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A Slice of Happiness: 4 Cleveland pizza spots we love

Whether you like it covered in meats or vegetables, smothered in red sauce, topped with gooey cheese, dripping with garlic, sprinkled with parmesan, deep dish, or thin-crusted; most of us can agree that pizza is a gift bestowed upon us by the food gods. But not all pizza is created equal, and it’s our mission to provide you with the information you need to satisfy your deepest darkest pizza cravings. There are hundreds of quality pizza joints in The Land, but here are a few of our favorite places you have to try.

  1. Il Rione: We are listing this place first because it is run by two of the friendliest dudes we’ve ever met, and that isn’t even the best thing about this place. Their pizza is truly incredible  — the sauce is so good that the cheese is just an added bonus to the ensemble, and the crust is crisped perfection. We love their location in Gordon Square that was renovated from a literal crack house into a chic yet cozy hang with an awesome patio. Il Rione means “the neighborhood” and we just love the way they make you feel like family whenever you stop by.
  2. Citizen Pie: Self-professed “Pizza for the people”, Citizen Pie offers brick oven-bakedcitizen pie Neopolitan pizza at their two locations in Ohio City and Waterloo. In true Italian style, the crust is thin and soft but durable enough to support the weight of mozzarella cheese and heart toppings. Order your pizza (and perhaps a bottle of wine) at the counter, then relax and enjoy the laid-back atmosphere and pop art selection.
  3. Edison’s: Everyone loves pizza by the slice! Edison’s may not have a reputation for being the best pizza to eat at 2 AM, but I can tell you first-hand that this pizza is good at all times of the day. Sober or not, this pizza is delicious. One amazing thing about Edison’s is that they go ALL out with the toppings, I’m pretty sure they’re on their way to setting a record for how many pepperonis can fit on one slice of pizza. This pizza is gooey and greasy and best drizzled with the honey packets that they provide. Enjoy it at the bar, playing a game of pool, or on their laid-back patio in the warmer months!
  4. Harlow’s: I didn’t know how beautiful pizza could be until I visited Harlow’s. Known for their extremely aesthetic space (and Instagram) and quality ingredients, Harlow’s is sure to make you a believer. They have a small menu with five pizzas to choose from and no substitutions allowed, but only because they have perfected the art of pizza making and you just can’t mess with art. Harlow’s also happens to tout one of the most aesthetic patios in Lakewood. You may go to Harlow’s for the gram but you’ll stay for the pizza and refreshing cocktails.

That’s all for now but we are already planning our next ‘za post! What pizza joint should we check out next?

Food, Lifestyle, Top Picks, Travel

77 Things to do in Cleveland this Summer

Have your best summer yet! Here’s a list of 75 things that you can do in Cleveland, most of them any day of the week. If you’re in The Land, boredom is not an option.

