Lifestyle, Top Picks

10 Reasons Why Church + State is The Place to Live in CLE

Bringing all the communal spirit and designed living 


I don’t know about you, but social distancing has given us a whole new perspective on the places we call home, and the importance of having a space that fits the lifestyles we desire. That’s why we are so excited to share Church + State with you. Cleveland’s newest and most luxurious mixed-use development, partnered with a vibrant intentionally communal lifestyle that comes with the lease. Without further adieu, here are the top 10 reasons. 

  1. The Lantern Room

Let’s just get this out of the way because it is insanely dope. The Lantern Room is “your rooftop indoor/outdoor chill space, with spectacular views to Lake Erie, downtown Cleveland, and the Ohio City neighborhood. The main space has huge floor-to-ceiling windows, wood herringbone flooring, stylish and comfortable seating, huge flatscreen TV, and elegant prep space for events. The outdoor wraparound deck includes a large three-season soaking pool for cooling off in the summer and warming up in cooler months. It will also feature a Corten steel fire pit and bistro lighting. This space will also be used as an event space, which residents will be able to reserve as well.” Heck to the yeah. 

  1. The Neighborhood 

Hingetown is located in Ohio City and is the home of so many of our all-time Cleveland favorite spots like Rising Star Coffee, Larder Delicatessen and Bakery, Cleveland Tea Revival, Avalon Exchange (all-time favorite second-hand shop in the Land!!,) Beauty Shoppe Coworking, Beat Jar, JukeBox, Harness Cycle, and MORE. If you haven’t experienced Hingetown you are sleeping on one of the most happening corners of this city. It’s filled with some of the most vivacious + welcoming folks around.


These spaces are filled with high-end elements like stainless steel Samsung appliances, leathered granite countertops, chef-grade Moen faucets and hardware, kitchen islands with designer pendant lights, walk-in closets, in-unit washer-dryers, and oversized operable windows with balconies. All units have brass bathroom hardware from West Elm, but first-time residents (perhaps you?) get to choose from a selection of designer kitchen cabinet handles — a modern matte black or timeless brushed gold. There’s room for a dining table for your next dinner party, and double vanities in the master bathrooms so you can spread out while getting ready for your guests to arrive. The apartments are bright and airy, with plenty of natural light and some come with private balconies. The apartment building is made from heavy-duty materials so you won’t be hearing your neighbors and they won’t be hearing from you. 

  1. Space to PLAY  

Enjoy a backyard equipped with seasonal splash pad (adults encouraged) and a light-up seesaw on-site, intended for your general merriment. If a 17 Foot Slide wasn’t on your list of house MUSTS as a kid, honestly I’m not sure we would have been friends. The folks at Church + State want to keep the kid alive in all of us, so they built a slide that you can take a ride down from the top of the parking garage. I think if I lived at Church + State I would sit at the bottom of that slide every day and watch grown-ass people giggle their way down a swirly slide and it would make me SO HAPPY. If that doesn’t get you moving, they also have a Fitness center with high-tech equipment and peloton bikes. Last but not least, there is a Six Story Climbing Wall on the exterior of the church building in case you still felt like this place might not be rad enough for someone like you. 

  1. Communal Lifestyle

This whole social distancing season of life has made me more aware than ever of the value of human connection and the folks at Church + State just get it. They encourage a life lived with the spirit of community by giving you areas to work remotely on campus, reach your fitness goals with your neighbors at the gym, or gather around the warm glow of the lobby fireplace with friends. Other spots to convene are the seating steps, the lantern room (of course), and climbing wall. If you’re lonely here it’s on you and that’s all I got to say. Upbeat atmosphere, social events, and tasting nights // mixers — you name it. They even have a rainy day room for kids if you happen to have some kids who need a little more space to burn energy or want to play with friends. But not everything is public, the heavy-duty materials that were used create privacy and autonomy in every apartment.

