How to Spend a Weekend in Cleveland Heights
Fresh Fix – This small grab-and-go sandwich and smoothie shop took us by complete surprise. We went in expecting sugary fruit smoothies and basic sandwiches, only to discover they serve a large menu of healthy and tasty sandwiches. Plus, Fresh Fix boasts a stellar lineup of fruit and veggie smoothies named after our favorite ‘90s artists (try the Madonna Mango, Fresh Prince, and C-Low Green, for example). Fresh Fix has several vegan and vegetarian options, all reasonably priced, making it a stand-by for locals to enjoy regularly. Bonus: the shop is decorated with fun photos and art of ‘90s icons including TLC, Zack Morris, and Michael Jackson.
Boss Dog Brewing – Cleveland has such a fun brewery scene, but our favorite in Cleveland Heights is hands down Boss Dog Brewing. It’s only been open for less than a year, but it became a Lee Road staple this summer, partly due to their spacious outdoor patio. We recommend trying the red potato and cheddar pierogi, plus a few items off their bar snack menu.
Photo via Anatolia Café of Kazandibi, a Turkish dessert
Anatolia Café – A taste of Turkey in Cleveland! We love the atmosphere of this family-friendly Turkish & Mediterranean restaurant that has won over East Siders the past 10 years. The food is just as authentic as the staff, who would stop at tables to visit with family and friends dining around us, when we were there last. We honestly could go there once a day just to eat the fresh hummus and pita bread. Tip: If you’re too stuffed to order dessert, ask for their homemade baklava to-go and enjoy later at home.
Gleena Ceramics – Stop into Gleena Ceramics to fall in love with the works of local artist, Asya Palatova. Her handmade collection consists of tableware, trinket dishes, vases, planters, and more. They’re all made in her studio, just behind the front shop space. If you’re lucky, you get to see her at work when you first walk in! The shop also sells cards, plants, and other cute items that would make perfect gifts.
The Cleveland Candle Company – “I don’t need another candle,” said no one ever. With fall just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to go stock up on seasonal scents for cozy nights at home (they have a scent named “Jumping into Leaves” – can’t get more fall than that!). The shop is located on Coventry Road, so plan to spend some time walking around the area into other nearby shops.
DorNee – We love the sense of community among Cleveland business owners, and that is exactly how we discovered DorNee, a local soap and skincare shop on Taylor Road. When speaking with the nearby owner of Gleena Ceramics, she told us you MUST stop by DorNee’s down the road (#womenwhosupportwomen). When you step inside you’ll immediately be hit with all the wonderful scents from her homemade products. In fact, DorNee owner Torrian Denise was in the back mixing up a fresh batch of soap while we shopped around. Her products are all natural and contain no harmful ingredients. You can even find them in Whole Foods stores across Northeast Ohio – a testament to the quality and healing ingredients she uses. We have our eyes on a scent called “Autumnberry” and will be back to pick it up soon!
Quintana’s Salon & Day Spa – Shhh… this place is still a secret to many, but we’re going to fill you in on this East Side gem. Quintana’s is known for being one of the best barbershops in Cleveland, but it’s new claim to fame is the secret speakeasy the owners added just a few years ago. Located inside a 1920s colonial house, the first floor is a traditional barbershop where you’ll see customers in vintage barber chairs getting a shave, but then if you walk upstairs you’ll discover a secret bookcase passage (yes, just like the movies!) that will lead you to a hidden bar and lounge. Go for a spa treatment or haircut, then head to the speakeasy for artisanal cocktails, live music, and an atmosphere you won’t find anywhere else in Cleveland.
A newer addition to the Cleveland Heights area is Studio How-To, a space for people to come together and create. Studio How-To focuses on handcrafts, from embroidery and sewing to calligraphy and block printing. We love that you don’t have to be super creative or skilled to attend a workshop – they encourage people of all skill levels to relax and enjoy the experience of making something! They also offer private workshops. How fun would it be to get a group of people together for a special occasion or even just to try something new? You can view the calendar of upcoming workshops here.
Cedar Lee Theatre – Christmas Day 1925 is when the Cedar Lee Theatre first opened its doors – then a 1,100-seat, single-screen theatre (can you imagine!?). You may no longer be able to watch a movie in that massive space, as it was renovated to fit multiple rooms like most movie theatres today, but you can still take in a piece of history by heading to the theatre to watch a movie. Catch some of the best indie and foreign films, then snap a photo in front of the popular “Cedar Lee” marquee.
*This article was written by Megan Breehl of @secondcityguides – if you aren’t already following along, I encourage you to check our her Instagram right away. She takes gorgeous photos highlighting the beautiful + magical spots in Cleveland, as well as other underrated cities.