making it in the 216 - Oct. 23

Old City Soda, La Banana Frita,, Randy’s Pickles, Bearded Buch, Philomena Bake Shop, Cleveland Kraut

city ambassadors: 7 people who are changing the conversation about cleveland - Dec. 11

I profiled seven people who are changing how people view our city – from Evelyn Burnett of Cleveland Neighborhood Progress’ dedication to economic equality (“We have to not be afraid to ask hard questions.”) to Mary Zaller's tenacity in bringing the Gay Games to Cleveland, David Jurca of Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative's urban design innovation to Julian Rogers of Cleveland State University's education advocacy. Since the time I started this piece a month and a half ago, all eyes have been on Cleveland in many different ways. I’m really proud to spotlight a handful of people talking about where we can do better and how we can work towards actually getting there.

Cleveland Magazine

Lost and Found: The soul sound of Way Out Records find a new audience four decades later - Oct. 2014

Interviewing Bill Branch, founder of the Cleveland soul record label, was especially interesting because I was able to tell Branch about the resurgence of soul and new ears his music is finding in Cleveland -- Secret Soul Club packing dance floors, Wesley Bright and the Hi-Lites selling out the Beachland Ballroom.

"Now in his 80s, Branch pauses for a moment, speechless about a renewed interest in soul with local bands and disc jockeys playing the genre and Way Out vinyls thanks to the release of the anthology. 'Hearing about all these people finding our music for the first time, I'm beside myself,' says Branch."


Cellar Door Cleveland

l interviewed honeyhoney before their show in Cleveland, which would be the inaugural show of the newly opened Music Box venue in the Flats. - Aug. 11

The Plain Dealer

Real Clevelanders on Real Cleveland: Let them be your guide to the city's secrets - John Petkovic put together this great feature asking 50 people around town to talk about their favorite lesser-known spots in the city. - June 14