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Think of Moving?
-See the Pros and Cons of life in CLE here: http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=21675.msg332327#msg332327
-See the Pros and Cons of Beachwood vs University Heights here: http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=1343.msg1718049#msg1718049

Airports:
-CLE is about 15 minutes from downtown and 25-30 minutes from the Jewish community.  It's a focus city for Frontier, Spirit, and United.
-The RTA (Rapid transit train) at Brookpark station has free parking and is just 1 train stop (3 minutes) to the stop inside the airport. The train costs $2.50 and the schedule is here: http://www.riderta.com/routes/redline/schedules/current#WestboundWeekday
An uber from Brookpark station to CLE is about $10.
-Uber between the Jewish community and CLE is about $30.
-CLE off-site parking is about $9/day, on-site parking is $13-$18/day, and curbside valet parking is $25/day.

-CAK is 40-45 minutes from the Jewish community and located nearby the NFL Hall of Fame.
-Uber between the Jewish community and CAK is about $45.
-CAK parking is $7/day for long-term and $15-$18/day for short-term.

-PIT is 90-105 minutes from the Jewish community. It offers nonstop service to Iceland on WOW, seasonal nonstop service to Paris on Delta, and seasonal nonstop service to Frankfurt on Condor.

Hotels:
-There is a new Hyatt Place in Legacy Village within walking distance of the Jewish community, though it's located just outside of the Eruv. It costs only 5K points/night.
-There is an SPG (Aloft) in Beachwood, but it's 3.5 miles to the jewish community.
-There is a Sheraton on the west side by the airport (30 minutes drive), a Westin downtown, and an Aloft in the flats.
-There is a highly regarded Sheraton Suites by Cuyahoga Falls/Akron.
-There is a nice Hyatt Regency downtown (25 minutes drive) in a unique vintage arcade building and an excellent spa that gives hotel guests 25% off and accepts SpaFinder certs from Costco that can be purchased for an additional 20% off.
-There is a Hyatt Place in Independence located between the airport and Jewish community with a free airport shuttle.

Transportation:
-There is a subway/light rail connecting the airport with downtown, University Circle (where the Case campus and many museums are) and the Jewish community area, but renting a car is pretty much required.

CLE Metro Activities:

Download Aaron's (fantastic) Guide to Cleveland by clicking here

Museums:
-Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (Downtown)
-Great Lakes Science Center (Downtown)
-NFL Hall of Fame (Canton)
-National Inventors Hall of Fame. (Akron)
-Cleveland Museum of Art, one of the best in the nation and it's free (University Circle)
-Children's Museum  (University Circle)
-Museum of Natural History and Planetarium (University Circle)
-Auto-Aviation museum has lots of vintage cars and more (University Circle)
-Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage (Beachwood)
-Polka Hall of Fame (Downtown)

Amusement parks/Thrill rides/Game Rooms:
-Cedar Point has been voted "Best Amusement Park in the World" for 16 consecutive years. It has the best and several of the top 10 coasters in the world. (Sandusky, open May-October)
-IX Indoor Amusement Park (Open March/April)
-Chalet Tobogganing (November-March) on the west side.
-Fun-n-stuff (Arcades, later tag, mini golf, rock climbing, roller skating, mini go karts for the little ones, regular go karts, bumper boats, batting cages, etc.)
-Whirly ball is a spin-off of Basketball played on bumper cars.
-Dave & Busters is on the west side near Crocker Park.
-African Safari Wildlife Park Sandusky
-Kalahari Indoor Waterpark and Soak City outdoor waterpark in Sandusky.
-Memphis Kiddie Park (Amusement park for kids)
-Jumpyard for kids
-Playground World for kids
-Swings & Things

Beaches/Water Activities:
-North Coast Harbor Marina has Jet skis for 100/hr and 60/half hr. Paddle boats, kayaks, and paddle boards are $25/hour or $15/half hr (Downtown).
-Edgewater beach park
-Mentor Headlands beach park
-Geneva on the lake.
-Jet Pack Water Adventures in Sandusky

Sports:
-The Indians, Cavs, and Browns provide major league sports entertainment in downtown Cleveland along with the minor league hockey Lake Erie Monsters.  Browns games are great with some of the best/craziest fans in the NFL and the Indians have a glatt kosher hot dog stand.
-There are minor league Indians teams in Akron and in Eastlake on the east side of Cleveland.

