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August
5

Book Lovers Day in Northeast Ohio - Cutler Real Estate

Burying your nose in a good book is a great way to leave your worries behind for a few hours. People who read typically have more active imaginations. Plus, reading can help ease stress and depression, prevent cognitive decline, and build your vocabulary. Whether you love mystery novels, non-fiction, or something in-between, Northeast Ohio has several local bookstores worth visiting. Head to one of these book shops to find your next read.

Loganberry Books

10515 Larchmere Blvd., Cleveland, OH 44120

Located in the historic Larchmere neighborhood, this Cleveland bookstore first opened in 1994 and has kept readers happy ever since. They have more than 100,000 different titles in stock, including many on women's history and literature. Loganberry Books carries both new and used titles, including some leatherbound books and first editions. If you're not only a reader but a book collector, this is the place to go.

Loganberry books is open daily. Shoppers can join their Perks Program for free and earn a $10 coupon for every $100 spent. Perks Program members also get a bonus coupon on birthdays and extra store credit when they sell books.

Half-Price Books

1607 Golden Gate Plaza, Mayfield Heights, OH 44124

Half-Price Books is a family-owned bookstore that sells secondhand books and other media. You can take them your already-read books to sell and go home with new titles to enjoy. The store has a good selection of books on philosophy, martial arts, and animals. The wide aisles and friendly atmosphere make it a great place to shop with kids.

Half-Price Books is open daily. They offer online ordering and curbside pickup, which are great if you're in a rush.

Fireside Book Shop

29 N. Franklin St., Chagrin Falls, OH 44022

Fireside Book Shop has been serving Northeast Ohio since 1963. The store has an old-fashioned appeal but in the best way. They not only have a great selection of books, but also countless puzzles, greeting cards, and board games. The helpful staff members can help you find the perfect book, whether you're shopping for yourself or a loved one.

Fireside Book Shop is a woman-owned business and is open daily. Their Trade-In Program is a customer favorite, allowing shoppers to trade in their used books for store credit. Stop by regularly, and you'll always have something new to read.

The Learned Owl Book Shop

204 N. Main St., Hudson, OH 44236

The Learned Owl Book Shop has been open on Main Street since 1968. Although the shop is small, its selection of books is incredible. The owner knows everything on the shelves and is very helpful. They also have a children's nook and a selection of adult coloring books.

This bookstore is open daily and is within walking distance of many great cafes and restaurants. You could spend an afternoon picking out a book, walking around the neighborhood, then treating yourself to a nice meal.

Horizontal Books

1921 W. 25th St., Cleveland, OH 44113

If you find yourself in Cleveland, stop by Horizontal Books and browse their shelves. This shop sells overstock books. If you purchase one, you save 50% off the standard retail price. Purchase more than one, and you save even more. Horizontal Books brings in new titles every day, so there's always something else to discover.

Horizontal Books is open daily from 10 am - 6 pm. They're in the process of opening up their own coffee shop, too.

Mac's Backs-Books On Coventry

1820 Coventry Rd., Cleveland Heights, OH 44118

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Mac's Backs-Books on Coventry is a one of the largest bookstores in Ohio. They have three stories of books and community rooms where they host educational events. This shop has a great sci-fi collection and lots of young adult fiction. The entire basement is full of non-fiction titles.

Mack's Backs is walking distance from Case Western Reserve University and is therefore popular with college students. Keep an eye on their website for events such as book signings, writing workshops, and live readings.

Novelty Shop Used & Rare Books

14948 Chillicothe Rd., Novelty, OH 44072

If you're looking for a specific rare or antique book, Novelty Shop is the place to go. This boutique book store sells used, rare, and antique books, along with a small selection of other antique items. You'll find original hardcovers of classics, leatherbound books, and first editions galore.

Novelty Shop has been open since 1999 and is frequented by many of Ohio's book collectors. You're bound to learn something just by stopping in and taking a look around. 

Visible Voice Books

2258 Professor Ave., Cleveland, OH 44113

Visible Voice Books wants to make reading cool again. This independent bookstore has a very relaxed, inviting atmosphere and stocks titles in almost every genre. But they also have so much more than books. There's a bar and coffee shop where you can grab your favorite drink to sip while you read. Selections include craft beers from Fat Head and Left Hand Brewing. They even host wine tasting events.

Inside Visible Voice Books, there is also a neighborhood pizza shop called Crust. So, you can enjoy lunch, find a new book, and buy a bottle of wine—all under one roof. The shop is open Tuesday-Sunday.

Get Lost in a Book

Where will you discover your new favorite novel? Let us know which one of these bookstores feels most like home.

August
3

Top Producers - June 2022 - Cutler Real Estate

One of Cutler Real Estate's core values is to work with purpose: Life is busy, but the immediate shouldn't take priority over the important. Our Realtors always focus on what's important to buyers and sellers around Northeast Ohio, Columbus & Central Ohio, and Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky.

