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Issue Date: April 2010

Old River

Rocky River’s century-old shopping district exudes a charm that’s tough to find these days. With Beachcliff Market Square nearby, you can explore the city’s roots and remade retail center in one walkable visit.
Miranda S. Miller, map by Sarah Cucciarre

1 Paper Trails of Rocky River : Cinnamon-scented Smencils, witty stationery and personalized stamps might just break you of that texting addiction. 19146 Old Detroit Road, 440-333-0033,

2 Off the Wall Gallery : This former Fairview Park fixture offers photographs of skylines, stadiums and still lifes, as well as matting and framing services. 19142 Old Detroit Road, 440-333-9181

3 Amy's Shoes : Amy's pug, Vader, will help you pick out Italian or even vegan-friendly strappy sandals as Norah Jones croons in the background. 19134 Old Detroit Road, 440-409-0120,

4 Tartine Bistro : Popular among the over-40 crowd, this French, Spanish and Italian-influenced bistro offers lunch and dinner menus and 30 wines by the glass. 19110 Old Detroit Road, 440-331-0800,

5 Peneventures : Browsing 700 mother-of-the-bride gowns will help you forget he isn't good enough for your daughter. 19102 Old Detroit Road, 440-356-4188,

6 Solari : This sunlit space offers everything Italian, from espresso cups and biscotti jars to rum-soaked cakes and cooking lessons. 19036 Old Detroit Road, 440-333-9600,

7 Devout Home : South American and Mexican-inspired home furnishings, including altar art, wooden hand-painted henna hands, Lolita dolls, Day of the Dead art and ceramic white feathers representing ascension. 19032 Old Detroit Road, 440-333-8307,

8 Salmon Dave's Pacific Grille : Feast on filet mignon or Alaskan king crab legs so long they'll trip your server on his way to the kitchen. 19015 Old Lake Road, 440-331-2739,

9 Embellish : Adult and children's parties and classes teach you how to make necklaces, bracelets, earrings and jewelry boxes. 19055 Lake Road, 440-333-8885,

10 Main Street Cupcakes : No place for the indecisive, this bustling bakery offers up to two dozen of its nearly 200 flavors on a daily basis. 19265 Detroit Road, 440-331-3661,

11 Once Upon a Time Toys : No Barbies here, only unusual, high-quality toys and collectibles, including Madame Alexander dolls and a $6,000 stuffed giraffe by Steiff. 19285 Detroit Road, 440-333-2327

12 Pearl of the Orient : Not your usual take-out joint, this swanky restaurant offers Chinese classics as well as Thai and Vietnamese cuisine and sushi. Beachcliff Market Square, 19300 Detroit Road, 440-333-9902,

13 Studio 22 Photography & Gallery : This place offers in-house and on-location photography, as well as jewelry, glass and other works by local artists. Wedding photos printed on canvas turn brides and grooms into a Renoir. Beachcliff Market Square, 19316 Detroit Road, 216-712-7114,

14 URBAN Home & Garden : Check out home accessories and garden items you won't find at Pier 1 Imports. Customers also visit for decorating inspiration. Beachcliff Market Square, 19356 Detroit Road, 440-356-1455,

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