Shoppers of Hansa Import Haus appease their cravings for German meats, cheeses, condiments, and bakery items while surrounded by old-world murals and the strains of European music. A staple of epicurean culture for 51 years, the specialty store boasts bread varieties including seven-grains bread ($3.99) and bauern schnitten farmer's rye ($3.49), which arrive each week from the Dimpflmeier Bakery. Top grainy pedestals with traditional limburger cheese ($5.99) or soft, ripened champignon brie ($3.99), known to lure kobolds in addition to making tasty sandwiches at home. Bavarian and potato dumplings ($2.98+), various Hengstenberg and Löwensenf mustard varieties ($2.37+), and authentic kraut selections ($1.98+) stock lonely pantries, and the deli’s specialty meats ($4.42+) await selection to keep feuding slices of bread at safe distances from each other.
Be Bright at Night is stationed at various locations throughout Cleveland on unannounced days in an effort to seek out bikers riding in the dark. Walk+Roll volunteers surprise riders with free sets of headlights and blinking taillights, and install them on the spot. Through a combination of free safety equipment and media outreach, the program aims to encourage both cyclists and motorists to be more aware of each other and take the necessary care when traveling after dark.
The Olive and The Grape's two locations celebrate the cuisine of the Mediterranean by packing shelves with vinegars and more than 30 olive and grape-seed oils from Spain, Greece, Italy, Lebanon, and many other countries. Other products include seasonings to flavor grill rubs, marinades, and salad dressings and more than 50 types of pasta. Staffers also load up carriers with an assortment of their highest-selling products, including aged pomegranate vinegar, grape-seed oil, and garlic-herb seasoning, along with suggested recipes and pet names for select items.
For more than 50 years, Czuchraj Meats has been providing carnivoracious customers with a plethora of fresh, handmade sausage meat and links. Encased-meat savants will survey the sausage fields with glee, picking the choicest of links from the cases of hot or mild italian sausage, hot or mild hungarian sausage, garlic kielbasa, country sausage, spicy chorizo, and fresh white bratwurst. Meat lovers who prefer their ground, spiced delicacies to be free of constraint may also use today's Groupon for bulk sausage.
Steep your brain with flavorful promises of a menu to plot out an early-morning caffeine infusion, mid-day lunch treat, or late night drive-by brainwiring. Phoenix's coffees are brewed fresh from their very own beans, so have a cup of old-school joe to return to the café's roots (up to $1.70), or punch your taste buds with the devil's brew (coffee with a shot of espresso, up to $2.50). Chug their namesake with a cup of Café Phoenix, a mocha made with their signature locally produced chocolate syrup and an extra shot of espresso ($3.60), or hammer your endocrine system with the indulgent excesses of their Stuporball—two kinds of custom-blended coffee, two different chocolate syrup infusions, and an extra shot of espresso (up to $4). Tea lovers get some love at Phoenix, too—premium oolong, white, and select black or green tea varieties are available iced or hot (up to $2.40), while the house-made artisan Chai latte arrives steamed and creamy (up to $3.20). You can also upgrade to larger drinks and pay the difference.
A 30-year Cleveland institution, Constantino’s offers upscale grocery items and healthy foods prepared daily to pick up for last-minute lunches, predestined dinner parties, and unexpected visits by Tudor kings. Constantino’s has recently expanded to include multiple specialty departments such as a salad and hot-foods bar, as well as a larger meat and produce section. The updated café area lets you enjoy al fresco dining during the warmer months and provides wireless Internet in case you need a strong, silent, Chuck Norris–obsessed dining companion. As you browse the shining pyramids of fruits, breads baked in-house, and packaged goods, expert floor associates will help you map out your run through the store so that you avoid any quicksand pits, blow-darts, or giant boulders. Run by the Mavromichalis family, grocery-business veterans who tailor each of their shops to its surrounding neighborhood, Constantino’s continues to strengthen the downtown neighborhood community by fostering goodwill between its roaming herds of office workers. Like a Monopoly board, Constantino’s boasts ample free parking, so drive your thimble over and stock your shelves with gourmet goodies courtesy of today’s Groupon.