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December 2020

Featured Articles

Top Doctors: How Hospitals Are Responding To COVID-19

A special report on the cutting-edge pandemic research happening on the frontlines of Cleveland's hospitals.

Food + Drink

Five Soups To Warm Up A Cold Winter Day

Bourbon Street Barrel Room, Paladar Latin Kitchen & Rum Bar and others ladle up cozy bowls of soup worth slurping in Northeast Ohio.

How Restaurants Are Expanding During The COVID-19 Pandemic

Cilantro Taqueria, Luca, Citizen Pie and others continue to open additional locations despite challenges.

How To Build A Gingerbread House

The second place finisher from last year's contest at Cleveland Botanical Garden shows us the tricks of the trade. 

Ines Rehner Celebrates 25 Years At Sweet Designs Chocolatier

The Croatian-born small business owner tells us about how she taught herself how to make chocolate.

Jenni Pops Delivers On Cute, Festive Cake Pops

These snow globe cake pops from the North Ridgeville maker come in fun seasonal flavors and are perfect stocking stuffers.

National Repeal Day: Quintana's Speakeasy Shares At-Home Cocktail Recipes

The 1920s-themed Cleveland Heights bar shares recipes for some holiday-themed sips you can make to celebrate this Dec. 5.

Outdoor Igloos Extend Patio Season In Cleveland

Rustic Grill At Stonewater offers four private igloos for safe outdoor dining.

Sourdough 101: Tips And Tricks To Making Your Own Starter

The experts at Leavened, On the Rise Artisan Breads and Breadsmith of Lakewood show us how Clevelanders can make bread at home.

In the CLE

1937: Olympian David Albritton Jumps To New Heights

The Black Clevelander who snagged a silver medal in front of Adolf Hitler earned first place in the high jump at the AAU championships.

7 Reasons To Smile About 2020

From Xavier University's new Northeast Ohio nursing school to a mask decontamination technology created at Case Western Reserve University, we share some good news from this year.

A Balancing Act: Lessons Learned On The Slopes

Writer Philip Metres on the ups and downs of commitment — and skiing.

A Clevelanders' Guide To Winter Fun

From Cleveland Metroparks' tobogganing chutes to Alpine Valley and Boston Mills/Brandywine, winter warriors are covered.

A New High School Is Making Learning Easier For LGBTQ Kids

A collaboration between the LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland and Cleveland Metropolitan School District, A School Of One creates a place for inclusivity.

Can Cleveland Stop Pedestrian Deaths?

Streets like East 93rd are dangerous for walkers. But with Vision Zero, that could one day change.

Editor's Note: A Look Back At 2020

Editor Kim Schneider reflects on what she's learned about herself in this unprecedented year.

Eyespire Designs' Jennifer Stringer Wins Amazon Handmade Award

The Lakewood resident, who woke up one day in 2014 almost completely blind, turned to jewelry making to rebuild her life.

Fox 8 Cleveland's Jenn Harcher Predicts A Cold Winter

The meteorologist and Chardon snowbelt native talks about the finicky lake effect weather.

Matt Zone On His New Role At The Western Reserve Land Conservancy

The former Cleveland City Council member talks about stepping away from politics after 19 years, his new gig and more. 


Canton Museum of Art Says Cheers To The Whiskey Painters of America

60 Proof: Six Decades of Whiskey Painters of America showcases an Akron-based organization that creates miniature paintings using booze instead of water.

Fairmount School Of Music Partners With Musicologie

After 32 years in business, the Cleveland Heights business expands its music education mission by joining forces with the Columbus-based organization.

Great Lakes Science Center Opens A New Chem Lab For Visitors

The workshops use state-of-the-art technology to conduct experiments and prove that STEM is for everyone.

Jim Brickman's Digital Holiday Performances Raises Money For The Arts

The Shaker Heights native will donate all proceeds from his Dec. 5 virtual show to benefit Playhouse Square.

