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CONTENTS Spring 2018
Make it marvelous
Breeze through spring with these fashionable looks
Casey Rearick Photo
8 Editor’s Note
42 Rock City
58 Revitalization redux
Michael C. Butz talks Cleveland’s rock ’n’ roll history and future
Jewish musicians, promoters and venue operators hit all the right notes to keep Cleveland rockin’
For the second time in recent years, Sustainable Community Associates breathes new life into one of Tremont’s former industrial landmarks
10 Chai Life 18 interesting things to do in Greater Cleveland
46 Nosh News The latest on Jewish chefs and restaurateurs
16 Make it marvelous
48 Hotel hechsher
Chic and classic collide at the Marble Room in downtown Cleveland
Yael Ron, Israeli general manager at The Ritz-Carlton, Cleveland, hopes the luxury hotel’s new kosher kitchen will be a certified success
34 Beauty Flushed fantasy
38 Dapper Man Mr. Monochromatic
40 Ask Elana
62 Get the Look Funky furniture
64 Room Service Home is where the tech is
68 Fashion Focus
54 Cleveland’s (soon to be) favorite bagel twins
Spring looks from local retailers
Sarah and Rachel Gross had long dreamed of opening a bagel shop, and in 2017, they did just that – in a big way
Step by step
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Chin Surgery: The State of the Art
chin that is receding, protruding, uneven, or sagging can disturb the appearance of the face. Sometimes, a receding chin can also be short. Proper identification of chin flaws is critical for achieving a successful outcome with plastic surgery.
By assessing the profile of the face, any experienced plastic surgeon can readily conclude what is suboptimal. However, there are scientific means of analyzing the profile pictures and designing an operation that will correct the existing chin imperfection. In a proportionate face and chin, a line can be Bahman Guyuron, MD drawn from the most prominent portion of the upper lip to the most prominent portion of the lower lip on a profile photograph and the line should also touch the most prominent portion of the chin. If the chin falls behind this line, there is a receding chin. When the chin falls in front of this line, there is a protruding chin. On the front view picture of an attractive lower face, the distance from the junction of the lips to the bottom of the chin is about twice as long as the distance from the bottom of the nose to the junction of the ideal upper and lower lip. By measuring these distances, one can decide whether the chin is short or long. A receding chin can be improved in one of three ways. A minimally under-projected or pointed chin can be augmented merely by injecting a small amount of the patient’s own fat into the chin. Minor asymmetry can be corrected with fat injection.
When the chin is too small, it will need an implant to increase the size. An implant may be placed through a cut under the chin. Alternatively, the correction can be made with a horizontal cut in the chin bone through an incision inside the mouth, behind the lip. This cut in the bone is placed below the roots of the teeth and does not alter the bite. This is called a sliding osteotomy. After the cut is made, the chin bone is moved to an ideal position and fixed using a tiny titanium plate and four small screws. These small screws and plates stay in place permanently and almost never cause any problems. In general, those of us who have special training in the face area called craniofacial surgery prefer the bone surgery on young patients because it eliminates the need for an implant and it improves the chin and neck relationship more effectively. However, using an implant is not wrong. When the chin is uneven or too large, adjusting the bone is the only choice. “Chin surgery, no matter whether a bone surgery or implant is chosen, is a simple, outpatient procedure performed under light anesthesia,” says Dr. Guyuron, who wrote the only text book about chin surgery in the world. “This small surgery is often very gratifying, especially when it is done in combination with nose surgery or removal of excess fat under the chin,” he adds. When these procedures are done at the same time, there is a reduced cost for anesthesia and facility fees compared to doing two separate surgeries. Furthermore, the patients end up having one recovery rather than two separate recoveries. Bone surgery could be slightly more uncomfortable than placing an implant, but only for a couple of days. After any chin surgery, the patients may experience lower lip numbness which is almost always temporary. Dr. Guyuron prescribes strong enough medications to keep his patients comfortable after this surgery. For information about chin surgery and to schedule a consultation, please visit drbahmanguyuron.com or call Zeeba Clinic: 440-461-7999.
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FROM THE EDITOR
Home of rock‘n’ roll leveland’s reputation and history as the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll is well-known and well-deserved, thanks to radio DJ Alan Freed and record store owner Leo Mintz, two Clevelanders who are credited both with coining the term “rock ‘n’ roll” and being among the earliest promoters of the genre. That was in the early 1950s. From the late ’70s through the mid-’80s, Cleveland was again considered king of the rock world thanks in large part to FM radio powerhouse 100.7 WMMS, which was owned by Milton Maltz’s Malrite Communications and was named “Best Radio Station” in the U.S. by Rolling Stone for nine straight years. In 1986, Cleveland was chosen as the home of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and in 1995, it opened its doors to the public. The Rock Hall remains a crown jewel, as was evident in mid-April when its induction ceremony was held downtown. Still, some say Cleveland’s rock ‘n’ roll glory days are in the rearview mirror. To them, I’d argue what’s more important is how much great music continues to come out of Northeast Ohio. In fact, in this issue of Jstyle, we introduce you to some of the Jewish connections to Cleveland’s current rock scene.
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musicians – as well as notable national acts – for more than 25 years, helping keep strong the social fabric of Cleveland’s rock scene. Other great things about Cleveland that we cover in this issue: the Marble Room, which provided a stunning setting for our fashion shoot; The Ritz-Carlton, Cleveland’s new kosher kitchen; Bialy’s Bagels, a community institution with new owners; and Sustainable Community Associates, which has transformed another former factory in Tremont into modern, stylish living spaces. A common thread that ties these stories together: they all focus on local people and businesses – musicians, restaurateurs, bakers, developers – working to keep Northeast Ohio strong, or in other words, rocking.
