Shopping in Cleveland, Akron & Canton

by | Oct 3, 2014 | Dining, Nightlife, Shopping

SHOPPING – whether you love spending hours combing through racks in a consignment shop to nab that designer dress at a fraction of the retail cost, or you absolutely dread the word “mall”, shopping is a necessary part of our lives. And while big box stores and malls are easy to spot, the charming little local boutiques that are sometimes hidden away form the main drags are a bit trickier to find. Our clients are people who are relocating to NE Ohio. They have new houses or apartments to buy for, they need to find the closet grocery store, they need clothes for themselves and their children, home furnishing & decor shops, and much more. This shopping cheat sheet is for newcomers and is arranged by suburb and region.


Aurora (Portage County 45 min east of Cleve) – Aurora Farms – outlet mall with 70+ stores including Calvin Klein, Michael Kors, Coach, Ralph Lauren, Off Fifth, Tommy Hilfiger, Banana Republic, Gap, Brooks Brothers, Nike

Bainbridge (Geauga County)- Marketplace at Four Corners with anchors Kohl’s, Marshalls, Walmart Supercenter, BabiesRUs, Famous Footwear, Michaels and Dick’s Sporting Goods

Beachwood (Cuyahoga County) – Beachwood Place Mall (140 shops anchors Dillard’s, Saks Fifth Ave, Nordstrom – GREAT personal shoppers here!); La Place (Williams Sonoma, Pottery Barn Kids);

Cleveland Heights  (Cuyahoga County)- shopping pockets include: Cedar/Lee and Cedar/Fairmount neighborhood, Coventry Village, Fairmount/S. Taylor; Severance Town Center

Chagrin Falls (Cuyahoga County) – historic downtown (anchored by Main & Bell Streets) has lots of independent & chain stores to explore

Hudson (Summit County) – Historic Main Street (at Rt. 91 & Rt. 303) has dozens of independent shops and adjacent is First & Main with 200,000 SF of retail, restaurants and Heinen’s grocery

Lyndhurst (Cuyahoga County) – Legacy Village lifestyle center is anchored by Crate & Barrel, Restoration Hardware, Nordstrom Rack, Cheesecake Factory, Dick’s Sporting Goods & Giant Eagle supermarket

Macedonia (Summit County) – Macedonia Commons at Rt. 8 & Rt. 82 is anchored by  Walmart, PetSmart, Cinemark 15; Crossings at Golden Link at intersection of Rt. 8 (AKA Northfield Rd) and Rt. 82 (AKA Aurora Rd) anchored by Target, Lowe’s, Giant Eagle

Mayfield Heights (Cuyahoga County) – Mayfield Road is the main artery with lots of commercial building; big box districts include: Golden Gate Shopping Center (west of I-271 and anchored by Best Buy, World Market, JoAnn’s Half Price Books); the eastside’s only Costco (opposite Golden Gate); Eastgate (at SOM Center Rd, anchored by movie theaters, and MicroCenter

Mentor (Lake County) –  Great Lakes Mall anchored by Dillard’s JCPenney, Macy’s, Sears

Orange Village (Cuyahoga County) – Pinecrest, a new retail/commercial and residential development slated to open in 2016

Pepper Pike (Cuyahoga County) – Landerwood Plaza, at Chagrin & Lander, both sides of the street offer interesting shops, and one of the most highly anticipated new shopping districts in the region, Pinecrest, has been slowly announcing tenants for a plaza due to open in 2016

Richmond Heights (Cuyahoga County) – Richmond Town Square with anchors JCPenney, Regal Cinemas, Macy’s and Sears

Shaker Heights (Cuyahoga County) – pockets of shopping at Chagrin & Lee (anchored by Heinens supermarket), Van Aken Center (at intersection of Warrensville Center Road & Chagrin Blvd.

University Heights (Cuyahoga County) – Cedar & Warrensville Center Road is a hub of shopping including University Square (anchors: Target &  Macy’s); one of 2 Whole Foods Markets on eastside; Fairmount Circle (Fairmount & Warrensville Ctr Rd) with cluster of shops & restaurants near John Carroll University

Warrensville Heights (Cuyahoga County) – Harvard Park shopping district is on Richmond & Harvard (borders suburb of Beachwood) and is anchored by a Marriott Hotel, DSW Shoes,  Office Max, Bed Bath & Beyond

Woodmere Village – shopping along Chagrin Blvd. just east of I-271 including Village Square (TJMaxx, Wild Oats), Shops at Eton (Apple Store, Trader’s Joes, Barnes & Noble, Anthropologie, Nicky Nicole, Penzey’s Spices)

