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Coventry Holiday Fest is Dec. 10

The holiday season just doesn't feel the same without some "Big Fun" on Coventry—so, as part of Coventry Village's 8th Annual Jingle Bell Holiday Shop, Steve Presser, the impresario behind the beloved Cleveland toy shop, will be back for the event with retro gifts, knick-knacks, collectibles, vintage neon letters and more for sale.

The Holiday Shop will take place on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Grog Shop and BSide Lounge (2785 Euclid Heights Blvd.).

It's part of the Dec. 10, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Holiday Festival in Coventry Village.

Coventry Road will be aglow with decorative lights and festive characters walking about and taking photos with festival visitors, including the Grinch and Olaf. Santa will also be on the move, taking in the live music hosted at various venues along the street.

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Volume 15, Issue 12, Posted 8:46 AM, 11.29.2022

Sophie La Gourmande and Heights Arts collaborate

This year's Heights Arts Holiday Shop has overflowed the nonprofit art space at 2175 Lee Road, extending down the block to 2277 Lee Road—home of Sophie La Gourmande.

"I am all about collaboration," said Bob Sferra, Sophie's owner. "This marks our third sort of large collab in the past six years. The energy and mission of Heights Arts has always been a favorite of mine!  Plus, Rachel Bernstein and her team are so great to work with."

The art installation at Sophie La Gourmande will be on view through the beginning of the new year, until Jan. 17.

Each piece on the gourmet shop's wall is accompanied by a QR code that describes the piece and provides an opportunity to purchase it.

Sophie La Gourmande opened on June 1, in the space formerly occupied by Verne & Ellsworth Hann Inc.

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Volume 15, Issue 12, Posted 10:16 AM, 11.22.2022

Cedar Lee businesses host holiday drives

Rudy's Pub, at 2191 Lee Road, is hosting its annual sock drive through Dec. 18.

The business is accepting donations of new socks for children and adults.

Across the street, at 2180 Lee Road, CLE Urban Winery is a 2022 drop-off location for Toys for Tots. New, unwrapped toys can be donated at CLE through Dec. 14.

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Volume 15, Issue 12, Posted 10:14 AM, 11.22.2022

MetroHealth's new hospital opens at Severance

A dedication ceremony to mark the opening of the MetroHealth Cleveland Heights Behavioral Health Hospital was held on Oct. 4.

The new three-story, 100,000-square-foot hospital at 10 Severance Circle is believed to be the largest investment in behavioral health in Northeast Ohio in at least 30 years. The 112-bed hospital facility is designed for short-term stays for adolescents, adults and seniors with mood disorders, addiction, and other behavioral health needs.

“We’re setting a new standard in relation to care in Northeast Ohio,” said Julia Bruner, M.D., MetroHealth’s senior vice president for Behavioral Health and Correctional Medicine. “We want to do the best for our patients and our families and the community.” The new hospital, she said, is “designed to be a place of calm, of welcoming and of light.”

The hospital, on the campus of the MetroHealth Cleveland Heights Medical Center, will add 225 jobs and generate an estimated $350,000 in additional tax revenue for Cleveland Heights.

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Volume 15, Issue 11, Posted 12:51 PM, 10.17.2022

Dave’s Markets acquires Zagara’s Marketplace

Dave’s Markets has acquired Zagara’s Marketplace on Lee Road in Cleveland Heights. 

Zagara’s will close on Oct. 21. On Oct. 29, it will reopen as Dave’s Market and Eatery.

Dave’s Market in the Cedar Fairmount Business District will close on Oct. 25.

Dave’s is a fifth-generation family-owned and operated business, with three generations of the Saltzman family currently active in Dave's Markets.

David Saltzman, a fifth-generation member of the family, said, “We continue to believe in Cleveland Heights and we’re ready to deepen our investment in the city. We’re going to rebrand the new location as Dave’s Market and Eatery."

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Volume 15, Issue 11, Posted 3:14 PM, 10.10.2022

Hammond to oversee clinical services at new MetroHealth CH hospital

Robert Hammond, PsyD, will oversee the social workers, psychologists and behavioral health specialists on staff when the MetroHealth Cleveland Heights Behavioral Health Hospital opens on Oct. 8.

Hammond, the new director of clinical services, is leading a team that is developing programing and building a curriculum for the various patient treatment units.

The inpatient curriculum for the 112-bed hospital is based on non-drug interventions that include therapy, support groups and classes—activities that promote interaction, engagement and learning skills.

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Volume 15, Issue 8, Posted 9:29 PM, 07.27.2022

Made Cleveland opens on Coventry

Made Cleveland, the new "marketplace of independent creators" in Coventry Village, opened its doors on June 3. It hosts the work of approximately 120 vendors, mostly from Northeast Ohio, whose wares include perishable and non-perishable food items, apparel, beauty products, refillable cleaning products, home goods, furniture, art and jewelry.

Owner Ash O’Connor describes her path to opening Made Cleveland as part determination and part good luck and timing.

After moving to Northeast Ohio from Philadelphia in 2017 to take a job as a hotel food and beverage director, O'Connor decided to stay in Cleveland when it turned out the job was not a good fit. Two years later, with a partner and a newborn, she hadn't yet made her next professional move.

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Volume 15, Issue 7, Posted 10:18 AM, 07.01.2022

Behavioral Health Hospital plans October opening

On Oct. 8, the MetroHealth Cleveland Heights Behavioral Health Hospital will open its doors to adults and seniors who need inpatient care. The adolescent unit will open in June 2023.

The 112-bed hospital, on the campus of the MetroHealth Cleveland Heights Medical Center at 10 Severance Circle, is designed for short-term stays for people with mood disorders, addiction, and other behavioral health needs.

A job fair held at MetroHealth Cleveland Heights on May 20 attracted more than 50 people interested in job openings for a dozen different opportunities. Social worker, patient care nurse assistant, registered nurse, and mental health counselor positions are among those being filled.

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Volume 15, Issue 7, Posted 5:41 AM, 06.30.2022

After 65 years, Heights Cleaners has closed

After 65 years in business, opening in 1957, Heights Cleaners—Coventry Village’s longest-running business with a single owner—closed on Saturday, June 4.

The owner, 98-year-old Manny Dishler, has retired after being in the clothes cleaning business for about 75 years.

Soon after Dishler returned from serving in the U.S. Army Air Force as a unit headquarters clerk in North Africa and Italy in the late 1940s, he started working as a home-delivery man for his father, Nathan Dishler, who owned U-Need-A-Laundry in Cleveland.

“Those days, few people locked their doors and women were full-time homemakers,” said Dishler.

"I was single," explained Disher. "I wanted Saturday afternoon and Wednesdays off.

But management wouldn’t budge. So, in 1952, when he was 28, Dishler started Prospect Laundry at 19th and Prospect in downtown Cleveland. Being the boss of his own business, he took time off and went courting. 

