Halloween being just around the corner made me think of this great toy store Jeff & I visited on a weekend trip to Cleveland, Ohio—Big Fun Toys, where we picked up the vintage alien masks. The shop has everything, including a wall of new-old-stock novelty masks for, what seems like, original sale price, plus lots of retro-style candies, and assorted weird little toys. We were in Cleveland for no reason other than it's one of the great American cities within driving distance of Greensboro, albeit a long drive. We found some good veggie-friendly restaurants, a small yet cool Little Italy neighborhood and checked out historical sites like Lakeview Cemetery where you can visit both Eliot Ness’ grave marker and President Garfield's tomb (incidentally, a spectacular view of the city can be seen from the top of his mausoleum). Most importantly, though, we shopped the city’s many vintage and thrift stores. The Midwest is unequalled when it comes to great vintage at decent prices—if you're in the area, here's the short list of places to check out:

Big Fun Toy Store, 11512 Clifton Boulevard

Sweet Lorain, 7105 Lorain Road (previously Suite Lorain, now under new management, still carrying a massive collection of mid-century furniture, accessories, and clothing. If you can only go to one shop, this is the one.)

Flower Child, 11508 Clifton Boulevard (more vintage furnishings)

The Cleveland Shop, 11606 Detroit Avenue (nicely curated vintage clothing boutique)

Chelsea's, 1412 W 116th Street (near The Cleveland Shop, tightly packed floor-to-ceiling racks of vintage clothing)

Presti's, 12101 Mayfield Road (old-school Italian bakery in the heart of Cleveland's Little Italy)


Cleveland skyline Sweet Lorain Eliot Ness President Garfield


posted by Rachel