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.
If you want alot of good choices in one place, I recommend The Avenue inside Tower City Center, within the Terminal Tower, on Public Square. The Galleria on E9th St. serves as the rival of TCC, but they're going under, little by little... many shops there have closed but the place is busy on weekdays during lunch breaks for people.
What to buy: There's Daffy Dan's on E 9th St, and they sell alot of Cleveland merchandise; most of which has to do with the history of the city, sports teams, cultural centers, etc. There's other stores around downtown that also sell such merchandise, but DD's is a major location. Of course, a sounvenier from the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is always a good choice, in my opinion. :)
What to pay: Dunno, I don't have many Cleveland souveniers, being that I live here, nor do I have a great need for many. :)
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
At the Colonial Marketplace you'll find a multitude of reatailers. You'll see a similar setup/design as the Arcade, only... on a slight smaller scale. There's an art gallery, some cafes and restaurants, some boutiques and such. It's usually more vacant than the Arcade.
What to buy: There are a few local artists in the CM; perhaps a unique piece of Cleveland art.
What to pay: For the cafes and restaurants: average priced to slightly above. For the retailers and boutiques, most likely above average to expensive.
For my grandmother's solemn communion she needed shoes, besides the old beat up ones she wore every day. For this event, my great grandfather took my grandmother to a local merchant that was a family friend.
My grandmother's story goes on that they (my grandmother, my great grandfather, and the merchant) went to a large back room to look at shoes. My grandmother said she quickly saw a pair of white leather shoes that she immediately fell in love with. My great grandfather, having a very soft spot for my grandmother, bought the shoes immediately.
As my grandmother and her father got home, my great grandmother took a look at the shoes in her daughter's hands and exploded. She was upset that my great grandfather bought such an expensive pair of shoes when the family was tight on cash. At this, I guess my great grandfather whispered to his daughter not to worry about having the shoes and told her to put the shoes in her room.
It seems my great grandmother controlled the home, unless my great grandfather felt very strongly about something. He so wanted her to have the white leather shoes, and she did.
Tower City resides downtown in what used to be a railroad station. They have done a nice job of converting it to a mall.
Cleveland has a couple above ground mass transit trains. These originate at Tower City spur off in each direction of the city. Hence, it's possible to take mass transit to the mall.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority%*
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.