Going out of town during the spring is a hassle. The flights, arrangements, and costs all bundle up into a big ball of stress. Why not take advantage of your spring at home in our beautiful city of Cleveland? Our local businesses want you to take advantage of their special spring services! Check out some of these must-go-to bars, lunch spots, coffee shops, and much more… 2019 is the year us Clevelanders enjoy our “spring”. Whether it’s snowing or a warm 42 degrees – let’s enjoy our city and our neighbors!
Most of us have the same morning routine: snooze the alarm, take a shower, get dressed, and grab a cup of coffee. Coffee. Is there anything coffee can’t do for us? We all know the answer, no! I challenge all you coffee lovers to try something new this spring! Try a different coffee shop every week left of spring! Take your laptop, phone, and a good set of people watching eyes… AND don’t forget to post an Instagram story of that coffee shop aesthetic – and, while you’re at
it, use our hashtag #LocalCLE
Calling all GLUTEN FREE eaters! Cafe Avalaun is Cleveland’s very first 100% gluten-free gourmet cafe, bakery, and creperie. Brian Doyle – chef, father, and owner -invites YOU to stop by tomorrow morning for a cup of their custom-roasted Crooked River Coffee®, then come back for lunch to ask what the heck a CrêperittoTM is. Seriously. And, bring a friend.
Are you a coffee lover who’s basically nocturnal? Have you been searching for fellow night owls? It’s time for you to check out Common Grounds 24-hour Coffee Shop! Common Grounds is the perfect place to hang out, find a good conversation, study, game, or just grab a coffee at 3AM on the go! Go find your people at Common Grounds 24/7 Coffee Shop in Cleveland!
If you haven’t yet been to Vintage Tea & Coffee in downtown Cleveland, WYD?! Are you really a coffee shop enthusiast if you haven’t been here? Vintage Tea & Coffee is an artisan cafe offering specialty tea and coffee right here in Cleveland. Their goal is to provide the ultimate customer experience in terms of hospitality and quality in a trendy, cozy environment. At Vintage Tea & Coffee, they source high-quality teas and coffees from around the globe. They see the passion and hard work put into each coffee bean and tea leaf by our partners in the field; they are the frontline of making a delicious beverage. Vintage Tea & Coffee strives for hospitality with friendly, accommodating customer service and quality through a carefully selected state of the art coffee/tea brewing machines in order to achieve high-quality consistency of each
cup. Take in this aesthetically pleasing artisan cafe – throw something up on your Instagram and don’t forget to use our hashtag! #LocalCLE
West Siders! Time to pay attention!! Erie Island Coffee Company is an ultra-premium, locally roasted brand of coffee. It comes in a number of light, medium and dark roasted blends as well as several single origin offerings. This coffee shop will immediately feel like home. Not to mention – they also have a drive-thru. Start your day at Erie Island Coffee Company’s drive-thru with your fresh locally brewed coffee.
Last, but definitely not least: The Root Cafe. They are an organic cafe with an espresso bar, full tea menu, and a vegan/vegetarian kitchen & bakery. At The Root Cafe, they love vegetables! They make everything with love & from scratch: from pizza dough to sauces, syrups, dressings & more. The Root Cafe has music and events at least 4 nights a week. People love to hang out at the Root, play dominoes or chess, read, work, socialize it’s like your second living room! The Root was manifested from the desire to create familiarity among all people. A common foundation for diversity to exist peacefully is the root of our community. We create this foundation by sharing culture, music, art, coffee, tea, food and all energy in Lakewood, Ohio.
Looking for that perfect night on the town with your loved one? These restaurants are the most beautiful that Northeast Ohio has to offer. From the stunning decor to the wonderful views, these spots are sure to impress. Check out some of these fine dining restaurants right here in Cleveland. Not only is the food outstanding, but the views are breathtakingly beautiful! Pier W, a Cleveland landmark serving critically acclaimed seafood since 1965 – right on Lake Erie – has a breathtaking view in Lakewood. Lago East Bank – newly located in Aloft Hotel in the redeveloped East Bank of the Flats – is known for its upscale Italian dishes & cocktails with incredible Lake Erie views. Craving a mouth-watering steak with sauteed mushrooms and a loaded baked potato? Yes, I am now drooling, then Delmonico’s Steakhouse is calling your name. Satisfy your mouth-watering craving.
