NOVEMBER HOT LIST

Okay, Let’s get to it! So many fabulous businesses to experience in our sweet MOV :) Here’s a few of our November FAVES!

EATS

Nacho Average Taco

Guys, listen. I’m what they call a bit of a foodie. One thing that I demand to declare a place AMAZING is freshness! This place is consistent on that point. Another feature that I happen to adore is big, giant HEAP of freshness! This place delivers! Know what else is cool about a place that uses fresh ingredients? A menu that changes every week!15058723_10208679152194602_1167903518_n

As a pescatarian (an eater of a vegetarian diet including fish), I am delighted with the fresh options that are healthy as well as bursting with flavor! I have too many favorites to name but I did ask the crew to shout out a few of their must haves! Jocelyn adores the bourbon chicken taco as she is a self-proclaimed “whiskey gal” and can’t get enough of the home-made green salsa. Awesome Roberts loves the fish tacos and fresh, made daily slaw! I have to admit, I like them a little better than the ones at Iguana Joe’s in ARUBA!

Also, they cater! Oh yeah, it’s totally going to happen in 2017 in the Parlor so make sure you don’t miss that event that I haven’t planned yet but is going to be completely awesome! Here’s a sample peek their catering menu <3

ONE MORE THING! They are moving across Putnam Street to a new and perfect location where the Skyline Diner used to be, 114 Putnam Street, Marietta Ohio! Grand Opening is November 26th!

WELLNESS

McCarter Health Center

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How awesome is it when you have super good friends that are also brilliant magicians er…I mean doctors…like MAGIC DOCTORS! I mean, when you feel totally broken and cannot function or walk upright like evolution suggests or push the clutch in without yelling and you text them way late at night and beg them in ALL CAPS to come in the next day when they are schedule off and they DO IT because they give a serious hoot about your wellness! Meet the good folks at McCarter Health Center.

My personal care regimen includes EMS (electrical muscle stimulation) to relax and warm the muscles in my lower back to allow for easier adjustment. This is followed by vertebral traction to lesson pain. And finally, physical manipulation of my lower back and neck. I’m allowed to rest in a comfortable position while I feel energy sparking again in areas that were blocked moments before then gently helped up, usually hugged and lovingly admonished for waiting too long to come in. Going to McCarter Heath Center is one of my most important modes of self care. I’m so grateful to call the staff friends of mine.

Aside from being a place where you can get outstanding chiropractic care, get a load of all the other services they offer. Physical Therapy, Functional Medicine, Clinical Nutrition, Hormone Testing & Treatment, Hair Mineral Analysis, K-Laser Therapy, Massage Therapy, and Worksite Wellness Programs!

Located at 4315 Emerson Avenue, Parkersburg, WV 26104 directly across the street from Walker CAT and Mulberry Lane. Call today to get your wellness on with really cool people that know all kinds of stuff and care…a LOT. 304-428-8300

 

ENTERTAINMENT

Boogie Shoes Productions

Sometimes, DJ’s are locked into a playlist and that’s generally reflective of a couple of people that are the party focus, cool. But, you know when I enjoy a DJ most? When they are allowed to read the crowd and play accordingly. NO ONE does this better than Boogie Shoes! Courtney is someone who understands that “Music is what feelings sound like” as her cover photo states. You think “YES! THIS IS MY FAVORITE SONG! I’ll sit down right after this one. But NOOOO..The next song is just as flipping awesome and the body can’t deny the crowd another dance! We are thrilled to have her back in our sparkly corner for the 2016 Sparkly Ladies party (Sparkle Tickets still on sale, follow the link for details!)! She will play a crowd pleasing mix of 1920’s swing and modern rock n roll for us to get our speakeasy shimmy on! She has a handful of party dates available through the end of the year. Message her here on the facebook page or email at courtneydalden@gmail.com.

