Shaker Heights

Shaker Lake - photo Bob PerkoskiShaker Lake - photo Bob Perkoski

The homes of Shaker Heights are known to be some of the most striking in the country, boasting a real estate catalogue's worth of Tudors and Georgians. Gardens dripping with life and color beckon neighbors to pause and visit while walking their children to elementary school. Originally a planned garden city for early commuters, the verdant region has numerous parks, lakes and natural attractions. This tight-knit community of 30,000 blossomed in the early 20th century thanks to its pair of light-rail lines that connect its residents to downtown and the Cleveland airport. On the border of Cleveland and Shaker Heights, you'll find Shaker Square and Larchmere, trendy arts-minded strips filled with boutiques, restaurants and galleries.

A Shaker Heights dream: an author’s search for the truth behind her racially integrated city
Shaker Heights native Laura Meckler's newly released book "Dream Town: The Quest for Racial Equity in Shaker Heights" chronicles the east side suburb's efforts to achieve racial integration, equality, and harmony over the past seven decades.
Shaker Lakes Meet the Cuyahoga Valley: Experience A Night of Nature tonight at Nature Center
The Nature Center at Shaker Lakes is partnering with the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Literary Cleveland, and Wick Poetry Center tonight for Summer Wednesdays and poetry readings from the Poetic Inventory of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
Pickleball frenzy: Clevelanders embrace the country’s fastest-growing sport
The pickleball craze is taking off in Northeast Ohio. The hybrid of tennis, ping-pong, and badminton is now one of the fastest growing sports in the country, and new facilities are popping up all over Greater Cleveland.
Nature Center celebrates summer with weekly Wednesday night events
The Nature Center at Shaker Lakes kicks off its Summer Wednesdays tonight, with extended dawn-til-dusk hours. food and drink, and live entertainment.
Harold Burdick: Eclectic architect in the Heights
Cleveland Masterworks: Harold Burdick was known for designing 28 houses in Shaker Heights and worked on the design of the Federal Reserve building. But he might be most noted for the futuristic design of his own home in Cleveland Heights.
Harlen Shimmin: Specialized in upscale homes throughout Northeast Ohio
Cleveland Masterworks: Native Clevelander Harlen Shimmin was known for his Tudor Revival style brick and stone homes built from Edgewater to Shaker Heights.
Kan Zaman: Judith Mansour’s memoir reflects on her grief, celebrates her Lebanese heritage
Judith Mansour's love of words, family, and food dominate the pages of her memoir “Kan Zaman," a collection of poems and prose written in the year following the death of serval family members. Charlotte Morgan sits down with Mansour to get the whole story. 
St. Ignatius of Loyola: A lasting Cleveland legacy from the 16th Century
Cleveland Masterworks: Ignatius of Loyola found religious transformation after being injured in the Battle of Pamplona—eventually becoming one of the founders of Jesuit education, canonized as Saint Ignatius, and becoming the inspiration for St. Ignatius High School in Ohio City and John Carroll University in University Heights.
Shopping with a conscience: Look for fair trade products when picking holiday gifts
The Collaborative to End Human Trafficking, a local group of more than 70 organizations working together to prevent sex and human trafficking in Cuyahoga County, wants shoppers to keep fair trade in mind when looking for gifts this holiday season. Here are some tips to support local retailers committed to fair trade.
Check it out: Holiday shopping ideas with a Cleveland flare
It's peak holiday shopping time. With such talented makers and artists in Northeast Ohio, shoppers don't have to look far to find some unique, locally-made gifts for everyone on the list. We compiled some of our favorites here!
Packing a punch: Entrepreneur offers flavors of India with line of finishing spices
Shaker Heights resident Sahithya Wintrich recently found herself craving the savory Indian-spiced breakfasts she grew up with in Southern India. So, she launched Chutni Punch—a line of three finishing spice blends that will please any palette or heat tolerance. 
A Pulitzer Prize-winning Shaker native and her unforgettable memoir of all things Lost & Found
Shaker Heights native Kathryn Schulz explores love, loss, and life's other ups and downs in her bestselling book "Lost & Found." Ken Schneck talked with Schulz about her Northeast Ohio roots, the sudden loss of her father, falling in love with her wife, and finding her own voice.
Doan Brook, Metroparks to host two free outdoor family workshops
The Doan Brook Watershed Partnership is hosting two free family-friendly events this month that will get the entire family out for fun learning experiences in the autumn air.
Help decide the future of Horseshoe Lake Park
The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District will host a virtual meeting and host an open house at Horseshoe Lake Park in Shaker Heights to present the Doan Brook restoration goals and gather public input on what the park should look like after the restoration.   
Painting the Town: Shaker Arts Council adds seven artist-designed utility boxes to its tour
Shaker Arts Council has selected seven new artists' designs to wrap utility boxes around its Rapid Green Line public art tour in Shaker Heights. 
Philip Lindsley Small: Designed noted Northeast Ohio homes, estates, and buildings
Cleveland Masterworks: Philip Lindsley Small was regarded as one of the top architects of his era in the first half of the 20th Century. From his work with the Van Sweringen brothers on the design of Shaker Square and Daisy Hill, to beautiful homes on South Woodland in Shaker Heights, Small's work is all over the city.
#CLE-ative Groove: Meet Iris Gonzalez and Zoe Brown, dance teachers and co-founders of Island Beats
Our #CLEative Groove series features Q&A profiles on our city’s creative makers and shakers! Read on for our next installment with Iris Gonzalez and Zoe Brown, co-founders of Island Beats. 
Clarence Mack: Self-taught in architecture, yet designed 32 area homes that still stand today
Cleveland Masterworks: Without a day of training as an architect, Clarence Mack made his mark on Northeast Ohio nearly 100 years ago with the 32 impressive Georgian Revival and French Eclectic homes he built in Lakewood and Shaker Heights. All 32 homes stand today as testament to his talents. 
In the zone: Archaic zoning regulations can hamper construction of new infill housing
Outdated city zoning codes in many Cleveland communities make new construction virtually impossible on the inner ring suburbs’ smaller vacant lots. But some communities are working toward adapting their codes to accommodate modern-day infill housing to meet a variety of needs.
Robert C. Gaede, champion for Ohio architectural preservation
Cleveland Masterworks: Cleveland native Robert Gaede was a military veteran, architect, and expert in the historic preservation of Cleveland buildings of all types.