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Ways You Can Support Local Business Today

It is a decidedly difficult time. COVID-19 is impacting everything in our orbit—hospitality and tourism, retail, education, law enforcement, politics, sports, the arts, nonprofits, healthcare . . . the list goes on. The way our world has changed is particularly striking today—St. Paddy’s Day. This is a time when Clevelanders would be filling the streets and generating income for the bars, bakeries, breweries and musicians. Today some of us will maybe get a Reuben to-go and log-on to watch local rockers giving voice to the holiday with a 1pm livestream concert for the community.  

We wrote this post this morning and by the time it’s shared online we suspect things will have changed even more—that’s how quickly things are moving. For now, we’d like to share some of the ways we can still support struggling local businesses who have supported Aquarium events over the years. If we missed someone, add a comment or email us. We’ll add it here.

Breweries 

Bookhouse Brewing – Our neighbors up the hill just announced they were going to try a home beer and waffle delivery. Order some and follow them on Facebook

Double Wing Brewing – With the mandatory closure of on-site consumption, Debonne said it is offering carryout sales of both Double Wing Beer and Debonné wine, but you must call ahead. They’ll also deliver, but there are some restrictions. Check out the post on social.   

Great Lakes Brewing Company – They’re continuing to brew, but the brewpub is closed. Their Facebook says “We’ve got plans in the works to bring the fresh, comforting tastes of our pub to your home. Stay tuned [for info on] our upcoming to-go food and beer offerings, including festive holiday fare.” 

Saucy Brew Works – The Hingetown fixture is shifting its “focus solely to PICKUP and DELIVERY options for our full menu, crowlers and growlers of beer on tap (new Saucy growlers only)” and cans.  They’ve also changed their hours in the short-term. Find out the latest here

Terrestrial Brewing Company – Terrestrial has been an amazing partner to the Aquarium’s Splash Fund, raising money for efforts to save spotted turtles in Northeast Ohio. The Battery Park Brewer says, “We are only offering to-go sales on all beers and food with limited hours. We will be opening Tuesday thru Friday (4-8 PM) and Saturday and Sunday (12-8 PM). At these times, guests may purchase any to-go beers (crowlers and growlers), merchandise, gift cards, as well as to-go La Plaza Taqueria & Catering food. We are currently working on canning operations as well. Expect your favorite Terrestrial beers in six-packs in the near future.”

Twin Oast Brewing – The Catawba Island brewer is encouraging those who’d like to support them to buy a gift card saying, “This is an easy way that you can continue to support our staff and our business during the mandatory closure. As a small token of our appreciation, we’ll be adding on to the value of your gift card.”

Voodoo Brewery Cleveland – One of the newest additions to the Cleveland (Heights) beer scene will offer carry out beer, cider and food. Check out their Facebook for more. 

Chocolates, Sweets & Snacks 

The Bom – With online s’more and truffle-making parties, The Bom is a great alternative during the era of social distancing. Check them out here

Fear’s Confections – Carry out chocolate in Lakewood. You know you want to. It’s the opposite of stressful. Here’s the info

Jack Frost Donuts – Some of Northeast Ohio’s most fanciful (and deelish) donuts are now available curbside for those with the foresight to pre-order. Details here.  

Mitchell’s Fine Chocolates – This Cleveland Heights chocolatier invites you to support a local business and “grab ‘n’ go” some sweet deliciousness. 

Sweet Bean – Sweet been has been making lemon out of lemonade (well, more like chocolate out of cocoa beens) and heading to online for virtual markets. Find out how to shop one of them here.  

Sweet Designs Chocolatier – Stop in, pick up and head out. This Lakewood business has sanitizing and public safety in mind and terrific chocolates in its cases. 

Restaurants 

Astoria Café & Market – Astoria will be open Tuesday-Saturday 11am-9pm for carry out and curbside to-go and they’re offering 10% off every purchase excluding alcohol. The market will be open and they have to-go beer and wine.

The Flat Iron – Our neighbors across the bridge are offering carry out Monday through Saturday 11am- 8pm. Dall 216.696,6968 to place an order. Take-out bottled beer and wine are also available. This is a new game and The Flat Iron is taking things day by day, so follow them here for updates. 

Hatfields Goode Grub – The West Park staple is offering curbside pickup and free local delivery of their full menu including beer and wine from 11am – 8pm. Online ordering is suggested.  

Melt Bar & Grilled – The full Melt Bar and Grilled menu is now available for take-out and delivery with amended hours. Enjoy the ooey-gooey, family-friendly cheesy goodness at home. 

Prosperity Social Club – Prosperity is regrouping with carryout specials and beer and wine to-go.  Check out the eclectic Tremont pub’s quintessentially Cleveland comfort food here

Rascal House – All Rascal House locations are open for pickup, takeout and delivery only – so take that pie home with your bad self. 

Wineries 

CLE Urban Winery – You can still get your favorites from the Cleveland Heights’ winery online or at Heinen’s. 