He and Arline Cohen married in 1954 and lived in University Heights, then Beachwood.

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Volume 15, Issue 7, Posted 12:40 PM, 06.27.2022

Wizbang's 'social circus' builds skills and connections

On May 21, Danielle and Jason Tilk of Cleveland Heights' Wizbang Circus Theatre, a 2021 FutureHeights Mini-Grant recipient, brought their third Free Circus Day for kids and teens to Coventry PEACE Campus. There, 16 kids, ages 8–15, spent the day learning prop balancing, plate spinning, hula-hoop tricks, juggling, stilt walking, unicycling, and aerial arts, and enjoyed a healthy lunch provided by Tommy's restaurant.

Wizbang's Free Circus Day started in 2018, in the open space on Lee Road, bringing together a large group of neighborhood kids for the first time. An hour in, those who were once strangers were laughing together while juggling. At the end of the day, e-mails, numbers, and group selfies were shared. A bond was formed—all under the umbrella of what is known as "social circus."

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Volume 15, Issue 7, Posted 12:41 PM, 06.27.2022

Two UH tastes go great together

If you’re old enough, you certainly remember the Reese’s commercial. A young guy is dancing down the street eating chocolate, while around the corner, a young lady is eating from an open jar of peanut butter with her fingers. (It was the 1970s, and things were weirder then.)

The two collide. She protests that he got his chocolate in her peanut butter, while he expresses the inverse concern about her peanut butter being on his chocolate. But they soon are delighted that, while perhaps unexpected, these are two great tastes that go great together. One can assume they got married and lived happily ever after.

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Volume 15, Issue 6, Posted 9:58 AM, 05.26.2022

Best of the Heights 2022

Over a period of six weeks, Jan. 1 through Feb. 15, Heights residents cast their votes in the annual Best of the Heights awards, in recognition of the businesses that serve Cleveland Heights and University Heights.

As in prior years, FutureHeights, a nonprofit community development corporation and publisher of the Heights Observer, created a list of 10 unique award categories, showcasing the wide variety of establishments that call the Heights home, and asked residents to vote by writing in the names of their favorites in each category.

This year’s categories, which included Best Opened-Our-Doors-During-a-Pandemic Business, Best Pandemic-Safe Dining and Best Care for a Community During a Pandemic, recognized that the global pandemic has upended everyone’s lives and forced local entrepreneurs to innovate while keeping customers and employees safe.

“Thank you to all our supportive customers,” said Rachel Gross, owner of Bialy’s Bagels, which won Best University Heights Business.

“I am so appreciative to be recognized, and it’s my passion to introduce new foods to our community!” said, Douglas Katz, owner of Chimi, winner of the Best Innovative Product or Service During a Pandemic.

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Volume 15, Issue 4, Posted 11:50 AM, 04.02.2022

Women entrepreneurs choose Cleveland Heights

Last month, the Heights Observer featured owners of Black-owned businesses that new FutureHeights Business Outreach Manager Belle Espinal met during her first month on the job. Now, for Women’s History Month, Espinal now has put together a recap, and a series of photos, of some of the women who own Cleveland Heights businesses, whom she has met since beginning her job in January.

Josefita Fehn is an independent representative of Beautycounter, offering cosmetic products made using fair-trade business practices, such as prohibiting the use of child labor and toxic chemicals, and offering fair wages to its employees. Fehn characterizes Black and Latina women as using makeup in high quantities, and wants them to know that Beautycounter is an option. She is proud that the company offers 25 scholarships for minorities to start their own Beautycounter business. “All you need is a passion and a desire to work to get started,” said Fehn. In April, she hopes to participate in an initiative to increase federal regulations on beauty products. Contact Fehn at achyfehn@gmail.com.

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Volume 15, Issue 3, Posted 11:10 AM, 03.01.2022

Tommy’s restaurant celebrates 50th anniversary

On Friday, Jan. 14, Tommy’s restaurant celebrated its 50th year in business. (Fifty years? How is that possible? Tommy must have been a kid when he opened the business!)

In fact, Tommy Fello was just a teenager when he began working as a soda jerk and stock boy at a drug store and soda fountain on Coventry Road. And he was just 19 when he purchased the business from the former owner in 1972 and opened Tommy’s restaurant. Its original location on Coventry had only seven seats. It now seats 125, and has become one of the most-loved businesses in Cleveland Heights.

About 50 people gathered outside the restaurant at 11 a.m. on Jan. 14, for a “love-in” to show their appreciation for Tommy Fello and Tommy’s restaurant. Some carried signs reading, “Tommy for Fello for mayor of Coventry” and “Make falafel, not war.”

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Volume 15, Issue 2, Posted 10:36 AM, 02.01.2022

FutureHeights staffer highlights unique Heights businesses

On Jan. 3, Belle Espinal joined FutureHeights as business outreach manager for the nonprofit, community development corporation.

Originally from New York City, Espinal now lives in Cleveland Heights. Her professional experience includes teaching, working with minority- and women-owned businesses on community events, and starting her own wellness business.

In her new role at FutureHeights, Espinal will be reaching out to Cleveland Heights businesses, to learn about their concerns and successes, and working on programs and initiatives to support them.

Espinal has already begun introducing herself to business owners, and put together the following series of photos with captions to celebrate and honor Black History Month by focusing on some of the owners of Black-owned businesses she’s had a chance to meet.

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Volume 15, Issue 2, Posted 8:29 AM, 02.01.2022

Tommy's restaurant celebrates 50 years

On Friday, Jan. 14, Tommy’s restaurant will celebrate its 50th year in business. (Fifty years? How is that possible? Tommy must have been a kid when he opened the business!)

In fact, Tommy Fello was just a teenager when he began working as a soda jerk and stock boy at a drug store and soda fountain on Coventry Road. And he was just 19 when he purchased the business from the former owner in 1972 and opened Tommy’s restaurant. Its original location on Coventry had only seven seats. It now seats 125, and has become one of the most-loved businesses in Cleveland Heights.

The restaurant announced that, starting Monday, Jan. 10, it would kick off its anniversary celebration with daily trivia, and merchandise and gift card giveaways, leading up to its 50-year celebration on Friday, Jan. 14.

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Volume 15, Issue 2, Posted 10:30 AM, 01.11.2022

Show some love for local businesses with Best of the Heights

Beginning Jan. 1, Heights residents can show their appreciation for locally owned, independent businesses by voting for their favorites in the FutureHeights 2022 Best of the Heights Awards contest.

To help support Heights businesses during this challenging time, FutureHeights will create four prize packages by purchasing gift certificates from local businesses, and each ballot will be entered for a chance to win one of the packages.

“Our local businesses make the Heights a great place to live,” said Deanna Bremer Fisher, executive director of FutureHeights. “The global pandemic has brought unprecedented challenges to local businesses, and yet many of them have been resourceful and innovative. Their individual personalities and unique products and services add to the diversity and vitality of our community. We want to see them not just survive, but thrive, and it's important for the community to show their support.”

