West Side Market brings together a group of more than 100 vendors selling their wares to locals and tourists alike. The heritage building housing the stalls was constructed in 1912 as an indoor marketplace and has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The market itself began operations in 1840 and is Cleveland's oldest public market. People come here as much for admiring the building's marvelous architecture as buying fresh produce and local specialties. Aromatic herbs, spices, oils, nuts, poultry, seafood and meat are just a few of the food categories found here. You can also shop for processed foods, baked items, fresh vegetables and fruits, dairy products and flowers. Groups can arrange a planned tour of the market in cooperation with the Market Office.
Founded in 1975, Appletree Books is an independent bookstore that stocks a great selection of books in multiple genres. Not only can one find books for all age categories and tastes, but the bookstore also houses a great collection of greeting cards, bookends, candles, puzzles, as well as gift items. The classy store also conducts quite a few literary events. From book reading at buffet restaurants and book signings to organizing book groups and poetry nights, the store always has something interesting going on. If you are in the mood to immerse yourself in the world of literature, head to Appletree Books, chat with the owners, meet other reading enthusiasts and pick up a fascinating title from their amazing selection.
CLE Clothing Co. sells clever and imaginative Cleveland souvenirs. You'll get to know a lot about the city just by walking around the store. T-shirts are available for everyone in the family, printed with designs like the infamous leg lamp from A Christmas Story, and the word "love" printed over the silhouette of Ohio. They even carry hoodies, hats, and stickers.
Transform your home or your closet at Flower Child Vintage. Amazing items from the 1930s through the 1980s are beautifully displayed in the store. Costume jewelry, designer clothes from past eras, and handbags with a hint of nostalgia are great for costumes or just for adding a vintage flair to your everyday look. Mid-century furniture, funky lamps, and beautiful pottery will take your home to a different time.
In the heart of Ohio, you'll find Little Italy, Cleveland's Italian oasis. This neighborhood prides itself on its history, values, customs and traditions. The Italian influences are evident in the restaurants and boutiques lining the street, as well as in the warm hospitality of the people who reside there. A must visit while touring the city, this place is also popular for hosting local events.
Satisfy your sweet tooth at Malley's Chocolate Factory. Cleveland natives have been frequenting this beloved candy shop for years, and it's easy to see why. Dark chocolate, milk chocolate, chocolate covered pretzels, fudge, chocolate covered Oreos, and ice cream are just some of the sinfully delicious options available here.
Located in a renovated train terminal, Tower City provides a great shopping experience in Cleveland. With stores like Lids, Bath & Body Works, Manhattan, and Claire's, you could easily spend an entire day here. In case you get hungry, there are plenty of dining options available, such as Hard Rock Cafe, Tower Deli, Houlihan's Restaurant and Bar, and Zeppe's Pizzeria.
The Arcade opened as early as in 1890 and was the first indoor shopping center in America. It still sports a Victorian facade and consists of three buildings with a glass skylight spanning over four balconies. Restaurants include Chocolate Bar, Greek Express and Presto Sandwiches among numerous others. Stores include flower shops, clinics, clothing boutiques and more. The space is available for events, too.
One of the most popular districts of Cleveland, 5th Street Arcades is the hub of cultural activity, shopping and dining destinations. Comprising of the gorgeous Colonial Arcade and Euclid Arcade, the district has more than 40 retail stores selling all kinds of products. Coins, stamps, apparel, jewelry, accessories, gift items and souvenirs are just some of the things one can shop for. Besides the array of boutiques, the district also houses a number of restaurant that serve everything from Japanese sushi and Italian pastas to authentic Middle Eastern cuisine. Events like fairs, fashion shows and music performances are also organised regularly. If you want to immerse yourself in the local culture, then there is no better way than heading to 5th Street Arcades.
The Galleria at Erieview was just a tower before it flourished as a shopping center. After a few years though, the sales dwindled and as such talks to renovate the mall in to a convention center were in motion. However, good sense prevailed and the galleria remained as it is. The famed Dollar Bank shifted its operations here and so did other major business ventures. As such today, Galleria at Erieview is not just a shopping mall but a commercial and business space too. The food court is still raved about by the locals with outlets like the Asian Kitchen and Quizno's drawing in the crowd. Also, for the arty sorts, The Frame Center Gallery and The Herndon Gallery houses a variety of exhibits. Shoppers can head here too, for retail outlets like Dario Fashion group, Glitz Women's Boutique and more are present to grab your attention. Private large events can take place at the 68,000 space at the galleria. Check the website or call for added information.