New Family-Friendly Local Businesses

Explore STEM education

Toledo now has a new STEM charter school with the opening of Explorers Academy of Science and Technology at 1850 Airport Hwy., near St. Charles Catholic Church. The tuition-free school can enroll 300 kindergarten through sixth-grade students. Explorers Academy began its first year of classes on August 27. Learn more about their mission and future enrollment opportunities at —Jeff McGinnis


Good eats at Baba’s

Looking for local cuisine off the beaten path? If you want a bite of unique eats, seek out Baba’s Eats, the Toledo area’s first Middle Eastern Taco food truck. Putting an unexpected twist on a few classic flavors, the truck offers vegetarian options as well. Find where they’ll be each week at —Jeff McGinnis



Artful beauty boutique

When Jess de la Mer and Elysian Beauty Bar combined forces, Iris Beauty Bar & Boutique was born. The Boutique (located at 2712 W. Sylvania Ave.) is a salon offering manicures and pedicures, hairstyles and cuts, makeup, lashes and more, but it is also a venue for local art and products. Treat yourself to their services by calling 419-490-6590 or visiting —Erin Holden


Books on the move
People Called Women recently opened a mobile bookstore that travels to festivals, parades and more to bring their mission directly to readers. As one of only 11 feminist bookstores in the country, they sell empowering books, postcards, t-shirts, and other related merchandise. The mobile store can come to any gathering to spread the joy of reading; the owner calls the bookstore a “food truck for your mind.”  Contact People Called Women to invite them to an event or to visit a specific neighborhood by calling 419-787-0008 or follow them on social media. —Alexandra Bugaj

Building alliances

​​Through a grant from the Toledo Community Foundation, the Strategic Alliance Partnership—a collaboration among the Sylvania Arts Commission, Sylvania Recreation Corporation, and Sylvania STEM Center—will work together to create new community spaces, benefits, and opportunities for Sylvania. The Strategic Alliance Partnership, an umbrella of organizations, will innovatively facilitate the arts, athletics, and sciences with a focus on community engagement and recreational activities. On the agenda is a Multigenerational Community Center which will offer a makerspace, space for robotics teams, classrooms, a community theater, field house, lap pool, family pool, community spaces and more. —Evan Laslo