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CONTENTS Spring 2019
Little by little, a big impact The Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters Association marks 100 years
Casey Rearick Photo
8 Editor’s Note Michael C. Butz discusses milestone anniversaries and new beginnings
10 The Chai Life 18 interesting things to do in Greater Cleveland
16 Little by little, a big impact The Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters Association celebrates 100 years by taking over the spring fashion photo shoot
52 Neighborhood immersion
Jewish women who operate fashion, décor and design firms join a proud lineage of such business owners in Northeast Ohio
Pinecrest’s 4th & Park puts residents in the heart of a growing community
42 Nosh News
Vinyl in vogue
The latest on Jewish chefs and restaurateurs
60 Get the Look
44 Simply syrup In pursuing a dream, Mike and Marilyn Gardner have introduced kosher-certified maple syrup to Ohio
Pretty in pastel
48 Nurturing nosh
34 Dapper Man
Through the Cleveland Kosher Cookbook Club, a community of women has found new ways to connect
36 Business-savvy sisterhood
56 Room Service
61 Fashion Focus Seasonal items from local retailers
62 Pursuits Space odyssey
Rhinoplasty, State of the Art: Optimal Shape and Function When Dr. Bahman Guyuron finished his plastic surgery training at Cleveland Clinic and facial surgery training at Toronto University in the 1980s, he was intrigued by his and others ability to look at the noses of rhinoplasty patients and determine which of the three famous and talented Cleveland plastic surgeons Bahman Guyuron, MD at the time had performed the procedure. Decades ago, rhinoplasty was more art than science, and art is predominantly influenced by the individual taste. Naturally, this resulted in the creation of prototype noses that looked “surgical.” From that time forward, Dr. Guyuron made it his mission to strengthen the science behind this surgery to prevent art from governing the outcomes. Following years of research, which culminated in the publication of dozens of articles, many textbook chapters and a book he authored, Dr. Guyuron developed a scientific means of analyzing an individual’s face and matching the ideal nose to their face. His state-of-the-art approach creates natural congruity, which ensures that even with a radical change to the nose, it would look like the nose the person was born with. Visiting his website’s photo gallery of patients who have allowed him to post their pictures following rhinoplasty, it becomes clear that no two noses look exactly alike. Rhinoplasty remains among the top five most commonly requested cosmetic surgeries in the nation today. Fortunately for those who are interested in making a change that will not only enhance the aesthetics of their nose, but their entire face, if needed, internationally renowned rhinoplasty surgeon Dr. Guyuron is here to help. With nearly 40 years of experience performing more than 15 thousand state-of-the-art rhinoplasty procedures on patients from Northeast Ohio and around the world, Dr. Guyuron has earned a reputation for delivering visually appealing and natural-looking results. The first step toward achieving a new look is a comprehensive consultation with Dr. Guyuron, during which he evaluates a patient’s case and explains the surgery in detail, its anticipated outcomes and what to expect following the procedure.
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FROM THE EDITOR
Celebrating a century n recent years, some of Northeast Ohio’s most high-profile institutions have marked 100th anniversaries, among them The City Club of Cleveland (2012), The Cleveland Foundation (2014), Cleveland Museum of Art (2016) and The Cleveland Orchestra (2018). Institutions don’t last that long without making a difference and each of these has been integral in shaping our region both civically and culturally for a century. This year, another important and impactful organization marks that milestone: The Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters Association, which since 1919 has matched mentoring adults with Jewish children in ways that improve the lives of those involved and strengthen the community. In this issue of Jstyle, we joined JBBBSA’s celebration by inviting Bigs and Littles to serve as volunteer models for our spring fashion photo shoot at the Great Lakes Science Center and Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse (formerly Quicken Loans Arena). It was a great experience. For me, the most rewarding part was the opportunity to see the strong bonds between Bigs and Littles in action – a microcosm of the meaningful connections forged by JBBBSA throughout the community for years, which
perhaps you’ve seen for yourself, too. Also in this issue, in addition to celebrating longevity, we introduce you to what’s new in Northeast Ohio. For starters, we visited Heritage Lake Farm in Troy Township, where a Shaker Heights couple produces Mike’s Maple, a syrup that earlier this year was the first in Ohio to be kosher certified. We also stopped by a gathering of the Cleveland Kosher Cookbook Club, a new group in which women are connecting over creative kosher cooking. We also tour 4th & Park, the relatively new luxury apartment building at Pinecrest in Orange, and chat with residents who say the modern amenities and access to shopping and dining the residence offers made it the right choice for them.
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On the cover Bigs and Littles from the Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters Association visit the Great Lakes Science Center. Read about their fashionable looks begninning on Page 16. Cover photo by Casey Rearick Photo
Lastly, we check in with a handful of Jewish female business owners whose shops and services, sort of like Jstyle, seek to meet the community’s fashion and décor needs. As that story came together, I couldn’t help but recall an article I photographed for the winter 2013 issue of Jstyle, “Style sense,” that focused on Rae and Jack Phillips, who from 1956 to 1996 owned and operated Rae Phillips Inc. clothing stores on the East Side. Personalized service was important to Rae Phillips – just as it is to the women we spoke to for this issue’s story. And who knows, with good fortune – and the passing down of their work to future generations – perhaps these women’s businesses will all celebrate 100-year anniversaries.
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Join the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland on April 27 for its 50th Anniversary Gala & Art Auction, where attendees will enjoy food, drinks, music, dancing (and art, of course) while the museum celebrates five decades of serving as Northeast Ohio’s only contemporary art museum. mocacleveland.org
Holocaust Memorial in Lorain
This year’s program, which takes place May 1 at the Lorain Palace Theater, will feature a screening of “Be the Hero,” a film and narration about Holocaust survivor Master Sgt. Roddie Edmonds, who saved 200 Jewish soldiers during World War II. lorainpalace.org/scheduleevents
Yom HaShoah, Yom Ha’atzmaut in Akron
Hear testimony from Holocaust survivors and attend a memorial service and candlelighting ceremony during the May 2 Yom HaShoah Commemoration. Akron’s shaliach, Mor Roffe, will lead the traditional one-minute blast of the siren. During the Yom Ha’atzmaut Israel Festival on May 5, celebrate Israel’s 71st birthday after a memorial service to honor fallen Israeli soldiers. Both events will take place at the Schultz Campus for Jewish Life in Akron. jewishakron.org/public-events
‘Entrées & Insights’
Regardless of whether you’re affiliated with Congregation Shaarey Tikvah in Beachwood, you can join members at fundraising dinners revolving around the theme “Celebration of the Arts” on May 5, June 2 and June 23, when, respectively, guest speakers will be André Gremillet, Cleveland Orchestra president and CEO; Jeannette Sorrell, artistic director of Apollo’s Fire; and Dan Moulthrop, CEO of The City Club of Cleveland. shaareytikvah.org
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‘Home Run 5K Run/Walk’
Run, walk or jog to benefit Montefiore and The Weils during the Montefiore Foundation’s fifth annual Home Run 5K Run/Walk & 1M Walk on May 5 at Ursuline College in Pepper Pike. Last year, about 400 people participated in the event, proceeds from which benefit residents of Montefiore and The Weils and their families. The Cleveland Jewish News is a sponsor of the run. montefiorecare.org
Yom Ha’atzmaut celebration
Celebrate Israel’s 71st Independence Day at the Jewish Federation of Cleveland’s annual family-friendly festival on May 9. Headline performances will come from Capaim, an Israeli cover band that performs popular Jewish and Israeli hits, and Eran Biderman, a mentalist whose performances integrate the world of magic with that of telepathy. The event is free and open to the community and will again be held at Landerhaven in Mayfield Heights. jewishcleveland.org
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THE CHAI LIFE NBA Draft Lottery
The Cavs are in rebuilding mode. Tune in to the NBA Draft Lottery on May 14 to find out whether they score the first overall pick, which over the years has brought them Austin Carr (1971), Brad Daugherty (1986), LeBron James (2003), Kyrie Irving (2011), Anthony Bennett (2013) and Andrew Wiggins (2014). Wiggins and Bennett were later traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for Kevin Love. nba.com
Akron Civic Theatre
‘Double Dare LIVE!’
