Cleveland has many unique neighborhoods to explore with retail options ranging from handmade chocolates to local beer and spirits; from clothing boutiques to fabulous art galleries to the Cleveland Flea, our very own local food and crafts gathering! Perhaps our best-known local destination is the venerable West Side Market, the oldest continuously operating market in the Country.
When you shop local, you keep dollars in our economy. Buying from Big Box retailers sends dollars out of town.
Click the links below to explore different shopping experiences our neighborhoods offer.
Located in the heart of Downtown Cleveland along one of Euclid Avenue’s most prominent stretches, the former Colonial and Euclid Arcades were once largely vacant and underutilized as a retail destination. Recently, Cumberland Development has rebranded and redeveloped this historic building, taking vacant space that was once over 40% vacant in 2012 to near 100% occupancy today. Rebranded, the 5th Street Arcades are almost entirely occupied with locally-owned retailers, boutiques and start-up businesses. Over the past year, the 5th Street Arcades have become a retail incubator in Downtown Cleveland with a message of “bringing retail back to Downtown Cleveland while shopping locally-owned stores.”
Creative financing and incentives through the Neighborhood Retail Assistance Program; grants provided by the Charter One Retail Grant Competition; Bad Girl Ventures; Downtown Cleveland Alliance; and rent concessions through Cumberland Arcades, combined have reduced the risk to startup businesses.
This investment not only injects new life into downtown, but also plays a critical role with assisting retail development by providing affordable and attractive space that clusters “retail” entrepreneurship.
A few of the new businesses include: Chocolate 76, a minority & female-owned business, that makes hand-made chocolates with an artistic touch; Bright Green, a female-owned boutique that features baby products made from organic cotton.
The Tea Lab
The Tea Lab is a tea emporium that features over 100 varieties of tea including fun accessories such as tea pots, cups and brewing equipment. You don’t have to be from Britain to enjoy the assortment of tea and the many flavors and aroma that come with it. The Tea Lab focuses on loose tea, bagged tea and brewed tea that is served hot and refreshing by the cup.
The pour over coffee movement came to Downtown Cleveland in 2013. Pour Cleveland opened in late 2013 anchoring the 5th Street Arcades in a long vacant Euclid Avenue storefront. The coffee shop focuses on using high quality coffee beans to brew individual cups of coffee using a hand pour over technique. The locally-owned café sells packaged whole bean or ground coffee and fresh baked goods that are made from micro businesses operating out of the Cleveland Culinary Launch & Kitchen.
When Pour Cleveland was constructing their space, the small business incorporated custom furniture made from reclaimed wood from a bowling alley for their tables and countertops.The furniture was built by Soulcraft Woodshop, a local furniture design company with a gallery in the 5th Street Arcades. In addition to the great coffee, Pour Cleveland sells baked goods from micro businesses operating out of the Cleveland Culinary Launch & Kitchen. Pour Cleveland is not only adding vibrancy to Euclid Avenue and the 5th Street Arcades but they are also supporting other Cleveland businesses.
The Detroit-Shoreway Neighborhood which includes the Gordon Square Arts District, has partnered with Cleveland Public Theatre and Near West Theatre on strategic plan to continue to remake Detroit Avenue between West 54th to West 76th Streets into a thriving and walkable commercial and residential arts district complete with restaurants, coffee shops, galleries, boutiques, and wine bars. Leveraging the restoration of the Capitol Theatre, which had been vacant almost 30 years, renovation of Cleveland Public Theatre, and the recent construction of the new Near West Theatre has led to 42 new small businesses coming to the neighborhood in the past 3 years and over $750 million of investment in the neighborhood.
Gypsy Beans & Baking Company, a female-owned bakery & café, features homemade pastries, muffins and sandwiches. Niki Gillota, owner of Gypsy Beans & Bakery was one of the first businesses that opened prior to the Detroit Avenue Streetscape improvements and has remained in business for almost 8 years. Another neighborhood staple is Sweet Moses, an old-fashioned ice cream and soda fountain parlor. Sweet Moses uses classic recipes and the finest Belgian chocolate, Madagascar vanilla, and homemade hot fudge and caramel to complement their ice cream. Other favorites such as popcorn treats, peanut & chocolate clusters and cookies add to the variety of sweet treats to purchase.
The 78th Street Studios is another unique feature of the neighborhood. It is the largest fine arts complex in NE Ohio with over 43 galleries, studios and home to oWOW Radio, the region's top Internet rock station. Every Friday from 11 am - 4 pm, visitors are invited to explore the open galleries. Every Third Friday of the month from 5 - 9 pm, over 50 venues inside 78th Street Studios open up at the same time to present compelling visual exhibits, ambient music, delicious cuisine, and pop up vendors.
