Monday, February 28, 2011

The Neighborhood Tasted Good

If you were not at the Taste the Neighborhood on Tuesday, February 22nd, you missed out on some wonderful food and festivities. For the third year in a row, 20 local restaurants donated food or beverages to this fundraising event for Northeast Shores. Northeast Shores would like to thank the following restaurants for their generosity, Beachland Tavern, Bistro 185, Blitz Barbecue, Boardwalk Tavern, B & M Bar B Que, Café @ Arts Collinwood, Café Corso, Chili Peppers, Congin’s Pizza, Convenient on 200th St., Dave’s Supermarket, Fresh Catch, Giorgio’s Oven Fresh Pizza, Gostilna at Knezak, Grovewood Tavern, Gus’s Diner, Lithuanian Hall, Lucky’s Restaurant, Muldoon’s Saloon & Eatery and Scotti’s Restaurant. These restaurants all donated their food and time to this event to make this our best ever Taste the Neighborhood Award Ceremony.

For the first time in the three years that we have been hosting this event, we had a record, sold out crowd. Board Member Cindy Barber and Councilman Polensek were overheard saying “What a wonderful event the Taste the Neighborhood is because it brings the community together”. We had merchants, restaurant owners and residents all coming together to celebrate our accomplishments.

This year for the first time, we had a female North Collinwood Hall of Fame winner - Jan Dean. Jan has given many hours of herself volunteering for various organizations from the Auxiliary Police to the Senior Advisory Council. Jan was also a founding member of the 5th District Police Community Relations Board. Jan was appointed to the Community Relations Board by then Mayor George Voinovich. Jan has been a Member of City Club since 1995. Jan commented that “she does not volunteer her time to be awarded for it. She volunteers because it is for the good of the community to do so”.

We also honored the Hospice of the Western Reserve with the Investment of the Year Award for their purchase of the Christian Life Center. By purchasing the Christian Life Center, Hospice showed their support and commitment to this area.

Blue Arrow Records owners Pete and Debbie Gulyas were given the Business of the Year Award. Pete and Debbie own and operate three different businesses on Waterloo including Blue Arrow Records and Blue Arrow Boutique. In addition, Debbie formed the Waterloo Alley Cats Project to help the feral cat population in the Waterloo area. If you would like to help Debbie provide food and medical care for the feral cats in the Waterloo Business District, you can make donations to the Waterloo Alley Cats via Northeast Shores.

Block Club of the Year went to the Windward Block Club. Pete and Karen Wolfgram along with the Windward Block Club adopted planter boxes on East 185th St. they are a close group who really look out for each other. Pete and Karen show their commitment to their neighborhood by being long time members of Northeast Shores. Pete is also on the Safety Committee of Northeast Shores.

For our listening pleasure, we had music provided by One fun Dj and entertainment by Deep 3.

A Chinese Auction finished off the night. We had over 30 baskets donated to Northeast Shores for us to raffle off. Our guests went home with some really nice baskets that were donated by residents, businesses and board members. A fun night was had by all who attended.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Native on the News

One of the newest stores on Waterloo Road was recently featured on Fox 8. Stop by Native Cleveland to get your fair share of local, Cleveland pride.

Check out the story and video here:,0,7748655.story

Monday, February 21, 2011

Still time for Transformation

Did you miss the Pop-up Gallery on the second floor of the KeyBank Building? Did you hear great stuff about it and are bummed because you don't own a Delorean that you can convert into a time machine?

Not a problem! The installation is not yet down and you can still stop by and check it out! Here are the details:

"Transformation" Gallery hours:
Fridays 4pm-9pm
Saturdays 4pm-9pm
February 18th, 19th, 25th, 26th
Or by appointment.
...Email to set up an appointment.

Closing reception:
Friday, March 4th 5pm-10pm

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Taste the Neighborhood Winners Announced

The Grammy’s are not the only award ceremony going on. Northeast Shores has their award presentation happening Tuesday February 22, at our annual Taste the Neighborhood event.

