2022 Jstyle Singles

This spring, Jstyle is excited to bring back the Singles Issue. The annual edition was paused amid the COVID-19 pandemic, but just as local Jewish singles are ready to step out and meet each other, we are equally eager to help make those connections.

To highlight just a sampling of the fabulous local singles of 2022, Jstyle sought community nominations to select our models for this issue. The seven models chosen ventured with us to Chagrin Falls for a “date night”-style photoshoot, also highlighting the romantic and delicious date spots in the area.

Meet this year’s group of genuine, accomplished and interesting singles, right here in Northeast Ohio where they all call home. 

Photography: Casey Rearick / Casey Rearick Photo

Fashion: Sydney Emerman 

Hair & Makeup: Ramona Dauksa Studio

The Singles

Leah Basch

Brad Neides

Bess Brown

Jonah Firestone

Scott Rosenthal

Sara Levine

Sam Wainer

The details

Sara wears a spiritual double-layer 18k gold necklace and Six Fifty Tammy faux leather blazer from Sanity.
Jonah wears a purple linen bouclé sport coat with a black and white windowpane by Isaia and Eton gray check sport shirt in a slim fit from Kilgore Trout.
Bess wears a necklace by Remi’s Gold from Toni in Style, Dream top by Untitled in Motion from Ladder.
Bess wears a cuff bracelet by Remfran from Toni in Style.
Leah wears a necklace with gem by Beat Friends from Toni in Style, and TENCEL dress in midnight by Neu Nomads, camel duster cotton/cashmere blend sweater by Neu Nomads and long Dorado necklace by Abacus Row, all from Ladder.
Black lucite red heart purse is from Toni in Style.
Sam wears a Gimo’s washed black suede bomber jacket with zip-out hoodie and Eton white and blue paisley/floral print shirt from J3 Clothing Company.
Sara holds a green woven bag from
Toni in Style.

The venues

M Italian 

M Italian, where Jonah is pictured, is Chef Art Pour Restaurant Group’s flagship Italian restaurant. Open eight years, it boasts romantic Italian entrees, wood-fired pizza, salads, soups, desserts and a bar.   

Sushi Junki 

For a sushi fix in a modern, energetic atmosphere, head to Sushi Junki, where Bess is seen here. The restaurant was opened by Chef Art Pour Restaurant Group in December 2021. The spot offers traditional sushi rolls, as well as specials, pho and sake. 

M Bevy / The Inn of Chagrin Falls

For an elegant and classic date night, look no further than M Bevy. The intimate bar opened by Chef Art Pour Restaurant Group in November 2021 is attached to the Inn of Chagrin Falls. M Bevy offers a patio, low lighting and swanky yet comforting cocktails, wine, beer and spirits. Hungry? Order off M Italian or Sushi Junki’s menus from your bartender.

Chef Art Pour took over the Inn of Chagrin Falls Sept. 1, 2021. It then added Sushi Junki and M Bevy, both on West Street. CAP is currently renovating the Inn and is partnering with designer Christian Siriano to design its 15 rooms.   

“We are thrilled that Mr. Siriano fell in love with the project right away,” says Molly Gebler, managing partner of the Inn of Chagrin, in a news release. “We shared all about Chagrin Falls, the history of the inn and community, and he was instantly sold.”

CAP owns a range of restaurants in Northeast Ohio and beyond, also including M Italian and Burntwood Tavern in Chagrin Falls.

In all, CAP’s website boasts 15 Burntwood Tavern locations in Ohio and Florida; three Leo’s Italian Social locations in Cuyahoga Falls and Westlake in Ohio and Charlotte, N.C.; and Aaron & Moses and Gleneagles Events in Twinsburg; along with each of the Chagrin Falls properties.

JoJo’s Bar

At JoJo’s Bar, you and your date will quickly soak in the energetic and artsy vibe. The lively space, opened Dec. 17, 2021, is an Italian-American steakhouse with the catchphrase “prime steaks, prime Italian,” says general manager Grant M. Cassidy. 

Serving pasta dishes, an array of steak options, salads, starters and with a full bar, the already popular space is attached to the Inn of Chagrin Falls.

JoJo’s is owned by Rick Doody of NCR Ventures, which also owns 17 River Grille in Chagrin Falls and Cedar Creek Grille in Beachwood, Lindey’s Lake House in the Flats East Bank of Cleveland, and Bar Italia in Beachwood and Lakewood. 

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams’ Chagrin Falls location is another spot of brightness in the area. Headquartered in Columbus, Jeni’s artisanal shops serve a fun combination of classic bestsellers and truly unique flavors, like Everything Bagel. Get a scoop or pint to wrap up a good date night! 

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