The Gordon Square Arts District in Detroit-Shoreway continues to experience significant growth in investments. Many exciting new businesses are slated to open in the neighborhood soon. These new businesses include: Arcadian Food + Drink, a new bar and grill; Superelectric Pinball Parlor, a bar/café featuring vintage pinball games; Brewnuts, a donut shop with donuts made from beer; Vita Urbana, an artisanal grocery store; and Banter Beer & Wine, a café and retail shop featuring craft beer and fine wine.
The Glenville neighborhood is located on the east side of Cleveland approximately three miles from downtown. The neighborhood has great access to parks and green space: Rockefeller Park, Gordon Park and Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve. Glenville is also easily accessible to University Circle, home to the city’s many well regarded cultural, educational and health care institutions which include the Cleveland Museum of Art, University Hospital and the Cleveland Clinic. The neighborhood has been the historical home to Cleveland’s African American community including one of the most infamous cartoon characters – Superman.
The main retail corridors in Glenville include Saint Clair Avenue, Superior and East 105th Street. Glenville Town Center provides national retail chains and services to the residents. Other commercial streets are dotted with many small “mom and pop” businesses that provide goods and services to the local community as well as some national retail outlets. Trotter’s Dry Cleaners is a family-owned mom and pop shop on St. Clair Avenue which has been in business for four decades. The small business has been serving the needs of residents of Glenville by providing a “green” dry cleaning service which uses environmentally friendly cleaning solutions. Trotter’s provided the dry cleaning services for the costumes during the filming of Captain America and other movies that have been filmed in Cleveland.
The William’s family, owners of Cleveland’s Hot Sauce Williams BBQ restaurants, opened a new soul food restaurant in the heart of the Glenville Neighborhood at 12310 Superior Avenue in partnership with the local community development corporation, Famicos Foundation. Other small business entrepreneurs are investing in their commercial properties. Alphonso Mitchum is renovating the building that houses the neighborhood corner store. This has been family-owned and operated store since the 1960s.
Ohio City, one of Cleveland’s oldest neighborhoods founded in 1818, is anchored by the most spectacular food market in the city, the West Side Market. This brick emporium houses independent vendors that sell fresh meats, vegetables, fruits, dairy products, ethnic foods and international goods and spices not found in grocery stores.
Over the past 10 years, vacant or underutilized storefronts have been replaced with locally-owned microbreweries, restaurants and independently-owned boutiques. Great Lakes Brewery established in 1988, is Ohio's first microbrewery located a block from the West Side Market. The six-building complex now includes a brewery, a brew pub, banquet facilities, and a gift shop. Over 70,000 barrels of beer are produced at this facility including their most famous amber brew, Dortmunder Gold.
Ohio City is one of the leading neighborhoods in sustainability. Joy Machines, a small retail bike shop, sells and repairs bicycles on West 25th Street; Mitchell’s Ice Cream recently opened their flagship store May 2014 serving locally homemade ice cream; locally grown food is purchased from nearby Ohio City Farms. The neighborhood is better known as a “foodie” microbrew hub vs Tremont’s art galleries and boutique stores.
Ohio City is also growing with the addition of new businesses in their South of Lorain district (SoLo). Businesses like Fridrich Bicycle Inc., Jack Flaps Urban Breakfast Shoppe, The Grocery, Platform Beer Co., and Canopy Collective, an art gallery and consignment shop, have added vibrancy to the area of Ohio City near Fulton Road. A bike shop in the district since the 1890’s, Fridrich Bicycle Inc., was joined in 2014 by Platform Beer Co., a brewery that also houses a brewery incubator. The Grocery opened early 2015, right across from Fridrich Bicycle and offers locally grown produce and other food staples.
Tremont’s revitalization began with the opening of art galleries, clothing boutiques and locally-owned restaurants in the late 1990s. Many of the boutiques are located along Professor and Kenilworth Avenues. One of the most visited attractions to the Tremont Neighborhood is the Christmas Story House and Gift Shop. The boutique is located across the street from the Christmas Story House. The shop features unique items that were featured throughout the 1983 classic movie. The house was restored as a tourist attraction and museum in November of 2006.
Many art galleries call Tremont home. The neighborhood has built a reputation with their infamous Tremont Art Walk that occurs on the 2nd Friday of every month. The artwalk, which recently celebrated its 22-year anniversary, connects people to the “mom & pop” shops. The walkable neighborhood lends itself as an “experience” for patrons to shop locally designed treasures, dine at the local restaurants and shop at the retail boutiques. Some of the art galleries include: Doubting Thomas Gallery, Paul Duda Gallery, Robert Hartshorn Studio & Gallery, and the Brandt Gallery.
