Tell us about what you do…
I do creative odd jobs – this year, it’s been everything from designing sets for a high school musical to creating custom stationary to designing blog headers to copywriting. Kind of a jack of all trades, I guess. I also run a blog called even*cleveland.
What are you currently working on?
Invitations for a going-away party, a menu rewrite, and some illustrations.
Where would you take an out of town guest who only had 24 hours in Cleveland?
My uncle just recently came to visit from Oregon and we managed to fit this into a day, more or less: breakfast at Lucky’s; touring the art museum; an hour or two wandering the stacks at Loganberry Books; Super Chicken sandwiches at Brennan’s Colony; a stop at Boom Modern to pine over a McCobb piece I’ve wanted forever and a day; a walk through Tremont; dinner at Lolita; a cocktail at the Velvet Tango Room; and a movie. If I had been a little more strategic, I would have wrangled in a stop to the Verne Gallery in Little Italy.
What do you think is Cleveland’s most under-appreciated gem?
The Cinematheque. They consistently have an absolutely killer selection of films. Runner up: Wade Chapel in Lakeview Cemetery. The tilework alone is worth a visit.
What do you do to keep warm in Cleveland winters?
Cross-country skiing. I find spending time outside makes the winter much more bearable. Also bourbon.
Where is your favorite place in Cleveland to grab breakfast?
On the Rise. It’s a bakery in Cleveland Heights, and they have the best sticky buns I’ve ever had.
What is your craziest idea for Cleveland that just might work?
I think the city (or some nice philanthropist) should invest in building a 10-story parking garage downtown that would be free. The idea would be to totally undercut the business of all the surface parking lots and force the owners to either sell or develop the the land into something other than acres of tar … but hopefully not Cheesecake Factories. Maybe urban gardens or a development of WeeHouses.
What inspires you?
Art, talk, travel, music, clothes and books. Well made things. Also being outside.
What is, in your opinion, the greatest advantage to living in Cleveland?
Cost. No question. You can have a decent quality of life here on relatively little money.
Who is one person in Cleveland that you recommend us checking out?