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Volume 15, Issue 1, Posted 11:02 AM, 01.01.2022

TeaSpot Tutoring offers STEM-themed workshops

Iteisha Bankston always loved science. Stereotypically, more boys than girls gravitate toward science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) subjects, but Bankston remained engaged and curious about STEM topics.

As an undergraduate, she majored in biology, then became a high school science teacher who made her classes hands-on and interactive in order to make the subject matter accessible, rather than intimidating.

“Some kids just like science but don’t want to become scientists,” Bankston said. “I wanted to show them that was OK—science was for everyone.”

Now Bankston is the co-owner of TeaSpot Tutoring (2065 Lee Road), a business she opened with her husband, Seneca Bankston, in November 2020. TeaSpot Tutoring provides academic and social-emotional learning support for students in kindergarten through eighth grade. It also hosts a young men’s mentoring workshop and other programming, such as a series of STEM-focused workshops that aim to bring science to life. TeaSpot also offers hands-on STEM-themed kits for students to work on at home.

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Volume 14, Issue 12, Posted 7:17 AM, 12.02.2021

S'Wonderful Gifts is closing

In early November, a business liquidator announced the news that, after six years, owner Bill Wort had decided to close his Cleveland Heights gift shop.

Wort opened S'Wonderful Gifts at 2254 Lee Road on Nov. 17, 2015. For 32 years prior to that, he had been a buyer for various museum shops.

In deciding to retire, Wort cited competition from online retailers as the main reason, COVID the second.

“What I will miss the most is my customers,” Wort said. “They’ve always been so supportive, and made the extra effort to support my shop and other local businesses. What I’m most proud of is when my customers voted the store “The Best Place For Unique Gifts In Cleveland Heights” [in the FutureHeights Best of the Heights awards].

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Volume 14, Issue 12, Posted 7:08 AM, 12.02.2021

GE holiday display to light up Noble beginning Dec. 3

Continuing a long-held holiday tradition, GE Lighting, a Savant company, will illuminate its Nela Park headquarters, at 1975 Noble Road, with a festive display beginning Friday, Dec. 3. This is the 97th year the company will have created its light show. This year’s theme, Holiday Season is in the Air, will feature nearly one million LED lights, and stretch along Noble Road for several blocks. The display will stay illuminated 24/7, through Jan. 3.

Earlier this year, the opportunity to turn on the Nela Holiday Lights was auctioned off to the highest bidder, to benefit the Greater Cleveland Food Bank’s Harvest for Hunger. For the first time ever, a special guest will step to the podium alongside GE Lighting President and CEO Bill Lacey, to flip the switch at approximately 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 3.

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Volume 14, Issue 12, Posted 1:04 PM, 11.30.2021

Pop-up holiday market comes to Coventry Village

Made Cleveland will open its Holiday Pop Up market on Friday Nov. 26, in the former City Buddha space, at 1807 Coventry Road.

The market will be open until Dec. 23, and will feature the work of more than 50 local creators, including home goods, greeting cards, jewelry, accessories, apparel, self-care products, and provisions. 

The large space enables Larchmere Fire Works, a partner with Made Cleveland, to offer live glass-blowing demonstrations, as in the photo above. 

Hours are noon to 7 p.m. For more information, visit madecleveland.com, or call 216-800-8420.

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Volume 14, Issue 12, Posted 1:41 PM, 11.23.2021

Lee Road gift shop to close after 7 years

Bill Wort, owner of S’Wonderful Gifts, has decided to close his Lee Road store.

Citing competition from online retailers as the main reason, COVID the second, Wort decided to retire after seven years of running the gift shop.

“What I will miss the most is my customers,” Wort said. “They’ve always been so supportive, and made the extra effort to support my shop and other local businesses. What I’m most proud of is when my customers voted the store “The Best Place For Unique Gifts In Cleveland Heights.”

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Volume 14, Issue 12, Posted 10:04 AM, 11.08.2021

2021 Heights Observer Holiday Gift Guide: The non-traditional gift

Lampwork bead making class, 16 years of age or older. ($35.00, Cleveland Rocks and Beads) 

Re-design an heirloom. Instead of buying new jewelry, create something new out of something old.  Re-imagine your grandmother's beads and we will help you make a new piece. ($15.00 and up, Cleveland Rocks and Beads)     

French macaron. ($2.00 each, Luna Bakery & Cafe)

Cheese board. Serves 6-8 people. Includes cheese, charcuterie, dried and fresh fruit, nuts, jam, mustard, and crackers. ($164.00, Marchant Manor Cheese Shop)

26" Vintage Gerstner oak tool chest with leather handle. ($795.00, Artisan Antiques & Jewelry)  

Mid-century modern locking chrome tantalus with glass decanters. Prevents unauthorized access to the contents while permitting them to remain beautifully displayed. ($175.00, Artisan Antiques & Jewelry)  

A spa day. Aveda dream spa signature package includes a 50-minute Swedish relaxation massage, a 50-minute Aveda customized facial, manicure and pedicure. ($240.00, Quintana's Barber and Dream Spa) 

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Volume 14, Issue 11, Posted 11:22 AM, 10.29.2021

2021 Heights Observer Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts more than $150.00

Angel wing amethyst geode. Make an unforgettable impression with the gift of a pair of five-foot amethyst geode cathedrals. ($5998.00, Cleveland Rocks and Beads)   

Agate slice lamp. Sooth any room with the warm organic glow of this natural sliced agate lamp. ($998.00, Cleveland Rocks and Beads) 

Barnwood learner mirror, 33.5” x 67.5”. Rustic reclaimed wood. ($160.00, Lavish Decors)

Vernon accent chair. ($160.00, Lavish Decors)

Hickory rocker. ($196.00, Eastwood Furniture)   

Barnwood console. ($825.00, Eastwood Furniture)

Sterling chain by Pam Pastoric. ($210.00 Heights Arts)

Fused glass wall art by Marjorie Faulk. ($175.00 Heights Arts)

“Drive By,” painting by Leslye Arian. ($400.00 Heights Arts)

“Easter Parade,” drawing by Maureen Sylak. ($775.00 Heights Arts)

Mariposa Serving Tray. ($150.00, Jubilee Gifts in the Heights)

"The Lord of the Rings," near-mint collector's edition c.1966. Contains the complete texts of "The Fellowship of the Ring," "The Two Towers," "The Return of the King," six appendices, and a large format fold-out map. ($250.00, Artisan Antiques & Jewelry)  

Large mid-century modern Frances Holmes Boothby sterling owl brooch/pin. ($595.00, Artisan Antiques & Jewelry)

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Volume 14, Issue 11, Posted 11:21 AM, 10.29.2021

