About

Courtney Lynn Ottrix


I was born and raised in Cleveland to two amazing parents Greg and Leslie Conwell. I very proudly grew up in Shaker Heights with my 4 siblings Chris, Camille, Carlton and Cameron. I attended Shaker Schools until freshman year of high school where I left to go to Beaumont for two years. I returned to Shaker my junior year and graduated with my childhood friends in 2004. Upon graduation, I left to attend college in Pittsburgh at Duquesne University. In 2008 I returned home to Cleveland and have lived here ever since.

I have loved Cleveland for as long as I can remember however it wasn’t until I became an adult that I learned to fully appreciate it. Not just the cost of living, but the revitalization that I’ve watched and been apart of the last few years. Cleveland has seen a transformation and it’s only getting better. Someone started calling me “Cleveland Courtney”, because I was constantly posting great news and new developments about Cleveland. It was this excitement, passion and love for Cleveland that drove me to start this blog. So I am officially a blogger, covering cool people, cool places and cool events in CLEVELAND!

Prior to blogging full time (As of April 2019), I spent the previous 5 years serving as the Communications Director of Global Cleveland, overseeing all marketing and communications efforts for the non-profit organization whose mission is to attract, welcome and connect international newcomers to economic and social opportunities in Cleveland and Cuyahoga County. Since 2007, I’ve worked as a freelance Production Assistant for ESPN and ABC, primarily in Game Day operations. I’ve had the pleasure of working College Football, College Basketball, the WNBA, Monday Night Football, USA Soccer, Boxing and various sporting events over the past 10 years throughout the country.

In 2013, I Co-Founded Talk and Taste Cleveland with my high school friend Ashley Taylor. This event Networking event targeting young professionals throughout the city, was created to educate, motivate, and inspire young professionals seeking to build a sense of community and network in Cleveland.

In my most important roles, I am the proud, PROUD, proud wife of Bryon Ottrix Sr. and the mother of three boys Bryon Jr., Paul Hobson and Bryce Cameron and finally one daughter Codi Lynn. I am totally obsessed with my family so you will most certainly hear about them in my post and see them in my pictures. I spend a lot of my time supporting their extracurricular sporting activities as my husband coaches basketball at Glenville High School, has his own AAU Basketball Team (Ginn Elite) and my boys play basketball and football (minus Bryce who’s learning to swim). Without them, I wouldn’t find time to drink wine and work on my blog, so I’m greatly appreciative of their love and support in this venture!

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  • Today, February 17th @rake_now celebrates the act of “paying it forward” by performing a random act of kindness every hour for 24 hours.
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I very proudly participated by randomly performing acts or kindness throughout my day. I surprised a family at the movies with free tickets, purchased snacks at the concession stands and picked up someone’s groceries at Whole Foods. It might not seem like much but I feel good knowing I unexpectedly blessed them today! .
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@rickonia my shirt came just in time to wear today! Kudos for all the work you’re doing to make a difference! Support the movement #RakeNow #RAKE
  • Yesterday #CourtneyCoversCleveland did two things for the first time in CLEVELAND:

1. I went to @dobamatheatre in Cleveland Heights - which is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year! Crazy how things have been around for so long but we don’t know about them or we haven’t experienced them. This is one of those places you will be happy you now know about! 
2. I enjoyed the arts alone and loved it! We always look to do things with people- go eat, go to a show- but it’s actually refreshing (and great self care) to do things alone sometimes. Soo... stop letting people prevent you from trying new places. Get up and go! .
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Yesterday I saw the final production of Skeleton Crew and it was phenomenal! The play was about a struggling Detroit automotive plant, and a few remaining workers who try to figure out how to move forward if the plant goes under. The actors were extremely talented and had me on the edge of my seat the entire time! Might I add it was an all black casts which  was amazing to see! Not sure how common that is but it wasn’t something I was expecting. .
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My only wish I would’ve attended earlier so that you guys had a chance to see it but lol I had a few challenges trying to make it to myself.  Thank You Alex Smilovich for the invitation. I will most certainly be back and encourage others to go as well.
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#thisiscle #dobamatheatre #thingstodoincle #clevelandheights #cleveland #visitmeincle #216 #courtneycoversclevelandquickie #skeletoncrew #arts
  • It’s basketball season so you know what that means... sleepovers every weekend! .
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Lucky for me, @mcdonalds recently added chicken to its breakfast menu with the Chicken McGriddles® and the McChicken Biscuit Sandwich (yum!). Available nationwide as early as 6am. Perfect before a game when we are on the go or when I’m too tired to cook breakfast! Chicken sandwiches for them and McCafé Premium Roast Coffee for me! .
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I’m giving away a $20 @mcdonalds giftcard to a basketball mom who will be having sleepovers all AAU season! Comment below and tag some basketball moms! .
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Spreading Love at the @clevelandrmh  today at noon on @wkyc3  @wethepeoplewkyc this video was done in loving memory of Viv! #VivStrong
  • Had the pleasure of spending my morning at Ginn Academy recognizing my son @1bryon_ for becoming the MVP of the Senate League for the second year in a row! He was also presented with a ball for reaching 1,000 career points on Feb.1st - all in his junior year! .
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Congratulations to other 7 seven Glenville players who were selected to the Senate All Star team or who received Honorable Mention. .
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I’m so proud of you coach @crewcamp_bo
  • Happy Monday!
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. “A person who is truly cool is a work of art. And remember, original works of art cost exponentially higher than imitations. Just take a look at the the coolest people in history. They will always be a part of history for being extremely original individuals, not imitations.” - SK
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Reminder: you still have time to enter the #CourtneyCoversCleveland  @thephotographfilm contest! The 5 course dinner at @lockkeepersrestaurant is amazing plus tickets to the movie! All details on previous post.

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