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March 2020 Cover Cleveland Magazine

Featured Articles

The 2020 Home Issue

Pick a fresh paint color, buy a new rug, display meaningful artwork. Transform your house into a space you not only call home, but one that you’ll want to cancel those plans and hang out in night after night. Here’s how.

Food + Drink

Aurelia's Daily Menus Epitomize Seasonal, Locally Sourced Food

The Chagrin Falls restaurant's co-owner and chef James Balchak creates each menu with ingredients on hand from Oberlin Food Hub and local farms.

Char Whiskey Bar & Grille Delivers Monstrous Upscale Tavern Fare

This Rocky River restaurant boasts a 22-seat bar and more than 130 different kinds of whiskey.

Hola Tacos Brings The Heat Even In Winter

The outdoor Lakewood spot opened in December because its owners, which also operate Barocco Arepa bar, just couldn't wait for warm weather.

Live Music Venues Are Upping Their Food Game

Cleveland's concert halls are striking a chord with surprising, flavorful and interesting food.

In the CLE

1931: The Seeandbee Sets Off For Buffalo

The four-deck steam cruiser carried passengers along the Great Lakes.

4 Development Projects Shaping The 2020s

From the Cleveland Foundation's MidTown headquarters to Sherwin-Williams' downtown facility, keep an eye on these upcoming projects.

A Day In The Life: St. Patrick's Day At The Harp

The luck of the Irish, and a whole lot of planning, gets the Detroit Avenue pub through busy St. Patrick's Days.

A Poetry Paradise Lost By Reply All

One writer's favorite Yahoo Group implodes when everyone gets every email.

Editor's Note: Inside The Soul Of Your Favorite Kicks

There's more to sneaker culture than meets the eye.

Mandy Bell Talks Tribe Baseball

The beat reporter breaks down players to watch and why we shouldn't fret the Corey Kluber trade.

Should City Council Have a Public Comment Period?

Everyone from current councilman Basheer Jones to turn-of-the century mayor Tom Johnson say yes.

Stefanie Spear Set Sail On A 1,000-Mile Journey

The founder of environmental news site EcoWatch talks to us about her eXXpedition sailing trip, which studied the effects of plastic on the world's oceans.

Susan Porter Is Creating A Cooking Network For Senior Citizens

With Recipe Remix, she's helps older citizens reshape the way they think about food and connect with one another.


"Restrooms of Cleveland" Finds the Beauty In Cleveland's Bathrooms

Take a sneak peek at four restrooms featured in Arabella Proffer's photo book.

"Rust Belt Femme" Tackles Tired Working Class Tropes

New from Belt Publishing, Raechel Anne Jolie's new memoir chronicles her path to understanding her identity as a queer femme in the working class Rust Belt.

Celeste Ng Talks Adapting "Little Fires Everywhere" For Hulu

Hulu's Little Fires Everywhere, starring Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington and based on Celeste Ng's Shaker Heights-set novel, premieres March 18.

Cindy Barber On The Beachland Ballroom Surviving 20 Years

The Beachland Ballroom & Tavern owner talks her love music, a venue's struggle to survive, the Waterloo arts district and more.

Mark Leddy On Booking 20 Years Of Beachland Ballroom Shows

The co-owner reminisces on booking nearly 11,000 shows on The Beachland Ballroom & Tavern’s two stages and thinks toward the future.

Meet The Band: Three Legged Chairs

The Akron band, which blends lo-fi indie-pop and jazz chords, plays Youngstown's Westside Bowl March 17.

Minerva Monster: Documentary Film Screening Explores The Local Legend

On March 21st the documentary film crew will revisit one of Cleveland's weirdest local legends with a screening of their 2015 documentary. 

At Home

4 Tips For Displaying Your Collections

From Funko Pops to vinyl records and sports memorabilia, here's how to let your collections shine.

A Clevelander's Guide To Smart Home Devices

From Ring to Google Nest and more, we break down which smart home devices are best for you.

A Greek Revival Home Becomes A Welcomed Space For All

Western Reserve Academy's head of school enlists designer Laura Yeager Smith to transform the Pierce House into a comfortable place to host family, faculty and students. 

A Rustic, 5,300-Square-Foot Aurora Remodel Steals The Show

Designer Rebecca Philipson used French country touches and more for this home's kitchen, great room and lounge.

