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Issue Date: April 2009


A cool music venue, unpretentious restaurants, a quirky shop, even a record store —Collinwood’s Waterloo Road embodies a hipster vibe we haven’t seen since Coventry.
Francis X. Bova III
[Q] “What’s one thing in Greater Cleveland you wish more people knew about?”
“The Beachland Ballroom next door,” says Kevin Neudecker, co-owner of Music Saves. “I don’t think people appreciate the quality and variety [of acts] going through there.” 15711 Waterloo Road, Cleveland, (216) 383-1124,
Lake View Cemetery is under-rated,” says Jessica Roach, a bartender at the Beachland Ballroom. “It’s gorgeous and extremely peaceful. The Garfield Monument there looks like a castle.” 12316 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, (216) 421-2665,
1) Jackie Chen’s Chinese Restaurant The walls are painted green, and with $4.50 lunch specials (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.), you’ll save some as well. 470 E. 152nd St., (216) 486-7800

2) Raddell’s Sausage Shop Located on Frankie Yankovic Square, this third-generation, family-owned shop features homemade links. Try the Slovenian sausage. 478 E. 152nd St., (216) 486-1944,

3) Variety Flea Market This place lives up to its name. You can buy furniture, book shelves or — if it’s still there when you visit — a kitchen sink. 15301 Waterloo Road, (216) 692-3532

4) Fotina’s Family Restaurant You can get a top-notch breakfast here. Grab a seat at the counter, or grab something to go. 400 E. 156th St., (216) 692-1375
5) ArtsCollinwood Gallery The neighborhood’s arts advocate. 15605 Waterloo Road, (216) 692-9500,

6) This Way Out Housed beneath the Beachland Ballroom, this vintage shop has old-school clothes, knick-knacks and back issues of MAD magazine. 15711 Waterloo Road, (216) 458-1156,

7) Beachland Ballroom and Tavern Check out a performance in the 500-head capacity former Croatian Liberty Home ballroom or the intimate tavern. 15711 Waterloo Road, (216) 383-1124,

8) R & D Sausage Co. There’s plenty of parking at Joe Zuzak’s smoked and fresh sausage haven. 15714 Waterloo Road, (216) 692-1832
9) Music Saves A great independent record store. 15801 Waterloo Road, (216) 481-1875,

10) Shoparooni This unique boutique features “everything you never knew you wanted.” 15813 Waterloo Road, (216) 383-3633,

11) Low Life Gallery A “low-brow art and culture gallery.” 16001 Waterloo Road,

12) SS & W Boardwalk A dartboard, pool table and Genesee on tap. 16011 Waterloo Road, (216) 481-0077

13) Grovewood Tavern & Wine Bar It looks like a neighborhood bar on the outside, but on weekends, you may need a reservation. 17105 Grovewood Ave., (216) 531-4900,

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