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Cleveland City Guide {UPDATE}

by Stephanie

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Cleveland native and Navy PR founder, Mary Peffer appreciates all of the assets, features, and amenities a big city has to offer. As a previous NYC and LA dweller, it was actually her hometown of Cleveland that kept calling her name, and this past year she finally decided to return to her roots and reintegrate into the metropolitan city that is having a “rebirth” of its own right now. She shares with us some of the many shopping, dining and lodging gems this Ohio city has to offer, as well as some great must-see and -do options. –Stephanie

Read the full guide after the jump…

Cleveland City Guide

photos by Mary Peffer

Cleveland is the home of Rock and Roll and some of the world’s finest works of art, so it’s not entirely surprising that the city is filled with individuals possessing an innate gift and energy for culture. Most recently, the city has garnered national attention around the re-opening of distinguished contemporary art museum, MOCA, serving as home to the Gay Games 2014, the return of LeBron “King” James to the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the controversial selection to serve as host city for the 2016 Republican National Convention. Even tech companies are taking notice, as Uber — an app service providing alternative transportation options around the world — recently added Cleveland to their program. (A good thing to know about if you are traveling here without a car!)

In 2014, after a decade in New York, followed by a move to Los Angeles, I returned to my hometown. Thrilled to see how much Cleveland had grown while honoring its rich heritage, I rediscovered landmarks and talented friends, and began exploring emerging communities within the great city.

This guide was written from personal experiences, and explores, through my limited 34-year-old lens, what makes Cleveland so special and what keeps the natives coming back, the talent growing, and the proprietors unique. Cleveland is definitely having another moment, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to share it with you. This one is for the foodie, the fashion-forward, the artist, the lifestyle guru, and the architect. I hope you enjoy Cleveland as much as we do, and remember to bring a warm coat and a good sense of humor.

S H O P

NAVY PRoject
6602 Detroit Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44102
213.375.5828
I opened this shop with my sister-in-law and business partner, Melinda. NAVY offers unisex clothing that focuses on classic androgynous runway trends rooted within vintage daywear. We wanted to create an environment that feels as special as the clothes we’ve curated while paying homage to the pop culture that influenced us along the way. All items are priced under $100, including a selection of Pendletons, Levi’s jackets, Fendi tops and ponchos. The store also exhibits artwork by Ohio natives, Deanna First, Ivy Axe, Susan Greenspan, and Cleveland supporter and Bad Girlfriend musician Savannah King

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Hausfrau Record Shop
1388 W 65th Street
Cleveland, OH 44102
216.394.5171
Buy, sell, and trade rare vinyl records. The owner (my brother, Steven) has been collecting and playing music for over 20 years in Cleveland, including recording and touring with various bands, hosting at the local radio station, WCSB —my radio station recommendation while in town— and working at indie record stores before branching out on his own. Check out the listening station inside his shop to vet records before you buy. I am biased, of course, but I hear touring artists and seasoned local collectors love this spot, too.

Guide to Kulcher
1386 W.65th Street
Cleveland, OH 44102
216.314.4644
Directly next to Hausfrau is Cleveland’s grooviest independent bookstore, specializing in text, art and news. The downstairs is twice as large as the upper level and feels like you’re hanging out in the punk basement of someone spiritually enlightened. Co-owner Rafiq’s chill vibe is inviting to people of all ages and backgrounds. You can usually spot a group of teens hanging around outside on skateboards or sitting in the vintage bowling alley chairs just talking for hours. Gil Pender would love it.

Big Fun
1814 Coventry Road
Cleveland Heights, OH 44118
216.371.4386
A one-stop-shop for all things nostalgic, located on the most bohemian street in Cleveland Heights, Big Fun is exactly as the name boasts. Think of the toy that made you smile during your childhood, they probably have it. If you’re into collectible Barbies, Transformers, Garbage Pail Kids, My Little Ponies, or Star Wars toys, meet your new best friend.

The Cleveland Flea
3615 Superior Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44114
A monthly market that (outdoors from April-October) partners with popular local businesses in the Cleveland area. A must-see if your trip is timed accordingly. Visit their website for additional pop-up locations (including off-season).

Unique Thrift Store
3333 Lorain Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44113
216.631.0205
I’ve been shopping at the Cleveland outpost of this thrift chain since I was 12 years old. Unique remains one of the best spots to collect that flannel in the rough. So, if you’re into digging through racks and piles of clothes, this is your jam.

