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Thank you for choosing a local business and eating compassionately!

Trying to explain the meaning of Flaming Ice Cube is like trying to explain the sound of one hand clapping. That being said...

The Flaming Ice Cube represents two extremes co-existing as one; the lion lying down with the lamb; the yin and the yang. It is about living in the moment – for it is everything – and nothing.  Anything is possible. (That’s the short answer!)

The mission of The Flaming Ice Cube is also simple, yet complex:  Make the world a better place.

The Flaming Ice Cube opened as an aromatherapy shop in 1997 in Boardman, Ohio.  In a few years the shop expanded and relocated about a mile down the road.  Then in 2002, The Flaming Ice Cube moved again and opened the café.  In July of 2010, The Flaming Ice Cube opened a second café location on Public Square in Cleveland.

Throughout the changes, The Flaming Ice Cube has always carried positive items.  Whether it was a book to help with grieving, essential oils to relax and renew, a meaningful greeting card, compassionate cuisine, or knitting classes and supplies to soothe the soul and artistically express - all items are chosen for a peaceful purpose.

“Peace. It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.” - unknown

“I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good, therefore, that I can do or any kindness I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it for I shall not pass this way again” – variously attributed 

Our food is prepared here.  We make our soups, sides, and desserts from scratch.  While many restaurants merely re-heat their menu items, we prepare ours with care.  It may take a bit longer, but we think it’s worth the wait, and hope you do too.  Most of our items are also available for you to take home. 

Please feel good about eating here – you are helping:

  • Local business
  • Animals
  • Your health
  • World hunger
  • The environment

Hey, you just furthered our mission!  Thank you! 

After dining we invite you to browse through the shoppe and meet some more people who are part of the mission 

With great gratitude to all the guests, employees, and others who have made The Flaming Ice Cube what it is today, 

“Peace & Deliciousness!”


As a Man Thinketh 

“The definition of peace that most of us are familiar with is the absence of war or other hostilities. But peace has a much broader meaning and deeper context. Peace also means freedom from disagreement and harmonious relations. It Peace also  means inner contentment and serenity, freedom from strife. It also suggests silence, tranquility and the absence of mental stress or anxiety.” – auric blends 

Fresh takes time. We are here for you.


Vegetarian – one who does not eat meat, fish, or fowl.

Vegan – one who does not eat any animal products including meat, fish, fowl, eggs, dairy, etc.  Most vegans do not use any animal products such as silk, leather, wool, etc. as well…

“As anyone perusing the internet will see, there are no shortages of opinions about the definition of “vegan.” A common thread seems to be that each person’s definition of vegan is: “What I am.” If a person eats sugar (or drinks water) that was filtered with charred bone, then sugar is vegan. If they don’t, it isn’t - honey, film, old baseball gloves, beer, smoking, medicine, etc.” - Matt Ball, Exec. Director & Cofounder, Vegan Outreach

“When the term “vegan” was coined, times were different, and animal products weren’t in almost everything. You could eliminate all animal products and still live a relatively normal life. Nowadays you’d have to eliminate the use of phones, books, computers, cars, bicycles, planes, etc. (all of which contain some elements of animal products) to be “vegan” by the original definition. So, since I’m assuming you’re not willing to do that, you’ll have to define your own version of veganism, and live your life accordingly.” – Fred Fishman 

At some point, you might decide to try to root out every product associated with modern animal agriculture. But some type of connection can be found everywhere if one looks hard enough. Some examples are organic foods (manure used as fertilizer), bicycles (animal fat used in the vulcanization of tires), books (hooves and bones in binding glue), roads and buildings (animal products used in curing concrete), and even water (bone char used for filtration by some water treatment plants).

Ultimately, living with compassion means striving to maximize the good we accomplish, not following a set of rules or trying to fit a certain label. From eating less meat to being vegan, our actions are only a means to an end: decreasing suffering. 

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