Love on the City 2018

“Mom, I want this for Christmas” began a little too early for my liking this year.  Maybe it’s the earlier than normal Thanksgiving, or the fact that Christmas decorations came out almost as early as Halloween decorations in some stores.  But, whatever the reason, I started to get that familiar pit in my stomach – how can we make our tweens and teens understand that Christmas is just as much about giving as it is about receiving?

So, when I first heard Eryka Parker of Lyrical Innovations speak about Love on the City 2018, I knew this would be a great way to give back and remind our kiddos that many people need our love and support throughout Cleveland this holiday season.

Love On The City 2018


On Saturday, December 1st, Love on the City volunteers will be tying donated hats and scarves along with letters of encouragement to poles throughout downtown Cleveland for people in need.  Blankets will also be distributed.  Volunteers are asked to meet at REBoL’s located at 101 W. Superior in Public Square at 1pm.

We are hoping for a lot of volunteers.  There are strength in numbers.  We want to bring people together to spread love around the city.  – Eryka parker

Love on the City was launched by leaders Conrad and Nicole Huffman of Forever in the Making, a non-profit organization, along with Eryka Parker of Lyrical Innovations, LLC.

Those who are interested in learning more about how to support the Love on the City campaign can write to the leadership team at or call Eryka Parker at 216-374-5773.  Monetary donations and donations of winter apparel (scarfs, hats, gloves, blankets, etc.) are currently being accepted.  Join Forever in the Making by helping to Spread the Love across Cleveland this holiday season.

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Unique Luxury at Two French Blue

A couple weeks ago Ashlee and I visited Two French Blue, a new, luxury boutique located in Chagrin Falls. Owners Amber and Courtney Gile, pictured above, describe their shop as offering a high-quality, curated mix of women’s clothing and accessories.
We offer a fresh perspective on fashion with a unique mix of hand-selected pieces along with styling services ranging from finding the perfect outfit to a complete wardrobe revamp. Two French Blue helps women find their most beautiful, confident selves.
Two French Blue initially started as a luxury mobile concept but has since transitioned to a more traditional storefront.  According to the owners Amber and Courtney, the mobile concept had been a good idea at the start but had prevented them from offering top of the line service to their customers .  “It’s hard to provide luxury services in such a limited space.”  So, they set up shop at their current location,  208 Bell Street in Chagrin Falls, Ohio.
Two French Blue apparel
Our experience at Two French Blue did not disappoint.  The boutique is fashion forward.  The shop offers collectible and sophisticated pieces.  that are classic with a twist.  Now, I’ll tell you straight up, it’s not cheap, but you get that timeless, great quality in what you buy.  In other words you’ll have it forever. And since they only offer a limited quantity of each item, you can be confident that you’ll be the only one wearing that outfit to your next holiday party.
Two French Blue owners
These two boss babes are really making it awesome for their customers.  You can expect special treatment when you arrive at the store.  “How about a drink?”  “Can I help pick items that I think will look amazing on you?”  Plus, sometimes you might even get to see a little French Blue or two running around!
Come see it for yourself and visit Chagrin Falls’ coolest new place.  Check their website for store hours or email the owners to set up a personal shopping experience.  Better yet, grab a gal pal and join them every first Thursday from 5-8 for a Sip + Shop!  With the holiday season approaching, stop in the store and tell them you want to create a wish list for that person in your life who typically struggles with their Christmas shopping.
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Inked & Dotted

Several years ago, looking at Mother’s Day cards at a big chain store, Whitney Ralston Adelman felt frustrated with the poor card selection and high prices.  “I had always been creative and I knew I could do better.”  So, Whitney began what she described as “doodling” and created six cards.  She showed these cards to a local boutique and they were interested in selling them.  Encouraged by their interest, Whitney kept working to round out her line. 

Not long after, the boutique called to tell her someone was interested in her Ohio print.  From there she began to expand her line of products to include framed prints, t-shirts, and onesies.

Starting her company,  Inked & Dotted, Whitney took a lot of advice from people with different ideas of how to expand her line.  “It took time to figure out what was working and selling”  Once, she did, she was able to  streamline her product line to what it is today. Inked & Dotted’s products include cards, framed prints, apparel, bags, ornaments, and custom design work.  New this year, Whitney has added recipe cards, custom invitations, and fill-in-the-blank invitations for showers and parties.  When asked to describe her company, Whitney told us,

“Inked & Dotted is a stationery company – but I would say that everything I make starts with pen and paper.  It’s my original artwork.”

With the growing trend of pop-up business opportunities and an appreciation for hand-crafted items, Whitney has experienced a growth in Inked & Dotted sales.

As a Michigan native, Whitney  talked to us about her Ohio line,   “I’m not from Ohio, I’m really grateful. People are really creative, interesting, and investing in local companies.”

Speaking of Ohio, here are a few of the markets, where Whitney will be selling her Inked & Dotted products this spring and summer:

March 24 – 25, Junk Bash, Columbus
April 21, The Cleveland Flea
April 27-29, Vintage Market Days, Columbus
May 12, The Cleveland Flea
June 1-3, Vintage Market Days – Dayton/Xema

She will be announcing more dates soon, so be sure to follow her on Instagram and Facebook.

With Mother’s Day around the corner, be sure to check out Inked & Dotted cards and framed prints!  She has a wide array of beautifully designed cards to uniquely show your appreciation to your mom (and in some cases your sense of humor like the card above).  Cards are available for just about every occasion.

Discount for Nearly All Things readers: Mention this Nearly All Things article and you will receive a free card with your purchase. 

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