  1. Convenience 

Apart from all the nearby niceties that’ll make your life easier. Church + State offers tons of convenient features — not limited to indoor parking and a ground floor bike garage because no one wants to lug their bike up to their apartment. Other amenities include keyless entry, in-unit laundry, communal dog wash station, blackout blinds provided in units. They are the first Cleveland complex with modern convenience via Mobile Concierge Service, Livly, that allows you to pay rent, hire a cleaning service or dog walker, or even ask your neighbors to borrow a cup of sugar through the app. And GET THIS, the outdoor grounds between the Church + State building are equipped with a liquor license so you are free to enjoy the patio atmosphere of a bar from your own backyard. There is nothing more convenient than that!

  1. Ground Floor Retail 

While they are still waiting for final contracts to be signed, rest assured that the everyday needs of tenants will be met with the shops and studios that will fill the ground floor retail spaces. We got to hear some of the businesses that are looking to move in and we are EXCITED, to say the least. 

  1. A Classy Touch

Church + State is keeping it boujee with details like the Fount designed elevators equipped with ornate mirrors and leather. The most luxurious feature may be thr rooftop wading pool which will be custom set to warmer temperatures in the cooler months and cooler temperatures in the warmer months – feel free enjoy a drink here and watch the sun set over the city. Enjoy chic interior design elements like Morracan   rugs and a massive communal table by Clevelander Hans Noble, for a local-global artisan fusion. If you enjoy art, you’ll love the 20 story mural by Dinara Mirtalipova, that will wrap around the State building. The lobbies will be decked out with a selection of beautifully curated pieces that will leave you feeling like you’re living in a museum. 

  1. Relative Location 

The Church + State location is a primo location giving you access to some of the best Cleveland has to offer. To get to Uptown, Cleveland Clinic Main Campus, or University Circle it’s a 15-minute drive. To Lakewood, a 10-15 minute drive. You could walk to the West Side Market for fresh groceries in less than 10 minutes and Edgewater beach is a leisurely 15-minute bike ride away. And a pathway straight to wendy park with beachfront access.

  1. Unmatched Hospitality

Within minutes of entering Church + State, you will be able to feel the good vibes. Drinks offered upon tour from local brewers and Graham + Fisk’s Wine-in-a-Can. Upon signing a lease you will receive a goodie bag filled with treasures like Turkish towels for the Japanese inspired wading pool, custom Church + State gear, smores kits for rooftop firepit, incense, and local coupon booklet. We have no doubt that upon moving in, you will experience the same level of intentionality and love from the staff. 


Honestly, I tried to create a list of ten reasons why you should live here so that you would read this post, but in reality, I just crammed 100 reasons into this list of 10. I’m sorry that I tricked you, but now you know what’s at stake. And when you move in, you better freaking invite me over.

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Fashion, Lifestyle

What To Wear to a Browns Game

Getting dressed for a football game is hard, especially when you’re a Browns fan (who decided on brown and orange?) That’s why we’ve partnered with some of Cleveland’s most stylish bloggers + influencers to provide you with some outfit inspiration for your Sunday’s Best.

Erika from the duo of @basicbrokeandchic wears an Emily Roggenburk Cleveland pullover.
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Personal stylist and thrift queen Nicole from @elanstylingcle mixes it up with some fun thrifted pieces and her @fount Finley Clutch
Lifestyle blogger @anastasiasouris keeps it cool + casual with a YSL t-shirt and some classic high-waisted Levis.
Local tee goddess @emilyroggenburk wears her UNITED STATES OF CLEVELAND t-shirt.
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Local boss lady @fountjackie is 50 shades of brown with the Coventry Bucket Bag from her American-made leather goods company @fount
Blogger @samantha_show_ layers a camo jacket over her Browns t-shirt and finishes off the look with a fringe bag.
Rachael of @shoresociety dons a Dawgs Pullover by @homage , a belt bag, and white platform sneakers.
@melissamandula wears another sweet Emily Roggenburk t-shirt with a cardigan by Fetch + Co and a pair of classic vans.
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Blogger @jordanashleighmartin wears a University Tees Sunday in Cleveland t-shirt with leopard printed sneakers and a @colortribe bag
Personal stylist and fashion blogger Hallie of @thewardrobeconsultant wears her colors on her super dope bag from Two French Blue,
Blogger Shibani of @bombaytaxiboutique wears an orange trench over her Cleveland is my Paris t-shirt by Oceanne.

