I have to be honest; it wasn’t love at first sight.

Dear Toledo,

I have to be honest; it wasn’t love at first sight. When my husband and I started looking for new cities, a lot more “flashy” names came to mind – Boston, Minneapolis, Seattle. Then my husband accepted a job in Toledo, and we packed up and headed out. We were excited to start the next chapter of our lives, but a little apprehensive about what we would find.

To be fair, moving 670 miles with a 10 day old baby was maybe not our smartest decision. It was hard to meet new people and explore the city when we were so tired. However, you didn’t help by having your record snowfall our first winter here. And the water contamination wasn’t very fun either.

But then we dug deeper. We found our dream house in a quiet, old neighborhood. We met wonderful, helpful people. We found amazing coffee shops and local hangouts. Summer came and we cheered on our Mud Hens – along with everyone else in town.

It may not have been love at first sight, but I cannot imagine being this in love with any other city.

Love You Forever,



It wasn’t long after arriving in Toledo from Norfolk, VA that Aubry discovered, and fell in love with, the architecture of the Old West End; amongst which she found the Black Kite Coffee shop – a treasured local gem. Many Saturday mornings she can found there indulging in a chai latte and breakfast ball while her young daughter dances out her wiggles with the in-house Positively Portable Preschool.