Some might argue Oakley’s moment has come and gone. To that we say: Think again. From its diverse shops, eateries, and bars to its various dog- and kid-friendly spots, the walkable east side suburb will always have something to offer. Here are six reasons why you should pack up your belongings and move to Oakley today.
The whole family is welcome at MadTree Brewing.
What’s better than a brewery that serves good beer? A brewery that serves good beer and accommodates families with little ones. Children and dogs are always welcome at MadTree, as long as they’re accompanied by an adult (and dogs remain in the beer garden area). Sip on a craft beer while the kiddos play corn hole or color free MadTree-themed coloring sheets. Don’t have time to make dinner? Catch-a-Fire Pizza, located inside the brewery, has you covered with wood-fired pizza and cuisine cooked on site.
Local shops help you give back to the community.
Looking for easy ways to give back to the community? Visit Blue Manatee Literacy Project Bookstore and Redtree Gallery located on Madison Road, Oakley’s main strip. Blue Manatee is a popular children’s bookstore that recently relaunched as a nonprofit organization. Now, it donates one book to a local at-risk student for every book sold. Down the road, Redtree is a part art gallery-part coffee shop that provides a space for local artists to showcase and sell their art. In other words, purchases made at both shops support a good cause.
The kiddos will never grow bored.
Here’s a four-step guide to the ultimate day with your little ones in Oakley. First, swing by Fond: Market & Co., a farm-fresh, grab-and-go deli on Isabella Avenue, to pick up a quick and healthy to-go meal. Second, walk that healthy to-go meal around the corner to Oakley Square and have a delightful picnic on the manicured lawn. Third, take a short walk up Madison Road to Aglamesis Bro’s and indulge in homemade candy, ice cream, and Italian ice. Lastly, browse the toy selection next door at King Arthur’s Court Toys, which hosts story time every Tuesday at 11 a.m. with free popcorn. Need a fifth bonus activity? Swing by The Spotted Goose to the right of Aglamesis Bro’s to shop trendy children’s clothes and accessories.
Sunday brunch options are endless.
Whether you’re rolling out of bed or just attended a Sunday service at Oakley’s Crossroads Church or St. Cecilia Catholic Church, brunch is always a good choice. Sleepy Bee, located across the street from St. Cecilia, serves breakfast, brunch, and lunch seven days a week. Just down the road sits Red Feather, a contemporary, upscale farm-to-table scratch kitchen headed by renowned Cincinnati chef Brad Bernstein. Both eateries use fresh, seasonal ingredients and offer an unforgettable brunch experience.
Oakley Wines offers the most romantic date-night spot.
Want to spice up date night? Oakley Wines is the perfect place for couples seeking a romantic night out. The first floor keeps things casual, with a spacious bar, a small seating area, and a retail wall featuring organically grown wines from small producers. The real magic, though, happens downstairs in The Cellar, an intimate, low-lit subterranean bar heated by an old incinerator-turned-fireplace. Enjoy a glass of wine (or the $10 tasting flight on Friday night/Sunday afternoon) and a charcuterie board featuring cheeses from The Rhined (its sister shop). We promise you won’t regret it.
Justin Doyle Homes is building new luxury townhomes.
Justin Doyle Homes helps families realize their dreams by building custom luxury homes and now luxury townhomes, too. The premiere homebuilder’s latest project? The Isabella Townhomes of Oakley, which feature covered rooftop terraces, soaring 10-foot ceilings, hardwood flooring, high-end finishes throughout, and an optional elevator. Seven lucky homeowners (one unit has already sold!) will have the opportunity to live in one of these lavish four-story townhomes, which are within walking distance to both Oakley and Hyde Park squares, which means you’ll be able to complete all the activities listed above on foot any day of the week.