2018 Holiday Gift Guide—Part IV


’Tis the season to be satisfied by giving. Show your friends and family that you appreciate them with gifts that supports local business. Whether you’re picking out something at a local shop or treating your friend to the flexibility of a gift card, you’ll find exactly what you need at these local businesses.

El Camino Real

2500 W Sylvania Ave
419-472-0700 | elcaminorealtoledo.comEl-Camino-Real-patio

Let the spicy Tex-Mex food from El Camino Real warm you up during the chilly December weather. You’ll love their homemade tortillas and the super popular fajita taco salad. Also, taking your friends out for a round of El Camino Real’s famous strawberry mango margaritas is a gift anyone can appreciate. Call or visit the restaurant to get a gift card for loved ones who love fresh Tex-Mex food.

Mother Plucker

5221 Monroe St, Suite 121
419-360-1677 | motherplucker.netMother-Plucker-Portrait

For your family and friends that take their beauty routines seriously, book an appointment with Mother Plucker for their holiday gift. Owner Cassandra Stansley offers microblading, lash lifts, lash and brow tints, dermaplane treatment and hair removal using her unique approach and knowledge of color theory and shape to specifically tailor to a client’s needs.

Mancy’s Restaurant Group


Mancy’s Steakhouse: 953 Phillips Ave | 419-476-4154
11am-2pm & 5-9:30pm, Monday-Thursday
11am-2pm & 5-10pm, Friday
4:30-10:30pm, Saturday

Mancy’s Italian Grill: 5453 Monroe St | 419-882-9229
11am-10pm, Monday-Thursday
11am-11pm, Friday
4-11pm, Saturday
4-9pm, Sunday

Bottle Shop at Mancy’s Italian: 5453 Monroe St | 419-824-2463
11am-8pm, Monday-Thursday
11am-9pm, Friday-Saturday
Noon-6pm, Sunday

Shorty’s True American Roadhouse: 5111 Monroe St | 419-841-9505
11am-9:30pm, Monday-Thursday
11am-10:30pm, Friday-Saturday
11am-9pm, Sunday

Bluewater Grille: 461 W Dussel Dr, Maumee | 419-724-2583
11am-10pm, Monday-Thursday
11am-11pm, Friday
4-11pm, Saturday
4-9pm, Sunday

The Ideal: 5333 Monroe St | 419-841-0066
4-10pm, Monday-Thursday
4-11pm, Friday
10am-11pm, Saturday
10am-9pm, Sunday

This family of restaurateurs know a thing or two when it comes to bringing together good food and great company. Consider picking up a gift card to Mancy’s Restaurants so the foodie in your life can choose their own adventure. Whether they want classic, family favorites from The Steakhouse, Mancy’s Italian Grill or Bluewater Grille, something a little different at the more recently-opened Mancy’s Ideal, slow-smoked BBQ at Shorty’s, or something to wash it all down from the Bottle Shop, this gift card is a fast-pass to a myriad of delicious options.

Mancy’s Bottle Shop

5453 Monroe St
419-882-9229 | mancys.com/#bottleshopBottle-shop

A bottle of red, a bottle of white—maybe some cold, local craft beer—there are endless possibilities at Mancy’s Bottle Shop for the gift recipient in your life who enjoys the finer things. A gift card to this fine establishment would be the ideal gift for both friends who have to try the newest thing, and for those that are fans of the tried and true quality people come to expect from Mancy’s Bottle Shop. Call or come in today to buy a gift card, or get help from the friendly staff in selecting the perfect bottle for your friend.

Rêvé Salon and Spa

5633 Main St, Sylvania
419-885-1140 | revesalonandspa.comreve-sign---from-FB

For almost 30 years, Rêvé Salon and Spa has been offering high quality, luxurious services to their clients. Treat someone to salon, spa, makeup, nail or Cosmedica services at this downtown Sylvania staple with the purchase of a gift card. Whether with a haircut and color, a massage, a facial, or something more specific, like Skin Medica’s popular Illuminize Peel, you can rely on Rêvé’s trusted, professional staff to go beyond the call of duty.

