May 2019 Around Town 4

Come on, Vogue

Need fashion-forward wardrobe staples or a perfect gift for Mother’s Day? Turn to Alley Boutique. Co-owned by longtime friends Janel Thompson, Debby Walker and Ann Marie Toney, the trio recently shopped New York’s exclusive COTERIE retail convention. The takeaway: Don’t wait for fall to sport faux fur. Match a knockout necklace with a strappy midi-dress. Pair the perfect cami with daring snakeskin shoes. These gals brought back plenty of fresh ideas for spring. 

Greek to Me

Mamma Mia! Fall in love with Mezedes Greek Street Food, a brand-new restaurant that opened in March at Branch Hill Commons. This family business, owned and run by Vangeli Gelis and Dave Seward, is already known for bringing the authentic taste of the Mediterranean home to Loveland. Mezedes’ dishes, inspired by the family’s close connections to Greece, feature authentic street vendor flavors, traditional Greek recipes and Americanized favorites. As chef, Vangeli freely admits, “It’s the one thing I’m good at.” One bite in, and we know you’ll agree.

Fresh Take

Hometown Cafe reopened its doors in historic Loveland with Deeper Roots Coffee, cold-pressed kale juice and grab-and-go items like hard-boiled eggs and flakey croissants. It’s also a one-stop shop for locavore market goods, including grass-fed beef and artisanal chip dip. Owners Jimmy and Leah Hooper—longtime Loveland locals—ensured the bike trail cafe retained its charm but have added special events like chef table dinners and community book swaps … a move that’s sure to cement the cafe’s place as a community fave. 

Springing into Action

April showers bring May … directors. The Cincinnati Nature Center welcomes a new executive director for the first time in decades. Dr. Jeffrey Corney will assume his new role in mid-May. Jeffrey will replace the beloved Bill Hopple, who is retiring after helming the Nature Center for the past 23 years. Jeffrey brings a wealth of experience as an environmental educator and conservationist, as well as stints as director of two nature centers and an ecological field station.

Dog Star

Think you’ve got the cutest canine on the block? Let us be the judge! If we choose yours as best in show, your four-legged friend will be our August issue star—featured on the cover, plus a short article, professional photoshoot (with owner!) and $150 GC to PetCare Animal Hospital good for vet or grooming services. To win, email us your best photo and up to 50 words about what makes your pup special, now through May 25. Winner announced May 31. Include the subject “Dog Cover Contest.” Enter at