Monday, December 31, 2007

Zaller Building Apartments for Rent - Ideal for Artists!

The old stone Zaller Bakery Building in Waterloo Village is undergoing a major makeover into an arts hub. Upstairs are two really charming new apartments. Each is a little over a thousand square feet.

Entrances are on the second floor. On that floor are bathroom, open kitchen, dining/living space and a bedroom. Each apartment has a staircase along one wall of its living area that takes you to your private half of the third floor where you’ll find your fun space for studio/office, your second bedroom and your laundry machine alcove.

Downstairs there will be the new Waterloo Seven gallery, Jerry Schmidt’s sculpture garden, gallery and studio and the office of an art appraiser. There is still a 500 square foot studio/retail space available. These spaces are still under construction but will be opening in April.

Rent for the larger apartment is $700 per month and, for the smaller $625. If interested in this wonderful rental artist housing opportunity, please call Miles at (216) 531-8161.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Collinwood School Fire Centennial Commemoration Committee Spaghetti Dinner

The Collinwood School Fire Centennial Commemoration Committee (CSFCCC) is holding a Spaghetti Dinner, Friday January 11th from 5:00pm - 7:00pm at St John Nottingham Church (17403 Nottingham Rd). Adults $6.00 & Students (K-8) $3.00. This is our first fundraiser for the Commemoration events, as well as for our ongoing goals of maintaining the Memorial Gardens, and archiving the stories and artifacts of this Collinwood tragedy.

Help us commemorate an event that Collinwood, and the world, will not forget.

March 4 2008 is the 100th Anniversary of the Collinwood School Fire, in which 172 students, teachers & rescuers lost their lives, on Ash Wednesday, March 4th 1908. The CSFCCC is planning many events throughout the year, to remember this historic part of Collinwood history; we're excited to be working with Youngstown State on updating their 1993 video, and with WVIZ on a program about this tragedy. We're also working to restore and maintain the Memorial Gardens, collecting artifacts & stories, holding talks by Ed Kern, who wrote the book The Collinwood School Fire of 1908, around the area, and showing the current video as well. We were thrilled to meet so many of you at our recent exhibit at the Arts Collinwood Gallery, sharing your families' stories of the Fire.

As the Collinwood School Fire Centennial Commemoration Committee, our main purpose is to remember a generation past, commemorate a tragedy that defined the community, understand its legacy and celebrate the life of the community at this historic juncture. This 100th Anniversary commemoration will also benefit today’s children, demonstrating that children in general are important and not forgotten. In addition, the Committee wants to make sure that we leave the Garden better than we found it. In 2007-08 we believe these commemorative events, with an emphasis on the school as well as the Garden, will also raise awareness of safety and fire procedures in today’s schools. For the community, the awareness of it past will help them with their future, and as we reclaim the Garden incorporating community volunteers, we reclaim our past and build that future.

The Bottom Line Then Is, We Need Your Help!

Volunteers are needed to help with the Committee, the Garden, publicity, etc. Several separate events are being planned and they will only be successful when many hands help to make the work light.

Funds are needed to ensure that these events and activities will be able to take place.

Donations may be made through the
Northeast Shores Development Corporation at
317 East 156th St
Cleveland Ohio 44110

If you have any questions or comments please contact Mary Louise Jesek Daley in the office of Councilman Michael D Polensek. Mary Louise may be reached at 216 – 664 – 4236 or via email at either or

Thank You for your support.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Carrousel Horses Lit for the Holidays

The Euclid Beach Carrousel Horses are still on display at Northeast Shores and are now lit for the holidays! Come by anytime between 5:00 and 10:00 pm and see the horses all lit up to celebrate the season.

Not to brag, but the horses look pretty darn good! I hope you will come on by and see them all lit up. If you want a closer look, please feel free to stop by during business hours and we will let you look at all the beautiful detailing on them.

