Ohio City

West Side Market - Photo Bob PerkoskiWest Side Market - Photo Bob Perkoski

No Cleveland community, perhaps, is evolving as quickly as Ohio City. In the blink of an eye, residents have watched W. 25th transform from a partially developed neighborhood main street to a bona fide entertainment district filled to the gills with bars, restaurants and shops. Anchored by the 100-year-old West Side Market, this near-west community has always been food-focused, but joining those farm-to-table bistros, urban farm plots and farmers markets are most of the city’s new craft breweries. Epicenter for the so-called hipster movement, Ohio City is walkable, bike-friendly and diverse, making it a natural choice for today’s makers and artisans who are cobbling together a livelihood one flea market at a time. 

GardenWalk Cleveland: Changing neighborhood perceptions through creative landscapes
GardenWalk Cleveland will feature more than 400 gardens in 11 Cleveland neighborhoods this weekend—showing off the work, creativity, and neighborhood pride of local gardeners.
CMA kicks off Third Thursdays series this week at Transformer Station
The Cleveland Museum of Art and Ideastream Public Media kick off their Third Thursdays series with live local music from Talons' and related conversations, this Thursday, June 20 at CMA's newest venue, the Transformer Station in Hingetown. This week's show is sold out, so don't miss your chance to attend the future free Third Thursdays this summer.
Reflections of a Troubled Black Man: A journey of healing, mindfulness, and grace
Morris Ervin overcame a troubled past to become a passionate educator and advocate for social justice. His memoir, “Reflections of a Troubled Black Man,” recounts his transformation and his ongoing work to foster empathy and inclusivity in challenging environments. Ervin will host a book signing infused with music and meditation at The Yoga Lab, reflecting his journey and mission.
Smoking hot: Proof Barbecue’s resilient journey to Ohio City
Despite earning praise and a strong following, Proof Barbeque had to overcome bad timing with the COVID-19 pandemic and an inconvenient location before finding the perfect home and atmosphere in Ohio City. Four years after it first opened, then closed, Proof owner Dave Ferrante relaunched last month.
The birth of Rock & Roll: Teenage music gods of the 1950s that nobody ever heard of
Ralph Horner recalls an up close and personal encounter with Big Jay McNeely's saxophone when McNeely played an Ohio City bar in the 1950s, as well as other rock legends of the era who simply faded into memories.
From darkness to light: Photographer Jason Toth uses art as a therapeutic comeback
Jason Toth's 2022 photo of a willow tree at Edgewater Beach sparked a transformative journey as he dealt with his POTS diagnosis. Two years later the former marketing exec has a booming career in Photographic Pop Art with J Toth Art in City Goods, and currently has an exhibit at Kaiser Gallery in Hingetown.
#StreetsofCLE: Snapshot in Ohio City
FreshWater managing photographer Bob Perkoski provides a peek into the everyday lives of Clevelanders going about their business in the neighborhoods and on the streets of Cleveland.
Striking a chord with aging: Afi-Odelia Scruggs leads Music Settlement’s Creative Aging program
For several years, The Music Settlement staff members searched for new ways to serve aging adults through music. In January, the organization launched its Creative Aging department. Headed by teacher, coach, musician, and journalist Afi-Odelia Scruggs, four programs are designed to provide the profound health benefits music therapy can yield.
#StreetsofCLE: Snapshot in Ohio City
FreshWater managing photographer Bob Perkoski provides a peek into the everyday lives of Clevelanders going about their business in the neighborhoods and on the streets of Cleveland.
Candlelight vigil: Remembering the homeless who died in 2023
In 2009, Ohio legislators designated December 21 as Ohio Homeless Memorial Day. For 37 years, the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless has held a candlelight vigil to remember and honor those who died while experiencing homelessness in the last year.
#StreetsofCLE: Snapshot on West 25th Street
FreshWater managing photographer Bob Perkoski provides a peek into the everyday lives of Clevelanders going about their business in the neighborhoods and on the streets of Cleveland.
Eternal fire: Ohio City’s Glass Bubble Project’s furnace has been burning for 25 Years
FreshWater contributor Katie McMenamin recently dropped by the Glass Bubble Project in Ohio City, where she got a lesson in the history of glassblowing, got to assist owner Mike Kaplan in creating a design, and learned what keeps Kaplan going after 25 years of blowing glass, teaching others the art, and sharing his passions.
#StreetsofCLE: Snapshot on West 25th Street
FreshWater managing photographer Bob Perkoski provides a peek into the everyday lives of Clevelanders going about their business in the neighborhoods and on the streets of Cleveland.
Cultural pride: Hispanic arts and culture organizations celebrate Latino pride through art
National Hispanic Heritage Month occurs earlier in the fall, but Cuyahoga Arts & Culture celebrates Cleveland's Hispanic arts and cultural organizations all year long. Here's a look at five organizations—Cleveland Orchestra, LatinUs Theater, Julia De Burgos, MoCa Cleveland, and Abrepaso Flamenco—focused on Latino pride through the arts and culture programs they produce.
#StreetsofCLE: Snapshot in Ohio City
FreshWater managing photographer Bob Perkoski provides a peek into the everyday lives of Clevelanders going about their business in the neighborhoods and on the streets of Cleveland.
Robotics mission: GLSC students travel to Ecuador to fit needy children with prosthetics
Earlier this year, students from four CMSD high schools in the Great Lakes Science Center's Robotics Initiative created prosthetic arms and hands and then traveled to Quito, Ecuador, where they helped nonprofit IMAHelps fit children in need with the prosthetics.
Full steam ahead: Irishtown Bend stabilization project breaks ground
Last Friday, Aug. 25 at the Cleveland Rowing Foundation, city officials and organizations celebrated the beginning of the vital next step in the Irishtown Bend project—the stabilization of the banks of the Cuyahoga River to move ahead with a 23-acre park.
Tour the past: County opens Veteran’s Memorial Bridge lower deck, hosts talk about future plans
The subway level of the Veterans Memorial Bridge will be open this weekend for tours and a discussion about creating a public "Low-Line Park" on the level that was closed in 1954.
Free spirited: A tea house gives way to a dry bar in Ohio City
Verbena Shoppe, Café, and Dry Bar will take over the former Cleveland Tea Revival space in Ohio City this summer.
FRONT Triennial wins Ohio Museums Association’s Best Community Partnership award
FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art last week received the 2022 Best Community Partnership award from the Ohio Museums Association (OMA) for its collaborative initiative to open access to the FRONT Triennial to people of all abilities.