The last thing we probably consider as we're perusing the stores in an obnoxiously overcrowded shopping mall is that it will someday be abandoned in an unusual, almost post-apocalyptic manner. Ever wondered what that would look like?
The now (mostly) abandoned Euclid Square Mall is an eerie example of such an occurrence. The mall, which opened in 1977, supposedly met its end at the hands of the nearby Richmond Town Square shopping center, which expanded throughout the 1990s, even snatching away Euclid Town Mall's Kaufmann's for its own. Meanwhile, Euclid Square Mall essentially...retracted. The loss of Kaufmann's was the catalyst of its downfall. The mall's last store closed in 2006.
Now, strangely enough, a plethora of church groups use the abandoned shops as their makeshift places of worship — nothin' like praisin' in front of a former Spencer's — and only a salon and Dillard's outlet remain as feasible moneymakers. The Dillard's is even sealed off from the inside of the mall, furthering the notion that you probably don't want to aimlessly wander the abandoned corridors...unless, of course, you're headed to the chapel or getting your nails done.
Check out these 20 creepy photos of what remains of the Euclid Square Mall. Thanks to our friends at Dead and Dying Retail for the photos.
Known for her throwing sandwiches at her audiences, local cabaret singer-songwriter/performance artist Miss Alexandra Huntingdon will record her first live album at Survival Kit Gallery (located inside the 78th St. Studios) at 8 p.m. on Friday, August 8, and she’s inviting local fans to attend the session. Tickets to the live performance are available at missalexandra.brownpapertickets.com. All proceeds will be used to offset the cost of album production. Check out the singer and her band the Gentlemen's Intermission performing at the Happy Dog and at Brothers Lounge in this YouTube clip.
A 27 year-old Garfield Heights man named Deion Thompson was indicted yesterday in Cleveland's federal court on seven counts of heroin distribution and one count of illegal firearm possession. Thompson raps under the name "Sino Grams," an alias that was included in the federal indictment (embedded below). His birthday listed in court records matches the birthday listed on the Facebook page for Sino Grams.
Thompson/Sino Grams is accused of selling around a half gram of heroin six times from late May through early July, and attempting to sell a half gram on July 7 — the day he was likely arrested — while having a 9 mm pistol on him at the time. He previously had cases in the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court, including drug trafficking and weapons charges in 2008 and failure to comply with a police officer in 2005.
This time, the feds seized his 2008 Hummer, $5,430 in cash, his gun and ammunition.
On his Facebook page for his music career under the name Sino Grams, he describes himself: "Sino Grams from Cleveland Ohio 216 not your everyday hood cat. Eight6ent New Age Mafia we are the streets.. local rapper trying to get a check."
The only thing better than a warm, griddle-fried pupusa is a whole basketful of them. That’s why we can’t be more pleased that a new pupuseria has opened up in Old Brooklyn, which brings the total number of regional spots specializing in the Salvadoran mainstay up to four.
Two months ago, Pupuseria Katarina (4848 Broadview Rd., 216-331-6624) opened up about a half mile north of the Broadview-Brookpark intersection, joining three existing west-side joints: La Casa Tazumal, Pupuseria La Bendicion and El Arepazo y Pupuseria. Like the others, this one is super-casual, with a few tables filling up a bright but spare dining room.
The bulk of the concise menu is devoted to pupusas, inch-thick corn pancakes stuffed with various fillings and fried on a griddle. All the classic varieties are here, including straight-up cheese, one with cheese, refried beans and pork, and loroco, a Salvadoran green vegetable. Katarina also offers versions with chicken, jalapeno and one called pupusa loca, which is kind of like the “kitchen sink” variety, employing every ingredient on the menu. All pupusas are $2 each except the loca, which is $5.
Pupusas are always made and fried to order and served with curtido, a cool, bright and crunchy cabbage slaw that is the perfect accompaniment to the warm, doughy corn cakes. Also served on the side is salsa roja, a thin, mild tomato sauce. None of the above items are spicy, but there are bottles of commercial hot sauce on most tables.
The restaurant also offers larger plates like griddle-cooked steak ($12), whole fried fish ($10), and the Salvadoran Breakfast ($7.50), which is loaded with refried beans, fried eggs, cheese and sour cream. On the weekends, the kitchen prepares homemade empanadas.
Pupuseria Katarina is open every day but Monday.
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