The North Union Farmers Market began in 1995 as a small market—back then, more than 500 hungry customers shopped the stalls of only six local farmers. Today, the market coordinates eight certified-producer farmers’ markets around Cleveland, allowing farmers to sell their products—from fresh, seasonal produce to meat, syrup, eggs, and dairy—directly to residents. The planet-friendly concept reduces the energy used for transportation and maximizes the freshness of the food.
In 1954, Frank Sterle founded a country-house restaurant with a few picnic tables, one waitress, and a small menu from his native country, Slovenia. The eatery’s hand-pounded schnitzel and performances by the likes of “Waltz King” Lou Trebar and “King of Polka” Frankie Yankovic soon drew crowds. Frank was able to expand the restaurant, modeling the addition after an alpine lodge where he lived as a child, and decorate the dining room with wall murals of Slovenian mountains.
In 2012, Rick Semersky launched the Szemersky Bier Garden, an authentic bier garden with picnic tables and green space, tucked behind the restaurant. The menu includes locally made sausages, kabobs and sandwiches cooked to order on the outdoor grill along with specially brewed beers. On Sundays, the garden hosts Bloody Mary Sundays with a wide selection of garnishes and condiments.
Chef Jimmy Gibson heads up a kitchen that is committed to classic eastern European cuisine, with a twist. On Friday and Saturday polka nights, diners can tap their feet and gaze at the roof’s exposed wooden beams, taking notes for the construction of their next gingerbread houses.
Nestled in the heart of Cleveland's historic Little Italy district, Little Italy Wines transports oenophiles to a fermented-grape wonderland surrounded by shelves overflowing with bottles hailing from all corners of the globe. Taking place most Saturdays from 5 to 9 p.m., the tastings give sippers the opportunity to enrapture taste buds with a spread of pressed-grape goodness that is selected and described by the shop's cultivated wine experts. An included cheese-and-cracker plate provides toothsome accompaniment to sampled wines, delicately pairing piquant morsels with pleasant pours. After the tasting, customers choose between a bottle of red or white wine to take home for domestic delectation or as a desperate placating gesture toward California Raisins threatening dance-ridden riots if they don’t get a share of their boozy brethren.
Earth Angels Holistic Health LLC's team of therapists fosters feelings of tranquility with holistic treatments such as ear candling, chakra alignment, and aromatherapy wraps. They also tailor massage treatments to clients' specific needs, carefully weeding out shoulder pains and muscular knots with soothing strokes or hot stones. Both humans and pets can enjoy the team's Reiki treatments, which bolster the body's natural healing processes for a deeper sense of well-being.
The nonprofit Cleveland Reads has been spreading literacy to children, youth, and families of Northeast Ohio through engaging projects and a dedicated network of tutors since 1987. Its ninth-annual fundraiser promises an elegant evening of all-you-can-drink wine sipping and beer swilling and catered fare of both the savory and sweet varieties for the business-casually adorned do-gooder. Network with your local mail carrier at the see-and-be-seen event or peruse the silent-auction offerings in hopes of stumbling on a porcelain Alf statue. A spirits table raffle offers you the opportunity to bring the party (in a bottle) back to your apartment while simultaneously supporting Cleveland Reads.
The friendly servers and modern atmosphere at David’s make it a great place to enjoy tasty lunchtime favorites. In the business of slinging great deli fare for 15 years, David’s uses the freshest ingredients and makes everything, including its famous sandwiches, fresh to order. These layers of thin-sliced satisfaction cost $3.95 to $9.75. The hometown favorite Clevelander ($6.25) piles fresh-cut roast turkey breast, Swiss cheese, creamy coleslaw, and Thousand Island dressing on David’s beloved hand-cut rye bread. Bring an animal-loving friend, and your Groupon will still cover the vegetarian ($4.95), a pita sandwich packed with mixed vegetables marinated in a light vinaigrette dressing, your choice of cheese, and alfalfa sprouts for safety. You’ll also find some excellent specimen of the sandwiches' skinnier sister, the wrap. Try the all-American ($5.95) with ham, roast turkey breast, and American cheese, along with garnishes and a honey-mustard spread. That still leaves ample room on your Groupon meter for a few of David’s tasty cookies ($0.95), brownies ($1.75), or other desserts.