Tremont is also home to a thriving restaurant scene. Iron Chef Michael Symon’s Mediterranean- themed Lolita is a popular choice for a casual, upscale dining experience. Local renowned chef Zack Bruell is the owner of Parallax – a chic Asian-influenced eatery. Other well-regarded Tremont restaurants include: Bac Asian American Bistro, Dante, Fahrenheit, and Ginko.
If you are looking for retail apparel, clothing and accessories, Evie Lou, a female-owned boutique has one of a kind items featuring woman’s clothing attire. The Banyan Tree, an eclectic mix of clothing, jewelry and household goods offers treasures you will not find in the large suburban shopping malls. If you venture toward the famous St.Theodocious Church filmed in the Deerhunter movie in 1980, you can taste the flavors of homemade sweets with Lilly Handmade Chocolates located on Starkweather Avenue. Adjacent you will find Wine & Design, which offers furniture, décor, candles and a bottle of wine for the living space of your home!
Slavic Village is located on the southeast side of Cleveland. This neighborhood is home to the headquarters of Third Federal Savings and Loan and many industrial businesses. Slavic Village is named for the Czech and Polish immigrants who settled in the area to work in the many factories in the neighborhood. The main commercial thoroughfares of the neighborhood are Broadway Avenue, Fleet Avenue, Harvard Avenue, and East 65th Street.
Fleet Avenue is nearing the completion of a $10 million streetscape improvement including green infrastructure including bike lanes from East 49th Street to East 65th Street. The Slavic Village neighborhood boasts the Morgana Run Trail which is a multipurpose trail developed on an old rail corridor. This trail along with the Cleveland Velodrome and Mill Creek Falls have helped to brand Slavic Village as an active lifestyle neighborhood.
The Fleet Avenue corridor contains retail and restaurant amenities including a Bi-Rite grocery store and a barber shop. The Red Chimney restaurant, a neighborhood institution, serves up many traditional Polish dishes alongside diner favorites. Seven Roses Deli serves home Polish food, baked goods and imported grocery items. The Red Chimney and Seven Roses attract visitors from all over Northeast Ohio.
The Fleet Avenue streetscape improvement project will not only enhance the aesthetic of the corridor, it is making Fleet Avenue more attractive to developers and business owners. The City of Cleveland along with Citizens Bank, Slavic Village Development and the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District have partnered to develop a public parking lot at 6305 Fleet Avenue to help support new business development.
Among the upcoming businesses in Slavic Village is Saucisson, a female-owned butcher shop specializing in unique and hard to find products. Melissa Khoury and Penny Barend have been selling cured meats and specialty sausages at local farmers markets since 2013. The business sources meat from local farms that are humane and hormone free. In early 2016, Saucisson plans to open at 5324 Fleet Avenue the former home of Jaworski Meats. The small business is proving that everything old Is new again by bringing the location back to its roots.
3820 Superior Ave & 2999 Payne Ave
Cleveland, OH 44114
7 Days a Week 9:00 am – 8:00 pm
Asia Town Center & Asia Plaza are major anchors in what has become Cleveland’s own Asian Town. The Center is located on the Eastern edge of Asia Town while the Plaza is on the Western edge. Both feature a variety of Asian grocers, retail outlets, and restaurants representing a variety of cuisines and cultures. You can find authentic Chinese food tucked away in the back of the grocery store at Asia Town Center and delicious Korean food on the second floor at Miega Korean BBQ. Negative Space Studio and Gallery has added beautiful art to the second floor of the Center. The dim sum served during lunch hours at Li Wah along with local goods you can find at Flower City gift shop have been attracting visitors to Asia Plaza as well for years. The entire area contains a variety of local shops and ethnic cuisines to explore—just drive along Payne, Superior and Saint Clair to take a local trip to the other side of the world!
3615 Superior Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44114
2nd Saturday of Each Month
Describing itself as “part urban treasure hunt, part culinary adventure, part maker center,” the Cleveland Flea is a unique community-supported shopping destination that brings local crafters of culinary and practical goods together under one large roof. The goal of the Flea is to connect residents with community businesses to support a local-goods economy in Cleveland. Be sure to read more about one of the coolest monthly events in Cleveland!
Through efforts to revive historic industrial buildings with vibrant galleries and artist lofts, the QuARTer Arts District has become home to a number of live-work spaces, studios and galleries for the artists of our community. At places like the Tower Press Building, the Artcraft Building and Artefino Art Gallery and Café, a collective arts network is growing and thriving in the St. Clair Superior neighborhood. Open studio tours are available to see firsthand the creative processes involved, along with markets to support our locally-based artist community.