Small Box Music

203 Conant St, Maumee
419-740-3434 | smallboxmusic.comSmall-box-storefront

Now a storefront, this peddler of musical instruments and accessories has had an online presence since 2015. Now that it is in downtown Maumee, you can peruse their eclectic collection of boutique amps, guitars, artistically designed effects pedals, and more. The shopping experience at Small Box Music is personalized, unlike how you are treated at a big box store. The musician in your life will love a gift card or equipment from this establishment.

Basil Pizza & Wine Bar

3145 Hollister Ln, Perrysburg
419-873-6218 | basilpizzaandwinebar.comBasil---pizza

For fans of artisan pizza, look no further than Basil. Specializing in Italian cuisine using local ingredients, their wine list boasts over 200 selections to choose from. Basil’s stone-fired crust has toppings like whipped ricotta and balsamic onions. You can’t go wrong with their pastas, appetizer plates with roasted grapes, heirloom tomatoes, artisanal cheeses and other unforgettable combinations. A gift card to this place will undoubtedly be a hit. Even for your gluten-free friends will enjoy their have alternative options.

Toledo Museum of Art

2445 Monroe St
419-255-8000 | toledomuseum.orgTMA---Native-American-Art-exhibit

While the TMA offers free admission, there are plenty of things that you can treat the art lover in your life to, including Museum events, like film screenings, concerts, special exhibitions, treats from the cafe and unique items from the gift shop. Consider gifting your cultured friends a Museum membership so they can enjoy the TMA experience, plus specials perks, all year long.

The Benchmark Restaurant

6130 Levis Commons Blvd, Perrysburg
419-897-6590 | benchmark-restaurant.comgift-card

For the most deserving person on your list, the variety of steaks, seafood and other delicious menu items at The Benchmark Restaurant are a sure bet. Customers rave about their lobster bisque, avocado toast, Oscar style sirloin with lump crab meat, and affogato for desert. A night out at Benchmark is what you need to make the foodie in your life happy.

Belamere Suites

12200 Williams Rd, Perrysburg
419-874-2233 | belameresuites.combelam

Looking for a romantic gift for your significant other? Make sure it’s a hit with a luxury stay at Belamere Suites in Perrysburg. A weekend of couples massages, jacuzzi soaks, and lounging by the fire is the perfect retreat. Some rooms even have an in-room heated swimming pool and sauna. Book your stay today for a relaxing weekend at Belamere Suites.

Toledo Funny Bone

6140 Levis Commons Blvd, Perrysburg
419-931-3474 | toledo.funnybone.com

Comedian Benji Brown.
Comedian Benji Brown.

The holidays can get stressful with shopping and party planning. Let loose this season and take your friends out to the Funny Bone for a show that will make you all laugh. Fat Fish Blue restaurant is attached to the venue, so you can order food too. Local and national acts are always scheduled for the stage, so check out their upcoming events and decide which comedian you think your friends will enjoy most.


1205 Adams St
419-472-842-4477 | georgjz419.business.site.comgeorgz

There’s no better present to give your friend than a night out at Georgjz. With specials every single day of the week, delicious food like their pizzas and quesadillas, drinks, and entertainment, and a fab patio bar, who could turn down an evening full of what Georgjz always promises just below their name—fun, food and spirits—all the ingredients you need for a good time and the perfect holiday gift.

Nagoya Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi

6190 Levis Commons Blvd, Perrysburg
419-931-8400 | nagoyaohio.comHibachi-Grills

For a fun and unique dining experience, a gift card to Nagoya is the way to go. Asian chefs put on culinary performances at the Hibachi grills where diners can see the artistry in the preparation of Nagoya’s dishes. The menu has many options including sushi, hot and cold appetizers such as their famous Nagoya Roll (smoked salmon, cream cheese and crab baked with Nagoya aioli sauce) and traditional and Hibachi style meals.

Toledo Zoo

2 Hippo Way
419-385-5721 | toledozoo.orgzoo

Nothing beats a trip to the Toledo Zoo, voted the best Zoo in the U.S. Not only do we have noteworthy animal enclosures and enrichment programs, but our Zoo continues to educate the community, save endangered species, and host events for both families and adult—along with the best holiday lights display in the nation. A true Toledo experience, tickets to the Zoo make a perfect gift for anyone.

