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CONTENTS Spring 2016
Hot in Hingetown Explore Cleveland’s newest urban attraction, Ohio City’s Hingetown district – and look good doing it
Jstyle Editor Michael C. Butz introduces the new-look Jstyle
Dating after 50
Chai Life 18 interesting things to do in Greater Cleveland
Hot in Hingetown Spring fashion in Ohio City’s Hingetown District
Beauty Spring refresh
Arriving in style By leaving behind a career in architecture in China, Aaron Jacobson hopes to spur high fashion in Cleveland
Landmark refresher After a long wait and a lot of work, the Kimpton Schofield in downtown Cleveland effortlessly blends home and hotel
Get the Look
The latest on Jewish chefs and restaurateurs
The appetite for independents grows
On the menu for Cleveland Independents is raising the profiles of local restaurants
Spicing things up
Chef Douglas Katz adds a new ingredient to his professional menu: Fire Spice Company
Fashion Focus Spring looks from local retailers
Pursuits Spring is in the air
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FROM THE EDITOR
Season of change t’s often said that change is inevitable. We Northeast Ohioans are reminded of that repeatedly this time of year, in part because we seem to experience a few too many 20- or 30-degree swings in temperature from day to day or week to week, but also because the change of seasons to spring ushers in abundant growth and strong senses of rebirth and renewal. on Northeast Ohio’s flourishing dining scene. Rest assured that one thing that remains a constant is Jstyle’s commitment to bringing our readers the type of fun, interesting and high-quality content you’ve come to expect in recent years. Speaking of content, in this issue we head over to Hingetown – a district in Cleveland’s Ohio City neighborhood that’s blossoming into a unique urban destination – for our fashion shoot. If you haven’t yet made it over to the West Side to check out what Hingetown has to offer, this might just convince you to do so – and if you’re so inclined, I hope you’ll visit the local retailers with whom we partnered on
With that in mind, I’d say this is also a time of rebirth and renewal for Jstyle. If you haven’t already, you’re sure to notice some changes in this spring issue of Jstyle. The visual changes, from chic new section designs to a more streamlined palette and fashionable fonts, are almost instantly noticeable – and are meant to update the magazine’s already stylish look. Other noteworthy differences include two changes in content: a revamped Chai Life section meant to provide readers with more information about upcoming events, and the introduction of Nosh News, where we’ll keep you updated
On the cover Cover photo by Laura Watilo Blake of Elbee Studio
Fashion. Food. Décor.
JSTYLE | Spring
Julia Farber wears a look from Banyan Tree while standing in front of the Van Roy Building in Hingetown. Wardrobe details are on Page 18.
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Explore Cleveland’s newest urban attraction, Ohio City’s Hingetown district – and look good doing it
fashion and location during future shopping excursions. (Hingetown, by the way, derives its name from serving as a connector of sorts between Ohio City’s West 25th Street and the Detroit-Shoreway neighborhood’s Gordon Square Arts District.) Also in this issue, we take a peek inside the new Kimpton Schofield Hotel & Residences in downtown Cleveland, which is eye-catching both inside and out, and we check in with some of the people behind Cleveland Independents to learn more about how the increasingly popular organization is helping independently owned restaurants in the region. I hope you enjoy the new-look Jstyle. I invite you to let us know what you think by writing me at email@example.com, or you can post your thoughts on Facebook at facebook.com/ jstylemagazine.
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The Chai Life 18 interesting things to do this Walnut Wednesdays
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Michael C. Butz
Walnut Wednesdays return May 4 to downtown Cleveland. Stop by Perk Plaza for lunch and live entertainment every Wednesday through September. downtowncleveland.com
Rooms To Let The increasingly popular Rooms To Let: Cleveland returns May 21-22 to Cleveland’s Slavic Village neighborhood. Walk through soon-to-be-torn-down houses that creatives have been allowed to transform into temporary works of art. slavicvillage.org
Daffodil Hill If you missed Daffodil Weekend at Lake View Cemetery, swing by anyway because even in late April, the flowers should be in full bloom.
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Yom Hashoah V’Hagvurah The Jewish Federation of Cleveland and Kol Israel Foundation host Yom Hashoah V’Hagvurah, Cleveland’s annual commemoration of the Holocaust and Heroism, on May 4 at Green Road Synagogue. This year’s theme: “Out of the Darkness: Into a New Life.”
Yom Hazikaron Remember those who lost their lives protecting the state of Israel at Yom Hazikaron, Israel’s Memorial Day. Join the Jewish Federation of Cleveland on May 10 at the Mandel JCC as the community observes together in Hebrew and English to remember victims of war and terrorism.
Yom Ha’atzmaut Celebrate Israel’s Independence Day with a familyfriendly, fun-filled evening at the Jewish Federation of Cleveland’s largest annual community event May 12 at Executive Caterers at Landerhaven. On top of that, Israeli superstar Rita is scheduled to perform.