2021 Heights Observer Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts from $50.00 to $150.00

Silver earrings with semiprecious stones. ($68.00, Cleveland Rocks and Beads) 

Bull canvas. ($50.00, Lavish Decors)

Designer shower sets. ($50.00/set, Lavish Decors)

Doll bunkbed. ($87.00, Eastwood Furniture) 

Redline rechargeable LED flashlight and power bank, mycro rechargeable headlamp and camp light, and rechargeable tactical flashlight combo. ($99.00, Heights Hardware)

Fabric sewn wall art by Benita Cullinan. ($120.00, Heights Arts)

Tea Time, teapot with succulents by Martha Cliffel. ($120.00, Heights Arts) 

Take and decorate gingerbread kit. ($50.00, Luna Bakery & Cafe)

Black Food by Terry Bryan. An indispensable and beautiful new book from one of our best-selling cookbook authors. ($40.00, Mac's Backs Books)  

Chef's Guide: A Modern Guide to Common and Unusual Vegetables with Recipes by Farmer Lee Jones. Everyone's favorite farm to table Lake Erie grower has published a comprehensive cookbook and guide. ($60.00, Mac's Bacls Books)  

Sweet and savory gift crate. Includes three Marchant Manor cheeses, local Cleveland Chocolate Company chocolate, roasted nuts, and local Ohio-made jar of jam. ($64.50, Marchant Manor Cheese Shop)

Bonnie glass heels, sizes 7-10. ($120.00, Kandydollkloset Boutique)

Faux fur scarf and microsuede gloves. ($68.00, Kandydollkloset Boutique)

Scouts bags, multiple sizes. ($50.00 to $100.00, Jubilee Gifts in the Heights)

Vintage Steiff pre-1964 Loopy Wolf hand Puppet. Genuine vintage German 10" Steiff Loopy Wolf mohair hand puppet with green glass eyes. ($90.00, Artisan Antiques & Jewelry)

Vintage bat pin/brooch. ($95.00, Artisan Antiques & Jewelry) 

Aveda hand and foot relief home and travel essentials gift set. ($56.00, Quintana's Barber and Dream Spa)

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Volume 14, Issue 11, Posted 11:18 AM, 10.29.2021

2021 Heights Observer Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts less than $50.00

Beadables. Children as young as four years old can make beautiful gifts in a few minutes with these easy-to-bead components. ($12.00 to $35.00, Cleveland Rocks and Beads)

Kotted mala class.  ($35.00, Cleveland Rocks and Beads)

Throw pillows. ($15.00 each, Lavish Decors)

Designer decor storage books. ($20.00 each, Lavish Decors)

The Most Perfect Thing in the Universe by Tricia Springstubb. If you have a middle-schooler on your list,make sure to give them this book about an eleven year old girl and her ornithologist mom. ($17.99, Mac's Backs Books)  

My Ticket to Ride by Janice Mitchell. Janice Mitchell ran away to London to meet the Beatles in 1964. When she was 16! An international manhunt to find this Cleveland teen ensued. It's a great story for anyone who lived during Beatlemania. ($16.95, Mac's Backs Books)   

True Raiders: The Untold Story of the 1909 Expedition to Find the Legendary Ark of the Covenant by Brad Ricca.  Who doesn't want to read the real story behind Raiders of the Lost Ark? ($29.99, Mac's Backs Books)   Wood bowl. ($49.00, Eastwood Furniture)   

Cutting board. ($41.00, Eastwood Furniture) 

Teak bud vase from spun wood by Tom Ream. ($35.00, Heights Arts)

Boiled wool chartreuse bag by Leslie Greenghal. ($40.00, Heights Arts) 

Take and decorate sugar cookie kit. ($25.00, Luna Bakery & Cafe)  

Travel and ceramic coffee mugs. ($10.00 and $25.00, Luna Bakery & Cafe)

Cheese gift box. Three of your favorite Marchant Manor Cheeses, together with a cheese spreader in a presentation gift box.  ($38.50, Marchant Manor Cheese Shop)

Reusable insulated lunch bag. ($28.00, Jubilee Gifts in the Heights)  

Aveda gift sets, such as our "Tea Time with Aveda." Aveda Tea box with Aveda logo etched glass mug. ($44.00, Quintana's Barber and Dream Spa)  

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Volume 14, Issue 11, Posted 11:13 AM, 10.29.2021

2021 Heights Observer Holiday Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffers ($10.00 or less)

Set of three mini-notebooks. ($5.99, Mac's Backs Books)
 
Eco-friendly reusable bags. ($9.99, Mac's Backs Books)
 
Acupressure rings. These rings are not worn but instead are rolled up and down fingers to hit the pressure points and release tension. ($1.00, Cleveland Rocks and Beads)

Heart rocks. ($9.00, Cleveland Rocks and Beads)

Joy mural at Lee & Silsby greeting card by Michael Lau. ($5.00, Heights Arts)

Slate coaster etched with Guardians logo by David Shafron. ($7.00, Heights Arts) 

Cheese-making supplies. (Approximately $10.00 per item, Marchant Manor Cheese Shop)

Shower blast sinus relief. ($3.80, Quintana's Barber and Dream Spa)

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Volume 14, Issue 11, Posted 11:11 AM, 10.29.2021

2021 Heights Observer Holiday Gift Guide

The Heights Observer publishes its annual Holiday Gift Guide each November to encourage residents to shop locally for the holidays.

Cleveland Heights and University Heights abound with independent businesses—boutiques, salons, restaurants and artist collaboratives—which enhance our local character and anchor our business districts. 

COVID took its toll on many of these businesses, shuttering some and forcing others to augment online sales. Purchasing directly from brick-and-mortar stores bolsters our local economy and supports our identity, which is locally minded, and artisan supporting.  

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Volume 14, Issue 11, Posted 11:20 AM, 10.29.2021

Coventry Village celebrates Halloween with special events Oct. 29

On Friday, Oct. 29, Coventry Village will celebrate Halloween with a variety of special evening events, to be held in conjunction with its regularly scheduled Final Fridays Art Walk + Market.

CovenTREAT Trick or Treat will feature a candy crawl at district businesses, from 5 to 7 p.m.

From 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Lake Erie Ink will host a Haunted Haikus and Mask Making event at its space inside the Coventry PEACE Campus building, at 2843 Washington Blvd. 

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Volume 14, Issue 11, Posted 12:35 PM, 10.26.2021

Scorpacciata takes over diner's ghost kitchen

Scorpacciata, owned and operated by Cleveland Heights native Peter Reuter, is bringing pizza to the north side of the Cedar Lee Business District. Operating as a “ghost kitchen,” in the same former diner where Rising Star Coffee is located, Scorpacciata offers carryout only, and takes orders by phone. Scorpacciata’s pizza is a hybrid of New York and Neapolitan styles. Reuter’s focus is creating innovative menus inspired by local and seasonal harvests. Patrons are welcome to dine on the patio just outside of the building, or take their meal down the street to enjoy at another Cedar Lee business, such as The Wine Spot or CLE Urban Winery.

