Here’s to new food options in Avon Lake!

Avon Lake is a great place to call home. I am happy it is mine. If it has one shortcoming though, a lack of quality food options might be it. I find the restaurant options to be somewhat limited and lacking and, frankly, I think I’m being kind by putting it this way. There’s pizza, pizza and more pizza, a couple of Asian choices and then a smattering of other spots that I don’t hate but don’t love. A few spots easily qualify for an episode Gordon Ramsay’s  Kitchen Nightmares. The town has seen many cafes and restaurants come and go: Bar Symon, Atlanta Bread Company, Arabica and the list goes on. Not sure of the specifics around each closing but I assume it is the standard reason – patronage volumes that are lower than required to sustain the business.

Perhaps I’m a harsher critic as I have a handful of particulars to consider when selecting a restaurant: I’m vegetarian, my husband is a carnivore and we have a child under 2. I also want to mention that I’m a bit of a foodie who is also into natural and organic foods. Add to this that I’m also a big proponent of supporting local, independent resturants. Surely you can see that my finding qualified food options  falls just shy of a mini miracle.

The good news is that several new spots just opened or will be shortly within Avon Lake so I’ll have some new options and so will you!

Jenni Juggs (Now Open!)

Photo credit: Lori E. Switaj

The name is interesting and certainly memorable. One might interpret it for a different type of establishment (or at least this is the reaction I’ve received from most people when I share the name) but the truth is that it is billed as a quaint spot offering finger-lickin’ good Southern Comfort Food. This is certainly a new category to be represented in the far west side of Cleveland. The menu features the expected southern classics: chicken and waffles, cornmeal-crusted catfish, hush puppies, cole slaw and sweet tea. The “sides” menu is tempting enough for me to order just from it. Recent reviews that I’ve read report a cute and pleasant atmosphere, tasty mac ‘n’ cheese and cornbread and promises of return visits.

The location is on the eastern end of Avon Lake in the northern end of the Learwood Plaza (the Giant Eagle plaza, as locals refer to it) and is the fully renovated former home of an Italian restaurant (another example of an Avon Lake restaurant gone bye-bye). I’m tickled as this location is a five-minute bike ride from my house making it a great choice for a weekday dinner or a weekend brunch spot. With the addition of Jenni Juggs, the Learwood Plaza has become an even more enjoyable, diverse destination. You can get a pedicure at Luxury Nails, enjoy an order of fried green tomatoes at Jenni Juggs, browse a newly opened Goodwill location, stop by the Ron Zehel Guitar Center for a new set of strings, and finally grab a few groceries at Giant Eagle.

Hours: Tuesday- Thursday, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., Friday, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. and Sunday brunch, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. and regular service 2 p.m .- 9 p.m. Takeout is also available. 440-653-5255

Cafe Melissa (Coming November 2012!)

I recently enjoyed a veggie burger from Sweet Melissa at the 2012 Avon Lake Summer Market. I’ve also enjoyed their food at their Rocky River location over the last several years. While ordering my burger at the Summer Market, I overheard talk that they would be opening a location in Avon Lake come this November. I was thrilled at the news! (I was also thrilled when they gave me a Free Appetizer gift card for the new location.)

The Sweet Melissa location in Avon Lake will be called Cafe Melissa and will be open for breakfast every day starting at 9 a.m. The menu is to be announced although I’m hoping that at least most of my favorites from the Rocky River location will carry over. The Cafe Melissa location will be in the former Donatos building on Walker Road just West of Route 83/Avon Belden Road.

Hours: Monday – Sunday, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.

A Mediterranean Restaurant (Coming soon!)

So, I have to say that I don’t have any confirmed info on this new food offering other than what I have heard through the grapevine around town but I want to believe it so I’m sharing! The story is that a new Mediterranean restaurant is opening in the former Tucky’s location (ah, yet another former Avon Lake restaurant and, wow, this one really didn’t last long). There are signs of work being started at the former Tucky’s location so there could be some validity to the rumors. Let’s hope so. Location-wise, it is literally a stone’s throw from the new Jenni Juggs. Hopefully, with two very different cuisines, the restaurants will complement versus threaten each other. I’ll be sure to share more on this one as news develop!

Let’s eat!

So for now, give Jenni Juggs a try and let me know what you think! I will be checking it out soon myself and using the $10 gift card that they gave to the Luxury Nails salon to distribute to its customers. (Kudos to both Jenni Juggs and Cafe Melissa for including an enticement in their grand opening promotional efforts. It works!)


The Summer Market.


I’m looking forward to The Summer Market in Avon Lake next weekend. Friday and Saturday, July 27-28, 2012, to be exact. There will be plenty of quality vendors offering up their wares from furniture to jewelry, fresh produce to home decor and more. And some great food courtesy of Sweet Melissa, Sweet Basil, Sweet! ( a mobile cupcakery), Fahrenheit, Woolson Concessions and Humble Pie Bakery make the event even more irresistible. Extras include live music and a photographer to help you capture the moment. Oh, and did I mention the park is at the water’s edge of Lake Erie? Get there!