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 June 2022.

Regions:

Northeast Ohio

Columbus & Central Ohio

Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky

Northeast Ohio

June 2022 Top Producers - Alliance OH - Cutler Real Estate

June 2022 Top Producers - Canton OH - Cutler Real Estate

June 2022 Top Producers - Carrollton OH - Cutler Real Estate

June 2022 Top Producers - Fairlawn OH - Cutler Real Estate

June 2022 Top Producers - Greater Cleveland OH - Cutler Real Estate

June 2022 Top Producers - Green OH - Cutler Real Estate

June 2022 Top Producers - Malvern OH - Cutler Real Estate

June 2022 Top Producers - North Canton OH - Cutler Real Estate

June 2022 Top Producers - North Wooster OH - Cutler Real Estate

June 2022 Top Producers - Stow Kent OH - Cutler Real Estate

June 2022 Top Producers - Wooster OH - Cutler Real Estate

Columbus & Central Ohio

June 2022 Top Producers - Buckeye Lake OH - Cutler Real Estate

June 2022 Top Producers - Clintonville Beechwold OH - Cutler Real Estate

June 2022 Top Producers - Dublin OH - Cutler Real Estate

June 2022 Top Producers - German Village OH - Cutler Real Estate

June 2022 Top Producers - Grove City OH - Cutler Real Estate

June 2022 Top Producers - Historic Dublin OH - Cutler Real Estate

June 2022 Top Producers - New Albany OH - Cutler Real Estate

June 2022 Top Producers - Powell OH - Cutler Real Estate

June 2022 Top Producers - Short North OH - Cutler Real Estate

Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky

June 2022 Top Producers - Florence KY - Cutler Real Estate

June 2022 Top Producers - Incline District OH - Cutler Real Estate

Ready To Help

If you're looking for an experienced real estate professional, we can help. Find out how Cutler Real Estate can assist you with buying or selling a home across Ohio and Northern Kentucky. Find a Realtor today.

July
29

LoLo Gifts Offers - July 2022 - Cutler Real Estate

Independence Day may be in the rearview mirror, but there are still plenty of fireworks going on in our state. Cutler Real Estate and LoLo Gifts keep the summer going with their assortment of free gifts for July.

Whether it's a colorful bouquet in Northeast Ohio, a glass of mead in Columbus, or desserts in Cincinnati, get out and discover the wide range of offerings from this wonderful group of small businesses. 

July Gifts:

Cincinnati: A Dessert Jar

Canton: Ice Cream

Medina: Latte and a Pastry

Wooster: Cupcakes

Columbus: A Glass of Mead

Akron: A Flower Bouquet

Cleveland: A Tea & Shake Combo

Kent/Stow: A Beer or Soda

Cincinnati: A Dessert Jar

The Sweet Place

2510 Short Vine St., Cincinnati, O 45219

Life is short; eat dessert first. That's even easier with your free dessert jar from The Sweet Place.

About The Sweet Place

After The Sweet Place opened in Cleveland, they discovered a need for their unique offerings in the Cincinnati area. Their shop in Short Vine features a satisfying combination of classic and trendy sweets with something for everyone. The menu of baked goods, ice cream, and funnel cakes includes vegan and gluten-free options.

Contact and Hours

513.221.1370

Wednesday - Sunday: 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Canton: Ice Cream

Just Ice Cream and a bit more

213 Wabash Ave. S., Brewster, OH 44613

With 48 soft-serve flavors and 48 hand-dipped flavors, how can you choose? It's not too early to start thinking about how you will use your gift from Just Ice Cream and a bit more.

About Just Ice Cream and a bit more

The name of Just Ice Cream and a bit more refers to planning discussions between husband-and-wife owners Jim and Connie. When Connie wanted to consider adding additional items, Jim would remind her, "It's just ice cream." The second half of the name was a compromise added to allow for possible future additions.

Contact and Hours

330.844.2566

Monday - Sunday: Noon - 9 p.m.

Medina: Latte and a Pastry

Cool Beans Cafe

103 W. Liberty St., Medina, OHH 44256

Looking for a morning starter or mid-afternoon pick-me-up? Your free latte and pastry from Cool Beans Cafe are a great solution for either situation.

About Cool Beans Cafe

With a prime spot on historic Medina Square, Cool Beans Cafe has won awards for "Best Coffee" and "Best Place to Meet." The warm, comfortable ambiance invites you to linger over an espresso drink with a freshly-made pastry or wraps, paninis, and salads made to order. 

Contact and Hours

330.723.7174

Monday - Saturday: 7 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Sunday: 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Wooster: Cupcakes

The Faithful Little Cupcake

4146 Burbank Rd., Suite B, Wooster, OH 44691

Cupcakes are a perfect way to satisfy a craving for sweets when you're on the go. Choose from the dozen rotating flavors featured each day at The Faithful Little Cupcake.

