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Thursday, June 6, 2019

What You Need to Know About Saturday's 30th Annual Parade the Circle Event

Posted By on Thu, Jun 6, 2019 at 11:11 AM

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One of the signature events of summer in Northeast Ohio, the Cleveland Museum of Art's 30th annual Parade the Circle includes floats, dancers, live music, stilt-walkers, giant puppets, colorful costumes, vibrant characters, handmade masks and much more.

This year's parade theme is Mythology of Illusion. The parade begins at noon, but guests can enjoy hands-on activities offered by local organizations in Circle Village, in the field inside Wade Oval, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

There will be a slew of tents offering free children's activities. Kids can play a musical instrument, learn about summer safety and the environment and do crafts. Find out more about the workshops right here.

For adults, there's a beer and wine garden. Local acts Cats on Holiday, Forecast and Faith & Whiskey will perform.

Admission is free. But do bring chairs or blankets and plan to arrive early: The spots with a view fill up fast.

Find fun photos of last year's event right here.

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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Update: Mushroomhead to Screen New DVD at the Cedar Lee, Make In-Store Appearance at the Exchange in Parma

Posted By on Tue, Aug 7, 2018 at 9:22 AM

  • Courtesy of Adrenaline PR
Update: In celebration of the release of its new DVD, Volume III, the local metal act Mushroomhead will host an exclusive, one-night-only screening/premiere of the entire two-hour DVD at 10 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 15, at the Cedar Lee Theatre. Tickets, which include a copy of the DVD, are $25.

"Members of our team originally wanted us to do this premiere in L.A. or New York, but Cleveland is our hometown, and we want to represent," says producer/drummer/founder Steve "Skinny" Felton in a press release announcing the screening. "Our local fans are the people who made us who we are today, and this is a once in a lifetime event. I'm excited to see how Volume III translates to the big screen... we've never done this before, so it's an entirely new version stage fright, ha! Good thing Cedar Lee has a bar!"

Then, on Thursday, Aug. 16, the band will take part in a special DVD signing at the Exchange in Parma Heights. The signing will take place from 7 to 10 p.m. and will feature the band members in full costume. DVDs will be available for purchase at the signing, and a DVD must be purchased in order to have access to photos and autographs with the band.

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Saturday, June 30, 2018

Where to Catch Fourth of July Fireworks in the Cleveland Area

Posted By on Sat, Jun 30, 2018 at 5:29 PM

  • Photo courtesy Erik Drost Flckr/CC
Independence Day is right around the corner, and there is an abundance of nearby festivals and events to help celebrate the fact you have a day off in the middle of the week. Here are all the places you can catch traditional fireworks next Wednesday evening.

Light Up The Lake
1055 Old River Rd.
For lakeside views of the fireworks, head down to the Flats with your family and friends and watch the fireworks light up the night from various viewing areas, including Jacob's Pavilion boardwalk, Music Box Supper Club, Shooters on the Water, Edgewater Beach and Voinovich Bicentennial Park. Live entertainment and family fun activities begin at 6:30 p.m. on Settler's Landing, leading up to the fireworks display.

Strongsville Fireworks Display
Foltz Park, Strongsville
Gather at the Fortz Athletic Field, located right next to Strongsville's city center, for fireworks at 10 p.m. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to snuggle up and watch the annual light show commence.

Goodtime III Fireworks Cruise
825 E 9th St.
Enjoy a night of dinner, dancing, live music and fireworks while sailing Lake Erie. Prices start at $35 and may vary depending on viewing level and dinner. Reservations are required for this event. Boarding begins at 6 p.m. and the cruise sails until 11:30 p.m.

Rock and Boom
601 Erieside Ave.
View fireworks right from the dock of the steamship William G. Mather. Food, drinks and a family friendly beer garden will be available. Make sure to bring some lawn chairs and blankets, as they are not provided by the Science Center. Entry is $16 a person, but only $13 for Science Center members.

Lakewood 4th of July Parade and Fireworks
14532 Lake Ave., Lakewood
Independence Day festivities run all day long in Lakewood. The city's parade kicks off at 10 a.m. on Lake Avenue at Kenneth Drive and ends at Lakewood Park at 11:30 a.m., where games and activities run all afternoon long. A featured concert, from the Lakewood High School Youth Rock Orchestra, hits at 7 p.m., with a firework extravaganza concluding the day at 9:45 p.m.

