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
Annual "30 People" Issue - July 9
36 Hours In Pittsburgh - Sept. 17
Through the Pittsburgh tourism bureau, I was invited to explore Pittsburgh and report back on my favorite dining experiences.
Halloween - Oct. 22
Annual "Flavor' Issue - Nov. 19
Holiday Issue - Dec. 10
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.
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
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.
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
Old City Soda, La Banana Frita, forty.one, Randy’s Pickles, Bearded Buch, Philomena Bake Shop, Cleveland Kraut
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.
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