When Andrew and Aubrey Czarzasty met at a Trivia Night at the Barley House on West 6th Street seven years ago, they were already in love with Cleveland. What they didn’t know was that they would also fall in love with each other.
“I had moved to Cleveland from Michigan in 2010 and was working in outside sales, so I was driving everywhere,” recalls Aubrey. She lived at the WT Grant Building.
Andrew had also moved up to Cleveland to the WT Grant Building from Centerville, Ohio, initially to attend the Cleveland Marshall College of Law, where he graduated in 2010, passing the bar that same year.
“I had just graduated from Ohio Northern University, and I had family here who were fourth-generation construction contractors,” says Andrew. “So, I moved up to Cleveland to be closer to my family and to go to law school.”
Two years after meeting at the Barley House, the couple moved into the Archer, where they live today. They were married a little over a year ago. Andrew is now chief financial officer and chief operating officer of the Salerno Group, which owns Lago Custom Events, while Aubrey is the sales manager for Lago Custom Events, overseeing inside and outside sales.
“We have been at the Archer for more than five years now, and we absolutely love it,” says Andrew. “It’s a unique spot, and it fits our needs perfectly. It’s near the hustle and bustle of downtown, but it’s also far enough a way where it’s not noisy. And it’s only about a two-minute walk to Lago.”
Aubrey likes the location because it fits the couple’s lifestyle.
“We have a grocery store right next to us, and we’re both a couple of foodies,” she says. “We have our favorite restaurants, and we always try out new restaurants.”
Indeed, the food scene is one of the major reasons this couple lives downtown. Both Andrew and Aubrey also like to attend sports events, shows and concerts at Playhouse Square, Quicken Loans Arena and FirstEnergy Stadium.
“When we go to the theater district, we both like to see live shows and traveling shows like Cirque du Soleil,” says Andrew.
The couple also like attending major concerts at the Q and FirstEnergy, whether it’s country, hip hop or rock.
But there’s always time to catch a bite to eat whether it’s after work or before or after a show.
“With the number of talented chefs we have in our city, Cleveland has established itself as one of the most diverse and phenomenal food scenes in the United States,” says Andrew. “I think it’s one of the reasons why we’re both still here.”