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December
2

Christmas Shops - Explore Ohio - Cutler Real Estate

Christmas is coming, and what better way to get yourself in the holiday spirit than to visit a Christmas shop or two? Ohio has dozens of these stores dotted across the state, including some worth going out of your way to see. To help you gear up for the holidays, let's take a closer look at eight of the most impressive Christmas shops around Cincinnati, Columbus, and Northeast Ohio. 

Story Book Kids Gifts

10725 Reading Rd., Cincinnati, Ohio 45241

Also known as SBK Gifts, Story Book Kids Gifts is a treasure trove of Christmas goodies for people in the Cincinnati area. This year-round Christmas shop is piled high with enough ornaments, throw pillows, figurines, cookie jars, decorative candles, and other housewares to satisfy even the most passionate fans of the holiday. Many of their items can be personalized, too, making them even more meaningful. Frequent shoppers will also love their Kringle Rewards program. You'll earn loyalty points for each purchase, but you'll also get a bonus of 15 points every time you post a product review. 

The Christmas Ranch

3205 S. Waynesville Rd., Morrow, OH 45152

The Christmas Ranch is the ultimate destination for Christmas aficionados in Ohio. In addition to train and wagon rides, a working carousel, a themed photo space where you can take pictures with Santa, and miles of elaborate light displays, this ranch is also a prime holiday shopping destination. The property boasts six Christmas-themed shops and a holiday bakery with fresh cookies, cakes, and other treats available every day. Each one is lavishly decorated for the holidays and staffed by a friendly group of "elves" who love Christmas just as much as you do. Plan to spend at least a few hours there when you visit—you'll need that time to see everything on display!

White Pillars Christmas House 

7405 E. Pike, Norwich, OH 43767

As soon as you pull up to the White Pillars Christmas House, you know you're in for a treat. This stately columned period home dates back to 1882 and immediately evokes the warmth and nostalgia of an old-fashioned Christmas. Inside, you'll find all kinds of unique Christmas ornaments and figurines, as well as artisan candies, cookies, and other goodies. They also sell a few artificial Christmas trees to help you deck the halls in your own home. One of their most prized collections is their assortment of Heritage Lace products. These delicate doilies, tablecloths, table runners, and other linens are the perfect complement to any Christmas display and can be difficult to find at other retailers. 

Christmas Tree Shops

2264 Miamisburg Centerville Rd., Dayton, OH 45459

Christmas Tree Shops is the go-to retailer for all your synthetic holiday tree needs in and around Columbus. This shop contains many sections devoted to trees and décor that fit into specific aesthetics, including Rustic Country, Gilded Holiday, and Forest Fantasy. Their cheery displays are the perfect way to get a feel for what the trees look like in a home setting, and they're also great for scoping out new decorations and accessories that compliment each tree's theming. On top of that, the store hosts visits from Santa every Saturday during the holiday season. Your child will love getting a chance to meet the jolly old man himself as part of your shopping trip!

Smore Baskets

508 Main St., Dresden, OH 43821

Once known as Smore Christmas, Smore Baskets may have changed their name, but they haven't left the holiday spirit behind. They still devote most of their display space to Christmas-themed items in the weeks leading up to the big day. You'll feel like you've stepped into Santa's workshop when you see all of the holiday-themed boxes, tins, and (of course) baskets on display in this charming little shop. They also carry a wide selection of rustic wreaths and other decor items to help you bring your holiday vision to life. 

Tis the Season

4363 State Route 39, Millersburg, OH 44654

Northeast Ohio's premier Christmas shop Tis the Season offers three full floors of Christmas cheer for you to enjoy. The store's main entrance is a spectacular log cabin made of real logs and equipped with a working fireplace for a cozy atmosphere. From there, you'll be able to explore the top two floors of the store section by section, browsing their massive stock of vintage holiday items and modern favorites. Look out for the section nestled in an old chapel lined with stained glass windows and fitted with restored wooden pews—its stunning beauty deserves special attention and maybe even a few snapshots. 

The store's lower level is filled with hundreds of beautiful Christmas trees and over 75 different types of lights. Trees range in size from 2 to 12 feet tall and come in every shape, style, and color imaginable. Whether you're in the market for a new tree or want to enjoy walking through this incredible synthetic forest, you're sure to have a great time. 

A Christmas Story House Gift Shop

3166 W. 11th St., Cleveland, OH 44109

Everyone loves the classic Christmas movie A Christmas Story, but did you know that the house featured in the movie is still standing right here in Cleveland? Today, it operates as a combined gift shop and museum. You can find all sorts of A Christmas Story merchandise here as well as a wide selection of items related to other iconic Christmas properties, including The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Grinch, and Home Alone. Remember to save some time to visit the museum section of the business and see the inside of Ralphie's home for yourself. 

