Cleveland’s Year; 2014

The year of 2014 is an exciting time to be a Clevelander!  We showcased Cleveland and were chosen to host the 2016 Republican National Conference.  There’s been several new restaurants, bars and store openings this year!  As many of you may already know, Cleveland sports are not known for being in the spotlight, but this past year we have been all over ESPN!  This summer we welcomed back LeBron James to the Cleveland Cavaliers.  Our Cleveland Indians were super close to making another playoff run this past October.  Our Cleveland Browns crushed the Pittsburgh Steelers in October and against all odds, the Browns are currently in sole 1st place of the AFC North.  I put together some news articles from this past year that have been major headlines for Cleveland! Enjoy these articles because I know I sure did!

1.) Cleveland hasn’t hosted the Republican National Convention since 1936. This summer the Republican National Committee chose Cleveland to host the 2016 RNC!

2.) There’s been numerous restaurant and bar openings this past year around Cleveland. Here’s a look at four that opened within 2014!  You know you want to try Mason’s Creamery, Urban Farmer, Crumb and Spigot and Butcher and the Brewer!

3.) How excited were you when LeBron James released his “I’m Coming Home” article in July of 2014? I almost fell out of my chair of shock and happiness when I heard the news!

4.) Brian Hoyer is a hometown kid from Cleveland. He played football at St. Ignatius High School and went on to play at Michigan State University.  Who would have thought a local Clevelander would have a record of 6-3(this season) and 9-3(his entire time with the Browns).  He’s a huge reason the Browns are successful this season and why we are currently in 1st place in the AFC North!

 

These are just a few of the wonderful things that are happened within the City of Cleveland this year.  With our sports teams winning and our city thriving, there’s no stopping us now!

What’s been your favorite event that’s happened this year? Let us know in the comments below!

 

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5 Things to do In Cleveland for Halloween!

Happy Halloween Cleveland!

via dawgsbynature.com

1) Go to Chipotle! After 5pm this Halloween evening, dress up in your costume and swing by your local Chipotle for burritos, bowls and salads for only 3$. Click here for more info.

2) Head to Thistledown Racino for your chance to win up to $5,000 cash prize for the best Halloween Costume! Click here more info.

3) Cheer on the Lake Erie Monsters at The Q tonight! Click here to purchase tickets.

4)  Dress up in your absolute best costume and head over to Barley House Cleveland tonight (Halloween) for a chance to win a trip to VEGAS! Click here for more info.

5) Go Trick-or-treating! Click here to view dates and times in the Northeast Ohio area.

 

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Reinventing Cleveland

Positively Cleveland is recruiting the help of young professionals to initiate more positive feedback about where Cleveland is today and where it is going in the future. In an article written by Susan Glaser of the Plain Dealer, she describes how the initiative came about and what actions are going to be taken to improve Cleveland’s tourism and local feedback.

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The Goodtime III cruises along the Cuyahoga River, offering great views of the Cleveland skyline. (Lonnie Timmons III ) via cleveland.com

The two will get their chance, starting Thursday, at what Positively Cleveland is calling its YP CLE Ambassador Summit (YP, as in young professionals).

The goal is to pump these 20- and 30-somethings, members of the so-called Millennial Generation, for ideas on how best to shape the conversation about Cleveland, both here and elsewhere.

The motivation, said David Gilbert, president and CEO of Positively Cleveland, is a 2012 survey commissioned by the agency that found only 34 percent of Greater Clevelanders would recommend their hometown as a tourist destination.

“That’s an exceedingly low percentage,” said Gilbert, noting that comparable cities – including Pittsburgh, Columbus, Cincinnati and Milwaukee – all have a much larger percentage of residents who say they would recommend their communities to would-be visitors.

That same 2012 survey also found that recommendations from locals are an important factor when travelers are making destination decisions. So it’s crucial that more Clevelanders improve their attitudes about their hometown, said Gilbert.

Anecdotally, Gilbert believes that younger Clevelanders are more likely to have a positive attitude about Cleveland – which is why that group is the first to be enlisted to help the cause.

“Having been the butt of jokes for so many decades has given many Clevelanders this woe-is-us attitude,” said Gilbert. “In many ways, it’s a generational thing. From the late ’60s through the early ’80s, there was a real stigma to Cleveland.”

Clevelanders who weren’t alive then – people like Mack and Bibb – don’t have those same hang-ups, said Gilbert.

Combine those generational shifts with recent positive news events – including LeBron James’ decision to return to Northeast Ohio and the selection of Cleveland as host of the 2016 Republican National Convention – and Gilbert believes old-line impressions are already giving way to new perceptions.