Have you been on the lookout for happening bar spots with live entertainment? Well, clear your mornings because we have your nights covered. Live entertainment?! They have it! Beers?! How about ice cold! Burgers?! You betcha! You cannot go wrong at a single bar in the city of Cleveland. Looking for a crowd, young and old alike, swarm to Willoughby Brewing Co. for fresh-brewed beer, food, and entertainment. Forest City Brewery is another must-go-to brewery located in the Duck Island Neighborhood of Cleveland. Forest City has the oldest beer garden in Ohio – along with great food, great beer, and great entertainment!
Just like that the Indians are back in season – ROLL TRIBE! Which means….. Thirsty Parrot is now back open and ready for beers – oops I mean business! Go cheer on our Cleveland Indians while clenching your thirst with a cold one. The party is here before and after every Indians game, so we hope to see you there!
Have you been to Cleveland’s oldest Irish Pub? Flat Iron Cafe was established here in Cleveland in 1910, serving the Irish community of Cleveland that was well established on the banks of the Cuyahoga River. Flat Iron Cafe offers an exceptional menu of food and drink, domestic and draft beers and spirits, appetizers including our popular powerhouse pierogies, monthly specials, and live music every Friday evening! And it is located in the Cleveland Flats! Speaking of Irish Pubs – another must-go-to is Parnell’s Pub in downtown Cleveland along with Cleveland Heights.
Let’s be honest, there’s never a bad time to satisfy your sweet tooth. Whether your weakness is fresh-baked cookies, doughnuts, ice cream, or popcorn – we have the must-go-to places for you. If you’re planning to adventure around CLE this spring to satisfy your craving be sure to check out Campbell’s Sweets Factory, a Cleveland based company that sells popcorn, chocolates, and cupcakes. I scream, you scream, we all scream for… ICE CREAM! Ice cream happiness served in a scoop, beloved by both children and adults. Visit Ice Cream Joy in Lakewood – serving artisan flavors. Ice cream made from local grass-fed cows’ milk & cream, creamy vegan flavors, and fresh fruit sorbets. All made in super small batches from scratch! Lastly, we cannot forget about donuts, a sweet fluffy snack. Jack Frost Donuts in Cleveland is a family-run shop since 1937 offering over 200 types of classic and innovative donuts and pastries.
Here’s a goal for you this spring – stop feeling guilty for treating yourself! Everyone deserves to feel pampered and special once in a while, and it goes beyond the superficial reasons for wanting a treat. In fact, doing something indulgent can have a positive effect on one’s mental health, as well as, a host of other benefits.
Let’s make this spring all about YOU! Be selfish! Start gifting yourself for once. Whether that is a moment to meditate, a trip to the nail salon, a back massage, or a facial, life is too short to wait until a special day for these treatments. It’s time to take an hour for yourself this week. Ladies, it’s almost summer time – it’s time to file those nails, trim your cuticles, and apply some polish. Get yourself a manicure & pedicure at AmyLynn Nails in Avon. Do you want your skin to have that healthy glow? We hate to admit it but we do still breakout – let’s improve your existing breakouts, diminish blemishes, help hell your skin and prevent further breakouts. Treat your beautiful skin to a facial treatment at Eve Skin Retreat in Avon – get your glow back!
Nothing makes you feel better than a deep tissue massage… Get your knots taken care of at Wyatt-Demarco Massage & Skin Therapy in Avon Lake. 2019 is the year to treat yourself! Remember: self-care is one of the most important steps to maintain a healthy relationship for yourself. This produces positive feelings, which improves confidence and self-esteem. We are all incredible in our own ways – let’s never forget that. Oh, one more thing – TREAT YO SELF.
