Greg Lehman found inspiration to start a distillery in an unlikely place—a volleyball court in Switzerland. While playing there professionally, Greg was struck by the commonness of locally distilled spirits. It resonated with his upbringing in Ohio, where distilleries once thrived before Prohibition made malt liquor America's classiest drink. Upon returning home, Greg and business partner Dave Rigo founded Watershed Distillery, joining the state's heritage of microdistilleries.
Today, the pair mans a 66-gallon and a 250-gallon custom-made copper still to craft the signature Four Peel Gin, infused with eight botanicals, as well as a vodka that's quadruple-distilled from Midwest-grown corn and a bourbon aged in American oak barrels. Greg and Dave also open their distillery for tours, taking guests through the facility and letting them watch everything from mashing to barreling, depending on the stage of the current batch. A tasting room enables patrons to sample spirits.
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.
At Z Place, oenophiles sample a medley of newly discovered domestic and imported wine varietals along with handpicked pairings of complementary cheeses. Douse your mouth with red selections including the medium-bodied merlot—which harmonizes with tangy gruyere, parmesan, and gorgonzola—as well as the mildly fruity cabernet sauvignon, complemented with nutty and sharp cheddar and blue cheese. Feta, goat cheese, and asiago bring the tart notes of the sauvignon blanc to life like a lime playing a kazoo. Grab a grape-blooded partner for a sipping soirée within Z Place's charming pale-yellow and red confines, littered with an abundance of wine bottles, high-top tables, chalkboard signage, and a Persian rug.
Visitors to The Point Bar & Grill inside Star Lanes Polaris can take comfort in familiar offerings to that of a neighborhood pub, though they aren't limited to that. Sure, the chefs specialize in sliders, gourmet pizzas, and savory tacos filled with the likes of baja fish and short ribs. And the bartenders keep their customers' pint glasses brimming with cold brews. But beyond the cushy booths and crackling fireplace lies an expansive arcade and bowling alley, packed with skee ball, air hockey, video games, and redemption prizes.
Founded in 1988, Second Sole has laced its way to the forefront of footwear fitters, bedecking Cleveland’s jogging throngs in quality shoes conforming to each individual’s physical specs and running aspirations. An experienced staff that includes cross-country coaches and Division I runners will help you pick the perfect shoes from a vast selection of top brands, such as Adidas, ASICS, New Balance, and Nike. Treat tender toe-holders to a sleek pair of ASICS GT-2160 sneakers or encase your hooves in a pair of Brooks Adrenaline GTS 11s (both $100), winners of Runner’s World’s “Best Update”. Legs jealous of all the attention garnered by their nether-neighbors can dry their resentful tears on the chafe-eliminating DryLete fabric of Saucony Men's Omni LX Tight II pants ($65).