STYLE

Terri Ann’s

I love to shop in a place that is filled with women gathered around the counter laughing and enjoying the day. This is ALWAYS the case at Terri Ann’s! They are more than happy to assist you or let you leisurely browse on your own. The energy and flow of the space and inventory is really thoughtfully put together. Always showcasing the latest fashion and season, one glides through furs and sparkly jewelry to the perfect accent scarves and footwear. It’s a brand new store every time I walk in. I especially like the back room. Spotlights on glamorous gowns and special, delicately wrapped panties and stockings! SO glad to see a female-owned business carrying high end underthings. Let’s bring all that back!

Hot Tomato is also honored to have Terri Ann’s as a sponsor for this years Sparkly Ladies Party! Online tickets available online or in person in the shop beginning this weekend!

Happening this month at Terri Ann’s:

2016 Holiday Open House

Holiday Girlfriend Night

Terri Ann knows fashion for every occasion, season and generation.  Family owned and operated since 1861, I’m so glad to see such a downtown staple doing so well and offering class and style to the Mid Ohio Valley. Located at 290 Front Street in Marietta, Ohio.

 

 

Hot Tomato Pub Crawl

220px-bar_in_new_haven_ct_march_3_2008“IT’S ABOUT TIME HOT TOMATO DID A PUB CRAWL!” I’ve heard about two dozen times this week. So this month’s Hot List (brought to you by the presidential election) are a few of our favorite Marietta BARS!

First, a little history.

A pub crawl (sometimes called a bar tour, bar crawl or bar-hopping) is the act of one or more people drinking in multiple pubs or bars in a single night, normally travelling by foot or public transport to each destination and occasionally by cycle.

Many European cities have public pub crawls that act as social gatherings for the local expatriate communities and tourists. These crawls focus on the social aspect of meeting new friends and being introduced to new bars in a strange city. {For Hot Tomatoes it’s an excuse to drink and be loud and sassy in a group cleverly disguised as a networking and marketing event…also, exercise.} 

Here’s the route.

The Parlor

Yep, there is a bar in my office. Cool, huh? I designed it myself. Fiery red walls, velvet and leather couches, giant mirrors, obnoxious decor, busty mannequin and a fully loaded bar to stroll up to in a Mad Men type fashion and pour a drink for myself and my client.

Harmar Tavern

With the WWBA stamp of approval, this place was at the tip top of the list. Always a lively crowd and rock n roll music, this bar is a Marietta MUST! But don’t overlook the menu when ordering your spirits, this place has AMAZING food. Late Sunday morning is always a good time to spot some Hot Tomatoes. Just look for the table with giant omelettes, Bloody Mary’s and sexy ladies!

Marietta Brewing Company

Greeted by copper plated brew kettles at the store front, you know you’re in a place that values a great beer. “BrewCo” never disappoints. From small dark corners for two to open floor dining where several tables can be pushed together for a party, this place offers just the right atmosphere for your needs of the day. Their lip smackin home brews, brilliant staff and incredible food will keep you coming back.

Gator’s Easy Wind Pub

This will be a “new to me” stop and I’m really looking forward to it. I looked up their facebook page and discovered, perhaps one of the best reviews for a place I’ve seen in a while. You’ll find it here. Aaaaand now I want nachos.

River Town Grill

I have been here three times now and I have been super impressed for different reasons every time. First of all, macaroni and cheese bites. Holy WHAT. These are flipping magical. Have them. Secondly, the wait staff. Quite possibly the most pleasant and accommodating in the area. I adore everyone I’ve met. And lastly (for now) the Bloody Mary. If you know me, you will understand that what I’m about to say is HUGE. The spicy Bloody Mary at The River Town Grill is the best one I’ve had in the Mid Ohio Valley EVER.

The Galley

A Hot Tomato staple, right here. Always bustling with business lunches, special occasion dining or just a stop to shake off the burdens of the work day, The Galley is a place generous with style and substance! They have a great beer selection but what I enjoy most is a dark, abusively dry red wine served in a deep Camille-style glass.

 

Join us October 14th at 7pm for the first of many Hot Tomato Pub Crawls! Details for this month below!

Hot Tomato Pub Crawl

 

Thrill Me, Chill Me – Rocky Horror Pre-Party

{sarcasm} “Ooohhh yeah…places to dress up, have fancy drinks and mill about under chandeliers before Rocky Horror in the quaint town of Marietta are a dime a dozen…”

NOPE, wrong!! Hot Tomato is the ONLY place like that!

