After a bang-up meal during my stop in Cleveland, I asked about the "secret ingredients" and my friend sent me a link to describe the shop where they were purchased:
The Chef’s Ingredient Outlet, owned by Heidi and David Sievers of the website Soupbase.com, carries the entire line of Minor’s bases, sauces, gravies, flavor concentrates and ready-to-use sauces.
“In this economy, Minor’s bases provide a high quality, economical way to make delicious meals at home,” said David Sievers, Owner, Chef’s Ingredient Outlet. “Now, people can come in and taste for themselves and see how easy these products are to use. And, we provide free recipes with virtually every order.”
This line of professional cooking ingredients makes it easy to cook a succulent roast in Minor’s Down Home Beef Gravy; thrill at the grill with Minor’s Ready-To-Use Bourbon Sauce; brush shrimp with Minor’s Cilantro Lime Flavor Concentrate for a fresh seafood meal; or, make eggs benedict with Minor’s Hollandaise Sauce.
Chef’s Ingredient Outlet also features low sodium, vegetarian, gluten-free and kosher products as well as high flavor profile products, including Amore pastes and gourmet vanilla bean marinade.
What to buy: I'm sold on the Minor's line. Can't wait to get some imported to Rhode Island!
What to pay: Sixteen ounces of soup base (enough to produce five gallons of soup) is $13.95.
Beachwood Place is an very large mall easily reachable from Cleveland. It contains a wide variety of clothing stores, as well as many fun novelty shops. Many of the shops are high-end, so you won't see any cheap stores like JC Penneys or Old Navy!
It is set up around a central area with the food court. The stores branch out in each direction from there. It can be a bit troublesome navigating for first-time shoppers! The large store at each end are Dillards, Nordstrom, and Saks Fifth Avenue. If you don't enter throught the central food court, you will likely enter from one of these stores.
Surprisingly the mall lacks any electronics/music store and bookstores, but those wanting clothes, jewelry, cosmetics, or just want to browse, it's great!
This is an indoor shopping area located in Downtown Cleveland on Euclid Avenue. The architecture inside is amazing, very European. Unfortunately, this shopping area has suffered the economic downtown which is all of Cleveland. Many of the stores are closed, so go to see some great artwork and take a photo or two, but good luck in finding some decent shopping.
The food court is very limited as well.
Yes, I know, you thought this was a museum. It is, but it is also the best music store in town. Anything Rock and Roll is here. No admission to the gift shop, but try and get out without finding something you've been looking for. Maybe it's the one hit wonders? The entire Beatles Anthology? What ever you're looking for, it'll be here.
What to pay: No discounts, but the prices are what you'd expect for hard to find music.
One of the newest shopping areas in Greater Cleveland, Crocker Park is part of the new trend of 'constructed' downtowns. Laid out like a new city, but a footprint no bigger than the mega malls that were being built, Crocker Park has all the amenities of the major shopping malls, (store selection: Dicks Sporting, Barnes & Nobles, etc), available parking (3 covered parking towers) and a wide range of eats through out the area.
Window shopping, street vendors, street musicians, all with an upscale feel and the comfort of being out of the downtown.
It's the last farmers market in the city. Central Market closed when Jacobs Field and the Gund Arena were built. There are about 10 others in Greater Cleveland.
AOL's farm market list
How to Get There : Drive is often the easiest. City busses will take you there, you'd have to find the routes from where you're coming from in town. The Rapid (Red Line) stops just a block away at the West 25th/Ohio City stop.
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On cold and rainy days, the market is open and the inside stalls offer warmth and the aroma of fresh produce.
What to buy: Fresh produce, vegetables, and flowers. The meat is excellent, but a bit dicey to manage if you're traveling.
Everything you can think of is out here. All the major department store, Best Buy, specialty shops, a Japense Restaurant, Mexican Restaurant, Half-price books, over 200 shops in the mall. The area spreads out over 4 square miles of plazas, shops, restaurants, banks, and nearly every service and material you could want.
The plethora of shops that any mall would love to have, set in a brass gilded atrium from the past. Just walking around is a pleasure and the shops offer a wide variety of goods. Name store lined the three floors and splashing water reminds you of the outdoors.
This information may be out of date. As of 2006, word has it that Tower Center is still a shopping area, but many of the upscale shops have moved out to the suburbs. Will try to confirm the status in the next year.
I thought that I'd update this, since I recently took a gander through the Galleria again. It seems to be doing a bit better. There are a lot more new shops open there, with good variety, including the only independant book store downtown (and it is so cute and quaint). There's even a Hungarian museum there. :) It can get crowded in and around the food court during the workdays; otherwise, it's typically not crowded, and very quiet. Parking is on-site (E 12th St) with an optional valet service.
What to pay: Varies.
There's numerous novelty and general shops in the Arcade's lower level, as well some swank restaurants and smaller cafe's in a food court. Not all storefronts are occupied and it's not usually bustling with crowds, so it's a pleasent place to explore. It's also drop-dead gorgeous! See my 'things to do' Arcade tip for more info...
What to pay: That depends on what retailer you shop at.
Some of the best shopping and dining in all of the Cleveland area are in some of the new-age mini-boom towns - an integrated mix of upper-class residential apartments, fine dining, and expensive shopping. There are three in the Cleveland area - Crocker Park in the western suburbs (Westlake, Exit 156 on I-90 ), Cornerstone Project in the south suburbs (Parma Heights, Exit 234 on I-71, travel 1 to 2 miles north on Rt. 42, Pearl Rd.) that is still being constructed - but the original, and the best, in my opinion, is Legacy Village on the eastside (Beachwood, Exit 32 on I-271, take Cedar Rd. west for 1 mile). Scenic cobblestone streets and old-time lamp posts, plently of big name shops and food delights. Bring your wallet and spend the day!
What to pay: As much or as little as you want!
This is a chain store owned by the same company as Urban outfitters but aimed at more expensive female clothing. The clothes are ecletic and not the kind of stuff you will find at express, limited or that type of store in a mall. My wife loves the store though I am not too happy with the prices. This branch is in a high end shopping plaza out in Woodmore. I hung out at the nearby Barnes and NObles (closest Barnes to downtown) while my wife shopped here.
What to buy: Colorful women's clothing though stick to the sales rack unless you have money.
What to pay: 100-200 for non sale 40-70 for the sale items.
I really like shopping at Tower City Center because it doesn't look or feel like a mall. My boyfriend and I love going to Tower City during the day and then having dinner and walking around in the city.
Legacy Village is an upscale first-class "life style" retail center located on 67 acres of land at the corner of Cedar and Richmond Roads in Lyndhurst, Ohio. The project consists of approximately 610,000 square feet of space, including 25,000 square feet of third-story office space. Of the 585,000 square feet of shopping center space within the Legacy Village project, more than 50% of retail space will be devoted to first-class retailers and restaurants that do not currently have locations in the Cleveland, Ohio area. Most of these retailers have attempted to find locations to serve the eastern suburbs of the City of Cleveland and have been foreclosed from such opportunities due to the lack of available land for additional retail development in the trade market that serves the upscale eastern suburban communities of the Greater Cleveland market
What to buy: The only thing worth the money is the urban sport store.
What to pay: a lot
For an assortment of shops head to Terminal Tower. With an abundance of variety and a great eatery your sure to find what your looking for here.
There is an observation deck on the 42nd floor offering superb views of Cleveland.
What to buy: anything.
What to pay: however much your prepared to spend.