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September 2021

Featured Articles

Shop Local With These 30 Cleveland Makers And Artisans

Improve your home decor, personal style and Cleveland life with small-batch candles, hand-sewn clothing, carefully crafted jewelry, tasty food items and more from Northeast Ohio makers. Plus, five markets to shop this fall.

Food + Drink

3 Coffeehouse Drinks You Need Right Now In Cleveland

StoneFruit Coffee Co., 27 Club Coffee and Milk and Honey are all at the top of our latte list.

Best Things We Ate This Month: Hacienda Tapatia, Pastina Rustic Italian Kitchen And More

The editors of Cleveland Magazine share the best local dishes they ate this month.

Cleveland Beer Guide: Our List Of Cleveland's Best Brews

From hoppy IPAs to light, fruity brews, Cleveland's beer scene is a cornucopia of flavors, taste and refreshment. Here's everything you need to know to maximize your next trip to your favorite brewery. 

How Cassandra Fear And Daniel Ang Teamed Up To Open Lakewood AF

The owners of Fear's Confections and Dang Good Foods have created a spinoff restaurant concept that merges the best of both worlds.

Pack Up Your Kids' Lunches With These Ready-Made Ideas From Tiwanna Scott-Williams

The owner and chef of Pearl's Kitchen and Pearlflower Catering is ready to elevate your school lunches with these four kid-friendly options.

Satisfy Your Seafood Cravings With Acqua di Luca's Fruit di Mare

This seafood platter showcases Luca Sema's culinary skills with Alaskan king crab, scallops, shrimp and more.

In the CLE

1979: Bob Hope And Big Bird Go International

Fresh off the United States and the People’s Republic of China recognizing each other as countries, Hope hopped on a plane to film Bob Hope On The Road To China.

Douglas Katz Can't Stop Cooking

After a year of uncertainty and change, Cleveland's hottest chef emerges better than ever as he prepares to open Amba's brick-and-mortar location.

Editor's Note: Cleveland's Makers Scene Has Evolved Into A Strong And Persistent Community

Editor Kim Schneider shares how she's gained a new appreciation for Cleveland's creators.

How Cuyahoga County's Surge Program Is Changing Cleveland Neighborhoods

The pilot program, helmed by Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish, aims to make big changes in Cleveland's underserved neighborhoods.

Inside Cleveland's Quest To Get Communities Of Color Vaccinated

With vaccination rates for communities of color lagging behind, area leaders and organizations are working to provide education and information in the hopes of getting more people vaccinated.

Three Cleveland Browns Storylines We'll be Paying Attention To This Fall

From Baker Mayfield's production to an improved defense, this is what we'll be watching for when the Browns' season kicks off Sept. 12.

Vitamix Celebrates 100 Years Of Innovation

In honor of the Olmsted Falls-based company celebrating 100 years of operation, we sit down with president and CEO Jodi Berg.


3 Concerts To Catch This Month

From country to piano renditions of The Police's greatest hits, there's a concert for everyone this month in Cleveland.

Beck Center For The Arts Artistic Director Scott Spence Is Gearing Up For A Theater Season Like No Other

We sit down with Spence ahead of his 30th year with the West Side theater company to discuss his thoughts on the seven-show season.

Dance Cleveland Hires A New Executive Director

Theresa Remick hopes to expand modern dance in Cleveland.

Our Look At The Three Artists Who Are Participating In MOCA's Artist-In-Residency Program

Amber N. Ford, Joyce Morrow Jones and Erykah Townsend will get a chance to showcase their artwork and connect with the Cleveland community during their five-month residencies.

The Cleveland Museum Of Art Is Coming Full Circle With Its Newest Exhibit

Collecting Dreams: Odilon Redon is a callback to the museum's roots, as Redon's work was first displayed there in 1925.

This Year's IngenuityFest Is Headed To Gordon Park

This year's festival, the 16th annual celebration of Cleveland's arts and music scene, is built around lakefront access, sustainability and connectivity.

Why Cleveland Rapper Chelsea Pastel Is Up Next

The Cleveland rapper is poised to take the world by storm thanks to her slick rhythms and stellar production.

At Home

Heads Up: Our All-In-One Guide For Safe And Smart Roof Upkeep

Dave Sipes of Legacy Roofing gives us warning signs to look out for and do's and dont's for cleaning your roof. Plus, a breakdown of common roofing materials and how to choose the best one.

Take A Step Into This Romantic Chagrin Falls Home

Marissa Matiyasic of Reflections Interior Design brought natural light, interesting textures and elegant colors into this modern-meets-traditional home.

