Heights businesses adjust hours, services

Loyal customers practiced social distancing as they lined up for takeout at Jack's Deli & Restaurant, in University Heights, on March 17. Later that day, Jack's announced it would be closed until further notice.

Some Heights businesses have temporarily closed, and others have made, and continue to make, adjustments to their business hours or practices in an effort to help stem the spread of COVID-19. On March 15, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine issued an order to bars and restaurants, instructing them to close as of 9 p.m. that evening. Earlier, he had issued orders to prohibit large public gatherings. On March 23, many Heights businesses that originally remained open announced they would close in accordance with the governor's "stay-at-home" order, effective March 23, 11:59 p.m., through April 6.

The Heights has a large number of independently run, locally owned businesses that will be impacted by the current crisis. 

In an effort to encourage support of businesses remaining open, the city of Cleveland Heights has announced that it is waiving all parking fees at meters in city-owned lots and garages effectively immediately and until further notice.

In addition to takeout service, some businesses offer online or by-phone ordering, and free local delivery. Purchasing gift certificates for future use is another way that Heights residents can support businesses during this difficult time.

The Heights Observer has compiled the following partial list of changes that Heights businesses have made to their services due to the outbreak. The list is not comprehensive, and will be updated as Heights Observer staff become aware of additional changes. Businesses are invited to send updates on their hours and services to info@futureheights.org.

It is best to call ahead, or check a business’s website or social media, for the most up-to-date information. And if you don't see a favorite business listed here, please contact it. Again, this is a partial list only, and while we've checked and double-checked, things are changing quickly for businesses.

[NOTE: Update in process, as of March 24.]

Retail and service businesses open:

  • Bremec: Open; only two customers permitted in store at a time. Curbside pickup is available. (https://bremec.com)
  • Dave's Markets: Seeking additional team members. Asks that 7–8 a.m. shopping be limited to those who may be especially at risk for the coronavirus. (https://davesmarkets.com)
  • Fishstix: Curbside pickup is available; delivery is free for any order over $50. "Family-size" packaging is now available for many items. (www.fishstixonline.com)
  • Heights Hardware: Open. Hardware and supply stores are considered essential businesses. (www.heightshardware.com)
  • Howard Hanna: All agents are working from home. Many sellers and agents are choosing to cancel open houses. New listings coming on the market are being postponed. Virtual tours are available online or directly from an agent. (Mortgage rates are low. The city has paused compliance documents on interior point-of-sale inspections, and has moved to exterior inspections only.)
  • MJM Window Restoration: Open normal hours. Crews will be taking extra precautions regarding any interior work. All exterior work will continue as usual.
  • Sits 'n Wiggles Pet Care & Training: Limited services, as of March 23. Call (216-910-7487) or e-mail (info@sitsnwigglescle.com).
  • Swedish Solutions Cleveland Heights: Free vehicle pickup and dropoff; extra health protections and no-contact procedures in use. (https://swedishsolutions.com)
  • Zagara's Marketplace: Open regular hours (https://zagaras.com). Home delivery available via www.prestofreshgrocery.com.

Restaurants and bars open for takeout/delivery:

The following businesses and organizations are temporarily closed to in-person customers. Please visit their websites or social media postings for information, updates, ordering options, and to purchase gift cards. Many are accepting orders by phone, e-mail and Web, for curbside pickup and delivery (free, in some cases):

Deanna Bremer Fisher

Deanna Bremer Fisher, executive director of FutureHeights and publisher of the Heights Observer, wrote the original article. Kim Sergio Inglis updated the article.

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Volume 13, Issue 4, Posted 12:07 PM, 03.17.2020