Happy Black Friday! I’m sure by now everyone is a sweet post-shopping, post-turkey leftover coma and hopefully everyone had some fun buying up all the good deals. But get ready, the shopping weekend is just getting started people! Tomorrow is my favorite shopping day of the year: Small Business Saturday. Small Business Saturday is a day to avoid those big box stores and celebrate and support the local businesses in our community. Studies have shown that more than 70 cents of every dollar spent at local, independently owned stores is retained and recycled through the community.
I’ve made a short list of some of my favorite Cleveland Small Businesses – definitely not an exhaustive list, we’d be here all day cause Cleveland has so, so many wonderful and marvelous small businesses. Anyway – I highly encourage you to check some of these out – have fun shopping local my friends!
C.L.E. Clothing Company (342 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115) – A trip downtown isn’t complete without a trip to East 4th Street, home of the C.L.E. Clothing Company. Anything Cleveland-themed that you can ever imagine can be found here… get a cute t-shirt or a coffee table book for that #1 Cleveland fan.
GV Art and Design (17411 Detroit Avenue, Lakewood, OH 44107) – Another Cleveland themed store, specializing in some very cool Cleveland sports-themed art work. They also sell some Cleveland swag, including my favorite Cleveland t-shirt – CleveLAND that I love.
Fresh Brewed Tees – has some great Cleveland sports apparel for sale on their website, but they also have a unique selling technique – a truck that comes around during Browns, Indians and Cavs games where you can buy your swag.
Native Cleveland (15813 Waterloo Road Cleveland, Oh 44110) – Carries CLE Clothing company apparel and supports local artists by selling their artwork, buttons, stickers, home décor, jewelry, soaps, and books about Cleveland.
Arts and Crafts:
78th Street Studios (W. 78th Street is 1300 W. 78th Street, Cleveland OH 44102) – this event features over 170,000 square feet of design showcases, art galleries, design studios, and creative spaces, all under one roof. Every Third Friday from 5-9PM, it’s basically a giant art walk featuring art, music, food and pop up vendors. All venues in 78th Street Studios are open Fridays 11AM-4PM and every third Friday from 5-9PM.
Glass Bubble Project (2421 Bridge Ave, Cleveland, OH 44113) – One of the coolest spots in Ohio City, the Glass Bubble Project specializes in creating unique works of art from recycled metal and hand blown glass. They also have classes available where you can make your own one-of-a-kind glass souvenirs.
Stitch Cleveland (18117 Detroit Ave, Lakewood, OH 44107) – Here is Stitch your one stop shop for sewing, knitting and crocheting. Don’t know how to sew? Take a class and learn!
Clothing and Accessories:
Banyan Tree – (2242 Professor Ave, Cleveland, OH 44113) a quirky Tremont shop with clothing, accessories, home décor and gifts… something for everyone.
Lion & Blue (15106 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, OH, 44107) – a shop that focuses on fair trade and the environment, this Lakewood store has some beautiful jewelry and accessories.
Yellowcake Shop (6500 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, OH 44102) – Designs from Project Runway contestant and Clevelander Valerie Mayen.
Books and Music:
Horizontal Books (1921 W 25th St, Cleveland, OH, 44113) – an Ohio City institution, this shop offers a huge selection of discounted new books.
Music Saves (15801 Waterloo Rd, Cleveland, OH 44110) – a new and used record store in the up and coming Waterloo area in Cleveland.
Must Stop Shops:
Big Fun (East: 1814 Coventry Rd, Cleveland Heights; West: 11512 Clifton Blvd, Cleveland) – a big kids toy store not only has toys and memorabilia, but some throwback candies that you haven’t even thought about in years. One of my favorite stops – locations on east and west side.
City Buddha (1807 Coventry Rd, Cleveland Hts, OH, 44118) – an eclectic shop with decorations for you and your home from all over the world, including funky sculptures and table decorations as well as some beautiful and reasonably priced jewelry.
5th Street Arcades (530 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44115) – this newly rebranded and revitalized shopping area is a one stop shop for great boutiques, jewelry, desserts and more. A range of shops to suite anyone’s fancy – from a tea store (The Tea Lab) to a coffee shop (Pour) as well as a cupcake and chocolate shop.
Small Box CLE (W 6th St, Cleveland, OH 44113) – a marketplace of small retail shops made from converted shipping containers in a parking lot on West 6th and St. Clair. Featuring pop-up shops from the Banyan Tree and the Wandering Wardrobe.
Food and Drink:
Don’t even get me started on the fantastic food in Cleveland. Check out Cleveland Independents for some great suggestions of locally owned restaurants in our great city – and that’s just the beginning. The suggestions below make for some great Cleveland-based, yummy snacks for the hard to shop for people in our lives.
Campbell’s Sweets Factory (2084 W. 25th St. Cleveland, OH, 44113 and 14730 Detroit Ave. Lakewood, OH 44107)– Also located in the West Side Market, Campbell’s is the only place to go for gourmet popcorn. Samples are a must… be sure to try the Dichotomy corn. .. mmm.
Malley’s Chocolates (Various Locations) – This is old school Cleveland. Real and delicious chocolate – my dad swears by it.
Portside Distillery (983 Front Ave, Cleveland, OH 44113, also sold in various Cleveland area restaurants and Giant Eagle)– One of the first distilleries in Cleveland since Prohibition, Portside has some delicious Rum – my favorite is the limited edition Christmas Spirit, just in time for the holidays. They also brew some tasty beers that can be found in local restaurants and they will be opening a Tasting Room soon – keep an eye out!
Rudy’s Strudel and Bakery (5580 Ridge Rd, Parma, OH 44129) – Last but certainly not least… my favorite Parma spot for all the delicious eastern European food you could ever want. I have to be honest, my bias comes from my 8 year stint as an employee of good old Rudy’s, but tastebuds don’t lie. The strudel is light and crisp, the kolachki melt in your mouth. The perogies – pretty much on par in deliciousness with my grandma’s – are prepared, pinched, boiled and bagged daily (and with lots of love) by the most wonderful ladies. If you only visit one spot on this list… this should be it.
Make sure to visit your favorite local small business and keep your money close to home!