About The Faithful Little Cupcake

The Faithful Little Cupcake may showcase the hand-held treats, but owner Ashley Fetzer and her creative team have a wide repertoire. In addition to cupcakes, their offerings include custom cakes and cut-out cookies along with mini-cheesecakes, brownie bites, and other specialties.

Contact and Hours

330.345.5005

Tuesday - Friday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Columbus: A Glass of Mead

Brothers Drake Meadery

26 E. 5th Ave., Columbus, OH 43201

Find out why mead is known as "the drink of the gods." Savor a glass of this delightful honey-based beverage at Brothers Drake Meadery.

About Brothers Drake Meadery

Eric and Woody, eponymous founders of Brothers Drake Meadery, were ahead of the curve with their interest in this ancient fermented beverage. The meadery hosts engaging tours and demonstrations where friendly and knowledgeable staff members share history and information. Try the house flight with 15 flavors of your choice.

Contact and Hours

614.388.8765

Wednesday - Thursday: 5 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Friday: 4 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Saturday: 2 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Sunday: 2 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Akron: A Flower Bouquet

Dietz Floral Studio

1024 Portage Trail, Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221

Preparing for an open house or decorating your new home? Add a splash of color with a flower bouquet from Dietz Floral Studio.

About Dietz Floral Studio

Seasonal garden-inspired designs from Dietz Floral Studio brighten up any occasion, whether it's a wedding, birthday, or just a day at home. Linda, the owner, discovered a talent for flower arranging that enabled her to leave her office job and purchase the shop from Mr. Dietz after working there less than a year.

Contact and Hours

330.923.9747

Monday - Thursday: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Cleveland: A Tea & Shake Combo

Old Brooklyn Nutrition

4138 Pearl Rd., Cleveland, OH 44109

When a beverage quenches your thirst while providing nutrition, that's a win-win. Treat body and soul to a refreshing tea & shake combo from Old Brooklyn Nutrition.

About Old Brooklyn Nutrition

Healthy beverages never tasted so good. Tea flavors at Old Brooklyn Nutrition include lemon, pomegranate, and Skittles, while shakes come in dozens of flavors that will make it feel like a cheat day. Add some physical activity with HITT classes on Tuesday and Zumba on Wednesday, both starting at 7 p.m.

Contact and Hours

216.644.4521

Monday - Tuesday: 6 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Wednesday: 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Thursday: 6 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday: 6 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Sunday: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Kent/Stow: A Beer or Soda

Bell Tower Brewing

310 Park Ave., Kent, OH 44240

Bell Tower Brewing is one of the driving forces behind Ohio's thriving craft beer industry. Use your free July gift to sample one of their signature brews or enjoy a non-alcoholic soda.

About Bell Tower Brewing

Family-owned Bell Tower Brewing is Kent's first brewpub, featuring a mix of handcrafted beer and seasonally inspired food. Located in a historic building that once housed the First Congregational Church, Bell Tower upholds community tradition with a comfortable gathering place for family and friends.

Contact and Hours

330.663.2355

Thursday: 4 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Friday - Saturday: Noon - 11 p.m.
Sunday: Noon - 9 p.m.

Fun for All Seasons

LoLo Gifts for July 2022 - Cutler Real Estate

The goodies don't stop in summer! Contact your Cutler Real Estate agent to see how simple it is to receive our list of free offers each month. 

July
27

Cool Summer Treats - Northern Kentucky - Cutler Real Estate

Summer means warmer temperatures, which are mostly a good thing. But when it gets too hot and you want to cool off, ordering a milkshake or iced coffee can help you chill out. Fortunately, Northern Kentucky has several great locations serving up these cold drinks near Boone County homes for sale. Many also serve food items, so you can enjoy a burger with your milkshake or a pastry with your coffee, and you'll even be able to order a boozy milkshake if you'd like to, although it's also available without the alcohol.

When you're ready to cool off and treat yourself, head to one of the following seven places to order a milkshake or iced coffee in Northern Kentucky.

Fillmore's Dairy Hut

7500 Burlington Pike, Florence, KY 41042

A nostalgic staple of Florence for years, Fillmore's Dairy Hut is the type of place that adults fondly remember going to as kids with their parents or heading to after school or a sporting event, and now they're returning with their own kids. Order a burger, footlong cheese coney topped with homemade Cincinnati-style chili, or other traditional favorite with your milkshake, and you'll be pleasantly surprised at the reasonable prices. Milkshakes come in flavors, including strawberry, blueberry, chocolate chip, butterscotch, and peanut butter.

