March 12, 2016 Share

Tracy Plumb-Ruiz, Love Letters to Toledo

Dear Toledo,

I truly love and adore you! The arts, the food, the community, the culture, the farmer’s market, the cycling, the crafts…you have it all, in spades.

I took a giant leap of faith (something I am not accustomed to) 2 ½ years ago to make Toledo, Ohio my place of residence. I moved here for love. I must admit, I was reluctant at first, but my boyfriend lived here. It’s soooo cold in the winter!

After a year of long distance (I’m from Cincinnati), we decided we needed to live in the same city to take our relationship to the next level. I had to say goodbye to friends and family, my work, my favorite local restaurants, the mall, my gym, etcetera, etcetera…

But, this is a love letter, so I’ll get to the good stuff: “You will do better in Toledo” is not just a hastag/marketing tool, it’s the truth! I have never been happier or more successful (both personally & professionally). I have amazing friends that are funny and smart and loving and supportive. I have never met such kind or genuine people in my life.

And, that boyfriend I mentioned? He’s my husband now-we got married in a friend’s backyard in Point Place last summer. I have a beautifully blended family with amazing step-children, caring in-laws and a fantastically talented husband and business partner.

I am fulfilled in my career here, as well. I moved here as a self-employed chef and personal trainer. I started from scratch, with zero clients or catering jobs, 2 ½ years ago. Now, I have a respectable personal training client list, catering jobs a-plenty, cook brunch at Black Kite each weekend, teach cooking, write for Toledo Streets Newspaper and have the good fortune to be able to help the non-profit/charitable organizations I care about.

I love my life here! This city has been good to me, and I am eternally grateful to Toledo, Ohio.

<3 Tracy Plumb-Ruiz


For her photo shoot, Tracy chose the mural “Building Momentum” which was painted in the style of her favorite local artist Yusef Lateef. She loves that the dancer is painted blue, so everyone can see themselves in the image. The best part? Seeing that pop of color on a cold, dreary Toledo winter day.



*Originally published on on November 30, 2015

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