Catherine's Christmas 

910 E. Main St., Geneva, OH 44041

The same family has run Catherine's Christmas for nearly 30 years. Located in a gorgeous old century home, this year-round Christmas shop was named after the family matriarch Catherine and her love of Christmas. Today, the cozy shop is stuffed with Christmas ornaments, nativity scenes, gift items, and decor—including some made by talented local craftspeople. Each room in the house is devoted to a particular kind of merchandise, making it easy to find whatever you're looking for. These displays change yearly, so be sure to visit during each holiday season to see what they have in store. 

Ring In the Holiday Season

Which of these festive stores will you check out in the coming weeks?

November
30

LoLo Gifts - November 2022 - Cutler Real Estate

November's attitude of gratitude doesn't have to end once the turkey, stuffing, and mashed potatoes are gone. You'll be giving thanks for this month's wonderful free offers courtesy of Cutler Real Estate and LoLo Gifts.

We appreciate all the great small businesses in Northeast Ohio, Columbus, and Cincinnati. These gifts let us give back to the community and help you discover them as well.

November Gifts:

Wooster: A Pint

Columbus: Coffee and Donuts

Kent/Stow: A Coin Purse

Akron: A Tea or Shake

Cleveland: $10 Certificate

Medina: $10 Certificate

Cincinnati: Latte and a Pastry

Canton: $10 Certificate

Wooster: A Pint

JAFB Wooster Brewery

120 Beall Ave., Wooster, OH 44691

Celebrating a birthday or just the end of a long work week? Raise your free pint in a toast with family and friends at JAFB Wooster Brewery.

About JAFB Wooster Brewery

Paul Fryman, founder of JAFB Wooster Brewery, is so fascinated with beer-making that he wrote his senior thesis about the impact of microbreweries on the American beer industry. JAFB incorporates ingredients such as raspberries, coffee beans, and chocolate malt to create their unique flavors. 

Contact and Hours

330.601.1827

Monday - Thursday: 2 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Friday - Saturday: Noon - midnight
Sunday - 1 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Columbus: Coffee and Donuts

Donna's Delicious Dozen

5322 N. Hamilton Rd., Columbus, OH 43230

When you claim your free gift of coffee and donuts, you'll understand why the shop has the name Donna's Delicious Dozen. It's hard to resist taking twelve of these delicious pastries back home to enjoy at your leisure!

About Donna's Delicious Dozen

If you're a pastry lover, Donna's Delicious Dozen is your dream come true. All donuts are made fresh to order, so you can select your own combinations from a variety of toppings, icings, and drizzles. 

Contact and Hours

614.245.4859

Tuesday - Friday: 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Kent/Stow: A Coin Purse

Red Letter Days of Kent

144 E. Main St., Kent, OH 44240

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Tired of trying to figure out what to do with your loose change? Problem solved with your free coin purse from Red Letter Days of Kent.

About Red Letter Days of Kent

Give your inner artist some inspiration with a visit to Red Letter Days of Kent. Delightful items such as coloring pencils and markers, journals and notebooks, and wrapping paper will spark anyone's creative fire. 

Contact and Hours

330.474.1330

Sunday - Monday: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Tuesday - Friday: 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Akron: A Tea or Shake

Fairlawn Nutrition

55 Ghent Rd., Fairlawn, OH 44333

Do you think "tasty" and "healthy" are mutually exclusive terms? Find out how delicious good beverages can be with your free tea or shake at Fairlawn Nutrition.

About Fairlawn Nutrition

Start your day right or get a midday pickup with a shake, coffee, or tea at Fairlawn Nutrition. They even have gluten-, dairy-, and caffeine-free options to accommodate special diets. Use their convenient app to place an order from your phone.

Contact and Hours

216.543.7772

Monday - Friday: 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Cleveland: $10 Certificate

The Salvaged Boutique

13383 Madison Ave., Lakewood, OH 44107

Are you decorating a new home or planning a fresh look as you prepare to sell? Use your $10 certificate toward furniture or accessories at The Salvaged Boutique.

About The Salvaged Boutique

Kathy and Karen, the sister team that owns The Salvaged Boutique, share a passion for stylish decorating on a shoestring budget. In 2013, they started a DIY blog that led to an Etsy shop. It was so successful that, 18 months later, they moved into their current brick-and-mortar shop featuring vintage, refurbished, and new home decor items.

Contact and Hours

216.925.5259

Tuesday - Saturday: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Medina: $10 Certificate

Bella Moxie Company

236 W. Liberty St., Medina, OH 44256

Tired of seeing the same limited selection of merchandise at the national big-box stores? You'll have a hard time choosing what unique item to get with your $10 certificate from Bella Moxie Company.

