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You could say any weekend spent in the 216 is a “Cleveland weekend,” but looking back on the last few days, I actually saw a lot more of my city than I normally do.

I took a Friday field trip with coworkers to the downtown Heinen’s grocery store. Located in the old Cleveland Trust building, the rotunda features a Tiffany-like stained-glass dome ceiling, ornate archways and beautiful murals (read more about the architecture here). For dinner, I swung by the Tremont neighborhood for Happy Hour at Fat Cats (one of my favorites for Happy Hour), where I repped my college roots with a Jackie O’s Razz Wheat.

Saturday was all about the bride-to-be — and the closet gal I’ve ever had to a little sister. We had a taco- and margarita-filled brunch at Barrio, ran around downtown completing tasks on a scavenger hunt (and collecting great stories in the process), dined at Butcher and the Brewer on East Fourth Street, and relaxed amid the city lights at Azure Sun Lounge.

Sunday, I hit the streets of Hingetown to shop at the Cleveland Flea‘s Sunday Market, cooled off with a cardamom bomb from Rising Star Coffee (seriously, new favorite way to get my caffeine fix), and returned to Barrio for dinner and a margarita — yes, those tacos are that good. I also discovered Little City Love, which makes adorable art prints, coffee and tea cards and more. Coffee as “hope in a cup?” Now that it’s Monday, I can’t agree more!

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Photos by Hallie Rybka

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