This year for the first time, we have a female North Collinwood Hall of Fame winner. Jan Dean has given many hours of herself volunteering for various organizations from the Auxiliary Police to the Senior Advisory Council. We will also be honoring the Hospice of the Western Reserve with the Investment of the Year award for their purchase of the Christian Life Center. Blue Arrow Records owners Pete and Debbie Gulyas will be given the Business of the Year award. Pete and Debbie own and operate 3 different businesses on Waterloo in addition to helping the feral cats in the Waterloo area. Block Club of the year goes to the Windward Block Club. Pete and Karen Wolfgram along with the Windward Block club adopt planter boxes on East 185th St. they are a close group who really look out for each other. Pete is also on the Safety Committee of Northeast Shores.

Please join us on February 22, 2011 from 6:00 to 9:00pm at the Lithuanian Hall, 877 East 185th St. as we honor local residents and business that have gone above and beyond in their support of North Shore Collinwood. Tickets are $20.00 in advance, $25.00 at the door. Please call Denise Lorek at 216-481-7660 X21 for tickets.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Walk All Over Waterloo Valentine's Day Edition

Whether you plan to spend the weekend before Valentine’s Day celebrating with your sweetheart or mocking the whole affair, the Waterloo Arts District has you covered, with great concerts, dining, shopping, and art!

The Waterloo Arts District, in Cleveland’s North Shores Collinwood neighborhood is conveniently located just off of I-90, ten minutes east of downtown Cleveland. Events are listed the day they start, but may continue throughout the weekend, as noted.

FRIDAY, February 11th
Fish Fry! Dine-in and take-out are available, 3pm-8pm

Help the Waterloo Alley Cat Project feed, shelter, spay/neuter, and vaccinate local feral cats! Raffle, punch, and appetizers at 16006 Waterloo Rd, 7pm-9pm, free. Prisoners, Rainy Day Saints, and Filmstrip at the Beachland Tavern, 8:30pm-12am $5, or $3 with dry or canned cat food

“Remember the Davenport” Winter Ball & Benefit: A special, catered, prom-style event to benefit a local mother struggling to save her home and to support her five children. Local bands play as Black Sabbath, Wilco, The Replacements, No Doubt, and MORE! Formal or semi-formal attire suggested. $15 includes dinner & a drink at 7pm, $7 after 9pm

After party for the “Remember the Davenport” Winter Ball & Benefit featuring live music from Cheap Tragedies

ARTS COLLINWOOD “Eat Your He’ART Out!” with anti-Valentine’s specials in the café on food and drinks. All weekend long!
Trivia Night with Cleveland Trivia ( Live interactive trivia with great prizes from Waterloo businesses. Stop in for a short burst or the whole two hours! 7pm-9pm
Free live music in the ongoing Art de Rockus Concert series by This Moment in Black History, 9pm-11pm
Check out the current show in the gallery!

Blow Out Record Sale: $1 LPs and 45s, proceeds benefit the Waterloo Alley Cat Project. 10% off storewide in the Boutique. Both events all weekend long!

Buy Local! Get your special someone our Valentine's Day Package exclusively from C.L.E. Clothing Co. All weekend long!

Kids and adults can make a free Valentine for their sweetheart, enjoy a free sugary treat, and receive 10% off (or more) storewide on a gift for that special someone! All weekend long starting Friday at 6pm!

The Head Shop Redux: Now with more pipes, papers, spice, wraps and Thrifty Mama's Sweet Vintage Wot-Nots. 20% off All weekend long!

10% off storewide on great vintage apparel, accessories, and records. All weekend long!

SATURDAY, February 12th
Pop up gallery featuring a diverse range of 50+ local artists. A cash and carry show with live music and refreshments, 16006 Waterloo Rd, 6pm-10pm

After party for Love Stinks: An Anti-Valentine’s Day Show, featuring live music from The Nervous Gentlemen

Free live music from Bill Meyer and the duo MiZ featuring classical, show, & pop tunes. 7pm-11pm.