Graeter's Ice Cream

301 Buttermilk Pike, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017

Graeter's Ice Cream traces its roots back to 1870 in Cincinnati when its founder began selling ice cream from two carts. At the time, it was hand-crafted in French pots. Ice cream is the all-important base of any great milkshake, and the fourth-generation family-owned company still makes it in a French pot freezer that leaves very little trapped air. The result is indulgent, delicious ice cream that translates into the same qualities in their milkshakes. Try a refreshing peach shake in the summer, or create your own from one of the shop's many flavors, including black raspberry chocolate chip and brown butter bourbon pecan. You'll have your choice of a 16-ounce small milkshake, a 20-ounce medium, or a 24-ounce large.

Mad Mike's Burgers & Fries

6420 Dixie Hwy., Florence, KY 41042

Mad Mike's Burgers & Fries serves up fresh, made-to-order burgers, and you can build your own or order a gourmet burger made with a half-pound of 100% black Angus beef. The Rockefeller burger—served with blue cheese crumbles, mango chutney, beer-battered onion strings, cilantro may, and lettuce—is a customer favorite. Have some hand-cut french fries along with your burger, and treat yourself to a milkshake with your meal. You can choose from flavors including cookies and cream, chocolate chip cookie, espresso vanilla, strawberry, and chocolate.

Nomad

225 Fairfield Ave., Bellevue, KY 41073

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A bar may not be the first destination you think of when you're craving a milkshake, but Nomad serves an impressive list of boozy concoctions made with three ounces of alcohol. If you'd rather not have the alcohol, all shakes are also available in non-boozy versions. Try versions like Dough You Want Me Baby, consisting of ice cream, Ghirardelli caramel sauce, edible cookie dough, and vanilla vodka. The decadent shake is topped with whipped cream, a house-made cookie, chocolate chips, and a cherry. Or order the Oops! I Split It Again, Nomad's take on a banana split. It has ice cream blended with vanilla vodka, Frangelico, Ghirardelli chocolate, and banana split-inspired ingredients like bananas, walnuts, and cherries.

Jet Coffee

8203 U.S. 42, Florence, KY 41042

With its double drive-thru lanes, Jet Coffee quickly lets you cool off and fuel up with an iced coffee before or after work, school, or running errands. Coffee drinks are available hot or iced, including the butterscotch and rum Highlander Grogg brewed coffee. Specialty lattes, which can even be ordered frozen with whipped cream, include interesting flavors such as Flower Power with lavender and honey and Raspberry Truffle with raspberry and dark chocolate. Frappes are also frozen with whipped cream and include caramel and spiced or vanilla chai.

Enlightenment Coffee

11069 Clay Dr., Walton, KY 41094

Enlightenment Cafe is a welcoming community gathering spot that's the perfect place to meet some friends and catch up over coffee. Its coffee beans are equitably sourced and locally roasted by Carabello Coffee for quality and freshness. Cool off with an iced coffee, including a latte, mocha, chocolate Americano with almond and oat milk, bourbon caramel frappe, or white chocolate raspberry frappe. And while you're sipping your coffee, enjoy a house-made baked good, breakfast burrito, or bagel along with it.

Dreamy Whip

3020 Washington St., Burlington, KY 41005

At Dreamy Whip, you can have your choice of the best of both worlds: a milkshake or an iced coffee. If you're in the mood for a shake, try a chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, peanut butter, or banana variety. And if you'd rather cool off with an iced coffee, try an affogato, which combines ice cream and espresso, or order a frosted coffee. The shop also has food trucks that are dispatched across the area, so check their Facebook page linked above to see a schedule of their next locations.

Sip, Sip, Hooray!

Which is your favorite drink to cool off: a milkshake or an iced coffee? 

July
22

Carousels - Explore Ohio - Cutler Real Estate

While modern carousels are a beloved amusement ride, they have their roots in a combat preparation exercise from the Middle Ages. Knights attempted to spear small rings hanging overhead as they galloped in a circle. Commoners eventually adapted the game with the beginnings of our current form.

Did you know that the first carousel in the United States was built in the 1840s by Franz Wiesenhoffer in Hessville, OH? Our state is still recognized as the home of many incredible carousels, including those in Northeast Ohio, Columbus, and Cincinnati.

Cedar Point

1 Cedar Point Dr., Sandusky, OH 44870

Everyone knows that carousels are a traditional part of any respectable fair, carnival, and amusement park. Not surprisingly, Cedar Point takes their carousel game to a whole new level, with three carousels that make frequent appearances on top-10 lists. The Kiddy Kingdom Carousel, dating back to 1925 and features 52 animals, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Next is the Midway Carousel, built in 1912 and operating at Cedar Point since 1946, making it the park's oldest ride. Finally, challenge family and friends to a spin on the Cedar Downs Racing Derby, one of only two racing carousels in the United States. Visit the website for hours and ticket pricing.