Just a heads up: only see through bags allowed in stadium! Have fun and GO BROWNS!!

Food, Health and Wellness, Lifestyle, Reviews, Tips, Top Picks, Travel

15 Things to do Indoors in Cleveland


by Megan Breehl-Pitorak

Summer is the season to live outdoors, especially for local Clevelanders who need quality vitamin D time to recover from long, brutal winters. But even in the summer rainy days happen and we don’t think you should let a little rain drain the fun out of summer! We’re sharing 15 indoor places in and around Cleveland to explore when you need to escape the weather.  

We know there’s plenty more too, so after you’ve read through, leave a comment with your favorite indoor activity or place to help our readers get even more ideas!


Photo via @oh_sograceful

1. Cleveland History Center

It’s important to understand the history of your city, so why not start with a trip to the Cleveland History Center? It covers everything from WWI and women in politics, to the automotive industry and the city’s historic mansions, to the Euclid Beach Park Grand Carousel, which may look familiar as you can see it from the sidewalk outside (And yes, you can ride it!).  

Photo via FreshWater Cleveland

2. Grog Shop

The Grog Shop has a show lined up 365 days of the year, so whether you’re looking to enjoy music with friends on the weekend, or you’re in need of an impromptu date night to liven up a mundane Monday, be sure to check out the Grog Shop’s calendar. We love the variety of entertainment they offer – from comedy acts and hip-hop artists, to ‘80s dance nights. 

Photo via BRICK Ceramic + Design Studio

3. BRICK Ceramic + Design Studio

Get your hands dirty during an art class at BRICK Ceramic + Design Studio in the Waterloo Arts District. The studio, tucked behind Six Shooter Coffee, offers two-hour wheel classes for $60. You’ll get to learn how to make a cup, bowl, and plate. The price includes not only the experience, but you’ll also get to take home the pieces you make, so you can feel proud as you sip your morning coffee from your handmade mug.  Click here to see the studio’s upcoming class dates.

Photo via Sacred Hour

4. Sacred Hour Spa 

#Selfcare is not a trend; it’s a lifestyle. Why not turn a rainy day in CLE into an opportunity to zen-out at the beautiful Sacred Hour Spa, located in nearby Lakewood. The Korean Scrub sounds like pure bliss, or you could go for the glow with a facial treatment. See all the spa services here.


Photo by Dean Kaufman via MoCa

5. MoCA

If you haven’t been yet to MoCA in Uptown Cleveland, now is the time to go, as it’s celebrated its 50th anniversary with FREE admission. What we love about MoCA: it’s a smaller museum so you can get your art fix even if you only have a half hour or so to spare. Also, the MoCA gift shop is a hidden gem of unique gifts and treasures you’ll want to snag for yourself and others. 

Photo via Cleveland Scene

6. Cleveland Museum of Art

You didn’t think we’d recommend MoCA and not mention the Cleveland Museum of Art, did you? Cleveland is lucky to have accessible art at our fingertips, and the Cleveland Museum of Art — which is also free — is at the epicenter of that community. 

Photo via Skyzone

7. Skyzone

Remember the days when nothing could be more fun than going to your friend-with-the-trampoline’s house? (If you were that house, we’re jealous.) Skyzone is the ultimate playground for adults — kids welcome too — where you can jump around a giant building filled with trampolines, foam pits, and…need we say more? We know you were sold at “trampoline.” Learn more here.

Photo via Tabletop Cafe

8. Tabletop Cafe

Tabletop Cafe, Cleveland’s first and largest board game cafe, has over 1,000 games to choose from. WHAT?! Grab a friend and go play a game that will bring on major childhood nostalgia. They have a yummy menu of sandwiches, flatbreads, and other snack foods to keep you fueled to win, as well as a brunch menu for a Sunday Funday tradition waiting to happen. 