Debonne Vineyards – The 175-acre vineyard in Madison says it is offering 20% off all carry-out wine & beer or 50% off shipping until Easter.

Grand River Cellars – They are currently open 12-6pm daily and offering 20% post off all carryout wine sales

High & Low Winery – Zoom zoom zoom, High & Low Winery is delivering wine to your living room! $3.95 flat fee, no minimum, no venturing out. More here.   

Raven’s Glenn Winery – Located in West Lafayette, they have pickup available and will deliver orders over $40 within local corporation limits.  

Other 

K-9 Cleveland – In an effort to support the human healthcare team during the COVID-19 pandemic, the doggy daycare/groomer/trainer is offering a 50% discount on daycare & boarding through the end of April to those working in local hospitals.

Lolly the Trolley – They are not offering their super informative public tours for the remainder of March. Be sure to take a sightseeing tour when they start back up again. 

Nautica Queen – The sightseeing cruise was just gearing up for the summer season. Look for announcements and book your afternoon or evening on the Cuyahoga River. 

Visible Voice Books – The indie Tremont bookshop will be closed for browsing and events until this all blows over, but its entire inventory IS available online. They’ll also be taking orders via at info@visiblevoicebooks.com. Payment options available thru PayPal and Venmo and they’ll be offering free domestic USPS shipping and arranging curbside book pickup while the store is closed.

– Greater Cleveland Aquarium Team

5 Reasons to Check Out Hauntaquarium

Looking for something to do this Halloween? Here are 5 reasons your family will enjoy Captain NEO’s Hauntaquarium at the Greater Cleveland Aquarium October 18, 19, 25, 26 or 27* from 6 – 9pm.

RAIN, SHINE OR SNOW IT’S A GO Our pirate party activities—from a DJ dance party to face painting—are indoors.

FUN, NOT SCARY There are pirates, pumpkins and magic, but nothing gets too spooky. Parents attending with kids in tow are encouraged to come in costume; as long as it is child-friendly and does not include a mask.

BUDGET-CONSCIOUS PRICING Due to the generosity of sponsors like the Cleveland Monsters, Integrity Radio and K9 Cleveland, the cost to attend Captain NEO’s Hauntaquarium is less than daytime admission—$12 ($10 for Passholders).  If you purchase your ticket in advance and show it at the gate to the lot, parking is also included.

MORE THAN TREATS Captain NEO’s Hauntaquarium is more than a treat trail with stickers, candies and temporary tattoos. The evening also includes animal encounters, mini science experiments, costumed SCUBA divers and activities to spur the imagination of budding young biologists.

FEEL-GOOD FUN We hope you’ll enjoy the evening and take away a newfound appreciation for how flashlight fish get their special glow, where piranhas earned their fearsome reputations or why poison dart frogs are such brilliant colors. We are excited for any opportunity to share our passion for aquatic life and the environment with curious learners of all ages.

Interested? Space is limited. I suggest getting your tickets in advance to make sure you get the night of your choice AND free parking. (*Note: October 27 is being held in partnership with Autism Speaks Northeast Ohio and is for families who could benefit from a reduction of stimuli.) You can purchase tickets here.

  • Neda Spears

A River Reborn

The Cuyahoga River famously caught fire on June 22, 1969, inspiring several songs and sullying Cleveland’s reputation for generations. Ultimately, though, the incident sparked conservation efforts and led to the Clean Water Act. Today, the water flowing by the Greater Cleveland Aquarium is home to more than 60 species of fish along with rowing crews, paddleboarders, boaters and others enjoying the river’s scenic beauty.  That’s the story we want to tell as we commemorate the 50th anniversary of the last time the river burned; not the burning but the inspiration and restoration.

Northeast Ohio is commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Cuyahoga River’s last fire as to remind us of the importance of our natural resources and as an opportunity reflect on how far Northeast Ohio and the nation have come in cleaning up our waterways.  So far this year, the Aquarium has participated in the River Sweep cleanup, made presentations to more than 30 groups on the history of the Cuyahoga River and conducted a river walking tour that ended with a citizen science water quality test.

On the actual anniversary, we have our grand finale commemoration event. We’re inviting the community to a Cuyahoga50 #RiverReborn Family Celebration filled with feel-good music and hands-on kids’ activities. Join the Cleveland History Center, Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Creative Concepts in Music’s Sheela Das, Eriesponsible, Holden Forest & Gardens, International Women’s Air & Space Museum, musician Brent Kirby, National First Ladies’ Library, Nautica Queen, Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District (NEORSD) and Sierra Club for an afternoon of make-and-take crafts, games and informational displays focused on being good stewards of our natural resources. All activities are included with Aquarium admission.

Whether it’s making recycled water bottle fish, ship or plane, taking a narrated walk along the Cuyahoga or guessing how long it takes trash to break down, this rain-or-shine afternoon event is full of fun, hands-on activities and organizations that will help future generations gain a better understanding of their relation to and impact on natural resources.

Many thanks to NEORSD for its partnership and support of these initiatives.