“There’s no doubt it’s changing,” he added. “And if we can encourage a greater and faster change, then I think we’ll have really done a good thing.”

In addition, the younger generation’s use of social media has tremendous potential to promote change quickly.

Last spring, Positively Cleveland launched a #ThisisCLE campaign, encouraging Clevelanders to post photos – to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other sites – showcasing what they love about their city. In six months, more than 40,000 pictures were uploaded (you can find many of them here: thisiscle.com).

Among those who have posted photos (of Mitchell’s Ice Cream, Whiskey Island and other sights, in recent weeks): Carol Ferkovic, a physical therapist for the Cleveland Clinic.

“There’s a big group of young professionals in this city who have a lot of enthusiasm for Cleveland,” said Ferkovic, who grew up in Highland Heights, went to college in Pittsburgh, and now lives in University Heights. “It’s cool that people are so proud of the city.”

To read the full article: Click Here

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Hoyer the Destroyer Brings Cleveland a Victory

Yesterday, the Cleveland Browns crushed the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-10. According to Amanda Harnocz, Northeast Ohio Media Group, “Hoyer threw for 217 yards with one touchdown, no interceptions and a 113.0 rating. He improved to 6-2 as a starter for the Browns and 4-1 at home.” Hoyer has easily become a favorite of Cleveland Browns Fans and today they are helping him celebrate his victory and his 29th Birthday! 

Want to send Brian Hoyer a Happy Birthday message? Visit: Cleveland Browns’ Brian Hoyer Celebrates 29th Birthday After Win Against Steelers.

Miss the amazing Cleveland Browns game yesterday? Dennis Manoloff,  of the Plain Dealer gives us a recap and points out the important plays that helped bring home a victory for the team.

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Quarterback Brian Hoyer made all of the dropbacks for the Browns in a 31-10 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday afternoon. Hoyer went 8-of-17 for 217 yards and one touchdown. He was sacked once.

Here is a capsule look at Hoyer’s performance:

Three words: Hoyer The Destroyer.

The business of winning: The Browns won their second straight to improve to 3-2, all with Hoyer as the starting quarterback. Hoyer is 6-2 in his career as a starter for the Browns.

Phone numbers: Hoyer’s offense, sans Josh Gordon, has amassed 15 touchdowns and seven field goals this season. Let that marinate.

The offense has scored 20-plus points in every game.

Protecting the ball: Hoyer has thrown one interception in 149 attempts this season. His offense has committed two turnovers.

Hard to believe, but true: Hoyer and the Browns routed Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers despite:

*Eight completions.

*Zero completions to their leader in receptions and yards, Andrew Hawkins.

*The loss of center Alex Mack to injury in the second quarter.

Teamwork: Hoyer played well, again — but he received plenty of help.

*The Browns rushed 38 times for 158 yards and three touchdowns. Running backs Ben Tate (25 carries, 78 yards, two TDs) and Isaiah Crowell (11 carries, 77 yards, one TD) showed the way.

*The offensive line performed superbly. John Greco replaced Mack without a hitch and Paul McQuistan came off the bench to fill Greco’s spot at right guard.

Left guard Joel Bitonio was a monster all afternoon.

*Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan called another terrific game. Shanahan vs. Steelers legendary defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau turned into a mismatch.

Antithesis of dink and dunk: Hoyer’s completions went for 17, 42, 51 (TD), 24, 12, 31, 31 and 9 yards.

In Hoyer’s last seven quarters, 22 of his 27 completions have gained 9+ yards. Two of the five that haven’t were touchdowns (1, 6).

To read the full article: Click Here

 

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Get Ready for Cleveland’s Downtown Dog Park!

Photo: Scott Suttell via Twitter

Good news for dog owners of downtown Cleveland! The first Downtown Dog Park is coming to the Warehouse District. It’s location will be planted west of Settler’s Landing Rapid Station. Thanks to the supporters and donations from residents of Cleveland, this dog park will be a great space for people to walk and play with their dogs. Scott Suttell, of Crains Cleveland, writes of the success of donations to make this dog park possible:

DCA said in a news release that about 60% of the $10,000 community goal came via online donations. Downtown residents made up nearly 70% of those who pledged online support, DCA said, while the remaining 30% came from Greater Clevelanders and donors outside Ohio, including pledges from New York City, Orlando and Raleigh, N.C.

The remaining 40% of the $10,000 community goal came from the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District — an organization that for a few years has run the high-visibility Pick Up Poop campaign to encourage responsible dog ownership that yields cleaner water.

