As we all know, Cleveland has a rich history of industry, go-getters and small businesses. What we want to uncover with this new history blog at the Keep It Local Project is how Cleveland's small businesses today can carry on this history and open our eyes to aspects of our city we never would have known about. Enjoy our second installment, and look out for more!
Once Upon a Time Toys
We have a tale of history straight from Once Upon a Time!
“The building on the corner of Detroit Road and Wright Ave has been in the hands of the Fasolo family for generations. Originally, it housed a drug store before becoming Beechcliff Foods in the 40s or 50s. The food store was owned and operated by Joe Fasolo (the butcher) and his sister Louise (the check out girl fondly known as Mrs. Beechcliff). They met the grocery needs of Rocky River residents until Heinen’s opened in the 80s. The building next door housed a knitting store that sold everything for knitting including giant looms.
Your Bean Counters
Brian Fabo of local architectural business Fabo Architecture has sponsored local artist Daniel Rothenfeld Studio, LLC using art to reinvigorate and highlight historic “Gravity Place” in the Cleveland Centre district in Cleveland. We have some historic background on the site given by Rothenfeld himself in his project description:
“In 1796 Moses Cleveland surveyed a Euclidian Grid imposing a New England town square in the Western Reserve frontier for real estate speculation. By 1833 the Cleveland village had 5000 residents. As population spread out between East and West side settlements along the banks of the Cuyahoga River, ‘Public Square’ was not adequate to provide unity for the city, divided by growth and demanding a greater order.
Dedicated in 1833 by Cleveland’s first mayor John W. Willey and City Council president, Richard Hilliard, Cleveland Centre nucleated the city center to the Cuyahoga River. The infrastructure improvement fostered the idea of circulation to develop a lateral route across the river valley that accommodated the Ohio Erie Canal Basin (tow path trail) and strategically unified the divided settlements. Putting a crossroad at “Gravity Place,” the compass axis anchors Cleveland where the sunrise focal point tracks the measurement of daylight, linking the city to the movement of time.”
Rothenfeld’s work aims to bring the heritage of the community in a tangible light to rebuild awareness of the neighborhood’s historic infrastructure in a way that everyone can access. Thanks to Fabo Architecture and Daniel Rothenfeld for helping to make art a past, present, and future unifier in CLE!
Note: We didn't come up with this stuff ourselves! Please notice our source links that we used for our research, provided for us by our KILP member submitters! If you see no source links, we used information given to us straight from our members themselves.
This show ain't over yet! STAY TUNED for future installments, featuring submissions from members Cedar Lee SID, Amy Roth & Co, Everarbor Co, Mr. Chicken, Greater Cleveland Volunteers, Silver Dolphin Solutions, CPD Homes, Orlando Baking, and others!