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North/South Collinwood

Dancing to the Rhythm
Karin Connelly
The Collinwood neighborhood is populated by an eclectic group of residents who moved there because of the beautiful views of Lake Erie and its friendly atmosphere. “There are musicians, artists and writers here,” says Cindy Barber, a 20-year North Collinwood resident. “We have cool little private streets that all sort of share lakefront park access. Each little neighborhood is a little cooperative.”

Many businesses have set up shop along East 185th Street, including family-style restaurants, bistros, bars and artisan shops.
 
Neighborhood Gem

The Beachland Ballroom on Waterloo Road is housed in one of the most prominent fixtures in North Collinwood. Formerly a Croatian Social Hall built in 1950, it is the largest building in the neighborhood. Barber opened the Beachland in March 2000 and quickly built a reputation for hosting some of the most diverse musical entertainment available in Cleveland.

“We’ve been called one of the most eclectic booking policies in the country,” says Barber. “We do everything from punk rock to bluegrass to singer-songwriters.”

The stellar acoustics of the building allow Barber to host larger bookings in the ballroom, which offers unobstructed views of the stage, while also featuring smaller acts in the tavern.

While the music satiates your spirit, you’ll need something to quench your thirst. The Beachland offers a wide variety of beers—from Pabst Blue Ribbon in 15-ounce cans to imported Czech beer.

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