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Best Shopping Mall
Whether we're craving furs, funky jeans, or a $500 handbag, this upscale "fashion mall" in Beachwood is the region's top shopping mecca, with more than 140 specialty shops and three big-name anchors (Nordstrom, Sak's, and Dillards) spread across nearly a million square feet of good-looking space. If there's a better way to beat the post-recession blues than blowing a few bucks at Pottery Barn, Sephora, or True Religion, Clevelanders haven't found it!
26300 Cedar Rd., Beachwood; 216-464-9460;
Best Wine Shop
Rozi's Wine House
Family owned and operated Rozi's Wine House has been dishing out great products and friendly service since 1939. Their longevity is no surprise: The beer inventory is mind-blowing, the wine selection is fab, and the almost limitless variety of gift baskets has been helping Clevelanders say "Happy Birthday," "Congratulations," and "I'm sorry I puked in your rose bushes" for more than 70 years.
14900 Detroit Ave., Lakewood;
Best Thrift Store
Bargain hunters, greenies, and just plain cheapskates flock to the Ohio City outpost of this 17-store chain for bargains on gently used clothing, furniture, electronics, and accessories. Plus, when it comes time to whip up an ensemble for the neighborhood costume contest, this place can't be beat.
3333 Lorain Ave.; 216-631-0205;
Best Vintage Store
This fun and funky vintage shop is a retro retail museum of 20th-century kitsch, focused on items culled from the 1930s to the 1980s. Whether you're searching for a duplicate of Grandma's china or a set of your childhood Star Wars sheets, odds are you're going to find it here.
11508 Clifton Blvd.; 216-939-9933;
Best Consignment Shop
Perfect for potential hoarders and smart shoppers alike, Chelsea's ever-changing inventory of household furnishings and decor lets you unload your excess or stock up on more, as your needs, budgets, and psychological status dictate.
26443 Center Ridge Rd., Westlake; 440-892-1850;
The city's ultimate Italian sweet shop, this family owned bakery produces nearly two dozen varieties of cookies each day, including rich macaroons, chewy pignoli, and killer biscotti. Fresh-baked breads, sweet cassata cakes, and filled-to-order cannoli round out the offerings, leading Clevelanders to declare, "No visit to Little Italy is complete without a trip to Corbo's!"
12210 Mayfield Rd.; 216-421-8181
Dream Spa at Quintana's Barber Shop
Hands that rock the cradle or hands that hoist a briefcase: Every little pinkie deserves to look its best. And while some might think a barber shop is an odd location for a pampering spa, the truth is that this hidden gem has been winning national recognition for its ladies' and gentlemen's manicures since 2004.
2200 South Taylor Rd., Cleveland Heights; 216-321-7889; dreamspainc.com
Best Lawn & Garden Store
Gale's Garden Centers
Mother Nature never looks more lovely than when decked out in plants, flowers, and garden accessories from Gale's four locations. The year-round offerings include blooming shrubs, herbs and veggie plants, lawn-care products, birdseed and feeding supplies, and extras like wind chimes, decorative planters, and fountains — everything you need to create your own little Eden on the Cuyahoga.
24373 Center Ridge Rd., Westlake; 440-871-0808
2803 Center Rd., Brunswick; 330-273-6255
5211 Lee Rd., Maple Heights; 216-662-4080
2730 S.O.M. Center Rd., Willoughby Hills; 440-944-6066