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Volume 14, Issue 10, Posted 11:10 AM, 10.01.2021

Heights Observer seeks ideas for annual holiday gift guide

Each year, the Heights Observer issues asks local businesses to submit gift ideas for its annual Holiday Gift Guide, which the Heights Observer publishes in its November print issue. This year, suggestions are due by Oct. 15.

The guide is designed to help Cleveland Heights and University Heights residents discover the unique items independent brick-and-mortar retailers are offering this holiday season, and encourage them to “shop local first” to support the Heights economy.

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Volume 14, Issue 10, Posted 10:11 AM, 09.28.2021

Storefront Renovation Program provides business owner with upgrade

Cleveland Heights small-business owner Franklin Myles has roots here that stretch back long before he moved into his State Farm Insurance storefront, in the Mayfield Triangle area of the Noble neighborhood, in 2003. He grew up, and attended school, here, graduating from Cleveland Heights High School. Though Myles has since moved away, it still is important to him to play an active role in the community.

“I know Cleveland Heights like the back of my hand,” Myles said. “It’s always been a beautiful place to me. The thought of coming back home to my community and opening up a business and taking care of people I went to school with, and their parents and all of that, was very exciting to me.”

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Volume 14, Issue 9, Posted 8:21 AM, 09.03.2021

MetroHealth expansion underway; e-mail updates available

As the MetroHealth System begins construction on its Behavioral Health Care Facility at Severance Circle, hospital officials invite residents and businesses to sign up for e-mail project updates. 

“We are excited about expanding our work in Cleveland Heights with this $42-million addition to our Cleveland Heights campus,” said Stanley Miller, manager of community and government relations. “We are committed to being a good neighbor, and keeping you updated about this project and all our Cleveland Heights operations. We have benefitted from our conversations with the community so far, and want to continue this dialogue. We want this project to be a source of pride for everyone.”

MetroHealth’s new facility is expected to serve the mental-health and addiction-services needs of people throughout Cuyahoga County.

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Volume 14, Issue 8, Posted 11:00 AM, 07.20.2021

Rust Belt Riders offers food-scrap drop-off service in CH

Rust Belt Riders Neighborhood food-scrap drop-off program will be available in the city of Cleveland Heights beginning Monday, May 17. Bins will be located in the parking lot of the Coventry PEACE Campus, off of Euclid Heights Boulevard, and will be available 24/7/365 for the collection of household food scraps. 

Participation in the food-scrap recycling program requires participants to sign up online www.rustbeltrides.com. Members pay $10 per month and may bring as many or as few food scraps as they produce. 

Rust Belt Riders recommends using a five-gallon bucket lined with a BPI-certified compostable bag or a brown paper bag to collect the scrap, and encourages weekly dropoffs.

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Volume 14, Issue 6, Posted 9:27 AM, 05.17.2021

Best of the Heights 2021 award winners

This winter, Heights residents cast their votes for Best of the Heights 2021, and 23 local businesses were named winners and finalists in this year’s contest.

FutureHeights, a nonprofit community development corporation and publisher of the Heights Observer, hosts this annual awards program to recognize the locally owned, independent businesses that serve Cleveland Heights and University Heights, and contribute to our local economy.

As in prior years, FutureHeights created a list of 12 unique categories, showcasing the wide variety of establishments that call the Heights home, and asked residents to vote by writing in the names of their favorites in each category.

This year’s categories, which included Best Curbside Pickup and Best Socially Distanced Dining, recognized that the global pandemic has upended everyone’s lives and forced local entrepreneurs to innovate as they struggled to stay afloat, while keeping customers and employees safe.

Despite the pandemic, several new businesses opened in the Heights. The winner of this year’s Best New Bar or Restaurant was Doug Katz’s Chimi, while Zhug, Foodhisattva, and Voodoo Brewery were finalists in this category.

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Volume 14, Issue 4, Posted 10:37 AM, 04.01.2021

FutureHeights announces Best of the Heights raffle winners

To thank voters in the 2021 FutureHeights Best of the Heights Awards, and to support Heights local businesses, FutureHeights purchased $1,000 in gift certificates from a variety of local businesses and raffled them off. Each Best of the Heights voter received a chance to win one of four gift certificate packages worth $250. Additional chances to win were available for a $10 or $25 donation to FutureHeights. The four winners were: Destiny Burns, Sara Forsythe, Grace Harper and Lauren Marshall.

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Volume 14, Issue 4, Posted 6:31 AM, 04.27.2021

New Heights businesses open during pandemic

Each year, FutureHeights sponsors the Best of the Heights Awards in which residents vote for their favorite businesses in several categories, including Best New Business. This year, the pandemic changed the small-business landscape in many ways, and shuttered businesses, some permanently. Nonetheless, a few new businesses have opened in the Heights in the last 12 months.

“I’m happy to say that we had more businesses open on Coventry this past year than we had close,” said Mallory Phillips, executive director of the Coventry Village Special Improvement District.

Here is a list of new businesses the Heights Observer is aware of. If you know of a new business that is not on the list, send information about it to info@futureheights.org.

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Volume 14, Issue 3, Posted 12:16 PM, 02.08.2021

Nighttown sold: more changes afoot for Cedar Fairmount

With the $80 million Ascent at the Top of the Hill project rising in the Cedar Fairmount Business District, the announcement that Brendan Ring has sold Nighttown signals that more change is on the way.

On Jan. 5, a syndicate of real estate investors, headed by Rico Pietra and Yaron Kandelker, purchased all of Ring’s holdings in Cedar Fairmount: the building that houses CL Barber Salon, the former Zoss building, the former Fifth Third Bank, and the iconic Nighttown restaurant, which Ring has owned since 2001. A regional destination and community gathering place, generations of Heights residents have celebrated significant life events at the restaurant, and cherished the cozy Irish pub’s eclectic atmosphere. Ring expanded the restaurant over the years to include 435 seats in several rooms, two three-season patios, and musical offerings that led DownBeat Magazine to name it “one of the top 100 jazz clubs in the world.”

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Volume 14, Issue 2, Posted 3:04 PM, 01.25.2021

Look for the Heights Observer at Tommy's

Tommy Fello, owner of Tommy's restaurant (1824 Coventry Road), has been taking care of customers for nearly 50 years. He encourages readers to support independent local businesses now, more than ever. Tommy's menu offers something for everyone—especially those who love milkshakes. Currently, Tommy's is open for both dine-in and take-out orders. (Visit www.orderstart.com/tommys to place your take-out order.) While you're there, be sure to pick up a copy of the Heights Observer.