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Science Behind Beauty have about facial congruence today has made an enormous difference compared to (or in light of) the way we used to deal with facial flaws several decades ago, when each plastic surgeon had his own idea of beauty and his personal taste influenced the outcome of the surgery, producing prototype outcomes. With scientific analysis, which is called “soft tissue cephalometrics,” personal preference no longer sways the outcome and the beauty values which are pleasing to overwhelming majority of public (alternate phrase: by general consensus?) dictate the surgical choices. With this scientific means of facial assessment even the smallest of flaws can be detected and those of us who specialize in the face area have developed many techniques to correct these flaws.
here is no question that satisfaction with one’s appearance has the utmost importance and indeed beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. However, there is a scientific description of beauty and there are methods of analysis to guide plastic surgeons to convert a displeasing face to a more appealing one. Attractive individuals have a, what is called, “golden” ratio between the different segments of their faces. A golden relationship rule not only applies to the face, it applies to nature, architecture, art work
or anything that is pleasing to the eyes. For example, the distance from the junction of the lips to the bottom of the chin is twice the distance from the bottom of the nose to junction of the lips. If any part of the face is too long or too short the face may not look as pretty. Thus, there are indeed scientific measures and angles that govern facial attractiveness and when these are not in harmony the person will not look as attractive. These measurements become more critical and more precise in the nose and the eyelid areas. The scientific knowledge that we
While congenital deformities are obvious, the imbalances that cause unattractiveness are often subtle and commonly involve multiple features of the face. Corrective procedures are commonly carried out as an outpatient procedure with a short recovery period. A short face can be made longer, a long face can be made shorter, thin lips can
be enlarged, a receding chin can be advanced, and so on. A flawed nose has a prodigious negative impact on the face especially on the eyes. The prettiest eyes may be adversely affected by a nose with a large hump. As soon as the nose is improved, the beauty of the eyes is unveiled, (consider alternate phrase: --attention will be focused on the pleasing look of the eyes rather than on the formerly unpleasing look of the nose.) With aging, some of the existing harmonies may be diminished such as the nose becoming longer, the lower face looking more square, the upper lip becoming longer. When the face is rejuvenated, facial harmony is restored and the person will look younger and more attractive. The psychological benefits from facial improvement are enormous and the self-confidence gained by restoring the facial congruity is fascinating and undeniable. Dr. Guyuron specializes in aesthetic surgery of the face and neck, rhinoplasty and non-surgical facial rejuvenation, and surgical treatment of migraine headaches.
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THE CHAI LIFE McKinley Wiley / Jewish Federation of Cleveland
Summer Soirée Enjoy cocktails, food, music and schmoozing at the 8th Annual Summer Soirée on June 9 at Acacia Reservation in Lyndhurst. Aharon Denton Photography
Edgewater LIVE Edgewater LIVE returns for its third year. Head to the beach at Edgewater Park for food, music and games (and Lake Erie sunsets) each Thursday from June 9 to Aug. 11. clevelandmetroparks.com
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A Kosher Taste of Cleveland Chefs from area restaurants will again gather in Congregation Shaarey Tikvah’s kitchen in Beachwood for A Kosher Taste of Cleveland on May 15. Sweet Melissa, North Main Diner, EDWINS, Felice Urban Café, Pearl of the Orient and Ristorante Giovanni will all create their signature appetizers and entrees, tapas-style, using all Kosher ingredients. Desserts will be made by Rut Aviv.
Fashion Week Cleveland Can’t get enough fashion? Want to support local retailers? Then take part in Fashion Week Cleveland 2016, from May 1-7. Highlights include Retail’s Night Out! at The Arcade; the FWC speaker series at the Hyatt Regency Cleveland, which features Fern Mallis as keynote speaker; Night at the Museum at the Halle Costume Museum at the Cleveland History Center; and designer runway shows at The Arcade. fashionweekcleveland.com
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Parade the Circle Now in its 26th year, the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Parade the Circle returns June 11 to University Circle. Immerse yourself in music and art from Greater Cleveland creatives as well as from international artists.
As University Circle’s social calendar offers more and more, one event has been a popular constant: Wade Oval Wednesdays. Take in a free concert (and sometimes a movie) each Wednesday from June 15 to Aug. 31. universitycircle.org
Larchmere PorchFest Can you handle 30 bands on 30 porches? Then make your way to the Larchmere PorchFest starting at 1 p.m. June 18 for local acts that range from Americana and rock to funk and hip hop. larchmereporchfest.org
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Solstice Arguably the region’s most anticipated summer party, Solstice will again take over the Cleveland Museum of Art on June 25. Making it an even hotter ticket this year is that the party is part of this year’s CMA centennial celebration.
Tri-C JazzFest Tri-C JazzFest will fill the downtown Cleveland air with smooth, melodic and sometimes funky jazz June 23-25 when it takes over the theaters at Playhouse Square and the outdoor stage on U.S. Bank Plaza. Highlights of the 37th annual festival include a birthday bash for legendary producer Tommy LiPuma, performances by Chick Corea, David Sanborn and Maceo Parker, and a CD release concert and party for Dominick Farinacci. tri-c.edu/jazzfest
Cleveland YP Week
Mark Mothersbaugh, The General, 2014, vintage organ pipes, electronics and steel, 96 x 87 inches. mocacleveland.org Photo: David Lekach.
Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia The Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland and The Akron Art Museum are pleased to announce a joint presentation of “Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia.”The exhibition, organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, is a career-spanning traveling retrospective of the Akron native’s work, which will be on view across both venues from May 27 through Aug. 28.
Engage! Cleveland’s third annual Cleveland Young Professionals Week returns the week of June 20-26, the centerpiece of which will be the Employment, Education, and Civic Engagement Fair on June 22 at the 5th Street Arcades. The fair targets YPs seeking to become more involved in the community or further their education, or those looking for new career opportunities. The Cleveland Jewish News is a media sponsor. engagecleveland.com
Sandra Bernhard With momentum from her new daily show “Sandyland” on SiriusXM Radio’s Radio Andy (Andy Cohen) channel, Sandra Bernhard comes to Cleveland to perform her all-new show, “Feel the Bernhard.” The show – April 30 at Trinity Cathedral – will be Bernhard’s first performance in Northeast Ohio in more than a decade and will include her band The Flaming Zicorns. “Feel the Bernhard” is produced by The Elevation Group, and The Cleveland Jewish News is a media sponsor. sandrabernhard.com
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HOT IN HINGETOWN
Hingeto Clevelandâ€™s newest urban attraction is Ohio Cityâ€™s Hingetown district, home to a growing mix of art, food and fun. Whether exploring this West Side locale on your own or grabbing some friends to attend one of its free summer concerts, look good doing it in these spring fashions.
