Why? Think Pink at Opal on Pearl Giveaway!

‘Tis the season for rosé! I don’t know about you, but I’ve gone all in on this refreshing summer wine.

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Which is why I’m so excited about Think Pink! at Opal on Pearl. On Thursday, July 25, this event brings together two great Old Brooklyn businesses at the lovely Opal on Pearl for an evening of rosé and chocolate.

Lilly Chocolates and Confections will provide both sweet and savory bites created by Chef Amanda Montague.

 

Tony Mellon of Opal on Pearl will expertly pair these bites with rosé wines from all over the world, expanding your rosé palate beyond the usual California or Provence choices.

There will be six tasting stations that you can enjoy at your own pace, while you take in the ambiance of Opal on Pearl.

Tickets are $45 each and space is limited to 50 people. You can purchase tickets online. Or you can enter to win two tickets to Think Pink! right here!

Here’s how to enter (you can do one, two, three, four, or all five entries, just leave a separate comment here for each):

1. Leave a comment here telling me whether you like rosé or chocolate better (tough choice, I know!)

2. Visit Opal on Pearl and Why CLE? on Facebook and leave a comment here letting me know you visited both pages.

3. Visit @whycle on Instagram and follow the directions with the Think Pink! image to complete an additional entry.

4. Follow @opalonpearl1 and @WhyCLE on Twitter and leave a comment here letting me know you’re following both.

5. Tweet the following phrase and leave a comment here letting me know you tweeted:

I want to win tickets to Think Pink! at @opalonpearl1 with @LillyChoc thanks to @WhyCLE #giveaway https://whycle.com/2019/07/18/why-think-pink-at-opal-on-pearl-giveaway 

You can tweet once per day for additional entries, just leave a separate comment here each time you tweet.

The giveaway will close on Sunday, July 21 at 11:59pm and the winner will be notified the following day. Good luck!

***Disclosure: I was asked by Opal on Pearl to help promote Think Pink! In exchange, I will receive two complimentary tickets for myself and two tickets to give away. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Hudec Dental Careers!

Hudec Dental is not just a great place to go to keep your teeth healthy and bright. It’s also a great place to work!

Hudec Dental employs a range of professionals from dentists to hygienists to patient coordinators to area managers to HR professionals. The common theme to all these positions is that Hudec Dental seeks employees who are committed to enhancing the patient experience.

 

Hudec Dental believes in “One Patient, One Priority” and the employees carry that through in all that they do. There is always room at the “table” for talent that is going to treat patients right.

The employees at Hudec Dental are truly a team, too. They make the days at work not only pleasant for the patients, but also for each other with positive attitudes and interactions.

Hudec Dental also seeks to treat its employees right and remain competitive as an employer with a full range of benefits, including health and vision insurance, free dental services, PTO, tuition reimbursement, continuing education, 401K, career advancement, and more.

Hudec Dental welcomes tenures of all levels and has a place for people new to the dental field, as well as those with much experience. The key component is a desire to create a five-star patient experience.

Click here to check out the list of currently-open positions at Hudec Dental and learn more about a career with this great local company.

***Disclosure: I have an ongoing brand ambassador relationship with Hudec Dental. I received compensation for this post. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Thriftique Showroom!

Cleveland’s oldest thrift store, which has been open for 83 years, just got a beautiful facelift! Thriftique Showroom just completed five months of remodeling on their 9,100 square foot space, with new paint (including a fabulous mural), new carpet and an open, easy-to-navigate floorplan.

What hasn’t changed at Thriftique Showroom is the impressive selection of gently used men’s, women’s, and children’s clothing; home goods; furniture; toys; artwork; and more.

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Jeffrey and I had a chance to visit last week and both found some great items. Jeffrey couldn’t resist these jerseys…

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…as well as a Grady Sizemore bobblehead!

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I snagged two pairs of shorts perfect for the hot summer days. But my biggest find with this Diane von Furstenberg wrap dress for under $40! Wow!