Photo via Playhouse Square

9. Playhouse Square

We don’t mean to be predictable, but there’s a reason Playhouse Square is on every Cleveland to-do list. We’re fortunate to have such a strong performing arts hub (second largest in the country to NYC, guys!) with a stacked calendar of shows and events nearly every day of the week. 

Photo via Van Aken District

10. Van Aken District

While new to town, the Van Aken District is quickly becoming the East Side’s coolest gathering spot. The new food + shopping hub offers a small street with trendy boutiques, but we recommend heading to the food hall on the days you’re looking to hide from the weather. From On The Rise pastries, to the best veggie sandwich and bowls in town at Brassica, your taste buds will forever thank you. 

Photo via Rockefeller Park Greenhouse

11. Botanical Gardens

Sometimes we just need to be around nature, and rain or shine, there are two great indoor gardens to explore in the city of Cleveland. The impressive Cleveland Botanical Garden in University Circle is set up on one side as a Costa Rican rainforest and on the other as the desert of Madagascar. If you’re on a budget, head to the Rockefeller Park Greenhouse in the Cultural Gardens, which offers free admission, but is just as beautiful and calming to stroll through. 

Photo via Limelight

12. Limelight

Having one of those weekends where you need to get some work done? Mix it up and get a day pass to one of Cleveland’s co-working spaces.  Limelight offers a $20 day pass to its vibrant space, which includes access to computers, printers, scanners, coffee and tea, and meeting rooms.  

Photo via West Side Market

13. West Side Market

The West Side Market is a point of pride for the city of Cleveland. The rich history of the building and the community of vendors and shoppers that have come through its doors since 1912 is remarkable and a city tradition we hope lives on forever. Support the great businesses that make up the market by grabbing a bite to eat and fresh ingredients for your next authentic Cleveland home-cooked meal. PS: The market is now open on Sundays, too!

Photo via AffoGATO Cat Cafe

14. AffoGATO Cat Café 

Cleveland’s first cat café opened earlier this year, and we are here for it. Not just because it’s a place to go to snuggle the little furballs when you need a mood lift, but because it houses adoptable cats and creates a safe space for them to interact with people and other cats. The café is in a separate area than the cat lounge, so if you immediately thought, “Ew, cat hair and food,” don’t worry; you can have your cake — and cats too. 

Photo via Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad

15. Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad 

Hop aboard the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad for a change of scenery. This is a great option for parents who want to get the kids out of the house, but also don’t have the energy to chase them around.  The train goes through the CVNP and has a few different boarding stations. Learn more here.

Health and Wellness, Lifestyle

Resources for Mental Health in Cleveland

To close out Mental Health Month, Cleveland Vibes has partnered with Rita Abdallah to bring you a list of mental health resources you can access here in Cleveland. We believe wholeheartedly that in order to thrive in Cleveland, we must prioritize our mental health and not be afraid to take action – reaching out for help when necessary. To those struggling: we support you and hope to help make Cleveland a place where you never have to be ashamed for the hidden weight you carry each day. We see you and we are with you.

Does hope reign supreme in Cleveland? Absolutely.

Cleveland has a great range of mental health resources to help you and your loved ones. Whether you’re experiencing mental health challenges, caring for someone with mental illness or want to stay mentally fit, here are 10 great resources to explore in our hope-forward city.

ADAMHS Board of Cuyahoga County. If you’re unsure about your mental health status, the ADAMHS Board can walk you through a brief online screening process that is anonymous and confidential. Aside from this handy tool, the ADAMHS Board’s website has a ton of resources on addiction, the Opioid Epidemic, gambling and the Cuyahoga County Prescription Drug Drop-off Program. By the way, here’s a link to find a drop-off site near you,

Center for Evidence-Based Treatment. A group of mental health professionals focused on research to create therapeutic successes. They specialize in treating stress management, body Image and self-esteem, eating disorders, depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, personality disorders and combination disorders.