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Take a break from your day by stopping for afternoon tea. Customers can choose from a variety of about 50 different teas at Cleveland Tea Revival. Grab a light bite to eat, too, and enjoy the view of Hingetown from the corner window.
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RISING STAR COFFEE ROASTERS One of the first tenants of the renovated Ohio City Firehouse, Rising Star quickly became a go-to destination for coffee lovers. Rising Star has grown to include new coffee shops in Clevelandâ€™s Little Italy neighborhood and The Arcade in downtown Cleveland.
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At home in Hingetown Located near the intersection of West 29th Street and Detroit Avenue, Hingetown is so named for serving as a connector or turning point between Ohio City’s food- and beer-centric West 25th Street and Detroit-Shoreway’s Gordon Square Arts District. Hingetown, however, is making a name for itself by combining elements of both. As for art, Hingetown is home to Transformer Station, which in addition to hosting its own exhibitions occasionally serves as a West Side gallery for the Cleveland Museum of Art. By January 2017, the district will also be home to SPACES Gallery. As for food and drink, Hingetown currently boasts an eclectic mix of places, from Rising Star Coffee Roasters and Cleveland Tea Revival to BEET JAR Juicebar + Takeaway and Jukebox. Planned for the near future is an artisan pizza brewery. Hingetown is a growing district that’s worth keeping an eye on – and visiting to see it for yourself, if you haven’t already.
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Spring refresh By Kristen Mott
After the long, frigid winter, it’s important to switch up your beauty routine come springtime. Look for products that have exfoliating or moisturizing components in order to brighten up and refresh dull, dry skin. Items that incorporate fresh citrus scents also are perfect for spring. Northeast Ohio-made products (Chagrin Valley Soap & Salve and Maeve’s All Natural) and Israeli-made products carried in Greater Cleveland (Olea Essence at Mar-Lou Shoes) offer something for everyone.
Chagrin Valley Soap & Salve Clockwise, from top: Cucumber lime yogurt soap, citrus cleansing facial sorbet and coconut lime hand and foot polish, all by Chagrin Valley Soap & Salve
Autumn Stoczen / Ellie Mellie Photography Top: Purifying facial cleanser, rose water facial toner, regenerating facial serum and miracle cream; Middle: Ultra-hydrating foot butter, Himalayan salt scrub, and hand and body lotion; Bottom: Yogi Glow natural deodorant and Savasana body oil, all by Maeve’s All Natural Olea Essence From left: Ultra rich body milk, nourishing foot cream and rich hand cream, all by Olea Essence from Mar-Lou Shoes
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Clockwise, from top: Tin recipe box by Rifle Paper Co., greeting card by Chartreuse Underground, and greeting card packs by Post Paper Goods, all from Paper Trails
PAPER TRAILS Whether someone special is celebrating a wedding, graduation, birthday, or bar or bat mitzvah, chances are Paper Trails has it covered. The specialty paper boutique carries an extensive selection of stationery, postcards, greeting cards and paper goods, many of which are made by local artists. The store also offers custom design work for engagement announcements or wedding invitations.
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From top: “Hazel” purse by Latico NJ, “Lace” heels by Sheridan Mia, “Objective” heels by John Fluevog, all from Amy’s Shoes
GIRL NEXT DOOR Girl Next Door is a boutique known for its West Coastinspired designs and free-spirited vibe. The store features clothing, accessories and jewelry from designers based in California, New York and Europe. Owned by two Californiaborn sisters, the boutique offers a variety of styles, from beachy daytime looks to dressy date night options.
AMY’S SHOES Those searching for shoes and handbags from international brands should stop at Amy’s Shoes. The store carries a selection of sandals, pumps, flats, boots and men’s shoes from countries such as Spain, Bosnia and Italy. Last November, the store added clothing to its inventory, meaning it has a slightly larger selection than its sister store at Eton Chagrin Boulevard in Woodmere.
Clockwise, from left: Blue and gold beaded necklace by Glass Fantasy, white ceramic serving bowl by Ubaldo Grazia, and mother of pearl bowls with blue plate by Feba Italia, all from Solari
SOLARI Solari offers home décor, art glass, handmade jewelry and tableware imported directly from Italy. With brightly colored plates and bowls and hand painted ceramics artfully displayed on tables, the store channels the history and culture of Italy. Solari also carries a selection of table linens and home accessories.
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Loafers Men can be a tad – um, what’s the word – lazy when it comes to fashion, so what better option than the loafer? From left, the “Hearst” by Donald J. Pliner, “Lake” driver and “Loriano” nubuck by Salvatore Ferragamo are among those available at Kilgore Trout.
Rain, rain go away, it’s time to put those boots away. With inclement weather largely a memory and spring in the air, local observers suggest men are dressing more casually than ever, with a spectrum spanning dress shoes and sneakers, with loafers and sandals to complement.
Sandals Bold dress shoes Dress shoe choice has widened significantly – just witness the lime green laces mixed with a traditional brown dress shoe and note the rubber soles that provide added comfort. These two variations of the “EDD” by Donald J. Pliner are available at J3 Clothing Company.
At least for men, the sandal remains virtually unchanged, with the flip-flop maintaining its customary popularity, particularly come Memorial Day. Shown here is the “Kapua” by OluKai from Kilgore Trout.
Classy sneakers The spectrum With “classy sneakers” and “comfortable dress shoes” has come a gray area that contrasts with the old black and white choice between dress shoes and sneakers. Shoes like this Santoni from J3 Clothing Company, could travel a lot of places – from a work meeting to a bar and everywhere in between.
