. April 24, 2018.

Sarah Skow

Occupation: Attorney at Spengler Nathanson, PLL
Years lived in Toledo: Almost three decades.

Our wonderful parks— Walbridge Park, Wildwood Metropark, Swan Creek Metropark, Middlegrounds Metropark, Ottawa Park— are the places in Toledo I’m most proud of.

Some of the best meals I’ve had in Toledo were at Mancy’s Steakhouse, Adams Street Café, Registry Bistro, QQ Kitchen, Byblos, Kengo, Original Sub Shop, J’Mae’s and Domo.

The Old West End Festival is my favorite annual event because of the sense of community that emanates from the King Wamba Parade.

A business Toledo needs (but doesn’t have) is a jazz club.

I’m at my most calm in Toledo when I’m walking around Walbridge Park and the Maumee River with Jason and our dog, Willow. Close second is wandering the galleries at TMA on a rainy afternoon.

The street I drive on/walk on most often is Broadway in South Toledo— taking in the Maumee River overlook at Walbridge Park, the Toledo Zoo, and the Sofia Quintero Center, public art, and murals that enliven the Broadway Corridor each morning are special treats along my “commute.”

One thing I’ve always meant to do in Toledo, but haven’t, is taking a glassblowing class or birding at the nearby Magee Marsh. 

If I could change one thing about Toledo, I would get the city to more publicly recognize and celebrate our history and the Toledoans who have shaped Toledo and beyond, e.g., Art Tatum, Gloria Steinem, Millie Benson and Thomas Ashley.

If I knew I could get away with it, I would convince local officials to provide feminine hygiene products for free in places where women and girls can easily access them; e.g., schools, libraries, jails, courts, city and county agencies and departments, and shelters and organizations that work with low-income and homeless women and girls. 

When I’m away from Toledo, I can’t wait to have hummus and All Crumbs Artisan Bakery goodies when I get back. (We are fortunate to have SO many delicious Middle Eastern markets and restaurants in Toledo. Some of my favorites are: Sidon, Beirut, Byblos and Tiger Bakery.) 

The Toledo businesses you’ll most likely find me at are: The Toledo Farmers’ Market, Handmade Toledo, Ye Olde Durty Bird to listen to live music, and Monette’s Market on Glendale. If my nephews Liam and Jack are in town, you’ll find us making a Wixey Bakery run.    

The best ice cream in Toledo can be found at Lickity Split or on a bike ride to Penguin Palace. Willow loves a good dog bone sundae!