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CLE Pets and Holiday Shopping in the 5th Street Arcades

CLE Pets is opening in the 5th Street Arcades located at 530 Euclid Avenue.  Read the article from WKYC Channel 3 here.  The store will offer premium, locally-sourced pet food produced in Ohio, handmade cookies and treats, toys and dog wear.  Welcome to the Gateway District, CLE Pets!

Downtown residents, workers and visitors will want to visit the 5th Street Arcades this holiday season for excellent gifts, such as Christmas Tea at The Tea Lab, gifts for entertaining needs at the Happy Hour Collection or unique jewelry and art at Sandy Buffie Designs or 10PM Studio.  For a complete list of businesses found in the 5th Street Arcades, click here.

And, save the date for Winterfest, the official holiday lighting in Downtown Cleveland, scheduled for Saturday, November 28th.  To read more about Winterfest activities all over Downtown, including the 5th Street Arcades and the Arcade, click here.




Main Street Volunteer of the Year

Congratulations to Kira Hennessey for being awarded Heritage Ohio’s Main Street Volunteer of the Year Award!  Ms. Hennessey is Vice Chair of the Historic Gateway Neighborhood Corporation Board of Directors.  She is an employee of Calfee and a Warehouse District resident.  She generously gives of her time, talents, energy and support in both the Gateway District and Warehouse District, and Historic Gateway Neighborhood Corporation and Heritage Ohio are pleased to recognize her efforts to date.  The award was presented to Ms. Hennessey on Tuesday, October 6th during Heritage Ohio’s Annual Revitalization and Preservation Awards Ceremony held at the Historic Southern Theatre in Columbus. 

Heritage Ohio is the statewide, not-for-profit preservation organization, dedicated to encouraging and assisting people and organizations to protect, preserve and revitalize Ohio’s heritage.  Historic Gateway Neighborhood Corporation is proud to be a Heritage Ohio Main Street Program.




Free Fun on Halloween

You are invited to come Downtown and enjoy some spooktacular fun on Saturday, October 31st!

Three free, fun-filled activities for the entire family are below:

Cuyahoga County Soldiers’ & Sailors’ Monument will be offering Tunnel Tours from 10 AM to 6 PM (must be in line by 5 PM).  You can tour inside and underneath the Monument on Public Square during these special tours.  The Cuyahoga County Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument honors those men and women of Cuyahoga County who served their country during the Civil War (1861-1865).  For more information, call the Monument at 216-621-3710 or click here.

Historic Gateway Neighborhood Corporation’s Take a Hike tour of Historic Euclid Avenue will be offered from 10 AM to 11:30 AM.  Come learn about the Arcade, the 5th Street Arcades, the 9, the Statler Arms, the Playhouse Square neighborhood and, of course, the GE Chandelier on this educational and entertaining tour.  Meet “ghosts” from the past along the way as actors portray important Clevelanders in history, including Garrett Morgan and Milton Krantz.  The tour will begin in the Arcade (401 Euclid Avenue) at 10 AM.  For more information, call 216-771-1994 or click here.

Help celebrate the Downtown Cleveland Dog Park’s first birthday from 11 AM to 1 PM.  Be prepared to take home your new best canine friend at the adopt-a-thon, courtesy of the APL.  Enter to win one of many prizes, including a K-9 Cafe gift bag, Hard Rock Rocksino concert tickets and a Barkley Pet Hotel & Day Spa stay for your pup!  Meet up with fellow human and canine neighbors, and share a delicious treat from Divine Canine Bakery and Frazier Cupcakes.  The Downtown Dog Park is located at 1505 Merwin Drive.  This event is coordinated by Downtown Cleveland Alliance City Advocates.



Gateway District Signature Furniture Project

Enjoy a sneak peek of the Gateway District’s signature furniture project in front of Heinen’s on Euclid Avenue!  These colorful new bike racks are just a taste of what is to come.  A photo of the new bike racks can be see on the Gateway District Facebook page here.

Stay tuned for further updates by the end of October!



Take a Hike news

You still have time to “Take a Hike” during the regular Take a Hike summer season, presented by Dollar Bank, through Wednesday, September 16th.  That means you can take the Warehouse District tour on Saturday morning, the Canal Basin Park tour on Sunday morning, the Playhouse Square neighborhood tour on Tuesday night or the Gateway District tour on Wednesday night.  For more details on these tours, click here

The program is supported in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.  The tours also receive generous support from Ohio & Erie Canalway and Downtown Cleveland Alliance.   Program partners include  Historic Warehouse District Development Corporation,PlayhouseSquareBob Zimmer of Keller Williams, Canalway Partners and  Cleveland Magazine.

If you miss the regular season, check out two special Take a Hike tours of Historic Euclid Avenue during the Sparx City Hop on Saturday, September 19th.  For details on these tours, click here.

