Every restored Victorian building surrounding the greensward of Medina’s Public Square has its story.  And occasionally, some remnant, some souvenier from the past, hidden away in an attic or a dusty corner finds the light of day, and it too has a story to tell.
There is, for example, Gramercy Gallery at 221 South Court Street, [...]

It’s a sure-fire sign that summer is here: White tents bloom on the green lawns of Public Square Park and the vendors arrive from all over the county to sell their wares. It’s Farmers’ Market Season in Medina  and it will continue every Saturday morning from June 5 to October 9,  9:00 A.M. to 1:00 [...]

The Mustard Seed Market and Cafe,  3885 West Market Street in Akron, (20 minutes from Medina) is the largest retailer of natural and organic products in Northeast Ohio.  Founded in 1981 by Margaret and Phillip Nabors,  the market specializes in providing high quality natural and organic food, as well as education and information on food [...]

A few steps from Medina’a Public Square is a popular, Victorian-themed restaurant — Miss Molly’s Tea Room and Gift Shop.  It is pretty, feminine and very, very floral. Roses predominate — they are found on all the teapots and teacups, they spill out of vases and adorn the wallpaper. There are also lace table cloths [...]

A chilly, rainy Saturday in March. What to do? A vegetarian cooking class at Root Candles (623 West Liberty Street) sounds like the perfect way to spend the lunch hour. And then, there is always the opportunity to browse through Root’s spectacular assortment of gifts and holiday items — and to take advantage of [...]

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One of the finest restaurants in Northeast Ohio is located in a most unlikely setting  — inside a former Red Barn Restaurant  surrounded by insurance offices, a funeral parlor and a spa on North Court Street.
But chef and owner, John Kolar, has wrought some magic here. One enters his austerely elegant cocoon with its terra [...]

When you sit at one of the tables  in the front alcove of Brian Hilberg’s restaurant, Marie’s Cafe, you are surrounded by two walls of murals representing the east and west sides of Medina’s 1870’s- era Square.  Gaze out the front window and you see the real thing.
This winter morning with snowflakes drifting out of [...]

Vegetarians and self-professed health nuts, take heed.  Aladdin’s Eatery, located in Highland Square, Akron’s funky, colorful neighborhood west of downtown, is not to be missed.
The food, Middle-Eastern and otherwise,  is healthy and delicious. Start with a fruit smoothie  made with non-fat yogurt — or perhaps some hummus and pita bread. Choose from a  wide variety [...]

Cool Beans, located in an 1871 building on the northwest corner of Public Square, offers an extensive menu of coffees, teas and pastries, as well as lunches.  They are noted for serving especially good soups, but the sandwiches and salads excel as well.  All are made daily in the state of the art kitchen visible [...]


Alas, the Medina Farmers Market on the square is finished for 2009, but you still have three more weeks to visit the Indoor Farmers Market at Medina Contractor Connection, 941 N. Court St. The market runs 9am-1pm for three Saturdays in November (7, 14, 21) with local farmers, bakers, and craftspeople.