You’ve likely heard Seafair – even if you weren’t aware of it at the time. The band’s “Helm & Anchor” provided the soundtrack to a 2014 Downtown Cleveland Alliance promotional video called “You and Downtown Cleveland.” (Visit youtu.be/NAG9L2J_lUk to watch the video.) Fronted by Chayla Hope and backed by manager Teddy Eisenberg, Seafair is one of Cleveland’s most popular bands, and if you haven’t yet seen them live, do yourself a favor and attend the band’s next concert. If you aren’t yet familiar with Sean Benjamin, then you didn’t attend the Jstyle Singles Issue premiere party, where the singer-songwriter strummed tunes throughout the evening. The good news is that he plays frequently around town, so you’ve no excuse not to catch an upcoming performance. Then there’s Grog Shop owner Kathy Blackman, who’s provided a stage for local
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‘A Bernstein Centennial Concert’
Hear the wide range of themes and styles found in Leonard Bernstein’s work with The Cleveland Chamber Collective as it celebrates Bernstein’s legacy 100 years after his birth. Attendees will hear parts of “West Side Story” but also dive into his other works during the free May 4 performance at the BOP STOP at The Music Settlement in Cleveland’s Ohio City neighborhood. There’s also a free performance May 5 at John Carroll University in University Heights. themusicsettlement.org/calendar
‘An Evening with Regina Brett’
Join Cleveland Jewish News columnist, New York Times bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize finalist Regina Brett for an evening of inspiring conversation, wine and hors d’oeuvres May 3 at The TempleTifereth Israel in Beachwood. Tickets on sale now: conta.cc/2qilSLb
Put on your Indians gear and cheer on the Tribe as they attempt to avenge their 2016 World Series loss to the Chicago Cubs, who will be in town for a two-game series April 24-25 at Progressive Field. indians.com
Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage
Join the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage at its 10th Annual Stop the Hate Award Ceremony, where it will celebrate the winners of the Youth Speak Out and Youth Sing Out contests. Festivities on April 29 at the Cleveland Museum of Art will include students sharing their inspiring stories and songs and will revolve around how Northeast Ohioans can end discrimination of all kinds in their communities. maltzmuseum.org/stop-the-hate
Yom Ha’atzmaut: IsraelFest!
Spend the afternoon with the family shopping at an Israeli marketplace with the Jewish Federation of Cleveland as it celebrates Israel at 70 in the community-wide celebration of Yom Ha’atzmaut. Enjoy kosher foods, Israeli dancing and more at the inaugural event May 6 at the Mandel Jewish Community Center of Cleveland. jewishcleveland.org
The Cleveland Orchestra
Enjoy the music of Beethoven with The Cleveland Orchestra as it wraps up its centennial season with the “Prometheus Project: The Music of Beethoven” May 10-13 and May 17-19 at Severance Hall in Cleveland’s University Circle neighborhood. clevelandorchestra.com
He’s back for one night only. Sarge, the comedian, speaker, entertainer, actor and author returns to Northeast Ohio to mix music and jokes together in a comedy concert May 23 at the Beachwood High School Auditorium. A book signing and dessert reception will follow the performance. Tickets on sale now: cjn.org/comedynight
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Return to the Lake Erie shoreline for another season full of music during Edgewater LIVE, which will take place every Thursday evening May 31-Aug. 2 (except for July 5). Now in its fifth season, Edgewater LIVE offers guests live music, local food trucks and an opportunity to take a dip in the lake. clevelandmetroparks.com
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‘Mad for Plaid’
Put on a flannel and get ready to experience plaid as far as the eye can see during the Western Reserve Historical Society’s new exhibition, “Mad for Plaid.” The show opens June 1 at the Cleveland History Center in University Circle and shows off the history of plaid, from its popularization by Queen Victoria to the modern urban woodsman, highlighting the heritage behind the pattern and its place in pop culture. wrhs.org Jewish Federation of Cleveland Last year’s Summer Soiree co-chairs, from left, Adam Jacobs, Emily Danzig, Chad Leikin and Alye Shankman share in a toast.
Join the Jewish Federation of Cleveland’s Young Leadership Division and JCLE as they present the 10th annual Summer Soiree June 7. Enjoy schmoozing with friends while sipping crisp summer cocktails, dancing to tunes the DJ is spinning, noshing on great food and more. jewishcleveland.org
Art in the Village
Spend a day perusing through the work of more than 100 artists – featuring mediums like paintings, jewelry, photography, sculptures, ceramics and more – at the 28th annual Art in the Village with Craft Marketplace June 2-3 at Legacy Village in Lyndhurst. artfestival.com
Dance Costume, 1940s. Worn in Cleveland by Colina Anderson.
Evening Gown, 1970. Attributed to James Galanos. Silk.
‘Beautiful: The Carole King Musical’
Watch the inspirational tale of music legend Carole King unfold during “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” June 5-17 at Connor Palace in Playhouse Square in downtown Cleveland. The musical follows King’s career from her days of being part of a hit songwriting team to becoming a successful solo act. playhousesquare.org
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the chai life AHA! Festival
The worlds of books, theater, music, art, dance and ideas come to life during the Arts and Humanities Alive! (AHA!) Festival June 7-9 at Cleveland State University and Playhouse Square in downtown Cleveland. Among the headlining participants will be astrophysicist, novelist and PBS personality Janna Levin and former New Yorker cartoon editor Robert Mankoff. ahacsu.com Levin
Matisyahu, center, will perform at LaureLive this year.
