CLEVELAND - Here are the things Clevelanders must do in 2014.
1. GAY GAMES: Athletes are going for the gold, and Cleveland and Akron are rolling out the red carpet in the 2014 Gay Games.
“This is something you absolutely, positively have to do," said ice skater Franklyn Singley.
We love our sports, so it only makes sense that one of the biggest sports and cultural festivals in the world takes place in our city this summer.
“I just think that it’s a wonderful thing for me and for Cleveland,” said Singley.
This is the athlete's third Gay Games, but this time, he’ll be competing in his hometown. Singley won gold in Chicago and in Cologne, but he says, the games are about more than winning.
“It’s more about the comradely, and it’s more about the friendships, and its more about just being inspire to get out there and do something that you’ve never done before," he said.
With 11,000 competitors from 70 countries, the action is intense. Don't miss it. As Franklyn said, “No excuse. There’s no excuse.”
2. HINGETOWN IS HOT: “If you don’t visit Hingetown you’re going to miss a lot.” That's according to Brandon Sitler, owner of Urban Orchid, one of the many new businesses popping up in the new hip, artisan ‘hood.
“I feel like every week here there’s something different. It’s always changing," said Sitler.
The area got its name from the fact it’s a central point linking Ohio City’s Market District, Gordon Square and the Warehouse District. Rising Star Coffee was the first business to open here, and it attributes its success to a growing trend. John Johnson, a barista at Rising Star Coffee, said it's because “people want quality and they’re willing to seek it out.”
On the list of businesses set to open that will make Hingetown a "must visit destination" in 2014:
"If you’re interested in the arts and crafts kind of thing, this is definitely a spot you want to check out," said Johnson.
3. YOU BREW: “Cleveland has always been a great place for beer," explained Corey Miller, a brewmaster at the Cleveland Brew Shop. But now, cracking open a cold one of your own design is more popular in C-Town than ever before.
“We’re such a drinking town," said Miller.
More people are putting home brewing on their list of things that are “a must do” in 2014, and they’re turning to the Cleveland Brew Shop for help. Turns out, you don’t need to be Einstein to make Lowenbrau. As Miller explained, “It’s basically sugar water that you pitch yeast and it’s going to ferment and create alcohol.”
And trying your hand at this trend is ultimately a nod to Cleveland’s past.
“Historically there have been hundreds of breweries that have come and gone," added the brew master.
FOR MORE OF HOW TO DO 2014 WATCH "THE LIST" ON DEC. 18 AT 8:30 PM ON WEWS.