The classiness of a dress shoe. The comfort of a sneaker. Increasingly, they’re being combined to create “classy sneakers,” boasting a rubber sole for comfort and a leather top for aesthetic appeal. Shown here are the “Walker” in white by Frye from Kilgore Trout and a leather and suede sneaker in black by Noah Waxman from J3 Clothing Company.
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Dating ore mature singles are turning to the Internet to find love – and with good reason. While Internet dating is popular for singles of all ages and sexual orientations, it has proven even more valuable for singles who have a thin partner market. According to 2012 research by Rosenfeld and Thomas, mature singles and singles from religious minorities are using online dating to find matches more efficiently by fine-tuning the search criteria. Karen Katz and Allan Licht met on the dating site Plenty of Fish in 2009 when they were 54 and 56, respectively but their love story began years earlier at Cleveland Heights High School. Karen remembers vividly, “I met Allan when I was a sophomore and he was a senior, and I had a mad crush on him.” Allan admitted he liked Karen too, but “she was so shy that I didn’t feel I could approach her.” Years passed, and their lives took shape in different directions. The stars finally aligned years later when Allan saw Karen’s profile online, although he didn’t recognize her at first.
“All of a sudden I saw this picture, and it was the cutest picture of her. I just knew she was Jewish by the way she looked. There was something very familiar, and I just had this good feeling inside that this is the person I need to contact,” he said. They met at Sushi Rock in Beachwood for their first date, and Allan realized who Karen was as soon as she walked in. Karen knew right away that she had found her match, “I had this I’ve been waiting for him all my life feeling.” Allan agrees, “I was looking for someone who felt like home, I needed a connection to the past.” I asked Karen to offer advice to women over 50 who are searching for love. She said that she had been single for nine years before meeting Allan. She went on lots of dates, but none developed into serious relationships. She says, “It’s a numbers game – never give up, and try to make it fun. Even
dates that were duds, I always tried to learn something from the experience. I knew I would meet someone.” If you are searching for romance as profound as Karen and Allan’s, I will save you the tsuris and direct you to the best dating sites for mature singles. Match and eHarmony remain the dating site giants. The free dating sites Plenty of Fish and OkCupid are also popular. Niche sites that cater to senior singles include Senior Match, AARP Dating and Our Time. JDate remains the gold standard for Jewish singles, and JSwipe is a dating app that operates like Tinder for Jews. If you have your heart set on finding love the old-fashioned way, follow the lead of Ossie and Carole. Ossie, 78, and Carole, 74, have been married for a little over a year. She caught his attention when they were volunteering, and he needed a reason to talk to her. He recalls, “I asked her if she liked butterflies, and she said ‘yes.’ I bought a butterfly pin, and I presented it to her. I just kept talking to her, and I made excuses.” She started wearing the pin whenever she volunteered. Carole remembers, “It was just such a nice gesture, just to show him that I did really like him.” Ossie invited Carole to
dinner, where she cut to the chase and asked him what his intentions were. He said that he was looking for a serious relationship, and they became a couple. Six months later they were married. With all of these avenues to find love, singles over 50 have reason to be optimistic. A 2013 poll of more than 2,000 members of the dating site, Our Time, revealed that singles between 50 to 65 years old have the most positive outlook of any age group when it comes to finding love. Ninety-four percent of the 50+ singles who participated in the study stated that they are more confident in knowing what they want in a partner than they were in their 20s or 30s, 89 percent reported feeling more comfortable with themselves, and 87 percent reported being less willing to settle. Finally free to create their own rules, mature singles are approaching relationships with more self-acceptance, more clarity and more optimism. Elana Averbach is a dating coach and psychotherapist who hopes to be just as in love with her husband-to-be at 70 as she is now. Learn how coaching can help you find romance and companionship at kickstartlove.com.
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few years ago, on his way to work every day at a Shanghai architectural firm, Aaron Jacobson navigated the fabric market of that enormous and cosmopolitan Chinese city. Absorbed by the lore and wonder of textiles, he began to consider a career change, from architecture to fashion.
Fashionably late to the scene? No. The 31-year-old Pepper Pike native already is turning heads – including those at the New York Times, which featured Jacobson’s work in its Sunday magazine in February – with his unique feel for the soft, sleek touch and rigorous architectural schooling. “My design sensibility, my design process is drawn from that training,” says the tall, aquiline Jacobson. “I’m designing clothes as if they are buildings. I’m using architectural design drawings and trusting the architectural design process, which is surprisingly similar. My pattern makers, I interact with them as I would an engineer; I treat the physical construction of the clothing, the hardware, the buttons as I would architectural details.” Jacobson has spent the past two years developing FAAN, his clothing line. It’s unisex, ultramodern and minimalist. It also evokes China in its muted colors and relaxed collars. Faanware is soft-power architecture for the human form. It’s also produced in Cleveland. Jacobson hopes to build more than just a name for himself in the world of fashion here. His aspirations are bigger:
He wants to help build a name for Cleveland in the world of design. Jacobson lived in the Cleveland area until he was 18, and “I bought my clothes at the mall like anyone else,” he says. “That’s the culture that Cleveland allows for. It’s just breaking a little bit, I hope, and I’m here because I want to be a part of that. But it’s a very slow process and it requires a lot of faith in sort of changing tastes, broadening … . “There’s so much pride here, so much civic pride and local pride, and I see that manifesting itself in inspiring ways in other industries in town. It hasn’t infiltrated the design culture, and that void has been filled by a sort of kitsch aesthetic. We have no shortage of ‘I Love Cleveland’ T-shirts, or ‘Cleveland Is My Paris.’ I’m bothered by Cleveland’s insistence on presenting itself ironically, as a derivative city.”