The Akron Civic Theatre will host the self-proclaimed “messiest game show on TV” on May 16 when “Double Dare LIVE!” takes the stage. The live show is scheduled to feature everything that made the original Nickelodeon game show a hit with children of the 1980s, including trivia, physical challenges, and original host Marc Summers and his beloved sidekick Robin Russo. akroncivic.com
‘Play at the J’
The Mandel Jewish Community Center’s Stonewall Auditorium will be transformed into a casino the night of May 19 for The J’s annual benefit, which will feature virtual-reality games, a silent auction and more. Jerry and Iris Zahler will be honored at the event. mandeljcc.org
‘7th Annual Next Gen Trivia Night’
‘Art in the Village’
Explore and shop for works from more than 100 artists during the 29th Annual Art in the Village with Craft Marketplace on June 1-2 at Legacy Village in Lyndhurst. Whether you’re interested in paintings, jewelry, ceramics, photography or another medium, there’s something for almost everyone at this event, which also features a craft marketplace. artfestival.com/festivals
Test your knowledge of all things Cleveland and ORT during ORT America’s 7th Annual Next Gen Trivia Night on May 23 at the Winking Lizard Tavern Party Center in Bedford Heights. Attendees can also participate in a silent auction. The Cleveland Jewish News is a sponsor of this event. ortamerica.org
‘Parade the Circle’
Revel in the Cleveland Museum of Art’s 30th annual Parade the Circle on June 8 in Cleveland’s University Circle neighborhood. This year’s theme, “Mythology of Illusion,” will be represented in the form of costumes, floats and more. clevelandart.org
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THE CHAI LIFE LaureLive
Grab your tickets now to see Hozier and Sheryl Crow headline this year’s LaureLive on June 8-9 at Laurel School’s 140-acre Butler Campus in Russell and Chester townships. Other artists scheduled to perform during the two-day festival include Dirty Heads, Trombone Shorty, Moon Taxi, Lake Street Dive, MisterWives, AJR and many more. laurelive.com
‘Dear Evan Hansen’
The winner of six Tony Awards in 2017, including for Best Musical, “Dear Evan Hansen” will take the stage June 11-30 at the Connor Palace in downtown Cleveland as part of Playhouse Square’s KeyBank Broadway Series. The modern tale about a teenage outcast has been a hit since premiering in 2015 and also won the 2018 Grammy for Best Musical Theatre Album. playhousesquare.org
Save the date for the 11th annual Summer Soirée, a bash thrown each year by the Jewish Federation of Cleveland’s Young Leadership Division and JCLE. This year’s soirée is scheduled for June 20. Stay tuned for additional party details, including its location. jewishcleveland.org Jewish Federation of Cleveland
Park Synagogue’s 150th anniversary
Join Park Synagogue in commemorating its 150th anniversary celebration on June 23 by attending “An Evening of Celebration Featuring a Taste of Park Chefs,” which the Pepper Pike shul considers the “crowning event” of its yearlong celebration. parksynagogue.org/park-150
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Cleveland Museum of Art’s Solstice
Usher in summer by attending the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Solstice, an annual bash that this year will take place on June 22 and again feature art, music, food and more. clevelandart.org
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The Tri-C JazzFest is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. The festival, which takes place June 27-29 in Playhouse Square, will feature an indoor lineup consisting of artists such as Tower of Power, Béla Fleck & The Flecktones and Jamey Haddad’s Under One Sun. Outdoor events will include performances by local and regional bands, street performers, family-friendly entertainment and more. tri-c.edu/jazzfest
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Little by little, a big impact The Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters Association has long made a difference in Northeast Ohio’s Jewish community by forging meaningful, enduring connections between its adult Bigs and younger Littles. This year, the organization celebrates its 100th anniversary, and to mark that milestone, Jstyle invited men, women, boys and girls involved in the program to model and take over our spring fashion shoot. In doing so, we visited the Great Lakes Science Center in downtown Cleveland, the site of many enjoyable and educational outings for Bigs and Littles over the years, as well as Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse (formerly Quicken Loans Arena), where we were given a behind-the-scenes look at the set-up for a rock ‘n’ roll concert. In this issue, not only will you get a look at the latest spring fashion trends, you’ll get a glimpse at what’s made the Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters Association so special for an entire century.
LITTLE BY LITTLE
Nathan Lurie Age: 14 City: Beachwood Synagogue: Solon Chabad School: Eighth grader at Beachwood Middle School
Doug Breitenbach Age: 32 City: Clevelandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tremont neighborhood Synagogue: Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple Work: Financial adviser at Merrill Lynch in Pepper Pike Nathan wears performance breaker shorts, performance mesh-back shep shirt and Bavaro check performance whale shirt, all from Vineyard Vines in Orange. Shoes by FootJoy are his own. Doug wears a navy waffle weave sport coat by Corneliani, printed cotton shirt by Ordean and cotton pants by Meyer, all from J3 Clothing Company in Moreland Hills. Shoes and belt by Allen Edmonds are his own.
LITTLE BY LITTLE Doug Breitenbach What do you like best about JBBBSA? It’s an organization that’s been a part of my life since I was younger than Nathan. I was a Little, now I’m a Big, and it’s played an unbelievable part in my life. It keeps you grounded. In a crazy world of work and everything else going on in life, it’s a reminder of simple things and what’s really important in life. What do you like best about being matched with Nathan? His ability to make people laugh and really make you forget about any kind of issues. Is there anything you’ve pulled from being a “little” yourself that, as a Big, you’re able to share with Nathan? I have the good fortune to still be in touch with my Big, so I get advice from him from time to time. If there’s a situation or conversation we’re having, I’m able to pull from him. He’s a great resource to have.
