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October 2020

Featured Articles

Best Of Cleveland 2020

Our city knows how to overcome the odds. This year, Cleveland Magazine highlights numerous ways to safely celebrate all the things we love most: massive milkshakes that bring you comfort, treat-filled pinata cakes to brighten your day and a flower cart ready to warm your hearts. We hope these 56 spots for the best food, drinks, shops and things to do bring some joy to your life in the Land.

To The Rescue: A Tribute To A Beloved Comic Shop

Carol & John's Comic Book Shop proves to be a heroic respite for one writer. 

Food + Drink

Akin Affrica Is Launching A Two-In-One Restaurant

The Cleveland Breakfast Club and Vegan Club will operate in tandem in a single Shaker Square Space.

Five Chocolate Shops Ready To Melt Your Heart

Celebrate National Chocolate Day Oct. 28 with a stop at Fear's Confections, Cleveland Chocolate Co., Malley's and more.

Picked Proteins Offers An Alternative To Meat For Vegans

Scott Roger started his artisan plant-based meat alternative company in Akron during COVID-19.

Put Your Freshly Picked Apples To Use WIth These Four Recipes

You'll fall hard for these dishes crafted by Element 41's Paul Mendolara, Toast's Alex Arsham and more.

The Ranchero Benny at Betts Restaurant Is A Decadent Addition

Head downtown to try this popular dish during the new restaurant's weekend brunch.

In the CLE

1956: Harshaw Chemical Co. Refines Uranium

The Cleveland manufacturer was one of the city's largest polluters.

Cooking's Therapeutic Nature

One writer reflects on the power that a kitchen holds.

Editor's Note: Best Of Cleveland Feels Different This Year — And That's OK

What editor Kim Schneider learned is there are still plenty of ways to celebrate all the great things happening in Cleveland.

How Can Working Artists Survive The Pandemic?

The Cleveland art and gallery scene was already pretty fragile, now artists need to rethink how they display and sell their works.

LeBron James Family Foundation Opens I Promise Village

The apartment building serves as transitional housing for families from the foundation's I Promise School.

These Cleveland Programs Are Here To Help

Whether it's with food, paying rent or mental health, the YMCA of Greater Cleveland, the ADAMHS Board of Cuyahoga County, Ohio Means Jobs and others are lending a hand during the pandemic. 

To The Rescue: A Tribute To A Beloved Comic Shop

Carol & John's Comic Book Shop proves to be a heroic respite for one writer. 

Entertainment

Celebrate This Year's Last Record Store Day With These Three Hubs

My Mind's Eye, Record Den and Square Records are hot spots for vintage and modern records from local and national artists.

Maxwell Stern's Americana Album Is A Left Turn From Signals Midwest

We go behind the scenes on three standout tracks from Impossible Sum, which was released in March.

Pete Beatty Taps Into Cleveland's Tall Tales With A New Book

The nonfiction author talks about the inspiration behind Cuyahoga, his first fiction novel, which debuts Oct. 6.

Three Local Actors Share How They've Continued To Perform During COVID-19

Putting on virtual performances takes dedication, drive and a bit of strategy, says Jamie Satterfield, Raymond Bobgan and Tess Burgler.

Three Speaker Series To Keep You Engaged And Motivated

Find out how the Cleveland Leadership Center, Mahall's 20 Lanes and Music Box Supper Club have kept Clevelanders connected during the pandemic.

At Home

3 Halloween Crafts To Spook Up Your Home

All you need is some simple materials and items around the house to create these DIY projects.

A Walden Model Home Coexists With Nature

Payne & Payne Builders will start building custom homes inside Walden next year with a focus on creating houses that highlight the outdoors through their unique design.

Welcome Home: Front Door Tips We're Loving

Create an inviting entrance to your home with advice from the Architetta's Antonia Marinucci and Sil & Park Interiors' Halle Baran.

Style

New Hobby Alert: We're Learning How To Knit

Local experts shows us how to start, the top moves and where to get the must-have yarns.

Travel & Outdoors

Make The Most Out Of Autumn With This Socially Distanced Corn Maze

The Lake Metroparks Farmpark expanded its maze to allow for more people to enjoy this fun fall destination.

Health

Mental Health Check In: Advice For Cleveland Parents

MetroHealth Systems Dr. Margaret Stager on how keep on an eye on your children's mental health.

Mental Health Check In: Clevelanders Open Up About Struggles During An Uncertain Time

The COVID-19 pandemic is shining new light on mental health awareness and treatment options.

Mental Health Check In: How To Find A Therapist In Cleveland

Summa Health Systems Dr. Joseph Varley gives us tips on how to find a therapist that fits your needs.

Education

Local Schools Create Conversation Spaces Around Diversity

Laurel School and Gilmour Academy are among the schools giving students, teachers and parents the spaces to address race-related issues.

The New Normal For Education Is A Work In Progress

How teachers and families are navigating a new school year with safety protocols and online learning.