About Bella Moxie Company

When you shop at Bella Moxie Company, you support small business in two ways. The shelves are filled with high-end, one-of-a-kind jewelry, accessories, and home decor products made by local artisans. In addition, the store itself is owned by two entrepreneurial women. Follow them on Facebook to see the new arrivals.

Contact and Hours

330.725.7971

Tuesday - Friday: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday - 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Cincinnati: Latte and a Pastry

The Fix Coffeehouse & Bar

648 E. McMillan St., Cincinnati, OH 45206

Running late in the morning? No need to skip breakfast. There's always time for your free latte and pastry from The Fix Coffeehouse & Bar.

About The Fix Coffeehouse & Bar

Whether you prefer sweet or savory breakfast, The Fix Coffeehouse & Bar has the perfect item to pair with your latte. The shop features an assortment of pastries from Cincinnati's top bakeries, along with a selection of sausage and egg, lox and cream cheese, and other sandwiches on bagels from The Bagelry.

Contact and Hours

513.620.7076

Monday - Friday: 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sunday: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Canton: $10 Certificate

Cherry Blend Coffee Roasters

1003 Cherry Ave. NE, Canton, OH 44704

Coffee has come a long way from the basic black cup of joe. Find your new favorite roast with your $10 certificate from Cherry Blend Coffee Roasters.

About Cherry Blend Coffee Roasters

Roasting coffee may not seem like a regular segue from painting houses, but it worked for Terry and Peggy Miller. After 23 years of owning a house painting company, the Millers decided to follow their passion and open Cherry Blend Coffee Roasters, maintaining the same attention to detail and commitment to quality.

Contact and Hours

330.483.5297

Monday - Friday: 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

A "Feast" of Giving

November 2022 LoLo Gifts Offers - Cutler Real Estate

Make thanksgiving a year-round way of life. Just contact your Cutler Real Estate salesperson to sign up for our monthly offering of free gifts. 

November
23

Find a Christmas Tree - Explore Ohio - Cutler Real Estate

Is heading to the Christmas tree farm or lot with the family to pick a perfect tree one of your favorite holiday traditions? Ohio offers so many great Christmas tree farms to choose from, whether you're from Columbus, live in Cincinnati, or are celebrating the holidays in Northeast Ohio. Start your search for the perfect tree with our guide to nine Christmas tree farms around Ohio and Northern Kentucky.

The Farms at Pine Tree Barn

4338 Shreve Rd., Wooster, OH 44691

One of Ohio's oldest and largest Christmas tree farms, The Farms at Pine Tree Barn is an excellent place to shop if you want to maximize your selection. There are more than 75,000 Christmas trees to choose from on this 150-acre farm, along with wreaths, boughs, roping, and swags. After you pick out your tree, be sure to check out the other activities, like rides on the Pine Tree Express, family holiday photo sessions, horse-drawn carriage rides, sledding, and dining at the Village Cafe.

Sugar Pines Farm

9500 Mulberry Rd., Chesterland, OH 44026

With both cut-your-own and pre-cut Christmas trees available, Sugar Pines Farm makes it easy to fit tree shopping into your busy schedule. Of course, you might want to leave some time to enjoy the other activities available during the holidays on this 100-acre farm. Take a ride around the scenic farm on the hay wagon, or settle in by the warm comfort of the fire with kettle corn, hot chocolate, and all sorts of other holiday treats. Santa will also be making appearances at Sugar Pines Farm on December 3 and 10 from 1 p.m. through 4 p.m.

Galehouse Tree Farm

11762 Coal Bank Rd., Doylestown, OH 44230

Whether you want a pre-cut tree, a cut-your-own-tree experience, or even wholesale-cut Christmas trees, the team at Galehouse Tree Farm has you covered. They're open every day from November 1 through December 23, with tons of ready-cut trees to browse at the Tree House Gift Shop for a convenient shopping experience. The Tree House is more than just a place to find your next tree. It's a shop filled with little holiday wonders to decorate your home, from ornaments to lights, figurines, and lovely, rustic country décor.

Cackler Family Farms

4971 Cackler Rd., Delaware, OH 43015

Since 1989, Cackler Family Farms has been helping families in the Cincinnati area celebrate their favorite holiday traditions. The combination of an extensive selection, friendly, personalized service, and reasonable prices keeps many families coming back here year after year. If you're planning to shop here, be aware that reservations are required for the 2022 holiday season, and you can easily make your reservation on the Cackler Family Farms website.