Nathan Lurie What do you like best about JBBBSA? Hanging out with Doug because we do fun things together. What do you like best about being matched with Doug? Me and him have the same interests, like sports.
Doug wears an olive green stretch jacket by Gimos, cotton zip hoodie by Nove and cotton pants by Brax, all from J3 Clothing Company. Shoes by Allen Edmonds are his own. Nathan wears stretch breaker shorts, a blue rain jacket, Belmond plaid whale shirt and whale canvas club belt, all from Vineyard Vines. Shoes by FootJoy are his own.
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Erica Henkin Age: 30 City: University Heights Synagogue: The Shul in Pepper Pike Work: Workforce development executive for the Boy Scouts of America in Cleveland Erica wears a Skye blouse by Ramy Brook and jeans by Black Orchid, both from Fringe Boutique in Moreland Hills. Shoes by Mossimo are her own. Lilly wears an army green bomber jacket by Little Remix, evil eye graphic T-shirt by Lucky Fish and black heart print leggings by Spiritual Gangster, all from Double Rainbow in Shaker Heights. Shoes by Vans are her own.
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LITTLE BY LITTLE Lilly Skory What do you like best about JBBBSA? That I can be matched with Erica. What do you like best about being matched with Erica? She’s easy to talk to, we’re pretty close and she’s a nice person to have around.
Erica Henkin What do you like best about JBBBSA? I love everything. We’ve been matched for seven years, and I feel like I get so much more out of this than I’m able to give, being able to mentor and have a connection with somebody for so long. What do you like best about being matched with Lilly? At this point, we’re really like sisters. She’s sweet and kind and smart and very mature for her age – and she’s always been that way. She’s very thoughtful and always cares about other people. She’s just great.
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Lexi Jaffe What do you like best about JBBBSA? That I get to be matched with Alina. What do you like best about being matched with Alina? She’s nice, she’s fun, she’s caring.
Alina Litwack What do you like best about JBBBSA? I love the opportunity to get involved in the community and meet someone amazing, just like Lexi. It’s just so fun to hang out, and she’s just an amazing person. So, it’s really fun to go out and explore Cleveland since I’m new. Coming into Cleveland, she’s showing me around to all the fun things we can do. What do you like best about being matched with Lexi? Lexi is an amazing person as a whole. She’s so caring and amazing at what she does, and so generous. She’s able to have a lot of fun in what she does and is her own individual person – and I love that.
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Age: 67 City: Pepper Pike Work: Senior vice president of marketing and sponsorship for Live Nation in Chagrin Falls
Barry Gabel Barry wears a patterned buttondown shirt by Paul Smith, coat by JKT ID and jeans by Paige, all from J3 Clothing Company. Harry wears Blouson jacket by John Varvatos and frayed-edge button down shirt by Tintoria Mattei, both from J3 Clothing Company. Jeans by Leviâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s are his own.
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What do you like best about JBBBSA? Definitely the relationship Barry and I have developed. He’s served as a very positive male influence in my life and exposed me to so many cool things, but really, it’s just the relationship we’ve built over the last 16 years.
What do you like best about JBBBSA? For me, the best part is learning about myself as well as being a mentor for the kids I’ve been matched with. People say there’s never enough time in the day to volunteer, and I combat that by saying “that’s all you have is time.” Everybody can give financially, but there’s something that’s incredibly rewarding about giving your time, especially having a friendship from a young age to where now kids are older and we still maintain a friendship.
What do you like best about being matched with Barry? Barry is just an awesome guy. He’s super-kind, superfriendly, inviting and he’s always encouraging me to try new things.
What do you like best about being matched with Harry? We’re a lot alike. Being able to impart some of my hobbies and things that I like, and I can see that sharing music and sharing sports – things that I like, as well as work – it’s very interesting to see him become more involved and interested in some of those things. And just, quite honestly, spending time and getting to know somebody is really the most rewarding thing I like about Harry. You mentioned you had another Little. I was matched years ago, in 1985, with my first “little brother.” His name is David Roth. He’s now 38, has two kids and lives in Houston. We speak to one another once a month. Interestingly enough, Jessica (Jstyle fashion coordinator Jessica Simon), it’s her grandfather – Dan Innenberg – who matched me with David. So, it’s been great, not only being involved with these two kids, but seeing the entire organization and how the Bigs and Littles progress through the years.
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Littles, (and) on our 100 Year Committee of 20 involved members, we have people who have been involved since the ’40s. Our program gives Jewish families support in raising their children and provides our volunteers an opportunity to live the value of tikkun olam (repair the world).” Currently, JBBBSA has 55 active matches – but countless bonds remain active between Bigs and Littles well after their formal involvement in the program ends. It’s expected those longterm relationships will be on full display during the JBBBSA 100th Anniversary Family Reunion from 1 to 4 p.m. May 5 at Bellefaire JCB in Shaker Heights. In addition to marking the program’s milestone anniversary, the event will feature the presentation of the Oscar Steiner Award, named after JBBBSA’s first president and presented to individuals whose vision and commitment to children have enabled the organization to enrich the lives of both children and volunteers; the annual celebration of Bigs of the Year; the acknowledgment of special volunteer anniversaries; music and entertainment from Rock the House; and a barbecue picnic from Café 56. To register or for more information, visit bit.ly/2VBHOyx. To learn more about becoming a Big or Little, visit bit.ly/2WRHPhN or contact Sadowsky at 216-320-8483 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Great Lakes Science Center For more than 20 years, the Great Lake Science Center has inspired and educated Northeast Ohio’s young minds – including those enrolled with the Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters Association – at its window-lined, lab-like building along the Lake Erie shore in downtown Cleveland. In addition to its permanent exhibit, the center hosts high-profile traveling and temporary exhibitions, including “Vroom! A Car Adventure,” which explores the science, technology, engineering and math involved with automobiles and remains on view through Sept. 2.
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unning a business can get messy. Keren Himmel and Jaclyn Heller learned this in the infancy of their own business, H&H Revived, a Solonbased interior design firm. In those early days, as they painted furniture, their children sometimes ran around covered in various colors. They joked they lived in chaos. When Himmel and Heller opened H&H Revived in August 2015, they became part of a decades-old tradition of Jewish women in Northeast Ohio who turned their idea for a decor, design or fashion business into a reality. While their beginnings in business differ, a theme of thriving through hectic times and growing pains threads through many of their narratives. What they also share is a sense of community – of camaraderie amid potential competition, often seeking advice from each other or those who have gone before them.
