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Shaker Heights

Shaker Heights - Photo Bob Perkoski
Shaker Heights - Photo Bob Perkoski
The homes of Shaker Heights are well known to be some of the most striking in the country, boasting a real estate catalogue's worth of steeply angled Tudors and gracefully symmetrical Georgians. Gardens dripping with life and color beckon neighbors to pause and visit while walking their children to elementary school. If all this sounds too good to be true, you obviously haven't made your way through Shaker.

Originally a planned garden city for early commuters, the verdant region has numerous parks, lakes and natural attractions. This tight-knit community of 30,000 blossomed in the early 20th century thanks to its pair of light-rail lines that connect its residents to downtown and the Cleveland airport.

On the border of Cleveland and Shaker Heights, you'll find Shaker Square, one of the nations' first planned shopping districts, which connects via Cleveland's light rail system to downtown and beyond. Adjacent to the Square is the Larchmere neighborhood, a trendy arts-minded strip filled with boutiques, restaurants and galleries.

Shaker Heights Features

putting art at the heart of neighborhood redevelopment

Artists are often the first to move into urban neighborhoods, and also the first to move out when rents escalate. Yet in the post-recession landscape, many communities are working with artists to transform blight, engage residents and reimagine their neighborhoods.

from bust to boom: how the city's brand is on the rise, within our borders and beyond

There has been a flood of new businesses that tout the city through an assortment of Cleveland-themed apparel and products or by integrating the city name right into the company’s branding. Many point to the recent recession as the dawn of this entrepreneurial movement, which coincided with a newfound pride of place.

now schooling: cooking up a solution to the growing culinary talent gap

As our restaurant scene continues to thrive, local chefs and owners increasingly are finding it difficult to fill all open positions. Institutions in town, including an accredited culinary school, have their merits, say local restaurateurs, but they also have a way to go before they reach the point where they'll plug the culinary talent gap.  

rediscovering your hometown? there's an app for that

Sometimes, even the most adventurous resident can grow a little too comfortable living in the same city after a while. But one can always find something new to discover if we just dig a little deeper. Lucky for us, a number of smartphone apps will help the explorer in all of us get reacquainted with the city we call home.

fresh water managing editor pens cleveland guidebook for visitors, residents

It's been four and a half years since the first edition of "Moon Handbooks: Cleveland" was published. Considering all that has taken place in Cleveland during that time, author and Fresh Water managing editor Douglas Trattner says that for the second edition, which was released this week, he went back to the starting gate.
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Shaker Heights Founders

bill ayars

bill ayars

City: Cleveland

Meet Bill Ayars, co-founder of Perspectus Architecture, a full-service planning and architectural design firm in Shaker Square with eight principals and 36 employees. 

ryan clark

ryan clark

City: Shaker Heights

Meet Ryan Clark, founder of Knowta, a Shaker Heights company with three employees and five board members that provides free print services in universities and public libraries.

mary w. farrell

mary w. farrell

City: Shaker Heights

Meet Mary W. Farrell, founder of Cherub’s Blanket, a home-based business in Shaker Heights that sells organic cotton baby blankets and baby clothes.

eugene malinskiy

eugene malinskiy

City: Shaker Heights

Meet Eugene Malinskiy, founder of DragonID, a healthcare innovation and design company in Shaker Heights with about 10 employees. 

anne hubben

anne hubben

City: Shaker Heights

Meet Anne Hubben, a creative career coach and recruiter.

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