Plan a Special Date Night and Fall in Love — With Akron

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I'm reminded now of a project that had people write love letters to their cities

One time, a child wrote,

“Dear Akron, you're the best planet in the world.”

The boy's mom corrected him: "Akron's not a planet."

"I don't care," replied the boy, "it's the best."

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Akron is the best planet in the world, and the Akron/Summit Convention & Visitors Bureau is rolling out a new advertising campaign to make sure its denizens know that. I've lived in Akron for about five months now — moving back to Cleveland this month, though — and I've come to know and cherish the city's unique local businesses. The campaign's centerpiece is its slogan: “You Had Me At Akron." Indeed.

The Akron Beacon Journal took a long look at the new program this past weekend. 

The campaign's home is youhadmeatakron.com (try to avoid seeing the phrase "You Had Meat Akron"), at which location residents may peruse the offerings of more than a dozen interesting neighborhoods in the city. You can also order a booklet, if you're into paper products. 

In short, the campaign targets couples who may be planning a date night in the near future. Where are they going? Why are they going there? Where else might they want to go? Part of the planning involved actually interviewing couples on their date-night habits.

From the ABJ:

On date nights, Matt McCallum and Ben Manista, who live in the Merriman Valley, may go to multiple places within Akron. They like to stay close and use Uber, the ride-sharing service.

The engaged couple who have been together for seven years enjoy going to music venues, such as BLU Jazz+ and the other associated businesses around Maiden Lane in downtown Akron off East Market Street.

“We love the arts here [in Akron],” said Manista, a hairstylist for MC Hair & Studio in Cuyahoga Falls, while having coffee at Urban Eats, also in Maiden Lane.

As we move longingly from Valentine's Day toward imminent springtime, we started thinking about Cleveland.

We've rolled out a bundle of recommendations for your upcoming date here in Cleveland. But we — like you, and you — are always looking for more thrills. Drop a line below, if you'd like. Where should us lovebirds go to fall in love with each other and with Cleveland?

As a starting point, we're reading through the Northeast Ohio Cleveland Dot Com's inexplicable slideshow of Cleveland's 25 "sexiest" restaurants. Huh? Sign us up!

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