Fostering family dynamics Audrey Bergrin’s days in retail reach back to childhood, when she worked for her father, who sold kosher and kosherstyle meats. She had always worked for someone else – until, that is, she opened her own store, Audrey’s Sweet Threads. As a child, Bergrin wanted to wear upscale clothes, so she worked multiple jobs to afford them. At the time, she painted purses, tops and murals, and in the process, discovered her love of dressing other women. “It became a point that I wanted to make an income and I had seen people with stores and decided I would like to do that, and did it,” she says. As with most everything, that was easier said than done. To start her business, she went to the Chicago Apparel Mart, a clothing trade show in Chicago, and acted like she knew what she was doing as a buyer. She admits, however, she didn’t know much at the time. “I really just thought that if you just kind of sound like you know what you’re doing, you can get into different showrooms and see if they would possibly sell you
something to be able to start your own business,” she says. Apparently, though, she said the right things because she was able to start buying a small inventory of clothing to set up shop in her basement. Fast-forward to 2019, and in addition to Audrey’s Sweet Threads, which specializes in casual wear, Bergrin owns Audrey’s, which opened in April 2018 and focuses on women’s formal wear. Both are at Eton Chagrin Boulevard in Woodmere. Though online shopping has risen to the forefront, Bergrin opts out of selling online in an effort to offer customers a more personalized experience. “We’re small enough to give them a different look and a different identity,” she says. “We do try to keep it where we know our customers and know their needs. ... I know that the people who shop with me really enjoy seeing (themselves) as individuals rather than seeing (the clothes they buy) on every Tom, Dick and Harry.” Growing up, Bergrin looked through the windows of My Darling Daughter in Shaker Heights and Donna Lee at Cedar Center but never entered because her mother didn’t share her interest in clothing. However, she saw other motherdaughter duos going into stores and shopping together and was inspired to create something similar in her stores. “I wanted to be able to go into a small shop and do that type of shopping,” says Bergrin, a member of The Temple-Tifereth Israel in Beachwood. “I wasn’t able to at the time and I think it inspired me. I see a lot of mothers and daughters shopping in my store now and it reminds me of what I would have liked.”
Forging community connections Similar mother-daughter pairs can be found perusing the eclectic offerings at Double Rainbow, a lifestyle and clothing boutique for girls in Shaker Heights’ Van Aken District. About four years ago, a thought popped into owner Meg Ratner’s head: What was she going to do once her children were grown? She had been a stay-at-home mom for about 11 years and wanted to rejoin the workforce. Owning her own business had always
Above: Audrey Bergrin opened Audrey’s Sweet Threads 28 years ago. Today, her second store, Audrey’s, is across the hall from her flagship boutique at Eton Chagrin Boulevard in Woodmere. Opposite page: A selection of clothing from Audrey’s Sweet Threads.
been an appealing idea, so she started to research it. “I started to talk to as many people as I could who have businesses of their own ... and just get a sense for what it takes to run a business and everything you need to do beforehand,” she says. In October 2018, she took the plunge and opened her store. Ratner aims to offer items girls can’t find elsewhere in Northeast Ohio. The inventory ranges from stylish eating utensils and food trays to fashionable clothes and garb sporting pop culture references to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. In the early going, owning a store has grown into both a family affair and balancing act. “It’s been a big change for me because I haven’t worked since my kids were born,” she says. “My approach has been really trying to manage my time between my family and my store, which means having help at the store and trying to include my family in the business process.” Even after getting in the groove of running a business, issues can arise. To relieve the stress and make her feel like she’s not alone, Ratner talks with other female business owners. “I think it’s just good to know that there are other people out there sort of going through the same thing you are, because it is a lot to manage as a woman,” says Ratner, a congregant at Park Synagogue in Cleveland Heights and Pepper Pike. “I feel no matter what, ultimately kids by default go to the mom for everything, so
we’re all sort of juggling our personal life, our family life, our business life. So, it’s nice to be able to get together. ... It sort of helps you push through when you’re second guessing how much you’ve overcommitted yourself.”
Learning from female leaders Isabel Pritchett, owner of Sanity in Chagrin Falls, may have gotten into the retail game later than Bergrin, but she was on the same track, just a different style. Pritchett opened her clothing boutique in 2008 with her husband, Kevin. She had been working in retail since her teenage years. The idea of owning her own store was always in the back of her mind, though it was not what her parents had in mind. “(My parents) came straight from Russia and they wanted me to be a doctor or a lawyer, and I just knew in my heart that was not what I was meant to do,” she says. “Since the day I could work, basically when I was 15 or 16 years old, I got my first retail job and I had always worked in retail and I always found so much value in that customer connection and customer service.” Opening during the recession in 2008 was daunting – and resulted in a quick price drop throughout Sanity’s inventory – but Pritchett was determined to make it work. For two years, it was she and her husband who worked at the store every day of the week. Pritchett’s early years working in retail allowed her to see how various female
general managers could lead a store, a collection of perspectives that serves as a valuable resource in her current role. She describes all of those managers as strong
women who knew how to pick up the slack and make it look effortless. “They definitely had stuff going on in their lives, but they just put that all aside
and made their job their priority,” she says. “We all have stuff that goes on in our lives, but when it comes to our customers, they come here for a great experience. So, anything that’s kind of personal, even all my (employees), I tell them you just leave it at the door.” Following those first couple of recession-riddled years, Pritchett fully took over running the store while her husband opened another business. In so doing, she has relied on employees not only to handle front-of-house matters with customers but also to assist in marketing, social media and staying in contact with customers through newsletters.
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Above: Meg Ratner opened Double Rainbow in October 2018 in Shaker Heights’ Van Aken District after being a stay-at-home mom for 11 years and wanting to rejoin the workforce. Below: Isabel Pritchett opened Sanity in Chagrin Falls during the recession in 2008. Since then, it’s become a village staple.
Himmel and Heller met about six years ago, when their sons were in preschool at Park Synagogue. The boys became inseparable – as did the mothers once they realized their shared artistic nature. Both had recently bought new houses and were slowly buying furniture and redesigning parts, so they often talked about their projects, which led them to taking a class on painting furniture at White Magnolia Boutique in Chagrin Falls. “We just started accumulating furniture,” Himmel says. “We kind of realized we had a thing going and we started working out of my dad’s garage.” Their work would sell at White Magnolia, and soon thereafter, customers started asking them to repaint dining room sets. That then led to customers asking about lighting fixtures and the pair opening an account with Cleveland Lighting in Lyndhurst, which in turn led them to gaining a business license to be able to resell those lighting fixtures. “It just started to turn into repeat clients asking us to design or do a room, and it just kept snowballing and snowballing. Now, we’re literally gutting a kitchen, moving it to a different place and adding additions,” Himmel says. “We don’t even paint that much anymore because we’re so busy with the interior design,” says Heller, adding they will paint a piece of furniture to fit the style of a room.