HTH Christmas Tree Lot

2340 W. Dublin Granville Rd., Linworth, OH 43235

In addition to choosing from a wide selection of Fraser Fir, Scotch Pine, and Douglas Fir trees of all sizes, shopping at the HTH Christmas Tree Lot is also a way to support a good cause during the holiday season. The non-profit Hope Thru Housing organization operates this lot, and all proceeds are donated to the cause. While you're there, be sure to check out the selection of wreaths, garland, tree stands, and other items to help decorate your home.

Timbuk Farms Christmas Tree Farm

2030 Timbuk Rd., Granville, OH 43023

For a full family tree shopping experience, it's tough to top what you'll find at the Timbuk Farms Christmas Tree Farm. Shop from a huge selection of locally grown trees, then check out fun holiday activities like Santas Sleigh, the photo fun park, an antique car collection, and a giant haystack for the kids to climb. Stop by the Timbuk Lodge to warm up by a crackling fire, shop for holiday gifts, and enjoy some delicious seasonal refreshments on the weekends.

John T. Nieman Nursery & Landscaping

3215 Hamilton New London Rd., Hamilton, OH 45013

For stress-free, professional service while Christmas tree shopping, the team at John T. Nieman Nursery & Landscaping has you covered. They've been in business for over 75 years, with over 60,000 trees currently growing on the 125-acre farm. Head to the fields to pick the perfect tree, then the team will help you cut, shake, haul, and secure your tree to your vehicle. The Christmas Barn is where you can shop for all of your other holiday decorating needs while enjoying complimentary hot chocolate and cookies.

Corsi Tree Farm

1651 Bolender Rd., Hamersville, OH 45130

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A convenient, hassle-free experience is what you can expect when you visit Corsi Tree Farm, where every tree, no matter the size, is priced at $75. Stop by on a chilly fall day to cut your own tree, then head to the Broken Stone lodge to warm up with a cup of hot chocolate and a bowl of authentic Italian chili. There's also a free petting zoo for the kids and live music on the weekends.

Tom Mitts Christmas Trees

625 Monmouth St., Newport, KY 41071

Serving Newport, KY, and the greater Cincinnati area for more than 50 years, Tom Mitts Christmas Trees offers an outstanding selection of trees from its convenient location in the heart of Newport. The shop is open every day from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. while supplies last, with trees ranging in size from 3 feet to over 14 feet. You can also pick up handy supplies like tree stands, nets, garland, and wreaths, along with free candy canes for the kids.

Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree

With so many great farms to choose from, where will you pick your own tree this year?

November
22

Top Producers - October 2022 - Cutler Real Estate

Cutler Realtors are always working hard behind the scenes to meet the real estate goals of buyers and sellers across Northeast Ohio, Columbus and Central Ohio, and Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. From marketing to negotiating to closing, our Realtors go the extra mile to help clients navigate every step of the buying or selling process.

Each month we recognize those agents who have gone above and beyond to meet and exceed their goals. We congratulate the following Realtors and groups for providing the superior customer service people have come to expect from Cutler Real Estate. Join us in celebrating the top producers, production leaders, and listing leaders for October 2022.

Regions:

Northeast Ohio

Columbus & Central Ohio

Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky

Northeast Ohio

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Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky

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November
18

Small Business Saturday Stops - Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky - Cutler Real Estate

While it seems that national big-box retailers dominate the landscape, more than 99 percent of our country's businesses are small. As we head into the holiday season, show your support for these shops and restaurants that are the backbone of our economy.

Celebrate Small Business Saturday on November 26 by shopping at these wonderful locations around Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.

Joseph-Beth Booksellers

2692 Madison Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45208

Do you love the thrill of holding a new book in your hand, ready to open to the first page? Whether you're looking for bestsellers, classics, or non-fiction, you'll find it at Joseph-Beth Booksellers. Membership in their Gives Back Rewards Program sends a portion of your purchases to a community partner of your choice. It also earns you great perks, such as in-store discounts and coupons for the Brontë Bistro. Hours are 8 a.m. - 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. Sunday.

Velocity Bike & Bean

7560 Burlington Pike, Florence, KY 41042

Bicycles and caffeine may not seem like a natural pairing, but a visit to Velocity Bike & Bean could change your perspective. When owner Mark Ball, a gifted bicycle mechanic, opened his bike shop in 2011, he and his wife Lisa decided to combine the venture with their passion for craft coffee. The selection of pastries and breakfast sandwiches always includes some vegan and gluten-free options. Velocity Bike & Bean is open Tuesday through Friday from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Casablanca Vintage

3944 Spring Grove Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45233

"Here's looking at you, kid," when you're done up in the finest fashion from Casablanca Vintage. Opened in 1985, the shops specialized in pre-1970s menswear, especially for film and theater use. Casablanca Vintage has since expanded to include clothing for all genders, with most pieces coming from the 1920s to the 1990s. While they still work with the film and theater industry, the shop welcomes anyone interested in classic clothing. Hours are noon - 6 p.m. daily except Sunday when doors close at 5 p.m.