A Tremont Warehouse's Spacious New Life

With an edgy vibe and feminine details, the designers at Modern Smart Home create a live-work space that reflects the homeowners' aesthetic.

Choose The Right Rug For Your Home

A beautiful rug has the power to tie a room together. Here's everything you need to know.

Choose The Right Tile For Your Home

From subway to penny rounds, here's a primer on how to pick the style that works for you.

Five Unexpected Paint Ideas For Your Home

Splash a coat of paint on these areas of your home for an instant mini makeover.

Home Stores We Love: Style Your Home With Help From These Local Spot

Block Bros. At Home, Cleveland Lighting, Sapphire Pear and more are filled with gear you need to create the home you want.

Inside An Intimate Shaker Heights Colonial

Designer Dawn Cook of BLDC Design Studio adds personal touches while enhancing the home's unique architecture.

The 2020 Home Issue

Pick a fresh paint color, buy a new rug, display meaningful artwork. Transform your house into a space you not only call home, but one that you’ll want to cancel those plans and hang out in night after night. Here’s how.

Vintage Vibes Abound In This Shaker Heights Stunner

Charity D'Amato-Crawford blends vintage finds with modern-day touches in her midcentury modern home.


Bleu Chic Boutique Keeps It Casual

Cleveland Cavaliers in-house announcer Nicole Marcellino has become an expert in creating comfy-meets-cool looks.

Cleveland's Sneaker Scene Hits Its Stride

Clevelanders have more access to cool kicks than ever. See the city’s sneaker scene through these Clevelanders’ collections and prized pairs.

Trend Alert: Ghurka Makes Luxe Leather Bags That Celebs Love

Nab the bag that LeBron James, Meghan Markle and other stars love to carry.

Travel & Outdoors

3 Fresh Northeast Ohio Hikes We Love

Whether you're a bird watcher, path maker or inquisitive wanderer, we've got something for you.

9 Must-Go Places In Hingetown

From a James Beard-nominated deli to a trendy resale boutique, these spots have it all.

Garfield-Perry Stamp Club's Annual Show Hits Cleveland

The annual March Party, held March 6-8 at Holiday Inn Strongsville, was founded 130 years ago.


Ask the Experts: How Can Parents Make The College Application Process More Appealing?

Mark Ledoux, director of recruitment and undergraduate admissions at Kent State University, explains it's important to partner with the students.

Ask the Experts: How Can Parents Prepare Children To Study Abroad?

Michael Ciuni, director of the Center for Global Citizenship at Hathaway Brown, explains you need to be open.

Ask the Experts: How Can Schools And Parents Work Together?

Patrick Gallagher, head of school at University School, explains how to build a student's character.

Ask the Experts: What Are The Benefits Of Summer Camp?

Mark Nestor, director of auxiliary programs at Hawken School, explains the value.

Ask the Experts: What Benefits Do College Credit Plus Programs Offer Students?

Angela Johnson, vice president of access completion and enrollment management at Cuyahoga Community College, explains how students can earn college credits.

Ask the Experts: What Benefits Do Students Gain From Performing Arts?

Lucas Clark, fine and performing arts program coordinator at Gilmour Academy, explains how it affects other areas of study.

Ask the Experts: What Is The Parents' Role In Children's Academic Success?

Megan Rutkowski, director of Magnificat High School’s student support services, head of the Academic Success Center and school psychologist, explains how to connect with your students.

Ask the Experts: What Makes An Excellent K-12 Fine Arts Program?

Jennifer Shaw, department chair of fine arts and a music teacher at Lake Ridge Academy, explains that it takes balance.

Ask the Experts: What To Consider When Choosing A School For Your Child?

Rick McIntosh, Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s executive director of school choice and enrollment, explains that each student has different needs.

Ask the Experts: When Should The College Search Begin?

Linda Gabor, director of college counseling for St. Ignatius High School, explains.

Ask the Experts: Why Is Art Education Important?

Kristen LoPresti, visual arts teacher at Beaumont School, explains why it's essential for parents to encourage their kids to pursue art.

Ask the Experts: Why Should Middle School Students Learn To Code?

Sarah McKeown, instructional design and innovation specialist at Laurel School, explains how it inspires innovation.

How Parents Can Engage With School Tech

Expert tips on why and how parents should know what tech their kids are using and learning about.

Maybe The Summer Slide Isn't That Steep

While continuing education is important, kids should be using summer as a chance to reset and learn socials skills.