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Summer always turns my mind to far off places with my wardrobe following right along.
I haven’t been on a boat in years but that doesn’t stop me from rocking nautical stripes.
Or maybe you’re more of a city girl…
And remember that wherever you wander and how far you roam there’s no place like home…
3 Ways to Feed the Travel Bug from Home
1. Usually drive? Get out the bikes or walk your neighborhood. Life is friendlier on foot. People wave at you and call out friendly greetings. Yield to pedestrians is real- and empowering.
2. Create a summer bucket list. One year our family tried a different ice cream shop each week! There are so many places just a hop and a skip away that we’ve never been too. Who says wanderlust has to include an epic journey. This year’s list includes Beech Creek gardens in Alliance, checking out the eagle’s nest at Walborn Reservoir, and tracking down a cannoli from Retz’s Laconi’s II Restaurant in Cuyahoga Falls (A daughter of one of the Ninni’s is co-owner and the craving for their pastry is real).
Northeast Ohio Family Fun is a great site for events but also ongoing activities
3. Read about it. I know it sounds cliche but you really can explore the world through books. Plus curling up with a good read is a great activity for a rainy day. Did you know 21 out of the 30 days in June had rain? Yikes!
Memorial day is a big flea market weekend in Hartville. Whether searching for treasures at the flea or picking at garage sales, dressing right can make the world of difference in your lasting power.
Don’t let the wrong outfit (and lack of snacks) prevent you from scoring the find of the year!
- Comfortable shoes– Hartville Flea Market spans over 12 acres! Luckily Hartville is paved so you don’t have to worry too much about mud and dirt but on big weekends like this you may be parked in the grass. Morning dew and canvas shoes do not mix.
- Layers- Looks like it’s going to be a warm Memorial Day. Depending on your starting time you may want to bring a sweater along for morning chill. Also, indoor shops are air conditioned.
- Don’t mind getting dirty- The best stuff is often overlooked because it’s coated in a decades worth of dust. Don’t miss out because you are afraid to mess up your clothes.
- Watch your skirt length- If going with a skirt or dress opt for a maxi. Anything shorter will slow you down and prevent you from bending to grab things displayed on the ground or in bins.
- A hat- Protection from the sun and you won’t get a headache from spending the day squinting.
- A Crossbody bag or tote– Something so you can have two arms free, light weight so your shoulder and back doesn’t hurt at the end of the day, and large enough to store extra sun screen and snacks.
If you are in the area for the weekend come say hi. Best Bib and Tucker will be open Friday and Saturday from 10-5pm. We’ll be closed Memorial Day for a mini break and to hit the flea ourselves!
Looking for more picking?
Historic Downtown Hartville will be hosting the first Hartville Community Sidewalk Sale on Saturday June 14th from 10am-3pm. Take out a booth to sell your stuff- yard sale items, antiques, handmade, direct sales, etc. or come shop. For more information visit Second Saturdays in Historic Downtown Hartville.
Looking for inexpensive ways to entertain your kids this summer? Tracy from Hall of Fame Moms has put together a great resource.
The Ohio Family Fun Summer Survival Guide is available to her blog subscribers and “likers” of her 1000 Things to Do Stark County Facebook page. Click here to visit her page and download the guide from the “Only Likers” tab.
This online guide includes links to area attractions, tips, reviews, discounts, and stay at home activities. You’ll even find a spotlight on our BBT Tips Blog and a link to our weekend road trips.
To kick off the Guide she is giving away 4 waterpark passes to Fort Rapids Indoor Waterpark Resort!
What are your Ohio summer exploration plans?
Today’s Wedding March Local Business interview is with Natasha Gotto from BabyCakes Bake Shoppe in Hartville, Ohio.
If you are like us and seek out small shops and restaurants you’ll love discovering BabyCakes. What started as a small cupcake shoppe has grown to include donuts, cookies, cakes, pastries and more! And oh my do they make amazing cupcakes.
Tell us a bit about what BabyCakes has available for brides.
At BabyCakes, we have 2 pastry chefs who create all of our gourmet cupcakes. We have almost 100 flavor combinations and have custom made different flavors by request for wedding receptions (for ex: for a groom who didn’t love cake, but liked tiramisu, we made and still offer a tiramisu cupcake that he loved). We can match bridal colors and we offer rentals for our cupcake towers, as well as a beautiful silver cake stand.
We also can create wedding/shower cakes, brownies, cut-out cookies, individual cupcake centerpieces, cake pops and cake truffles for favors or dessert tables. Anything we make can be customized.
Do you offer tastings?
We offer a complimentary tasting of up to 6 cupcakes when a customer books their event with us.
Note from Megan: If anyone needs assistance with their tasting I’m happy to come along and lend a hand!
How far in advance should a bride make a reservation?
To book a large event, we ask for a non-refundable $50.00 deposit that goes towards their final invoice. We have weddings booked right now through October 2013, so we recommend 6-9 months to “save” the date, if possible. But, we do have openings this summer still for last minute people. 🙂
Is the price of a cupcake similar to a wedding cake?
