Sat., March 10, 8:30pm – Sun., March 11, 7am: BYOP (Bring Your Own Pillow), an overnight read-a-thon for Seeds of Literacy! Featuring reading (of course), games, raffles, pizza, and breakfast pastries. $25 tickets benefit their adult literacy programs. For more information and to buy tickets, go to Seeds of Literacy’s website. Sponsored by Appletree Books, Luna Bakery, and Penguin Random House.
Mon., March 12, 7-9pm: Books in a Bar: Vive la France!Book will be chosen by participants in February’s book group meeting. Meets at Nighttown. Customers who register for this meeting are eligible for a 10% discount on this month’s book. Stop in the store, call us at 216-791-2665, email us firstname.lastname@example.org, or click here to register on our website.
After opening Still Point in Little Italy’s Old Schoolhouse nine years ago, Kate and Geoff Baker have relocated to Cedar Fairmount. Over that period the gallery has enjoyed excellent growth, moving to three larger suites in the Schoolhouse as space became available. This most recent move addresses the physical requirements as their business continues to expand. In a recent interview Kate said, “the Cedar Fairmount business district has been on our radar for several years and provides not only more gallery area and parking but it also gives us proximity to our existing customers and a larger market. We see it as a vibrant area that’s being invigorated with upscale shops, restaurants and art’s venues.”
One of their goals has been to create a “space” that is its own work of art; one that generates interest and energy, one that contributes to an overall aesthetic and one that reflects their commitment to the continued growth of Cleveland’s arts community. Kate explained their efforts to create an “experience” where patrons could escape and rejuvenate in a world of art, classical music and aromatic candles. They’ve worked hard to create a gallery that presents an array of artists (painters, photographers, jewelers, sculptors, carvers, glassmakers and ceramicists) and their original works.
The inspiration for the gallery came from Kate’s decision to showcase Geoff’s fine art photography. His work has been featured in solo shows at the Butler Institute of Art in Youngstown, the Cleveland Botanical Garden, Trinity Commons and other art’s venues including the Holden Arboretum where he was the organization’s annual artist in 2014. As a resident of Northeast Ohio, he divides much of his time between photographing local landscapes as well as those of northwestern Michigan. Kate, whose career has been in retail and retail management, curates and manages all aspects of the gallery. She balances the acquisition and exhibit of 40 to 50 local, national and international artists. In 2017 they increased their lines of clothing and this Spring they will be one of the select boutiques bringing the fashion of Lurdes Bergada (Barcelona) to the states. The clothing has a unique European flair and an asymmetrical look at a reasonable price point.
The Cedar Fairmount Special Improvement District and its businesses are pleased to have this exciting gallery as an addition to the neighborhood. Discover it for yourself.
Still Point is located at 12427 Cedar Road in the Heights Center Building. The hours are 11 am – 6 pm Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday – open Thursday and Friday until 7:30. For more information: www.stillpoint-gallery.com or 216 721-4992.
On Wednesday February 14, we’ve got the fantastic NYC vocalist and bass player Nicki Parrott. Nicki is super popular on the scene, and was the long time bassist with Les Paul. She’ll be singing all of her favorite love songs.
The next night, Thursday February 15 we have six time Juno award nominee Carol Welsman. Carol is very reminiscent of the style of Diana Krall in many ways, including her ability to swing, her piano playing and her singing. But of course, she has her own style.
Both nights will be special Valentine’s Night that you’ll want to bring your favorite love to. Or let’s help you kick start a new one!! Now that’s a thought….. We have numerous people tell us that their first dates with their eventual wives/husbands was at Nighttown. Great nights to start something!!
But before next week, we’ve got three great artists coming to Nighttown this week!!
Tonight (Thursday), LA singer and native Clevelander, Elijah Rock, returns to his hometown to sing and celebrate the release of hs new CD featuring music of Gershwin.
Then on Friday and Saturday, the legendary R&B and Soul drummer and producer, Norman Connors, returns to Nighttown for four smoking hot shows! He’ll be playing his famous hits “You Are My Starship”, “Valentine Love”, ‘Betcha My Golly Wow” and more.
Bulletin: Friday night’s late show at 10pm is now only $30. Don’t miss seeing Norman Connors!!
Then on Sunday, hometown folk hero, Charlie Mosbrook, celebrates his birthday with lots of friends joining in. Opening artist will be singer/songwriter/guitarist Matt Harmon.
Cedar Fairmount is participating in the Roxboro Elementary School’s One Book, One School. Everyone in the school and parents are reading Elise Broach’s book, Masterpiece. There will be in school discussions and a scavenger hunt at Cedar Fairmount and Coventry merchants.
When Luna Bakery opened in 2011 in Cleveland Heights, owner Bridget Thibeault worked as the pastry chef alongside 15 employees. Soon, she realized it was time for her to expand the business as popularity grew.
Now, Thibeault said she’s ready to move into the next chapter of Luna Bakery– a new location in Moreland Hills that is expected to open in May.
The location, which is on Chagrin Boulevard at SOM Center Road and between ML Tavern and Flour in a former salon, will span 2,800 square feet and seat at least 60 customers, Thibeault said. Working with Richardson Design, she said they are working to make the store “cool” and “interesting,” but also meet the Cleveland Heights’ aesthetic as well.
“There will be couches, bar seating and regular tables,” she said. “It’ll be a fun environment, especially since there is a high school down the street.”
Thibeault, who lives in Cleveland Heights, said she felt it was time to open a new location, especially since customers always ask her about expansion plans.
“People come all over,” she said. “If we were down the street from them, they could come daily. This is going on our seventh year open in the spring, and we’ve grown a lot and we’ve hired a lot of good people. I want to give them a place to grow too. This new location will give more management opportunities, better benefits, better pay. It’s just hard to retain people in this business, so I think that it’s important for us to create spaces that foster success and jobs in the restaurant business.”
Thibeault said Luna Bakery has a niche and adding an option like it to Moreland Hills will further promote local eating.
“There is so much bad food out there right now, and that’s part of the reason people are unhealthy in the U.S.,” she said. “I think we are kind of countering that – though we offer a lot of sweets and baked goods, they are local and homemade. We offer salads too. People think we are just a bakery and that’s not the case.”
Thibeault, 44, said she’s not sure if her seven years at the Cleveland Heights location has prepared her for this, but this has been the “hardest and most rewarding” things she has ever done.
“At this point, we’re in a good groove and our menu is standard,” she said. “We don’t change it very often, but we have a good system going.”
Thibeault said she doesn’t know what is next, but is confident in the new location.
“My plan right now is to just open this location and that’s challenge enough,” she said. “I have two kids and a husband and I’m working to find that work/life balance. This whole thing is different for us – but it would be nice to open yet another location in the future. Right now, I just want to make sure this works for us and then go from there.”