Bumble Bee Wax Worx

3332 W Laskey Rd
419-705-3889 | facebook.com/BBWAXWORXbb

If you’re all about shopping local, pick up some products from this bath and body store. Soap up with all natural cold process soaps, get relaxed with a wood wicked candle and lotion, and get beautified with pomade, a charcoal face mask and other products offered at Bumble Bee. Looking good and smelling good is easy with these all-natural products.

Wersell’s Bike & Ski Shop

2860 W Central Ave
419-474-7412 | wersellsbikeandskishop.comHWL---Wersell_s5

Want to roll out a “wheely” cool gift this year? Visit Wersell’s, Toledo’s oldest bicycle shop (since 1945), to shop for high quality bicycles, gear and accessories to help keep your favorite cyclist ready to roll. Have a giftee who would rather hit the slopes than the road? Wersell’s also carries cross country skis, sleds, snowshoes, and toboggans. For a more experiential gift, consider inviting a friend to one of Wersell’s popular group rides, or rent cross country skis and head to a local metropark, like Wildwood or Oak Openings, to spend a picture-perfect snowy afternoon together on the trails.

Cocina De Carlos & Carlos’ Poco Loco

Cocina De Carlos:
27072 Carronade Dr, Perrysburg | 419-872-0200
205 Farnsworth Rd., Waterville | 419-878-0261

Carlos’ Poco Loco:
1809 Adams St | 419-214-1655

Want to add a little heat to the holiday season? Warm up winter with authentic Mexican and Cuban cuisine from one of the hot-spots in the Cocina De Carlos restaurant group. Whether you’re craving carnitas or want to tempt yourself with one (or more) of Poco Loco’s 65 varieties of tequila, a gift card to one of these eateries is the perfect way to give a present packed full of flavor.

Soto Signature Salon & Spa

580 Craig Dr, Perrysburg
419-872-5555 | sotosalonspa.comHWL---Soto-1

Provide someone who deserves to be primped, pampered, and polished from head to toe with a giftcard to this Perrysburg salon and spa. Offering nearly any service you can imagine—from 3D brow etching to NovaLash Eyelash Extensions to Hot Stone massages to purifying facial treatments to fantastic hair styling and color—Soto’s professionals give their clients everything they desire. Considering picking out a specific service you know your friend will love, or opt for a gift card so they can choose the experience that’s perfect for their needs. As a bonus, through December 24, you can earn a $25 Soto Reward with a gift card purchase of $100 or more.

Toledo Game Room

3001 W Sylvania Ave
419-475-3775 | toledogameroom.comHWL---Toledo-Game-Room-4

Want to make the geek in your life happy? Just roll the 20-sided dice at the Toledo Game Room, the 419’s tabletop scene since 1987. Find everything from comic books to board games to accessories for fans of gaming miniatures, and more. Unsure what you’re looking for? Just vaguely describe the elves and orcs that your giftee loves and the shop’s experienced and knowledgeable staff will make sure to fill in the blanks.

Smokey’s BBQ Roadhouse

2092 Woodville Rd, Oregon
419-725-2888 | smokeysbbq.restaurantwebexpert.comHWL---Smokey_s-3

Charm your carnivorous friends and family with a gift card to Smokey’s BBQ Roadhouse, the People’s Choice Winners of the The Blade’s 35th annual Northwest Ohio Rib Off and Best of Toledo nominee for best burger and best BBQ. Let your giftee sink their teeth into slow-smoked beef brisket, chicken, pulled pork, baby back ribs, and more, all made with local meats and veggies, with a treat that offers a bonus—get $5 for free on every $25 gift card you buy.

Ventura’s Mexican Restaurant

7742 W Bancroft St
419-841-7523 | toledostripletreat.com/venturaHWL---VENTURA_s-2

Toast Feliz Navidad with friends and family while enjoying Toledo’s favorite margaritas at this relaxed, friendly Mexican restaurant. In 1984, Ventura’s established itself as a neighborhood staple and has maintained good cheer with quality family recipes ever since. For the perfect way to enjoy the holidays, treat your loved ones to a hearty meal or offer up a gift card to this favored locale.