Light Up the Point
Cedar Point, 1 Cedar Point Dr., Sandusky
To celebrate the fourth, Cedar Point is offering discounted admission and parking from now until July 4, for only $45. Independence Day will consists of beachside fireworks and even more family friendly activities. The park is even open until midnight.

Bay Days 
350 Dover Center Rd., Bay Village
This annual carnival takes place June 30-July 4, excluding July 2 this year. The festival opens early July 4, at 8:30 a.m., allowing for an entire day of festivities, with early morning runs, carnival rides, live music, a baseball game, a magic show at noon and a parade at 11:30 a.m. A fireworks display will be held at dusk.

Akron's Rib, White and Blue Festival
200 S. Main St., Akron
This annual rib festival provides its attendees with live cover bands, inflatables, rock walls, display shows, and of course, ribs from June 29-July 4. Admission is completely free, with doors opening at 11 a.m. each day. A fireworks display commences at 9:45 p.m. on the fourth.

Berea's Grindstone Festival
Coe Lake, Berea
This three-day festival features paddleboat rides, an outdoor movie showing, live bands, carnival rides and local vendors from all over downtown Berea. There's even a parade highlighting veterans and community groups. The event concludes with a fireworks show over Coe Lake 10 p.m. on the fourth.

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Fun, Food & Fireworks in Ashland
1440 Hiner Ave., Ashland
The community of Ashland is hosting its own July 4 amusement with local music playing all evening, including Mansfield based band, Alter-Ego. The fireworks exhibition goes on at 9:30 p.m.

Classic Park Stadium
35300 Vine St., Eastlake
Enjoy a family-filled night with food and entertainment in the home of the Lake Country Captains before the firework spectacle at 9:55 p.m. Doors to the stadium open at 7:30 p.m.

Cleveland Pops Orchestra Concert
Mentor Civic Amphitheater, 8600 Munson Rd., Mentor
Mentor celebrates independence day with a free performance from the Cleveland Pops Orchestra followed by a firework spectacular. The Orchestra will perform both classical and contemporary music, ranging from Strauss to Bill Joel. The performance kicks off at 8 p.m., with the fireworks to immediately follow.

Lake Erie Crushers Game
Sprenger Stadium, 2009 Baseball Blvd., Avon
For all baseball fans out there, enjoy an evening ball game on the Fourth of July. A fireworks exhibition hits the night sky immediately following the last inning.

Salute to America Concert
Blossom Music Center, 1145 W. Steels Corners Rd., Cuyahoga Falls
The Blossom Festival Band, under the conduction of Loras John Schissel, performs a patriotic concert on both July 3 and 4. Featured music includes a tribute to the Armed Forces, Sousa marches, Broadway showtunes, and, of course, the “1812” Overture. The fireworks will shoot up in the summer sky after the conclusion of the concert, and a CD giveaway is included. The concert commences at 8 p.m.

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Friday, June 29, 2018

Van Aken District Lands Banter, On the Rise, Brassica, and Craft Collective as Shaker Development Takes Shape

Posted By on Fri, Jun 29, 2018 at 3:41 PM

  • Van Aken Market Hall rendering/RMS

When the Van Sweringen brothers were developing the idyllic Village of Shaker Heights in the early 20th century, they fashioned a residential community largely devoid of industry and commercial districts. This "garden city" was to be a leafy oasis that stood in stark contrast to the crowded, cacophonous downtown Cleveland, which was easily accessible by train.

A sweeping $90-million public-private project between the City of Shaker Heights and RMS Real Estate, dubbed Van Aken District, seeks to tweak that blueprint in a way that will create an active urban hub on the edge of this historic suburban community. The years-long endeavor has reshaped one of the worst intersections in the state while giving rise to a sincere and purposeful Main Street that is the antithesis of contrived lifestyle centers.

"Together with the city we created a vision of what we're trying to create, and that vision is the anti-corporate, anti-lifestyle center for the residents of Shaker," explains Luke Palmisano of RMS. "When you arrive here, we want you to feel like you're entering an extension of the city, not a private development that was just plopped down."

The 18-acre parcel is modest relative to today's Disney-sized outcroppings, with 80,000 square feet of restaurants and retail, 64,000 square feet of office space, and 103 apartments, all clustered around a half-acre green space. Situated as it is at the terminus of the RTA Blue Line, the district also is transit-orientated.

