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RNC in CLE Cover

July 2016 Issue

Cover Story

Trump Takes Cleveland

He’s the elephant in the room. The presumptive nominee. Huge. Donald Trump may not be what anyone expected when Cleveland won the bid to host the Republican National Convention July 18-21. But here we are — a defining moment for the city, the GOP and our country. Our ultimate guide to the RNC looks at the politics, the parties and how you can be a part of history.

Edited by Steve Gleydura and Kim Schneider 

On the Cover: Illustration by Rob Dobi


Elder Statements

At some point, we all experience happiness, regret, success, struggle, love and loss. For these Clevelanders, the ups and downs of a life well-lived come with many lessons. An Olympian, an actress, a Holocaust survivor, a barber and more share their stories and wisdom. Here are the life lessons of Sr. Alicia Alvarado, Joe Dauria, Harrison Dillard, Richard Fleischman, Joseph Gary Jr., Joyce Harris, Eva Hashiguchi, Ken Kovach, Joan Luntz, Mary Rose Oakar, Michael Pupa, Norman Richards, Dr. Michael Roizen and Dorothy Silver,  Stories by James Bigley II, Sheehan Hannan and Lynne Thompson

The Dish

Lucky Peach

As Graeter’s opens its first Northeast Ohio store, we bite into the full flavor of the season.

Review: Variety Show

Tavern of Little Italy makes friends with locals who want more than just the typical neighborhood fare.

Farm Hand

Eat fresh without the headache and spoiled surplus with our guide to surviving your CSA subscription. 

Pizza For All

Collinwood's Citizen Pie is drawing aficionados from throughout Northeast Ohio. 

Liquid Relief

These three new spots will help get your drink on.

A Drink We Love: Norka Sodas

Michael Considine bring back the iconic Akron brand.

Market Place

The Tremont General Store packs a lot of local pride into its tiny space.

The List: Oysters

These five spots have us diving in for more of the seafood gem.

Ingredients: Peachy Keen

Local chefs help us cobble together some amazing dishes using the juicy seasonal stone fruit.

Lake Effect

Ship Shape

The Tall Ships festival sails into a new port in Fairport Harbor July 8-10.

Common Ground

With Public Square’s renovation done, Sanaa Julien will help roll out a welcome mat for the city’s central space.

Game On

Northeast Ohio’s three gambling spots reshuffle the deck with new food, rewards and more. 

Clip Smart

Cub Cadet’s Tesla-style lawn mower will make you the energy-efficient envy of the neighborhood. Plus: Go behind the scenes and watch our test drive video.

Big Bang

From colors spanning the rainbow to Snapchat-worthy explosions, we rank these three July 4 fireworks displays out of a possible five Roman candles. 

Gold Digger

Three tips to finding treasures during garage sale season.

Score Keeper

Jeremy Feador is preserving the Cleveland Indians’ past and present.

Green Acres

In honor of the U.S. National Park Service’s centennial year, here are three ways to get outside and explore the 33,000-acre Cuyahoga Valley National Park this month.

Island Time

Slow things down with a ferry ride to fun, food and more on Lake Erie’s islands.

Mixed Media

Urban Scrawl

Graffiti HeArt gives the suburbs street cred with new murals popping up this summer.

Color Wheels

The Craft Up Collinwood initiative invites residents to make upcycled crafts to enliven vacant areas.


The Skate Escape

Steven Caple Jr.’s new film, The Land, delivers a killer soundtrack and gritty portrayal of what it’s like to grow up in inner-city Cleveland.

Rapid Fire

Machine Gun Kelly has a busy summer working on a new album and roles in two movies and Showtime's series Roadies. We talk with the rapper about his roots, acting and his music.


Assassin's Creed

Near West Theatre's dark musical shows spectators what drives someone to carry through a plan to kill a president.

Casting Call

Take our quiz to discover which musical playing this month is in tune with your tastes.

Shop Talk

Teenage Dream

Gwendolyn Elizabeth lets customers pamper themselves with bath and body items created by a local 15-year-old.

Mane Attraction

Here are three reasons to try the new Play Salon in Playhouse Square. 


3 Questions ... with Stanislav Khristenko

The 2013 Cleveland International Piano Competition winner talks about returning to headline this year's event.


First Class at Last

An unexpected flight upgrade reveals the true glimpse of joie de vivre.

Talking Points

Exhibit A

Could the RNC revive Cleveland’s convention business? 



Our picks for how to spend your time this month: Fourth of July nail art, a food (holiday) pyramid and more.

The Terminal


Real elephants marched through downtown when the Republican National Convention — and the circus! — came to town.

Healthy Living

You Only Younger

New techniques to refresh the appearance through skin rejuvenating and cosmetic procedures can help turn back time.   

Polish Your Smile

Cosmetic dental advances give us new ways to envision and realize a better smile.

Best of the East &

Best of the West

Best of the East/West Winners

Readers cast their ballots at parties on the East and West sides this spring. Here are the results.