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Parade the Circle
University Circle bursts with color, music and art for all ages when the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Parade to Circle returns June 9. International and national guest artists join Greater Cleveland artists, families, school and community groups in a spectacular display of bright costumes, giant puppets and colorful floats at Circle Village. clevelandart.org
Matisyahu, Foster The People, Fitz & The Tantrums and X Ambassadors are just a few of the internationally known artists performing this year at LaureLive: Music with a Mission, which returns June 9-10 for its third year at Laurel School’s 140-acre Butler Campus in Russell and Chester townships. laurelive.com
‘The Bard of Beachwood’
Matt Greenfield, who may be familiar to longtime Jstyle readers (refresher: bit.ly/JstyleBard), returns as the Bard of Beachwood on June 14 at the Beachwood Public Library for the world premiere of his epic poem, “The Fairly Tragic Ballad of Flailin’ McDrab.” Encore presentations are scheduled for June 21, June 28 and July 5 in the library’s outdoor courtyard, and excerpts will be presented July 12 in the “Broadsides & Ephemera” program at Loganberry Books. attend.cuyahogalibrary.org
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Celebrate a decade of rocking out in the front yard June 16 during the annual Larchmere Porchfest, where 30 bands will take over 30 porches around Larchmere Boulevard. Music genres range from Americana and rock to hip hop and world music. In between sets, attendees are encouraged to visit the neighborhood’s shops and restaurants or take a stroll to nearby Shaker Square. larchmereporchfest.org
Celebrate jazz culture June 28-30 as the 2018 Tri-C JazzFest takes over the streets of Playhouse Square and fills the district with world-class artists who reflect the diversity, power and soul that make jazz a beautiful art form. tri-c.edu/jazzfest
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Things change over time Dear Elana,
I’ve been with my partner for a few years and she’s great. We’re compatible, we get along, we’re great friends; I love her dearly and don’t want to hurt her. The problem is that I’m not really sure I want to spend the rest of my life with her. I find myself deeply attracted to other women and I long for the freedom of being single again. I’ve been on the fence for a while, but my partner wants us to get married. I don’t think I want that right now, but I don’t know how to break the news to her. How do I say goodbye? Sincerely, Scared About Departing
I used to love watching my husband interact at social events. He was so charming and outgoing, but now he’s driving me up the wall. I can’t listen to his “funny” stories for the 100th time. I know he misses the adoration that I used to feel for him, but it’s hard to feel close when I’m so annoyed. Am I asking too much for him to spend a low-key weekend watching movies instead of packing our schedules with social obligations? – Tearful Introvert Resents Energized Dude
Breakups are painful, and I commend you for wanting to break the news respectfully. Before you act, you need to gain clarity about your decision. You say that you are “not really sure” that you want to stay with her. You also write that you “love her dearly” and that you are “compatible” and “great friends.” I wonder what is inspiring your desire for freedom. You say that you don’t know if you want marriage “right now,” which suggests that you imagine being married one day. What is preventing you from feeling ready at this moment? Carl Jung conceptualized “The Shadow,” which is comprised of the dark parts of yourself that you cannot accept. Could it be that your desire to be sexual with other women is incongruent with your ideal of a good husband? If so, I would encourage you to separate desire from action. It is normal to find other people attractive even after signing a ketubah, and it is normal to long for freedom at times. You have a choice about whether or not to act on these desires. If your longing for freedom overrides your desire for companionship, then you are right to end the relationship. Speak with her in person, be direct and kind. Tell her that you love her, but that you want to be single at this point. Be prepared to discuss practical issues regarding the dissolution of your shared life, including rent if you’re living together, custody of pets and expectations for communicating with mutual friends. If she feels angry or hurt, listen to her supportively and answer any questions that she asks to help her gain closure.
It sounds like you married an extrovert who thrives in social situations. We often attract partners who possess strengths that we lack – but over time these differences can create tension. When you first met, you were giddy to dress up and party as though life were an endless Purim carnival. Several years in, you’d rather watch Netflix in your slippers and let him revel on his own. I recommend talking to him about the pleasure you experience from quiet nights at home. Tell him that you would love him to stay in and make fondue or play a board game, but that you are also content spending time alone if he wants to go to a concert with friends. Just make sure that you also engage in activities where your interests overlap, otherwise you will drift apart. When you start to feel annoyed, remember that he brings energy and joy into your world, and a life with him by your side will never be boring. As journalist Mignon McLaughlin wrote, “A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.” When you embrace each other’s differences, you discover new depths of each other’s personalities and create space for your love to grow.
Elana Hunter is a clinical mental health therapist and relationship coach who is honored to have written for Jstyle for the last four years. This will be her last “Ask Elana” column. If you have relationship questions in the future, you can find Elana at kickstartlove.com.
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Rock City From the back of the stage to the front, Andrea BeldingElson, Joshua Riehl and Chayla Hope of Seafair perform at Brite Winter on the West Bank of The Flats in Cleveland.
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Jewish musicians, promoters and venue operators hit all the right notes to keep Cleveland rockin’
eaving original rock ’n’ roll music into the community fabric is a key goal of partners Chayla Hope and Teddy Eisenberg, respectively lead singer of Seafair and the group’s manager. Performing original rock is critical to Sean Benjamin, a singer-songwriter from Lakewood. And helping spread word of the area’s diverse rock scene matters to Kathy Blackman of Cleveland Heights, who has owned the Grog Shop in that innerring suburb for more than 25 years. Hope, 31, is the leader of Seafair, an eclectic, six-piece group of great range and richness. Eisenberg, 24, manages Seafair and, with Hope and concert promoter Jeanette Sangston, runs Sixth City Sounds, a nonprofit dedicated to furthering the Cleveland rock scene. Hope’s daytime job is vinyl press operator at Gotta Groove Records in downtown Cleveland. Eisenberg is manager of business operations for EZ ERISA Plan, a sister company to the Cleveland law firm Zimon LLC.
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Both attend Temple Israel Ner Tamid in Mayfield Heights, where his father, Matthew, is the rabbi. Benjamin, 34, performs solo around the area – and around the world. By day, he’s digital marketing manager at the Jewish Federation of Cleveland. The son of a Jewish father and an Irish mother who converted to Judaism when she got married, he was raised in a Jewish home. He recently performed in England, Scotland and Ireland, fulfilling a dream that resonated with his background. Benjamin used to attend Temple Ner Tamid in Euclid and was bar mitzvahed there. (In 1997, Temple Ner Tamid merged with Temple Israel of Greater Cleveland to become Temple Israel Ner Tamid.) Blackman attends Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple in Beachwood. All operate in the shadow of Live Nation, the area’s largest concert promoter, where Michael Belkin is senior vice president, carrying on the tradition of his father, Mike, and his uncle, Jules.