Other activities:
-Segway tour of Downtown CLE
-Zoo and Rainforest (Free for CLE residents on Mondays)
-Aquarium (Downtown)
-Horseshoe Casino, Smoke-free! (Downtown)
-Cleveland Orchestra, one of the "Big Five" American orchestras (University Circle)
-Playhouse Square, second largest theater complex in the United States with Broadway shows at a fraction of the cost on Broadway.
-East 4th downtown pedestrian street district (bars/comedy shows/bowling/casino).
-Lake Erie Islands/Put-in-Bay.
-Big Fun novelty toy store (Cleveland Heights)
-Chagrin Falls is a quaint village on the east side to walk around and you to can be chagrined by the falls.
-Outdoor Ice Skating. (University Circle)
-Amish country.
-Horseback Riding

Shopping:
-Legacy Village is an outdoor mall in the Jewish community.
-Beachwood Place is an indoor mall in the Jewish community.
-Eton is a high-end strip-mall near the Jewish community.
-Crocker Park is an excellent outdoor mall on the west-side of town.
-West Side Market is a world-renown indoor food and produce market in Ohio City west of downtown (Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday)

Hiking/Nature:
-Cuyahoga Valley National Park and Train rides.
-The "Emerald Necklace" is a chain of green Metroparks with great hiking that surrounds Cleveland.  October should be perfect to view the fall foliage.
-Acacia reservation is in the jewish community.
-Squire's Castle in the North Chagrin Reservation of the Cleveland Metroparks.
-Squaw Rock in South Chagrin Reservation of the Cleveland Metroparks.

Nearby Cities:
-Erie/Presque Isle Beach (1.5 hours)
-Pittsburgh (2 hours)
-Columbus (2 hours)
-Detroit (2.5 hours)
-Niagara Falls (3 hours)
-Toronto (4 hours)
-Chicago (6 hours)
-Baltimore (6 hours)
-NYC (7 hours)
-Lakewood (8 hours)

Microbreweries:

-Bottlehouse microbrewery (You can bring your own food!)  (Cleveland Heights, 4.5/5 DD stars)

-Great Lakes Brewpub and Brewery in Ohio City (Don't miss the mob-era bullet holes, tours available, 4.5/5 DD stars)

-Market Garden Brewery in Ohio City

Kosher Eateries:

1. Bagel Shoppe (South Euclid, 4/5 DD stars) closes at 2pm.
Don't miss the excellent Jalapano bagels and ask them to add garlic crunch inside ($0.95).  Great Challah as well.

2. BlueStar Cafe (Woodmere)
Non-C"Y sit-down dairy and sushi/meat dishes to go.
https://www.bluestarcle.com/

3. Chef Dave's (Beachwood, 4/5 DD stars) does restaurant nights and buffet nights several times a month. 
Check https://chefdavescatering.com for upcoming dates.

4. Contempo Cuisine (University Heights, 3.5/5 DD stars) does restaurant nights occasionally.
Check https://www.facebook.com/pages/Contempo-Cuisine-Catering/1532410530341368 for upcoming dates.

5. Ellie's Waffles and Ice Cream (Beachwood, 3/5 DD stars) has decent french onion soup, good waffles, soft and hard ice cream, and below average bakery goods, coffee, chocolates, and smoothies.

6. Kantina (Cleveland uptown/University Circle, 4/5 DD stars): Burger, Kantina Burger, Shnitzel, Shnitzel fried steak , Cookie Dough Shake, Buffalo chicken, Felafel, and Fries are all very inexpensive and great.
http://www.kantinakatering.com/

7. Kinneret Pizza (Cleveland Heights, 3.5/5 DD stars) closes at 7pm.
Very good plain pizza, order with extra sauce and well done. Avoid the toppings. 
Excellent garlic knots. Very good homemade onion rings and cauliflower.  Sushi is very good when fresh. Good spicy fries and decent Eggplant Parmesan.  Soft serve Ice Cream with 8 flavor choices.  There is a salad bar and a lot of other choices on the menu.

8. Issi's Pizza (South Euclid, 3/5 DD stars) closes at 8pm.
The pizza is made in a conveyor belt oven. You'll either like it or hate it.  Try the felafel pizza with extra sauce and request it made well done.

9. Jerusalem Grill (South Euclid, 3.5/5 DD stars), closes at 9pm.
Good Shnitzel, good deli sandwiches like the New Yorker, on Mondays a Felafel+soda is $5. Decent burgers and subpar chinese also available.