“Enthusiasm for this dog park was contagious,” said Laura Wiegand, director of development for DCA, in a statement.

Construction on the park began this week. DCA estimates it will be complete “within a few weeks.” It will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 13, for dogs and their humans.

The dog park is in Settler’s Landing Park, an open area adjacent to the RTA station on the eastern bank of the Cuyahoga River. It has 4,500 square feet of play area and will be equipped with pea gravel, fencing, a gated entrance and benches for humans.

To read the full article on Crains Cleveland: Click Here.

 

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Small Box Cleveland Initiative

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A rendering of Small Box. Credit: Sixth City Studio

If you could add one thing to the Warehouse District of Downtown Cleveland, what would it be? If you said retail, then you’re in luck thanks to the Small Box Cleveland initiative of the Warehouse District Organization.  Today Small Box announced it’s plans to open it’s first retail later this month. Lee Chilcote, of Freshwater Cleveland discusses today’s announcement in full:

Small Box Cleveland, an effort to lure more retailers downtown by converting used shipping containers into small storefronts, will open its first shop on Sunday, September 14th. The Cleveland Browns have signed on to the project, with the team opening a merchandise store just in time for football season. In a few weeks, two additional independent stores, the Banyan Tree and the Wandering Wardrobe, also will open new ventures inside refurbished containers.

“This is an exciting time for the city with the growth of downtown, and it’s important for us to be part of that,” says Brent Stehlik, Executive Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer for the Browns. “We see this as an opportunity for us to reach fans with a different approach. It’s a way to reach new audiences.”

Small Box is a project of the Historic Warehouse District Development Corporation (HWDDC). The new stores will be located on a parking lot at West 6th and St. Clair owned by Weston Inc., a development company that donated nine parking spaces for the project. Small Box is intended to be a creative solution to the retail conundrum in downtown Cleveland — that is, residents, visitors and office workers say they want more retail options, yet many retailers are not ready to take the plunge until there’s proven demand. On top of that, many downtown spaces are larger or more expensive than retailers want.

Tom Starinsky, Associate Director of HWDDC, says that he developed the small box idea after learning about a similar project in Brooklyn. He saw it as a way to seed the viability of new downtown retail, and also to test how feasible it would be to redevelop surface parking lots for new mixed-used development. After a successful crowdfunding campaign — more than 100 individuals donated a total of $20,000 to the project — and additional fundraising, Small Box was ready to go.

Each container store costs $20,000 to build. Cleveland Container StructuresWolf Maison Architects and 44 Steel designed and fabricated the structures. Tenants are being charged modest rents that help cover HWDDC’s costs to run the project. HWDDC also plans to create a small park at the corner of West 6th and St. Clair using recycled materials to build out the space. The concrete will be painted green to imitate grass, benches will be made from pallets upholstered with AstroTurf, and fencing will be made from pieces of shipping containers. It will have a “front lawn feel” with an urban vibe, says Starinsky.

The 8’ x 20’ shipping containers front the sidewalk. The contractor cut holes in the fronts of them and installed custom-built storefront window systems. The interiors will have electricity to power lighting, heat and air conditioning. The spaces are insulated with OSB board but have no plumbing. Tenants have the ability to paint their own boxes and add creative signage.

To read the full article: Click Here

Excitement fills the neighborhood, as the idea of more clothing shops become apart of this area. What retail would you like to see added to the Warehouse District?

 

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Why Downtown Cleveland Needs the Downtown Dog Park

Dog owners living in Downtown Cleveland it’s time to take a poll:

  • How often do you take your dog for a walk per day?
    • 3-5  times a day
    • 5-7 times a day
    • More than 7 times a day
  • How long does your dog get exercise per day?
    • 20-40 minutes a day
    • 45 minutes a day
    • 1-2 hours a day
  • What kind of exercise does your dog get per day?
    • Walk around the block
    • A game of fetch
    • Run around the block

According to dogtime.com,

“Generally speaking, a leashed walk around the block isn’t going to cut it. Most dogs need 30 to 60 minutes of exercise a day. Your canine pal needs enough that he’s slowed down by the time you stop.”

So what did your results conclude? It is clear that city dogs have a much harder time receiving the proper exercise they need in a day, due to many different factors. One main factor being that there is no safe place for dogs to run free and play in the city. Inactive dogs can become overweight, incur illness, and even develop depression.

Help your dog stay happy and healthy by donating today to the Downtown Dog Park Initiative brought together by Downtown Cleveland Alliance and the Warehouse District Organization of Cleveland.

DONATE HERE

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