Saturday, April 13, 2013

Off the Beaten Path: Cleveland 2013

Saturday, April 13, 2013
Browsing local furniture stores in Cleveland, we found Norton Furniture. Apparently they are most famous for strange and unusual late night television commercials. Check them out on YouTube. How about the one with the frog?
They are located in the historic Film Building of Cleveland Film Exchange Building:
Built in 1920 in Beaux-arts style, designed by architect William Dunbar, for H. H. Conaghan of the Franklin Oil & Gas Company.
Now several floors are crammed with furniture, as well as life-size statues:
And thousands of photos of customers with their pieces of furniture.
Kent considers an item for the man cave:

On the same day we traveled to Rocky River to the "historic" home of Ada & Bert at 1083 Elmwood Rd:
What happened to the dogwood tree?
A neon yellow door?

Friday, May 17, 2013
I was shopping at the University Square Target in University Heights, OH. Oddly enough, it is accessed from the 3rd and 5th levels of a parking garage. Stranger still was to see an escalator in the store. A woman with a child was going up and down the escalator repeatedly, and she apologized to an employee that her son was fascinated with the escalator, because they don't have one at their Target. The employee remarked this was the only Target with an escalator in Ohio:
As you can see, the carts have their own escalators in the center:
There are apparently four other Targets in the U.S.(AL, CA, GA, LA) with two stories and one with three (CA).

Sunday, May 19, 2013
We began the day in Little Italy for lunch at the Mia Bella Restaurant:
A different take on the Caprese Salad:
These are the doors to a pizzeria (Mama Santa's):
Street sign:
A tomato display:
Mayfield Road:
Holy Rosary Church:
Lawn decoration:
Tony Brush Park:
His name was Anthony Brescia and he was born and raised in Little Italy. He was a boxer who volunteered to physically train young men, and he initiated turning this site into a ball field and playground in 1953. As a Cleveland Parks and Recreation employee, he made Random Road Park the best maintained in the city. The park was rededicated in his name in 1993.
Another famous Italian, Christopher Columbus:
Out the other side of the park:
Checkerboard tables:
Next door was the Farmer Tropiano Garden:
A community garden named for Domenic "Farmer" Tropiano for his years of community service:
During lunch, we heard about a street festival, so walked down Mayfield Road, crossed Euclid and found the Hessler Street Fair:
The street fair started as an annual block party and evolved into a fund-raising street fair in 1969 when University Circle wanted to bulldoze the houses to build student dormitories. A neighborhood association has since had the area dedicated as a Landmark District in November of 1975 by the City of Cleveland.
Perpendicular to Hessler Street is Hessler Court:
This "alley" is made of wood blocks:
Artistic brickwork:
Interesting "scarf:"
Wow, Chinese wooden frogs:
A slice of soap cake:
Decorated hula hoops:
Jewelry made from exposed 35mm film:
Hey, a Rhodesian Ridgeback:
You can actually see the ridge of hair growing in the opposite direction along the spine.
A tall bicycle:

Monday, June 17, 2013
Parma, OH
St Josaphat Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral:
St John the Baptist Cathedral of Byzantine Catholic Eparchy:
Float for processions:

Saturday, July 13, 2013
Well, this is on the beaten path - Shaker Square:
It is still a place of trendy restaurant(s) and Saturday markets, but there are empty shops as well.
This is their answer to panhandlers:
A piece of history with the Shaker Mill Stone from the Shaker Grist Mill built in 1886; placed in Shaker Square in 1947:
The RTA light rail station with cafe:
The Cleveland Interurban Railroad/Shaker Rapid began service in 1920 to provide convenient transportation from the Shaker Heights to downtown. Built by the Van Sweringen brothers who developed Shaker Heights, it later was run by the city of Shaker Heights from 1944 to 1975. The transit line was then transferred to the RTA (Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority) and was upgraded to light rail in 1980.
We had dinner at Frank Serle's Slovenian Country House Restaurant:
The building and food were reminiscent of the Alps and a cross between Austria and Hungary:
An impressive gate:
A huge interior:
And a "biergarten" in the back:
What kind of name is Szemerszky? Hungarian?

Saturday, July 20, 2013
Medina, OH
We were looking for antique stores, but found this Art in the Park event:
The Medina County Court House on the square:
The old Town Hall and Engine House (red):
Back through the Art in the Park:
Coppertop bird houses:
Painted fabric pillow; feels like Florida:
Town gazebo:
Meridian marker, in case you don't have GPS:
The John Smart House:
The new Municipal Hall (ugh!):
Proud to be a Bee?
The Bees are the high school athletes.
A. I. Root Co.:
Amos Ives Root (1839 – 1923) was an Ohio entrepreneur who developed innovative techniques for beekeeping. One of his major contributions was a method to harvest honey without destroying the beehive. He started his own company selling beekeeping equipment. The company is still in business, but now focuses on making candles.
The Medina Depot, now an antique shop:
War Bond Headquarters (1942):
Advanced English?

Saturday, July 26, 2013
Middlefield, OH
At the Middlefield Cheese House and Museum:
Hans and Ann Rothenbuhler founded the cheese company in 1956. Hans was born and trained in Switzerland and immigrated to this area of Amish country:

Saturday, August 3, 2013
Cleveland, OH
Historic Tremont Neighborhood
The best local pizzeria keeps odd hours:
Tony's Southside Pizza at 2193 Professor Avenue.
The signature restaurant, Dante (2247 Professor Avenue), of local chef Dante Boccuzzi, in a former bank:
A mural on the Tree House Pub (820 College Avenue):
Tree House is also located in a former bank:
Here's the tree:
An indoor mural:
Saint John Cantius Catholic Church (1925) is the heart of the Polish area:
Hmmm, on Jefferson Avenue:
Most of the tree lawns were planted with flowers:
Bottle tree:
A small triangle park at Tremont Street, College Avenue and W 10th Street:
Fraternal twin houses?
Or a great deal on paint?
Michael Symon Corner at his restaurant Lolita (900 Literary Road at Professor Avenue):
Michael Symon is Cleveland's Iron Chef.
1912 Building on Professor Avenue:
A high density working class neighborhood, often there were two multi-family buildings on one lot:
Nearby is the Christmas Story House:
The exterior was used in filming the movie "Christmas Story." Since then the interior has been renovated to look like the movie house, including the leg lamp:

Sunday, August 4, 2013
Sunday Brunch at Flour Restaurant, owned by Kent's freshman year dorm mate, Paul Minillo:
Rustic Italian fare, featuring locally grown ingredients and made-from-scratch products. At last a restaurant we ca heartily recommend!

Saturday, August 10, 2013
The Koehn Sculptors' Sanctuary on the Green and Bavarian Tea Studio Cafe (1936 S Green Road in S Euclid):
Victoria was originally from Cleveland. She attended the Bavarian State School for Sculptors and Wood Carvers where she met her husband Norbert. They came to S Euclid in 1977 to make a living.
The Great Lawn:
Grape arbor:
Raw materials:
Double hammock:
The barn is the sculpting studio:
 Little cupids everywhere:

Frog on frog:
Metal sculpture within stone sculpture:
Peace pole:
The pond:
Lawn swing:
Victoria ended up opening a tea cafe, with two seatings on Wednesdays and Saturdays from March to October. Pages of tea choices and dainty tea-type lunches.
The Artist's Palette:
included a soup, three side salads, two canapes, and a slice of fruit.
Zucchini Caprese with gazpacho and three side salads:
The lemon squeezer:
Norbert's giant chimes:

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