The Cornerstone's brewmaster concocts some of the best ales, lagers and other brewed creations in Northern Ohio, competing favorably with even the venerable Great Lakes Brewery. On top of that, the food is outstanding, the atmosphere is relaxed and casual, and the location allows for easy access to free parking, Baldwin-Wallace College events, and even dessert at one of Berea's two great coffee shops or the nearby Dick's Bakery during daylight hours.
It doesn't get better than LifeWorks. This is one of the cleanest workout facilities you will find, and the staff, many of whom hold degrees in exercise science and related fields, are competent and eager to assist everyone, from the hard-core body builder to the out-of-shape beginner. There are racquetball courts, a gym for basketball and volleyball, a spacious running track, rows and rows of weights and machines, pools for lap swimming and water workouts, and even a cafe with health-conscious meals. For those who may require physical or occupational therapy, LifeWorks has a staff of excellent professionals who provide expert service. Everyone employed at this facility appears to enjoy the work, evidenced by the gracious way they treat members. It has been this way for the many years I have been a member without fail.
Nestled among the eclectic shops and eateries on the Triangle in Berea is a funky but charming cafe that serves arguably the best java, tea and other caffeinated (and decaf) drinks on the North Coast. At the Book and Bean you can sit in a comfy stuffed chair and look out the big picture window, letting the day pass by or else choose to sip and eat among the shelves of used paperback books, videos and vinyl LP's that are all for sale at reasonable prices. The light meals are tasty and fresh, the bakery and ice cream are wonderful, and the folks who work the counter will make you feel at home, even if it is your first visit. The clientele is a mixture of college students, writers, families, workers from the nearby Berea City Hall, and many others who come in to enjoy a bite and a bit of relaxation in the vintage building with its wooden floors and brick walls. Be sure to check out the schedule of live performances by fine local acoustic musicians as you enjoy your break. Like the Barking Spider Tavern on University Circle, The Bean is one of those rare Cleveland places that still has an old college town atmosphere and will keep you coming back as a regular. Year after year, this place continues to be the best!
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The staff at Elite are true "dog people" who are in this business because of their love of dogs. They are respectful and kind to their canine boarders, and the facility is clean and comfortable. The dogs boarding at Elite have access to an extensive outdoor play area that is well supervised. I wouldn't leave my dogs with anyone else.