As the project nears another milestone, we're learning more about the mix of food and beverage tenants that will occupy both the stand-alone spots as well as the Market Hall. But even that angle of the venture is being managed very differently from other development projects, where a comprehensive roster of high-profile national brands is unfurled with much fanfare.

"We're not rushing to fill everything; it's more about finding the right fit of tenants that complement each other," Palmisano notes. "This is such a unique and special project that we have to get it right. All it takes is one bad national chain to destroy the reputation that we're trying build."

Like in the real world, the developers see Van Aken District as a living organism that will evolve over time. There are few large spaces that will be hard to turn over, and most of those are spoken for by established chef-owners. James Beard Award-winning Jonathon Sawyer will open a new concept, while another James Beard Award-winning chef, Miami-based Michael Schwartz, will open Genuine Pizza, a fresh take on his popular Harry's Pizzeria concept.

Mitchell's Homemade Ice Cream will occupy a highly visible perch just steps from the park, where concerts, block parties and alfresco movie nights will be held. Rising Star Coffee Roasters and Restore Cold Pressed are two other great, local brands that have been attached to the project for some time.

Some of the most interesting things will be taking place in the 20,000-square-foot Market Hall, a food-focused hub that is taking shape in the former Fresh Market grocery building. Modeled after some of the best food halls in the nation, the airy space is less of a food court than it is neighborhood gathering place with food. The building is ringed by anchor tenants that touch both inside and out, while the interior is a grid of flexible 10-foot-by-10-foot stalls that can be rented solo or combined into larger units, making the hall suited both to small startups and existing businesses.

"The Van Aken Market Hall will function as the heartbeat of Shaker's new downtown and we're developing the hall in a manner consistent with our overall vision: To create a vibrant and irresistible place," explains RMS president Jon Ratner. "We can achieve this by activating the spaces with a combination of amazing tenants and dynamic programming to give patrons a reason to keep coming back. We've looked to partner with the kinds of tenants who understand this vision and who want to deliver the quality and creativity that the patrons of this marketplace deserve."

Banter has staked a claim on four stalls for its 400-square-foot "pocket-sized Banter," confirms owner Matthew Stipe, adding that he's been searching for the right eastside opportunity for some time. While smaller than the original in Detroit Shoreway, the new outpost will offer a similar, albeit scaled-down, roster of poutine and sausage dishes. It will also function as a bottle shop that stocks a sharp selection of craft beer.

  • Banter poutine. Photo by Peter Larson photography

"The No. 1 thing that attracted us to the project was the way they were cultivating the other businesses that would go in there," Stipe explains. "The owners took a more local approach in an attempt to sort of duplicate the great local movement that we have going here on the west side."

Adam Gidlow had the same reaction when he learned of the project. By his own account, he's a patient, prudent business owner, who waited a full 15 years to expand his beloved Cleveland Heights bakery On the Rise into an adjacent space.

"I think it could be a really cool place and I don't not want to be a part of it," he says. "It's close enough so that we'll be able to make easy trips back and forth from the bakery, but I don't think it will cannibalize our existing business."

On the Rise will occupy three 10-by-10 stalls that will echo the look and feel of the bakeshop on Fairmount Boulevard. A 20-foot frontage will display breads and pastries, while a small kitchen prepares popular made-to-order sandwiches like the banh mi or grass-fed roast beef.

While the Market Hall will have common areas with both conventional and soft seating, as well as restrooms and amenities, some operators will be able to incorporate their own space into the larger hall. That's the case with Craft Collective, an offshoot concept from Bottlehouse Brewery. The large corner space opens both to the food hall and outdoors to a patio and will be equipped with a 28-foot bar and furnished with six 12-foot picnic tables.

Owner Brian Benchek describes the concept as a 70-seat taproom that specializes in ciders, sours and meads, about 20 percent of which will be from Bottlehouse's tanks. The rest, along with the selection of "clean beers," will come from other producers.

"Our model going forward is to open other taprooms rather than go production," Benchek explains. "We'll partner with a lot of small breweries in the area who aren't in wide distribution."

Craft Collective will also offer a bourbon-heavy craft cocktail program along with some wine. An onsite barreling component, tasting flights and workshops will introduce an educational aspect to the venture, but food will not be served.