Cornerstone of Hope. From preschool-aged children to adults, Cornerstone of Hope assists grieving families by guiding them through the bereavement process.

Courage to Caregivers. In its second year, Courage to Caregivers has made a big impact on the Cleveland community. Solely focused on mental health caregivers, this organization loves to empower people through One-to-One Support, Breathing and Meditation classes and Support Groups co-facilitated by both a counselor or social worker as well as a trained peer specialists.

FrontLine Service. No one wants to find themselves in the middle of a mental health crisis. When that unfortunate moment happens, turn to FrontLine Service for help. Their 24/7 Crisis Hotline 216.623.6888 and live chat with emotional support for anyone who is depressed, despairing, thinking about suicide or in need of shelter.

LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland. A safe and caring place for LGBT, this organization has specific health and wellness programs for youth, adults, seniors and veterans.

NAMI Greater Cleveland. NAMI stands for National Alliance on Mental Illness. They offer a variety of resources like support groups, wellness courses and multicultural outreach program for individuals with mental illness and their families members.

Neighborhood Family Practice. For existing patients, NFP’s behavioral health team offers talk therapy services for existing pediatric, adolescent and adult patients. Psychiatry services (which use medication to help treat people) are available as well. NFP provides discounts to eligible patients.

The Gathering Place. Managing a chronic illness like cancer can take a big emotional toll. The Gathering Place, a Cleveland landmark for over 20 years, has been great resource that addresses the emotional, physical and spiritual needs of individuals and families currently coping with the impact of cancer in their lives.  

The Nord Center. For Lorain County residents, Nord provides much needed mental health and behavioral services including outpatient counseling; sexual assault / rape crisis services; drug and alcohol addiction; dual diagnosis (substance abuse and mental illness); psychiatry and medication management; employment and vocational services; supportive housing as well as homelessness prevention. They also offer culturally-specific services to bilingual and African-American consumers.

Okay, so these next two resources are not Cleveland-specific… they are useful if you want to find a professional for private appointments and/or learn more about mental health:

Psychology Today. This website contains a wealth of information on mental health including a really sophisticated search engine to find a therapist based on your preferences. You can scroll through profiles of professionals to see if they accept your insurance type. It’s important you find someone who is the right fit for you. Don’t hesitate to ask a potential therapist for a free consult before scheduling an appointment.

TedTalks. For those of you getting started on your mental wellness journey or want to learn more on how to help someone challenged by mental issues, there is a series of TEDTalks (or educational videos) devoted to these topics.


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Rita Abdallah, LISW-S, LCSW-C, ACSW is a national speaker, intuitive, blogger, and award-winning wellness coach. She is an authority on the topics of happiness, cancer survivorship, work-life balance, self-care, and conquering stress. Say hello to Rita on Instagram or visit her website

Events, Lifestyle, Reviews, Top Picks

Cleveland’s Grooviest Party — The Downtown Disco

Guys, I’m coming down with a fever. DISCO FEVER, that is. We couldn’t be more excited to get our boogie on this April 6th for the 3rd annual Downtown Disco Cleveland event held at Grays Armory. Haven’t heard of this party? It’s it’s one of Cleveland’s best kept secrets! Once a year, people of all ages come together for a magical night of costumes, dancing, and an open bar – all while benefiting Connecting For Kids, a local charity that provides support to families of children with special needs.

I had the chance to sit down and chat with Chuck Mulé and Michael Hurley, the two guys who brought this party to the life for the first time. It all started in 2016 after winning an entrepreneurship competition at John Carroll University. One of the judges, Dick Anter, became a mentor to Mulé and Hurley by encouraging them to make the party a reality and giving them priceless guidance that resulted in their very first event selling over 450 tickets. Since then, word spread like wildfire and last year resulted in 600+ tickets being sold- bringing in people from all over the country to experience the funk.