We want to thank Euclid Beach Park Now for lending us these wonderful items. We have received many compliments about the horses and they are a wonderful addition to the office, even if they are only temporary.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Great housing waiting for you!

Charming Bungalow, Huge kitchen, Fully renovated Easy freeway access!

Enjoy sitting on the front porch of this FULLY RENOVATED, 3 bedroom, 1350 SF bungalow on a small, quiet street near Bratenhal and Lakeshore Blvd.

MOVE IN AND BE MAINTENANCE FREE! Completely remodeled bath and large eat-in kitchen. The renovation includes a new roof, windows, siding, high efficiency furnace, air conditioning, carpeting, new lighting fixtures, glass block windows in the basement, and driveway. The new 2 car garage is in the fenced back yard. The electrical and plumbing has been upgraded. Sliding glass doors lead to a deck off of the formal dining room.

Ten year reduced property tax abatement and a one year warranty are included. An appliance allowance of $1500 is also offered.

For an appointment to see this wonderful, maintenance free home, call Heather Lazar at Northeast Shores at 216.481.7660.

Be a part of the North Shores Collinwood community!

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Mr. Jingaling has nothing on Mac's Lock Shop!

If you grew up in Cleveland like we did, you fondly remember Mr. Jingaling from your childhood. Whether it be Higbee's or Halle's, getting in line to see the jolly Cleveland elf in the green suit was a Downtown Cleveland highlight. We fondly remember getting a paper key with our name on it and cherishing that key until it fell apart. For many (including this author), seeing Mr. Jingaling was more exciting than seeing Santa. That was because every mall had Santa, but a special trip was necessary to see Mr. Jingaling. I also fondly remember watching Mr. Jingaling on television each evening in December while my mother fixed dinner.

Sadly, Cleveland lost one of its true treasures when Mr. Jingaling passed to heaven. The spirit of Mr. Jingaling can live on in your family at Mac's Lock Shop located at 15702 Waterloo Road. Not only does Mac's Lock Shop boast a huge old key ring just like Mr. Jingaling, but your children can go home with a real key!

The owners of Mac's Lock Shop boast over 100 character keys! No matter what your son or daughter is into, Mac's Lock Shop can cut a key with that design on it. If you are into Disney, nearly every major character has at least one design. If you are into sports, all major professional and college teams are available. Mac's Lock Shop even has Looney Toons and Betty Boop. You name it, they have it!

What a wonderful memory for you and your family! Once your son and daughter is old enough to need their own house key, head on down to Mac's Lock Shop and let them pick the design of their choice. Within seconds, your child will be provided their own unique key for just a couple of dollars. With a key design that they will truly cherish, they are less likely to lose their key and compromise your home's security.

The key of my choice that really works from Mac's Lock Shop or a mass-produced piece of paper from Mr. Jingaling? I am picking Mac's Lock Shop every day of the week! Check them out at 15702 Waterloo Road or call them at (216) 481-1355 for more details.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Northeast Shores volunteers at Church Council Food Pantry

Yesterday, the staff of Northeast Shores worked at the Church Council Food Pantry on Lakeshore Boulevard. We spent the morning and early afternoon packing bags for needy families in the community. About 25 families came into the food pantry while we were there volunteering.

Each of the staff worked their stations as we packed bags with all kinds of good eats. Needy families received many essentials including apple juice, beef stew, ground beef, noodles, pancake mix, spaghetti-o's and more. For the holidays, each family also received candy canes and a chicken.

During slow moments, we restocked shelves for what looks to be a busy week at the pantry. We also unstocked donated food.

The volunteer activity was in lieu of a holiday party this year. Before volunteering, we all went to breakfast. Everyone enjoyed working together and helping those most in need this holiday season. We enjoyed serving the community so much, we are already planning our next food pantry day!

Monday, December 17, 2007

Holiday Wreaths up on East 185th Street

As a combined effort the East 185th Merchants Association and Northeast Shores purchased and installed the 20 new holiday wreaths now erected on East 185th Street.