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Volume 14, Issue 2, Posted 11:50 AM, 01.28.2021

Pick up the Heights Observer at Heights Hardware

Heights Hardware has been a fixture on Coventry Road since 1911. Andy Gathy, the owner, describes the store as an “old fashioned” nut-and-bolts hardware store with everything one might need to complete any project. Gathy and employees Jef Lowell and Kaila Isom are happy to assist. Heights Hardward stocks COVID-protection supplies including KN95 masks, Purell hand sanitizer, and Lysol wipes, as well as snow shovels and ice melt—and copies of the Heights Observer. Heights Hardware (www.heightshardware.com) is located at 1792 Coventry Road.

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Volume 14, Issue 2, Posted 11:49 AM, 01.28.2021

MetroHealth plans expansion at Severance

MetroHealth has proposed an expansion of its Cleveland Heights medical center with the addition of a 110-bed behavioral health hospital. The new hospital is designed to be a short-term-stay facility, for patients in need of evaluation and stabilization for mental health and addiction.

Dr. Julia Bruner is leading the design and development of the new hospital, and will serve as president of the behavioral health initiative at MetroHealth’s Cleveland Heights medical center.

In a Dec. 11 presentation to the FutureHeights Planning and Development Committee, Joe Frolik, MetroHealth’s senior vice president for communications and community and government relations, and Bruner described plans for the new facility, which has a target opening date of October 2022.

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Volume 14, Issue 1, Posted 11:12 AM, 01.01.2021

Best of the Heights 2021 kicks off Jan. 1

Beginning Jan. 1, Heights residents can show their appreciation for locally owned, independent businesses by voting for their favorites in the FutureHeights 2021 Best of the Heights Awards contest.

New this year: each “vote” will be entered for a chance to win a prize package of gift certificates from Heights businesses.

“Our independent businesses are so important to the vitality of our community,” said Deanna Bremer Fisher, executive director of FutureHeights. “Their individual personalities and unique products and services are one of the things that makes the Heights such an awesome place to live! This year, more than ever, it is important to show our support so that they will still be here when we come through this pandemic.”

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Volume 14, Issue 1, Posted 8:23 PM, 12.21.2020

Top of the Hill rises in Cedar Fairmount

The Ascent at Top of the Hill, an $83 million mixed-use project, is rising at the top of Cedar Hill. The city of Cleveland Height's development partner Flaherty & Collins began construction in summer 2020 of the a structured parking garage that will have approximately 550 parking spaces. The new buildings that will wrap the garage are expected to include 261 market-rate luxury apartments, more than 11,000 square feet of first floor commercial/retail/restaurant space, and close to 25,000 square feet of green space. The construction schedule projects completion of the development in the first half of 2022.

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Volume 13, Issue 12, Posted 11:36 AM, 12.02.2020

2020 Heights Observer Holiday Gift Guide: Best socially-distanced gift

Find something for everyone on your list at the many independent merchants in the Heights. Many of our stores are offering online purchasing, safe browsing and safe pick-up. 

Gift certificate for a distance Reiki treatment. Remote energy healing session for physical, mental and emotional deep healing. Also great for stress reduction, relaxation and positive thinking. Remote method is equally as effective as in-person. ($75.00, Loving Hands Yoga, Reiki and Wellness)

Gift Certificate for a video Reiki class. Learn how to facilitate energy healing for yourself, other people and animals. An invaluable skill for better health that anyone can learn. Remote learning is equally as effective as in-person. ($200.00, Loving Hands Yoga, Reiki and Wellness)

USA state flowers 1000-piece puzzle. ($16.99, Mac’s Backs)

Charley Harper secret sanctuary puzzle. Features a 1991 poster for the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes. ($17.95, S’Wonderful Gifts) 

Care cover protective face masks. ($6.95, S’Wonderful Gifts)

Fine Art Face Masks. Featuring van Gogh, Monet and others. Masks come with a replaceable filter. ($12.95, S’Wonderful Gifts) 

Hand sanitizer and colorful caddy. Includes a convenient carabiner keyring so you can attach it to things. ($6.95, S’Wonderful Gifts) 

Soap by Sam Dominic. ($10.00, Heights Arts)  

Masks by Leslie Greenhalgh. ($18.00, Heights Arts)

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Volume 13, Issue 11, Posted 7:13 PM, 10.29.2020

2020 Heights Observer Holiday Gift Guide: The non-traditional gift

Find something for everyone on your list at the many independent merchants in the Heights. Many of our stores are offering online purchasing, safe browsing and safe pick-up. 

Barbara Claas flowers. ($29.00, Heights Arts)

Skulls by Mark Yasencheck ($27.00, Heights Arts)  

Live-edge coffee table. ($1,400.00, Eastwood Furniture)

Gift certificate for a Reiki treatment. In-person or remote energy healing session for physical, mental and emotional deep healing. Also great for stress reduction, relaxation and positive thinking. ($75.00, Loving Hands Yoga, Reiki and Wellness)

“U-Dub” wine club gift membership. Give a one-, two- or three-month gift membership experience to our “VIP Customer Family” wine club. Each month includes two bottles of wine, a complimentary wine tasting and food pairing experience, and 10% discounts on all winery purchases during the membership period. ($50.00 to $150.00, CLE Urban Winery)

Solutions and Other Problems by Allie Brosh. Humorous illustrated essays. ($30.00, Mac’s Backs)

Retro juggling balls. Help pass the indoor months by learning how to juggle. Set of three, colorful bean bag juggling balls. ($7.95, S’Wonderful Gifts)

Rory’s story cubes. set of nine story dice, each with different images on each face. Roll the cubes and build a story around the nine face-up images. ($12.99, S’Wonderful Gifts) 

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Volume 13, Issue 11, Posted 7:11 PM, 10.29.2020

2020 Heights Observer Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts more than $150.00

Find something for everyone on your list at the many independent merchants in the Heights. Many of our stores are offering online purchasing, safe browsing and safe pick-up. 

Gift certificate for Music Together online classes. For families with children birth-eight. ($180 for a full session, Sing and Swing LLC)  

Bentwood rocker. ($233.00, Eastwood Furniture)

Rocking horse with padded seat. ($162.00, Eastwood Furniture)

Gift certificate for a Reiki class. Learn how to facilitate physical, mental and emotional healing for yourself, other people and animals. ($200.00, Loving Hands Yoga, Reiki and Wellness)

Cleveland Architecture 1890-1930: Building the City Beautiful by Jeannine Denobel Love. ($59.95, Mac’s Backs)

Step and throw Blanket by Molly Fitzpatrick. ($165.00, Heights Arts)

Gold necklace with a diamond by Grace Chin. ($450.00, Heights Arts)  

Silver leaf necklace with onyx bead by Pamela Pastoric. ($385.00, Heights Arts)  

Stone necklace by Michelle Pajak Reynolds. ($285.00, Heights Arts)  

Wine Club membership. Consists of two wines hand selected, and a write up of the wines, the producer, the area where the wine comes from and food pairing tips. ($50.00 per month, The Wine Spot)

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Volume 13, Issue 11, Posted 7:10 PM, 10.29.2020

2020 Heights Observer Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts from $50.00 to $150.00

Find something for everyone on your list at the many independent merchants in the Heights. Many of our stores are offering online purchasing, safe browsing and safe pick-up. 