Four and Twenty Mercantile
12433 Cedar Road
Cleveland Heights, OH 44106
216.802.9100
A concept store featuring vintage and custom designed furniture, found objects, art and housewares. Each item stands on its own, and is functional, emitting a clear design point of view.

Small Box
The corner of West 6th Street & St. Clair Avenue
A retail marketplace made from converted shipping containers is located in the Warehouse District. Vendors range in aesthetic and clientele from fashion, to home goods, to Cleveland Browns apparel and memorabilia.

Nature’s Bin
18120 Sloane Avenue
Lakewood, OH 44107
Cleveland’s organic and natural grocery store. Think Whole Foods without the lines. The easy-to-navigate health store has a nice selection of organic food, wines and all-natural beauty products. A great spot for produce and grains, too!

iLTHY
15613 Detroit Avenue
Lakewood, OH 44107
Creative streetwear shop iLTHY — the name stands for I Love The Hype — developed a cult following for their pop culture-inspired apparel designs. The team recently moved into a new expanded store / event space in Lakewood (a bordering suburb). Be sure to check out their collaborations with influential natives, including personal heroes, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, or just pass by for a game of paddleball against the always friendly man-about-town, Jordan.

E A T

Rising Star
1455 W 29th Street
Cleveland, OH 44113
216.273.3573
A beautiful reclaimed red firehouse in Ohio City is home to Cleveland’s most delicious pour-over. If you enjoy Blue Bottle and Intelligentsia, this is a gem of a coffee spot. I recommend starting your day here and taking a ride around Hingetown (the particular section of Ohio City), admiring the stunning historic homes from one of the bike shares located outside.

Beet Jar
1432 W 29th Street
Cleveland, OH 44113
Across the street from Rising Star lives a seriously good lunch spot offering plant-based foods and cold-pressed juices. Their “Bravocado'” sandwich tastes like Gwyneth Paltrow’s infamous avocado toast recipe, if the avocados decided to make a rap video and go triple platinum cleanse. It’s a super filling, probably addictive, sammy and the owners are pretty cool, too.

Side Quest
17900 Detroit Avenue
Lakewood, OH 44107
216.228.1212
Referred to as “Geek Bar” by regulars, they are a relatively new gaming joint with a nice craft beer selection, friendly clientele and delicious sliders (all food is designed to be eaten with one hand). I’ve spent hours here playing board games with my friend Russ (Ohio native and fellow NY transplant). Don’t bother getting all dolled-up, some patrons were spotted wearing footie-pajamas and we scored an abandoned Hello Kitty mask from the barkeep (an Instagram dream come true).

Pure & Supreme Cuisine
530 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, Ohio
216.527.4477
Located inside the 5th Street Arcade food court, expect casual (in presentation and service) organic soul food, that caters to both vegan and gluten-free diets. Their food leaves you feeling clean and the portions are generous. Count on leftovers.

Mason’s Creamery
4401 Bridge Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44113
216.245.8942
Cute couple Helen and Jesse moved to Cleveland from LA a few years ago. They now make small batches of inventive ice cream flavors out of their new Ohio City storefront, which caught my eye because of the adorable exterior. The PB&J vegan ice cream (I couldn’t taste the non-dairy difference) will knock your socks off.

Le Petit Triangle
1881 Fulton Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44113
216.281.1881
A French cafe located in Ohio City. Excellent for brunch, lunch, or dinner. The Parisian decor and sidewalk seating welcome great conversation, long meals and people-watching. Try a savory crepe, they are beyond.

The Root
15118 Detroit Avenue
Lakewood, OH 44107
216.226.4401
I’m typing this guide as I enjoy Root’s delicious Thursday raw vegan menu. My childhood friend Julie owns the indie cafe, regularly serving vegetarian food and organic baked goods. It’s an excellent place to read a book, have a healthy-but-hearty meal, catch up on some work or unwind with a cup of tea. The cozy space doubles as a community venue featuring local art, music and events. Good to stop in, day or night.

Toast
1365 West 65th Street
Cleveland, OH 44102
216.862.8974
A farm-to-table restaurant using local produce, serving uncommon wines and unique cocktails. The presentation is always gorgeous and the staff is incredibly knowledgeable. Recommended for date night or business meetings. Oh, and there’s no TV’s anywhere in the restaurant, which is a much welcomed touch in a city dedicated to sports. The burger here is AMAZING and served with homemade chips.

