18 Apr Ways Cleveland, Ohio is Reinventing Itself
Cleveland, Ohio may not be a top travel spot for most but that could very well change over the next few years. That’s because the city is moving quickly to reinvent itself to offer experiences you won’t find anywhere else. Beyond that, this is a place where some business owners are creating experiences that engage customers. In this post, we showcase an overview (above) of five business owners we interview to find out how they are changing the landscape of the city.
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1. Westin Cleveland Downtown. This Westin property (opened May 2014) goes beyond incorporating the 6 pillars of wellness that all of the brands encompass. There are 1,500 pieces of artwork displayed inside from local artists. The art goes beyond paintings to include everything from sculptures to glass. When you first walk into the hotel, you can’t miss the gigantic woodenhead. Cellular is made from trees that were cut down when a new bridge was built in the city.
2. Red Space. This is an underground art gallery that also offers events. The art gallery is open to the public and exhibits change out every 6-8 weeks. The goal of the events is to connect attendees with the community. Find everything from yoga, art shows, album release parties, and motivational speaking and vodka tastings. Check out the event calendar at Red Space here: http://www.redspaceevents.com/
3. Town Hall. Experiences around food are best when you know you are eating well. And today well often means organic, non-processed and free of GMO’s. Find all of those aspects at Town Hall, in Ohio City just a few miles form downtown.
During the day it’s a popular brunch and lunch spot serving a full menu as well as harder to find items like Bullet Proof Coffee (made with beans from local roaster Rising Star Organic Coffee, grass fed butter and coconut oil).
The owner of Town Hall believes a rewarding social life is just as important as healthy nutrition, which is why at night, the scene changes to a bar scene serving 36 American beers on tap.
The experience is also in the décor, which is made with materials from Indonesia. Three large garage doors make the space feel almost like an outdoor space in the summer.
Town Hall also creates an experience for customers by hosting NON-GMO seminars. They also host “Brushes and Brews” weekly – where attendees learn everything from planting, painting, glass blowing and other trades.
4. XHIBITION creates a culture through in store and in city events and experiences including Q&A’s with designers like Ben and Bobby Hundred’s. The store also sells merchandise from top designers that is only available only at this store- example’s include: Don C, Adidas, 424 Fairfax, John Elliott (last years GQ men’s designer of the year) Ebbets Field Flannels, Nicky Diamond and Ibn Jasper, and Mark McNairy and OFF WHITE (a member of Kanye’s creative team).
5. Barley House. Barley House also transforms from a popular lunch spot to a nightlife spot. The owners make sure to keep the style up to date with a remodel every two years. It’s also a spot several athletes frequent and even a spot Kim Kardashian has visited. Plus, you will find a mixologist who isn’t afraid to throw fire into the mix.