Hurley’s eyes lit up as he spoke about his favorite moment of the night – when “Dancing Queen” by Abba comes on and the dance floor floods with folks of all ages – from 21 to 65. “This party really breaks down barriers, bringing together people from all generations and ethnicities for one beautiful night a year.”

“My favorite moment,” says Chuck Mulé, “is watching someone who may have been hesitant to come initially, have the time of their lives.” and continued on telling me “I’ve heard so many people say they can’t wait to come again the next year.” I’ve personally spoken with attendees and have heard similar sentiments, phrases like “It’s the best night of the year” and “I went the first year and absolutely REFUSE to ever miss one – they are so much fun!”

Costumes are a big part of the fun of the evening, with everything from glitter to bell-bottoms to platform shoes. Chuck warned guests to try to stay away from large chain costume shops if you want a unique look, and instead head to thrift shops or local rental costume shop like Chelsea’s Vintage in Lakewood. Personally, I am a huge fan of costume parties and can’t wait to find some psychedelic threads.

Tickets are $59.99 and include four glorious hours of dancing and a fully-stocked open bar. Buy yours now because it’s guaranteed to sell out before the event and this is one far-out party you do NOT want to miss. I’ll see you on the dance floor!

Buy your tickets here!

Food, Health and Wellness, Lifestyle, Misc, Tips, Top Picks, Travel

What To Do in Cleveland

We get a few DM’s a week asking for recommendations on what to do while in town. One of our FAVORITE things to do is to play tour guide when friends are in town – it is SO fun to surprise them with a side of the city they may not have been expecting. We’ve been exploring Cleveland for a few years so I can only tell you about the places we’ve experienced firsthand, but it’ll at least get you headed in the right direction. That being said, here is our Unofficial Guide to a Fun Weekend in The Land. I obviously don’t expect you to make it to every place on the list, I only expect you to try 😉


Il Rione

Saucy Brew Works

Mikey’s Pizza

Edison’s Pub

Citizen Pie

For more pizza details, check out our post dedicated to delicious local pizza.



Cleveland Tea Revival


Rising Star






The Plum 

Soho Chicken + Whiskey 

The Black Pig

Cleveland Vegan

XYZ The Tavern



Not exactly brunch, but we can’t leave out Brewnuts






Pacific East




Mitchell’s Ice Cream

Mason’s Creamery   (switches seasonally between ice cream and ramen)

Piccadilly Creamery




The Flats – Punchbowl Social, Coastal Taco, Collision Bend, Magnolia, FWD (seasonal)

Ohio City – Townhall, Nano Brew, Market Garden Brewery, Bar Cento

East 4th St – Butcher and the Brewer, Zocalo Tequileria, The Corner Alley, The Greenhouse Tavern

West 6th – Barley House, The Velvet Dog, Dive Bar




Platform  *

Great Lakes Brewery

Masthead Brewing Co.

Southern Tier

Market Garden

Forest City



The Arcade

Terminal Tower Mall

The West Side Market

Edgewater Beach

Emerald Necklace

Destination Cleveland Signs

Christmas Story House

Cleveland Cultural Gardens

Check out the view from Bar 32

Cleveland Zoo

Cleveland Museum of Art *

Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Museum of Natural History

Botanical Gardens

Catch a show at Playhouse Square

Test your thinking skills at Escape Room at Perplexity Games

Bowling/see live music at Mahall’s

House of Blues

Dueling Pianos at Big Bang

Indoor Mini-Golf, Bowling, karaoke, and games at Punchbowl Social



Food – West Side Market, Heinen’s Downtown

Crocker Park



Gordon Square – Oceanne, Fount Leather, Land of Plenty

Wild Cactus Boutique

AWARE Marketplace

Cleveland Heights shops and eats listed here

Food, Lifestyle, Reviews, Tips, Top Picks, Travel

A Weekend in Cleveland Heights with @secondcityguides

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 BrewingCleveland 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.

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Photo via Anatolia Café of Kazandibi, a Turkish dessert

Anatolia CaféA 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.


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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.

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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.

Studio How-To

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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.

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