Richland Carrousel Park

75 N. Main St., Mansfield, OH 44902

In honor of the ride's European origins, Richland Carrousel Park uses the French spelling of the word in its name. This delightful park features the first new hand-carved carousel constructed in the United States since the 1930s, built at nearby Carousel Works. Scenery panels on the carousel depict Malabar Farm, Richland County Courthouse, and other iconic locations and notable figures from the local area. Carousel rides are $1, with discounts for purchases of 6 or 50 rides. Hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday.

Akron Zoo

505 Euclid Ave., Akron, OH 44307

Environmental education and awareness provide the theme for the Conservation Carousel at the Akron Zoo. The hand-carved figurines are likenesses of 33 animals from around the world, ranging from a ladybug and a penguin to a Komodo dragon, a peacock chariot that's wheelchair accessible, and a baby moose that contains a time capsule from 2010. Sustainable wood, repurposed concrete, and other green initiatives were incorporated in the construction of the carousel. Rides are $2 per person. Zoo admission is $14 for adults and $11 for ages 2-14. Hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily through October 31. Visit the website for seasonal hours.

Columbus Commons

160 S. High St., Columbus, OH 43215

In 2011, the historic City Center grounds were transformed into Columbus Commons, a 6-acre park in the midst of the beautiful downtown area. The centerpiece attraction is a hand-carved carousel with 18 charming figurines, including the OSU Buckeye horse, a frog prince, and a clown fish. Ohio Stadium and Franklin Park Conservatory are two of the hand-painted scenes decorating the canopy. Carousel rides are also a popular draw for Commons for Kids, held each Friday through August 12 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Rides are free at all times. Park hours are 7 a.m. - 11 p.m. daily.

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

3400 Vine St., Cincinnati, OH 45220

Carousels are generally thought of as rides for youngsters. That's not the case at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, where their Conservation Carousel is one of the more popular attractions during adults-only events such as Toast of the Wild. Of course, the carousel is a big hit with kids as well. Zoo members often upgrade their memberships at the prompting of their children, who like the unlimited carousel rides that are included. Standard pricing for rides is $3. Mark your calendar for 2023, when the zoo's new carousel will be installed. At twice the size of the current carousel, this version will feature 65 animals in a vintage open-air gazebo perched alongside Swan Lake. Admission ranges from $9.50-$25. The zoo is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. through October 31. Visit the website for seasonal hours.

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

4850 Powell Rd., Powell, OH 43065

After viewing real birds and wildlife in person, check out colorful recreations on the Grand Carousel at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. The historic 1914 Mangels-Illions carousel revolves to the sounds of a fully restored band organ that plays periodically throughout the day. Rides are $2 per person. If you want the real experience, enjoy a camel ride for $7 or a pony ride for $5. Zoo admission is $16.99 for adults and $11.99 for ages 3-9. Prices are higher for non-Franklin County residents. The zoo is open daily from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. through August. Visit the website for seasonal hours.

Toledo Zoo & Aquarium

2 Hippo Way, Toledo, OH 43609

Travel to the continent of Africa on the carousel at the Toledo Zoo & Aquarium. The sole African carousel in the world lets you ride atop 42 exotic animals, such as giraffes, zebras, and gorillas. Artwork on the canopy showcases many of the featured animals in their native habitats. Rides are $3 per person, with passes available for multiple rides at discounted rates. Zoo admission is $24 for adults and $21 for ages 2-11, with an additional $2 charge for non-Lucas County residents. Visit the website for hours.

Merry-Go-Round Museum

301 Jackson St., Sandusky, OH 44870

Inspiration for the Merry-Go-Round Museum came from a series of carousel stamps issued by the U.S. Postal Service in 1988. Appropriately, the museum is housed in a former Sandusky Post Office building listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In addition to watching activities in the restoration shop, visitors can ride the museum's vintage 1939 Allan Herschell carousel as the band organ plays the classic "oom-pa-pa" sounds. The original figurines were unavailable, so the carousel is populated with pieces from the museum's collection or on loan from private collectors. Admission, including one ride token, is $6 for adults and $4 for ages 4-14. Hours are 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon - 4 p.m. Sunday through Labor Day.

Round and Round

When it comes to your preferred carousel mount, do you go old-school with the horses, or do you make a dash for one of the other animals?

July
20

Rainy Summer Day Activities - Cincinnati, OH - Cutler Real Estate

Now that summer is upon us, there are many outdoor activities that families can enjoy together, such as biking, hiking, picnics, sports, and more. But what happens when the sun goes away, and rain clouds appear? Being stuck inside playing video games and watching movies sounds like fun, but there are so many other things to do. 

Cincinnati is chock-full of exciting places to visit, and many of them are perfect for a rainy summer day. We can't list them all, but we've compiled a list of our favorites found in Cincinnati and the surrounding areas we're sure will surprise and delight your entire family.