Reverse order Even as a kid growing up in Pepper Pike, Jacobson knew he wanted to be an architect. He became a very worldly and sophisticated one after completing undergraduate work at Washington University in St. Louis (B.A., architecture) and earning a master’s degree in the field from the University of Toronto. Now he is a clothing designer committed to expanding the very notion of fashion with his refined, middleweight clothing.
Faanware consists of ultramodern shirts, skirts, coats, T-shirts and jackets, and all the pieces look like they’d be comfortable on anyone. At the same time, they’re decidedly understated and form-fitting. “I identified as an architect from when I was young and spent a decade of my life working it, and very abruptly, I found something that made me happier. It was hard for me to admit that to myself, to reconcile that,” Jacobson admits of his career change. While his clothes have a sort of mission, his decision to follow fashion and abandon architecture, his first love, still troubles him. However, clothing design also speaks to him personally: his greatgrandfather was a pattern grader in the heyday of the clothing industry in Cleveland about 80 years ago, and now he seeks to create a Cleveland fashion style of the city’s own. “When I moved back from China about two years ago, I assumed I would settle in New York,” Jacobson says. “I had spent significantly more time there than in Cleveland during the course of my 20s. I started reaching out to factories in New York, in Cleveland, in Chicago, in Los Angeles, in Portland; they are starting to spring up again. I would say there’s a cautious but optimistic trend toward U.S.made clothing production.” The usual course is to conceive an idea in the U.S., then outsource its manufacture to China. You could say Jacobson has done the reverse.
Now all he needs, besides business growth, is local acceptance – which, given Cleveland’s limited fashion sense, may be challenging. Jacobson could have kept Faanware production in China, where he’d developed relationships, “but there is something to developing in Cleveland. I felt like I had the beginnings of an idea, potentially a business, and I saw an opportunity to partner with Cleveland in a way that could be profound and more meaningful. “I went in the reverse, and that was a very conscious decision.”
FAAN beginnings He chose that path after a brief architectural career in China, starting with six months in Beijing in 2012. After earning his master’s degree in Toronto, he landed a job with a small design firm in Beijing. He didn’t speak Chinese and didn’t have a place to live; all he had was that job. He spent most of his time there working on a proposal designed to dissuade the government from tearing down historic alleyways in Beijing called hutongs. The proposal went Gina Cella nowhere;
the experience was disillusioning. “Our proposal to the Beijing government was largely discounted and, to my knowledge, some of our study area was already destroyed and replaced by a shopping center,” he says. “It was very meaningful work for me, and came to a heartbreaking conclusion. I did develop a louver system for an office building in Inner Mongolia during my time there, as well. In addition to blocking direct sun, the system
had to protect against frequent sand storms.” After Beijing came Shanghai, where Jacobson worked with a Danish design company developing an art museum. Since Jacobson’s dream as a boy was to design a museum, the Shanghai gig seemed providential. It also proved to be his last job in that field. “It was during that time that I discovered fabric as I was walking through the fabric markets on my way to work each day, so I got in the habit
of designing clothing sort of secretly from my architecture desk, hiding my sketches under my drafting board,” he says. “They were hard to hide after a while. It started purely out of fun, just my own desire to be designing and executing those designs much more quickly than I could as an architect. “I worked on that art museum for eight months. During that time I was able to design my first 50 items of clothing. There was an immediacy that was thrilling to me. Eventually, I changed my career path.” Slipping into clothes of his own design convinced Jacobson he’d made the right choice.
The Faanware plan For now, Faanware is available through the Faanware website and at select outlets, none of them in Cleveland. Jacobson has an agent in Los Angeles meeting with potential buyers of his fall-winter 2016 line, and he’s developing his 2017 springsummer collection. He’s also curious to see whether recent
media attention, including that New York Times feature, generates bigger business from buzz. “My market is evolving,” he says. “That may be somewhat my own fault as I haven’t put too fine a point on my sales demographics. I haven’t been interested in marketing narrowly to any particular lifestyle or age group. In fact, my clothes are gender-neutral; I’m not even marketing to men or women specifically. My clothes are very minimal. They’re thoughtful, they’re simple, they’re well-made, and I think those elements sort of self-select my market. People are drawn to those things and I’m happy when they find me.” He certainly seems to have found himself – and his uniqueness. “My pieces are so streamlined and minimal, I guess (they make) some people feel uncomfortable,” he says. “For whatever reason, Cleveland hasn’t adopted that design mentality. I want to help establish Cleveland as part of a broader design network, nationally and internationally. “I’m trying to lead by example and I hope it won’t spell my downfall. That’s the idea.” Jacobson values originality and his clothing is indeed original. He conflates the urban and the urbane, reflecting his abiding interest in urban planning and policy. Even in China, he kept up with home, reading about development in Cleveland and sometimes “feeling angry, frustrated – and a sense of responsibility to this place,” he says. “I’d like to contribute to Cleveland’s rebirth and that’s why I’m here.” js
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Jeremy Umansky will host a pop-up for his Schmaltz Delicatessen and Bakery the evening of May 10 at Katz Club Diner. The savory-based pastries-themed (think knish, matzah) evening will be one of several pop-ups held in advance of the eventual grand opening of his new Jewish deli. As for where the 40- to 50-seat Schmaltz will permanently pop up, Umansky says that as of early April locations had been narrowed down to Cleveland Heights’ Cedar Lee neighborhood. Schmaltz will focus on Eastern European Jewish cuisine rather than Middle Eastern, so no hummus or Israeli salad but plenty of items like Jewish rye bread (pictured above), latkes, gefilte fish, cured fish, chicken liver mousseline, sauerkraut and sandwiches. Key to the menu will be local sourcing and seasonality. The latter means diners shouldn’t expect to find fruit hamantaschen on the shelves if that fruit isn’t in season. Also, the menu will have 15 to 20 items at any given time but will be “totally customizable” to offer a wider variety of meal combinations (as opposed to a set menu). In other words, if, for example, you want your sandwich between two latkes instead of two slices of bread, you got it. For more about Schmaltz, including more photos of Umansky’s food, visit jstylemagazine.com/modern-deli.
