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February 2018

Featured Articles

Trail Blazers

The City of Cleveland hasn't hired a female firefighter since 1989. Now, as fire departments attempt to find more women to heed the call, three women share what they've learned on the job.

Food + Drink

A Cocktail Made For A Viking Warrior

LBM gives these ancient raiders a refined side with drinks such as the Attack of the Giants.

Being Selfish Has Never Tasted So Good

Harlow's Pizza offers a minimalist menu of 12-inch personal pizzas that has every man eating for himself.

Cleveland Has Three New Grocery Delivery Options

We break down the pros and cons of the delivery services from Acme, Giant Eagle and Heinen's.

Downtown Just Got A Whole Lot Sweeter

Two popular sweets shops put a sugary stake downtown with new storefronts.

Five Oyster Spots To Slurp Up

From shooters to half shell, these places won't clam you up.

Four Rose Recipes To Complete V-Day

Forget the bouquet and opt for one of these unique ways to use the flower.

Is Cru Uncorked Worth The Price?

Cru Uncorked teeters on the expensive side, but serious foodies may get their money's worth.

This Everything Doughnut Rivals Its Bagel Cousin

This sweet treat has the same seasonings and cream cheese glaze as an everything bagel.

Two Mac-N-Cheesy Plates To Indulge In

With the Mac 'n' Cheese Throwdown approaching, we dive into Adega chef Nelly Buleje's recipes.

In the CLE

12 Places To Check Out On Larchmere Boulevard

From glass blowing to Brazilian food, this east side hot spot has it all.

1969: A Couple Dances Under The Disco Ball Of The Slovenian Workmen's Home

The building has been a staple since 1926 and is still after a new owner bought it last year.

Is Cleveland Stories Dinner Party Taking It Too Far?

The insensitive, tongue-in-cheek menu comes too soon after Anthony Sowell's horror story.

Love, Disastrously

One writer's desperation for love starts every year like a sudden fever in the middle of January.

Peek Inside Cleveland's Monthly Reptile Show

We show you three of the most exotic reptiles at the monthly 40-vendor show.

Romantic Comedy

Date night doesn't have to be a hopeless endeavor. Let us help with 52 ready-made ideas.

Startup Accelerator Plug And Play Gives Cleveland A Jolt

The arrival of Plug and Play startup accelerator could offer a boost to Northeast Ohio as a place for entrepreneurs.

There Are Many Sides To Cleveland's Comeback

Clevelanders need to look at the whole picture — the good and the bad — when thinking about the city's revival narrative.

Trail Blazers

The City of Cleveland hasn't hired a female firefighter since 1989. Now, as fire departments attempt to find more women to heed the call, three women share what they've learned on the job.

We Pay Tribute To The Last Of The Pay Phones

As Cleveland gears up to tear them down, we salute these fallen soldiers of communication.

Woman Hikes Every Mile Of Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Claudine Grunenwald Kirschner now hosts a series of retreats to empower women and teach them what she learned.


Film Fest Soars Into the Cleveland Museum of Natural History

From documentaries about pangolin poachers to practical ways to help the environment, the Wild & Scenic Film Festival helps viewers become doers.

How Taco Truck Serves Up Viral Videos

The three-man troupe behind videos like The Worst Walmart in America takes us behind three of their best videos.

Misery Premieres In The Midwest

The claustrophobic thriller is based off of the Stephen King book by the same name.

Our Eight Favorite Romantic Comedies

The month of love is also perfect for getting your binge-watching on. The Cleveland Magazine editors choose their favorite rom-coms.

Riverdance Comes Back To Cleveland

The classic show celebrates its longevity at Playhouse Square.

Six Local Podcasts We Love

From longform interviews to sci-fi audiodramas, we give these local podcasts five stars.

Two Local Comedians Mix Comedy With Good Counsel

Lisa Perrin and Sam Dee host the monthly "Share-apy" session at Forest City Brewery.


Beving & Dall's Leah Darling Takes Us Inside Her Shop

After making her own prom dress, she knew she was meant to sew.

Travel & Outdoors

Date Night

Fall in love with the city all over again by heading out on one of these 52 iconic dates. We have options to fill your entire year with things you'll adore. Finding the person to share them with? Well, that's up to you. 

Date Night Try Your Luck At Jack Cleveland Casino

Get lucky at the slots, the blackjack table and on date night. 

Date Night: Achieve Total Relaxation On The West Side

Three spots that will make you say nama-stay and chill.

Date Night: Bike The Towpath Trail

Or take a picturesque stroll through the thousands of miles of trail at Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

Date Night: Bowl A Few Frames At Hi & Dry

Get your ducks in a row at this up-and-coming tavern.

Date Night: Bundle Up for a Sleigh Ride at Ma & Pa's

A snowy ride through the dense woods makes for a fairy tale date.

Date Night: Chill At Cleveland Metroparks Toboggan Chutes

Need to pick things up a bit? This date will have your relationship hitting top speeds.

Date Night: Cook Up Romance At Architectural Justice Gallery And Cafe

Cook up some romance at Strongsville's Architectural Justice Gallery and Cafe.

Date Night: Cozy Up In A Booth at Marble Room

It's so slick and romantic, couples are already getting married at the bar.

Date Night: Dance The Night Away At Twist Social Club

The beat goes all night at the best LGBT club in Cleveland.

Date Night: Dine At L'Albatros Brasserie & Bar

No one does romance like the French.