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Preparing to be successful Tamar Brecher and Robin McCann met while volunteering at the Joseph and Florence Mandel Jewish Day School in Beachwood, where their children go to school. Through a shared love of spreadsheets and a desire to open up a store that would offer unique items not found in other stores in the area, the pair set out to open Luster, a gift boutique that opened in December 2018 in Shaker Heights’ Van Aken District. “When we go to a show or find an artist on Etsy or Instagram, one of the first questions we ask is, ‘Who are you selling to?’” Brecher says. “We really try to make an effort to not overlap. It has happened – we’ve gotten stuff in and we’re like, ‘Oh my gosh, this store has this’ – so we sell out of it and move on.” Luster offers items ranging from home goods and bath products to statement jewelry, accessories and handbags. One of Brecher and McCann’s goals was to build a place where other working women and mothers could cover all of their giftpurchasing needs. Balance is also important – a lesson Brecher learned from an early age. Growing up, she spent time in the nail salon where her mother ran a jewelry shop with her close friend in White Plains, N.Y. On occasion, Brecher would accompany them to Manhattan to purchase jewelry for their shop. Even while running a business, Brecher’s mother was always at home when she was needed and figured out the work-life balance, something Brecher and McCann say they’ve been able to achieve through their own business. Though Luster only recently opened, preparation began two years prior. Brecher and McCann went through three accounting boot camp sessions to learn how to do their own bookkeeping, took entrepreneurial classes at Bad Girl Ventures, an organization that enables women to start and sustain businesses by providing resources that has since turned into Aviatra Accelerators, and joined the Women Business Center of Ohio in Cleveland. “We were so careful and deliberate and slow in building it and making sure
we were educated on every piece of this business before the doors opened,” McCann says. “There’s nothing about this that we took lightly, even down to
interviewing architects (for the store’s design). ... We really worked hard to truly educate ourselves on every single aspect of this store.” js
Above: Luster co-owners Robin McCann, left, and Tamar Brecher want their store in Shaker Heights’ Van Aken District to be a place where other working women and mothers can cover all of their gift-purchasing needs. Below: Keren Himmel, left, and Jaclyn Heller, co-owners of Solon-based H&H Revived, did interior design work for this house in Beachwood.
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Brunch pies from newly opened Ohio Pie Co. in Brunswick feature everything crusts.
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Fans of everything bagels may want to head to one of Northeast Ohio’s newest pizza shops. Ohio Pie Co.’s weekend brunch menu features a variety of “brunch pies” all made with the shop’s signature “everything” crust and a cream cheese white sauce. Interested eaters will need to plan ahead to savor the flavor. Brunch pies are available exclusively from 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays and Sundays at the Brunswick pizza shop. Ohio Pie Co., which founder Nick Robson and business partner Aaron Sechrist opened March 14 (“Pi Day”), also is home to The Original Ohio Style Pizza. Robson, who devised the Ohiostyle pie, describes it as consisting of a “simple and sturdy crust made daily that’s built to handle cheese and toppings that run right to the edge” as well as “a signature sauce swirl and square cut that ensures no two slices or bites are the same,” according to Ohio Pie Co.’s website.
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Northeast Ohio’s T-shirt industry is booming – proof of which can be found by attending any area sporting event. But a relatively new T-shirt has nothing to do with sports and everything to do with arguably the most famous Jewish food. Bialy’s Bagels partnered with Lakewood-based GV Artwork to design a Bialy’s-themed shirt. The resulting blue T-shirt depicts a schmear-covered bagel encircled by the punny slogan “Where two halves make a hole.”“Bialy’s Bagels” is spelled out in the schmear, and the bagel’s hole is in the shape of Ohio. See it at @bialysbagels on Instagram. Bialy’s owners Rachel and Sarah Gross say that, at least for now, the T-shirts are available only at the Bialy’s bricks-andmortar store in University Heights. To read a 2018 profile of Rachel and Sarah Gross, visit jstylemagazine.com/clevelands-soonfavorite-bagel-twins.
Larder: A Curated Delicatessen and Bakery, the Ohio City eatery that offers modern, creative takes on classic comfort food, was named a semifinalist for the Best New Restaurant category for the James Beard Restaurant and Chef Awards in February. In March, however, Larder – led by Jeremy Umansky, Allie La ValleUmansky and Kenny Scott – was not among the finalists. While it’s undoubtedly an honor to be recognized, Greater Clevelanders who’ve eaten at Larder know it was worthy of advancing. This marks the second time in recent years a Jewish restaurateur from Northeast Ohio was overlooked by the James Beard Foundation. In 2016, Zack Bruell was named a semifinalist in the “Best Chef: Great Lakes” category for Parallax but didn’t advance as a finalist.
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In pursuing a dream, Mike and Marilyn Gardner have introduced koshercertified maple syrup to Ohio 44
ike and Marilyn Gardner bought the farm in 2001 and now find themselves in a sticky situation. Literally. The Shaker Heights couple purchased Heritage Lake Farm, a 100-acre plot in Geauga County’s Troy Township, mostly as an investment but also out of a shared love for nature. An attorney by day, Mike Gardner is also a botanist. As for their sticky situation, it’s also a sweet one. In 2018, the couple began producing and bottling Mike’s Maple, their own brand of maple syrup tapped and boiled on their farm. Earlier this year, Mike’s Maple earned a distinction fairly unique to maple syrup: kosher certification. Courtesy of Cleveland Kosher, the certification makes the Gardners, congregants of The TempleTifereth Israel in Beachwood, the
first – and thus far, only – kosher maple syrup producer in Ohio. Though it took 16 years for their syrup-producing goal to be realized, Mike Gardner saw the farm’s potential right away. “One of the first things I did, even before I bought it, was bring out a forester to evaluate the woodlands for maple syrup production, because I recognized the potential then,” he said. “Then I had the woods harvested, but we didn’t take out the maple trees.” Three years ago, the Gardners installed a tubing system into their sugar bushes on an experimental basis to see how much sap they could produce and whether syruping would be viable. The sap produced that year was sold to other syrup producers. The following year, they built a sugar house intending
to produce their own syrup, however, the building wasn’t finished until late in syruping season. So, February 2018 was when the couple first started actually producing syrup. “We’re kind of newbies,” Gardner admits.
From tree to table For the Gardners, syruping season begins by tapping the trees and installing their tubing system’s vials. This year, they began the first week of February, ahead of when
the weather first warmed up. When temperatures rise above freezing for an extended period of time, they can turn on their vacuum pump to extract sap from trees. Once the sap is flowing, it travels through an intricate network of tubes that zig-zags between trees to a pump house, and from there, an underground pipeline system delivers it to the couple’s sugar house. Mike Gardner says the sugar house can store approximately 1,100 gallons, and an additional 1,650 gallons can be stored outside. Due to the low amount of storage space, the couple begins boiling the sap shortly after storing it. “Initially, if we get 500 gallons, we’ll start boiling, because the sap is continuing to (accumulate),” he says. Opposite page: A bottle of Mike’s Maple poured over sweet treats. Above: Mike and Marilyn Gardner at Heritage Lake Farm in Troy Township. Left: Mike’s Maple is available in a variety of sizes.
