Spotlight on Local Talent: Crawdads Workshop

Spotlight on Local Talent: Crawdads Workshop

Spotlight on Local Talent:
Crawdads Workshop
My name is Ryan Thompsonand Crawdads Workshop
is my metal/wood workshop, which operates
out of my Old Brooklyn 2-car garage.

It is an eclectic combination of my many interests. Mostly I create wood/metal coffee tables, steampunk lamps, bookends, shelves, and quite a few things in between. I love the process from start to finish, of salvaging forgotten pieces of American industry and putting them back into use, whether that is restoring the very tools I use, or reimagining obsolete fixtures of Cleveland. Few things are as thrilling to me as finding the perfect building materials. I’m a regular at local auctions, garage sales, and scrap yards, on Craigslist and the curbside. Getting home and having the right tools to mill, plane, cut, turn, grind, and sand
items into their final form is my second great thrill.

I’m excited to partner with Appletree Books to share these products and be able to bring them into your home.  I encourage anyone to check me out on Instagram at crawdadsworkshop or email me for pricing or custom work.

Cleveland’s Indie Lit

Cleveland’s Indie Lit

Cleveland’s Indie Lit
Saturday, April 28, 2-4pm

As part of our Independent Bookstore Day celebrations,
we’re pleased to host to three of our region’s independent publishers –Gray & Company, 1984 Publishing, and Belt Publishing – andLiterary Cleveland, an organization dedicated to creating and
nurturing a vibrant literary arts community in Northeast Ohio.

Gray & Company
works with Cleveland writers to make Cleveland books for Cleveland readers.  All Gray & Company books will be 30% off.

1984 Publishing
brings premium, hardbound, full color art & gift books to coffee tables worldwide, as well as smart non-fiction and fiction titles.

Belt Publishing
is a small, independent press founded in 2013 as a platform for new and influential voices from the Rust Belt and Midwest.

Literary Cleveland
is an organization of and for Cleveland writers.  It sponsors workshops, networking events, readings, the annual Cleveland Inkubator conference,  a neighborhood-based writing program, and the Gordon Square Review.

Come meet some of the folks who enrich
our local literary community!

Independent Bookstore Day!

Independent Bookstore Day!

Independent Bookstore Day!
Saturday, April 28, 10am-6pm

Independent Bookstore Day

Independent bookstores are not just stores!
They’re community centers and local anchors run by passionate readers.  They are entire universes of ideas that contain the possibility of real serendipity.  They are lively performance spaces and quiet places where aimless perusal is a day well spent.  In a world of tweets and algorithms, and pageless digital downloads, bookstores are not a dying anachronism.  They are living, breathing organisms that continue to grow and expand.

The 2018 IBD author-ambassador (and Shaker Heights native) Celeste Ng says, “My favorite thing about independent bookstores is that they all have their own distinct personalities: each reflects not just the tastes but also the ideals of its community. From the second you walk in, you get a sense of what the people who shop there know and enjoy—as well as what’s currently on their minds, what they want to learn, and what they value: in short, what kinds of people they want to be. I love Independent Bookstore Day because it asks readers, writers, and booksellers to join in celebrating all that bookstores represent. It’s a gathering to remind ourselves that the written word can change both us and the world, and of what’s possible when we all come together.”

Be on the lookout! For a third year, Cleveland’s independent bookstores will offer customers a “passport” for the day, guiding you on a bookstore cr

Poetry Reading with Margie Shaheed at Appletree Books

Poetry Reading with Margie Shaheed at Appletree Books

Poetry Reading:
Margie Shaheed

Thursday, April 26, 6-8pm

Join us for a dynamic poetry reading by
Margie Shaheed

Margie Shaheed is a community poet, writer, and performance artist who conducts creative writing workshops for children and adults in traditional classrooms, libraries, theaters, and community arts centers. Believing poetry to be a tool for personal healing, she also conducts poetry workshops in community mental health centers and outpatient substance abuse treatment programs. Her work has been published in Essence Magazine, Black Magnolias Literary Journal, and others. NightBallet Press has published three collections of her poems: Mosaic (2013), Onomatopoeia(2015), and Dream Catcher (2017).

FROM SUPERMARKET TO SENSATIONAL – The Portable Garden Design Series by floral guru, Betsy Karetnick – April 19th 2018 | 5:00-8:00 p.m.  

FROM SUPERMARKET TO SENSATIONAL – The Portable Garden Design Series by floral guru, Betsy Karetnick – April 19th 2018 | 5:00-8:00 p.m.  

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  The Portable Garden Design Series by
floral guru, Betsy Karetnick
April 19th 2018  |  5:00-8:00 p.m.
This class teaches the secret to long lasting arrangements using grocery store bouquets. From shopping to prepping to tricks and tools, Betsy will show you how those market flowers can reward you for days to come!Betsy Karetnick created The Portable Garden in 2004 with a simple mission – to spread the joy of flowers.

Accomplished broadcaster and journalist, Betsy joined
Martha Stewart Omnimedia in 2005 to share her expertise in food and flowers on Sirius XM. In addition to creating events for clients, Betsy teaches floral design classes where she shares her secrets for flower success.

*Pre-registration and payment of $45.00 is required so we’ll have the right amount of material for your design to take away and enjoy.  Class size is limited, so sign up soon! We’ll have beverages and small bites.

Call 216.795.5488 or email

Classes are non-refundable, if you can’t make it, feel free to send a friend in your place.


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