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Sparx City Hop Preview

September 3, 2012 2:00 PM

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sparxcityhop Sparx City Hop Preview

(credit: downtowncleveland.com)

Sparx City Hop
Downtown
Historic Gateway Neighborhood
PlayhouseSquare
Ohio City
Tremont
Campus District
AsiaTown
St. Clair/Superior District
www.downtownclevelandalliance.com

If you’ve ever wondered what makes the city of Cleveland special, the Sparx City Hop exists to answer that question. Now in its 10th year, City Hop is a one-day event that offers interested patrons a chance to explore the many highlights of Cleveland, from art studios and galleries to restaurants and retail shops. Free trolleys transport patrons from one district to another from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15. If you plan on being among the 25,000 people expected to turn out for the annual celebration, here is a sneak peek at some of the venues on the route.

Asian Town Center
3820 Superior Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44114
(216) 621-1681
www.asiantowncenter.com

Asian Town Center has been in business since November 2003. That is when they took over an old industrial building originally constructed in 1922 for warehouse and manufacturing use. Now the site serves as a destination center for upscale Asian supermarkets, restaurants, and shop offices. With approximately 115,000 square feet of space, the Town Center is a hub for everything Asian.
The Arcade
401 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, Ohio 44114
(216) 696-1408
www.theclevelandarcade.com

Formerly known as Cleveland’s Crystal Palace, the Arcade is one of the city’s best-known and most-loved landmarks. When it first opened its doors in 1890 the establishment boasted of being the nation’s first large-scale indoor shopping mall, and since its $60 million renovation was completed in May of 2001 things have never looked better. Here City Hop participants will find everything from restaurants and clothing boutiques to gift shops and services of various kinds.

Tower Press
1900 Superior Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44144
(216 ) 241-4069
www.towerpress.com

Chances are you’ve never seen anything like the Tower Press, Cleveland’s first legally zoned, live-work, loft space. Check this one out if you’re into the arts, and if you’re an artist yourself you might even find a home. That’s right, the Tower Press is a one-of-a-kind live, work loft community where artists (and non-artists, though 16 of the tower’s units are set aside exclusively for artists) can enjoy all the modern functionality of both the home and workplace in a single location.

Related: Best Art Fairs in Cleveland

West Side Market
1979 W. 25th St.
Cleveland, Ohio 44113
(216) 664-3387
www.westsidemarket.org

West Side Market boasts of being Cleveland’s oldest publicly owned market. With such a reputation it is not hard to believe that last year alone it was estimated over one million people visited the market, now home to more than 100 vendors offering a wide variety of ethnic foods. Tourists come from all over the world, in fact, drawn by television programs produced by the Travel Channel and Food Network.

Related: The Best Vendors At The West Side Market In Cleveland


Playhouse Square
1501 Euclid Ave. Suite 200
Cleveland, OH 44115
(216) 771-4444
www.playhousesquare.org

One million in annual attendance. Eight performance venues. More than 1,000 yearly events. All this adds up to Playhouse Square being the country’s largest performing arts center outside of New York City. And with a yearly excess of $43 million in local economic impact, you can bet that is a good thing. Yet Playhouse Square is a not-for-profit organization, dedicated to producing a wide variety of quality performing arts and enhancing the public’s knowledge of the arts, the latter being accomplished largely through the center’s nationally acclaimed “Partners in Performance” program which has funded the bussing of more than 60,000 students to various shows over the years.

Joshua Lawson is a husband to Sarah and a father to Joshua, Hope, and Allison. Once upon a time he was a halfway decent basketball player, but his dream since becoming a father has gone from playing in the NBA to one day getting a full night’s sleep again. Joshua lives in Portsmouth, OH. His work can be found at Examiner.com.

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