FIRST COURSE The storage tanks are elevated and the sap transferred to the evaporator the old-fashioned way: by using gravity. The Gardners admitted they didn’t know anything about making maple syrup when they started, and as a result, they teamed up with a neighboring Amish sugar maker, Samuel E. Miller, to help make Mike’s Maple. Miller helped the Gardners finish the instillation and harvest the sap the first year and has stayed on to help ever since.
Keeping it kosher Due to the steep learning curve, the Gardners had no marketing plan for their syrup, at least initially. In 2018, the couple made 350 gallons of syrup, 270 gallons of which they sold wholesale. The remaining 80 gallons were used to gauge interest at the retail level. “The market is fairly wellcovered, so we had to find new outlets somehow,” Gardner says. “After we got the first season under our belts and some comfort in how much we were able to produce, and (with) the ability to do some planning, we decided to see if we could get it kosher certified and offer it up to the observant community.” Neither Mike nor Marilyn Gardner observe kosher dietary laws themselves, so they spoke with Malka Rosenberg, owner of Unger’s Kosher Bakery in Cleveland Heights, and noticed she carried maple syrup from New York. Rosenberg suggested they connect with Cleveland Kosher for certification for Mike’s Maple. However, due to how late in the season it was when they contacted Cleveland Kosher, they weren’t able to get certification until earlier this year, when the rabbi observed their entire syrupmaking process.
There’s some debate among kosher-keepers as to whether 100 percent pure maple syrup even needs kosher certification, given that all of the ingredients come from plants or the maple tree itself. However, in the finishing process, the syrup has a tendency to foam up and boil over the pans, which creates a sticky mess, and if one isn’t careful, can become a fire hazard due to the heat involved. The Amish have long gotten around this issue by using either milk or animal fat to contain the foam as an anti-foaming agent, but using either would mean the syrup isn’t kosher. To get around this conundrum, the Gardners use a kosher antifoaming agent made largely of ground seashells. “We’re trying to expand our market, and it makes sense to us that if we’re sharing this delicious product with a non-kosher market, why wouldn’t we want to share it with the kosher market as well?” Marylin Gardner says. “I guess we feel it’s a gift and everybody is deserving of being able to have some. Not only was it a great market to tap, but we wanted to share the wealth, so to speak.”
Above: The tubing system the Gardners use to extract and transport sap zig-zags through their farm’s trees. Below: Amish sugar maker Samuel E. Miller looks on as Rabbi Shimon Gutman, of Cleveland Kosher, inspects Heritage Lake Farm’s maple syrup-making process for kosher certification.
Expanding the market Now that the first batch of Mike’s Maple is out the door, the couple is trying to change the perception of how people use syrup. Marylin Gardner points out that syrup is a lot more versatile than most think. For example, she recently used the syrup to make a sweet-tasting shaved-ice treat. “I think the typical thinking is its used primarily for breakfast foods; waffles, pancakes and French toast,” she says. “But now, it’s being used in balsamic vinegars, in different kinds of
alcoholic beverages (and) in sauces. “There’s so many uses people aren’t aware of.” Mike Gardner notes that maple syrup is a “wonderful, allnatural sweetener,” as people will put it in smoothies, baked goods and even in ice cream.
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Nurturing Nosh Through the Cleveland Kosher Cookbook Club, a community of women has found new ways to connect Story and Photography by Jane Kaufman
s Kimberly Setnik greets guests carrying colorful dishes, her daughter Olivia Kushner puts the finishing touches on a centerpiece she designed with baby’s breath, eucalyptus branches, gerbera daisies and candles of varying height. “It’s not my forté,” Setnik says of preparing tables. But on this particular Sunday evening, space must be made
for the 16 women stopping by her Beachwood home to share an abundant feast and warm camaraderie. Each guest brings her rendition of a recipe by Tieghan Gerard, a native Northeast Ohioan who’s author of both a blog and cookbook titled “Half Baked Harvest.” The women gather around the table and introduce their creation, explaining
the alterations, adaptations and surprises entailed in making the recipes, like whether the love-it-or-hate-it herb cilantro was left in or taken out. Conversations are animated. The room buzzes as people catch up with old friends and newcomers are embraced by members of the group. This may sound like your typical potluck, but in many ways, it isn’t.
This is the Cleveland Kosher Cookbook Club, a group that is by and for women. Some know each other; others don’t. What group members generally have in common are a passion for cooking, a desire to expand their horizons in the kosher kitchen and a willingness to meet new people who share their interests and lifestyle.
First taste Operating as a Facebook group and consisting of about 125 members, the Cleveland Kosher Cookbook Club describes itself as “a group of friends (who) all make recipes from the same cookbook and gather to share the results, a crowdsourced feast.” It was co-founded in 2018 by Shoshana Socher of Beachwood and Navah Amar of University Heights. Amar learned of the idea from a cousin in Brooklyn, N.Y., who started a group there after reading about the concept online. “She added me to her Facebook group,” Amar says. “I mimicked it here.” Amar and Socher worked together to get the group, which meets monthly, up and running. Per standard kashrut guidelines, meals are set up in advance to be either dairy or meat, thus far alternating between the two every month. Each time a different person offers her home as a setting. That entails offering a beautifully set table. By design, the hostess doesn’t cook. Using Perfect Potluck software, people sign up for an appetizer, entrée or other dish on the Facebook site on a first-come, first-served basis. When the number of people interested exceeds the number of potential place settings at the hostess’ table, a wait list forms. The Cleveland Kosher Cookbook Club’s first meal in November was a meat meal. The women cooked recipes by Busy in Brooklyn blogger Chanie Apfelbaum, who had just released her cookbook, “Millennial Kosher.” Amar counts the first gathering as her favorite. “It was so new for everyone,” she says. “It was so exciting, and the food was delicious. So, that was definitely my favorite in terms of the overall event.”
Opposite page: Penina Gross-Richmond, Olivia Kushner, Sarah Braun, Ellie Berlin and Anit Silver take turns telling about their experiences making dishes. Above: Olivia Kushner says she enjoys decorating a table prior to a dinner. Below: Haaya Maayan’s version of honey crockpot chicken.
December’s was a dairy meal, using recipes from Deb Perelman’s “The Smitten Kitchen.” For January, recipes of prizewinning Israeli chef and cookbook author Yotam Ottolenghi were used. “Literally every dish was so delicious,” Amar recalls. “It was very different. It was a very fun twist to have very Mediterranean/Israeli style.” Socher concurs. “I think our very top was the Yotam Ottolenghi (meal),” she says. Jeanine Donofrio and Jack Mathews’ “Love & Lemons” was the source of recipes for February’s dairy meal.