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Let’s toast to our brilliant and quirky selves, fasten each others garter belts and Time Warp our way down the road to our faaaaavorite show!

Show details below:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1784572888455557/

Show tickets here:

http://sa1.seatadvisor.com/sabo/servlets/TicketRequest;jsessionid=3C84C6993B245934C7F97EE967F8B666?eventId=1094355&presenter=PEOPLESBANK&venue&event=ROCKY
RSVP on our Facebook event so I might properly stock the bar and the garter jar!

September 2016 HOT LIST

First off, you might be saying to yourself “Where the heck was the August Hot List?”

That’s a totally legitimate question. The answer is this: I was in Aruba.

Now, the idea was proposed that I do an Aruba Hot List while I was down there but I was much to busy on the PIRATE SHIP, at THE SPA, dining at MY FAVORITE FIVE STAR RESTAURANT , lounging on my private dock at THE BEST PLACE TO STAY ON THE ISLAND, hiking to the NATURAL POOL and jumping out of a PERFECTLY GOOD AIRPLANE!!

Yeah, do all those things.

OK! Onto September! The mornings are cool, the sun is golden, the kids are in school…Let’s see what’s HOT!

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A Cheers of sorts, it just doesn’t get more “everybody knows your name” than the Sixpence Pub & Eatery! From organizing cruise-ins and poker runs benefiting the community to offering a great line-up of local music, this place is always filled with good vibes!

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Meet Becky Goings! She’s the featured artist at the Sixpence on September 28th

With a full bar, traditional pub food and a happy and attentive staff, you can bet on seeing Hot Tomatoes there on the regular…ESPECIALLY on Wednesday night! Open Mic with Woody Hupp never disappoints! He regularly features some of my very favorite musicians like Chris Hogsett and Nick Hunter, Becky Goings, Smokestack Betty, Lydia Hyde and so many more.

We look forward to seeing you there!!

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July’s HOT HOT HOT List!!

Part of my “job” description is to go out and enjoy this Ohio Valley and experience all the wonderful people and businesses it has to offer! Hot Tomatoes have high standards and only the HOTTEST ones make the list! Check out the July selections!!

EATS

The NET! A go to place when you want to have an amazing meal, a great selection of craft beer and a really good chance of running into friends! Located at  3500 Emerson Ave in Parkersburg, WV, this place is legendary LITERALLY! Established in 1899, this place has the pub atmosphere down to a home-spun science! Along with the standard NET burgers and dogs, they also have a great veggie burger and always pull in local and home-grown crops to make a seasonal side like potato and pasta salads to pair with a smorgasbord of great pub food!

The only thing that’s better than the food and brews at the NET is the crew! This group remembers every face that comes through the door! They will great you with a smile and be ready with your favorite beverage before you’ve settled onto your stool!

Hot Tomatoes grace their doorway on the regular. It just doesn’t get better than the NET!

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ENTERTAINMENT

This amazing place got so much hotter this year! Why? Hot Tomato poolside meetings, of course! Bikinis, lipstick, red toes and big hats! Okay, let’s get down to why this place is super awesome. Two words: Lazy. River. There is seriously no better place to conduct female empowering business that bobbing along in an inner tube under the hot sun..lazily.

Kids? Oh, the KIDS! Of course. Children of all ages adore the Marietta Aquatic Center. The slides, the fountains, and the PIRATE SHIP! I mean, come on. Who doesn’t love a pirate ship? The lifeguards are amazing, the price is reasonable, the snacks are delicious and there’s plenty of room to spread out. Bring a big beach blanket and lay in the grass or get there early and snag some lounge chairs and an umbrella.

Visit the website for directions, rentals, passes and more! This place is definitely Hot Tomato APPROVED!

STYLE

The Hot Tomato crew is beyond excited to have such a groovy new building mate! Not only is Chelsea a Hot Tomato but she’s a Parlor Maid! She has the sweetest spirit and she’s an amazingly talented stylist. Do you want a rockin’ style with a bonus free good vibe energy boost? She’s your gal!

