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Fri and Sat 10a-5p
Closed Tues and Sun

Late Night Local We along with many Hartville shops will be open until 8pm on Thursdays April-August!

BBT will be closed Monday, April 9th for a belated Easter celebration


Best Bib and Tucker
127 Mill St. SE
Hartville, Ohio 44632

directly behind Hartville Chocolate Factory


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Wellness Wednesday with Sonia from Get 2 the Core Fitness

Today we welcome Sonia Maranville as our guest blogger. She is a personal trainer and group fitness instructor who offers individualized, studio-based workouts and training at Get 2 the Core Fitness in Uniontown.

She has a great message about determination and how slow and steady changes win the race plus a way to literally take the first step right at home.

—From Sonia—

Energy drinks, fad diets, and the latest workout craze all promise to quickly transform us into the perfectly fit and impossibly happy people who peddle them. True health, however, is a never-ending journey of becoming our best, strongest selves through continual self-improvement.

Muscle is built through many repetitions of an exercise, nourished by real food, and appreciated by a mind focused on the wonders of small accomplishments each day. The road to good health is a slow and steady race filled with rewards for those who slow down to appreciate the journey.

Read more — Turtles and the Sea

Get started at home — Full Body Workout Using Your Stairs

Sonia Maranville, CPT, CMFS, is a personal trainer and group fitness instructor who offers individualized, studio-based workouts and training at Get 2 the Core Fitness in Uniontown, Ohio.

She promotes healthy living through exercise, strength training, healthy eating, and mindfulness. Sonia is a Certified Medical Fitness Specialist and works with clients and physical therapists as they rebuild strength and function following injury or illness. Her well-equipped, private studio offers clients a range of cardiovascular and strength training equipment to meet their fitness needs. Sonia works to help clients along every stage of their fitness journey- from those hoping to increase their activity to experienced athletes hoping to improve their performance.

To learn more about Sonia and Get 2 the Core Fitness, visit her @ www.get2thecorefitness.com.


Spring Capsule Wardrobe: Teacher Edition

This season’s capsule wardrobe ideas are designed for teachers in honor of our community’s Townwide Teacher Appreciation Days (April 27th-29th, 2017).

Each year a group of businesses and organizations offer discounts and freebies to area teachers, school staff, and home school families. If you are in the Hartville area, grab your school ID and snag deals all over town! Details at www.lakechamber.com/teacherappreciation

Capsule wardrobe (n): a collection of clothing that coordinates allowing for mix and match outfits, less time deciding what to wear, and thrifty shopping (wear it many times instead of once!)

Here’s the gorgeous color palette we picked!

Because the end of the school year can be a “bit” warmish in our Ohio classrooms we picked pieces that allow for layering but are still cool.

The Core

  • Khaki colored crop pants
  • Gray skirt
  • 3 dresses – 1 print & 2 solids

The Tops
For the tops we picked a mix of solids and prints. Six to eight tops can be mixed and matched to make at least a couple dozen outfits! We threw in a jacket because again it’s Ohio and spring is ridiculous.

Our Favorite Outfits

The Gray Skirt

  • with a pretty top tucked in
  • with layered tops
  • with a jacket

The Dresses

  • layer tops over them
  • layer tops under them
  • add leggings or a jacket

We love button ups as a layer. Wear them alone, under another top, unbuttoned in place of a cardigan, and even knotted in the front. Look for light weight fabrics and sleeves that can be rolled.

Click on pic for a Scarf Tying How To: Knotted Waterfall 


Click on pic for a Scarf Tying How To: Double Slide Knot

The Crop Pants
Pick a length that works well with your shape. Ankle, just below the calf, mid calf, just below the knee…they all work!


What to Wear Wednesday: Wanderlust

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.

nautical stripes

Loft top size small $10
Octopus charm necklace $10

wanderlust 1

Lauren Conrad beach print top size M $8.50

Or maybe you’re more of a city girl…

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Juniors Forever 21 tank size medium $4

places scarves

Wanderlust Scarves
Available in Italy, New York, & England.
{BBT Chicago $18}

And remember that wherever you wander and how far you roam there’s no place like home…

Sew Appealing Ohio Totes at Best Bib and Tucker Hartville, Ohio Handmade Market

“Where Your Heart Is” totes by Sew Appealing
{$22 BBT Handmade Market}

The Snap Exchange Map Snaps

Interchangeable Jewelry Snap Maps available for Akron, Canton, Cleveland, and Hartville
by The Snap Exchange
{$6 BBT Handmade Market}

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).

Exploration helpers:
Discover Hartville
(Blog, Facebook, and community calendar)

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!


What to Wear Wednesday: Picking at the Flea Market

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.

saturday garage sales
Don’t let the wrong outfit (and lack of snacks) prevent you from scoring the find of the year!

Must wears:

  • 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.

What to Wear to the Flea Market 1 What to Wear to the Flea Market 2 What to Wear to the Flea Market 3

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.


Ohio Summer Fun Guide from Hall of Fame Moms

Looking for inexpensive ways to entertain your kids this summer? Tracy from Hall of Fame Moms has put together a great resource.

ohio family-fun Summer Survival Guide 2013

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?



Local Business Spotlight on BabyCakes Bake Shoppe

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.

babycakes pink ombre tiered cake

Oh and Ah over the pink ombre cake

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.  🙂
BabyCakes Hartville Ohio qourmet wedding cupcakes

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).

BabyCakes cupcake collage

Which to choose? Black Forrest, White Christmas, Chocolate, Peanut Butter Bombshell, Bella Tiramisu, and Raspberry Sweetie

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.

BabyCake Hartville Ohio wedding cupcakes
How can customers reach you?
BabyCakes Bake Shoppe
1138 W. Maple St. Hartville, Ohio

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!


Using Vintage Suitcases in your Wedding

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.

5 ways to use vintage luggage
1. Cake Stand
No words necessary, this is just stunning!

2. Card Collection
Card banners will be available in the wedding section of our Handmade Market, opening this Spring!
shabby chic card banner3. Signs

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.


Local Business Spotlight on Captured By Kelly Photography

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!
Captured by Kelly Wedding Photography 66I 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 kelly@capturedbykelly.com.  You can also find more info at www.capturedbykelly.com

Here’s a peek at some of Kelly’s work!

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For local wedding ideas, tutorials, and more read our entire Wedding March series!


The Wedding March: Local Business Spotlight on GentleBrook Centre

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.

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Grand opening 002

For more local wedding spots and DIY tips and tutorials visit The Wedding March: Round Two


Renovation Sneak Peek: 127 Mill Street Hartville, Ohio

We had our first official weekend of renovations at our new location!  Lots of cleaning, painting, carpet removal, and planning.


Best Bib and Tucker 120 Mill Street BEFORE


Best Bib and Tucker 120 Mill St working

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