Food and friends The March gathering was Cleveland Kosher Cookbook Club’s fifth. For the first time, the founders polled members as to which blogger or cookbook author they wanted to use. Gerard’s “Half Baked Harvest” won. Gerard is not a kosher cook, so many of the recipes needed to be adapted. Sarah Braun, who blogs about kosher food as The Rustic Maidel “on the side,” proposed Gerard. “Without thinking about it, you could creatively adapt (one of Gerard’s recipes)
Above: Anna Sanders brought a blueberry chamomile galette. Below: Mia Euton Goldstein says when she made the Irishman’s beef brisket burritos, which feature French fries as part of the filling, the brisket cooked for 10 hours and she awoke to a glorious-smelling kitchen.
to be a kosher recipe,” says the South Euclid resident and member of Waxman Chabad Center in Beachwood, adding she enjoys converting non-kosher recipes into kosher dishes. “It kind of shows people that you can use all kinds of foodblogging recipes, all kinds of inspiration. ... Kosher doesn’t have to be brisket and kugel.” She made oven-fried Korean popcorn chicken for the March dinner. The recipe called for dipping the chicken in buttermilk, so she used a nut-based milk instead. Braun also enjoys the camaraderie of the group.
“It’s fun, social,” she says. “It’s a mixed group of people. It’s really like women from all the shuls, the different schools. It’s fun. That’s why I keep going back.” Braun speaks of Cleveland’s limited number of kosher restaurants as a source of frustration and creativity. “We love cooking. We host our own parties. We have a smoker. We smoke our own meats,” she says. “It’s tough here, and the community’s grown so much.”
Newcomers welcome Ellie Berlin joined for her first time in March. While she had known about the group and knows both co-founders,
previous meetings conflicted with her schedule. “It looked so appealing,” says the Beachwood resident who attends the Waxman Chabad Center. “I love to cook when it’s not under pressure,” she says. “I usually just cook because food needs to be eaten. It’ll be nice to try a bunch of new things that maybe I can add to my repertoire. … I like that there’s no actual agenda other than eating and socializing.” Berlin is married and has three children ages 2 to 7 years old. For the dinner, she made a double recipe of her contribution – veggie spring rolls with a mango dipping sauce – partly to share with her husband. She planned to tuck her children in before going to the 7:30 p.m. event. After that, she says, “It’s in his hands.” Another first-time participant, Gill Wolovitz, made sweet potato bisque with sage pesto and cashew “cheese.” The dish received rave reviews, and she fielded questions about how she made both the soup and the cheese. Wolowitz, who is originally from Cape Town, South Africa, grew up in an Orthodox home and now eats an entirely plant-based, whole-foods diet. “It’s so lovely to be here,” says the Cleveland Heights resident and member of Congregation Shomre Shabbos in Cleveland Heights. “There were certain things I could eat.” After the meal, Berlin says the experience lived up to her expectations. “This was awesome,” she says. “I’m very full and satisfied. This was fun.” Hostess Setnik, who attends Heights Jewish Center in Cleveland Heights and Jewish Family Experience in Beachwood, looks forward to meeting new attendees. “It’s different people each time,” she says. “There’s so many new people in Cleveland now, (and) I love to make new friends.” js
Pack a plate To join Cleveland Kosher Cookbook Club, go to the group’s Facebook page at bit.ly/2HRJQHj. For information about how to start your own group, call Shoshana Socher at 216-255-7377.
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t’s a familiar story: You get to a certain age and you’d rather enjoy life, not just maintain it. First case in point: Dennis and Laura Brooks, occupants of a two-bedroom, two-bath apartment on the third floor of 4th & Park, the new luxury apartment complex at Pinecrest, a mixed-use development by Fairmount Properties in Orange. Second case in point: Bob Cohen, a temporary renter who finds 4th & Park ideal for his needs. Dennis is a retired orthopedic surgeon and Laura was operating
room director at the long-shuttered Mount Sinai Hospital in Cleveland. They moved into 4th & Park in August after selling their Pepper Pike home to the first person who saw it the day it went on the market. The couple was tired of home maintenance, the three children they raised over two marriages were long gone and they were eager to see more of the sky. “We talked about selling for two years, and when these (apartments) started to be built, we read about the development,” Laura says. “I said I wanted to look here. Then, when I learned it was going to have a bowling alley, a theater, all the restaurants
(and) all the retail, I really started to investigate.” The Brookses, who attend The Temple-Tifereth Israel in Beachwood, checked out other residential opportunities in the area, particularly around Beachwood Place, but even there, they would have had to get in a car and drive for shopping, let alone for entertainment and dining. At 4th & Park, all those are a walk away. Besides the diversity of Pinecrest – in offerings as well as demographics – what ultimately prompted their move was “location, location, location,” Laura says. “I wanted to be in a vibrant neighborhood, I wanted to see the
sunsets … (in Pepper Pike) we had a whole lot of trees and I never saw a sunset in 20 years.” The large windows in their earth-toned apartment, filled with memorabilia from the couple’s travels, family photographs and contemporary art, face southwest, providing views that give Laura pleasure, as does the complex itself. Dennis enjoys the monthly community get-togethers, while Laura likes the entertainment and culinary offerings. “I just walk out and it’s all there,” she said. Just the other day, she walked across the street to a furniture store, bought two chairs, “and they delivered them.” The chairs are a welcome addition to a newly compact home in which comfortable, vintage furniture and carpeting easily coexist with state-ofthe-art appliances, and the kitchen and living room are a continuous, flowing space. At the same time, downsizing has had its challenges. “I’ve learned that you have to get accustomed to living in an apartment again,” Laura says. Dennis, meanwhile, likes his new environment but wishes for a few more conveniences, like a men’s store, pharmacy and dry cleaner’s. And there’s much less space. “It’s good,” Laura says of their new living quarters. “It’s bad,” Dennis quips. “I can’t have a man cave.” Despite that man cave deficiency, residents of 4th & Park enjoy a community room with a fireplace and bar, a “Bark Park” for their canine occupants, a state-of-theart fitness center, outdoor grills, on-site management
and numerous shopping, dining and entertainment opportunities. Shopping spans Eye Candy Optical, Apricot Lane Boutique and REI Co-op. Graeter’s Ice Cream, Firebirds Wood Fired Grill and Pinstripes Bistro are some of the dining options, and entertainment comes courtesy of the highend Silverspot Cinema.
From top: Dennis and Laura Brooks’ living room, their kitchen and them enjoying a moment on their couch. Opposite page: 4th & Park’s front door.