"We're not in the food game, so it's perfect to be in the middle of this food hall," says Benchek. "But like our other taprooms, this is going to be a place for the community to gather, a central hub where you can hang out to drink and eat."

Kevin Malhame and his wife Katy founded Northstar Cafe 15 years ago, when they were in their 20s. That small regional chain has grown to include four locations in Columbus and one in greater Cincinnati. Building upon Malhame's Lebanese heritage, the couple developed a fast-casual Middle Eastern concept called Brassica. When it opens up at Van Aken District, in a glassy 2,500-square-foot corner space, it will be the first outside Columbus.


"The restaurant was inspired by great falafel shops around the world," says Malhame. "Our approach to both Northstar and Brassica has always been that they're great places for people who eat a plant-based diet, but it's rare to find more than two of those people together at a time, so you have to be a flexible restaurant."

Diners select between a bowl of lentils and rice, greens or a sandwich assembled in fresh-baked whole wheat pita. They're topped or filled with hummus, baba and a choice of falafel, braised Niman Ranch brisket, roasted chicken shawarma, or house-cured lamb bacon. A garden of fresh, pickled and spicy vegetables are available as garnishes, as is an assortment of sauces.

It's an understatement to say that both Northstar and Brassica are in-demand brands, with Malhame fielding no shortage of pleas to join this or that development. But Van Aken District appealed to him for a number of reasons, he says, not the least of which is the setting.

"Even though this is new development, the fact that it's small, dense and on the edge of a great historic neighborhood with public transportation appealed to us," he explains. "Clearly the Ratners know a lot about real estate and developing, but there are lots of people who can make that claim. The fact that they're doing a project close to where the family lives, and the fact that they're taking so much pride in it, it's clear that this is a long-term project — and we make all of our decisions based on the long term."

Given the number of people living and working in Shaker and the surrounding communities of Cleveland Heights, South Euclid, University Heights, Beachwood and others, it's safe to say that there are plenty of diners eagerly looking forward to October when the eateries begin serving.

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Ohio is About to Get a $2 Billion Entertainment Park Bigger Than Disneyland

Posted By on Fri, Jun 29, 2018 at 3:04 PM

  • Courtesy of Planet Oasis

A new entertainment park is about to give Cedar Point a run for its money, as developers announced plans yesterday for a $2 billion entertainment park outside of Columbus in Delaware County.

Planet Oasis is being billed as the “ultimate entertainment experience,” according to developer David Glimcher.

The completed park is expected to be 350 acres, making it 265 acres larger than Disneyland.

Attractions filling up the massive park are set to include indoor skydiving, an indoor water park, restaurants, specialty retail shops, a hotel and a conference center, a rollercoaster, skate park, indoor surf park, BMX bike park, indoor climbing walls, a Medieval Times-esque experience, virtual reality games, E-Sports arena, a butterfly museum, 25-story skywheel, indoor electric go-karts, a bowling alley, laser tag, virtual golf and a 20-acre saltwater lake with sand beaches.

According to Glimcher, accommodations and opportunities for fun will be available at "all price points."

The park is estimated to bring nearly 15,000 jobs to Ohio. Construction is projected to begin in December with the first phase of the project expected to open in 2019.

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Greater Cleveland Aquarium to Celebrate International Women’s Dive Day in July

Posted By on Fri, Jun 29, 2018 at 2:46 PM

  • Courtesy of the Greater Cleveland Aquarium
Last year, the Greater Cleveland Aquarium hosted one of the more than 900 Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) events that were held in 85 countries around the globe.

On July 21, the aquarium will again join PADI in celebrating International Women’s Dive Day with special programming.

“Diving is definitely a valued skill here,” says Greater Cleveland Aquarium GM Tami Brown in a press release announcing the event. “If our team is any indication, observing the aquatic world firsthand makes divers impassioned ambassadors for ocean conservation.”

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Texas de Brazil Churrascaria to Offer 20 Cent Desserts in July

Posted By on Fri, Jun 29, 2018 at 12:57 PM

  • Campbell Communications PR
This fall, the Brazilian-American restaurant Texas de Brazil Churrascaria that has locations in Westlake and Woodmere will celebrate its 20th anniversary.

To mark the occasion, it’ll offer 20 cent desserts with the purchase of a meal on every Monday in July.

During July and into September, the steakhouse will also add special quarterly menu additions to the menu.

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