10. Sababa (South Euclid, 2.5/5 DD stars), closes at 9pm
Decent Sushi, Japanese, and Israeli food.

11. Subway (Beachwood, 3/5 DD stars) close at 9pm
Typical Subway with parve cheese available.

12. Sushi 2 Go (Cleveland Heights, 4.5/5 DD stars, $5 delivery available)
https://www.sushi2gocleveland.com/menus

13. The glatt kosher hot dog stand at Progressive Field (Downtown Cleveland, 4/5 stars) near section 149 is open during Indians games and is under Cleveland Kosher.
Bring your own water bottles to avoid paying $5 for water!

14. Tiferes Pizza (Cleveland Heights, 3.5/5 DD stars), closes at 10pm or can call and ask about later hours. Closes at 12 on Motzei Shabbos
http://www.localjewishnews.com/2017/01/09/tiferes-pizza-authentic-italian-artisan-pizza/

-Ungers Bakery & Kosher Market (Cleveland Heights, Donuts: 4.5/5 DD stars, other bakery goods: 2/5 DD stars) closes at 8pm, but often may let you in later as they have bakers there all night long.
My favorites are the custard and cinnamon donuts. Others love the Miami and glaze donuts.

-Chocolate Emporium (South Euclid) has chocolates made on-site as well as other gifts.

-Tibor's (Beachwood) has a deli with lots of prepared food and good spicy homemade salami and beef jerky.  They also carry bakery goods from Ungers and from Word of Mouth which are excellent. They close at 7pm.

-Boris' (University Heights) is yet another butcher/deli with kosher grocery items that also carries Pride of the Farm Ice Cream.

-Heinen's (University Heights) has a great kosher grocery section with prepared meals from Contempo Cuisine catering and bakery good from Contempo Cuisine and Lax & Mandel. 

-Costco (Mayfield Heights) has a large kosher section.

-Amy Joy Donuts (South Euclid, Cholov Stam)

-Coldstone Creamery (University Heights, Cholov Stam)

-Mitchell's Ice Cream (Beachwood and Ohio City, Cholov Stam).

-Shannon Road Ice Cream makes the best gosh darn parve Ice Cream you've ever tried in your life, guaranteed.
Don't miss Peanut Butter Cup, Snickerdoodle, Cookie Dough, or Toffee Bar.
Better than Klein's milchig Ice Cream by a wide margin. CRC Pareve and Cleveland Kosher Hasgachos.
Website: http://www.shannonroadicecream.com/

Available by the pint/quart/gallon in these stores:
          *Boris' Kosher Meats
          *Tibors' Kosher Meats
          *Unger's Kosher Bakery and Food
          *Merchant's Market in Legacy Village (Single serve sizes available here)

-BG Sweets makes incredible coated popcorn in all kinds of amazing flavors.  Licky Sticky S'mores, Peppermint Patty, and Nutty Buddy are all excellent.
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Re: Cleveland Master Thread
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Is there any yashan in Cleveland?
I remember when a coke was a nickel, and you could buy VRs in OD.

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Is there any yashan in Cleveland?
Kinneret pizza is yashan, as is many items at Ungers bakery.
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« Reply #2177 on: October 16, 2017, 04:09:12 PM »
First Energy Solutions has cancelled its contract with NOPEC which administered the municipal aggregation for numerous Cleveland area municipalities. This will erase the discount FES offered but also allow customers to choose other suppliers who,IF DONE PROPERLY, can save more than they had been with NOPEC. Expect all the opportunists to suddenly pop up. If you choose to look into other suppliers make sure it is with someone who understands the ins and out of the market and will help you avoid them. Otherwise you can lose more than you gain.

Here are some articles on the subject which are written mostly from the NOPEC point of view with a sprinkling of FES without much real reporting on the matter.

http://www.cleveland.com/business/index.ssf/2016/10/firstenergy_solutions_cancels.html
BTW the "fees" mentioned in this article are a profit being paid to the "non-profit" NOPEC probably in the millions.

http://www.cleveland.com/business/index.ssf/2016/10/firstenergy_nopec_locked_in_co.html

http://www.cleveland.com/business/index.ssf/2016/11/the_nopec-firstenergy_solution.html

FYI for all Illuminatin Company customers.

The NOPEC rates for those under option 1 (the one you land on by default if you do nothing) of 0.0599 are currently higher than the price you would get by opting out from NOPEC and buying your electricity directly from The Illuminating Company which is 0.058. If you choose option 2 then our rate is guaranteed to be 6% lower than buying directly. This option is only availble to about 7000 customers and can only be obtained by calling NOPEC at 1-855-NOPEC-01 (1-855-667-3201). The other option is to call the utility and ask to remove NOPEC or to switch to an alternate supplier.
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