American Sign Museum

1330 Monmouth Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45225

There's little doubt that the American Sign Museum will be one of the most unique attractions you'll visit in the Cincinnati area. Although the art and history of signs and sign-making might not seem like something kids would enjoy, we think they'll love the spinning signs, flashing lights, and pop culture imagery. This is a great way for kids and adults to learn about something that's just a little unusual.

Castle Skateland

980 Loveland Madeira Rd., Loveland, OH 45140

Even though roller rinks may not be as trendy as they used to be, they continue to be a fun time for kids and adults. Castle Skateland is a family-owned and operated place of entertainment and features the largest skate floor in the greater Cincinnati Tri-State area. Its bright and friendly atmosphere will be very welcoming on a rainy day, and you can also treat your kids to a variety of music, arcade games, food, and drinks.

Arcade Legacy

662 Cincinnati Mills Dr., Cincinnati, OH 45240

While your kids probably have plenty of console games at home, you simply can't beat a good, old-fashioned arcade. With more than 60 arcade games and pinball machines, gaming console stations, and giant projection screens, the only bad thing about Arcade Legacy is that your kids might not want to leave. You can also check out the media store, where you'll find movies, comic books, board games, action figures, artwork, and other collectibles.

Mosaic Climbing

9501 Union Cemetery Rd., Loveland, OH 45140

Nothing says summer fun quite like expending some of that built-up energy that every child seems to have at all times. Mosaic Climbing provides an exciting indoor adventure for kids and adults of all ages. If you've never been there before, that's perfectly fine. You'll go through a short orientation and be given access to different climbing areas designed for a variety of skill levels and ages.

Recreations Outlet

885 OH-28, Milford, OH 45150

We're going to cheat a little by adding the Recreations Outlet to our list because it's such an awesome place. They feature many outdoor activities like trampolines and playground equipment, but that won't help you when it's pouring outside. But they also offer several items perfect for creating an indoor game room, such as table tennis, foosball, and shuffleboard. This will give you an alternative to keeping kids inside only to watch them play video games all day.

Scene75

876 OH-28, Milford, OH 45150

Since being voted the top family entertainment center in the world, Scene75 has had a lot to live up to—and it never disappoints! There are more than a dozen indoor attractions, including go-karts, mini-golf, laser tag, bumper cars, mini-bowling, and a 4D motion theater. You'll also be treated to a huge game room with more than 100 arcade games, in addition to air hockey and several redemption games where you win tickets that can be exchanged for prizes.

Joseph-Beth Booksellers

2692 Madison Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45208

If you're looking for something a little low-key, you may want to head over to Joseph-Beth Booksellers. This is easily one of the best bookstores in Cincinnati and the surrounding communities. Parents and kids alike will be able to find plenty of books to choose from, including hugely popular favorites and a bunch of indie titles. In addition to a large selection of books, they also have games, toys, planners, puzzles, clothing, and a whole lot more.

Run Jump-n-Play

5897 Pfeiffer Rd. Suite B, Blue Ash, OH 45242

This huge indoor playground and party place is incredible. As soon as you and your kids walk into the Run Jump-n-Play facility, you can see their excitement build up as they gear up to start running around everywhere. The facility is filled with swing sets, basketball hoops, trampolines, and more. There's also a large area for birthday parties and other special events.

Carol Ann's Carousel

8 E. Mehring Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202

If you're looking for something simple but fun, head to Carol Ann's Carousel. Not only is this carousel an amazing work of art that features 44 different characters, it's simply a great way for children to have fun and relax. This carousel can stay open all year round because it's enclosed in glass, making it perfect for a rainy summer day. Your kids will even be able to watch the droplets hit the glass as they ride their favorite horse, tiger, or other animal.

Chase Away Rainy Day Blues 

With so many incredible places to duck indoors and avoid the rain, where will you and your family choose to go? 

July
8

Daiquiri Day - Explore Ohio - Cutler Real Estate

Beat the Midwest heat with a refreshing beverage to celebrate National Daiquiri Day on Tuesday, July 19. Whether you prefer frozen or on the rocks, you can't go wrong with daiquiris at these great bars and restaurants around Northeast Ohio, Columbus, and Cincinnati.

Frozen Daiquiri Bar & Restaurant

1313 Old River Rd., Cleveland, OH 44113

There's no mistaking the main attraction at Frozen Daiquiri Bar & Restaurant. Inspired by a daiquiri bar he visited in Miami, owner James Cleveland has fulfilled his dream of bringing the concept to Northeast Ohio. In addition to peach, strawberry, and mango, options include a Margarita daiquiri, mystery flavor, and Frozen Way with all flavors. Pair your choice with an order of boneless or bone-in chicken wings, available in 10 different sauces. Hours are 5 p.m. - 1 a.m. Wednesday through Friday and 11 a.m. - 1 a.m. weekends.