Avon (Lorain County) – Avon Commons has the west side’s only Costco, as well as Kohl’s, Home Depot, Marshalls and Target; French Creek District, with shops clustered along Detroit Road (antique and junque shops)
Brooklyn (Cuyahoga County) – Ridge Park Square has big box anchors including Lowe’s, Marc’s, TJMaxx, AMC Theater, Bed Bath & Beyond and Michael’s
Elyria (Lorain County) – Midway Mall with anchors: Best Buy, JCPenney, Macy’s Sears & Staples
Fairview Park (Cuyahoga County) – Westgate Shopping Center big box stores at W. 210th & Center Ridge Rd including Kohl’s, PetSmart, Lowe’s and Marshall’s
Lakewood (Cuyahoga County) – Downtown Lakewood Detroit Rd btwn W. 140 & W. 170 has lots of street shopping including antique stores at western end
Middleburg Heights (Cuyahoga County) – Southland Shopping Center anchors: Giant Eagle, Burlington Coat Factory, Marc’s, BJ’s Wholesale Club, JoAnn’s, Marshalls, OfficeMax and PetCo
North Olmsted (Cuyahoga County) – Great Northern Mall with anchors: Dillard’s JCPenney, Macy’s, Sears and Dick’s Sporting Goods; Great Northern Plazas offers big box shopping including Home Depot, Marc’s, Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft, Best Buy, Bed Bath & Beyond, DSW, PetSmart and Big Lots
Parma (Cuyahoga County) – Parmatown Mall with anchors: Macy’s, JCPenney, Walmart, Dick’s Sporting Goods
Rocky River (Cuyahoga County) – Beachcliff Market Square former movie theater complex now filled with boutiques; Old Town Rocky River Shopping Plazaa second district of unique boutiques clustered on (adjacent to Beachcliff)
Strongsville (Cuyahoga County) – SouthPark Mall Anchors: Dillard’s, Sears, JCPenney, Macy’s, Kohl’s, Dick’s Sporting Goods and Cinemark Theater
Westlake (Cuyahoga County) – Crocker Park a huge mixed use lifestyle center with residential living, office space and dozens of restaurants and stores including anchor tetants Dicks’ Sporting Goods, Barnes & Noble, H&M, Urban Outfitters and Arhaus Furniture
Little Italy neighborhood (east) – galleries, restaurants and shops clustered around the intersection of Mayfield & Murray Hill
Ohio City neighborhood (west) – Market District clustered near the 100 yr old Westside Market on W. 25 & Lorain and just north of that is Hingetown (near W. 29th & Church)
Shaker Square neighborhood (east) – anchored by restaurants & a movie theater complex and one block north is Larchmere Blvd, with many more shops, antique stores and restaurants
Tremont neighborhood – (west) – a few shops and many art galleries clustered on/near Professor Avenue between Fairfield & Starkweather (good website to find shops/galleries is the Tremont Art Walk, held 2nd Friday of every month all year long); Steelyard Commons big box shopping anchored by WalMart, Target, Burlington Coat Factory,Home Depot
Akron/Fairlawn (Summit County) – Chapel Hill Mall, anchors: JCPenney, Macy’s and Sears; Summit Mall anchors: Apple Store, Dillard’s Men & Home, Dillard’s Women and Macy’s
Canton (Stark County) – Belden Village Mall anchors: Dillard’s, Sears and Macy’s
Montrose (Summit County) – Montrose Strip: EarthFare, Golf Galaxy, Barnes & Noble, Best Buy, Walmart, SAM’s Club, Home Depot, TJMaxx, Old Navy, Dick’s Sporting Goods, World Market, Acme, Bed Bath & Beyond, Pier 1, DSW
North Canton (Stark County) – Belden Park Crossings anchors: Target, Kohl’s, Dick’s Sporting Goods, DSW, Jo-Ann Fabric & Crafts, hhgregg, PetSmart; The Strip  anchors: Lowe’s, Walmart, Giant Eagle, Best Buy and Bed Bath & Beyond, Marshall’s and Old Navy
And if you are a browser who enjoys flea markets and estate sales, you need to know about The Cleveland Flea, held the second Saturday of every month in the Superior/St. Clair neighborhood (just west of University Circle in the city of Cleveland). In summer months it attracts 10,000 visitors to the see the wares of hand picked vendors and food providers. And the Flea’s little sister it the Sunday Market in Hingetown. This Parisian themed flea market is part Sunday brunch, part community gathering and part super cool shopping for anything from new jewelry to vintage clothing and home decor. It is the 3rd Sunday of the good weather months in Ohio City’s Hingetown, centered at W. 29th & Church.  In addition, here is a list of local vendors who epitomize the upcycling movement in the US, re-purposing old items into new things to love.
For more information on how Executive Arrangements can help your company attract & retain talent in Cleveland, Akron or Canton by matching your candidate’s interests with the lifestyle and amenities in our region, call us at 216.231.9311. Each family  receives a personalized yellow pages and a list of locally owned boutique shops that are “staff favorites” that all newcomers should know about.