Rabbit Hash General Store

10021 Lower River Rd., Rabbit Hash, KY 41005

When it comes to small businesses, Rabbit Hash General Store has attained legendary status. This delightful throwback to classic American general stores has been in operation since 1831. Named for a local culinary specialty, Rabbit Hash General Store draws residents and tourists alike with its eclectic mix of antiques, gifts, housewares, and countless other products. Commemorate your visit with a logoed t-shirt, hat, mug, or flask, and share the Rabbit Hash spirit with unique gift baskets that can be shipped around the country. Hours are 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., seven days a week.

Deerhaus Decor

135 W. Elder St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

Just bought a new home or getting ready to sell? Dress it up in style with accessories from Deerhaus Decor. Owners Sonja and Ben curate the products in their store with an eye toward sustainability and small-batch manufacturing. Eco-friendly products on their shelves include soy candles, biodegradable sponges, and reusable food wraps. Some items are actually made by Sonja herself, who has her own studio that features natural plant-dye services and vintage repairs. Deerhaus Decor is open 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday.

Plaid Room Records

122 W. Loveland Ave., Loveland, OH 45140

Music lovers are rediscovering the pure sound of vinyl. Start your collection or add to an existing one at Plaid Room Records. The family-owned shop, opened in 2015, is an offshoot of their Colemine Records label and analog studio. More than 20,000 LPs are stocked in-house, and you can search their inventory of used 45s for gems from Bill Haley & the Comets, Sam Cooke, and Talking Heads. Pre-order the hottest upcoming releases to reserve your copy. Hours are noon - 7 p.m. weekdays, 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Saturday, and noon - 5 p.m. Sunday.

The Dragon's Hoard

8141 Mall Rd., Florence, KY 41042

Fans of small- and big-screen epics such as Game of Thrones and The Lord of the Rings aren't content simply to watch. Cosplay lets viewers immerse themselves in these make-believe worlds, and The Dragon's Hoard covers all genres, from sci-fi and fantasy to steampunk and anime. Be sure to check out their namesake dragon collection, including banners, jewelry, and figurines. Hours are noon - 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

&Sundries

2807 Woodburn Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45206

No matter how busy the holidays get, it's important to take time for yourself. &Sundries is full of luxurious products that are perfect for pampering. Treat yourself to some pumpkin and spice whipped soap, raspberry vanilla bubble bath, or peppermint body lotion. After your bath, cozy up with a soft robe, throw blanket, and neck wrap. Of course, all the amazing handcrafted items make terrific gifts as well. &Sundries is open Tuesday through Friday from noon - 7 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., and Sunday from noon -  5 p.m.

Bircus Brewing Company

322 Elm St., Ludlow, KY 41016

Take a break from shopping for some family-friendly entertainment at one of the more unique venues around. Located in the Ludlow Theatre, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Bircus Brewing Company presents Circus Mojo matinees each weekend at 2 p.m. Afterward, try your hand at spinning plates or swinging on the trapeze. The theater/brewery also hosts a great lineup of concerts and serves up artisan wood-fired pizzas, such as the signature Goetta Grip. Bircus Brewing Company is open 4 - 10 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 4 p.m. - midnight Friday, noon - midnight Saturday, and noon - 8 p.m. Sunday.

Steering Your Own Ship

Have you nurtured a dream to start your own business? If so, what would it be?

November
16

The Nutcracker Performances - Explore Ohio - Cutler Real Estate

People around the world love going out to see a performance of The Nutcracker at Christmastime. Whether it's a yearly tradition for your family or something you've always wanted to experience, you don't have to go far from home to see a performance of this classic ballet.

From high-production traditional versions to newer interpretations, there are so many places around Ohio where you can see a live performance of The Nutcracker this Christmas. Let's look at a few of the most popular in greater detail below.

The Nutcracker at the Ohio Theater

39 East State Street, Columbus, OH 43215

Every year around Christmas, the Ohio Theater hosts the talented artists of Ohio's BalletMet for a series of performances of The Nutcracker. This year, shows will run from December 8 all the way up to Christmas Eve. This production is extremely well-crafted, boasting gorgeous sets and visual effects as well as world-class dancing from the BalletMet's company dancers and students. With more than two weeks' worth of performances in Columbus' premier theater, you're sure to be able to fit one into your busy holiday schedule. 

My First Nutcracker at the Ohio Theater

39 East State Street, Columbus, OH 43215

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Yes, you read that right: The Ohio Theater offers an additional performance of The Nutcracker. This time, it's a special performance called My First Nutcracker, taking place on December 22 at 11 a.m. This show is a slightly abridged version of the full BalletMet version designed to make the experience better for families with young children and people with disabilities like autism. The shorter 1-hour performance time, smaller crowds, dimmed house lights, and quieter music all help make this version much easier for kids to sit through. If your kids do get antsy, audience members are invited to get up and move around during the performance or even leave the theatre if they need to.