Mike and Jules Belkin founded Belkin Productions, an ancestor of Live Nation, in the mid-’60s. Belkin Productions was the premier concert promoter in Cleveland and the Midwest until its sale in 2001.
Working for the common good Seafair is deep into a follow-up to its first album, “The Querencia,” released in 2015. “We’re working on all of the songs, and there are about six we’re really proud of so far,” says Hope, who converted to Judaism last June. “Once we get there, we’re going straight to the studio.” A favorite at Brite Winter, where it co-headlined in February, Seafair was founded in 2012. Eisenberg, who manages the band “on a daily basis,” says Seafair hopes to have the new album, or at least another single, out by fall. He also finds time for both Seafair and Sixth City because he has “passion for the local scene and what it provides the city of Cleveland as a tangible asset both economically and artistically.”
Sixth City aims to be an advocacyoriented clearing house for local musicians, Eisenberg says. “How do we take it to the next level? How do we raise the profile of what’s happening here? How do we let people know about it?” To answer such questions, Sixth City presents Mixing Sessions, occasional gatherings where musicians, venue owners and music businesspeople can network and discuss issues; free pop-up concerts like ones last summer that were part of the Regional Transit Authority’s Summer Jam Series; partnerships with institutions like RTA and Destination Cleveland designed to spotlight local music in more events and spaces throughout the city; and CLE Music Shelves, displays of CDs by local musicians in local coffee shops, clothing stores and breweries frequented by people who may no longer go to the region’s few remaining music stores. “The shelves strengthen the public’s awareness of emerging talent while allowing artists to cross-promote with local business,” Eisenberg says. “Participating artists receive 100 percent of the sale proceeds.” Among recent outlets: CLE Urban Winery in Cleveland Heights, Coquette Patisserie in Cleveland’s University Circle neighborhood, Nature’s Oasis in Lakewood, Wadsworth Brewing Company in Wadsworth and Whiskey Grade in Cleveland’s Ohio City neighborhood. “We wanted to be in locations where people are not used to seeing local music,” he says. “There are so many people who just adore Cleveland, buying local T-shirts and all that, but they don’t realize how much talent we have here and how incredible the music scene is here,” adds Hope. “I’m hoping that this is kind of a way to tell them, ‘Hey, we’re here – check it out.’”
On his own “I’m an acoustic singer-songwriter, very influenced by a lot of things,” says Benjamin, a cat lover who cites touchstones such as ’90s alternative rock, soul singers Wilson Pickett and Percy Sledge, neo-soul groove-master
Sean Benjamin Above: Musician Sean Benjamin. Below: Chayla Hope and Teddy Eisenberg, two-thirds of the team behind Sixth City Sounds. Suzuran Photography
G. Love & Special Sauce, and low-impact troubadours Damien Rice and David Gray. Years ago, Benjamin issued material on the now-defunct neo-soul label FTF Records, but now, all his material is selfreleased. “The whole landscape of playing music has changed,” he says. “A label is not as required as it used to be. (But) it would be great for me right now because
I don’t have the bandwidth to do all this stuff on my own.” Benjamin, who in January released “Elaborate,” his first single in years, sells most of his music through online channels like iTunes and Amazon, pressing limited runs of his CDs to sell at shows. Culturally, Cleveland is good for the independent musician, he says, despite
Grog Shop owner Kathy Blackman inside the venue’s backstage band room.
“the fact that there’s not a concentrated music scene in one geographic part. You almost have to treat Cleveland as a couple of different markets. I don’t market my Lakewood shows to people in Lyndhurst because of the distance.” Among his favorite venues: House of Blues in downtown Cleveland and The Brothers Lounge at West 116th Street and Detroit Avenue, also in Cleveland. Benjamin credits Sixth City for “trying to be that cement that holds this all together, that rising tide that lifts all boats. There are people out there really trying to help the community, so there is a scene, certainly for the musicians. “I haven’t done anything with Sixth City Sounds yet,” he adds. “I just think it’s good for the music scene in general. I currently do the bulk of my own promotion/marketing, but I have worked with people in the past and will again to give me more time to work on the songs, recordings, performances.”
Spreading the faith Kathy Blackman sees herself as a facilitator, a go-between. Not only does she help local bands by placing them on bills at The Grog Shop, she recommends them to promoters in other cities and occasionally gets them spots on national bills presented by Live Nation at House of Blues and elsewhere.
