Neighborhoods: Coventry Village

By Jill Tatem, Host Committee member

These days there may be more tattoos than tie-dye, but Coventry still retains the quirky independence that made it Cleveland’s hippie haven in the ’60s.

About 2 miles east of University Circle, in Cleveland Heights, Coventry Road between Mayfield Road and Euclid Heights Boulevard is two blocks of restaurants, bars, and shops.

You can find burgers and fries, vegan, Thai and Japanese cuisine, comfort food of all varieties, and one of the best milkshakes you’ve ever had (Tommy’s). Besides a wine bar (La Cave du Vin), Coventry offers concerts (Grog Shop), and numerous happy hour venues.

Coventry has, not one, but two, independent bookstores (Mac’s Backs and Revolution Books). You can find vintage toys and collectibles (Big Fun), vinyl records (Record Revolution), clothing and accessories — for you and your pets, Cleveland souvenirs and work of Cleveland artists (In the 216), and a real hardware store (Heights Hardware).

Be sure to visit Coventry P.E.A.C.E. Park. Even if there’s no yoga or outdoor movie showing, it is a fun place to finish your Coventry visit.

More details are available at, including a Google Map.


Other Cleveland Heights shopping and dining districts include

Cedar Fairmount

Cedar Lee 

Fairmount Taylor

Coventry Village (Photo courtesy THD3 Wikimedia Commons)
Coventry Village (Photo courtesy THD3 Wikimedia Commons)




Happy Hour in Cleveland

By Jill Tatem, Host Committee member

One of the dangers of a packed and stimulating conference program is data clog. Experienced archivists know that taking breaks to refresh, relax, and chat with colleagues is essential. Fortunately, downtown Cleveland offers a range of venues for happy hour rejuvenation.

Some of those restaurants and bars also offer glimpses of Cleveland’s historic architecture, including:

A grocery store may seem a strange location for happy hour, but Heinen’s downtown is not your typical grocery store. Housed in the renovated Cleveland Trust Rotunda at East 9th and Euclid, the 2nd floor Lounge offers numerous wine and beer selections, small plates, people watching, and wonderful views of this renovated historic building.

 Downtown neighborhoods with concentrations of bars and restaurants are

The Host Committee’s restaurant spreadsheet offers more choices, both in these downtown neighborhoods and farther afield.

Cleveland RTA’s C-Line Trolley provides free transportation from the Convention Center to all these areas all day on weekends and evenings on week days.

Happy Hour guides are available from


(photo courtesy Susan Frazier via Flickr Creative Commons)
(Happy Hour. photo courtesy Susan Frazier via Flickr Creative Commons)

Neighborhoods: Lakewood is for Archivists

Lakewood, Ohio
Lakewood, Ohio (Courtesy of theunquietlibrarian via Flickr Creative Commons)

Located to the west of Cleveland on the shore of Lake Erie, Lakewood is one of the inner-ring suburbs that surround the city proper. The area was settled by farmers in the early 1800s and was established as a city in 1911. Typified by a variety of home styles and sizes from the workmen’s cottages of Bird Town to the millionaires’ estates of Clifton Park, Lakewood is known as the “City of Beautiful Homes.” It was most recently designated “A Great Place to Call Home” by Business View Magazine.

#SAA15 attendees looking for a break from the hustle and bustle downtown should take time to visit this friendly, laid-back community which boasts a number of tranquil parks, including one of Ohio’s largest lakefront recreation areas. Main business districts on Detroit Road and Madison Avenue boast acclaimed dining, retail, and entertainment establishments.

Some of the top Lakewood restaurants include Melt Bar and Grilled for a grilled cheese extravaganza like no other, Pier W for fabulous views and great seafood (and an even better brunch, if you’re here on a Sunday and can think ahead to make reservations), Deagan’s Kitchen and Bar, El Carnicero, Forage Public House, Barroco Grill, Dewey’s Pizza, Buckeye Beer Engine, and Voodoo Tuna for unique sushi creations. If after dinner you’re up for a bit of gaming, head out to 16 Bit Bar + Arcade or The Side Quest. And be sure to top the night off with Griffin Cider Works for authentic English-style cider made in Ohio by an Englishman!

