Happening in "The Plus"

Great things are happening in Northeast Ohio every day. Whether it is a business adding jobs, a new restaurant opening, a local entrepreneur bringing innovative ideas to life, or one of the region’s cultural institutions making headlines, there is much to be proud of in Northeast Ohio! 


This section is designed to showcase and inform Northeast Ohio residents of all these wonderful things so that they can help us “pass the plus.” We encourage you to visit this page frequently and take a few minutes to read some of the positive news and developments that are helping to shape our region. 


Preserving the Historical Integrity of Your Cleveland Home

Cleveland is full of charming neighborhoods and century homes with distinctive historical architecture. From the late 19th century Victorians in Ohio City to the early 20th century Colonials of Shaker Heights, Annemarie Colosimo gives tips on preserving and recapturing the beauty of historic homes in the area.

Eight Reasons To Be Excited For The 2014 Bicycling Season In Northeast Ohio

Have you been itching to get your bicycle out of storage, praying that these long, harsh winter months would finally come to an end? Well, get ready for some great bicycling action this spring/summer in Northeast Ohio. Matt Bixenstine "steers" you in the right direction with these eight reasons to get excited for bicycling season! 

Family First Clothing Company

If you take pride in shopping locally, check out Alex Harris' clothing shop- Family First Clothing Company. Alex shares his experiences as a young entrepreneur in Northeast Ohio and why the region was the perfect place to get motivated and take a chance.

Volunteering in Cleveland

Looking for the perfect volunteer opportunity in Northeast Ohio? Becky Meiser shares some of her favorite, unique, past and present volunteering experiences in Cleveland that will motivate anyone to give back to their city. How will you take action?

Cheers to Northeast Ohio Breweries!

Raise your glass for a toast to Northeast Ohio breweries! Lisa Davala shares her favorite local spots and the unique aspects they have to offer. What NEO-based brewery or brew is your favorite?

The Importance of Shopping Local in Northeast Ohio

Focusing on locally-made wine and beer, Kevin Goodman shares his own personal stories as well as other business success stories, showing just how important it is to shop locally in our region. 

Good Vibes From Gordon Square

With it's access to the beach, theater district and exciting nightlife, Steve Snitzky makes an argument for why Gordon Square is Northeast Ohio's up-and-coming neighborhood. 

A Family Trip to the Akron Zoo!

In Northeast Ohio, the zoos are infamous for loads of family fun. Danielle Filipkowski shares how she and her family enjoy the animals, the unique experiences, and make tons of memories at the Akron Zoo!

Fun Events & Vegetarian Food Options in Cleveland

Think there's nothing to do in Cleveland? Think there are no vegetarian or vegan dining options? Think again. Allison Kretz discusses fun activities that take place right here and Cleveland and talks about where she and her fiancé like to enjoy unique vegetarian meals. 

Young Parents in Cleveland Heights

Northeast Ohio is a thriving region, especially for young families who are looking for new adventures, restaurants, shopping locally, and getting in-touch with the great outdoors. Jessica Fick shares her experiences as a mother of two young children in the neighborhood of Cleveland Heights!

Get Your Jolt Today! Coffee Shops in Northeast Ohio

If you need a good cup of coffee to get your day started, Ellen Kirtner can certainly relate. In this #BeThePlusBlog, Ellen shares some of her treasured coffee shop finds in Northeast Ohio. Are you ready to get your jolt today?

A Whole New Perspective of Northeast Ohio

When you've been given the chance to act as a tour guide for your own hometown is when you truly realize all of the things you could have taken for granted. KC McKenna shares his experience as a Northeast Ohio "tour guide" for foreign exchange students in China and how he is starting to look at his hometown in a new light.

Akron Gets an "A" for Amazing

Dr. Tim Stover grades Akron with an "A" for being a community full of compassion and caring, for giving people a "big city" feel in a small city, and for offering top-of-the-line healthcare, fabulous entertainment, academics, and more! What are you waiting for? What grade does Akron get on your report card?

Love for all of Northeast Ohio

Fifty-cent movie theaters, traditional high-tea service, and the region's best ice cream are just a few topics that Ashley Oeken discusses in her blog about her favorite spots in Youngstown and Cleveland! 

