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Cleveland's Most Interesting People 2019

Meet the city's 30 Most Interesting People of 2019. 

You're Invited To Homa Bash's Elegant Wedding

The NewsChannel 5 reporter expertly blends tradition, love and fun in her Indian-American fusion wedding.

Food + Drink

5 Neighborhood Coffee Shops We Love

Get your sip fix at local spots such as 5 Points Coffee and Tea, Goodkind Coffee and Tame Rabbit Specialty Coffee & Roaster.

Barrio Vs. Condado: Tale Of The Tacos

In the wake of lawsuits and disagreements, we found three major things that set the two taco spots apart.

Chowing Down At La Plaza's Expanded Taqueria

The Hispanic grocery store's upgraded spot now offers seating for 60. 

Eat This Now: Outsiders Pizza

This Cleveland-based frozen pizza company makes under-appreciated pies you'd find in Detroit and Milwaukee.

Polpetta's Meatball Menu Throws Us A Curveball

While we're fans of a few of their balls, we still miss Cork and Cleaver. 

Set And Forget These Slow-Cooker Recipes

From breakfast to happy hour, the CrockPot and Instant Pot is your go-to winter cooking tool.

Tremont's Trio Brings Small Plates, Big-Time Bites

By focusing on small plates, Anthony Scolaro's Trio tries to score big with the Tremont crowd.

We're Loca For Boss Chick N Beer's Wings

Birthed from Berea's Boca Loca Burrito Factory, these gluten-free wings are spicy and delicious. 

In the CLE

1945: The Hollenden Hotel Facelift

Cleveland's rich and powerful occupied the 1,000-room hotel.

Cleveland Public Library Now Offers Hot Spots

The 4G device can be lent to anyone over 18-years-old with a library card.

Cleveland's Most Interesting People 2019

Meet the city's 30 Most Interesting People of 2019. 

Editor's Note: Inspiration From The Cutting Room Floor

Let our 2019 Most Interesting People inspire you to be your best self this year. 

Justice Melody Stewart Makes History

The piano-playing legal wiz from Cleveland is the first African-American justice to be elected to Ohio's Supreme Court.

Lessons Of Hope From A Islamic Prayer

On a mournful day, one stranded writer found hope while observing Muslim men's religious ritual.

Maureen Kyle's Clothing Line Empowers Girls

With the launch of her inspiring Lionheart Lamb clothing line of dresses and tees, WKYC's Maureen Kyle hopes to empower kids to be kind, friendly and brave.

Most Interesting People 2019: Alana Belle

The 27-year-old community organizer has worked toward improving reproductive justice and racial equity with groups such as New Voices Cleveland and PreTerm Cleveland.

Most Interesting People 2019: Angela Flowers

The co-owner of Making A Difference Consulting has helped more than 10,000 Cleveland-area students and families.

Most Interesting People 2019: Anthony Zappola

Nothing is stopping this restaurateur who opened Lox, Stock and Brisket and the Rice Shop within a year of his return to Cleveland.

Most Interesting People 2019: Cautious Clay

The R&B crooner is breaking big, with tracks featured on NPR, HBO and Pitchfork and hopefully, your playlist.

Most Interesting People 2019: Cheryl Stephens

Part of a Democratic "blue wave," the former Cleveland Heights mayor steps up as Cuyahoga County Councilwoman. 

Most Interesting People 2019: Chris Webb

The spoken word poet and artist strives to improve the East Side neighborhood that raised him.

Most Interesting People 2019: Courtenay Finn

The 37-year-old begins her new venture as chief curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Jan. 15.

Most Interesting People 2019: Darrius Simmons

With three fingers on his right hand and one on his left, this 18-year-old pianist is a musical phenom.

Most Interesting People 2019: David Njoku

The 22-year-old tight end for the Cleveland Browns uses meditation to visualize his playmaking ability. 

Most Interesting People 2019: David Resnik

Learn how this Cleveland sports die-hard turned his fandom into a miniature stadium-building career.

Most Interesting People 2019: Elizabeth Noreika

This Fox 8 News anchor brings fun off-the-cuff talent to the nightly news.

Most Interesting People 2019: Ella Tryon

This 9-year-old philanthropist behind Help Me Color A Rainbow is making hospitals across the country more colorful.

Most Interesting People 2019: Erich Hooper

As one of Cleveland's original urban farms, Hooper's Farm in Tremont is still budding strong.

Most Interesting People 2019: Gabriella Kreuz

Kreuz travels across Ohio with Love Doesn't Shove to empower teens and college youth to recognize abusive behavior and reach out for help.

Most Interesting People 2019: Geraldo Rivera

Get an up-close look at how the veteran journalist is shaking up the news cycle in Cleveland.

Most Interesting People 2019: Harlan Sands

After experience in the military, as a public defender and more, he assumes the role of Cleveland State University's new president this year. 

Most Interesting People 2019: Insoo Hyun

The bioethicist works with leading researchers to weigh the implications of their work in stem cell research and more.

Most Interesting People 2019: Katherine Dolan

Cleveland Metroparks' first female ranger chief has a storied career in law enforcement.