  1. Have a picnic at Wendy Park
  2. Get boujee by the pool at FWD Day + Night Club
  3. Cool off with some shaved ice at Westcott’s Arctic Ice
  4. Have a drink on the Collision Brewing Company Patio
  5. Rent a jet-ski at Great Lakes Watersports
  6. Do the shuffle at Forest City Shuffleboard
  7. Play giant jenga at Nano Brew
  8. Enjoy a glass of wine on the Rocky River Wine Bar patio
  9. Have lunch by the water at Merwin’s Wharf
  10. Take a hike in the Emerald Necklace
  11. Behold a waterfall at the Rocky River Reservation
  12. See a concert at Jacob’s Pavillion
  13. Fly a kite at Edgewater Park
  14. Check out the view from Azure Rooftop Lounge
  15. Act like a kid at Cedar Point
  16. Feed the giraffes at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
  17. Take a tour of the U.S.S. Cod
  18. Take a stroll down East 4th St.
  19. Watch the boats go by at Shooters on the Water
  20. Enjoy University Circle, especially the Cleveland Art Museum (it’s free!)
  21. Watch a movie under the stars in Coventry
  22. Take your puppy to the Downtown Cleveland Dog Park
  23. Have an ice cream cone at Mason’s Creamery
  24. Hear local bands at Edgewater Live on Thursdays
  25. Splash in the fountains at Cleveland Square
  26. Waste a day in Margaritaville
  27. Wine and dine under twinkling lights on the Vosh/Georgetown patio
  28. Explore with Cleveland Cycle Tours
  29. Go for a swim at Foster Pool
  30. Feed the ducks at Clague or Walker Park
  31. Take a ride on the Cleveland Brew Bus
  32. Chill on the giant waterfront staircase at Lakewood Park
  33. Live your best life on the patio at Platform Brewery
  34. Spend the day at the Cleveland Museum of Art
  35. Eat everything in sight at Little Italy
  36. Ride scooters around downtown
  37. Take a stroll down the Erie Canalway
  38. Get spooked by the Haserot Angel
  39. Drink something tropical at Porko
  40. Visit one (or all) of Cleveland’s many community gardens
  41. Sit by the fire at Das Schnitzel Haus
  42. Play mini-golf and eat candy at Sweeties
  43. Wine tasting at Heinen’s downtown
  44. Enjoy a cup of fair trade, organic coffee on Dewey’s patio
  45.  Visit the market at Cavotta’s Garden Center
  46. Take in the view at Voinovich Park
  47. See the sights on Lolly Trolly
  48. Check out a book from the Cleveland library, then read it outside
  49. Drink frosé at The Plum
  50. Get naughty-cal on The Goodtime III
  51. Try paddleboard yoga at SUP Cle
  52. Demolish a hot dog at Happy Dog
  53. Visit the rooftop bar at Greenhouse Tavern
  54. Pasta on the patio at Lockkeepers
  55. Have a beer or play volleyball at Whiskey Island
  56. Party your pants off on the Punchbowl Social roof deck
  57. Go shopping and eat lunch at Crocker Park or Pinecrest
  58. Reel in your catch on Fishcrazy Charters
  59. Learn to rock climb at Nosotros
  60. Explore nature at Brookside Reservation
  61. Play kickball at Tuland Park
  62. See the skyline at Bar 32
  63. Walk around the shops in Gordon Square (or Shaker) Square.
  64. Eat a corndog on a picnic table at Larder
  65. Bask in the sun at Euclid Beach Park or Huntington Beach
  66. Take pictures at the Cleveland script signs
  67. Go to the reflection pond at University Circle
  68. Watch the baseball game on the huge screen on the patio at Jukebox
  69. Ride bikes on the Tow Path
  70. Play volleyball at Mulberry’s in the Flats
  71. See CLE from a new angle on a helicopter tour with Paratus Air
  72. Kayak on the Cuyahoga River
  73. Have a refreshing bubble tea at Thai Thai
  74. Throwdown at Cleveland Axe Throwing
  75. Drink and drive at Topgolf (get it?)
  76. Go-karting at Airport Go-Karts
  77. Visit Squires Castle! Wear hiking boots to explore the woods behind it.

How many of these can you check off this summer? Anything on your summer to-do list that we missed?

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

A Weekend in Cleveland Heights with @secondcityguides

How to Spend a Weekend in Cleveland Heights

EAT

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.

SHOP

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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!

DO

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.

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.
Use code CLEVIBES to get 20% off all ER apparel.
www.liketoknow.it/basicbrokeandchic
Personal stylist and thrift queen Nicole from @elanstylingcle mixes it up with some fun thrifted pieces and her @fount Finley Clutch
www.instagram.com/elanstylingcle
Lifestyle blogger @anastasiasouris keeps it cool + casual with a YSL t-shirt and some classic high-waisted Levis.
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Local tee goddess @emilyroggenburk wears her UNITED STATES OF CLEVELAND t-shirt.
Use code: CLEVIBES for 20% off
www.emilyroggenburk.com
Local boss lady @fountjackie is 50 shades of brown with the Coventry Bucket Bag from her American-made leather goods company @fount
www.fount.com
Blogger @samantha_show_ layers a camo jacket over her Browns t-shirt and finishes off the look with a fringe bag.
www.thesamanthashow.com
Rachael of @shoresociety dons a Dawgs Pullover by @homage , a belt bag, and white platform sneakers.
www.shoresociety.com
@melissamandula wears another sweet Emily Roggenburk t-shirt with a cardigan by Fetch + Co and a pair of classic vans.
Use code CLEVIBES to get 20% off your Emily Roggenburk purchase.
www.melissamandula.com
Blogger @jordanashleighmartin wears a University Tees Sunday in Cleveland t-shirt with leopard printed sneakers and a @colortribe bag
www.liketoknow.it/jordanashleighmartin
Personal stylist and fashion blogger Hallie of @thewardrobeconsultant wears her colors on her super dope bag from Two French Blue,
www.thewardrobeconsultant.com/shop
Blogger Shibani of @bombaytaxiboutique wears an orange trench over her Cleveland is my Paris t-shirt by Oceanne.
www.bombaytaxiboutique.com/blog

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

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.

  1. THE APARTMENTS 

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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