Why? Ohio Blogging Association and Playhouse Square!

***A bit of blogkeeping: I’m guest posting today over on Peace Love & Bagels, while my friend Becca finishes getting ready to get married! My post is all about some of my favorite Cleveland summer festivals, so check it out!***

Last night, the Ohio Blogging Association had its monthly meet-up at Playhouse Square. Our host for the evening was the Playhouse Square Partners group, a young professionals group that hosts Jump Back Ball, does volunteer work, and networks and socializes throughout Cleveland.

We started our evening with a behind-the-scenes look at the Playhouse Square theaters.

Our tour guide, Jim, had such a passion for the theaters and the arts community in Cleveland. We got to see a little of everything…from being on the stage at the State Theater…

…to the being-renovated Ohio Theater…

to the gorgeous newly refurbished Allen Theater lobby.

It made me even more appreciative of the beautiful and vibrant theater community here in Cleveland. We not only have the second largest theater district in the nation, we have incredibly breathtaking theaters and people who are so dedicated to Playhouse Square.

Playhouse Square Partners has two great upcoming events where you can check out the group and see what they’re all about. On Monday, July 16, bring your ideas for the theme for Jump Back Ball 2013 to a brainstorming meeting at Becky’s Bar and Grill. On Thursday, August 2, join the Partners for YP Night at Cinema at the Square. The movie is West Side Story, there will be a sing-a-long, and tickets are only $5!

After our tour, we were treated to delicious munchies and drinks from the newly-opened Alex Bistro and Bar. Before heading across the street, though, we realized that we had a trifecta of black Coach purses in the house and had to snap a picture:

Smitten in Cleveland, me, and Beer and Clothing in Cleveland…how fab are we?!

Alex Bistro and Bar took over the old Hanna Grill space and is serving up tasty cocktails and Mediterranean cuisine. I keep finding new favorite summer sippers, but the lavendar mojito at Alex definitely makes the list! Our table also shared the lamb meatballs, zucchini and eggplant fritters, stuffed grape leaves, and charcuterie platter.

Everything was delicious and the breakfast and lunch menus look just as tasty, so check ’em out while at work downtown or before a show!

All in all, it was another great night with blogger friends old and new!

In attendance were bloggers/tweeters from:

A Kase Of…

Again? Really? and Health Insurance Issues with Dave

Am I There Yet?


Beer and Clothing in Cleveland

Big Shot (Dot the i)

Cleveland Socialite

Clue Into Cleveland

Cooker Girl



Happiness is a Hot Pierogi

Life Lyn Style

Lilia Write Now

Miss WineOH

My Retro Kitchen

Poise in Parma and PIP Aunt Kathy

ROJ Running

Rust Belt Runner

Smitten…in Cleveland

SOS Associates

The Not Mom

Wearing Mascara

The next Ohio Blogging Association event will be on Thursday, August 16 with dinner and a blogger roundtable at The Underdog (in the basement of Happy Dog). Stay tuned to the OBA Facebook page for more details.

7 Responses

  1. Smitten...in cleveland

    What a treat it was to go backstage and peep! I cannot wait for West Side Story. I adore that patio at Alex’s. I need to keep it in mind when I’m in that part of town.

  2. Yes, a great event. We are lucky to have such a great group that does so many fun things. Looking forward to the next Ohio Blogging Association – Cleveland (@OHBlogging) event.

    I added a link to your post about the Playhouse Square tour to my blog and will add others as the are completed.

    Thanks for sharing some great Why Cleveland messages on your blog.

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