Quintana's Speakeasy

2200 S. Taylor Rd., Cleveland Heights, OH 44118

Just as the name promises, you'll feel like you're part of a secret club when visiting Quintana's Speakeasy. The first floor is a barber shop that's a throwback to the classic days of a place where customers make business deals and discuss sports. Head to the hidden bookcase passage in the back that leads upstairs to the bar. Be sure to order the Hemingway Daiquiri with light rum, lime and grapefruit juices, and Luxardo liqueur. Check the website for information about live music shows and special events such as "Prohibition 101 - Learn Hands-On Classic Craft Cocktails." Quintana's Speakeasy is open Tuesday through Saturday from 3 - midnight.

Don Ramon Mexican Restaurant

4866 Richmond Rd., Cleveland, OH 44128

Mexican restaurants might make you immediately think of Margaritas, but they also mix a mean daiquiri at Don Ramon. Choose from six different fruit flavors that come by the pint, jumbo-size, small pitcher, or large pitcher. The food menu features a wide range of traditional Mexican favorites, from nachos and fajitas to burritos and enchiladas. Customers love the spacious dining room with soft lighting, delightful Mexican music, and friendly servers. Hours are 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily except Sunday when closing time is 9 p.m.

Huli Huli Tiki Lounge & Bar

26 W. Olentangy St., Powell, OH 43065

The vibe at Huli Huli Tiki Lounge & Bar is so authentic that you'll feel the tropical breezes blowing through your hair. Part of the fun is the drink presentation, with colorful glasses holding traditional flowers and parasols. The pineapple daiquiri gets a little extra kick from spiced syrup. Try the signature Tiki fries, tossed in a house spice blend and topped with Kalua pork, Bang Bang sauce, and pineapple salsa. Watch their Facebook page for information about special rum tasting events. Huli Huli is open 4 - 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 4 - 10:30 p.m. Friday, 1 - 10:30 p.m. Saturday, and 1 - 9 p.m. Sunday.

Kai's Crab Boil

839 Bethel Rd., Columbus, OH 43214

Craft cocktails meet New England seafood at Kai's Crab Boil. Their namesake meals come with your choice of seafood, boiled in one of three different sauces and spiced in five levels, from "No Heat" to "OMG." Combos include two types of seafood and three add-ons, ideal for sharing. Daiquiris come in strawberry, pineapple, and mango, with three sizes available. Hours are 4 - 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 4 - 10 p.m. Friday, noon - 10 p.m. Saturday, and noon - 9 p.m. Sunday.

The Bar at Echo Spirits

985 W. 6th Ave., Columbus, OH 43212

Old-school cocktails get a contemporary update at The Bar at Echo Spirits. Founders Nikhil Sharoff and Joe Bidinger have a mission to create artisan spirits that honor history and flavor. The drinks are bestowed with charming names that are as inventive as the recipes. A Bell Through the Night is a daiquiri for "lovers of meadows and witchy things," made with Echo Spirits rum, jasmine cordial, honeysuckle, and lime. Need some time to decide? Order a Snaquiri, a miniature daiquiri made with bartender's choice. Feel free to bring in off-site food or purchase from one of the food trucks that are usually on hand. Hours are 4 p.m. - 11 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 4 p.m. - midnight Friday and Saturday, and 4 p.m. - 11 p.m. Sunday.

Lost & Found OTR

22 E. 14th St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

One customer aptly described the ambiance at Lost & Found OTR as "a work of modern pop art." The bar is housed in a four- to five-car garage attached to a home in the historic Over-the-Rhine neighborhood. Funky furnishings and accessories, including the colorful mural in the front patio bar, are almost all works of local artists. Stop in Wednesday through Sunday for "Easy Hour," with special pricing on pitchers of daiquiris, mules, and Margaritas, as well as snacks and sandwiches. Follow them on Facebook for details about comedy shows, dance parties, and other special events. Lost & Found OTR is open 4 p.m. - 2 a.m. Wednesday through Friday and 2 p.m. - 2 a.m. weekends.

Rosie's Cocktails & Pies

300 E. Seventh St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

Daiquiris and pizza? It's a match made in heaven at Rosie's Cocktails & Pies. Rosie's brings East Coast tomato pie-style pizza to Cincinnati. Specialty pies include the popular Tie-Dye, with a pinwheel of pesto atop the tomato and mozzarella. There's even a breakfast pizza, topped with ham, sausage, bacon, spinach, and egg. The menu also includes several pasta dishes, paninis, and salads. OGPD, Rosie's spin on a daiquiri, mixes pineapple rum with ginger liqueur, pineapple, and lime. Hours are 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Sunday.

