Best Of 2002

Best Suburban Downtown: Berea

Any old downtown can be built around a square. But it takes a downtown like Berea's -- a bit different, a bit smarter, a bit better than the rest -- to center on a triangle. Berea's downtown is lovely and accessible from the Baldwin-Wallace campus, several senior citizen complexes, and I-71. There's an Army/Navy store, a thrift shop, an art gallery, a bakery, and a coffee shop. There are also a number of dining choices, including Asian and Italian, a sandwich shop and brewery, and two pizza shops: one with sidewalk seating and one without. And unlike many old-fashioned downtowns, Berea has plenty of free parking, most of it conveniently angled for those of us who prefer suburbs because we just can't parallel park.