And, tell your friends about the Extended Take a Hike season kicking off Saturday, October 3rd!  Every Saturday from October 3rd through December 12th, a tour of Historic Euclid Avenue will be offered.  Meet at 10 AM in the Arcade (401 Euclid Avenue) to enjoy a tour that combines portions of the Gateway District and Playhouse Square tours.  The tour will last approximately 1.5 hours in length and feature historic figures from the past, such as Frances Payne Bolton, Alan Freed, Milton Krantz, Garrett Morgan and Mayor Tom Johnson.  

The Extended Take a Hike season is made possible with support from The Arcade, Metropolitan at the 9, Playhouse Square, Playhouse Square District Development Corporation and Historic Gateway Neighborhood Corporation.




Take a Hike on Cleveland 19 News

Take a Hike,presented by Dollar Bank, was featured on Cleveland 19 News by Tiffani Tucker on Tuesday, August 25th.  The Playhouse Square tour had over 100 people enjoying the history, dazzle, theatrical performances (both inside the theatres and on the tour!) and a beautiful night in Cleveland as the group explored the neighborhood.

One of five tours to choose from, including the Gateway District, Warehouse District, Civic Center, Canal Basin Park in the Flats and Playhouse Square, Take a Hike offers free summer fun through September 16th.  Check back soon for information about the Extended Take a Hike season, which will kick off in October.

To view the Channel 19 segment for a peek at the Playhouse Square tour, click here.

The program is supported in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.  The tours also receive generous support from Ohio & Erie Canalway and Downtown Cleveland Alliance. 

For the complete tour schedule, click here.



Prospect Avenue Construction to Begin July 6th

Prospect Avenue is getting a much needed resurfacing!  The Ohio Department of Transportation in partnership with the City of Cleveland will begin on Monday July 6th, a project to resurface Prospect Avenue between Ontario Street and East 22nd Street.  The $1.6 million project will install new pavement, curbs, ramps and pavement markings.  Upon completion of the project in the fall of 2015 the roadway will be more accommodating for cyclists and include bike lanes or “sharrows” along the route.  The project is expected to begin in July and crews will work weekdays, during daytime hours.  There will be NO PARKING on Prospect for the duration of the project.

Recently, the Historic Gateway Neighborhood Corporation coordinated a meeting for ODOT to share project details with stakeholders.  If you weren’t able to attend, click to see the  ODOT Presentation.  Also provided was a Taking Care of your Business handout with suggested soundbites and tips on staying patient and positive during construction.

 You can visit ODOT on the web for updates.

Free Summer Fun – Take a Hike

The Take a Hike walking tours are in full swing now that summer weather has arrived, and, as  Laura DeMarco from The Plain Dealer/ notes, “…we NEED summer.  We need to embrace and enjoy every moment…”  Read her article about “100 Free Things to do this summer in Cleveland: 10 Top free activities” here.  

If you have heard about the Take a Hike tours and been meaning to take one, here is your chance!  Now is the time to make plans with friends or family, grab a bite to eat before or after the tour, and enjoy exploring Downtown Cleveland with a free, outdoor, guided walking tour.  At the end of each tour, the guides distribute special offers for restaurants located in the tour areas.  You might want to take advantage of the offers, and visit Flannery’s Pub (Gateway District), Merwin’s Wharf or the Flat Iron Cafe (Canal Basin Park), Barley House, Cleveland Chop or The Nauti Mermaid (Warehouse District), Blue Bar, Cowell & Hubbard or Hofbrauhaus Cleveland (Playhouse Square) and Pura Vida (Civic Center).  

Take a Hike is an award-winning walking tour program presented by Dollar Bank.  The program is supported in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.  The tours also receive generous support from Ohio & Erie Canalway and Downtown Cleveland Alliance. 

There WILL be tours on Saturday, July 4th and Sunday, July 5th, so bring your family and friends Downtown for some free, summer fun!

To get a video overview of the program, watch the Take a Hike segment on Channel 3’s Golden Opportunities show here.

To view the complete tour schedule, click here.


Mike Lydon to speak at Annual Luncheon Forum

Make your reservations today!

The Annual Historic Downtown Cleveland Luncheon Forum is scheduled for Thursday, June 11, 2015 from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel (24 Public Square).

Historic Gateway Neighborhood Corporation, Historic Warehouse District Development Corporation and PlayhouseSquare District Development Corporation are pleased to bring Mike Lydon to speak in Cleveland for this annual benefit.  

Mr. Lydon is an internationally recognized planner, writer and advocate for livable cities.  He speaks and leads workshops on the topics of smart growth, tactical urbanism, planning and social media and complete streets/active transportation.  He is the co-author of a new book entitled Tactical Urbanism, Short Term Action for Long Term Change.

Individual tickets: $70 per person
Corporate Tables: $1500

Thank you to Corporate Benefactor Sponsors of the Annual Luncheon – McGladrey LLP and Sandvick Architects, Inc.

For an invitation and reservation form, click here, or call 216-344-3937 for more information.


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