Igby's

122 E. Sixth St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

Spacious and stylish, Igby's proudly proclaims that "the drinks are cold, but the hospitality is warm." The 7,500-square-foot Civil War-era building features two floors of bars, with balconies around the atrium for good visibility. Each level also has an outdoor balcony, one facing Sixth St. and the other with a bit more privacy. Giggle Water is their take on a daiquiri, featuring a blend of Bacardi Dragonberry Rum, lime juice, simple syrup, and tiki bitters, topped with Prosecco. Small and large charcuterie boards make tasty companions to the craft cocktails. Hours are 4 p.m. - midnight Monday through Thursday and 4 p.m. - 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

Belly Up to the Bar

If you went back in time to a Roaring Twenties speakeasy, what would be your classic cocktail of choice?

July
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Museums for Watercolors - Columbus, OH - Cutler Real Estate

No other artistic medium can match the delicate beauty of watercolors. July is Watercolor Month, so what better time to take a closer look at this refined art form? This month, visit these places in Columbus to see some of the most dazzling watercolor pieces made by American artists. You might even get the chance to improve your own watercolor painting skills while you're at it. 

Columbus College of Art and Design

60 Cleveland Ave., Columbus, OH 43215

The Columbus College of Art and Design is one of the most well-regarded private schools for art and design in the country. In addition to its top-class art instruction, the college also maintains several display spaces to showcase its students' work.

Watercolors are a favorite medium among students here, and you'll see many of their works displayed in the school's sprawling galleries. Displays are changed often, so be sure to check back later in the month if you want to see some fresh examples. You may also be able to hone your skills with the medium at the college's Saturday morning art classes, weekly events that are open to all adults in the community. Stop by and see what you can learn!

Cultural Arts Center

139 W. Main St., Columbus, OH 43215

Columbus' Cultural Arts Center offers residents the chance to explore new artistic horizons right here in their hometown. The center's many exhibitions and displays always includes some watercolor works, many of which are done by local artists who you may meet during your time in the building.

Some of the center's painting classes cover watercolor techniques as well, and many are open to beginners. If you've always wanted to try your hand at creating a masterpiece in this medium, now is your chance. Impress the center's curators, and your work might even end up being displayed in the on-site Loft Gallery!

Ohio State University Urban Arts Space

50 W. Town St., Suite 130, Columbus, OH 43210

Ohio State University also houses the Ohio State University Urban Arts Space, a more contemporary gallery featuring special exhibitions from students and prominent members of the community. During a single visit, you might see anything from pottery to performance art. 

Watercolors are less prominent here, but they can still be found among the exhibited works. The space's displays are also rotated frequently, so check back often to catch sight of new and exciting works.

Columbus Museum of Art

480 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215

The Columbus Museum of Art is one of the biggest and most reputable museums in Ohio. The museum's permanent collection features several pieces by members of the Columbus Watercolor Society, a group of local artists who are masters of this tricky medium. 

You can find more work from many of these watercolor artists in some of the cities surrounding Columbus, making this a must-see stop if you want to continue exploring the world of watercolors beyond the city limits. The museum's staff are also extremely knowledgeable and can help you find the pieces you're looking for if you have trouble finding your way through the building. 

Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum

1813 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43210

The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum is part of the Ohio State University Libraries. Since the university is a public institution, anyone can visit this place and explore their massive collection of comics and cartoon-style art. 

The library's collection includes many pieces done in watercolors, a common medium for illustrations and other simplified graphics. It's the perfect place to scope out some pieces that diverge from the usual flowers and landscapes that are often depicted in this medium. Many of the pieces in the library's collection have also been digitized, so you can easily continue exploring their works from the comfort of your home if you run out of time during your trip.

Studios on High Gallery

686 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43215

The Studios on High Gallery is Columbus's oldest artist-owned and operated art gallery. One of its proprietors is Antonio Gonzalez Garcia, a master watercolor painter whose works cover a diverse range of subjects including landscapes, animals, and even people. You can view his works anytime at the gallery to get a better sense of how versatile this medium can be. 

If you want to learn some of the techniques that make Garcia's approach so special, you can also attend his Saturday classes. These sessions give you the chance to learn directly from the artist himself and help you take your skills to the next level. 

Keny Galleries

300 E. Beck St., Columbus, OH 43206

Located in a quiet part of Columbus' German Village, the Keny Galleries offer a tranquil experience that perfectly suits the serene aesthetic of watercolors. Fittingly, this medium is a major focus of the galleries' exhibition and curation efforts.

The Keny Galleries have exclusive rights to the estate of Alice Schille, one of Ohio's most well-known and masterful watercolor painters. Dozens of Schille's works are available to view in the galleries' permanent collection, as well as the works of other prominent watercolor artists like John Singer Sargent and Childe Hassan. Prints of some of these works are also available for purchase, allowing you to take home a memento of the beauty you've experienced. 

Wake Up Your Wonder for Watercolors

Which one of these destinations will you visit this month?

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