The merchants association purchased the wreaths with member dues and donations. Northeast Shores then shepherded the permit approval process and paid for the installation of the wreaths. We want to thank Monaco Lighting for their assistance with this process.

Many power issues are still being worked out so that all the wreaths are lit. Probalby many of these issues will not be worked out this season but we will have them worked out for next year.

Overall, we are very excited about the new wreaths. The wreaths are a wonderful addition to the winter banners. They add a little something extra this holiday season.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

LaSalle Theater Back on the Block!

On December 3, the LaSalle Theater went to Sheriff's Sale. As a result of the foreclosure sale, the property is now in the hands of their lender. We are very excited and optimistic that this is the beginning of a new LaSalle Theater.

The lender has already contacted Northeast Shores to discuss our interest in the property. On the one hand, this building is a major architectural feature on East 185th Street. This property is a significant feature in this vital commercial district. On the other hand, the building has serious deferred maintenance that needs to be addressed. Also, a one-screen movie theater with no parking lot is a tough structure to rent.

So, Northeast Shores needs your advice! What do we do with the LaSalle Theater? We are asking specifically about the theater space. The rest of the building is obvious. Rehab the storefronts and rent them to good businesses. Rehab the upstairs apartments and rent them to great neighbors.

But, what do we do with the theater space? Please add your suggestions as comments to this blog! Please note that all the seats are removed. The floor is sloped. The stage has little depth, so using it as a performance stage is limited. And oh yeah, putting the seats back in, selling popcorn, and showing first-run movies is not an option! We have already spoken to several theater operators and one-screen theaters are considered obsolete dinosaurs. No one that can get access to first-run movies is interested in having the opportunity to show "I am Legend" at the LaSalle Theater tonight.

So, be creative! Actually, be really creative! We need a really good idea or that theater will continue to stay dark when it has the potential to be a real anchor for the street.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Come join us for 6th Annual Weekends on Waterloo


If you've never explored North Shores Collinwood, here's your chance! Do your holiday shopping in a festive gallery. Enjoy Jerry Schmidt's lighted Sculpture Garden at 16006 Waterloo, and the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Lantern Installations. Treat yourself to coffee and pastries at Café Marika, or dinner at the Grovewood Tavern. Catch a show at the Beachland Ballroom. Grab a beer in the classic environs of the bar at the Slovenian Workmen's Home. Don't miss a thing!

Gorgeous gifts of clay, clothing, drawings, glass, greeting cards, jewelry, paintings, photography, prints, soaps AND MORE, by 30 local artists.
Friday, Dec.7, 6-10: wine and cheese reception
Saturday, Dec.8, 10-10
Sunday, Dec. 9, 12-4; closing party 4-6.
Come back to the gallery on Saturday, Dec 15, for a free Holiday Celebration from 10 to 2. Art exhibits, tasty treats, crafts, music – a real party!

Cool Yule at the Beachland
Cool It's fun uncovering the rare and hard to find at Cool Yule, the Beachland Ballroom's Holiday Edition of the Rock N Roll Fleamarket. Friendly vendors will hawk awesome vintage clothing, vinyl, film memorabilia, cool handmade fashions and all sorts of kitsch and collectibles all under one rockin' roof.

Holiday Sale at MUSIC SAVES!
Saturday, Dec. 4, 11-11
10% off most merchandise, 50% off all MUSIC SAVES! T-shirts – and more. Cleveland’s favorite place for new and used CDs and vinyl, specializing in Indie rock and Americana.

True art at TRUEArt Gallery
Check out the current print show, and pick up neighborhood art and T-shirts. 410 E156 St., 216-383-0230.