For wedding desserts on a budget, cupcakes are a great option because when purchased by the dozen, they are only $1.67 each for an individual dessert for each guest. A tiered wedding cake starts at $2.75 per serving and goes up with the level of difficulty and options (for fillings, fondant and decorations).
Do you have any other tips for our brides-to be?
We normally recommend that our brides choose up to 5 flavor combinations and guests then can enjoy choosing one of their favorites. Some of our top sellers are our:
- Peanut Butter Bombshell– Chocolate cake filled with peanut butter mousse and peanut butter frosting with a Reese Peanut Butter Cup garnish
- Coconut Snowball– Vanilla cake filled with coconut cream and vanilla buttercream coated in flaky coconut
- SeaSalt Caramel- Chocolate cake filled with dulce de leche and chocolate buttercream with a caramel drizzle and crunchy seasalt.
Many of our brides rent the cupcake tower for their cupcakes and we make a 6″ cutting cake for the top. That way they can do the traditional cake cutting photos.
Anyone else thinking “I need a cupcake”? Check out the daily menu on the BabyCakes Facebook page.
For more local wedding ideas, DIY tutorials, and shabby chic ideas read our entire Wedding March series!
Vintage luggage is perfect for a wedding. It’s the start of a new adventure! Plus they are oh so pretty.
We usually have a case or two available in our Top Drawer Finds Etsy shop and you can always count on Faded Velvet in Hartville, Ohio to have some cuties to choose from.
2. Card Collection
Card banners will be available in the wedding section of our Handmade Market, opening this Spring!
This case has been painted on one side with chalkboard paint. Erase and use it for home decor after the big day!
4. Bridal Shower Buffet Table
Tissue Paper Pom Pom tutorial coming later this week!
5. Seating Chart
Just add wire and clothespins! We are planning on trying something similar for our earring display at the new shop. Tutorial coming soon.
For more DIY wedding ideas read our entire Wedding March series.
Today’s Wedding March Local Business Spotlight is on Captured by Kelly Photography.
Barb and I met Kelly a few years ago through the shop. Hers is one of my favorite Facebook pages to stalk. I absolutely adore her style!
I mean really, how sweet is this!?
For our Wedding March series I asked her to share more about herself and give our brides some tips on selecting a photographer.
Tell us a little more about yourself.
I am a wedding and lifestyle photographer in the Northeast Ohio area. I love telling stories with my camera lens. I love Starbucks, vintage furniture and spontaneous games of freeze tag. I love people. I’d love to meet with you!
How would you describe your style?
My style is casual, artistic and modern and my goal at your wedding is to capture every moment of your day, especially the emotions and the moments that are not posed and staged by me. I do my best to embrace your vision and make it my own.
What advice do you have for a couple trying to select a photographer?
- Have a very strong idea of what you want before you even contact a photographer. Are you looking for someone who will stand back and take a photojournalistic approach or do you prefer more formal and traditional posing?
- Check out their portfolio. Do you like what you see? A photography degree means nothing if you don’t like what they produce.
- When you meet with the photographer make sure you can connect with them. That connection can mean the difference between average and amazing photographs.
- If a photographer’s price seems too high, don’t count them out immediately. Many photographers are willing to work within a couple’s budget and customize packages. Your wedding photography will be passed down to future generations and last far longer than your cake, flowers and centerpieces. Don’t go cheap in this area!
How can we contact you?
The best way to contact me is to email me at email@example.com. You can also find more info at www.capturedbykelly.com
Here’s a peek at some of Kelly’s work!
For local wedding ideas, tutorials, and more read our entire Wedding March series!
If you are looking for a reception location in Lake Township be sure to check out the new event center at GentleBrook. They have transformed part of the former Hartville Hardware building into a open space for parties, wedding receptions, and other events.
We think it’s the perfect setting for a bride looking for a modern and sophisticated style event.
A few helpful tips:
- Unlike most event centers, you are able to bring in your own caterer.
- Holds 250 guests comfortably.
- Can accommodate both ceremony and reception.
For more information contact
Meg Laubacher at 330-877-7700
Barb and I will be attending a Lake Chamber Business After Hours here on April, 4th from 5-7pm. If you’d like to join us for a tour and refreshments send us an email.
A couple pics from their Grand Opening last winter.
For more local wedding spots and DIY tips and tutorials visit The Wedding March: Round Two
Our series of DIY wedding ideas is back by popular demand!
We’ll continue to add to this post throughout the month, so keep checking back for more ideas and tips!
And in case you are just now tuning in, here’s a link to The Wedding March Round 1
- Local Business Spotlight: GentleBrook Centre
- 5 Wedding Ideas for Vintage Books
- Local Business Spotlight: Captured By Kelly Photography
Megan is guest blogging on the I Heart Stark Blog today.
Check out her adventure and tips on what to wear while cross-country skiing at Cross Country Skiing at Quail Hollow State Park, Hartville