Sweet Changes on Adams Street: Bleak House Coffee Introduces Pastries

In less than seven years, Bleak House Coffee has blossomed from an unassuming cafe to a downtown staple. First opened in 2012 on Madison Avenue in the Spitzer Building, the cafe briefly closed when the historic building shut down in December 2013. Thanks to crowdfunding efforts, the coffee house, named for Charles Dickens’ famous novel

‘Jim Morrison’ At The Maumee Indoor: Barone Breaks On Through

For 13 years, Phil Barone— better known in Toledo as the owner of Rosie’s Italian Grille, Rosie’s Rolling Chef, and the and president of the Toledo Food Truck Association— has wowed and entertained audiences at the Crescent Tavern in Put-in-Bay with his performances emulating the late, great Jim Morrison. Backed by the Maxx Band and performing

Songs of Love and Hope: Stewart’s new album showcases versatility

When we last talked to Toledo musician Jeff Stewart, he was a “man on the move.” His 2014 release, Can’t Sit Still, was a reflection of the songwriter’s inability to stay put, creatively, temporally or physically.  Last month Stewart, a popular performer on the local music circuit,  released his third solo studio album, The Cold

May your sweater be ugly and bright

As the weather gets colder, the sweaters get uglier. Whether tacky, ruffled, loud, gaudy, sequined, glittered or fringed, the general public has fallen in love with the obnoxious quality of these cozy gems so much that December 15 is now National Ugly Sweater Day. Prep wardrobe for the holiday during the Imagination Station’s Think Tank Ugly

Lights! Action! Hensville Lights brighten up the Warehouse District

….And Hensville, along with Toledo Edison, Lexus of Toledo, and Pilkington North America, collectively said, “Let there be lights.” And there were— more than 200,000 of them, illuminating the Downtown Warehouse District near Fifth Third Field, beginning Saturday, November 11. The Hensville Lights will be set up in the heart of the Warehouse District along St. Clair Street

Never Again: Remembering Kristellnacht

On November 9, 1938, a planned attack on Jewish Germans left countless dead. Roughly 30,000 men were sent to concentration camps, many of them to perish, while German authorities looked the other way. This night became known as Kristellnacht, the Night of Broken Glass, and was a horrible prelude to the atrocities of the Holocaust

Erin Adair-Hodges on reading, writing and dying happy

New Mexico-native Erin Adair-Hodges is now a professor at the University of Toledo. She has had her poetry published widely, featured on PBS NewsHour, and has taught English in Prague, Czech Republic. She came to Toledo as a visiting professor in the creative writing department and, now, her first book is being published after winning

Sofia Quintero Center to hold its 21st Dia De Los Muertos event

This year’s Dia De Los Muertos celebration and fundraiser on November 4 will be a bit more personal for the staff of the Sofia Quintero Art and Cultural Center. The event, now in its 21st year, will feature food, music, tours of the facility and more as the Center commemorates the traditional Mexican holiday. But

Legendary Bar Band NRBQ Returns To Bowling Green

Somehow, Scott Ligon knew from the first time he heard the group that NRBQ would be a big part of his life. He’d grown up in a musical family— most everyone played an instrument or was a songwriter— and had been a professional musician himself since sixth grade. But Ligon had never heard of Terry

The Healing Barn: The Dark Horse Of The Equine Community

Nestled in Millbury, Ohio a hidden equine gem, The Healing Barn, is looking to shine. Started in 1995, run by a mother-daughter duo, Nancy Swigart and Corri Mayo, the rescue and rehabilitation facility cares for abused and neglected horses. Swigart began when the pair rehabilitated a horse they adopted in the mid-1990s. From there, they

A Political Party Knockout: What Really Happened Last Night

Like most things that escalate, Toledo City Paper’s A Political Party last night started with an off-the-rails idea that had the potential success rate of a Hail Mary. “Let’s invite all the political candidates to a gay bar and make them perform in a talent show.” “Sure, why not?” We’re paraphrasing here, but you get