Why You Should Be Planting Your Flower Bulbs Right Now

September is the perfect time to start the process for a perfect spring garden.


Cleveland Makers: Add Some Personality To Your Wall With Svona Studio's Ceramic Totem 005

Part of a 14-piece collection, this totem stands out among other wall hangings and paintings.

Cleveland Makers: Allison Kuhlman of Wander Plant Pots Shares Her Love For Cleveland's Artisan Scene

After starting her business last year, Kuhlman has an eye on the future.

Cleveland Makers: Bring Nature With You With Bianca Breed's Moon Phases Earrings

These eco-friendly earrings are made with a collection of pressed plants, flowers and found insects.

Cleveland Makers: Cool Down With Pope's Cocktails' Blueberry Lemonade Cocktail

These to-go cocktails, which are available at multiple local spots, are bright and refreshing.

Cleveland Makers: Crafty Mart's Monthly Markets Are A Must-Visit For Any Thrifter

Make sure to clear your schedule when you visit, as each market offers opportunities for shoppers to hang out.

Cleveland Makers: Cuddle Up With The Cuddle Cult's Golden Girls Inspired Doll Set

These popular dolls made by Ashley Ross have even made it into the hands of the real Golden Girls.

Cleveland Makers: DruChristine Fabrics & Design's Denim Tie Waist Maxi Skirt Is Made For Versatility And Comfort

This high tie-waist skirt works, whether you're going out for a night on the town or spending a casual day with friends.

Cleveland Makers: Enjoy The Taste Of Homemade Chocolate With Cleveland Chocolate Co.'s Blueberry Lavender Dark Chocolate Bar

This homemade bar is both refreshing and rich with flavor.

Cleveland Makers: Flea Fest Medina Is The Perfect Combination Of Hipster And Vintage Aesthetics

Created to bring hope to the Medina community while also supporting small businesses, this flea market has everything from a mobile flower cart to handmade candles.

Cleveland Makers: Go For An Adventure In Your Bath With MJo Co. Handmade's Eucalyptus And Spearmint Bath Bomb

These handmade bath bombs will bring extra relaxation to any bath.

Cleveland Makers: Hazelmade's Tomato Tea Towel Brightens Your Kitchen

The hand-drawn designs have been tested to ensure your money buys the best fabric, hem and ink.

Cleveland Makers: Himiko Gogo Memorabilia's Party Time Wonders Shirt Is Perfect For Fans Of Vintage Clothing

With retro fabrics and a zippered crop look, this shirt's bold, two-tone design is an attention-grabber.

Cleveland Makers: How Alicia Cleveland Is Creating Holistic And Sustainable Skin Care Products With Promises To Care

The plant-based company has serums, cleansers and face masks that help cure almost any ailment.

Cleveland Makers: How Cleveland's Handmade Scene Remains A Strong Community

From hand-sewn clothing to carefully crafted jewelry, Cleveland's makers community is filled with expertly made items that are built to last.

Cleveland Makers: Jake Koppen's Family Legacy Is On Display At Koppen Woodworks

Koppen, who learned woodworking from his grandfather, prides himself on designs that blend inventive styles with trendy materials.

Cleveland Makers: Jennifer Lee Studios' Salt Pinch Bowls Need To Be Your Next Kitchen Addition

These Lake Erie inspired bowls are both functional and artistic.

Cleveland Makers: Jess Donnelly's Whimsical Influences Are Evident With Papillon Handcrafted

Inspired by the change a butterfly undergoes, Donnelly is always looking for ways she can enhance her jewelry line.

Cleveland Makers: Kali's Creations' Lemon Poppy Seed Soap Bar Is Food For Your Skin

This lush soap is filled with vitamins E and C, both of which help nourish and repair your skin.

Cleveland Makers: Leave Behind A Lasting Impression With Gold Arrow Studios' Intention Diffuser Bracelet

This bracelet is the perfect way to discreetly wear your favorite essential oils.

Cleveland Makers: Live Dream Create's Kawaii Pierogi Plushies Are The Perfect Gift For That Pierogi-Loving Family Member

Made from recycled plastic water bottles and nonallergenic polyester stuffing, these bite-sized cuties are built to be given as gifts.

Cleveland Makers: Make Fashionable And Functional Ellie Jane Bags' Torrey Backpack The Next Addition To Your Outfit

This sturdy but stylish bag features a plethora of pockets to go along with its water-resistant exterior.

Cleveland Makers: Micah Specialty Foods' Supreme Sauce Maximizes Its Taste By Using Natural Ingredients

The recipe holds a special meaning to founder Nana Kwamena Takyi-Micah, as it's been in his family for six generations.