Most Interesting People 2019: Kathryn Hahn

This Cleveland Heights native and chameleonic actress uses her platform to fight for the rights of women.

Most Interesting People 2019: Larry Nance Jr.

The 26-year-old Cleveland Cavaliers forward is making a name for himself with a four-year contract extension. 

Most Interesting People 2019: Mark Naymik

The 52-year-old columnist carries quite the reputation in unearthing our city's undercover stories.

Most Interesting People 2019: Mike Clevinger

The Cleveland Indians pitcher rethinks MLB's traditions with his long locks and tie-dyed sunflower cleats.

Most Interesting People 2019: Rachel Kingsbury

Kingsbury's second The Grocery location triples the size of her original spot with more than 70 different products.

Most Interesting People 2019: Reggie Fields

This 12-year-old entrepreneur took the worst of a situation and turned it into a prosperous landscaping venture.

Most Interesting People 2019: Sarah Horbol

This Westlake resident and 2018 winner of the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon is making a run for the Olympics in 2020.

Most Interesting People 2019: Shana Black

The Black Girl In The Cle creator has built a collective that showcases our city to African-American women.

Most Interesting People 2019: Sonia Winner

As the 10th director in the Cleveland Museum of Natural History's 98 years, the former dean looks towards the University Circle's future.

Most Interesting People 2019: Suncere Ali Shakur

The activist outfits African-American youth with trauma kits to respond to gunshot, knife and bomb wounds. 

Most Interesting People 2019: Will Sanchez

The 46-year-old artist bought the former space that he once tried to rob and turned it into La Cosecha Galeria.

Most Interesting People 2019: Yuval Brisker

The entrepreneur's globetrotting inspired a new take on mobile money apps.

Northeast Ohioans Set World Records

We asked what it took for Jeannie Rice and The Troll Museum to get in the Guinness Book of World Records.

Opinion: Local Politicians Should Step Up And Lead

When it comes to economic development, elected officeholders are too willing to cede leadership to the business community. 

Third Women's March Hopes To Increase Diversity

The Jan. 19 Cleveland Women's March hopes to attract a crowd that represents the city. 

This Sensor Could Reduce Waterborne Illnesses

Launched by Case Western Reserve University students, the Billion Bottle Project has been awarded more than $115,000 in grants.

Three New Skills To Learn In 2019

AR Workshops' knitting course, Literary Cleveland's writing workshop and Local Abundance Kitchen's cooking class help you live your best life.


9 Upcoming Movie, Show Debuts With NEO Ties

Prep your popcorn for our most-anticipated movies and TV shows of 2019 — starring, directed or produced by Northeast Ohio natives.

Comedian Sebastian Maniscalco On Family, Movies and Bad Gigs

We talk to one of the highest paid comedians in the world ahead of his Jan. 26 Playhouse Square show. 

Inside Cleveland Play House's An Iliad

The 100-minute production is a minimalist take on Homer's masterpiece that features just two performers.

Kent Was A Small Town With Big Music

Out this month, Jason Prufer's book Small Town, Big Music: The Outsized Influence of Kent, Ohio, on the History of Rock and Roll features concert reviews and oral history. 

Stella's Music Club Is Plug-And-Play

Downtown's new concert venue is created by musicians for musicians. 

At Home

4 Ways To Design Your Home for Wellness

Designer and artist Susie Frazier reveals tips from her new book for a soothing natural environment at home.

5 Smart Resolutions of Pro Organizers

Make your year tidier with tips for decluttering, organizing and storage. 

Meet The Architect Restoring Cleveland's Historic Homes

Antonia Altieri Marinucci of the Marinucci Group has found a calling in giving old homes new life.  


Double Rainbow Offers One-Of-A-Kind Kids Clothes

This clothing boutique for children and teens came to the Van Aken District in September.

Intricate Details Inspire Intimacy At This Lake Wedding

From Honest Abe socks to a canoe ride, Sara Luehring and Tim Kelly's wedding was truly their own.

Pick The Right Flowers For Your Seasonal Wedding

The owner of Lush and Lovely Floristry gives us tips for summer, spring, fall and winter wedding blossoms.

Sandra Bontempo Hatches FreeRange SkinCare

We talked to the owner behind the egg-based skin care line about creating her products, her inspiration and more.

This Cleveland Heights Wedding Blends Indian And Western Traditions

Taylor Hoffman and Luke Gould tap into their cultures in this gorgeous occasion.

You're Invited To Homa Bash's Elegant Wedding

The NewsChannel 5 reporter expertly blends tradition, love and fun in her Indian-American fusion wedding.

Travel & Outdoors

Date Of The Month: Punch Bowl Social's Putt Club

Make sure your date tees off in the right direction with this boozy new minigolf course.


Champions Of Care: Three Stories Of Triumph

From a potentially life-saving surgery to a comforting face in recovery, these healthy heroes share how they overcame their medical obstacles.

Clevelanders' Guide To Seasonal Affective Disorder

Experts from the Cleveland Clinic and StephanieMarieFit show us how to spot and beat wintertime sadness.