Blog Post: (Re)Discover Cleveland

Blog Post: (Re)Discover Cleveland

Nancy Reeves
on Dec 07, 2011

This is a conversation about a blog post from Emily Cole: (Re)Discover Cleveland

It’s the holidays, and we are bombarded with seemingly endless advertisements from nationwide chains encouraging us to spend and shop. Do I enjoy an occasional funny ad from retailers like Target, and will I go to Target to purchase something during the holidays-of course. BUT-I’m a big proponent of supporting local artisans and retailers, and there are so many opportunities to do just that in Cleveland. There are incredible local writers, artists, poets, craftspeople, actors/theaters, shops, and galleries-just to name a few. Here are a few ways to shop local: COSE’s I Buy NEO, Buy Lakewood! Loyalty Program, Cleveland Independents gift cards, pop up shops like Evie Lou. Here are a few more ways to support the arts locally this holiday season: Heights Arts, Bazaar Bizarre, 78th Street Studios, Zygote Press

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Nancy Reeves
on Dec 19, 2011 - 12:10 pm

 

First Night Akron!

 

An alcohol free celebration of visual and performing arts in Akron from 6 Pm to midnight on New Year's Eve.

This is a delightful event with entertainment and activity for everyone in the family, culminating with fireworks to bring in the new year.

Admission is $10, children under 10 are free.  You can buy admission buttons online, or at these brick and mortar locations:  Acme Fresh Markets, Actor's Summit Theatre, Akron Beacon Journal Customer Service Desk, Carolyn's Cupboard, FirstMerit Bank (some locations), The Library Shop on Main, Lock 3, and Stage Left Boutique at the Akron Civic Theatre.

Admissions buttons make great stocking stuffers, secret santa gifts, etc. - or just plan on making it a holiday family event.  You can squeeze in 8-10 events, if you plan it right.  At $10 a person how can you go wrong?

(Full disclosure – I’m biased.  We’ve attended nearly every First Night since it the first, have volunteered for perhaps half of them, and my spouse was the volunteer coordinator at least one year.)

 

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Emily Cole
on Dec 20, 2011

Here's a great list of New Year's Eve packages and events compiled by the fine folks at Cleveland Plus.

 
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Nancy Reeves
on Dec 18, 2011 - 11:50 pm

If you are looking for really exquisite quilted pieces, try Barbara Robertson - Quilted Expressions.  Wonderful sense of color and design, and meticulous piecework.  She has some pieces ready made, but also does custom work, in both contemporary and relatively traditional styles.  I believe all of her fabrics are hand dyed, pieced together by hand, and machine quilted.

Someday I'm going to have her make a wall hanging for the cathedral ceiling wall in our house. . .

Unfortunately, I managed to hide her business card from myself.  I had been waiting to post this until I found it, but I think I'd better not wait any longer - so I hope what I have found on the internet is correct:

Barbara Robertson, (216) 991-5331, 2830 Lee Road, Cleveland, OH 44120-1834

 
Nancy Reeves
on Dec 07, 2011 - 5:40 pm

Perfect timing! I listened to the Sound of Ideas:  Buying in Your Own Backyard on Tuesday on my drive into work, and thought that there should be a conversation on the Civic Commons where we could share all of the local gems we have found for holiday purchases that would keep more of our resources circulating locally.  I hadn't gotten around to starting the conversation yet - and your blog showed up.So Northeast Ohio - what local gems have you found that I ought to know about as I go about my holiday shopping?

Gems like -

  • gifts
  • ingredients for holiday feasts - or parties
  • places to go and celebrate - or just take a break from cooking
  • holiday cards
  • services I need to help me get through this busy time (or that someone I love might appreciate as a gift), and maybe even
  • local charities that need my resources

(There are a number of the ideas in the SOI show - but if you don't have time to listen, the guests and their websites are on the page)

 

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Taryn Gress
on Dec 08, 2011

Thanks for starting this conversation, Nancy! Another local gem that Emily Cole informed me about is a Clevleand Independents gift card. 

This is from their website http://www.clevelandindependents.com/: ;

Cleveland Independents, a group of over 90 independently owned and operated restaurants in northeast Ohio, is proud to offer a most unique restaurant gift card.

Available in denominations of $25, $50 and $100, the Cleveland Independents Gift Card is redeemable at all the Clevelands Independents restaurants. There is no expiration date.

The group also offers the Deck  for those who are interested discounts for different restaurants, allowing people to try out restaurants with a coupon at everyone! Here's what they have to say about the Deck: 

The Deck features special offers, typically $10 off a $30 food purchase,* at your favorite restaurants.  Like one or two so much that you’d like a return visit?  Use the Joker!

The Joker cards in The Deck 2012 give you the freedom you to return to two restaurants of your choice and save the identical amount to that establishment’s original card.

Each of the 50 cards features an informative description of the restaurant, its offer, location and phone number.

Each card is easy to redeem.  Present it to your server.  It’s that easy!

 

I can't wait to hear what others have to say about local gift ideas!

 
Nancy Reeves
on Dec 08, 2011

My favorite tree farm in the Akron area is Bruce & Nancy's Nursery (aka Sullivan's Christmas Tree Farm), 2040 W. Nimisila Road, Clinton, OH, 44216 (330) 882-9565

They are the place to go if you're looking for a tree that won't drop its needles the day you put it up (or want to make it do double duty and plant it after the holidays).  They have a large selection of trees (both quantity and variety).  Fresh cut are available for $35 for any tree on the farm, and cab be dug instead for $50 (I think).  You can cut your own - or they will cut it for you.

If you go there more than once they will learn your habits and taste in trees.  They recognized us after the first year - this year I was greeted with a hug and, "You're the one who looks forever!"

Our tree for this year - still growing as of this morning:

 
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Dan Moulthrop
on Dec 08, 2011

Civic Commons friend Nicole McGee has a pop up upcycled jewelry shop at Shaker Square, next to Fire. Also, just about every Christmas, I buy something for my wife from The Banyan Tree on Professor St. in Tremont. 

 
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