Daily Press
6604 Detroit Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44102
440.554.3498
Around the corner from Toast and next door to Navy is my friend Jodi’s juicery and vegan cafe offering delicious food and cold-pressed juices for all your well-being needs. Her intense ginger shots fight off sickness, energize and leave you feeling like you just went to brain camp. Look out for her adorable dog Miles who is usually sporting a pretty solid outfit.

Malley’s Chocolates
14822 Madison Avenue
Lakewood, OH 44107
216.529.6262
A trip to Cleveland isn’t complete without stopping into this family-owned confectionary chain. It’s a sweet-tooth staple to mouthwatering locals since the 1930s. All candy is made right here in their Cleveland factory and it’s a solid place to grab dessert or edible gifts on your way out of town. I recommend the candy bars and my mom can’t live without their “famous” hot fudge.

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S T A Y

Clifford House
1810 West 28th Street
Cleveland, OH 44113
216.589.0121
A classic B&B in a historic neighborhood, known for their large rooms, expertise on Cleveland and killer breakfasts.

Metropolitan at the 9
2017 E. 9th Street
Cleveland, OH 44115
216.239.1200
A buzzworthy new hotel located downtown. The modern boutique getaway is part of Marriott’s luxury hotel division (though thankfully, it’s not really apparent) and includes fun perks like an indoor dog park.

Aloft
1111 West 10th Street
Cleveland, OH 44113
216.400.6469
Located in the Flats, this Starwood hotel boasts contemporary flair. The neighborhood might be up-and-coming, but the aesthetic is sleek. They’re targeted towards the younger generation, offering tech-forward amenities and a gamified special where your second night’s stay equals in cost to your birth year.

Glidden House
1901 Ford Drive
Cleveland, OH 44106
866.812.4537
A boutique hotel built in 1910 and located in University Circle is an excellent part of town to stay if you are planning to visit the museums or Case Western Reserve. Each room is decorated with unique vintage flair.

Renaissance Cleveland Hotel
24 Public Square
Cleveland, OH 44113
216.696.5600
Historic hotel in Cleveland’s Public Square with direct access to East 4th street where you can stroll a walkable strip of bars, cafes and restaurants. Fun fact: The Beatles stayed here in 1964.

Tudor Arms
10660 Carnegie Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44106
216.455.1260
Originally a men’s athletic club, the historic building was restored and now serves as a (wait for it) gothic Double Tree by Hilton getaway. Architecturally the structure is breathtaking, despite big name branding.

Hyatt Regency Cleveland at The Arcade
420 Superior Avenue East
Cleveland, Ohio 44114
216.575.1234
An affordable option located in the East 4th street entertainment district. The rooms are simple, but the location is spot-on if you are on a budget, on foot, or relying on public transportation.

J. Palen House
2708 Bridge Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44113
216.664.0813
A cozy B&B offering rates that include deals to local attractions like the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame and brewery tours. The Victorian home is covered in antiques and maintains its original charm from the 1800s, including stained glass windows, gas lighting, and original French doors.

The Ritz Carlton
1515 West Third Street
Cleveland, Ohio 44113
216.623.1300
You know what to expect: tradition, elegance and views of Ohio’s Great Lake, Lake Erie. There is also an indoor walkway, helpful when avoiding the lakefront winter winds, that leads you to downtown shopping, stadiums, and the new Horseshoe Casino.

The Brownstone Inn Downtown
216.426.1753
3649 Prospect Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44115
A peaceful 19th century Victorian brownstone marked by peacock blue doors. Traveling for and extended amount of time? Longterm furnished apartments are also available on the property.

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S E E / D O

MOCA
11400 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44106
216.421.8671
Cleveland’s contemporary art museum re-opened to the public in 2012 in its new home located in the cultural hub of University Circle. The museum was designed by famed London architect, Farshid Moussavi. There are approximately eight exhibitions each year.

Franklin Castle
4308 Franklin Boulevard
Cleveland, OH 44113
Thought to be Cleveland’s most haunted home! The castle has a bit of a sorted past, with multiple short-term owners, and some visitors claiming to have captured images of ghosts on camera that were not visible to the naked eye. Drive by Franklin Castle on a clear night and snap a few photos of the exterior, let us know what you see —I always get too scared.