Bruell opening another eatery When the Hilton Cleveland Downtown opens in June, a familiar name will be behind its restaurant, the Burnham: Zack Bruell. The prolific Bruell, who earlier this year was named a semifinalist for the prestigious 2016 James Beard Foundation Award in the “Best Chefs: Great Lakes” category, will be forging The Burnham’s concept and menu development alongside the culinary talents of Executive Chef Maxime Kien from the French Cote d’Azur region, and native Ohioan Ryan Beck, chef de cuisine. The Burnham will mark the 11th Zack Bruell Restaurant Group project, joining the likes of L’Albatros Brasserie, Ristorante Chinato, Cowell & Hubbard and Parallax (the Tremont restaurant that garnered him the JBFA nomination).
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Taco enthusiasts, rejoice! BOMBA Tacos & Rum, the Caribbean-centric restaurant that Paladar Latin Kitchen founder Andy Himmel opened last year in Rocky River, will open its second location May 13 in the Akron suburb of Fairlawn. On May 12, an evening ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held in support of Stewart’s Caring Place, a Fairlawn-based cancer wellness center that offers free support services and programs. Tickets are $100, and 100 percent of the proceeds will go to Stewart’s. Guests will enjoy food and drink stations and be able to experience the new BOMBA before it opens to the public. To read more about Himmel and the inspiration for BOMBA in Rocky River, check out Jstyle’s summer 2015 feature story at jstylemagazine.com/bomba.
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year ago, Travel + Leisure ranked Cleveland the seventh-best food city in the United States. That might have been hard to believe a decade ago, when Cleveland was best known as a meat and potatoes town and its suburbs were witnessing a proliferation of chain restaurants. That was the backdrop years ago for Brad Friedlander, an owner of Red, the Steakhouse, inviting 40 of his fellow restaurateurs in for a meeting at Moxie, his original Beachwood location. “With the chain restaurants, all the money leaves town,” Friedlander says. “With the independent restaurants, the money stays in town.” That concern drove Friedlander; Douglas Katz, owner of fire food and drink; and the late Sergio Abramof out of town – to a convention in Chicago discussing such problems. They left the meeting with the goal of installing the organization that would eventually become Cleveland Originals and later Cleveland Independents. “The main goal of the organization is to educate the public about why they should be dining local,” says Myra Orenstein, Cleveland Independents executive director. “When the organization first started, there was a major influx of chains coming to Cleveland, which we’ve hopefully held back.” When Orenstein joined the organization, it was two years old with 30 members. Within two months, that total increased to 60, and now the organization fluctuates between 80 and 95 members. “I never realized we’d become as big as we did,” Friedlander says. One could say the same about Cleveland’s food scene. “Cleveland has become a really good food town,” Friedlander says. “I eat all over the country and the world, and I’ll tell you something: I’m hard-pressed to find food better than Cleveland’s.” Ruth Levine, owner of Bistro 185 in Cleveland’s Collinwood neighborhood, credits the city’s work ethic and a “neglected middle child” persona that forces it to work hard to get its due attention. Friedlander credits the sophistication of Clevelanders as well. “Clevelanders, I find, are sophisticated, knowledgeable diners who are well-traveled
and have a good palate – and they’re just great customers and they appreciate good food,” Friedlander says. “They really know a lot about food, so they can appreciate what we can do and you don’t find that in every town.”
Cleveland Independents’ role Cleveland Independents also deserves some of the credit. The group is probably best known for its popular program in which diners can purchase $25 gift certificates to some member restaurants for $17.50 and $50 gift certificates to other member restaurants for $35. How popular is it? Levine says devoted Cleveland Independents consumers track the website very closely. By 10 a.m. the day of a sale, Bistro 185 is sold out. “It entices people to try new restaurants,” Orenstein says. “It also solidifies relationships with existing customers or existing guests to let them know that they’re important.” It’s also how Cleveland Independents members pay dues. Dues cost in the thousands, but that’s paid for by selling 13 $35 certificates or 26 $17.50 certificates per quarter. “They’re well worth it,” Levine says. What are they paying for? A number of programs that help independent restaurants market themselves and expand their customer base. It starts with the directory the group creates twice a year, 20,000 copies in total, according to Orenstein. Each restaurant is given 200 to distribute, with the hope that customers might look at the book and try other member restaurants as well. There’s also the recipe book the group created a couple of years ago, which allows the chefs to showcase some of their dishes. The group also sells a popular deck of cards – with each card representing a discount to a Cleveland Independents restaurant. All told, the deck offers perhaps $500 in discounts at a cost of $29. There are also Cleveland Independents gift cards.