The Nutty Nutcracker

182 South Main Street, Akron, OH 44308

Looking for a laugh or two this Christmas? On December 2 at 7 p.m., the Akron Civic Theatre will be hosting a performance of The Nutty Nutcracker, a parody version of the classic show. This production is an adults-only campy comedy that still showcases plenty of excellent ballet dancing. It turns the elegant timelessness of the original on its head in a way that veteran Nutcracker fans are sure to appreciate, and if nothing else, it's great for a fun, lighthearted night out during a hectic holiday season.

The Akron Nutcracker

198 Hill Street, Akron, OH 44325

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The University of Akron's Dance Institute is partnering with the Verb Ballet's company dancers for a repeat performance of last year's hit new show, The Akron Nutcracker. This adapted version of the original aims to tell the classic story within a recreation of the Akron of the 1930s, complete with iconic local landmarks like Polsky's Department Store and the Stan Hywet estate. This limited-run Northeast Ohio show is being performed Dec. 22 and 23 at 7:30 p.m. each evening, so it's a great family activity to help you build up to the big day.

Nutcracker! Magical Christmas Ballet

500 Lakeside Avenue East, Cleveland, OH 44114

If you want to see a world-class production of The Nutcracker right here in Ohio, check out this year's performance of Nutcracker! Magical Christmas Ballet on Saturday, December 10 at the Cleveland Public Auditorium Music Hall. This year marks the 30th anniversary of this adaptation of the classic ballet, and its goals of spreading world peace and harmony are more important now than ever. Come see the artistry of some of Ukraine's top ballet dancers as they bring this dazzling show to life – it's an experience you'll never forget. 

The Nutcracker at Cincinnati Music Hall

1241 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

A yearly staple at the Cincinnati Music Hall, The Nutcracker is arguably the most popular show performed by the Cincinnati Ballet. It's a great excuse to watch some of Ohio's most talented dancers practice their craft. And because it's so popular, you can expect high production values that will make the experience even more worthwhile. This year's performances run from December 15 all the way up to Christmas Eve, so find a free day on your calendar and book your tickets!

Nutcracker Hot Chocolate

650 Walnut Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Telling a familiar story from a new perspective is a great way to make it feel fresh and current again. On December 9 and 10, the Aronoff Center for the Arts will be hosting Nutcracker Hot Chocolate, a modernized version of The Nutcracker that has been adapted to showcase African American performers and culture. Acclaimed dance icon Debbie Allen created the show in 2008 to help inspire young dancers of color to keep pursuing their dreams. It's won a bevy of awards since then and continues to be a favorite of families everywhere.

The Hip Hop Nutcracker

317 East 5th Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

The Nutcracker may be traditionally staged as a ballet, but who says it has to be? The Hip Hop Nutcracker reimagines this classic show as a thrilling hip-hop dance exhibition that is sure to make you think about Tchaikovsky's music in a whole new way. This touring performance will be stopping in Cincinnati for a show at the Taft Theatre on December 1 from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. The tour features rapper Kurtis Blow as the show's MC, as well as a full troupe of talented artists dancing on a set that recreates modern-day New York City with gorgeous graffiti lighting effects.

Dreaming of Christmas

Which of these exciting performances of The Nutcracker will you be seeing this holiday season?

November
11

Thanksgiving Dinner To Go - Northeast Ohio - Cutler Real Estate

The weather is getting colder, the leaves are changing color, and Thanksgiving will be here before you know it. For most people, a filling turkey dinner is central to a Thanksgiving celebration. If you have a small family or a busy schedule, you may not want to spend all morning in the kitchen. Luckily, several excellent Northeast Ohio restaurants will be offering takeout and to-go meals on Thanksgiving Day. Here are a few top choices.

Amish Door Restaurant

1210 Winesburg St. Wilmot, OH 44689

Amish Door Restaurant is another great place to purchase a homemade Thanksgiving dinner. They charge per person, so you can buy as many or as few meals as you like. Each dinner includes roasted turkey, ham, and all the classic sides. They can package it up family-style if you have a larger order.

Amish Door Restaurant is especially known for its desserts. The Pumpkin Roll is a great option for those who want an alternative to pie.

Hartville Kitchen

1015 Edison St., Hartville, OH 44632

Hartville Kitchen is a welcoming, family-friendly restaurant and bakery that offers takeout Thanksgiving meals. They usually offer three dinner options for groups of 6, 12, or 24. You can choose between ham and turkey as your main entree. Each dinner also includes mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, stuffing, gravy, cranberry salad, rolls, and green beans or corn. 