Home away from home Where Dennis Brooks grouses – if with a wink – about 4th & Park, Bob Cohen has no reservations. He views
From left: Bob Cohen’s living room and bedroom.
his Pinecrest residence as a second home and retains a primary dwelling in Medina. Because he’s a temporary executive, he often finds himself occupying a rental for an amount of time determined by the contract he signs with a company. He has just completed a year’s work as a senior executive with Park-Ohio Holdings Co., a publicly traded international manufacturing firm with offices in Mayfield Heights, and he needed a place nearby. Driving home to Medina at the end of a busy day was not something he looked forward to. Over the past few years, “like all of us,” he watched Pinecrest come into being. Its location near major highways appealed to him, prompting him to lease his own two-bedroom, twobath, third-floor apartment. “There’s a certain type of energy there,” he says of 4th & Park, which he called a special type of community. While it appeals to empty nesters like the Brookses and
temporary executives like Cohen, “you get all kinds of people,” Cohen said. Pets, too. The dog park at the rear of the complex is a major draw. “It’s an upscale apartment complex, and because of that, they have a competitive rate, but it’s not inexpensive,” said Cohen, a member of the Shul Boys Motorcycle Club and of the board of trustees and executive committee at B’nai Jeshurun Congregation in Pepper Pike. “It’s not for somebody who has trouble making payments.” As of the end of March, monthly rental costs for one-bedroom units started at $1,808; two-bedroom units at $2,205; and threebedrooms at $3,407. There are 36 one-bedroom apartments, 45 two-bedroom apartment and six three-bedroom units. Respective starting sizes are 882 square feet; 1,207 square feet; and 1,586 square feet, according to Mary Wojtila, residential property manager. Cohen likes the attached heated garage, and like the
Brookses, calls management “just wonderful.” If there are any issues, he says, “staff helps you resolve any problem.”
No comparison So what sets 4th & Park apart? What distinguishes it from other, similarly appointed and amenitied upscale apartment complexes? Adam Fishman, principal with Fairmount Properties, may have the answer. “A big part of what’s different about 4th & Park is that these apartments – living spaces, really – are immersed in a true live-work-play environment,” Fishman says. “They’re right in the midst of a dozen different dining options, entertainment opportunities, shopping destinations.” This is not a typical apartment building situated in a “sea of asphalt” flanked by parking lots. “This is an entirely different option,” Fishman said. “This is living amongst a dozen different opportunities to dine, with a state-of-the-art Whole
Foods outside your front door.” There also is “a plethora” of fitness and wellness opportunities, including that fitness center in the 4th & Park building. The target market is young professionals and successful empty-nesters “who want to live in a vibrant environment and would appreciate and enjoy being part of this new way of living,” Fishman says. “It is being at a place where, if you wanted to, you would never have to get in your car to enjoy great entertainment, great shopping, exercise trails, a dog park.” It’s a walkable, self-contained environment. With more than 90 percent of its apartments leased since the 4th & Park building opened in June, “we’re just enjoying how positively the community is reacting to Pinecrest,” Fishman says. “We feel that our offering is so different that we don’t really directly compete with other traditional apartment developments.” js
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durability and hard surface, Wien says. However, carpet – especially eco-friendly carpet – remains popular for bedrooms and some living spaces. Though going green has been popular for years, only recently have customers become more aware of chemicals manufactured into carpets, which has prompted a shift toward using more environmentally safe materials. “We are the first flooring store to partner with Earth Weave in Cleveland,” he says. “The carpet is the most environmentally friendly carpet and safest for homes. It has the least amount of chemicals and is more natural.” Antonelli agrees that keeping the at-home environment safe means a lot to customers. He says the majority of Bella Stone’s brands – including its luxury vinyl flooring – are GREENGUARD certified, a data-based third-party certification that aims to give assurances that products designed for indoor spaces meet strict chemical emissions limits, according to its website.
As for that luxury vinyl flooring, Antonelli says his store sells more of it than anything else right now. “My suppliers just came in and took out a lot of ceramics and brought in so much new vinyl,” he says, noting that because of vinyl’s enhanced design, traditional tile and hardwoods aren’t selling as well. Antonelli says vinyl is versatile enough to function in a variety of rooms, adding another reason it’s a popular choice for residential use is because it snaps together, making the installation process easier and cheaper than installing tile. Also, it’s durable – a quality homeowners look for in order to save money on possible repairs and for easy clean-up. “If you drop stuff on porcelain or tile, it could chip, but this stuff is chip- and stain-resistant,” he says. Calvetta Brothers Floor Show’s Lavigna also sees the market for vinyl flooring booming. Specifically, many homeowners are putting wood-like vinyl in nearly every room of the house: the foyer, family room, kitchen, dining room, mudroom, bathrooms and laundry room. The only room where carpet seems to be safe is the bedroom.
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ROOM SERVICE “The main trend here is using one product throughout your entire home,” she says. “Less floor is the better. You really don’t want to have four or five different floors that make up your home, ideally.” Lavigna notes that wellknown brands are aware of customers’ desire to go green in their flooring choices but thinks the trend may be waning. “A lot of companies, such as Shaw and Mohawk, are very aware of that and know that it’s important to people,” she says. “So, there are things that are LEED certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) and going toward the green nature of things, but I don’t think it’s as popular as it once was. It is very popular in carpet.” Mohawk has a line called SmartStrand, which is corn-
based, environmentally friendly and recyclable. Shaw has recycled materials and reused items in its carpet. Wool is also a popular carpeting choice – and always has been. “You see a lot of people use wool for area rugs and even bedroom carpets,” Lavigna says. “They’re really beautiful and obviously ‘green’ due to the nature they are made of.” Another trend Lavigna has seen is that light-colored floors are in and grays are out. “Gray was super popular in the past 10 years. We’re starting to see that dissipate, and we’re really leaning toward taupe and beiges now,” she says. “Taupe is like the biggest color and most popular. Everything is starting to warm up a bit. The trends are forecasting to go more toward taupe.” js
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Floral finds By Becky Raspe Springtime in Northeast Ohio can be a little finicky. One day can be warm and sunny, the next cool and rainy. But no matter what’s happening outside, floral décor trends can have the inside of your home coming up roses. Whether your look evokes a lush garden party or beachy tropical paradise, keeping the living space light and fun can add a welcome touch of warmth to any home.
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Above: Blue wingback velvet chair Below: Flower-shaped mirror side table Laura of Pembroke
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Left: Ocean-themed wall art with pink, gray and blue throw pillows on heathered-gray couch. Above: Blue, yellow, white and orange floral-printed fabric by Norwalk.
Below: Vintage dark wicker chair with tropical printed cushion featuring blue leaves and a flamingo. Right: Vintage chair with colorful floral-printed cushions with a dark wooden trim.
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Ticknors Men’s Clothier
Alberto Zimni Signature sport coat: Made in Italy from Italian fabrics
Robert & Gabriel Jewelers for Generations
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Jacket, T-shirt and trousers by Circolo 1901
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The Great Lakes Science Center is filled with interactive exhibits, including this space suit in the NASA Glenn Visitor Center. A replica of a Space Shuttle mission-era suit, the suit features an accessory pack on the chest and helmet lights that are both configured for a spacewalk – features that differentiate it from earlier Apollo-era suits designed for moon walks. This particular suit also provides GLSC visitors with ample – and shareable – photo opportunities. Casey Rearick Photo
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