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“As an individual, if I can help bands get on bigger shows in other clubs around the city, I’m happy to assist,” she says. “Sometimes, Live Nation will reach out and ask for local band recommendations, and we have a large Rolodex of the people that play here; we’re more aware of the local pulse, of the ground floor. Through the years, I’ve given referrals to bands who want to get a show in Detroit, Columbus or Cincinnati. I always am willing to give recommendations to other club owners out of our region to help Cleveland bands get shows out of the area.” Blackman does her best to keep up with a constantly changing scene and is eager for the next breakout band. “A few have done well nationally in recent years, like Cloud Nothings, and Kid Cudi would be bigger than that,” she says. “I think that always helps the scene in general, when people break out. Trumpadelic is another one that’s doing well nationally.” Blackman also notes there are other industries in the area associated with rock, like Akron-based guitar pedal manufacturer Earthquaker Devices, and Cleveland’s Gotta Groove Records “does a lot of cool stuff.” Such behindthe-scenes operations also are integral to the region’s musical fabric. So are higher-profile organizations like the Rock
& Roll Hall of Fame, which just last week staged its 2018 induction ceremonies in Cleveland and has featured local bands in its summer concerts. At the same time, “Cleveland is considered a second-tier market, not a first-tier market like Chicago, New York or Los Angeles,” Blackman says. “We’re at the same level as, like, Pittsburgh. … We’re definitely losing stuff to Columbus because I think they have a younger demographic, in the last five to 10 years for sure. That being said, we do still have the Rock Hall, which is an anchor. I think in terms of small venues like our club, it’s pretty similar, but the national shows tend to skip Cleveland more than they used to.” There’s also Live Nation, which Blackman calls a “gatekeeper” for local bands it occasionally books into places like House of Blues and Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica. And there’s the vitality of the scene itself. Says Eisenberg: “We’re fortunate here in Cleveland to have a pretty robust network of independent venues like the Grog Shop with Kathy Blackman, the Beachland Ballroom with Cindy Barber,” a bowling alley in Lakewood called Mahall’s, and The Happy Dog, which has outlets on both sides of Cleveland. These venues provide “a space for local talent to perform and flourish and reach an evergrowing audience.” js
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When Jstyle first visited Collision Bend Brewing Company just weeks ahead of its grand opening in 2017 and met the team – director of service Julian Bruell, brewmaster Luke Purcell and executive chef Andy Dombrowski – steering the ship, we knew big things were in store. A year later, it turns out we were right – and that the rest of America agrees. In late March, Collision Bend was named “Best Brewpub” in the country via USA Today’s 10Best Reader’s Choice Awards, beating out other brewpubs in Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Portland, Philadelphia and San Diego. “We wanted to create a first-class brewery and full-service restaurant in Cleveland that set the benchmark for brewpubs nationwide,” said Bruell, son of well-known restaurateur Zack Bruell, in a statement. “This award verifies that we are doing something right and that our customers appreciate our hard work.” To revisit Jstyle’s 2017 feature on Collision Bend, located on the east bank of the Flats, visit jstylemagazine.com/ steering-the-ship.
Time of transition
RED Restaurant Group has seen its share of changes over the past year. In 2017, the group opened a RED, the Steakhouse in both Indianapolis (May) and Pittsburgh (October) but closed its 811 Kitchen Bar Lounge in downtown Cleveland for rebranding in June. Then, in January 2018, it was announced that 811 – which opened in 2016 following the Republican National Convention – would remain closed. In March, the group sold its downtown Cleveland RED, the Steakhouse to a partner company in an effort to restructure financially, founder Brad Friedlander told the Cleveland Jewish News. Looking ahead, the Beachwood RED, the Steakhouse, will soon move to the Pinecrest development in Orange. When it does, Moxie, The Restaurant, will temporary move into that vacated space while renovations to Moxie’s home – and its menu – are completed. Then, the former RED space in Beachwood will be home to an as-yet-undecided new concept from the group. Our taste buds are anxiously awaiting more details.
Winners to us
Many people enjoyed the short film “Knife Skills,” a documentary about Cleveland’s EDWINS Leadership & Restaurant Institute – just, unfortunately, not enough people in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for the film to bring home an Oscar. The 40-minute film chronicles the creation of the Shaker Square-based EDWINS, a French restaurant that employs recently incarcerated individuals and trains them with skills to better their lives. Matthew Fieldman, a member of the 2015 class of CJN 18 Difference Makers, helped founder Brandon Chrostowski launch EDWINS in 2013. “Knife Skills” made its Ohio premiere when it screened at the Chagrin Documentary Film Festival, and when it was named an Oscar finalist for the “documentary short” category, Clevelanders were abuzz with anticipation. Though it didn’t win the Academy Award, we here in Northeast Ohio are all winners thanks to EDWINS. To read Jstyle’s conversation with EDWINS wine director Alexander Carlin, visit jstylemagazine.com/proper-pairings.
Hotel hechsher Yael Ron, Israeli general manager at The Ritz-Carlton, Cleveland, hopes the luxury hotelâ€™s new kosher kitchen will be a certified success By Alyssa Schmitt
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nbeknownst to the patrons of TURN Bar + Kitchen recently dining on the sixth floor of The Ritz-Carlton, Cleveland, an untouched gem sat floors below them waiting for someone to realize its potential. The “goldmine,” as the hotel’s general manager Yael Ron called it, was a Ritz-Carlton kitchen that used to serve a restaurant long forgotten in downtown Cleveland’s Tower City Center. “We were able to find a kitchen – a whole kitchen,” Ron says. “It’s like a fairytale. I don’t understand how it ever happened because you walk into that kitchen (and) it’s not been in practice for 10 years.” The kitchen had gone untouched for a decade – until Ron saw it. As an Israeli, she is no stranger to the sort of ingenuity that has led her home country to be known as the “start-up nation.” Since the hotel is going through a major renovation,
there were talks about gutting the kitchen and transforming it into another room the hotel could utilize for other purposes, but Ron felt there was a better way to use it: as a complete kosher kitchen.
Concept to kitchen Ron has lived in Cleveland just under two years. Her first steps in the city came June 13, 2016 – or as Clevelanders remember it, Game 5 of the NBA Finals between the Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors, a week before the Cavs brought home the championship. She was scouting the city and would soon accept the job as general manager of The Ritz-Carlton, Cleveland, and a month later, during her first days on the job, the hotel started its major renovation. It was within these first few months Ron was told the kitchen, which sits immediately next to the hotel’s ballrooms, was closed. Talk swirled about throwing away
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Above: Yael Ron, general manager of The Ritz-Carlton, Cleveland, in the newly renovated TURN Bar + Kitchen. Right: Seared sea bass with pineapple-golden tomato mojo
all the dusty equipment, but Ron had other ideas. “Why are we getting rid of it?” she says. “It’s like finding a goldmine because ... you can have a kosher kitchen without having to rekosherize it each time.” Ron knew that if The Ritz-Carlton, Cleveland was going to do kosher, the food and service would carry with them The Ritz’s hallmark standards for quality. Of course, that also would mean slightly more expensive prices, but Ron felt a quality product would outweigh the expense and wanted a way to provide a luxurious kosher catering option for Clevelanders in search of one. “It will allow the people who have always gone to
kosher events to give it to them in the Ritz-Carlton way – with the plating, the elegance, the way the food is delivered,” she says. “I think it will bring a breath of fresh air with the right elegance.” From there, it was a matter of fixing up the space. Instead of replacing all the appliances, Ron called a kitchen repair company to see whether any of the equipment was salvageable. Almost everything was, except for an appliance or two. The kitchen’s electricity and ventilation were repaired, and the area was given a thorough cleaning. Two sets of silverware – one for dairy, one for meat – were ordered, and the kitchen
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first course came under the kosher supervision of the Orthodox Union. Before the kitchen was to open, Ron flew in two Israeli chefs, Kobi Oyahon and Adir Cohen, to train The RitzCarlton, Cleveland’s current chef in Israeli and kosher cooking. The two chefs also stayed for the opening of the kitchen, which took place during an April 18 event, “Celebrate Israel at 70,” an erev Yom Ha’atzmaut event for The Temple-Tifereth Israel and The Temple Museum of Jewish Art, Religion and Culture that featured hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and desserts. “I think after the Israeli chefs are here, we’ll be more on point,” Ron said in January. “We can bring Israeli menus, but the taste is the taste. We need to be careful of what it is.”