Thanksgiving dinner isn't complete without pie! Order from Hartville Kitchen, and you'll also get fresh-baked pies with your meal. Choose from pumpkin, apple, mixed berry, and pecan. Place your order online so your order is ready on Thanksgiving Day.

Cleveland Vegan

17112 Detroit Ave., Lakewood, OH 44107

If you eat vegan or plant-based, or if you're simply trying to reduce your meat consumption, Cleveland Vegan is a great place to pick up some Thanksgiving meals. They make everything from scratch, in-house. Choose between two different dish sizes, which feed 4-6 or 8-10. You can order each dish a la carte.

Top Thanksgiving dishes at Cleveland Vegan include walnut-stuffed mushrooms, gluten-free tater tot casserole, and cinnamon pecan cupcakes.

Buehler's Fresh Foods

7138 Fulton Dr. NW, Canton, OH 44718

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Buehler's Fresh Foods is a local Ohio grocery store chain that sells fresh, locally grown foods in a relaxed setting. They sell prepared Thanksgiving dinners that you can purchase cold and heat up at home. 

Buehler has a few different options. You can purchase their dinner for two and enjoy a small, intimate Thanksgiving celebration. Or, purchase larger portions of a la carte dishes to host a larger meal for family and friends. Don't forget to take home an apple or pecan pie, too. They're baked in-store, and the scent fills the market. 

Mallorca

1390 W. 9th St., Cleveland, OH 44113

Mallorca is a unique Spanish restaurant in downtown Cleveland. They don't make a traditional Thanksgiving dinner but offer some unique twists on Thanksgiving favorites. Guests love their chorizo pinenut stuffing, for example. Their turkey dinner also includes delicious mashed sweet potatoes. 

Mallorca will offer their Thanksgiving dinners for dine-in and takeout on the special day. You can also purchase desserts a la carte. The pumpkin cheesecake is divine!

Creekside Restaurant

8803 Brecksville Rd., Cleveland, OH 44141

If you're looking for a delicious Thanksgiving dinner for one, then Creekside Restaurant is the place to go. This local favorite serves incredible takeout meals with all the fixings. They use locally sourced ingredients whenever possible and aim to make a modern twist on the classics. 

The turkey at Creekside Restaurant is always tender and juicy. Guests also rave about their fluffy mashed potatoes and cornbread sausage stuffing. The meals are picked up cold, but detailed heating instructions are included.

Embassy Suites, Akron Canton Airport

7883 Freedom Ave. NW, North Canton, OH 44720

Buying Thanksgiving dinner from an airport hotel may sound strange at first, but Embassy Suites has a fabulous restaurant. They prepare and sell Thanksgiving meals that you can pick up curbside. Pick yours up hot on Thanksgiving Day or cold the day before Thanksgiving.

Meals from Embassy Suites are designed to feed 6-8 people. Each kit includes a whole, roasted turkey, au jus, cranberry relish, buttermilk mashed potatoes, green beans, knotted rolls, and your choice of a pie. You can add prime rib to your order upon request; it comes with a delicious horseradish cream sauce.

The South Side

2207 W. 11th St., Cleveland, OH 44113

Maybe you've been to The South Side to watch the game and enjoy some bar food. Thanksgiving dinner is a bit of a departure from their normal fare, but they do a great job preparing and serving it. Each dinner comes with sliced turkey breast, macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes, and stuffing. 

The South Side packages all of their Thanksgiving dinners with clear reheating instructions. Buy one dinner for a quiet Thanksgiving or a whole stack of dinners for a relaxed, hassle-free family party. 

Gervasi Vineyard

1700 55th St. NE, Canton, OH 44721

Gervasi Vineyard is a great choice for those seeking a slightly modernized, creative twist on the traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Their dinners all include delicious turkey breast with white gravy. Their mashed potatoes are made with redskins and garlic, and they'll definitely have you reaching for seconds. Each meal also includes sage stuffing, plus green beans with almonds and cranberries.

Gervasi Vineyard sells family-style dinners, and each package serves 5-6 people. They're sold cold, and heating instructions are included. Order online; the website allows you to select a pickup time.

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Gluten-Free Dining Around Northeast Ohio - Cutler Real Estate

Dining options are limited when you can't eat an ingredient that's present in virtually everything. Whether you're just mildly gluten-sensitive or have a more serious allergic reaction, navigating the dining establishments in your area can be tricky—especially when you've just moved to a new neighborhood. Don't worry, though. If you're looking for a good place to have lunch in Northeast Ohio with safe, gluten-free menu options, here are nine of our favorites.