To help plan your visit further check out these resources:

How to get there? Lakewood is easily accessible by car or hired ride as well as Cleveland RTA busses and trains leaving from Public Square.

Vegetarian and Vegan Options in the CLE

By Jennie Thomas, Host Committee cochair

Yes, here in the CLE you can get things like deep fried hot dogs, Polish boys, beef souse, and Cincinnati chili, and there’s even a restaurant where you can order a whole pig head, but we definitely do not ignore our vegetarian and vegan friends!

Over the past few years, vegetarian and vegan options have dramatically increased in our fair city. The Flaming Ice Cube is an all-vegan restaurant that received national recognition last year for its veggie burger; while Cleveland Vegan offers the first vegan brunch in the area with a cafe and bakery.

Many of the same restaurants that serve unique fare for the carnivore also offer many vegetarian and vegan options, including Fahrenheit, Pura Vida, Greenhouse Tavern, Happy Dog, Aladdin’s Eatery, Momocho, Ty Fun, Root Cafe, Bac Asian American Bistro and Bar, El Carnicero, Pure and Supreme Cuisine, and Tommy’s. (Want a tofutti shake — Tommy’s is the place for you!) A number of these restaurants also primarily serve local and organic foods and provide gluten-free options as well.

For information on these restaurants and more, see:

5 great vegetarian-friendly, vegan-friendly restaurants in Cleveland; 2015 A-List dining guide

16 of the best vegan eats in Cleveland

10 of the Oldest Surviving Cleveland Restaurants

Cleveland’s food scene is booming. Cleveland chefs and restauranteurs are flooding downtown, Ohio City, Tremont and more. A new hip-gastropub seems to open every week, but this list focuses on 10 Cleveland restaurants that have been here for decades and have withstood the test of time….
By Jacob Gedetsis for

Check out the article for more on these 10: Balaton Restaurant, Giovanni’s Ristorante, Guarino’s Ristorante, Johnny’s Bar, Otto Moser’s Restaurant, Pier W, Players on Madison, Sokolowski’s University Inn, Sterle’s Country House, and Tommy’s Restaurant.

Guarino’s Ristorante (photo courtesy of and Guarino’s Ristorante’s Facebook)
Guarino’s Ristorante (photo courtesy of and Guarino’s Ristorante’s Facebook)


Eating in the CLE

"The Greenhouse Tavern Snags Award for Best Vegetarian Sandwich in America" (image courtesy of Instagram user @thegreenhousetavern)
“The Greenhouse Tavern Snags Award for Best Vegetarian Sandwich in America” (image courtesy of Instagram user @thegreenhousetavern)

By Janet Carleton, Host Committee cochair

Cleveland is blessed with a multitude of great food! We’ve had plenty of posts about food so far, and more to come.

But don’t worry about missing any–just select the tab on this blog devoted to food. It includes a Google Map of spots from the hearts & stomachs of the Host Committee, all posts in the Food category, and perhaps best of all, a Google spreadsheet sortable by name, neighborhood, etc., at

From Top Chefs and James Beard winners to ice cream to vegetarian to ethnic to comfort food and everything between–Cleveland has it.

10 Iconic Cleveland Foods: Pierogi" (image courtesy of
“10 Iconic Cleveland Foods: Pierogi” (image courtesy of

And legal beverages?

We’ve got coffee, tea, beer (20 local breweries), wine (more wineries per square mile than any other winery region), mixed drinks, and more.

And don’t forget–for all things food truck (56 area food trucks!) see

Walnut Wednesday fills the streets. Thomas Ondrey/The Plain Dealer (image courtesy of
Walnut Wednesday fills the streets. Thomas Ondrey/The Plain Dealer (image courtesy of