Cleveland weighs in While Ron isn’t associated with a synagogue or temple in Northeast Ohio, she goes home to Israel to spend the High Holy Days with her sons and extended family. When smaller holidays come around, she celebrates with her friends, most of whom live on the East Side – a dynamic that helped familiarize her with Cleveland’s Jewish community. She stays involved in the community by attending Jewish Federation of Cleveland events. “This is one of the great Jewish communities,” she says. “It’s one of the nicest I’ve ever met.” Her experience in Cleveland’s Jewish community is part of what
led her to want to open The Ritz-Carlton, Cleveland’s kosher kitchen. At first, she was hesitant about the need for kosher catering from The RitzCarlton, but after conducting her own research by asking those in the community whether they would seek out the option, she felt there was a market for it. “The feedback was so great,” she says. “I mean, we have 10 events already that we are waiting in place to create.” The current plan is to use the kitchen for weddings as well as social and corporate events. However, not every guest in attendance at such events may need kosher cooking. Even if only a minority of guests want kosher food, Ron wants to be able to provide that. “You don’t need to be kosher-minded, but if you have one or two people who keep kosher, you want the ability to do that,” she says. Ron is also considering providing kosher options during Sunday brunch at the hotel, but for now, diners at TURN Bar + Kitchen aren’t able to order a kosher dinner off the menu. “It’s not a restaurant yet,” she says of the kosher concept. “I don’t like just jumping on everything at the same time. I like to go slowly, see that everything works, see that everybody is happy.” The future for the kosher kitchen is bright, says Ron, who sees it becoming a sought-after option for quality kosher catering. “Ritz-Carlton kosher is a concept that I think – for a long time – will be a great place to be,” she says. js
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Sarah and Rachel Gross had long dreamed of opening a bagel shop, and in 2017, they did just that â€“ in a big way 54
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raternal twins Rachel and Sarah Gross had a vision for a new Cleveland-area bagel shop that involved their own bagel recipe and award-winning cream cheese. As fifth-generation Cleveland-area residents and members of The TempleTifereth Israel in Beachwood, the interest developed from a family history of Jewish cooking and an uncle’s own out-of-state bagel shop concept. “We really wanted to bring something like his bagel shop to Cleveland,” Rachel says. “We didn’t feel like there was anything like that here.” Things didn’t quite work out as planned. After searching for shop locations for years and fine tuning their cream cheese recipe, Sarah was still working “odds and ends” jobs and Rachel was substitute teaching. Then, last August, they received a promising lead. Within 24 hours, they were negotiating, and in December, they started their first day as owners of Bialy’s Bagels, a more-than-50year-old community institution in University Heights. Now, it’s all about preserving the shop’s legacy while adding their own touch.
The roll out On a Thursday afternoon in early March, as Rachel and staff finished up the day’s bagel batch, she explains the dynamic is still new. In fact, Sarah was out buying a laptop so they could begin taking care of the business in-house. Ellen and Mark Osolin, the former owners, had worked alongside the Grosses, 33, through mid-February, but now they were on their own. The vibe in the kitchen was spirited, with a combination of hard focus on the bagelmaking process and an intense friendliness toward anyone walking in. Interacting with several customers over a couple hours, the sisters’ demeanor was so warm it’d be difficult for an outsider to discern whether each person dropping in was a friend, new patron or something in between. The sisters say their “yin and yang” dynamic makes the division of responsibilities natural. Sarah tends toward getting down to business – during an interview, she often stepped away to make
Rachel Gross removes bagels from the oven and adds them to the dozens made each day at Bialy’s.
calls and take orders – and is more reserved, while Rachel is more laid back and chatty. “(Sarah’s) definitely more of the deadlinemeeting, organized person, and I’m more of the ‘let’s go with the flow,’” Rachel says. “I think it’s important to have both of those aspects in a business ownershippartnership, so we are lucky to have each other.” Sarah concurred, adding she’s best suited for dealing with any complex business or customer-related issue that arises, whereas Rachel better handles regular day-to-day and front-of-house operations. And despite living together in South Euclid since 2009, they don’t really get sick of each other. “It’s nice to always have a friend,” Sarah says. While growing up in Pepper Pike, the twins say their grandmothers each had signature dishes that helped them develop an interest in cooking. They also regularly visited an anesthesiologist uncle in WinstonSalem, N.C., who had opened a bagel shop after noticing there was nowhere to buy bagels on his way to work at a hospital. The bagels were made in-house and made-toorder sandwiches were offered, too. Out of all Cleveland-area bagels, they are most similar to Bialy’s, the sisters say. After graduating college – Rachel at Ohio University in Athens in 2007 and Sarah at
Cleveland State University in Cleveland in 2011 – they got jobs. Rachel became a Spanish teacher while Sarah worked in restaurants and retail, but all the while, the bagel shop idea remained in the back of their minds. They aimed to name it “Buster’s Bagels,” in honor of their late brother Jonathan (Buster was his childhood nickname). Around 2011, they first started seeking a location with the help of real estate agents, but never found the “perfect spot.”