1361 E 55th St
Cleveland, OH 44103
In 2015, Café 55 opened in the St. Clair Superior neighborhood, to offer healthy eats to the local community. The café is just one section of the newly developing Hub 55 that will include a 10,000 square foot brewery and tap room, a 12,000 square foot food and artisan market, and rentable office, retail and flex space. The overall mission of Hub 55 is to increase access to fresh, affordable and healthy food for the neighborhood and create employment and business opportunities for low-income individuals in the St. Clair Superior neighborhood.
Shaker Square connects the suburb of Shaker Heights to the City of Cleveland. It is the heart of a lively, diverse neighborhood and shopping district, featuring more than 4,000 units of high-quality rental and condominium apartments — the largest concentration of multi-family housing in Cleveland. It also includes townhouses and many larger private homes. Shaker Square, completed in 1929, celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2014.
Shaker Square is adjacent to the Buckeye Neighborhood on the eastern side of Cleveland. It is the oldest shopping district in Ohio and the second oldest in the country. It features fine dining restaurants like Fire, Food & Drink
, to casual dining options such as Yours Truly. Edwin’s Leadership & Restaurant Institute
has also made its home in Shaker Square, developing reentry opportunities for formerly incarcerated adults in the culinary arts and hospitality industry. Dave’s Supermarket, coffee & popcorn shops and a movie theater also make up the district.
The Buckeye Neighborhood is a walkable street with most of the historic commercial buildings still in place that were built 100 years ago. The Buckeye Neighborhood resonates it’s past, present and future with music! Public art which is displayed throughout the buildings, parks, streets and cultural events depict the jazz culture. The Soul of Buckeye
is an annual festival held every summer. The festival features jazz ensembles, soul food, a beer garden, clothing and merchandise vendors. It is one of the most exciting summer festivals in Cleveland. Since 1996, the sounds of five jazz bands on Friday, and four to five Blues ensembles on Saturday, can be heard by people of all ages.
One block north of Shaker Square is the district of Larchmere, which accommodates more than 40 antique shops, auction houses, and art galleries, offering visitors a rich variety of old and rare merchandise. The neighborhood is home to annual events such as the Holiday Stroll
and Porchfest, where neighborhood residents open their front porches for public musical performances in the summer.
The next time you go out on the town, "Go forth, to East 4th!" East 4th Street is the city's most vibrant entertainment and residential district. Within walking distance to sporting events and concerts at Progressive Field and Quicken Loans Arena, East 4th offers Pickwick & Frolic's comedy club & cabaret, restaurants which include some of Cleveland’s best Chef’s Michael Symon (Lola’s), Jonathan Sawyer (Greenhouse Tavern) and Zach Bruell (Chinato). A night of bowling while watching a local sporting event includes The Corner Alley in addition to more than 250 historic, luxuriously renovated apartments. And now you can access this great destination by docking your water craft at the new North Coast Harbor Marina and meandering your way to Downtown!
What is out there for those who love their city and want to show through a public display of affection? Well, East 4th is home to the retail store CLE Clothing Co. which provides local themed t-shirts for Clevelanders. CLE Clothing is "Spreading Cleveland Pride One T-Shirt at a Time!" The brick walkable street includes
Local retail continues to grow and expand in downtown with the recent opening of Geiger’s, a men and women’s outdoor apparel shop. Geiger’s is a family-owned and operated business that has been in Cleveland since 1932.
Collinwood, one of Cleveland’s oldest east side neighborhoods, was annexed and became part of the City of Cleveland in 1910. The neighborhood grew from the rise of manufacturing and railroad jobs at the turn of the 20th century. Today, Collinwood is comprised of the Waterloo, North and South Collinwood Neighborhoods.
Over the last several years, the Waterloo Neighborhood has built a reputation as a destination location to hear live music thanks to the Beachland Ballroom
. Now joining the Beachland are several art galleries to walk along and visit throughout the district. Waterloo also boasts unique retail including an independent record shop, thrift stores, restaurants and two “old world” sausage shops, R & D Sausage
, featuring smoked meats and cured cheeses. The neighborhood also includes boutique vintage music stores. Blue Arrow Records
and Music Saves
are destination “record” retail stores that feature a wide range selection of quality and reasonably priced LPs and 45s spanning from the 1950s to the present day.
