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Best Bicycle Shop
It started with two pals — Alex Nosse and Renato Pereira-Castillo — and a dream whose time had come. Passionate about bike travel and helping spread the bug to other interested folks, the pair opened Joy Machines in the summer of 2011, helping kick-start the surge of eclectic businesses reshaping West 25th Street in Ohio City. The point is to make bicycling an engaging and affordable option for everyone, and to make Cleveland a healthier town because of it.
1836 West 25th St., 216-394-0230, joymachinesbikeshop.com
Staff Pick: Joy Machines
Best Animal Hospital
Gateway Animal Clinic
A Tremont institution since 1999 — and a rebuilt pet-care palace since 2011 — Gateway is beloved for its team of caring and compassionate professionals and its ever-reasonable prices. Centrally located just off the highway near downtown, Gateway has come to be known as the home of miracles when other pet clinics come up short.
1819 Abbey Ave., 216-771-4414,
Staff Pick: Gateway Animal Clinic
Best Discount Store
Founded in Middleburg Heights back in 1979, Marc Glassman's "grocery and deep discount" chain now numbers some 50 locations across Northeast Ohio, along with an ever-expanding empire of believers who swear by the deals tumbling off of every shelf. Most intriguing though are the closeout aisles: a jubilee of bargain-priced goods that can and often do range from emery boards to porch swings.
Northeast Ohio; marcs.com
Staff Pick: Value World
Best Place to Buy Groceries
Cleveland digs this local grocery chain for the homemade baked goods, freshly prepped heat & eat entrées, organic foods, and fresh produce — often sourced from local farms. Combine that with great cheeses, wine tastings, and first-class service, and no wonder Heinen's is Cleveland's favorite stop to shop.
Various locations; heinens.com
Staff Pick: Heinen's
Best Tattoo Parlor
Artistry, professionalism, and good hygiene intersect at this popular Ohio City tattoo parlor, where links to the Cleveland culinary scene have helped forge a following. Fans of Melt Bar & Grilled can get a discount on their grilled cheese tattoos here, thereby earning a 25 percent sammie discount for life. But even ink-thinkers without culinary cred come here for one main reason: the value here goes more than skin deep.
2070 West 25th St., 216-664-5658,
Staff Pick: Atom Bomb Tattoo
Best Farmers Market
North Union Farmers Market
What started out in the mid-'90s as a humble weekly market on Shaker Square has grown into an ambitious network of seven weekly markets in five locations — including an indoor market for wintry shopping needs. Today, that network supplies folks from Westlake to Chagrin Falls with an almost endless variety of year-round staples — everything from greens and gourmet mushrooms to honey and grains — all trucked in fresh from local farmers and producers.
Staff Pick: North Union Farmers Market
Best Business at the West Side Market
Ohio City Pasta
Want to find Ohio City Pasta at the West Side Market? Just look for the crowd noodling around Stand E3, waiting to stock up on freshly made faves like butternut-squash ravioli, squid-ink fettuccini, and Spanish-saffron linguini. It's been that way since 1990, when chef Gary Thomas launched his gourmet pasta company. Twenty-two years later, Thomas and his crew are delivering thousands of pounds of pasta to restaurants and retail shops throughout the Midwest, including this popular Market outpost.
1979 West 25th St., 216-696-3388,
Staff Pick: D.W. Whitaker Pork & Poultry