Route 83 & Lake Road at Veterans Park, Avon Lake, OH

July 27: 5-9 pm

July 28: 9 am-4 pm

a different perspective on clutter.

clutter is the poetry of our homes. it is an intimate view that is not always perfect–a few dishes in the sink, books piled next to the bed. everything in its place may give a certain satisfaction, but a lived-in room exudes comfort and warmth.”

-mary randolph carter, author of “a perfectly kept house is the sign of a misspent life”

doesn’t this make you feel just a little better about things not always being in their place?

cool clevelander 2010

if i had to vote for the coolest clevelander of 2010 it would be an easy vote for danielle deboe. google the girl and see for yourself. the list of her cool contributions to cleveland–from shop owner of Room Service to her unwaivering promotion of our city–could constitute an entire blog on its own. but what i will share with you in this post is her latest contribution–her participation at the TEDxCLE event. danielle charmingly shared her view on how one may go about “arriving at doing something”.

color your winter bright.

so sometimes it’s very small things that help us get through a dark time. ya know, a dark, dreary and COLD time like this winter.

and i’ve found one of those small things: a $5 bottle of nail polish from urban outfitters in a punchy purply pink that is the perfect pick-me-up. paired with dark clothing, this polish almost reads as a fluorescent. it’s very, shall we say, miami (pronounced mee-ah-mee).

and notice how cool the bottle is. very 80s meets 90s. and the cap is a matte texture which helps you keep a firm grip while you paint away.

so go crazy! get colorful! what else can you drop $5 on and enjoy so much!?

inspiration. (and cute clothes.)

i spotted a cute new “hard tail forever” outfit for sale at inner bliss yoga studio. i decided to check it out online at the hard tail site. that’s when i stumbled upon the photo album showing the images that hard tail uses in their current ad campaigns. (there are five pages of images, so be sure to click on them all.)

uh, here’s a new year’s resolution if you’re looking for one: health, fitness, strength, flexibility. and some cute new workout duds. sign me up!

two new things that i enjoy.


the new dos equis commercials featuring the most interesting man in the world.

these commercials are just so well done. from the most interesting character to the filming style to the voice over. smart, quality advertising.

watch one here. youtube the rest because you’ll want to see them all.


kingsford, the tiny pig.

this pig is so small and so adorable i asked my husband several times whether it was even a real, live pig. i would honestly get one if it would stay this small forever. and then i would put it in some fancy handbag and proudly carry it about.

see kingsford here.

shamelessly hocking my wares.

IMG_6295IMG_6296IMG_6299the salty not sweet indie craft show is right around the corner. there are a million and one reasons why you should go to this show. here are just a few:

1. if you love cleveland and/or your country, you will support its crafters. (why buy mass-produced products from china when you can get unique, handmade goods down the street?)

2. crafting is totally cool. did you not get the memo?

3. this isn’t your mama’s craft show. just like “salty not sweet” implies, this show has an edge.

4. you can meet the person who created what you are buying, maybe learn the story behind it.

5. meet like-minded people. maybe find the love of your life at salty not sweet! (disclaimer: i can’t make any promises on this one but it’s a nice thought.)


all of these cool crafters and more will be there:

candra squire

sara hoover (small screen designs)

psycho reindeer t-shirt company

andy hopp

b. radley

event details:

when: september 5th from 11-7

where: quirk cultural center in cuyahoga falls


sneak peek at my dog shirts, baby bloomers, burp-on-it burp cloths and wonder woobies with the satin ribbons that babies can’t get enough of.

time to represent the 216.

artmarked on my calendar are friday, june 26th, and saturday, june 27th. grab a pen now and mark them in yours too. you’ll be glad you did. now, here’s why!

on those two days listed, danielle deboe (owner of room service) is bringing us lucky clevelanders the third installment of her made in the 216 event. this one will be the largest by far and incorporate food and music. the event will be a “shopping celebration” as described by deboe and feature the creations of nearly 40 talented designers that have chosen to stay and build their businesses in cleveland. you’ll be amazed at what cleveland has to offer. come see for yourself.

event details

dates: saturday and sunday, june 26 and 27

time: 4-9 pm (friday) and 11-9 pm (saturday)


1) room service’s main location (6505 detroit avenue, cleveland, oh 44102)

2) two currently unoccupied spaces on the same block that RS will activate for the event

3) happy dog (band performances during the event hours and the after party spot both days starting at 9 pm)

4) soon-to-open capitol theatre (bands will perform under the marquee)

about the close to 40 cleveland-based designers

preview the works of a handful of the designers that will be represented at made in the 216 by clicking the links below.

a piece of cleveland

c.l.e. clothing co.

urban velo

genau custom design

super industrial love

red i jewelry

wrath arcane

red umbrella design

the bubble process


modern pixie

small screen designs

little korboose

about room service

room service is a lifestyle shop in the gordon square arts district within the detroit shoreway neighborhood. the shop offers a wide variety of items including home decorating items, furniture (modern and antique), stationery, apparel, jewelry, t-shirts, candles, books and even authentic german cuckoo clocks. deboe sources good design from around the world and brings it right into our backyards. her goal is to perpetuate and preserve good design by showing and offering a balance of old and new at approachable price points in an inspiring and delightful environment. this is the go-to spot for me when i am shopping for the perfect gift or want to pick up something for myself. i am sure to leave with items that will continue to delight me and that i won’t find at the local mall.

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