Shaker Heights

Leading from Behind: Seven students honor seven leaders through art projects
The Van Aken District is celebrating Black History Month with a unique student exhibit featuring some prominent, yet seldom recognized, Black women in history.
The Tree: Nature and the arts meet with new sculpture at Nature Center’s All People’s Trail
Artist Erik Neff's sculpture at the gateway to the All People's Trail in the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes is an example of fine art meeting nature—exemplifying the beauty in both forms. 
Building Bridges: Local professionals fill the gaps in community leadership
Designed for enthusiastic individuals who are not content with sitting on the sidelines, Bridge Builders is a group of professionals who are keen on becoming community leaders.
Making (air)waves: There's a radio play resurgence happening in Shaker Heights
In tandem with Story Forum and The Shakerite, Radio on the Lake Theatre is helping fill the live theatre gap with a new series of radio plays written and performed by local high school students.
2020 in review: A strange and difficult year, but also a year of hope and progress
Most people would agree, 2020 has been a difficult year. But Northeast Ohio has also witnessed some bright spots amid the darkness. Here's a look back at FreshWater Cleveland's most-read stories of 2020.
Suburban minority restaurant owners look to funding to keep doors open
The pandemic has hit the restaurant industry particularly hard, and even with $7.5 million in Cuyahoga County CARES act funding set aside for small business, many minority-owned suburban eateries are struggling to stay in their communities.  
Dirty Bird ghost kitchen takes flight during opening weekend in Van Aken District
Hunter Harlor thought he would ease into opening Dirty Bird ghost kitchen in Michael's Genuine last week, but the smoked and Nashville hot chicken offerings proved to be a popular option for diners, and opening week was a hit. 
Sweet victory: CLE-based bakers win $10,000 on Netflix baking competition “Sugar Rush Christmas"
Katie Gayner and Anthony Radencic experienced the sweet taste of victory during Netflix’s recent airing of “Sugar Rush Christmas."
Dropping a Love Bomb: Local artist fights domestic violence with newest series
Artist Leah Brooklyn shows her support for victims of domestic violence through her latest hand-drawn series, "Love Bomb."
Van Aken District is aglow for the holidays with former Nela Park displays
The Van Aken District is lighted for the holidays—with some vintage displays from past GE Lighting holiday displays at NELA Park in East Cleveland.
For the birds: Nature Center goes online with annual bird seed sale
The Nature Center at Shaker Lakes has partnered with Wild Birds Unlimited and taken its annual bird seed sale online—offering eight varieties of seed for pick up on Nov. 8.
#PeopleofCLE: John, Roving musician of Shaker
Northeast Ohio is changing. These are the people shaping its future. Our latest installment.
Test tube retail: Van Aken District launches program for retail and food entrepreneurs
The Van Aken District's Entrepreneurial Initiatives program allows both food and retail entrepreneurs to take their businesses for a test run before deciding to open their own bricks-and-mortar establishments.
Cleveland Orchestra musicians perform summer shows for neighbors, move to fall streaming concerts
With summer concerts canceled, Cleveland Orchestra musicians took to neighborhood yards for intimate performances to calm their fans' appetite for live music. And the winter concert season is still on hold, so the world-renowned orchestra moves to online performances.
This Shaker Heights resident is rallying 'suburban housewives' to rock the vote in 2020

When it comes to politics, Katie Paris is true blue. A longtime veteran of national politics, Paris has spent the last year zeroing in on the political scene a bit closer to home—right here in Ohio. In 2019, Paris founded Red Wine & Blue, a grassroots organization geared at rallying suburban women to vote and affect change.

Riding the wave: Eastern suburbs prepare for new surge of evictions and foreclosures
Just like most of Cuyahoga County, Cleveland's inner-ring suburbs are expecting a wave of potential evictions and foreclosures because of the coronavirus. But officials are trying to provide assistance wherever they can in Shaker Heights and South Euclid.
Street serenades: Out-of-work performers play neighborhood concerts
During the coronavirus quarantine, many out-of-work performers took to their own front yards to entertain their neighbors. Two Greater Cleveland entertainers turned the quarantine gigs into regular performances.
Two suburban school districts finalize facilities master plans during uncertain times
With shrinking populations and more community need, Lakewood and Shaker Heights School Districts are completing facilities master plans to accommodate students and residents—just in time to ponder the reopening of the schools during a pandemic.
Happy campers: This savvy Cleveland Heights teen is helping save summer camp for local kids
When local day camps began cancelling sessions this summer, one young entrepreneur took it upon herself to bring camp to the kids in her Cleveland Heights neighborhood with Kamp Kate.
Taking it to the street: Cleveland Heights considers loosening outdoor dining and entertainment laws
As restaurants and bars re-open, Cleveland Heights business owners and city officials are working together to come up with new ways to social distance while mingling outside.