The cream cheese ... In the midst of perfecting a bagel recipe – “I taught myself to do it at home,” Sarah says – the sisters started experimenting with adding interesting ingredients to flavor store-bought plain cream cheese. Rachel was working at Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams in Chagrin Falls at the time and ended up meeting its founder, Jeni Britton Bauer. She and Sarah served her Bialy’s bagels with an experimental Parmesan and truffle cream cheese they made. “She looked Sarah and I dead in the eye and said, ‘forget about bagels. You need to make this cheese from scratch,’” Rachel says. “That lit a spark under us. We ended up getting really lucky, made some connections and we were able to start making the cream cheese.”
SECOND SERVING In May 2014, the sisters launched Clover Road Cream Cheese in Kent. They used cream from Ohio-based, grass-fed cows, and for a couple years, they sold their cream cheese at area farmer’s markets and Metropolitan Market in Pepper Pike. However, production ceased in early 2016, Rachel says, citing structural damage to their facility, which made it difficult to get cream. Since making cream cheese was a part-time gig and both sisters had other jobs, the dream of working together on something bagel-related once again moved to the backburner – until a serendipitous tennis match.
... to one’s bagel Last August, a family friend found herself playing tennis with someone she had never met before: Ellen Osolin, the former owner of Bialy’s. Osolin’s late father, Terry Skolnick, opened Bialy’s in 1966 as University Heights Bagels and Bialys. Ellen and Mark Osolin took over the shop in 1997 but had been looking to sell to free up time to spend with family. During the chance on-court meeting, Osolin mentioned she was trying to sell a bagel shop and the family friend told her she knew “the perfect people” to buy it, Rachel says. The friend told the sisters, who immediately got on board and worked to reach a deal. Game, set, match. One challenge for the sisters thus far has been adapting to taking over an existing business rather than developing their own, Rachel says. “We stared this dream six years ago with the idea of starting from scratch, and so we are totally blessed to come into a business that already has the customer base and these wholesale accounts, but it wasn’t where I planned to start,” she says. “So, the wholesale business part of it has been overwhelming to me.” Sarah adds, “The main thing is we do not have an office here,” as they joke that they don’t know where to set it up. Ellen Osolin handled business and finances out of their home while Mark ran the shop, but the sisters both want to work in house. A larger, overarching challenge is making Bialy’s their own while also preserving its legacy. The bagel recipe will not change.
They dropped the “Buster’s” name yet designated it for their coffee. Also, their elusive cream cheese needs to find a way back into production, Rachel says. “Our No. 1 priority is to get our fresh cream cheese back into the shop,” Rachel says, adding that they recently got a new lead for sourcing cream. “We would really like that to happen. And then, eventually, we would like to start serving sandwiches, breakfast sandwiches (and) cream cheese on your bagel.” The first perceivable change to the shop may be the uniquely balanced yet opposite personalities of the sisters, for whom collaboration is a reflex. Toward the end of the day, they joke-argued about who would get to pull the last batch of bagels out of the oven. After quickly and seemingly telepathically deciding that Sarah would take the task, Rachel, in a self-aware tone, quipped, “When you are twins, you learn how to split things up a little.” js Above: Bialy’s popular mish-mosh bagels. Below: Bagels that await their turn in Bialy’s oven.
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redux For the second time in recent years, Sustainable Community Associates breathes new life into one of Tremontâ€™s former industrial landmarks Story by Ed Carroll Photography by Michael C. Butz
remont has for years been a popular location, particularly among young professionals, due to the number of trendy restaurants and bars that call the Cleveland neighborhood home and its proximity to downtown and other marquee attractions. But while announcements about new eateries are what typically grab headlines in Tremont, it’s the neighborhood’s history that gives it character and often draws new residents. One recent project successfully married the best of old and new in the neighborhood: the Wagner Awning apartment building. The Wagner Awning building, 2658 Scranton Road, is the former home of the Wagner Awning Company, now known as Ohio Awning and Manufacturing Company. Originally built in 1895, the Wagner Awning building was where the company made awnings for residential and commercial use as well as tents, sails and other supplies for the U.S. military during World War II, the Vietnam War and the Gulf War. Ohio Awning moved its operations in 2015 to Grant Avenue in Cleveland’s Slavic Village neighborhood. Shortly thereafter, Oberlin-based Sustainable Community Associates purchased the building and
began to transform the space into 59 apartments and three offices.
Building blueprint Transforming historic buildings into stylish places to live isn’t new to SCA. Founders Josh Rosen, Naomi Sabel and Ben Ezinga did the same in 2014 when they transformed the former Fairmont Creamery building, on West 17th Street in Tremont, from a 1930s factory to a modern mixed-use development with 30 apartments. Rosen says Sustainable Community Associates didn’t necessarily set out to become the savior of neglected buildings in Cleveland. “I think we’re just attracted to these buildings that need a second life,” Rosen says. “Once you do one and kind of realize how the process (of historic restoration) goes, you realize, ‘oh I could do it better the next time.’” Working on a new building from the ground up, it’s sometimes hard to visualize the final product due to the abstract nature of starting from scratch, he says. That feeling of abstractness is gone when restoring a historic property. “Here, you can walk through a building as it’s transforming and see the finished project,” Rosen says. “That’s super-rewarding. My partners and I are grateful to have these opportunities. It feels great.”