Framing gift certificate. ($100.00, Wood Trader)

Doll bunk bed. ($87.00, Eastwood Furniture)

Live-edge serving tray. ($75.00, Eastwood Furniture)

Forest green scarf by Susan Skove. ($80.00, Heights Arts)  

White geometric bowl by Lauren Herzak Bauman. ($96.00, Heights Arts)  

Glass Floral Paperweight by Preston Sheeks. ($115.00, Heights Arts)  

Earrings by Qandle Quadir. ($115.00, Heights Arts)  

Necklace by Alyson Hollobaugh. ($155.00, Heights Arts)  

Gift certificate for a Reiki treatment. In-person or remote energy healing session for physical, mental and emotional deep healing. Also great for stress reduction, relaxation and positive thinking. ($75.00, Loving Hands Yoga, Reiki and Wellness) 

Gift certificate for carry-out. (Various prices available, Inn on Coventry)

Pedi’s with my besties. Receive a relaxing hand and arm massage, foot soak, exfoliation and polish. Approx. 90 minutes. ($75.00 per person, Quintana's Barber and Dream Spa)

QBDS men’s signature package. Swedish relaxation massage with your choice of essential oil, signature men’s haircut with Pure-Formance shampoo and conditioning, followed by our a shave with steaming hot towels, essential oils and rich balms. Approx. 125 min. ($148.00, Quintana's Barber and Dream Spa)

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Volume 13, Issue 11, Posted 7:08 PM, 10.29.2020

2020 Heights Observer Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts less than $50.00

Find something for everyone on your list at the many independent merchants in the Heights. Many of our stores are offering online purchasing, safe browsing and safe pick-up. 

Olive Bowl by Amy Halko. ($42.00, Heights Arts)  

Wood Box by Thomas Hanger. ($30.00, Heights Arts)  

Moon Paper Box by Sue Schieman. ($48.00, Heights Arts)  

Earrings by Catherine Butler. ($48.00, Heights Arts)  

Jewelry Bag by Leslie Greenhalgh. ($24.00, Heights Arts)  

Hoodies. ($40.00, Grog Shop)

Jake Kelly mural t-shirt, available in both black and white. ($25.00, Grog Shop)

Mitchell's Advent calendar. Filled with various classic confections and new sweets. ($39.95, Mitchell's Fine Chocolates)

White wine with chocolates gift basket. Includes your choice of one of our four white wines, one of four hand-dipped chocolate treats, and a stemless wine glass. ($39.99, CLE Urban Winery)

Red wine with chocolates gift basket. Includes your choice of one of our four red wines, one of four hand-dipped chocolate treats, and a stemless wine glass. ($44.99, CLE Urban Winery)

Fruit-infused wine with chocolates gift basket. Includes your choice of one of our three fruit-infused wines, one of four hand-dipped chocolate treats, and a stemless wine glass. ($34.99, CLE Urban Winery)

Wine slushie with chocolates gift basket. Includes your choice of one of our three white wines, Frappe Vino wine slushie mix, and one of four hand-dipped chocolate treats. ($34.99, CLE Urban Winery)

8 oz. candle. Over 200 scents. Made with long-lasting, clean-burning soy wax. Thirty to fifty-hour burn time. ($13.50 or monthly deals on multiples, Cleveland Candle Company)

10 oz. aromatherapy candles. Aromatherapy candles infused with Essential Oils. ($20.00 or 2 for $35.00, Cleveland Candle Company)

16 oz. Cleveland glassware candle featuring Cleveland's favorite scents: Cleveland Snow, CLE Magic, and more. Or have one filled with a scent of your choice. Sixty to one hundred-hour burn time. ($25.00 to $30.00, Cleveland Candle Company)

Candle-making experience. The recipient will get to explore our 200+ scents and blend their favorites together to make their own custom candle. ($16.00 to $36.00 depending on jar selected, Cleveland Candle Company)

My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies by Resma Menakem. ($17.95, Mac’s Back’s)

Caste: The Origins of Our Discontent by Isabel Wilkerson. ($32.00, 10% discount to customers, Mac’s Backs)

Bread Baker's Apprentice by Peter Reinhart. (40.00, Mac’s Backs)

A Promised Land by Barack Obama. ($45.00, 15% discount to customers, Mac’s Backs)

Fine art reversible umbrellas. ($34.95, S’Wonderful Gifts) 

Expanding silicone water bottle. Food-grade silicone bottle can be collapsed for easy storage. Available in either 12- or 20- ounce sizes, and a variety of colors. ($19.95 & $24.95, S’Wonderful Gifts)

Crystal Heart Pendant Necklace. ($48.00, S’Wonderful Gifts) 

Themed sugar-cookie boxes. ($23.00 to $25.00, Luna Bakery and Cafe)

Spa service gift certificates. Most valid up to five years from the day of purchase. Purchasable online, by phone or in person. (Any dollar amount for any servce, Quintanta's Barber and Dream Spa)   

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Volume 13, Issue 11, Posted 7:07 PM, 10.29.2020

2020 Heights Observer Holiday Gift Guide: Stocking stuffers ($10.00 or less)

Find something for everyone on your list at the many independent merchants in the Heights. Many of our stores are offering online purchasing, safe browsing and safe pick-up. 

Assorted chocolate bars. Available in milk chocolate (33%), dark chocolate (52%), and extra-dark chocolate (80%). ($5.95, Mitchell's Fine Chocolates)

Cleveland Sign by David Shafron. ($10.00, Heights Arts)

Wood Photo Print by Nancy Luken. ($8.00, Heights Arts)

Ohio Magnet by Katie Ford. ($6.00, Heights Arts)

Book Pin by Ellen Strong. ($8.50, Heights Arts)

Happy Bee's gift card. New ice cream shop in Coventry Village; serves alcohol-infused ice cream. ($5.00 and up, Happy Bee’s Ice Cream & Coffee)

Essential oil lip balm. Handmade lip balms made with essential oils, natural butters, and moisturizing carrier oils. ($3.50 or 2 for $6, Cleveland Candle Company)

Beyonce keychain. ($6.99, Mac’s Backs)

Cat felt wool ornament. ($9.95, Mac’s Backs)

Stainless steel straws. 10 Eco-friendly reusable straws and cleaning brush. ($8.50, S’Wonderful Gifts)  

Gratitude empowerment cards. Pack of fifty affirmation cards. ($9.99, S’Wonderful Gifts)

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Volume 13, Issue 11, Posted 7:04 PM, 10.29.2020

2020 Heights Observer Holiday Gift Guide

For the past 13 years, the Heights Observer has published its Holiday Gift Guide to inspire residents to shop locally for the December holidays.