Mia Bella Restaurant

12200 Mayfield Rd., Cleveland, OH 44106

If you're craving Italian, Mia Bella is where you want to go. Not only is their food delicious, with a Mediterranean flair, but all of their pizza and pasta menu items have gluten-free options. Try the lobster ravioli with spinach, truffle oil, and tomato cream sauce. Or have some gnocchi with roasted garlic and kalamata olives, or pizzas like pepperoni and basil, prosciutto and arugula, and more. If you're going for lunch, be sure to go on Saturday, as they open at noon. But whenever you go, you're sure to have a great meal.

Ms. Julie's Kitchen

1809 S. Main St., Akron, OH 44301

Ms. Julie's, in Akron, takes pride in their healthy and ethical menu options. The entire menu is vegan, and plenty of gluten-free options are also available. Try their Sloppy Mac—a cross between mac and cheese and sloppy joe, with dairy-free cheese and brown rice pasta. Many of their ordinarily glutenous dishes have gluten-free options as well, including brown rice flour donuts and gluten-free carrot cake with cashew icing. Ms. Julie's has all your favorite comfort foods, made healthy, ethically, and guilt-free. While the restaurant is temporarily closed for renovations, Ms. Julie's should be back in business later this month.

Gregory's Family Restaurant

2835 Whipple Ave. NW, Canton, OH 44708

First opened in 1983, Gregory's provides Canton with fresh and delicious food with friendly, knowledgeable service. Plus, they have an entire, extensive menu for their gluten-free patrons. That includes burgers, hot dogs, and sandwiches with gluten-free bread, waffles and pancakes with gluten-free flour, and more—plus soups, salads, omelets, and other options that are always gluten-free and always delicious. They even have a gluten-free fryer for their french fries to prevent cross-contamination. Open Tuesday through Sunday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., Gregory's is a great place for a worry-free breakfast or lunch.

Chameleon Cafe Akron

23 S. Main St., Akron, OH 44308

This locally owned lunch spot has a variety of sandwiches, wraps, quesadillas, and more—all with gluten-free substitutes available upon request. Try their Cuban Quesadilla, with pork, ham, Swiss cheese, pickles, and mustard in a gluten-free tortilla. Or their BBQ chicken panini with gluten-free bread. And be sure to check out their array of grilled cheeses, like jalapeno popper, cilantro lime, and bacon pickle. They also serve a wide array of coffees, teas, energy drinks, and more. Open until 4 p.m., it's a perfect spot to grab lunch in Akron.

Taza - A Lebanese Grill

1400 W. 6th St., Cleveland, OH 44113

While many of the locations on this list offer gluten-free substitutes, Taza simply has a wide range of menu options that aren't bread-based, making them gluten-free naturally. The shish lamb specialty salad has tomatoes, olives, and feta, with lemon herb vinaigrette or tahini dressing. The mixed grill has a selection of beef, lamb, and chicken. They also have kabobs, kaftas, and other options, many of them served with rice rather than a glutenous side. Be sure to confirm with the staff which items are gluten-free before ordering, but your lunch options here are pretty wide.

Bam! Healthy Cuisine

2185 E. Maple St., North Canton, OH 44720

Dedicated to making food that's both healthy and flavorful, Bam! makes it a point to accommodate a variety of dietary needs and restrictions, including those with gluten issues. If you're looking for a great lunch, try one of their amazing salads, like goat cheese and almond, or hot and spicy pecan. You can order in advance for pickup or delivery or just go in and let them know your dietary needs. They're always happy to help you find something safe and healthy that you'll love.

Pete's Restaurant

4223 Tuscarawas St. W, Canton, OH 44708

If you're looking for simple and delicious casual dining, Pete's Family Restaurant in Canton is a great option. Their gluten-free options aren't labeled on the menu, but ask your server, and they'll help you find something you'll love. Customers rave about their gluten-free pasta dishes, from spaghetti marinara to chicken alfredo, rotini, and more. And they prepare their gluten-free items separately from the rest of their menu to avoid cross-contamination.

Astoria Cafe & Market

5417 Detroit Ave., Cleveland, OH 44102

This Mediterranean eatery features a wide variety of gluten-free offerings on its menu, all clearly labeled as such. Try one of their charcuterie boards, with various cheeses, fruits, honey, and roasted nuts. If you want something more substantial, go for the chicken avgolemono, poached with dill, parsley, lemon, and golden rice. Or try the Tuscan kale salad with pickled red onions, cherry tomatoes, and garlic-herb breadcrumbs, which can be made gluten-free upon request. Some of their menu offerings come with crackers, for which they also have gluten-free substitutes. Overall, Astoria Cafe is very accommodating to its gluten-free patrons and eager to help you find a lunch dish you'll love.

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