Cleveland Makers: Mud By Mallory's Donut Vase Is The Perfect Multi-Purpose Vase

Whether you're using it as a wall hanging or a planter, this vase is designed for collectors looking for something different.

Cleveland Makers: Never Worry About Chapped Lips Again With Basswood Beauty's Rose-Infused All-Purpose Salve

This salve, which can be used for cuticles and minor wounds, is built around a base of calendula and rose-infused sunflower oil.

Cleveland Makers: New Day Notes Gives New Life To Well-Worn Cookbooks

Act fast, as these vintage recycled cookbooks are one-of-a-kind.

Cleveland Makers: Pamper Yourself with Botanixx's Strawberry Shortcake Body Butter

Non-greasy and rich in hydration, this body butter is perfect for chapped skin.

Cleveland Makers: Pat's Granola Is The Perfect Healthy Grab-And-Go Snack

After starting to make granola 25 years ago, owner Pat Bennett has turned her granola recipe into a full-on business and blog.

Cleveland Makers: Ride A Flavor Wave With Sweet Bean's Signature Bonbons

These sweet confections take three days to make, with each layer of the treat needing a different level of care.

Cleveland Makers: Seeker Woodworks' Wooden Bowls Are Artful Pieces You'll Need Around The House

After falling down a YouTube hole of woodworking videos, Justin Seeker is slowly beginning to find his woodworking groove.

Cleveland Makers: Showcase Your Child Side With Drawn From My Brain's "Know Your French Fries" Print

Teach your guests about french fries (while also making them laugh) with this fun print.

Cleveland Makers: The Home Pantry's Spicy Black Bean Soup Is Filled With Healthy And High-Quality Local Ingredients

Whether you eat this soup as-is or add some extra flavor with the included habanero peppers, this soup is the perfect meal for those on-the-go.

Cleveland Makers: The Westside Flea Is The Perfect Spot For Any Treasure Hunter

The woman-owned market, which is going into its seventh season, boasts more than 100 vendors along with live entertainment.

Cleveland Makers: The Youngstown Flea Provides A Space For Northeast Ohio Artisans To Sell Homemade Products

After acquiring a 25,000-square-foot building in 2020, the market is now able to hold events year-round.

Cleveland Makers: Wander Plant Pots Features Unique, Whimsical Planters

Customers can't get enough of Allison Kuhlman's glitter-filled pottery, which she began making during the pandemic.

Cleveland Makers: Why You Need To Visit Cleveland Bazaar

The longest-running handmade market in Cleveland, the Bazaar has featured between 25 to 140 vendors at each show since it opened in 2004.

Cleveland Makers: Yates Perfumes' Fruitchouli Perfume Oil Harkens Back To Warm, Nostalgic Memories

This lighthearted approach to fragrance is rich and reminiscent of childhood.

Cleveland Makers: Zav Candle Co.'s RX Candle Is Built Around Relaxation

Whether you're hosting a dinner party or settling in for a quiet night, this scented candle is the perfect vehicle to help you find your happy place.

Ladder Is A Haven For Indie Designers

Located in the Van Aken District, the newly opened boutique is stocked with adult and children's clothing from sustainability minded indie designers.

Margie's Closet Is Both A Store And Community Hub For Cleveland's LGBTQ Community

The store, which opened in June, is the first clothing store in Ohio directly marketed towards transgender and genderfluid youth and adults.

Shop Local With These 30 Cleveland Makers And Artisans

Improve your home decor, personal style and Cleveland life with small-batch candles, hand-sewn clothing, carefully crafted jewelry, tasty food items and more from Northeast Ohio makers. Plus, five markets to shop this fall.

Travel & Outdoors

Cleveland's Oktoberfest Is Back This Fall With A Second Weekend

While the annual festival kicks off Sept. 3-6, a second weekend of the German celebration has been added Sept. 10 and 11.

Why You Need To Try OnTop Ball Toss At Your Next Family Gathering

The game, created by Shaker Height resident Bob Schirmer, is the perfect chance for you to showcase your clutch gene.

Why You Need To Visit These 12 AsiaTown Spots

From a karaoke bar to expansive grocery stores, this Cleveland neighborhood offers something for everyone.


How College Credit Plus Gives Ohio Students An Opportunity To Get A Jumpstart On Their College Career

Students who participate in the program have the opportunity to save on college, experience university rigor and try out college-level classes before graduation.

Maximize Your Private School Search With These Tips And Tricks From Area Educators

It's no secret the private school search process is daunting and draining. Luckily, we're here to help.

Private Schools 2021: A Report Card

Vital stats on 34 private high schools and 103 elementary and middle schools in Northeast Ohio.