Saturday, June 22, 2013

Shopping in Cleveland

Shopping in Cleveland's trendy Tremont neighborhood, near downtown.
Pouring rain couldn't even stop me from partaking in a little Cleveland retail therapy when I visited in April. Most of my shopping in Cleveland adventures centered on Tremont, an old immigrant neighborhood near downtown that's going through a hipster revamp of sorts.

Tremont is where you'll find Michael Symon's Lolita restaurant and the house from A Christmas Story. Interestingly, what you won't find is a lot of driveways or parking spaces. That's because the German, Polish and Slovak families who inhabited Tremont in the early 1900s couldn't afford cars. Instead, they lived a simple lifestyle - walk to work, walk home, walk to church, walk home - which means Tremont today is a pedestrian-friendly neighborhood with little car traffic.

Cute cuffs at Evie Lou.
Evie Lou: For years, Kim Crow covered Cleveland's fashion trends as the style editor at The Plain Dealer. Now she's the owner of Evie Lou, a cozy-chic shop with contemporary styles from size 2 to 22. One of my favorite lines at Evie Lou is Porto, travel-friendly clothing with sleek architectural details. You'll also find Alexis Bittar jewelry made from hand-carved lucite, Illia jackets and tops, and Ronen Chen's signature soft textiles and flowing shapes.

Evie Lou boutique.
A selection of Evie Lou's goods: clothes, jewelry and scarves.
Banyan Tree in Tremont.
Banyan Tree: A short walk from Evie Lou is Banyan Tree, a light and airy boutique with a focus on trendy but wearable fashion. Don't miss the local Cleveland Chic and Figwood brands, the latter of which is a fair trade collection created by Banyan Tree's owner, Christie. The shop also carries sweet children's toys and clothing as well as playful home decor pieces. Oh, and I couldn't tear myself away from Banyan Tree's jewelry options - I went home with two pairs of earrings!

The shop's own label, Figwood.
CLE love from Cleveland Chic.
Banyan Tree boutique.
Ohio, Baby!
What do you shop for when you're on vacation?

1 comment:

  1. Needless to say ... skincare! I've been in NYC for a few weeks and I have managed to accumulate 2 Clarisonics! Totally addicted.