Ezinga agrees and says, now, restoring properties such as the Wagner Awning has become core to SCA’s mission. He points out the benefits often extend past the buildings themselves. “I like to think we’re helping to do the same for these neighborhoods – along with a lot of other people working on this same job,” he says. “There are these once-beautiful neighborhoods that fell into neglect, and now so many neighbors, long-time residents and people moving in are there to restore them and bring them back. It’s the same process with the building and the neighborhood, and we’re very lucky to be a part of it.” Sabel says purchasing the Wagner Awning building also helped the Ohio Awning company find new life. “I think one of the things we’re most proud of is the sale of the building helped the Ohio Awning business to relocate and modernize,” she says. “We were able to contribute to an existing business being able to thrive, and at the same time, using the old building to create a new chapter for the history of that building.”
Restoration efforts The Wagner Awning building, which is shaped like a serif capital “J” and takes up the block between Auburn and Barber avenues, totals 88,000 square feet. It features maple hardwood flooring throughout the three
Feature story main floors and is mostly painted gray. Adorning hallway walls are enlarged photos from the 1950s that offer snapshots of the work once done in the factory and glimpses of those who used to work there. The basement hosts three separate offices, two of which are occupied and the third which has been leased but is still being prepared for its tenant. Despite being a basement, plenty of natural light fills the space thanks to newly installed windows. And thanks to SCA, the Wagner Awning apartments actually have a feature the Ohio Awning company hadn’t enjoyed for years: a complete third floor. The building always featured three floors, but part of the top floor was blown off during a tornado in the 1950s and was never repaired. In restoring it, SCA recreated the original look of the building. Despite the partial top floor, Sabel says Ohio Awning took great care of the building, especially compared to other old factories in the area. “It had been so wellmaintained by Ohio Awning, who had been operating there in one form or another … since the early 1900s,” she says. “This building was very wellpreserved; have to give credit to the folks at Ohio Awning.”
New homes Walking through Wagner Awning’s halls, hints of its industrial past aren’t hard to see. Thick sliding doors that previously separated departments of Ohio Awning’s operations are prevalent, as are long hallways that hint at its manufacturing past. However, once one enters an apartment, it quickly feels more like home than a former workplace.
Apartments are spacious. Though floor plans aren’t identical, one-bedroom units are in the 650-square-feet to 1,250 square feet range and feature large new windows that allow in ample natural light. Depending on the room, the bathrooms have either a glass shower or a tub with a shower unit installed inside. The apartments’ exposed brick and ductwork contrast nicely with the modern appliances and sleek cabinetry in the kitchen, and the open floor plan in at least one of the apartments provided its residents an opportunity to showcase their chic décor. Beyond the building, Rosen says the Tremont neighborhood is a big draw for potential residents. “There’s a strong sense of community here people like, and it’s hard to find a one-bedroom apartment,” he says, noting that’s part of why SCA included them at Wagner Awning. “(Tremont) is not as expensive as downtown, and (the Wagner Awning) is not as expensive as some of the newer projects in (Cleveland’s) Ohio
City (neighborhood),” Rosen adds. “We’re trying to really do as nice of a job – if not nicer – but not appeal to the high, high, high end. (An) apartment (like in the Wagner Awning) in Ohio City could be $2,500 (a month). Here, it’s $1,450. I’m interested in the graphic designer that makes $45,000 a year, I’m not trying to compete for the lawyer working at Jones Day. We’re actually accessible to more people than a lot of (our) peer projects. So, I think that helps, too.” The draw of Tremont, however, cuts both ways. Rosen says the most common question he gets from potential residents is whether the neighborhood is safe. “That’s the big question. The big challenge for Cleveland is making sure our neighborhoods feel connected and safe so that people feel comfortable living here,” says Rosen, noting that the locations of Wagner Awning and Fairmont Creamery should help make Tremont’s southwest corner more populous, and as a result, more connected and safer. While much of Tremont is walkable – in fact, like Fairmont Creamery, Wagner Awning
is within walking distance of popular bars like the Tremont Tap House and Lincoln Park Pub – Rosen says most tenants at Wagner Awning own cars. “I find Cleveland is still a driving community, even if you’re close to public transportation,” he says. “The 20-minute walk to the RTA station, maybe you do that on a nice day but you’re not doing that for four months out of the year. So, everyone (here) has a car, but you’re so close to the highway – we’re close to I-90 West and we’re close to getting on the highway to go to downtown. It’s pretty convenient.” He says while a variety of people live here, the typical residents of the Wagner Awning are young couples. “They’re 29-years-old, they just moved in together, so this is the first time they’ve had two incomes in the same household,” he says. “They’re probably going to get married in the next two to three years – that’s my typical group. I have empty-nesters, a variety of people, but that’s typically who you end up seeing.” js
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echnology has been common around the house for at least a decade now, as computers, wireless networks and smart devices have become staples of the modern home. But increasingly, the technology is becoming part of the house itself. The “smart home” has moved from concept to reality, and not just in Disney Channel movies. Experts Sharon Agin, owner of Earl R. Agin & Associates in Beachwood; Rob Myers, president of K+ Integration Systems in Chagrin Falls; and Mitch Zlotnik, owner of Audimute in Beachwood discuss how they see smart home technology in use today and what technologies are popular among their customers.
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Bringing it all home Myers says his K+ Integration Systems is a dealer for Crestron, which he calls the “gold standard” in home system controls. He says the Crestron smart home system is based on a computerized “brain” that controls whatever the homeowner has connected to the system, including lights, shades, thermostats, door locks and home entertainment systems. The products he recommends are determined by what the customer is trying to accomplish. “A simple system might just be a media room or family room,” Myers says. “We’ll connect the family room lights, shades and television and it’s all controllable by remote. For larger installations, the owner can control the thermostat or the door locks. Maybe you’re out somewhere and want to open the door for the baby sitter remotely.” One thing he’s noticing is increasingly popular is setting up a home audio
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he says. “Think about what’s in your house. In my house, we’re controlling two dozen light loads and all the voltages are different. Five years ago, you would have to tell the system all those (different voltages). Crestron has really done a great job of making it so much easier. You don’t have to tell (the system) all that stuff, the system finds all of the parts automatically. Now, we can get a system up and running for so much less time and cost for the user.” js
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