Cleveland Metroparks
4500 Valley Parkway
Fairview Park, OH 44126
Cleveland has some pretty magnificent nature to take in. Experience the seasons change through a myriad of organized activities like archery, fishing, horseback riding, cross-country skiing and cycling. Or venture out on your own for a jog, a light hike, or a picnic.

Cedar Point
1 Cedar Point Drive
Sandusky, OH 44870
419.627.2350
Get to the point. Take a day trip to this truly great amusement park and ride some of the tallest and fastest coasters in the world. Get scared on and off the rides when the theme park doubles as a haunted house during Halloweekends in the month of October.

Terminal Tower Observation Deck
50 Public Square
Cleveland, OH 44113
216.621.7981
One of Cleveland’s most iconic architectural structures provides 360-degree views of the skyline from their observation deck, and it costs less than a craft beer. Definitely something to check out if you’re looking to have that Ferris Bueller-esque experience, in Cleveland.

Now That’s Class
11213 Detroit Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44102
216.221.8576
Do you like dive bars, canned beer and punk music? Go here. It’s super fun, super smelly, super loud, and the spot to meet local musicians.

Little Italy
Cleveland, OH 44106
Take a walk through Little Italy and admire the Victorian homes, sample the authentic food, and visit the local bakeries, independent shops, and several dozen galleries along the way. It’s an afternoon adventure that will leave you full of food, drink and culture.

Mahall’s
13200 Madison Avenue
Lakewood, OH 44107
216.521.3280
Old school bowling at its best. The vintage alley has multiple rooms (so much more than a bowling destination) and is the place to be if you’re looking for a happening bar, hipster hangout, groovy date night, live music, or the occasional dance party.

Cleveland Public Theatre
6415 Detroit Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44102
216.631.2727
A theater and arts complex located in Gordon Square. Each year, around the winter holiday, expect the highbrow / lowbrow David Sedaris Christmas comedy, “Santaland Diaries,” a personal story about Sedaris, who worked as an elf in the mega-retail chain Macy’s. This is just one example of the slightly offbeat performances to experience year-round.

Velvet Tango Room
2095 Columbus Road
Cleveland, OH 44113
216.241.8869
Stop in to sip a fancy (and kinda pricey) craft cocktail at this unassuming speak-easy-style haunt located in Tremont. This is not a loud bar, they show black-and-white films on silent, make a slow and artful drink, play a bit of jazz and request a respectable dress code of no hats, bad attitudes or t-shirts. Pro tip: Look like a regular and explore the somewhat secret back room. Be nice to the staff, and they will treat you like gold.

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Comments

  • WOW! This is a great guide! Been to many of these places, but will make it a point to go to all!!! I hate hearing there’s nothing to do in Cleveland! Look at this list!!!! LOVE IT!

  • Although it hasn’t stopped my from planning on moving to NY, this guide has really shown me that Cleveland DOES in fact have some really wonderful things to offer!

  • Help! I am going to be in Cleveland for one day/night on June 20-21.
    I want to book a hotel but it is very difficult to sift through all of the fun neighborhoods. What it is my best spot for food, bars and shopping in a centralized location?

  • Wow… I am shocked! I’ve been convinced for years that I made the right choice getting the heck out of there, but now I’m kind of curious to check these places out. At least my parents still live there, so I’ll have to check some out the next time I’m there! Thanks for making this… I’m quite surprised that there seem to be so many interesting and fun things I never knew about!

  • I agree with Brian. Lakeview Cemetery is a gem, with many of our most illustrious residents buried there. The Wade Chapel within it, only open seasonally, is one of the most stunning indoor spaces ever. It is designed by Tiffany and decorated entirely of glass pieces, mosaic and stained, and the guides tell you something new each time.

  • Thanks so much for the update! After moving to Cleveland a year ago, I used your guide as my city bible, and had many great dinners thanks to you. I do want to second “Shakerite,” though, and recommend the Larchmere District. Loganberry Books is the BEST bookstore in the city, Flying Cranes is an adorable spot for afternoon tea and/or amazing homemade Japanese cuisine, and Felice’s has a great vibe and delicious Spanish inflected food. Enjoy Cleveland Everyone!

  • Urban Explorer, I greatly appreciate your spreading love for CLE. It has to at least start with the natives themselves (even those who are not currently in the city).

    Cheers!

    Danielle

  • Hey Danielle, thanks so much for including me in your list of cool places. I have loved Cleveland since I moved here from the Steel City in 94! Look for awesome new changes coming to Cosmic Collectibles!!