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Thriftique Showroom is not just a place to snag great deals. It’s also a place to support a great cause! Thriftique proceeds benefit the NCJW Cleveland‘s philanthropic efforts, including building libraries for underfunded schools, supporting victims of sexual assault, and delivering comfort items to hospitals and homeless shelters.

You can shop at Thriftique Showroom on Wednesdays through Saturdays from 10am-5pm. You can also donate items to be sold at Thriftique at either the NCJW offices in Warrensville Heights or call 216-378-2264 for free furniture donation pick-up. Your shopping and your donations all support your community!

***Disclosure: I was asked by NCJW Cleveland to help promote Thriftique Showroom. I received compensation for this post. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Weekends!

It was a busy, fun, outdoorsy weekend (yes, this is the right blog and I said outdoorsy). Let’s get right to it…

Camping

Matthew, Jeffrey, and I embarked on an overnight camping adventure with Matthew’s siblings and cousins and their kids. As you know (or can probably surmise), camping is a bit outside my wheelhouse. But Jeffrey was excited to go and I ended up having a really great time!

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We spent the weekend on Matthew’s cousins’ property in Thompson. We made a bonfire and roasted hot dogs and s’mores…

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…we took a creek walk and went waterfall sliding…

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…we went canoeing…

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…we watched fireworks…

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…and just generally had a good time with family in nature. Tobey even joined in the fun!

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Being that we’re not big campers, we needed some supplemental gear, which is where CampRents came in.

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CampRents is a local company that rents backpacking and camping gear and can get you outfitted for everything from backyard camping to hiking the Appalachian Trail.

We rented a one-person tent (to add to our three-person tent), sleeping bags and pads, and a headlamp. Everything came cleaned, packed, and ready to go.

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When we were done camping, we just packed everything back into the bag to return. This is an easy, cost-effective way to try out new gear or get yourself ready for an adventure that might not happen often enough for you to buy your own supplies.

All in all, I survived the great outdoors and even enjoyed it!

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***Disclosure: I received complimentary rental items from CampRents. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

Yoga + Beer at Platform Beer Co.

On Sunday, after returning to civilization and showering, I headed to Platform Beer Co. for an hour-long vinyasa flow with a beer chaser taught by Alicia.

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Alicia’s accessible, but still challenging, teaching style was the perfect thing to wake me up on Sunday morning (and get out some of the sleeping-on-the-ground stiffness). Plus, it’s always fun to practice outside, especially on such a beautiful morning!

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After class, we stayed to chat and enjoy a beer. I highly recommend the Passionista Wit!

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Plus, the whole event was a fundraiser to benefit the Arthritis Foundation. What a win!

If you’re interested in starting your Sunday with a little detox to retox, Alicia is teaching another Yoga + Beer event at Platform on Sunday, August 18. Cost is $20 and includes an hour-long class plus a beer.

You can also trade your beer for wine when Alicia teaches Yoga on the Viaduct on Wednesday, July 31, with incredible sunset views and a social at Luca Italian Cuisine to follow. Cost to attend is $25 and includes an hour-long class, glass of wine, and appetizers. Both events benefit the Arthritis Foundation.

Splash Park

Sunday afternoon, we cooled off with friends at the Lyndhurst Spray Park.

This is one of our favorite places to go in the summer, because it’s always bright, clean, and has a lot to keep all ages entertained.

It was the perfect end to a fun summer weekend! How was your weekend?

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Why? Si Jolie: French Fashion in Cleveland!

A new exhibit is opening this Tuesday, July 16 at the Cleveland History Center of the Western Reserve Historical Society.

Si Jolie: French Fashion in Cleveland celebrates the influence of French designers on Clevelanders, both from their visits to Paris and from local stores and boutiques carrying French fashion.

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The exhibit begins in the 1880’s, with Clevelander Helen Cowles, who often traveled to Paris. Her Louis Vuitton trunk stands open to be packed with all the garments necessary for a fashionable trip.

