My Favorite Local Businesses -- Brooklyn Area (Cleveland, Parma: rental car, sales)
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Dentist -- Family Dentist on Ridge in Brooklyn, corner of Biddulph. Terrific facility, no overbooking. Ask for Dr. Lenardo...he's just wonderful. 216-351-6600.
Used appliances and furniture -- Lorain Furniture, Lorain Avenue in Cleveland. Near Lakewood. 216-434-8718. The folks who own this place are very nice. I have a stove, frig and washer that I bought when they were about a year old. I did have some problems with the frig, but even though it was beyond the store warranty period the owner sent someone to my house to fix it. I refuse to pay $1,000 for a frig that, after one year, I can pick up for like $200. Parking can be challenging but their delivery charges are modest.
Hospital -- University. All the snazziness of Cleveland Clinic at (sorta kinda) Metro Health prices.
Auto Parts & Minor Repairs -- Auto Zone on Fulton, in Cleveland. These guys helped me buy a super-battery so my car will always start, regardless of the cold. They have installed new windshield wipers, etc. They are just so helpful and their prices seem fair to me. 216-459-9315
Diner -- Gabe's Diner in Cleveland. 20944 Broadview Road in Cleveland, near Spring Road. Great food, reasonable prices and their wait staff are just charming -- which is what makes a diner fun, at least for me. 216-741-4466. I'm just not a Denny's kinda girl.
Auto Body Work (don't ask, I drive like a girl, LOL) Golden Auto Body, 15325 Brookpark Rd, in Cleveland (Parma?) near Fulton. Can be sorta hard to see exactly where the entrance is to their parking lot. Great prices, and great work. Not all that fast though, so plan on spending a little extra for the rental car.
Cab -- Yellow Cab, 616-384-3156. This can be a terrific service if you need it and there are not all that many here. A trip from like downtown to Old Brooklyn costs about $15 plus tip. You cannot get a cab in Cleveland without a phone, because the driver will not stop to collect you unless he can verify. I don't blame them one bit, but that has to be hard on folks who haven't got a cell. A cab ride to the airport is most likely less expensive for many Clevelanders compared to airport parking.
Bank -- I have been with a few banks here and did not LOVE any of them, but the staff in the branch of Charter One I use now are wonderful. Charter One has all the features I want, but like with any bank, beware of hidden costs for things like a bounced check. I did that last winter -- $25 overdrawn for 3 days. They wanted to charge me over $400 in fees, but eventually the District Manager agreed to waive it as I had been a good customer. I'd imagine that only happens once. The Customer Service line is 877-242-7837.
Public Library. I adore libraries and librarians, but I prefer the county's to the city's. I'm sure either one can order anything you want but o my, that big downtown branch...yum.
Groceries delivered -- Dave's Supermarket. 216-361-5130. They make an extra effort to fetch exactly what you want...it wasn't unusual for the lady to call me and ask questions if they didn't have just what I ordered. The delivery staff could not be more pleasant, and I have been very pleased with deli, meat and produce...quality is good.
Pizza -- Dino's on Memphis near Fulton, in Cleveland. 216-351-3663. Terrific stuff but I must warn you, they do not crumble the sausage. He he.
Family Doctor -- Phillip Gigliotti, Internal Medicine. On Ridge near Parmatown Mall. 440-842-4500. I am so comfortable with him, and his skills seem strong. He seems to have a great deal of elderly patients, so if you need a new MD for a parent, might consider him. There's an over-booking problem, but I suppose every MD has that.
Thrift Store -- The one on Fulton near Memphis, near Discount Drug Mart. The business is run to support veterans, which I love. Extra deep discounts on Mondays. Like any such business, the inventory varies but the place is clean and the staff are quite nice.216-338-1551.
Pharmacy -- Discount Drug Mart on Fulton near Memphis. 4170 Fulton Rd. They have prices that are just as good as those at Walmart's etc. unless Walmart's is giving drugs away. There are several of these stores around town. This one's pharmacist is at 216-741-3993. If you ever need it, there is one 24/7 pharmacy around...the Walgreen's on Pearl. (440) 886-6233.
Audiologist (Hearing Specialist) -- Dr. Olsen. What a nice doctor. He has a few offices, but I saw him in Parma. 216-485-5767. It was amazing to me how difficult it was to find someone just to have my hearing checked.
Manicures -- Nail Pros, Ridgepark Plaza, Brooklyn. 216-749-6666. Prices are great, although I'll admit the service is sometimes uneven. I would like to change to another nail stylist, if anyone can suggest someone else.
Okay, that's a beginning anyway. It is so damned hard to settle into a new area because it takes forever to find all the businesses and service people you need to for one reason or another. I still need a tailor, dry cleaning, florist, nursery and a whole raft of other stuff.
Dry Cleaners? Nice restuarant in my area? Movie Theater? (I don't really like the one at Ridgepark Square.) Bakery? Deli? Butcher? Carpenter who does small jobs for a reasonable price? Building salvage/architectural supplier? Rare book store? Car detailer? Antique mall/indoor flea market?
If you have any to suggest near me, please advise. O and who among loves their cell phone plan, please? I have ATT and I have good coverage, but I think I am over-paying.