  • A new VINTAGE URBAN LIVING store is coming to Detroit Ave in the Lakewood/Cudell Area- opening early this summer. I’m sure there’ll be a lot more about it as the weeks go by!!

  • ARCANE is coming to Cleveland..it’s official! They’ll be on Detroit Ave:)
    A great NYC couple with original solid roots in the area…
    CANT wait to see you guys -YAY! No longer a need to go to NY to see you on 25th.
    We are proud and honored to have you here :) WELCOME to our city:)

  • Kim..( my dear friend )
    Thank you for your advanced advertising!!

    It is true.. we are opening our new vintage industrial/urban lifestyle shop at 11102 Detroit Ave on June 4th 2011 at 9am
    Having moved back to the area from NYC, my fiance and I are very excited to finally have a bricks and mortar store behind our name ARCANE.

    Hope to see you Design Spongies- PLEASE stop in sometime…
    AND Thank You Cleveland for the very warm welcome; we have felt overwhelmed by the generosity, help and kindness shown by so many strangers ( now new found friends), in the past weeks !!

    What a fantastic neighborhood we have found :)

  • I think its odd to compare the Bent Crayon and My Mind’s Eye. They are aimed at entirely different clienteles. Both have been around forever and we are lucky to have as many different, independent record stores as we do.

  • Not seeing much about the Larchmere area of the city?
    It’s awesome with some of the nicest antique and general treasure shops!
    Cool cafe’s, hip vibe. Super friendly shop owners and artists.
    Word on the street is that there’s a couple of new home/ life stylists moving into the neighborhood- opening a store- and specializing in reclaimed, upcycled, and glorious vintage finds and furniture.

    Looking forward to this:)

    Everyone should check this area out.
    The homes around here are particularly awesome too!

  • Amazing new shop opened on Larchmere Blvd.

    FOUR and TWENTY is the name – they’re across from the diner

    I just came back from spending my entire tax return there!
    I bought all sorts of cool stuff, from a magnificent reclaimed industrial coffee table , two repurposed mirrors made from some old molds, a vintage locker and six dining chairs!
    Oh and a fab industrial desk lamp . Yes I’m broke but totally worth it. I was there for almost three hours and truth be told, I could have moved in. So so much to look at. Reclaimed, reinvented, as found, industrial and mid century.. Architectural too!
    WOW!
    Prices were reasonable, negotiable ( they beat any competition in Cleveland ), very nice-awesomely hip owners, two cool shop cats and the look they’ve got going- well – it’s uncommon just as they say in their ad in Scene magazine.

    A new spot not to missed!
    Best in Cleveland- hands down!

  • One of my all time favorite restaurants in Cleveland is Fire Food and Drink on Shaker Square. Chef Doug Katz does amazing and unique farm to table selections. The meat dishes are cooked to perfection in a tandori oven. The ambiance is loft/chic/casual and the bar is cozy.
    When we moved from Cleveland this was the place I missed the most!

  • It should be noted that Dredgers Union and Powter Puff boutiques are no longer in business. In their physical places are Society Lounge (downtown), an upscale vintage-style handcraft bar; and Miranda’s Vintage Bridal (Tremont). Both offer exquisitely detailed service and goods.

  • It is more than a year since the last comment. I have just discovered this wonderous site…Design Sponge. I am a Cleveland lover since moving here in 1960. Since this was first written in 2008, there have been many changes. Some places have closed…others have opened. But it’s all (well, if your personal favorite place has gone, you may not agree) for the good!! The city looks great! The Gay Games will be starting here, next month, which will be a fine thing! LeBron is back!! And the Republican National Convention has selected Cleveland for their meeting in 2016! Wow!

  • I LOVE seeing my chosen home city on Design Sponge!
    Sue– besides the hotels, there are some great air bnb spots– this one in Hingetown is right above Beet Jar and across the street from Rising Star. There’s also a museum across the street, and a spin studio below. https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/3057963?s=_bRw

    PS. I have no affiliation with this air bnb– i just know the neighborhood and the space is cute.

    Also, if you are in Cleveland, visit the Cleveland Museum of Art and enjoy some French cuisine at L’Albatros while you’re over there
    http://albatrosbrasserie.com/

  • Thanks for featuring Cleveland! I second the Cleveland Museum of Art and also recommend the West Side Market.