5 Reasons Why Ohio Is Better Than Hawaii

Between finding ourselves caught in the Polar Vortex, checking and re-checking our weather apps, and dealing with the stress of winter traffic in Northeast Ohio, we might lose sight of what makes the region so special. Although Hawaii might seem like a nice getaway now, Maureen Amato shares her personal experiences as to why Northeast Ohio just might be better.

8 Ways to Maintain Your Fitness During Northeast Ohio Winters

Never say you can't stay fit in Northeast Ohio winters again! Jessica McCartney, who is an avid runner, (she even participated in The Boston Marathon!) shares 8 ways that you can maintain your fitness this cold season and have fun doing it!

Northeast Ohio's Thriving Art Scene

Have you found yourself out of ideas for fun activities to do or places to see in Cleveland? Sarah Amer opens our eyes to the arts scene in C-Town and why you'll never be left without anything to do, again. 

The Event Industry in Northeast Ohio

You may have attended a special event in Northeast Ohio for several different occasions, but were you aware that these events could have been put together by world-renowned, award-winning event planners? Nick Borelli, a member of the NEO event industry himself, enlightens us with the region's notable talent!

Allergen-Friendly Food in Northeast Ohio

Northeast Ohio doesn't let dietary restrictions get in the way of satisfying your sweet tooth or fulfilling a craving. Urvi Patel shares with us some of her favorite places in the region for those just like her with certain dietary restrictions. Some may even surprise you!

Get Fit in Northeast Ohio This Winter!

Just because the weather is getting cooler in Northeast Ohio, it doesn't mean you can't participate in some of the region's most fun and challenging races! Whether it represents the holiday season or is just a race you will take part in to test your endurance, Pamela McGowan has the inside scoop on what races to sign up for! 

A Day In The Life of a Fit Northeast Ohioan

Juggling work, family, and a social life doesn't always make it easy to adhere to a well-balanced, healthy and fit lifestyle. However, Alicia Hansen shares with us her secrets to staying fit in Northeast Ohio and making the most out of a busy schedule!

A Tale of Two Cities: Akron and Cleveland

Do you find yourself identifying with more than one Northeast Ohio community? Take it from Sara Shookman. She's had the best of both worlds in Cleveland and Akron.

Farm-to-Table: Fresh Cuisine in Akron/Canton

Experience all that the Akron/Canton region has to offer in its fresh, farm-to-table cuisine eateries. North Canton native, Collyn Floyd, shares her inside scoop to some of the best food in the region!

Downtown Living in Northeast Ohio

Want to make the move to Downtown living in Northeast Ohio? Adam Rosen shares his experiences with living in Downtown Cleveland along with his insights into the trendy places and activities to see in other parts of the region.

Family Fall Activites in Northeast Ohio

Apple Picking OhioDanielle Wiler always finds time for fun with her family, especially this fall season. She shares some of her family's traditions for fall that you can make your own!

Northeast Ohio Fresh Food Finds

Although summer is winding down in Northeast Ohio, Carrie Corrigan prepares us for the 2014 summer season, sharing her favorite fresh produce markets in the Plus that make the summer season that much better! 

Fun in the Sun at Kelleys Island

Kelly's Island SunsetHave you taken a trip out to any of the famous Lake Erie Islands? Olivia Killam shares her stories and traditions from visiting Kelley's Island with her family from her childhood days to today! 

Northeast Ohio Sports & Optimism

Let the Northeast Ohio sports optimism overwhelm you this season instead of preparing for the much-anticipated despair. Cleveland-native Adam Sockel is ready to tell his fellow Northeast Ohioans why The Browns, Indians, and Cavaliers are in a better position to win than they were in previous years. The question is, do you believe? 

Boutique Shopping From East to West

Local blogger, Nadine Nocero, tells us about some of her favorite boutiques and shows us all Northeast Ohio’s boutique scene has to offer. 

Shopping for Authenticity

Doug Katz, local chef and restaurateur, provides his insights on the many great places to shop in the region if you’re looking for that authentic feel. Read on to see what some of his favorite independently owned restaurants, farms and shops are in Northeast Ohio and visit them for yourself!