Date Night: Do Dim Sum At Li Wah Restaurant

Double up on these savory dumplings.

Date Night: Double Date With You And Your Furry Friends

From a dog park to a fur-ball friendly bar, let the pups tag along for this three-step date.

Date Night: Double Your Pleasure At Lilly Handmade Chocolates

Wine and dine at this chocolate-lover's paradise.

Date Night: Enjoy A Beach Day At Fairport Harbor

Let things heat up with this sandy beach date.

Date Night: Escape To A Villa at Gervasi Vineyard

You don't have to go to Italy to live out your Under the Tuscan Sun dreams.

Date Night: Escape Trapped Escape Room's Enchanted Forest

Work together to solve puzzles and riddles that help you escape a wooden cupboard — and elude the destroyers who want you dead.

Date Night: Experience A Classic Film At The Cinematheque

Your local theater won't have anything as romantic as a French flick.

Date Night: Fab First Dates

Step up your first-impression game with tips from relationship coach Kathy Dawson.

Date Night: Find Your Groove At Beachland Ballroom And Tavern

Let the music and the historic venue move you.

Date Night: Four Tips For When You Need To Get Out

You don't need to lie. There are plenty of polite ways to get out of a less-than-desirable date.

Date Night: Get A Bird's-Eye View Of The City

Take your relationship to new heights with this adventurous excursion.

Date Night: Hike To Brandywine Falls

This woodsy trail has a breathtaking end.

Date Night: Ignite Your Passions At The Cleveland Museum Of Art

The awe-inspiring art museum will give you three dates at one location.

Date Night: Indulge In The Tasting Menu At Trentina

Get your fill with this 12-course tasting menu.

Date Night: Learn To Dance At Get Hep Swing

Get footloose and funky at this Brecksville dance school.

Date Night: Level Up At Tabletop Board Game Cafe

You and your date won't ever get bored at this board-game hot spot in Ohio City.

Date Night: Light It Up At Playhouse Square's Keybank Broadway Series

Get all dolled up and go for a show.

Date Night: Linger At Lakewood's Solstice Steps

Get one of the best sunset views in town.

Date Night: Listen To Jazz at Nighttown

Travel back to the roaring '20s with this red-hued jazz hotspot.

Date Night: Live It Up At Put-In-Bay

Ahoy, mates! This island with a debaucherous reputation is actually a golden getaway for romance.

Date Night: Melt Hearts at Glass Bubble Project

You won't blow it on date night if you bring your significant other to this Ohio City glass blowing and melding spot.  

Date Night: Pack a Picnic for a Cleveland Orchestra Performance

Hit all the right notes with this orchestral night out.

Date Night: Paddle The Waters Of North Coast Marina

Row, row, row your way to romance.

Date Night: Personalize Your Scent at Indigo Perfumery

Create some long-lasting chemistry by mix and matching scents.

Date Night: Peruse The Shelves At Visible Voice

Lovers who bond over Kerouac and Ginsberg will dig this uber-hip bookstore.

Date Night: Pick Up A Downtown Picnic At Heinen's

This diamond in the rough has everything you need for a great afternoon date.

Date Night: Play to Win at Scene 75

From a craft beer station to 3-D mini golf, there's something for everyone at this arcade for grown-ups.

Date Night: Round Into Brunch At Brewnuts

Beer and doughnuts are the best pairing since you and your date.

Date Night: Savor The View At Pier W

Fine dining plus the best view in town equals romance.

Date Night: Score Big At Superelectric Pinball Parlor

Turn back time with this pinball palace.

Date Night: Set Out For Adventure With These Friend Dates

Rally together! These #SQUAD dates are the talk of the town.

Date Night: Share A Bottle Of Wine At La Cave Du Vin

Let time slip by in this romantic underground wine cave.

Date Night: Sharpen Your Funny Bones On East Fourth Street

East Fourth Street gives you everything you need for a date night that will make you LOL.

Date Night: Sing Your Heart Out At Galaxy Karaoke

You don't have to sing well to serenade your way into your date's heart.

Date Night: Skate at Public Square

Public Square may be frozen over, but it doesn't mean your heart has to be.

Date Night: Slide Into Forest City Shuffleboard

Once you've slid into their DMs, you'll want to try your hand at shuffleboard.

Date Night: Slow Down At Chagrin Falls

The village of Chagrin Falls is a blast from the past that will take your date back to the time when first base meant holding hands.

Date Night: Stroll Through Little Italy's Galleries

Window shop your way through Cleveland's historic neighborhood.

Date Night: Take A Glass Blowing Class

Sip some spirits from a glass made by your own hands.

Date Night: Three Elevated Date Spots That Give You A Bird's Eye View Of The City

Let these spots lift your relationship to new heights.

Date Night: Treat Yourself To A Spa Weekend At Walden

This intimate getaway will have you wishing you never had to leave.

Date Night: Uncover Treasures In Downtown Willoughby

These old world haunts will liven up your love life.

Date Night: Unleash Your Wild Side At Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

You'll feel like a couple of love birds once you immerse yourself in the wild life.

Date Night: Walk Among The Treetops At Holden Arboretum

This high-wire date takes you across 500 feet of the park's Murch Canopy Walk.

Date Night: Wander 78th Street Studios

A maze of artists and performers awaits guests on the third Friday of every month.

Date Night: 'Watch' A Double Feature At Aut-O-Rama Twin Drive-In

This is the new Americana--and we're here for it.


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