Category Archives: gifts

  giveaway : Haven Grand Opening

Hello CLE, how’s your week going? Super busy over here, with work, spring social planning, prepping for a warm weather escape and gearing up for the arrival of this weekend’s holiday bunny visit, let’s just say when people say there is “nothing to do in Cleveland” you gotta laugh at them!


  Gluten Free Cupcakes (06/11)

Friday, June 11th 2010

The Hudson location of Main Street Cupcake has let me in on their latest creation….for those of us with food preferences or food allergies you can now find gluten free sweet cupcakes every Friday for your and your friends at their bakery.

Each sweet cake will be offered in three flavors at $3 a piece. For those of us “sans-allergies” Main Street offers SO MANY adorable flavors, every day (closed Monday’s)…my favorites are Champagne and Raspberries & Lemon Drop! Yummm..

  Cleveland Greeting….cards

The USPS is a happening place these days, but there is still time to drop that special someone a holiday greeting. Didn’t stop to pick up cards the moment they hit the shelves? Look to these Cleveland designers to help you find that perfect card for your special someone.

oddballpress is based in Cleveland these cards are elegant with a twist. You can find them on their Etsy page or at Paper Trails, Room Service, Shoparooni or Sobella.

Designer Sara of Small Screen designs makes whimsy greetings of puppies and french iconocgraphy…perfect for all your gal pals…why not tuck a gift card for a afternoon glass of wine or mani-pedi into one of these, what an AWESOME gift. You can also find Small Screens on Etsy as well as Music Saves and Vanity Lab.

Another Cleveland favorite would be Claire Mojher. By day Claire creates for American greetings but she also produces many unique designs for her Etsy customers. Check out her Winter Bear Series.

  What Cleveland Wants for Christmas

A few weeks ago I sent out a request to some area bloggers, business owners and personalities asking them what they wanted under their tree on Christmas morning. Thank you to the many emails I received, I really appreciate you sharing with us!

See their spirited answers below…

Michelle V. : Cleveland Foodie
“I want a night away with my husband, maybe something local like gambling in Detroit coupled with dinner at Roast and then to sleep in past 6 a.m., something I haven’t done since I had my daughter. Plus, I wish Clevelanders would skip chains in the New Year and make a conscious effort to eat and support local.”

Mark Nolan : Anchor on Channel 3 News Today
“I just turned 40 (which I’m told is the new 30) so, I’ve become more and more nostalgic over the past few years. I think a simple light snowfall, no “Black Friday”/”Cyber Monday”, no holiday traffic, lots of sleigh bells ringin’ type Christmas would be just fine for me. I just want quiet. Lots of smiles from friends as I pass along the perfect gift. That’s what I want… Here’s Hopin.’ Merry Christmas!”

Tammy Lyons : yogi & owner of Inner Bliss Yoga
“My wishes for all this holiday season… A little more forgiveness…a little less anger. A little more faith…less hopelessness. A little more love…less fighting. More listening and less defending. More Love, More Joy, and a vibrant, white holiday!”

Danielle Deboe : owner of Room Service & Made in the 216.
Cooking lessons….one on one weekly cooking lessons! I do not think that anything less…say a class scenario or a monthly lesson would actually stick….and of course, in this dream scenario, I would also have the time, to do a weekly cooking lesson…but alas, a girl can dream can’t she!

Amanda “Lilly” Montague : creator of Lilly Handmade Chocolates
1. An Anti-Griddle so I could create fun, frozen molecular gastronomy confections 2. A traveling vacation to every craft brewery in the states! Dogfish, Stone, The Bruery, Great Divide, etc. 3. Another Pembroke Welsh Corgi for my lovely little Lucy to play with (she’s a Pembroke Welsh Corgi too! One can never have too much love in their lives!) Happy Everything to Everyone!

Chris Allen : Musician
Since I can’t see world peace anytime in the next several years, for Christmas I would like a weekend in Florence, Italy to forget that fact. The most beautiful city in the world, I would like to take a Saturday stroll walking the brick alley ways, view amazing works of art, sip a little wine and have a prosciutto and brie samwhich from a street vender.

Me : i heart cleveland
I’d like an old record player that I could bring to the beach in the summer and play old records while I soak up the Ohio sun! (Do they make old players with batteries?)

Cleveland…what do YOU want…tell me. We will post it…and then you can refer your family to the blog for your wish list! Sounds fun, right? :)

  Shopping with Sotka

So, I have this little blue picnic basket that I bought as a very fun barn sale…I use it to collect little gifts throughout the year for the holidays and that way I know where everything is when December rolls around.

Anyways, I was excited to see that Mitchell Sotka has planned an array of artist evenings that feature area artisans…and most of the little gifts for sale would fit nicely inside my picnic basket.

See the schedule of the next few Thursday evening shopping events…if you are looking for something new and unique, put these shopping dates on your calendar…plus there will even be wine!

Nov. 12 – Lee St. Marie (Stylish Hats)
Nov. 19 – Gai Russo
Dec. 10 – red i jewelry
Dec. 17 – Don David Designs
Dec. 24 – Holiday Ornaments 50% OFF

Mitchell Sotka, Ltd. is located at 19071 Old Detroit Road in Rocky River. For more information please contact us at 440.333.1735 or