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Unlike most gift cards, which restrict the recipient to a certain store or restaurant, a Cleveland Independents gift card allows the recipient to choose between approximately 85 locations. “It’s the only gift card I’ve ever heard of that is redeemable at 80 or something independent restaurants,” Orenstein says. “Those are incredibly popular.” Finally, there’s the social media aspect. Cleveland Independents, by grouping a wide number of popular local restaurants together, has a strong social media following, with more than 6,000 Facebook likes and nearly 5,000 Twitter followers. While the independent owner likely lacks time to maintain a successful social media page, Cleveland Independents is already branching into videos featuring its chefs and restaurants. And recently, Orenstein has gone after the Republican National Convention, coming to Cleveland in July. For one, they’re distributing Cleveland Independents directories to area hotels, so local guests, who otherwise might not know these small places exist, can consider them. They also provided the Republican National Convention planners with a list of which restaurants have private rooms to rent and which restaurants are willing to close down for the night to accommodate a gathering. Beyond the tangible, there’s a social benefit to joining the group as the chefs
take advantage of the opportunities they get to network, such as photo shoots. “There’s that saying, ‘There is strength in numbers,’” Levine says. “That’s exactly it. You’re not out there by yourself. You’re out there as a group,” She says members bring up problems and discuss best practices. “That is really an integral part of Cleveland Independents,” Levine says. “It just gives you a community to be a part of, and I think that’s really important.” Many of the relationships formed extend well beyond the group. Levine says she has gained a number of valuable contacts that she can dial up at any time. “It’s almost like having an introduction without having an introduction,” Levine says. “It’s a conversation amongst peers and that’s really invaluable. You don’t feel like the only fish out there in the lake.” This isn’t the way it works in every town, according to Friedlander. “I’ve operated in cities where (other restaurant owners) don’t want you to do well,” he says. “They want to hurt you.” As for membership, Orenstein says Cleveland Independents is open to anyone, provided they meet the organization’s bylaws, including how many tables they have, that they’re devoted to food (thus ruling out bars that simply serve snacks) and that they’re locally owned and operated. “As long as they meet the criteria, they’re in,” Orenstein says. js
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n December, diners at Chef Douglas Katz’s fire food and drink on Shaker Square may have noticed the debut of Quatre Épices (“four spices”), a spice blend designed for holiday-timed French spice cakes, on display and available for purchase at the hostess stand. Likewise, visitors to Heights Arts’ recent exhibition, “At Table: Cleveland Culinaria,” undoubtedly saw an even wider variety of Katz spice blends as the centerpiece of a display featuring works from several local artists. The good news for anyone whose appetite was whetted by the thought of those flavors – among them Burmese, Ethiopian, Jamaican and Moroccan – is that Katz’s full compliment of 12 spices soon will be available for purchase, and more importantly, for tasting. Katz will launch his Fire Spice Company on May 1, making his spices available at his restaurants, fire and Provenance at the Cleveland Museum of Art, as well as online. Accompanying each spice will be a recipe card meant to inspire home cooks. “We want people to cook in their kitchen but not be overwhelmed by spice,” says Katz, who adds that he’s also exploring national distribution as well as selling his spices at “high-end culinary boutiques” like museum gift shops and cookware shops.
Fire Spice Company’s origins can be traced to the kitchen at fire food and drink. “We’re interested in learning about culture through food, so we’ve played with spice blends from time to time,” he says. Taking home spices from fire to make a curry dish for himself ultimately inspired him to start Fire Spice Company, he adds. “As I started to sauté the onions, garlic and ginger, and then I added the spices – you realize you’re really cooking when you add this depth of flavor to your dish,” he says. “I thought if I could package this, it would be the coolest thing for a home cook – and they could experience what I experience as a chef. “Then I came up with 12 spice blends,” he says. “I started playing with them, and I came up with the recipes.” Those with an adventurous palate will appreciate Fire Spice Company’s international flair. “We picked cultures that highlight spices, so we have a lot of Southeast Asian cultures like Indian, Thai and Vietnamese, and we have a lot of the southern United States, like rib (Texan) and
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Michael C. Butz Donna Ruhlman’s photography (previous page) accompanied an arrangement of Doug Katz’s Fire Spice Company boxes as part of “At Table: Cleveland Culinaria,” an exhibition that ran from March 4 through April 16 at Heights Arts in Cleveland Heights. Some of Katz’s spice boxes are shown above.
chili (New Mexican) spices,” he explains. Katz adds that though his Southern-inspired spices call for “pork” in their recipes, people can use them just as effectively on, say, brisket or non-pork ribs. An Israeli spice will soon join his mix of offerings. “We’re certainly going to add an Israeli spice in the next year, like za’atar,” he says. “I just went to Israel in December; there are other cultures we want to do, but we want to make sure we have a good understanding
first before we decide to do them.” Each year, Katz plans to introduce a new set of 12 spice blends and recipes. Refills of spices will also be available, and through blogs, Katz and his team intend to suggest new recipes for his spices as time goes by. And if that isn’t enough, home cooks also will have a chance to learn by watching Katz in action. “(Creating spices) gives me a great opportunity to do demonstrations and classes around these recipes, so it’ll be fun for me, too.” js
REFRESHER After a long wait and a lot of work, the Kimpton Schofield in downtown Cleveland effortlessly blends home and hotel Story by Carlo Wolff Photography by Michael C. Butz
ll cleaned up and ready to go, the Kimpton Schofield is a ruddy beauty, a striking blend of the sturdy and the stylish, the classic and the contemporary. Its terra cotta details lovingly restored, its entranceway inviting, and with a full-service restaurant little more than a month away, Cleveland’s first Kimpton hotel and the 52 luxury apartments known as The Schofield Residences look and feel solid. They’re also anything but stodgy. The hotel is the first seven floors, the Residences floors eight to 14. Visit a Schofield Residence and note the many elegantly framed and recessed windows offering views of downtown Cleveland. The bathroom and living room are long and smooth and relaxing, their palettes muted, long on dove grey and earth brown. A Residence is an ideal place to showcase one’s own furnishings and
Modern designs rule the living room, master bathroom and kitchen at The Schofield Residences, while the view from this unit’s kitchen looks down onto the intersection of East 9th Street and Euclid Avenue.
accessories, from functional and whimsical furniture to bright bedroom accents. Stroll a corner suite, one of the 122 hotel units, for its distinctive décor and those hints of eccentricity that make Kimpton hotels so boutique. Note the local touches in the hotel, like bedroom wall hangings featuring vintage matchbooks from Cleveland’s past. The herringbone pattern on the lobby floor and the argyle pattern on some hallway carpeting reference the city’s storied garment industry. Hotel guests push pins identifying their homes into a map of the world on a wall across from check-in.
