Years lived in Toledo: 30
Occupation: Graphic Designer
What makes me truly feel alive: Being on water. I grew up boating on area lakes and there is nothing better than the feeling of water gently rocking beneath you.
The street I drive on/walk on most often is: Adams Street- the weirdest, most entertaining street in the city!
If I could change one thing about Toledo: I would like those who aren’t familiar with downtown and uptown to venture beyond the sports stadiums and take in the surrounding beauty of murals, sculptures, local shops and restaurants, and wonderful people that strive to make the city prosperous. There is so much positive growth happening in the area and the stigma of a “dangerous downtown” should definitely fade away.
When I’m craving pho, I go to Amango.
The fashion risk I wish I took sooner: Getting my eyebrows microbladed. It may seem a bit vain, but the confidence boost it has given me is worth the (minimal) pain! (Autumn Wood Microblading)
The best view in Toledo: there are so many great rooftops to take in the beauty of our city, but my favorite view occurs on I-75 heading north just before you enter downtown after crossing the river. It’s a unique view that is rarely captured by photo and I feel proud of my city whenever I am able to catch a glimpse.
The best time I ever had in Toledo: My husband, Dave Ayling, and I moved to the Old West End last May and we enjoyed our first OWE Festival as residents. It was a magical weekend and gave me a completely different experience from past years as a “tourist.” The energy that fills the air that weekend is wild!