Recently the Waterloo Neighborhood has been seeing continued small business growth. Dru Christine Fabrics and Design
located at 15615 Waterloo Road is a minority female-owned business. This boutique shop specializes in custom apparel, accessories, and fabric. This store is great for unique gifts or for women looking for one of kind clothing to help them stand out from the crowd. Another recent addition to the Waterloo Neighborhood is Six Shooter Coffee
, a micro roaster and coffee shop located at 16021 Waterloo Road. Six Shooter Coffee received assistance through the Municipal Small Business Initiative, a partnership between the City of Cleveland, Cuyahoga County and the Small Business Administration (“SBA”). If all of the shopping and coffee drinking on Waterloo makes you hungry, you can head right into Citizen Pie
, a new pizzeria to the neighborhood. The locally-owned Italian themed cafe, located at 15710 Waterloo Road, features Neapolitan-style pizzas which are handcrafted and baked in a wood-fired brick oven.
North Collinwood, which includes the E. 185th Street retail corridor, is the home to several parks, including Wildwood Park and Marina, East Shore Park, and the Beachland Park, which was the site of the historic Euclid Beach Park. The Roman Catholic Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School is located at E.185th and Lakeshore Boulevard. Over one and a half miles of main street shopping await you on East 185th Street. With over 185 businesses on the street, there is something for everyone along Cleveland's eastern edge. East 185th Street is filled with a mix of national retailers and businesses that are independently owned and operated. Several restaurants and taverns along the street also make East 185th Street a great destination for a night out with family and friends.
Locally-owned small business entrepreneurs have invested into the neighborhood. Chili Peppers
, a fresh Mexican grill, is best known for “build your own burrito.” Another new cafe to the neighborhood that opened in 2013 is The Standard
, an attractive storefront tavern with exposed brick walls, tin ceilings and new bamboo floors. Their retrofitted space seats 20 at the bar and another 65 in the dining room.
Old Brooklyn is a neighborhood located on the southwest side of Cleveland bordering the Cities of Brooklyn and Parma. In the late 19th and early 20th century, Old Brooklyn was home to many greenhouses. This area was one of the first in the Midwest to utilize greenhouses for vegetable cultivation. Today, this neighborhood houses approximately 32,000 residents including The Price is Right Host, Drew Carey. The Old Brooklyn neighborhood served as the setting of the Drew Carey Show. Murphy’s Law Tavern on Memphis Avenue is the bar which the Warsaw Tavern was modeled after. Old Brooklyn is home to many commercial retail districts featuring many neighborhood amenities. Old Brooklyn’s most popular and most recognized destination is the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.
A small business neighborhood institution that has grown and expanded for four decades is the Honey Hut Ice Cream Shoppe. Frank and Marianne Page, founders of the ice cream shop, fulfilled their vision when the first Honey Hut opened for business July 1st, 1974, with two flavors: Vanilla and Chocolate. After opening, the ice cream flavor list continued expanding to eventually include their signature flavor: Honey Pecän. Today, malts, shakes, floats and sundaes round out their menu of specialty ice cream treats.
Metropolitan Coffee and Hash House is a coffee shop and brunch restaurant currently being developed at 4744 Broadview Road. The female-owned small business is expected to open in Spring 2016. The coffee shop has utilized the City’s Vacant Property Initiative to help redevelop the vacant parcel into a new neighborhood business.
The Sausage Shoppe on Memphis Avenue was featured on celebrity chef, Anthony Bourdain’s, Cleveland Episode of No Reservations on the Travel Channel. The chef visited the business in January 2007 in order to highlight the lost art of sausage making the old fashioned way. The Sausage Shoppe features many old world sausages and cured meats. The business is a Cleveland staple which has been making award winning products wince 1938.
Little Italy is located on the east side of Cleveland adjacent to the University Circle neighborhood and bordering the cities of Cleveland Heights and East Cleveland. The neighborhood gets its name from the Italian immigrants that began to settle the area in in the mid to late 1800s. The immigrants were mostly stone masons attracted to the area to work with Joseph Carrabelli and his granite and marble works. The neighborhood’s historical roots are apparent along Mayfield and Murray Hill Roads where many Italian restaurants, cafes and bakeries are located. Visitors to the neighborhood can indulge in pizza at Mama Santa’s
, cassata cake at Corbo’s Bakery
, cannoli at Presti ‘s Bakery
and other Italian cuisine at the many other establishments in the neighborhood. Little Italy is also known for the many art galleries and gift shops in the neighborhood. The neighborhood restaurants and galleries are a regional draw on their own however many events bring an even larger audience to the area. These events include The Murray Hill Art Walk, the Columbus Day Parade, Feast of the Assumption, the Taste of Little Italy and other events.