Interns Sara Sevek (left) and Megan Murray braved frigid temperatures over three days to capture 13 Midwesterners with their noses buried in books for this month's Shelf page. "A lot of people spend their time on their phones or tablets," says Sevek. "It seems like not many people are reading for leisure or pleasure anymore. The people we did find [reading] had something similar to say: It's healthy for your brain."
On the Cover
Main Street Cupcakes co-owner Sarah Forrer toted 18 cupcakes, including the bakery's top-selling strawberries and pink Champagne and classic chocolate with pink vanilla buttercream frosting, to this month's cover shoot. "We frosted the cupcakes on set and added sprinkles with tweezers," she says. "We even analyzed the crinkles in the cupcake wrappers." While the shop offers customers treats for any occasion, it was Forrer's color-coordinated 21-month-old daughter, Hadley, who took the cake for cutest creation. "She got a hold of the sprinkles, and there was no looking back," Forrer recalls. Main Street Cupcakes, which has locations in Hudson, Rocky River and Medina, will open its fourth spot Feb. 4 in Chagrin Falls.
Cleveland Magazine's Most Interesting People Party
Gather the city's most intriguing citizens around an open bar — as we did at this year's annual fete, held at Aloft Cleveland Downtown — and they become even more fascinating. We learned that before 55-year-old Lance Rice, an autistic beer historian, departed on his national brewery tour, he'd never spoken to a stranger. We discovered singer-songwriter Antoine Dunn took two hours to get ready for the party. And we found out assistant editor Jason Brill has "really soft hands," according to comedian Ricky Smith (pictured here with his date, Tiffany Sloan). Smith, who has been spreading Random Acts of Kindness Everywhere, certainly knows about extending a helping hand.
Kent State University'sCleveland Urban DesignCollaborative
Creating a 3-D map of our downtown living options for this month's cover story was as complex as any construction project. "The large files cause my programs to crash!"says Julie Whyte, a graduate fellow at Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative and member of the three-person team who reviewed building footprints and plans, then drafted several versions of the detailed cityscape using multiple software. "[The map] will capture an important moment in time for Cleveland," says Terry Schwarz, the CUDC's director, "when housing demand in the downtown area is strong and growing stronger."
Sam Twarek / Associate Art Director
Twarek traveled throughout Northeast Ohio to photograph six delicious burgers for this month's cover story, starting on pg. 88. "All of the burgers looked and smelled so good, but I was happy to pawn them off on office mates," says the vegetarian. So it's no surprise Twarek preferred the 15 nonfood items he photographed for "A Handmade Tale." "My favorite things to shoot were the doughnut warriors," he says of The Republic of Cute sculptures. "It was like playing with little green army men toys, setting them up in different battle arrangements — except instead of men it was an angry mob of fork-wielding doughnuts."