  • From a Clevelander’s perspective this guide rocks – awesome job. Love our city.

    But I can’t help make the comment .. describing the RNC as “controversial” is waaaay ignorant. The international attention and ridiculous economic spillover that the small businesses listed above are going to receive from the RNC is nothing but good news for all Clevelanders .. even Democrats!

  • What timing for this update. It’s hard to read this and not think about the mother whose 12 year old son was killed by police in a Cleveland park while playing with a toy gun. See: http://nyti.ms/12iGWCc. These policing policies must change, especially in such segregated communities.

  • YAY an update guide! This city has grown so much since I moved here 3 years ago, it deserves another update. The first Cleveland City Guide helped me throughout my move and around this city when I first arrived from California and can’t thank you enough for sharing your love for Cleveland. Cleveland is awesome and I’m very lucky that I ended up here!!! (*fist pump)

  • So happy to see this feature on NAVY PRoject! I cannot wait for my next trip home. Cleveland has so much to offer and I am proud to call it my hometown. :)

  • SO THRILLED to see Cleveland here… must say wish there was more on Cleveland Heights (hello crepes at Luna Bakery) and Tremont (hello best tacos and margaritas at Bario). Just saying. Pretty cool that there are still WAY more great things in Cleveland not mentioned here.

  • Perfect timing before my trip home to Cleveland! Other great restaurants: Greenhouse Tavern, The Rail, and Momocho. Cleveland is a great town on a great lake.

  • Can’t wait to try out this guide the next time in town! Cleveland born and raised, though we now live in Michigan. My personal favorites, Art Museum, West Side Market, and restaurants, L’Albatross, Momocho.

  • Also pleased to see a Cleveland update! Yes, there are some great places missing from the list, but if anything, that goes to show how much there is to do it! Certainly I’d say the key to seeing the best parts of Cleveland involves exploring the neighborhoods more so than downtown. I’m surprised not more in Tremont is mentioned— Barrio is a favorite taco/margarita spot.

  • Add to the list Coquette for treats near the Case campus and we do have a nice new hostel on West 25th for cheap lodging next to the best tattoo parlor in town.

  • Small box is the perfect addition to your CLE City Guide! Thank you so much! We are poised to build more, in the city and elsewhere. Micro-retail development for startups, niche retailers & “mom & pops” is what people want to see.

  • As a fan of Cleveland it’s nice to see this guide for the city updated. As a fan of D*S I’m a little surprised there isn’t any allusion to what Cleveland is currently in the news for. I understand that this isn’t that kind of blog, and that it adds to the current Cleveland narrative to give people a picture of a whole city, not just the bad news. But it feels pretty tone deaf to have a post with no nod to the last few week’s events. You mention the convention controversy, LeBron…it’s not like you are avoiding non-design-shop info here.

    • Alice

      I’m sorry if that omission felt in any way like a slight to the great tragedies that have happened in Cleveland recently as well as Ferguson and beyond. This guide was written and uploaded prior to the Tamir Rice shooting, so it was not something the guide writer would have been considering at the time. I regret not catching this earlier and apologize for any upset that the omission caused.

      Grace

  • Thanks for a great review of my hometown! Even though I don’t live there anymore, once a Clevelander, always a Clevelander.

  • Great review of Cleveland! I’ve lived here all my life and I’m clearly missing out on some cool things. Thank you for covering not just one aspect of our great city but many different aspects – the things that really make this city special.

  • Such a comprehensive list of all of the wonderful things that CLE has to offer. Wonderful article Mary!

  • Staying in Cleveland? Feeling adventurous? Try the Alcazar hotel. A truly unique experience.
    Visiting the Cleveland Museum of Art? Take time to go outside and walk around the lagoon. What other city has an outdoor space like this?
    Also while in University Circle Check out
    Amazing gothic architecture: Church of the Covenant
    Live bands and beer in a juice jar?: The Euclid Tavern
    Have a beer outside in an old gate house? The Barking Spider
    Great upscale dining? Club Isabella
    These are all Cleveland staples, in a city that is reinventing itself all the time.
    If you like Knitting you have to check out Fine Points on Larchmere. Very expensive yarns but i have never seen such a wide selection of things to knit with and patterns and help beyond your dreams.
    And if you visit Coventry, stand in line for Tommy’s another Cleveland staple. Get a milk shake!!
    Just my two cents…

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