North Shores Collinwood Stage at Café Marika
The former Second Saturday Stage appears at Marika on Saturday, Dec 8. Open Mic 7:00pm, followed by Dorothy and Alex –folk; Tom and Denise Miller from PA - Harmonica and guitar; Attention Deficit Glee Club - Quirky and Original Music. Free admission, donations accepted. Funded by Neighborhood Connections grant. 216-738-1806

Holiday Sale at Shoparooni!
Saturday, Dec. 8, 11-11
20% off all shoes, artwork and prints, 10% off everything else. Loads of fabulous shoes, rockin’ tees and an awe-inspiring collection of bags, belts and other accessories for men and women.

Treats at Café Marika
In the Arts Collinwood building, corner of Waterloo Road and E156 St. Some of the city’s best pastries, plus coffee, soups, pastry pockets and more. Stop for coffee, a light meal or a glass of wine.

Great Food at the Grovewood Tavern
North Shores Collinwood’s own Michelin-rated wine bar and upscale eatery, with a great selection by the bottle or glass, plus savory entrees that include seared tuna, diver scallops, bison steak and world-famous meatloaf. 216-531-4900.

Classic Fish Fry at Slovenian Home
Go back in time with crisp fish fillets and distinctive coleslaw prepared by the ladies of the Slovenian Workmen’s Home, 15335 Waterloo Road, 216-481-4378. (They have a bocce court, too!)

Get to Know the Neighborhood
Walking maps of North Shores Collinwood can be found at the Arts Collinwood Gallery or Cafe Marika. The walks are a fun -- and healthy! -- way to get a look at our neighborhood if you have never explored it before, and one loop specifically explores the Waterloo Village area.
There are some terrific bargains in artist-specific housing renovation projects in this great little pocket right now!Start and end at Arts Collinwood!
Come have coffee, sample fantastic pastry and stroll through the neighborhood.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Artist Housing available in Waterloo Village

$106,000 Fabulously Renovated Colonial, Quiet Street, Steps to Dining & Shops

FABULOUS 4 bedroom, FULLY RENOVATED 2100 SF Colonial in the heart of Waterloo Village, North Shores Collinwood's Arts & Entertainment District. Walk to shops, galleries, restaurants, entertainment, and more!

The first floor features a foyer, living room, formal dining room, family room, remodeled kitchen with all appliances (dishwasher, disposal, fridge, stove), mud room, half bath, upgraded floorings, and additional storage space.

The second floor features a large full bath with ceramic flooring and linen closet. The large Master bedroom includes his & her closets (walk in closet). Two additional bedrooms grace the second floor.

The fourth bedroom and a sitting room are on the finished third floor - a great space for teenagers, an in-home office, or out of town guests. The entire house is freshly painted throughout.

The back yard is fenced and features a two car garage and new driveway. The exterior of the home was retained in its original, beautiful shake shingle and was painted in an attractive Arts & Craft color palette.

Renovation included new windows, glass block windows in the basement, high efficiency furnace, air conditioning, upgraded electrical and plumbing, roof, and much, much more!

10 year reduced property tax abatement and $1500 additional appliance allowance included!!!

Be a part of Waterloo Village!!! To schedule an appointment to see this amazing home, call Heather Lazar at Northeast Shores Development Corporation at (216)481-7660.

Monday, December 3, 2007

Toy Drive for Neighborhood Children

St. John Lutheran Church is organizing a toy drive for neighborhood children. Distribution occurs this coming Saturday, December 15th at their church. They are still looking for toy contributions from the community. If you have new or slightly used toys, please consider donating for this important effort. We understand the church is particularly short on toys for girls, so dolls would be greatly appreciated.

Toys can be dropped off at St. John Lutheran Church located at 17403 Nottingham Road. Also, toys can be dropped off at the neighborhood Hunger Center located at 15220 Lakeshore Boulevard. The Hunger Center is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 11:45 am to 2:45 pm. Of course, they will also accept food or monetary donations as well.

If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Vicar Mike or Pastor Marcis at (216) 531-1156.