Here’s what Hot Tomato Concierge has to say! “I have lived in this area for seven years & tried many stylists to find the perfect fit. I have finally found the groove I have been looking for! Chelsea gives you a style that is a perfect fit for your life at the moment whether it’s professional, creative or just cool and easy! I have never loved my hair more & even during this awkward process of growing my hair out, she make it look amazing during each phase!”

Come on in and give this sweet little place a try for yourself and, while you’re in the neighborhood, come visit us on the 3rd floor for a Parlor refreshment to celebrate your new do!

Check out the facebook page for more information and book with Chelsea today!

 

WELLNESS

“The MOV is so very fortunate to have Full Circle Yoga hosting weekly classes at the lovely Point Park settled perfectly on the Ohio River. It truly is a unique experience to practice yoga outside, especially alongside the river. The sunshine is high at 6pm when classes begin, and the breeze comes off of the Ohio, providing a perfectly zen environment to practice yoga. The instructors gently encourage fun, giggles, and no self judgment during the classes. Yoga is truly for everyone. The beauty of this practice is that you come as you are and do what you can, and that is enough.” Hot Tomato, Chelsea Holtz (The Hair Hippie herself!! )

Full Circle Yoga and Point Park Marketplace has come together to bring Yoga to the Downtown Parkersburg!
Join us for the Yoga at the Point. We will be focusing on the ‘flow’ of breath and strengthening the body.
Each Class is $5.00 ( cash only please )
Please bring your own Yoga Mat or Towel.
Teachers provided by Full Circle Yoga & Full Circle Yoga Teacher Training.
This will be every Wednesday at The Point Park unless it rains, then it will be inside Point Park Marketplace.

I haven’t been to one yet but it’s right at the tip top of my to do list! Thank you for all you’re doing to make the MOV more flexible!!

June 2016 HOT List!

!! Hot Tomato APPROVED !!

We asked and you delivered! Turns out, Hot Tomatoes LOVE to shop and dine on the regular in our beautiful valley! Here’s what you had to say!

 

EATS

Emanuel’s Bakery & Diner

Located on 286 Front St. Marietta Ohio, Emanuel’s is bringing the best street food from around the world, celebrations and joy to the people!

One of our sassiest VIP’s, Meryl Walker says! “Tucked away along the Ohio and Muskingum River lies Emanuel’s Bakery 286 Front St in Marietta, OH. A unique and ethnic street food style café/ bakery. With street food from all over the world – everything from hummus and falafel to baba ganoush to NY style fluffy bagels and pastries. Throw in some Israeli breakfast, UK flare with fish and chips and the down home Mid-Ohio Valley traditional pepperoni roll. Oh, and there’s sushi, too! There’s a taste for EVERY palate. Service was a little slow at times but almost always friendly and worth the wait. Enjoy the atmosphere and music while waiting. Hot Tomato Seal of Approval”

 

ENTERTAINMENT

Parkersburg City Park will be hosting the 21st Annual Mid Ohio Valley Multi-Cultural Festival

June 17th thru 19th Join us for “The Coolest Thing That Happens in Parkersburg” as we enjoy 3 days filled with entertainment, food and vendors. Come to the City Park and take a trip around the world! Free admission!!!

To stay in the loop about all the great happenings that weekend, be sure to join the Facebook Event!

 

WELLNESS

SWAGG Studio offers the Mid-Ohio Valley’s most unique blend of classes and workshops! Join Cat for a relaxing session of soft yoga or amp it up with a kettlebell class. SWAGG Studio can help you achieve your health and wellness goals.

Hot Tomato VIP and all around #GDHT cohort, Jocelyn Adelsperger has this to say! “If you are looking for a place to shake your groove thing, groove on a new vibe or generally get your groove back…SWAGG Studio is the place to be! Cat Bigley and her merry Tribe have the perfect moves to shake your soul and have your feeling your best. SWAGG Studio is the heartbeat of Downtown Marietta! From yoga to burlesque to kickboxing to personal training all the way to adventures in slacklining and acroyoga and so much more. You simply MUST come vibe with this amazing Tribe! Hot Tomato APPROVED!”