Cleveland Heights and University Heights abound with independent businesses—boutiques, salons, restaurants and artist collaboratives—which enhance our local character and anchor our business districts. 

As a result of the COVID-19 crisis, many of these businesses have temporarily or permanently closed, or are operating at partial capacity.

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Volume 13, Issue 11, Posted 7:20 PM, 10.29.2020

Pick up the Heights Observer along with your Bialy's bagels

Locals know that Bialy's Bagels is the best place to get fresh bagels. Owners and twin sisters Rachel and Sarah Gross offer both walk-up and online ordering. Visit www.bialysbagels.com for details, and be sure to pick up a copy of the Heights Observer while you're there. The shop is located at 2267 Warrensville Center Road, in University Heights.

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Volume 13, Issue 11, Posted 6:56 PM, 10.29.2020

Luna Bakery Cafe features the Heights Observer along with fresh-baked fare

If you’re looking for delicious baked goods, visit Luna, a European-style bakery and cafe serving made-from-scratch pastry and other fare. Located in the Cedar Fairmount district, at 2482 Fairmount Blvd., items are made fresh daily, on the premises, using the best-quality ingredients. Chef and owner Bridget Thibeault encourages everyone to support local businesses like Luna, and to pick up a copy of the Heights Observer while there. For details on Luna's menu and hours, visit www.lunabakerycafe.com, or call 216-231-8585.

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Volume 13, Issue 11, Posted 6:55 PM, 10.29.2020

Heights businesses invited to submit holiday gift ideas

This year more than ever, shopping here in the Heights has the capacity to help our local business districts.

The COVID-19 crisis has forced many beloved Heights merchants to close shop or pare back on their hours and services. As the holiday season approaches, the Heights Observer continues its efforts to encourage local shopping with its annual Holiday Gift Guide, to be published in November.

Cleveland Heights and University Heights retail businesses are invited and encouraged to e-mail photos and descriptions of items they would like to be considered for publication in the 2020 Heights Observer Holiday Gift Guide to Jessica Schantz (jschantz@futureheights.org) no later than Oct. 16. Put “Holiday Gift Guide” in the subject line.

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Volume 13, Issue 10, Posted 10:34 AM, 09.22.2020

Fairmount School of Music becomes Musicologie

Folk musicians—like me and, for instance, fellow traditional- and roots-music artist Kevin Richards—are, by nature, somewhat more resistant to changing how we do things. That’s why we continue to play old music, rather than, say, electro-punk or funktronicanica.

Richards has been running the Fairmount School of Music, with his wife, Patricia, for 32 years—in the same location (3473 Fairmount Blvd.) and in the same way. But the COVID-19 pandemic has forced them—like almost everyone else—to significantly alter the way they give lessons; now they mostly conduct them online. 

And that’s not all. They have recently changed the way they run the business side, too. In September, they entered into a partnership with another small company that handles much of their business. That company, Musicologie, is run by a couple, Joe and Kay Barker, in a Columbus suburb.

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Volume 13, Issue 10, Posted 10:57 AM, 10.01.2020

CH nurse receives 'Helping Hann' free furnance

For a fourth consecutive year, Verne & Ellsworth Hann Inc. has chosen a winner for its “Helping Hann” free furnace giveaway. The company created the program to help a deserving member of the community who needs a new furnace.

Cleveland Heights resident Sommer Saddler is the recipient of the company’s 2020 free furnace installation, which includes all materials and labor.

A registered nurse, Saddler has worked for the Cleveland Clinic for the past 16 years. Her passion is to care for others, despite her own health issues. Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) in 2017, Saddler said, “Every day is a struggle, but I have to get myself together to care for my patients. For a long time, I hid my MS so people wouldn’t feel sorry for me. I have learned to accept my diagnosis even though it has changed my lifestyle and financial situation.”

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Volume 13, Issue 10, Posted 10:40 AM, 09.22.2020

Pick up a Heights Observer at Mac's Backs

With some businesses closed, and others limiting in-store service, some readers are having trouble finding copies of the Heights Observer. Suzanne DeGaetano, owner of Mac's Backs - Books on Coventry, continues serving the community by hosting virtual events, and carrying both best-sellers and books by local authors. For information, visit www.macsbacks.com. You can also pick up a copy of the Heights Observer there.

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Volume 13, Issue 10, Posted 11:04 AM, 09.30.2020

Find the Heights Observer at Bill's Coffee Shop

Bill's Coffee Shop owner Cindy Schmidt has been serving breakfast and lunch for more than 32 years. Recently, she and her longtime team of John Cuva and Ronnie Black reopened for take-out orders. Think of Bill's Coffee Shop the next time you're looking for a classic diner meal, and pick up a copy of the Heights Observer while you're there. Bill's is located at 3954 Mayfield Road, in Cleveland Heights (216-381-6443).

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Volume 13, Issue 10, Posted 11:03 AM, 09.30.2020

Strongsville company renovates Lee Road storage business

The building at 2037 Lee Road has undergone renovations after being purchased in November 2019 by Petrick Property Group of Strongsville. Cleveland Heights Storage, a mini-storage facility, is the company’s first commercial property.

Constructed in 1928, the building originally served as Cleveland Heights' first post office. It housed retail businesses after the postal service vacated it in the 1960s. In 1984, Tim and Joan Evans purchased it, and converted it to use for storage.

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Volume 13, Issue 8, Posted 10:42 AM, 07.30.2020

Nighttown announces July 1 re-opening

Brendan Ring plans to re-open Nighttown on July 1 at 3 p.m.

Five days before Gov. DeWine's March 15 order that closed all Ohio restaurants that evening, Ring, Nighttown’s owner, made the decision to shut down. He closed for the health of his employees, friends and patrons. There was no takeout. There were no deliveries. The music stopped.

As of July 2, Nighttown will be open again on Thursday, Friday and Monday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., for lunch and dinner. On Saturday and Sunday, Nighttown will open at 10 a.m., with brunch served until 3 p.m., and dinner served 3–9 p.m.

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Volume 13, Issue 7, Posted 11:54 AM, 06.30.2020

Some Heights businesses reopen as restrictions are lifted

As the state eases coronavirus restrictions, some Heights businesses are starting to re-open; others remain temporarily closed. Most businesses continue to make adjustments to their hours or practices, in an effort to help stem the spread of COVID-19.

The Heights has a large number of independently run, locally owned businesses that have been impacted by the pandemic. 

In an effort to encourage support for businesses that are open, the city of Cleveland Heights announced that it would waive all parking fees at meters in city-owned lots and garages, until further notice.

The Heights Observer compiled the following partial list of changes that Heights businesses made to their services due to the outbreak. The list is not comprehensive.

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Volume 13, Issue 7, Posted 11:28 AM, 06.02.2020