Here are a handful of my favorites:
Krissie Means Business:
Cleveland's a Plum because of: Loganberry Books, Tina's Nite Club, the numerous places to drink a good cup of coffee, my neighborhood, Joy Machines Bike Shop, the Market, the bike culture, the ability to create & carry out your vision, best thrift stores ever!, the Metroparks, riding the Rapid, the view from the Detroit-Superior bridge, the nicest people you will ever meet, University Circle, Lucky's Cafe Mac-n-Cheese, the theaters... Essentially, we have all the amenities of a large city without the pricetag. I heart Cleveland.
Cleveland is a plum because it is ever changing. We are never seen as a trend-setter, however, there is always something new to try. At the same time, there are long-standing loyalties and traditions. Cleveland was the city I couldn't wait to leave when I grew up, but once I did, I realized how amazing it actually is and couldn't wait to return.
Cleveland is a plum because it has all the opportunities of a large, urban center but still retains the charm & traits of a smaller town. Restaurants, museums, Broadway shows, sports, and urban colleges while keeping the ability to maneuver the area quickly. In addition, the lake and added green space are treasures that cant be matched.
Cleveland is a Plum because of all of the opportunities for young professionals to truly carve out a niche for themselves. There is so much community support, vivaciousness, and positivity!
Cleveland is a plum because it has all the amenities of a big city without all of the hassle! We have nationally-recognized chefs, amazingly friendly locals, and wonderful districts that celebrate so many cultural events and landmarks. I love Cleveland!
Cleveland really is a plum, thanks to all of you.
Thanks again to everyone who entered (over 2,100 times!) and helped spread the word about my 1,000th post giveaway extravaganza and many thanks again to the fabulous Cleveland restaurants who donated their goods to continue spreading the CLE love - Greenhouse Tavern, Noodlecat, Fahrenheit, XYZ the Tavern, Spice of Life Catering / Spice Kitchen & Bar, Hodge's, 87 West and Washington Place Bistro - Thank you!
And now, what you've all been waiting for... THE WINNERS!
Congrats to runner ups Tabitha Kunsman (who won on entry 1,315 when she tweeted) and Nicole Cannato (who won on entry 615 for commenting), each won a $50 gift certificate to XYZ the Tavern.
HUGE congrats to our grand prize Cleveland food and drink winner, Ryan: @CLECraftBeerRun (who won on entry 484 when he followed Noodle Cat on twitter), who won everything else - LUCKY MAN!
The winners were chosen via the rafflecopter widget and I'll be mailing out the prizes to the winners.
Happy Monday, kids, have a great week!