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The exhibit travels through time from flapper styles in the 1920’s that women would wear to Playhouse Square which was coming into its first heyday…

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…to changing silhouettes in the 1950’s…

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…to modern-day haute couture.

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From Dior to Hermès to lesser-known designers…

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…and from boutiques such as Quinn-Maahs to Higbee’s…

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…Si Jolie explores the relationship between Clevelanders and the most romantic city on earth, as told through their clothing.

Si Jolie: French Fashion in Cleveland opens to the public on Tuesday, July 16 and makes the Cleveland History Center an even more “ooh la la” destination.

***Disclosure: I received a media preview tour of Si Jolie: French Fashion in Cleveland. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Cleveland Tall Ships Festival!

This weekend, you have a chance to step back in time and explore Cleveland’s maritime history at the Cleveland Tall Ships Festival. This is the first time the Tall Ships have been in Cleveland since 2013.

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I had the unique opportunity to be aboard the Denis Sullivan during the Parade of Sail, which kicked off the Tall Ships Festival yesterday.

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The Denis Sullivan is a replica of a Great Lakes schooner and operates as a floating classroom and goodwill ambassador for the state of Wisconsin.

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The Parade of Sail featured boats from Canada, the United States, and New Zealand, some of which were crewed by children as young as 13! It was quite an impressive display!

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After the Parade of Sail, I attended the Captain’s Reception and Opening Ceremony, with music from Opus 216, food, and drink.

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What an amazing way to kick off the Tall Ships Festival!

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Through Sunday, July 14, you can explore the festival and fleet for yourself. There will be public boarding of the ships, exhibits, live music, rock climbing, performances from the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Asian Lantern Festival, and much more fun for the whole family.

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Tickets are available at Marc’s Stores and online. General admission is $13.95 and a family four-pack is $49.95. Come aboard the Tall Ships for an amazing way to experience Cleveland history!

***Disclosure: I was invited by the Downtown Cleveland Alliance to attend the Parade of Sail and Captain’s Reception. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Bottle and Bottega!

Last night, Matthew and I had a fun date night at Bottle and Bottega Cleveland West. I always think activity-based dates are great because they not only give you something to talk about, but they give you a glimpse into your partner’s (perhaps hidden) talents.

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We had the choice between two paintings for last night’s class, which was something unique from other wine and paint events I’ve attended. Our instructor Erika went between the two paintings, instructing our classmates through the painting of their choice.

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Erika made the painting easy, with step by step instructions and plenty of space to add our own artistic touches.

It was neat to see the progression of our paintings. Despite all starting with the same “template,” everyone’s paintings took on their own unique style.

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Matthew’s architecture skills and ability to be detailed and deliberate definitely served him well in his painting. And mine, well…I had a lot of fun at least!

We packed snacks and wine for our painting adventure. Bottle and Bottega provides wine glasses and bottle openers to make your packing lighter.

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Bottle and Bottega offers not just canvas painting, but also wine glass painting and wood pallet painting, too.

They even have Paint Your Pet or nude model figure painting. Something for everyone!

It’s a great spot for a date night, girls night out, birthday or bachelorette party, or corporate outing. Check out the upcoming class schedule or book a private party. Unleash your creativity, with the help of a little wine, at Bottle and Bottega!

***Disclosure: I was invited to attend a complimentary class at Bottle and Bottega Cleveland West with a guest. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? All Star Game!

OK, I promise this is the last of the wall to wall MLB All Star Game coverage. But as I sit here sunkissed and happily exhausted, I would be remiss if I didn’t put down a few thoughts on Cleveland’s moment in the spotlight:

Play Ball Park was a blast! From the World’s Largest Baseball…

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…to the memorabilia from the National Baseball Hall of Fame…

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…to the hands-on activities…

…there was something for every age of fan.

Working the magenta carpet at the T-Mobile Derby After Dark Party was a bit surreal. And Francisco Lindor is as gracious as you think he is. And his smile is as mega-watt as it seems on television.

