Years lived in Toledo:
1986-1991 & 2004-present
owner/founder of Handmade Toledo
& maker/creator of Oh Sew Betty!
My story, in one sentence: DIY as F*ck
Uptown/ Downtown is the place in Toledo I’m most proud of. The revival blows my mind on a daily basis. Buildings are being activated again. People are moving back. Things are happening.
The best meal I had in Toledo was the red curry at Rose Thai.
I might be biased, but Maker’s Mart is my favorite annual event— Supporting artists, connecting makers and customers.
A business Toledo needs (but doesn’t have) is more food delivery services. You know when you’re working late and you’re starving but you can’t get out and go pick up that delicious saag paneer, but you can’t stop thinking about it either. Someone please bring it to me, take my money.
My favorite piece of local art/architecture is The Love Wall. I feel like that was a catalyst for much bigger things, public art, murals, equality, Toledo love in general…
I’m at my most calm in Toledo late at night hanging out in the dark at Handmade Toledo. It might sound weird, but there is something magical about being in that space all by myself with music cranked with only the twinkling lights in the front windows.
The street I drive on/walk on most often is Adams Street, of course!
The best time I ever had in Toledo was at the very first Artomatic 419! because we all knew we created something special.
One thing I’ve always meant to do in Toledo, but haven’t, is go to all of the events. There are so many! And people say Toledo is boring…
If I could change one thing about Toledo, it would be bike lanes. More of them. Everywhere.
If I knew I could get away with it, I would yarn bomb everything.
The best view in Toledo is the patio at The Heights.
When I’m away from Toledo, I can’t wait to have a beer or Bloody Mary at The Attic when I get back. It’s like Cheers. Where everybody knows your name.
The Toledo business you’ll most likely find me at is Handmade Toledo. It is seriously my favorite place.
When I’m craving inspiration, I go to The Toledo Museum of Art
The artists and musicians I love are Streetspun, Josh Byers, Joel Roberts, Jules Webster, Dani Herrera…
I always brag about Toledo’s creative community. It is so welcoming and accessible.