Near West Theatre's New Play Ends The Year On A High Note

All Roads Lead To Home, a virtual performance, sends a positive, hopeful message.

Three Theatrical Performances To Get You In The Holiday Spirit

The Beck Center for the Arts, the North Pointe Ballet and the Akron Civic Theatre are getting Clevelanders in the holiday spirit with productions of The Nutcracker and more.

At Home

3 Tips On How To Throw A Stellar New Year's Eve Party

Hint: Signature drinks, cookies and a fun party favor, says the owner of Covesa Kelly Events. Plus, how to host a virtual dinner party and a make a DIY party favor.

5 Fireplace Tips For A Cleveland Winter

Modern Day Chimney's Robert Jones fills us in on how to make sure our cozy indoor fires are safe.

Designer Ingrid Porter Reinvents Her Living Room With Bold Colors

The Ingrid Porter Interiors owner and principal designer brings pinks and blues into her own space.


Made In Cleveland: 10 Last-Minute Christmas Gift Ideas

Shop local this season with these options from artisans and makers such as Crooked River Soaps and Creative Squared.

Travel & Outdoors

How To Celebrate A Cleveland Kwanzaa And Hanukkah In 2020

Rabbi Yossi Freedman of the Downtown Chabad and Aseelah Shareef, director of operations and community engagement of Karamu House, show us how to celebrate the holidays at home and socially distanced.

Tower City's Annual Mr. Kringle's Inventionasium Goes Digital

Messages and e-visits from Santa offer kids all the at-home holiday cheer they could ask for.


Top Doctors: A COVID-19 Survival Story

Twenty-nine-year-old Cleveland Clinic patient Marzuk “Ron” Chaudry almost died during his battle with the disease.

Top Doctors: Experts Answer Your Pressing COVID-19 Questions

From the risk of reinfection and travel advisories to knowing when the pandemic is over, experts share insight into our most-asked questions about the coronavirus.

Top Doctors: How Hospitals Are Responding To COVID-19

A special report on the cutting-edge pandemic research happening on the frontlines of Cleveland's hospitals.

Top Doctors: How Hospitals Prepared For COVID-19's First Surge

Cleveland Clinic's Dr. Rita Pappas, University Hospitals' Dr. Daniel Simon and MetroHealth System's Dr. Kathryn Teng reflect on those first steps to fight coronavirus.

Top Doctors: Inside The Coordinated COVID-19 Response

Cleveland Clinic's Dr. Robert Wyllie talks about working with other hospitals and securing PPE for 21 counties.

Top Doctors: Telehealth Remains Vital During The COVID-19 Battle

Dr. Steven Shook, Cleveland Clinic's lead for virtual health, shares why telehealth is so important during the pandemic and how to navigate the health care service.

Top Doctors: The Difference Between The Cold, Flu And COVID-19

MetroHealth System's Dr. Christine Alexander helps us decipher the differences between your symptoms.

Top Doctors: The Toll COVID-19 Has Taken On Those Battling Addiction

St. Vincent Charity Medical Center's Dr. Theodore V. Parran and Dr. Christopher Adelman discuss the importance of ongoing treatment.

Top Doctors: The TranAeris System Can Help Get COVID-19 Patients Off Ventilators

University Hospitals' Dr. Raymond Onders explains how the device reduces time on traditional ventilators.

Top Doctors: This Doctor Is Studying How COVID-19 Affects The Heart And Brain

Dr. Mina Chung shares what she's learned while studying the virus at Cleveland Clinic.

Top Doctors: University Hospitals' Role In The Pfizer Vaccine

Dr. Robert Salata gives us an inside look into the clinical trials of the promising COVID-19 vaccine.

Top Doctors: Why Cleveland Clinic Developed Its Own Covid-19 Test

Dr. Brian Rubin talks about the importance of testing and how the Cleveland Clinic has plans to make it more available.