just because we are country does not mean we don’t crave some city

while there are tons of things that we absolutely love about living in a small town, there are definitely times when we miss some of the qualities that the big city provides. this summer, we have been successful in finding a couple of our favorite spots right here in marion that provide us with the fun and classy ambiance that we have been searching for!

circa marion and rosa & rocco’s have not only topped our list of new loves, but they are quickly becoming our regular go-to’s for dinner, drinks, entertainment, and catching up with friends. the atmosphere that each of these places provides is exactly what we’ve been looking for! rosa & rocco’s has regular entertainment on thursday, friday, and saturday evenings and has an extensive italian menu, including some amazing desserts. the talented musicians in the rosa & rocco’s rotation create the perfect patio experience – you forget that you are in this little town of ours!

similarly, as soon as you walk into circa marion, you definitely feel like you have stepped off a small town street and into a new york city pub. we don’t know if it’s the exposed brick walls, the beautiful wood floors, the bar or if maybe it’s the sounds of frank sinatra playing in the background – but if you are looking for an adult alternative to the usual weekend hangouts, then circa might just be the perfect place for you to try.

how many times have you and your friends complained about there not being any place to go and or anything to do once the weekend arrives? you know you have, and so have we.  marion is what we make it, and we are choosing to make it fun – and to keep looking for and supporting these hidden gems once we find them.  so, if you find yourself in need of a night out in the big city, just think – you can find it here! you can keep up with both of these businesses on facebook and find them at the following locations:

rosa & rocco’s — 160 mcmahan blvd.

circa marion — 181 n. main st.


Race Brown performing at Rosa & Rocco’s



so here’s the deal…you might be thinking, “a blog about the cool & fun things to do in marion? this should be short.” and maybe it will be. it’s an experiment. however, we think that there actually ARE cool & fun things to do…it may just take a little looking, an open mind and a little creativity. now we’re no scientists, but we are definitely ready to put our theory to the test.

we are setting out this summer to prove that there are things that those of us in our 20s, 30s & 40s would want to do right here in the 43302. we are on the search for all things food-, drink-, music-, art-, culture-, and fun-related. we realize that these are things that one might not typically think of as being very “marionish,” but we are pretty sure they exist. and once we find them, we want to tell you!

your next thought may be, “who are these girls, and why do they care?” well, we are kelsey and cara stevens and we are sisters that happen to live right here in marion, ohio. that’s who we are, and that is why we care. we are using any free time that we have this summer to get up off the couch and go out on the town. we are sharing our experiences with you because, quite frankly, we are sick of hearing you and ourselves complain about there being nothing to do around “these parts”. it’s time to stop just sitting around talking about it, and time to get up and do something about it.

one of the great things is that it actually does take a bit of looking around – exploring and adventuring is what we like to call it – but there are things to do. free things. fun things. kid things. adult things. things. everywhere. dr. suess could write a book about this town. we hope that you follow us on our pursuits to put marion on the map. there is a “marionish” side to all of us that know this place as home, and it’s time to get out there and show it.