Cleveland: Good eats and great shopping

Over the summer, you’ll have the opportunity to hear from some of the CMI/CMWorld team on what they love most about Cleveland, and offer you some thoughts on what you should visit while you are here.

This week’s post is written by Angela Vannucci, Project Director.

One of my favorite things to do is to plan fun places to visit here in Cleveland. There is something here for everyone, whether you’re a sports nut or a lover of the arts, or someone in between, we’ve got what you’re looking for.

Just like the “big” cities, Cleveland has a lot of neighborhoods. Each of them has their own history, culture, food and following. One of my favorite neighborhoods is Tremont. It’s a short cab ride from downtown Cleveland, and has all the culture and food you need to make a great evening (better yet, day) of it.

Food. What can I say, there are so many good places, I can’t pick just one:

  • tremonttaphouseTremont Tap House – This corner bar serves bear and liquor. But, if you love beer, you’ll love their selection. I don’t really even drink beer and they even have a beer for me. The food is great – try their burgers and fries. Every Monday night at dusk they play a throwback movie on their patio “drive-in”. IMAGE source: ohio.citybeat.com
  • Sokolowskis University Inn – This is the essence of Cleveland ethnicity. It is nothing fancy, but if you like stuffed cabbage, chicken paprikash, or pierogies, you need to make the trip!
  •  Lola Bistro – This is where Cleveland’s own chef Michael Symon got his start. I remember going in for dinner on a Friday night and seeing Michael working the line. If you know anything about Michael Symon you also know you hear his laugh before you see him. So, if you want a taste of Michael’s creations, stop by for their deal of a happy hour.

Art and Shopping. Tremont is filled with museums and locally-owned retail shops:

  • Tremont Art Walk – This is an art and food event that happens the second Friday of each month from 6 pm – 10 pm. You have the opportunity to see all the talented artists who have their work on display at a variety of galleries throughout Tremont. Lucky for anyone who is spending an extra day or two in Cleveland, their September event is the Friday after Content Marketing World. So, plan to stay and check it out!
  •  banyan tree exteriorBanyan Tree – A great locally owned shop that has clothes, jewelry and all sorts of eclectic home goods and knick knacks. They also have a small, but wonderful card selection. If you are looking for a unique greeting card, stop here. IMAGE source: www.shopbanyantree.com
  • Loop – They sell records. The old kind. There are not many places like this left. Plus, they have a great coffee and tea selection. It’s worth making a stop.

Now, the only thing Tremont doesn’t have are sports. But, don’t worry, they’re just around the corner if food and shopping isn’t what you’re looking for.  During the week of Content Marketing World, the Cleveland Indians are in town. Progressive Field is a great ballpark and the bleachers are the best seats in the house (for the best price too!).

If you have a little more time, think about renting a car (maybe with a group of other CMWorld attendees) and going to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, OH. I’m not a football fan, but even I left there impressed. They have memorabilia galore and the recent renovations are beautiful. Worth the short drive from downtown Cleveland for any football fan for sure!

I really hope you plan to spend some time investigating our great city and enjoying all it has to offer.

See you at #CMWorld!

Join Angela and the CMI team at Content Marketing World this September in Cleveland. Use code CMITEAM for $100 off main event and all-access passes. Register today! Less than 5 weeks remain!