Take a free horse drawn carriage ride to a sneak peak of two newly renovated homes in the Waterloo Arts District! Enjoy free champagne and desserts and find out about affordable housing options in the neighborhood. Carriage ride begins at 15619 Waterloo Rd (former Key Bank Building), 8pm-10pm

A pop-up gallery featuring a variety of Cleveland artists, bringing art to empty places in Collinwood. Wine and cheese opening reception Saturday evening. In the former Key Bank Building. Saturday 6pm-midnight, Sunday noon-5pm

Upstage Artisan Alley Craft Show: A fresh, indie, pop-up boutique and craft show to benefit Upstage Players – a local, non-profit, children’s theater company – as they gear-up for their spring production of Seussical the Musical.

Get a Valentine with a surprise inside with every purchase, Saturday and Sunday only! Eat at the Beachland Brunch and bring your receipt into the store the same day to get 10% off your purchase!

Rockin' Brunch: Great vegetarian, vegan, and meat options. Cocktail menu including amazing Bloody Marys! Free 45rpm jukebox! Saturday and Sunday! 11am-3pm

SUNDAY, February 13th
Team Music Saves DJs the Beachland Brunch! An anti-Valentine’s themed set of songs about break-ups, lost love, and broken hearts! Eat at the Beachland Brunch and bring your receipt into the store the same day to get 15% off your purchase!

Experts in the design, restoration and repair of ecclesiastic, commercial and residential stained glass windows.

Family owned and operated since 1984. Open for breakfast and lunch Mon-Sun 7am-2pm

Quality original tattoos by artists Chris McNeill, Tim Wood, and Dustin Nowlin.

Custom sculptures by artists Jerry Schmidt and third generation metal sculptor Tyler Schmidt. Call to arrange a viewing.

Monday, February 7, 2011

3rd Annual Taste the Neighborhood

Taste the Neighborhood is February 22, 2011 from 6-9 and tickets are going fast. They are $20.00 in advance and $25.00 the day of the event. The event will once again be held at the Lithuanian Hall 877 East 185th St., Cleveland, Ohio 44119. You can purchase your tickets from Denise Lorek at 216-481-7660 or

Taste the Neighborhood is the only fundraiser that Northeast Shores Development Corporation does each year. We do this event once a year to try to raise funds to use in the North Shore Collinwood neighborhood and recognize people and businesses in the area that go above and beyond to help improve the quality of life in North Shore Collinwood.

This year’s event promises to be the best Taste the Neighborhood in the three years that we have been hosting this event. Again, We have over 20 restaurants and eateries donating food. North Shore Collinwood boasts some of the best ethnic food around. We have Greek, Italian, Slovenian, Lithuanian, Croatian, Irish, Mexican, Barbecue, comfort food and desserts from all over North Shore Collinwood. So far, the restaurants participating this year will be Arabica, Bistro 185, Grovewood Tavern, Gus’s Diner, Muldoons, Café at Arts Collinwood, The Boardwalk, Dave's Supermarket, Fotina’s, B& M Barbecue, Beachland Tavern, Chil Peppers, Congin’s Pizza, East 200th St. Convenient, Cakes by Sweetwater, Gostilna at Knezak, Lithuanian Hall, Blitz Barbeque, Georgio's Pizza, Scotti’s Italian Eatery, Slovenian Workmen's Hall, VASJ Culinary Club plus our local sausage shops.

We will also be having a Chinese raffle. One of the best things being donated so far is a 4X4 complete garden from Filtrexx which is a new way to garden. You can garden anywhere with their product called soxx. If you get a minute, you should check out their web site We will also have a piece of stained glass from Azure Stained Glass, right here in the Waterloo Arts District, a sculpture from Jerry Schmidt also from the Waterloo Arts District, a Euclid Beach memorabilia basket, an energy audit basket and baskets from our local merchants.