(If you’re able to stick around on the West Bank of the Flats, there’s a Farmer’s Market beginning at 4pm steps away at Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica AND an evening Cuyahoga River Boat Parade that day too!)

Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District

Make a Difference: 2019 Beach Clean-ups

For more than 25 years, the Alliance for the Great Lakes has hosted Adopt-a-Beach events all over the Great Lakes to keep the shorelines healthy, safe and beautiful. In 2018 alone, more than 14,000 volunteers picked up 35,606 pounds of litter over the course of 900 cleanups.

The Splash Fund (a non-profit affiliate of the Greater Cleveland Aquarium) has hosted beach clean-ups in Cleveland since we opened seven years ago. This year, our beach cleanups are scheduled:

5/18 – 10am-12pm Perkins Beach (Edgewater) in partnership with Drink Local. Drink Tap.

6/15 – 10am-12pm Edgewater (main beach)

7/20 – 10am-12pm Edgewater (main beach)

8/17 – 10am-12pm Edgewater (main beach)

9/28 – 10am-12pm Perkins Beach (Edgewater) in partnership with Drink Local. Drink Tap.

The Cleveland Metroparks team does a terrific job of keeping big waste items off the beach, so what exactly gets picked up during these volunteer events? We mostly collect small plastic items including cigarette butts, water bottles, food containers, straws and cigar tips. Even though we are picking up primarily small pieces of plastic, we still remove around 100 pounds of garbage each of the mornings. We couldn’t do it without the help of hundreds of volunteers each summer. We show our gratitude for this effort by offering each volunteer one free post-event ticket to visit the Aquarium.

The easiest way to sign up for one of our beach clean-ups is to register here. It’s easy and fun and make a big difference. We hope to see you at the beach this summer!

10 Holiday Things to do with your Family in Northeast Ohio

The holiday season is officially here! From cookie baking to movie marathons and more, it’s a very exciting time of the year and a great time to spend with loved ones. This winter, don’t miss out on the opportunity to start a new family tradition, continue an old one or treat your family to a festive surprise. Here are 10 family-friendly seasonal adventures happening in your own backyard!

Glow  

Glow is an indoor showcase of decorated trees, gingerbread houses and other beloved holiday traditions. Cleveland Botanical Garden is located at 11030 East Boulevard in Cleveland’s University Circle.

Castle Noel

You can visit Castle Noel any time because this Christmas attraction filled with Christmas movie costumes and props, vintage toys, store holiday window displays and even indoor snow is open year-round. Castle Noel is located at 260 South Court Street in downtown Medina.

Photo by: Nevit Dilmen 

Ice Skating Outdoors

Lace up your skates and bundle up for the great outdoors! The Ice Rink at Wade Oval is located at 10820 East Boulevard in Cleveland’s University Circle.

Tobogganing   

Looking for an “outdoorsy” adventure?  The Cleveland Metroparks 700-foot twin toboggan chutes located at the Chalet in Mill Stream Run Reservation (16200 Valley Parkway, Strongsville, Ohio) are open throughout the winter.

Kringle’s Inventionasium

This inventive and interactive theatrical experience is your opportunity to help Mr. Kringle and his team prepare for the holidays. Kringle’s Inventionasium Experience is located in downtown Cleveland’s Tower City Center.

Scuba Claus & the Seas’N of Play at Greater Cleveland Aquarium

Expend your seasonal spirit while completing activities about movement and learn about some pretty amazing animal traits along the way. On Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays (1 – 2pm) you can snap a selfie with Scuba Claus underwater in a 230,000-gallon shark exhibit while he visits the sandtigers, stingrays, eels, pufferfish (and guests!) on his nice list.  An activity book, temporary tattoo, scavenger hunt and Scuba Claus visit is included with general Aquarium admission during the Seas’N of Play. The Greater Cleveland Aquarium is located on the West Bank of the Flats in downtown Cleveland at 2000 Sycamore Street, Cleveland, Ohio.

Magic of Lights

Enjoy magical lights in a mile-long display that includes Candy Cane Lane, Reindeer Crossing, the Enchanting Tunnel of Lights and more. The Magic of Lights is in a new location this year at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds, 19201 E. Bagley Road, Middleburg Heights, Ohio.

A Christmas Story House

Many know and love A Christmas Story and consider watching the coming-of-age movie an annual holiday tradition. Fans can make a pilgrimmage to the A Christmas Story House and Museum where the movie was filmed. This pop culture destination open year-round is very near the Aquarium (so make it a two-fer) at 3159 W. 11th Street, Cleveland, Ohio.

A Classic Christmas Play at Playhouse Square

Playhouse Square has performances of A Christmas Story and A Christmas Carol happening through December 23. Cleveland’s theatre district (festooned with a massive outdoor chandelier) is located at 1501 Euclid Avenue.

Cleveland Orchestra Christmas Concert  

Join the Cleveland Orchestra and Chorus for a holiday concert, perfect for families. The holiday concerts include guest choruses and sing-alongs. Severance Hall is located at 11001 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio.

Photo by: Erik Drost

Happy holidays!

– Tori Pishkula