Friends of Fellows Riverside Gardens dedicates time, energy, and not-for-profit fundraising toward preserving the public garden's purpose of enriching local culture and educating through recreation and environmental protection. As contributing stewards of the green space, your family can saunter affably about the free public gardens boasting more than 10 aromatic acres of heterogeneous flora, including a rose collection, perky perennials, and gazable vistas, which combine to attract more than 400,000 flower fanatics every year. Friends of Fellows Riverside Gardens members are entitled to benefits such as a one-year subscription to the full-color season newsletter, a one-year subscription to Better Homes and Gardens magazine, 10% off at the Shop in the Gardens, invitations to members-only events, discounted classes, and a free pass during the next rendezvous with the neighborhood venus flytrap bullying for milk money.
Mazzulo's proffers enough custom-cut meat, gourmet cheese, and prepared meals to satisfy a whole horde of hungry family members. The shop's traditional sweet italian sausage recipes date back to Sicily of the early 1900s ($3.99 per pound), and other fresh meat options include beef, pork, chicken, and seafood. A spectrum of just-baked breads embrace specially sliced turkey and roast beef with hugs that range in flavor from rye to wheat and italian ($8.99 per pound), while Mazzulo's signature hand-forged pepperoni bread makes it easier to smuggle your favorite meat into a bread-only food club ($4.99 per pound).
When Frank Cangemi first opened Miles Famers Market in 1971, it was a seasonal, open-air market that only sold fresh fruits and vegetables. Frank would arrive at the Northern Ohio Food Terminal at 3 a.m. every day and proceed to hand select his stock of fresh produce, carefully choosing veggies without bruises and punting overly ripe cantaloupes. This hand selection and attention to detail is something he still does to this day, even though Miles Farmers Market has expanded to a 21,000-square-foot shopping space that also houses a deli, a butcher, and a bakery.
Its cheese department hosts more than 400 varieties of cheese, which complement varietals from a wine section that Wine Spectator hailed as “outstanding.” Its bistro not only makes up quick bites but also full dinners to go. Its staffers help foodies navigate the aisles and are on hand to offer tips that range from how to ripen an unfamiliar fruit to how to successfully wash food in the dishwasher.
Yet, even with all of this, it’s the dedication to having the best produce that really draws in shoppers. For more than 40 years, Miles has fostered partnerships with local produce growers such as Burnham, Spiegelberg, and Rittman Orchards, as well as Ohio Fruit Growers. These alliances allow for a vast selection of organic and local produce that may have been ripening on the vine or stalk seven hours before hitting store shelves.
Margaret and Phillip Nabors were ahead of the curve in championing natural and organic foods when they opened Mustard Seed Market & Café in 1981. To ensure the integrity of every item stocked on their shelves, the Nabors developed a list of golden standards—nine guidelines that range from a ban on high-fructose corn syrup to selling only cruelty-free cosmetics. This combination of rigor and passion has propelled Mustard Seed for more than 30 years, filling two locations with locally grown produce, fresh-baked vegan cookies, and naturally lean-but-tender beef from certified Piedmontese cattle, which are raised on an all-vegetarian diet free of steroids and antibiotics.
Today, the Nabors' children, Abraham and Gabe, have joined their parents in leading Mustard Seed's team of natural-foods experts—who include everyone from the customer-service associates to the stockers, ensuring that shoppers can find answers to their questions around every corner. The store also educates customers through classes and free lectures on topics such as California wines and what’s going to happen when they run out of letters to name the vitamins.
Shopping carts loaded with dozens of different dry noodles from Japan, Korea, and China roll through the aisles at Hana Asian Market, where shelves hold spices from across Asia, homemade vegan and meat pot stickers, and bundles of sushi- and sashimi-grade fish. The market also regularly hosts sushi-making classes that demonstrate proper rolling techniques and give students all the necessary ingredients, sparing them the hassle of ransacking the aquarium in their office lobby.