Please tell me what businesses you recommend. You'll be doing me a huge favor and I bet anyone else new to the Brooklyn/Old Brooklyn area will also appreciate this. I am going to a new hairdresser today, so I am hoping I'll get a great cut and can recommend her as well. My personal preference, whenever possible, is for small, locally-owned stores and service businesses, but I know there are fewer and fewer all the time. I despise Walmart's largely because I believe they kill off a town's small business center.
Last edited by pinkieblonde; 04-30-2010 at 09:30 AM..
Wow....I cannot believe I forget to mention this business. Evans Consulting for any computer hardware of software needs. I bet this company has saved me thousand since I have been here. Very fast response time AND they show up on time for an appointment.
This company's locale is west side and they may not serve the entire Cuyahoga County area...you would need to ask. I know they have given me like 24 hour turn around and they do have nights/weekend service at an advanced rate, but thank Gawd, I have not yet needed it, so I cannot give you that information.
I just have one quibble - Lorain Furniture is not near Lakewood, except maybe to an East sider.
I don't have florist or dry cleaning info, but I do have a great resource for you. It's hard learning where everything is in relation to everything else, but for a good overview of the neighborhoods of Cleveland, check out the information at Neighborhood Link. Here's the link to their map page:Moderator cut: link removed, linking to competitor sites is not allowed
They also have links to any community or social service you could want in the city of Cleveland.
O come now. I can drive from Lorain Furniture to my gf's house in Lakewood in like 10 minutes. Surely in a city the size of Cleveland that is considered "near"?
marence, when I first arrived here I used to see a local paper that advertised where the live music could be heard and so forth, but I haven't seen it around in ages. It was not delivered or sold to readers -- I would just collect it from the video parlor (back when I actually rented DVD's). I believe it ewas called "The Scene". Has it gone out of business? What a shame that would be.
Thankies so much for the link! Yes, getting oriented is very hard. I have "girlie" navigational skills, he he.
I did love love love my new haircut. My stylist, Cindy, washed my hair and then blew it out before cutting to see what she needed to do. After she was satisfied with the cut, she styled it and then went back and finished cutting. I tell you, I was very impressed with her service -- I bet I was at the salon for two hours. for 2 hours. I paid only $25 and she promised she will trim my bangs between salon appointments for free. What a lovely time I had -- just about perfect I'd say. My daughter has seen photos of my new haircut and is just delighted...it turned out really well, and I have a very difficult head of hair to cut.
Cindy @ The Cutting Edge 216-661-4365 4237 Ridge Road. Cleveland, Ohio 44144. One block North of Memphis Ave. Evidentially, all the stylists there have 20+ years of experience are are very good. However, I plan to be Cindy's customer forever though, he he.
OK, I'll concede "near" as it concerns the metro Cleveland area, but for navigating purposes, it's at least 3 exits away on I-90. Just a quibble.
As to the Scene - it's still alive, and has just recently changed the editor and publisher, saying the paper was "too lefty-slanted" and vowing to commit more space to music. It's still around - I see it all over the place in Lakewood. They've also got a website - http://www.clevescene.com- and you can do searches for live music venues by neighborhood or genre. If you let me know what kind of music you like, I can give you suggestions for places to go. My husband is in the local music scene, and I keep up with who's playing what where.
Cleveland is a great place to be able to support local businesses. We've got a little bit of everything; you just have to want to look for it.
I got lost in Brooklyn today and drove some residential streets to get back to where I needed to be. Man that's a pretty suburb. Why isn't everyone recommending it? They have good schools and terrific services -- I know I'd buy there if I were going further out from the city.
marence, what about a Blues bar? Anything on the west side? I'd love to hear some sax again.
Blues bars on the west side? I can give you a list of some of my favorites. Cleveland is almost as much as blues town as it is a rock town, and there's dozens of blues bands playing every week.
My hand-down favorite is the musician's jam on Wednesday night at the Parkview, W58th north of Detroit. Some of the best players in town end up there on a night off, and I've heard some great spontaneous horn sections develop.
Other places, in no particular order: Smedley's, on Lorain in Kamm's Corners; Brother's Lounge, just east of 117th on Detroit; The Riverside, in Lakewood; Savannah's, way out in Westlake, and Wilbert's and Fat Fish Blue downtown. I know there's a place on Memphis near Ridge, too, but I can't remember the name right now.
If you like sax, look for gigs by "Blue Lunch" or Robert Lockwood Jr.'s band. Both have great sax players (Norm Tischler and Maurice Reeder, respectively), and put on a great show.
Brooklyn is the first-ring suburb that everyone forgets about, usually lumping in with Old Brooklyn or its neighbor Linndale. From what I've heard, it's a great place to raise children.
There's lots of pockets of gorgeous neighborhoods all over Cleveland. Have you ever checked out the South Hills area near Old Brooklyn?
Oh, whoopsie, I forgot another local business. A & S Auto Sales and Service, at 5720 Memphis Road near Fulton. 216-458-2681. This is a small, fairly new company owned by two great guys and their prices are excellent. They fixed my air conditioning for $50 and my brakes for another $50. I had been putting off both repairs for over a year because I expected them to cost hundreds of dollars each.
A good honest mechanic will save a family that has no mechanic of its own hundreds, maybe thousands of dollars every year. I have never bought a used car from them but I would expect they are honest on that side of the business as well.
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