Shaker Square & Larchmere

Shaker Square - photo Bob PerkoskiShaker Square - photo Bob Perkoski

This streetcar neighborhood has everything an urban resident could ask for. Food, drink, entertainment, shopping, public transport and even one of Northeast Ohio’s best farmers markets all are within a few tightly clustered blocks. Shaker Square, with light rail trains zipping right through the middle of it, is home to some of the area’s best restaurants, a movie theater and weekly (year-round) farm market. Around the corner, eclectic Larchmere Boulevard is dotted with one-of-a-kind retail, antiques shops and eateries. 

Garlic is king at the 14th annual Cleveland Garlic Festival
Garlic is king at the 14th annual Cleveland Garlic Festival this weekend at Shaker Square—a celebration of all things garlic that benefits the nonprofit North Union Farmers Market.
Loganberry Books celebrates 20 years in historic building
This week, Loganberry Books celebrated 20 years in its current location—the former Nash Motors dealership, among other former iterations. Read about how she turned a huge warehouse into the warm, inviting bookstore it is today.
EDWINS owner offers $250 in exchange for guns
EDWINS founder Brandon Chostowski is offering $250 in credit to use in his restaurants and shops to anyone who turns in a gun in an effort to reduce gun violence in Cleveland.
Lake Erie Ink releases seventh annual teen anthology with record amount of entries
Lake Erie Ink released its seventh annual teen anthology last week with 147 contributions of nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and art, making it LEI's largest collection of area teens’ creative works to date.
'Huge win:' EDWINS leader passed over for Beard Award, but still counts his victories
EDWINS Leadership Restaurant and Institute founder Brandon Chrostowski may have been passed over for the James Beard Award for outstanding restauranteur, but he still sees the nomination as a "huge win" for his mission. And he had a blast in Chicago.
Positive momentum: Local CDC puts Buckeye neighborhood plan into motion
In August, Cleveland's City Planning Commission approved a new master plan designed by Burten, Bell, Carr Development to lift the Buckeye neighborhood from the swamp of disinvestment, structural racism, and population loss it has dwelled within for years.
Film’s big fall: A look at upcoming CLE film festivals and their thought-provoking content
As fall approaches, the season is ripe for upcoming film festivals. Three festivals that focus on unique and timely topics are already beginning. 
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.
Answering the call for help: EDWINS founder travels to Poland to cook for Ukrainian refugees
EDWINS founder Brandon Chrostowski recently returned from Poland, near the Ukrainian border, working with World Central Kitchen to feed hundreds of refugees. He shared his emotional experience with FreshWater's Evan Gallagher.
Weathering the storm: How some LGBTQ+ businesses survived the pandemic
Many local businesses have suffered or closed permanently during the pandemic, while others have found new opportunities. Most local LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs say they’re weathering the ordeal—thanks in part to rising support from individuals and institutions in the LGBTQ+ community and beyond.
Brick by brick: Residents continue their quest to save deteriorating buildings on South Moreland
A group of residents in the Shaker Square and Buckeye neighborhoods are circulating a petition to save a deteriorating South Moreland property at 2962 Moreland Blvd.
Huge mural in Buckeye celebrates, tells the story of African American history
Cleveland leaders and residents on Saturday gathered in Amos Norwood Mini-Park for the unveiling of artist Anna Arnold's six-foot-by-44-foot mural telling the history of African Americans.
EDWINS campus is expanding with additional housing in Buckeye
After continuously growing its footprint in the Buckeye neighborhood over the past eight years, EDWINS is expanding its campus again with a new 8,270-suare-foot living unit.
In the bag: Pope’s Kitchen launches new line of cocktail pouches this weekend
Food entrepreneur Clark Pope is launching a new line of cocktail pouches in three flavors this summer. 
Mindful munching: New vegan restaurant adapts to growing lifestyle trends
Practicing mindfulness is a tool used to reduce stress and anxiety. Andrew Taylor-Shaut is promoting mindful eating through his new vegan restaurant SomethinGood to Eat in Larchmere. 
EDWINS staff hosts virtual cooking classes for all ages, skill levels
Brandon Chrostowski and his EDWINS Leadership and Restaurant Institute staff launched a cook-from-home Zoom cooking class series this month—offering classes for all skill levels and ages.
Wrap it up: NEOCH’s annual Street Chronicle, wrapping paper edition, hits the streets
The wrapping paper edition of the Cleveland Street Chronicle is on sale now. Get yours today from vendors or participating stores.
Culinary twist: Local event planner, Cleveland's top chefs host online cooking classes for charity
Event planner Amy Pappas has found a way to keep both local foodies and chefs engaged at home during the pandemic with Zoom cooking classes—and the proceeds go to good causes.
LISTEN --> FreshFaces Podcast: Cait Kennedy of [unBail]
Our FreshFaces podcast is back for season two! Episode One features [unBail] executive director Cait Kennedy, who helped design the [unBail] app as a "Google maps for court cases" to help defendants better navigate the criminal justice system.
Triple cream heaven: Marchant Manor Cheese plans to open shop doors by the holidays
A year after securing a storefront on Lee Road in Cleveland Heights, Kandice Marchant is nearing completion of Marchant Manor Cheese Shop—with high hopes to be open for the winter holidays.