Lose your security blanket this spring break and try something new! Never tried glass blowing before? Sign up now! Trying to find some inner peace this break? Take a class at Firehouse Yoga! Here at Keep It Local Cleveland, we challenge you to do one thing out of your comfort zone this break… Whether it’s taking a glass blowing or blacksmithing at Larchmere Fire Works, glass sculpting at Ohio City Glass, yoga at Firehouse Yoga, or anything in between. Give something new a whirl! You never know you could possibly stumble upon your new hobby. There’s no time like the present!
Our great city of Cleveland is FILLED with outstanding restaurants and diners. Looking for a new place to dine right here in Cleveland? Boy, do we have the must-go-to places for you! From BQQ to Sushi, Lebanese to Grilled Cheese, we at Keep it Local have got you covered. Check out some of these must-go-to destinations and I promise your taste buds will be thanking you later.
Fellow cheese-eating beings on Earth – have you been on the search for the PERFECT grilled cheese sandwich? These sandwiches bring you back to your childhood while also drooling. Melt Bar and Grilled is a nationally recognized restaurant group specializing in gourmet grilled cheese, a great craft beer list and a fun, eclectic atmosphere. Melt has received many local and national accolades including numerous awards for Best Restaurant, Best Sandwich, Best Vegetarian, and Best Comfort Food. Melt has also appeared on many national foods and travel shows including Diners, Drive-ins & Dives, Man v. Food and Food Paradise. Melt currently has 4 full-service locations and 2 quick service locations in the greater Cleveland area. Melt also has recently expanded regionally with 2 locations in Columbus, Ohio. Satisfy your taste buds with a mouthwatering grilled cheese.
Trying to support local while eating AND drinking? We have found the hot-spot for you! Distill Table is the new must-go-to restaurant in Lakewood! Distill Table is an Eco-Sustainable restaurant that supports local farmers. The grains that are distilled in their distillery are reused for farmers feed and served to your table. Sit back and relax in their lounge area or communal table. Be a part of the action while enjoying your meal at the chef’s counter. The wide-ranging menu feels like a mix between tricked-out bar snacks, cozy comfort dishes, and bright Mediterranean bites. It’s easy to find something you’ll want to order here, especially from the “Crispy Cravings” section.
There are few things in life more delicious and satisfying than a plate of barbecue… And, more often than not, the centerpiece of that plate is a rack of ribs. Ohio City BBQ is a 1960s, Rock ‘N’ Roll, Cleveland/Memphis and Elvis Presley paraphernalia that decorates this smokehouse serving saucy BBQ meats, ribs, sandwiches, wings, salads, and more! Located right in Ohio City!
Get a small taste of Lebanon right here in Cleveland! There is an age-old tradition of warm hospitality that exists in Lebanese culture. Located in the heart of Downtown Cleveland at Playhouse Square, Zaytoon is an urban eatery offering authentic, Lebanese cuisine for breakfast and lunch. Zaytoon means “olive” in Lebanese. At Zaytoon, everything is made with the freshest ingredients. From the pita bread to the baklava, everything is made in-house. They welcome you to their kitchen.
Cleveland is home to various culinary geniuses. Come to CLE and get your grub on. You cannot go wrong at any of these restaurants… Like we said, your taste buds will be thanking you later. Enjoy and eat up!
Stay entertained this spring break! Cleveland has a wide variety of local entertainment – from musicals to bands to comedy and everything in between. We have you covered.
Are you desperately needing a belly laugh? A laugh that makes your abs hurt? Attend the Cleveland Comedy Festival! Cleveland Comedy holds regular stand-up shows, sketch and improv shows, workshops, panel discussions, podcasts, video shows, and much much much more.
Let’s see you groooooove with the local live music scene at the amazing Beachland Ballroom & Tavern and Stella’s Music Club. Notable bands have come through both venues. Now, these places are a guaranteed good time! Great people and even better music.
Be a tourist in your own city! At Destination Cleveland has one of the best jobs in the city: we get to spend all day helping more people discover the real Cleveland. Destination Cleveland is a private non-profit convention and visitors bureau whose mission is to drive economic impact and stimulate community vitality for Cleveland through memorable leisure, convention and business travel experiences.
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