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Photo Credit: Manny Wallace, Cleveland Scene Magazine 

The Red Carpet event prior to the MLB All Star Game was quite the spectacle. To see East Ninth Street turned into a massive red carpet…

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…to see so many talented players arriving at a pinnacle moment in their career…

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…to just see this ballpark and city that I love so much just bursting with energy…

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I honestly can’t overstate what an incredible few days it’s been to be a part of the All Star excitement.

We have so much to be proud of, from cultural institutions to restaurants. Cleveland is an amazing destination and there should be no question that we can show all of our visitors an incredible time.

But more than that, Cleveland really shines in times like this, not just with the ability to pull of a large national event, but in our ability to be warm, welcoming hosts.

Did you take part in any of the All Star festivities?

***Disclosure: I received complimentary tickets to Play Ball Park and media access for the Red Carpet courtesy of Destination Cleveland. I was invited to cover the magenta carpet at the T-Mobile Derby After Dark Party. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Zoo Clues and Brews!

On Wednesday, August 21, the Cleveland Zoological Society‘s The Herd (the young leaders group) is hosting a super fun, after-hours scavenger hunt through the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.

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Team Ostrichological Signs!

Zoo Clues and Brews, presented by Great Lakes Brewing Co., allows teams to join in a friendly competition of finding the answers to clues by exploring animal exhibits and interacting with Zoo staff. Through the Scavify app, teams can upload answers and photos and see in real time how other teams are progressing through the scavenger hunt.

There are prizes for the winning team and most spirited team, so think of a fun team name, as well as costumes or tshirts, hashtags, and real time posting throughout the event to show your enthusiasm.

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The event will also include the chance to purchase raffle tickets for additional giveaways. You’ll enjoy complimentary small bites from Driftwood Catering, as well as beer, wine, soft drinks, and water.

Registration is now open for this great evening of after-hours animal excitement! A team of six people costs $240, a team of four people costs $160, and a team of two people costs $80. Click here to register your team!

All this friendly competition benefits the Cleveland Zoological Society and gives you a great chance to interact with members of The Herd, too! Hope to see you on the hunt at Zoo Clues and Brews!

***Disclosure: I was asked by the Cleveland Zoological Society to help promote Zoo Clues and Brews. In exchange, I will receive a complimentary 6-person team registration. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Caruso’s Coffee!

The best part of waking up is something local in my coffee cup. Recently, I had a chance to sample several varieties of coffee from Caruso’s Coffee.

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Formed in 2003 as a family business, Caruso’s Coffee harnesses Mike Caruso, Sr.’s nearly 40 years of experience in the coffee business. Caruso’s uses only the finest Arabica beans, which are custom-roasted to order for coffee shops and roasted in various flavors for consumers, packed the same day, and shipped within 24 hours of roasting. This process ensures the highest quality coffee!

Caruso’s roasts and blends a wide assortment of Fair Trade Organic Coffees. Their roasting facility is certified organic by OCIA (Organic Crop Improvement Association) International.

Caruso’s offers a variety of roasts to meet your tastes. Full City roast is their standard and most popular roast. Caruso’s also offers Viennese, French and Italian, each of which gets progressively darker. Light roast is available upon request.

I sampled four varieties of Caruso’s Coffee: Erie Island Coffee Co. Perry’s Brew, Caruso’s Coffee Sumatran Viennese, North Coast Coffee Co. Ohio City Blend, and Zack’s Brews Parallax Blend.

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I tend to like medium-bodied coffees, while Matthew likes bold, dark roasts. My favorites were the Parallax Blend (ironically my favorite of Zack Bruell’s restaurants) and the Ohio City Blend. Matthew loved the smoky Perry’s Brew. Both of us enjoyed the Sumatran Viennese for easy waking up.

I love encouraging you to shop, eat, and drink local as much as possible. And what better way than to kick off each morning with delicious locally-roasted coffee that is perfectly suited to your taste? Check out Caruso’s Coffee today!

***Disclosure: I was asked to help promote Caruso’s Coffee. In exchange, I received four complimentary bags of coffee chosen by Caruso’s. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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