Shopping in ClevelandWhere to Shop Downtown
Tower City Center , 230 W. Huron Rd., is a shopping, dining and entertainment complex surrounding a modernized commuter rail station. Skylights, light and water shows, marble staircases, historic brass storefronts and a glass dome accent the three levels of retail stores and places to eat. The Arcade , 401 Euclid Ave., was one of the first indoor malls in the country. This 1890 landmark has been renovated to include a hotel but continues to offer a variety of shops and boutiques. Galleria at Erieview , 1301 E. 9th St. at St. Clair St., offers a small collection of shops and galleries.
Those seeking the novel may want to check out the offerings in The Cop Shop, The Cleveland Police Museum's gift shop at 1300 Ontario St.; the shop is open weekdays 10-4.
Find More Shopping Districts Outside the Downtown Core
Antique Row, Lorain Avenue from W. 25th to W. 117th streets, and Detroit Avenue from Westwood Avenue to W. Clifton Boulevard, are popular with antiques hunters. The Little Italy neighborhood offers shops and galleries along Murray Hill and Mayfield roads.
Some of the Victorian houses in Ohio City serve as boutiques and antique shops. On select Saturdays from June through October, the district hosts music and an urban art market in Market Square.
The West Side Market at W. 25th Street and Lorain Avenue sells fresh fruit, vegetables, meats, fish, poultry, cheese and ethnic foods Mon. and Wed. 7-4, Fri.-Sat. 7-6 and Sun. 10-4. Coit Road Farmers Market is at Coit Avenue and Woodworth Street and offers Ohio produce and products. It is open Sat. year-round 8-1 as well as Wed. 10-1 and 4-7, June-Oct.
Shaker Square, at the junction of Van Aken Boulevard, Shaker Boulevard and E. 130th Street, offers shops, food and entertainment.
Take a trip down memory lane at b. a. Sweetie Candy Co. Inc. at 6770 Brookpark Rd. The candy warehouse has a huge inventory, including nostalgic brands.
Hit the Malls for Deals
In the surrounding suburbs are shopping centers and malls offering such department stores as Dillard's, Macy's, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue as well as many smaller shops. Among the more popular malls are Beachwood Place, 26300 Cedar Rd. at Richmond Road in Beachwood; Great Lakes Mall, 7850 Mentor Ave. in Mentor; The Shoppes at Parma, 7899 W. Ridgewood Dr. in Parma; Great Northern Mall, 4954 Great Northern Mall at I-480 in North Olmsted; and SouthPark Mall, 500 Southpark Center in Strongsville. The site of the former Westgate Mall in Fairview Park is now the home of Westgate, an open-air shopping center at the intersection of W. 210 Street and Center Ridge Road/US 20.
The local vicinity also offers further shopping opportunities to add to your travel plans. Legacy Village Shopping Center is in Lyndhurst, 1 mile west of I-271 Cedar Road exit at 25333 Cedar Rd. The village features a main street reminiscent of a 1950s-era small town and includes Crate & Barrel and Restoration Hardware among its many stores and local restaurants. There are more than 80 shops in the outdoor shopping area of Crocker Park, a quarter-mile south of I-90 Crocker Road exit in Westlake. At Coventry Road in Cleveland Heights between Mayfield and Euclid Heights roads, colorful shops and boutiques offer offbeat clothing, artworks and crafts.
In Rocky River, Beachcliff Market Square, 19300 Detroit Rd., offers upscale retailers and eateries. Also in Rocky River is Old River, on Old Detroit and Wooster roads, where shops specialize in gifts, antiques, spa services, gourmet food, wines and specialty clothing.
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The local sales tax is 8 percent. The city lodging tax is 5.5 percent (less in suburbs).
Time and Temperature
Cleveland Clinic, (216) 444-2200; St. Vincent Charity Medical Center, (216) 861-6200; University Hospitals Case Medical Center, (216) 844-8447.
334 Euclid Ave. Cleveland, OH 44114. Phone:(216)875-6680 or (800)321-1001
Cleveland Hopkins International Airport
Hertz, which offers discounts to AAA members, has a counter at the airport and at 3663 Park East Dr., Beachwood; phone (216) 831-3836 (Beachwood), (216) 267-8900 (airport) or (800) 654-3080.
The Amtrak station is at E. Ninth Street and Cleveland Memorial Shoreway; phone (800) 872-7245.
Greyhound Lines Inc., (800) 231-2222, is at 1465 Chester Ave.
Cabs are available at the Public Square taxi stands or they can be ordered by phone. Rates average $2.75 for the first one-eighth mile and 28c for each additional one-eighth mile. The average fee for waiting is $18-$20 an hour. A $1 fuel surcharge also is added to the fare. Companies include Ace Taxi, (216) 361-4700; Americab, (216) 881-1111; and Yellow Cab, (216) 623-1500.
The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) offers bus and train service. Rail service runs from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport to the Tower City Rapid Transit Station on Public Square and continues to the Louis Stokes Station at Windermere in East Cleveland as well as from Tower City Center to points in Shaker Heights. The Waterfront Line transports visitors to popular attractions Mon.-Fri. 6:30 a.m.-midnight; weekends and holidays 9 a.m.-midnight.