Representatives of the Vietnamese Garden at the One World Festival <span class='image-credits'>Bob Perkoski</span> Looking out from the Global Center for Health Innovation <span class='image-credits'>Bob Perkoski</span> The Blue Angels - Cleveland National Air Show <span class='image-credits'>Bob Perkoski</span> An American City - Yinka Shonibare, at the Cleveland Public Library <span class='image-credits'>Bob Perkoski</span> Artist Tony Tasset: Judy's Hand Pavilion at MOCA in University Circle <span class='image-credits'>Bob Perkoski</span>


Feature StoryPhase one of the Van Aken District—Shaker Heights’ new downtown

After five years of planning, Van Aken District is coming alive in Shaker Heights

It’s not easy to take an historic neighborhood known for its charm, tree-lined residential streets, and opulent architecture and create a brand-new urban downtown. But, after more than five years of planning, that is exactly what the city of Shaker Heights and developer RMS Investment Corporation have done in building phase one of the Van Aken District—Shaker Heights’ new downtown.

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So, what's up with those giant carrots lining Pearl Road in Old Brooklyn?

Driving down Pearl Road from the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo to its intersection with State Road, it’s hard not to notice the eight whimsical carrot sculptures that dot the streetscape and ponder their significance. “There has been a lot of curiosity about it,” shares Vince Reddy of LAND studio, which helped bring the project to fruition. “People are always wondering, ‘Where did these things come from?’”  

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This old house: Lakewood to introduce unique tool lending library for repairing century homes

There are more than 17,000 homes in Lakewood that were constructed 100 years ago. And while these homes comprise Lakewood’s charming and unique landscape, they carry their fair share of upkeep. LakewoodAlive is working on giving its residents access to the tools they need to maintain, repair, and update their homes with its proposed Lakewood Tool Box—a tool lending library where members can borrow the tools they need for home improvement.

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Neue Auctions caters to a new generation of antiques enthusiasts

Move over, traditional antiques dealers and auction houses—there’s a new kid on the block. Veteran antique dealer Ronald Greenwald and Aspire Auctions co-founder Cynthia Maciejewski have joined forces to open Neue Auctions, a one-stop online auction house and art gallery geared at Millennials and women.

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Lakewood hits a new tippling point with Western Reserve Distillers

After four years of planning, Western Reserve Distillers is set to take its spot as one of just a handful of certified organic distilleries in the country. The family-owned business—run by husband-and-wife team Ann and Kevin Thomas—celebrated its grand opening in early September.

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Who's Hiring: FutureHeights, Honeycomb, MAGNET, Cooper's Hawk, Advanced School Staffing, FreshWater

Welcome to the latest edition of FreshWater Cleveland's “Who’s Hiring” series, where we feature growing companies with open positions, what they’re looking for, and how to apply. This installment includes jobs from FutureHeights, Honeycomb, MAGNET, Cooper's Hawk, Advanced School Staffing, and FreshWater Cleveland. Click here for the freshest job opportunities fit to print.  

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Will it be tourists or new residents that take CLE to the next level? The answer is both.

With downtown Cleveland projected to hit 20,000 residents by 2020 and the advent of Destination Cleveland's #VisitMeinCLE campaign, all eyes are on Cleveland as both a short-term and long-term destination.

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Ohio Marijuana Card brings doctors and patients together

In September 2016, a comprehensive bill (Ohio HB 523) was signed into law, legalizing medical marijuana in Ohio. Now that the program is up and running—with dispensaries opening soon—many prospective patients have been wondering how and where to obtain their marijuana card, and where to find both doctors and dispensaries. Ohio Marijuana Card helps make that connection.

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FreshWater editor to teach 12-week Artist's Way course at The Green House

Often, when I talk to people I meet in Cleveland about The Artist's Way, they haven't heard of it, but they're intrigued and want to learn more. That's why I'm so excited to introduce "CLE-ative Groove," a dedicated 12-week course based on Julia Cameron's best-selling book here this fall. The Artist's Way has been an incredibly transformative tool in my own life—having helped me navigate a job transition from the entertainment industry back to my journalism roots, a difficult period of fertility treatments, and various other major turning points.

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First installation of Inner City Hues to be revealed on Buckeye Road

Amanda King graduated from Case Western Reserve University's law school last year and still lives in the Cleveland Heights apartment she rented as a student. But instead of practicing law, King has immersed herself in her true love—photography. Now King's six-part portrait series, "The Marigolds," will be showcased as the first of four installations in LAND studio's Inner City Hues project.

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Free Stamp: All things free in the #CLE for September 2018

Fresh Water's monthly "Free Stamp" feature rounds up the freshest free events in Cleveland.

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A cut above the rest: Old Brooklyn's barbershops offer style and substance to the community

Barbershops offer much more than traditional haircuts in Old Brooklyn—where barber chairs double as school desks, as psychologists’ couches, as job counselor offices, and as safe spaces. 

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