“Medina is like taking a step back in time to a traditional mom-and-pop old town where stores are all locally owned,” says Matt Wiederhold, executive director at Main Street Medina, a non-profit, member-supported organization whose mission is to “lead the effort for preservation, economic sustainability and continued evolution of the historic district as the heart of the community.”
“If you walk into a (Medina) shop, chances are you’ll be interacting with the owner,” says Wiederhold. “Medina captures that All-American feel like apple pie. The square has a charm and substance to it. This community is the real deal, and it works hard to maintain its integrity.”
With Medina’s close-knit atmosphere, it’s not difficult to feel at home when visiting the city’s many attractions. Here are a few reasons you might want to stay in town.
Parks & Outdoors
Medina is home to 12 parks that offer many options for an outdoor enthusiast. Reagan Park features miles of mountain bike trails, baseball fields, a skate park, two pavilions and a remote-controlled car track. Memorial Park contains a J.U.M.P. playground, a pavilion with grills, a beginner disc golf course, dog park and the city pool. Whether you’re looking for a place to picnic, hike or play outdoors with the whole family, Medina is the place to do so.
Shopping & Dining
Main Street Medina is a modern shopping area that accents the Victorian architecture of the Public Square. With something for everyone, a day of shopping can involve a trip to The BookShelf at 105 W. Liberty St., The Olive Tap at 30 Public Square for artisan olive oil and other delicious food products or to Root Candles at 623 W. Liberty St., an establishment that has been in Medina since 1869.
Dining options are numerous, and Medina offers a little something for everyone. “Dan’s Dogs is a must for kids, and Cool Beans sandwich shop is family friendly,” Wiederhold says.
Parents also might want to check out House of Hunan at 18 Public Square, which offers sushi, Asian cuisines and a full bar. The Lager & Vine Gastropub Wine Bar at 108 Public Square has a large wine and beer selection and upscale small plates.
For a sweet treat, Lemonberry Frozen Yogurt at 201 S. Court St. has several mix-and-match options of frozen yogurt flavors and toppings.
A Place to Live
Medina offers everything necessary for a great academic life. The city is conveniently located near 29 higher education institutions. The Medina School District is ranked “excellent” by the State of Ohio. For those inclined to private school, students can attend St. Francis Xavier Catholic School or Medina Christian Academy. It also has the Medina Career Center.
Medical care is easily accessible with branches of University Hospitals, Cleveland Clinic and Summa Health Center. Each offers its own specialties, but features include state-of-the-art urgent care, testing labs and surgery centers. Summa Health Center’s Emergency Department at Lake Medina is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.