One reason Kimpton was chosen to operate its first Ohio outpost is it strives to do more than align with local culture. It incorporates and celebrates it, according to Marcie Gilmore, leasing consultant for The Schofield Residences and manager of the hotel. Residences lease for $1,395 (one bedroom) to $7,250 (three bedrooms) a month, depending on size. There are 38 one-bedroom, 11 twobedroom and three threebedroom residences. Oh, yes. There are loaner guitars and loaner bicycles, and the building is petfriendly, a mark of Kimpton properties for more than 25 years. And hotel amenities
and full concierge services are available to Residences occupants. Such touches and that reciprocity add up in a mixeduse structure – retail is part of the plan – in which the permanent mingles with the transient. The Schofield Residences opened March 1, the Kimpton a week later. Fresh from a $50 million renovation, the 172-foot, 14-story building is already among the most cosmopolitan in an increasingly urbane downtown.
Fitting in Built in 1902 by the architect Levi Scofield, who stamped the East 9th landmark with “Schofield” before he changed the spelling of his name to remove the “H,” this Romanesque, late-Victorian beauty of steel frame construction wraps around the northwest corner of East 9th and Euclid Avenue, catty corner from the
former Huntington Building. Rebranded the 925 Building, the former Huntington is being renovated by Andrew “Avi” Greenbaum, a Floridabased entrepreneur. Other close neighbors of the Schofield building are Heinen’s of Downtown Cleveland and The 9 complex. It’s a short walk down Euclid to East Fourth Street or up East 9th to the Rock Hall. It’s similarly close to Playhouse Square. You can gaze down on the cupola that caps the Heinen’s if you’re in the right Residence. Consider it Cleveland Central. As Gilmore puts it, the Schofield building is at the “corner of Main and Main.” In addition to the hotel and the residences, she points out, there’s a 2,500-square-foot vacant retail space at that corner – at ground level. And a 4,700-square-foot, twostory restaurant, Parker’s Downtown, is scheduled to open there in May.
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The Kimpton Schofield went from how it looked in this photo from 1922 to eye-catching design and decorations in both a hotel suite (above) and the hotel lobby (below).
Building blocks “It’s unusual for a building to be named after its architect,” says Jack Bialosky, principal at Bialosky + Partners Architects, one of three Cleveland architectural firms involved in the complicated, long-gestating project. (The others are Studio CRM, the design branch of building owner CRM Companies, and Sandvick Architects.) Scofield was a noted Cleveland architect who also designed the Cleveland Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument on Public Square. Bialosky and his firm’s Ted Ferringer, the project architect, noted the Schofield building has been through several lives. Until 2009, when renovation plans began to take shape and it emptied out in anticipation, it primarily was used for offices. Besides Bialosky and Ferringer, the Bialosky team
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Feature story “The majority of the systems – the mechanicals, the HVAC – had outspent their useful lifespan,” says Ferringer. “I think it’s probably the most complex adaptive reuse and historic restoration project that’s taken place in downtown Cleveland in some time, if not ever. One of the reasons construction took so long was the painstaking recreation and restoration of the building façade,” he added. Other factors were replacement of the heating and air-conditioning systems and the building itself “had to be restored, which meant replacing a big portion of it.” “Remember that this is starting right at the time of the Great Recession,” Bialosky adds. “The number of moving parts is what made it so difficult.” The owner, CRM, had to juggle the restoration of the building and its infrastructure even as it put together a financing package and settled on a hotel operator, he says. Kimpton got the nod in 2012. Construction couldn’t start until a financing package including state and federal historic tax credits – justified by removal of that 1960s cladding – was assembled and a hotel operator chosen.
The work “The first step was removing that curtain wall, seeing what was left, and being able to demonstrate to the state preservation office that the building could be contributing to the historic district again,” says Jeffrey Smith, principal, Studio CRM. “Then we had to go through that approval process.” Studio CRM was lead design architect and architect
of record for the building’s interiors and coordinated the consultant team for the whole project. Meanwhile, CRM Companies had to put together the financing. Once the $50 million renovation had tax credits assigned to it, a result of being able to prove it could be a contributing historic building again, the balance came from private investment. By 2011, removal of the facade and demolition of the interior were well underway. The building was essentially gutted, down to the central staircase. Meanwhile, dialogue with San Francisco-based Kimpton, the original boutique hotel company, quickened; it started in 2009, Smith noted, adding several hotel operators were evaluated, “and Kimpton was chosen as the right fit because of its experience with historic properties and the qualities and challenges of historic properties,” as well as “the boutique hotel culture it offered.” Another key consideration was the floor plate, or rentable footprint, Smith says, noting the building was typical of its time in its number of light wells, vertical shafts that let in outside light. But the F-shaped floor plates were unusual, and more suitable for hotel and residential use than for modern office use, he says. “We’re very happy with the way it turned out and we’re happy with the way it’s been received,” he says. “The goal was to create interiors that are as warm and inviting as the exterior of the building, but done in a modern way.” js
A clawfoot tub and lighted signs that allow visitors to change the greeting or message are but two interesting touches applied to Cleveland’s first Kimpton hotel.
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