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And the 2017 Best of the Heights winners are . . .

Best of the Heights is an annual public opinion survey and awards ceremony honoring local independent businesses and their contribution to the quality of life in Cleveland Heights and University Heights. This year’s winners are:

Best New Business
Winner
CLE Urban Winery
Finalists
Zoma Ethiopian Restaurant
Greedy Girl

Best (Friendliest) Customer Service
Winner
Quintana’s Barber & Dream Spa
Finalists
Mister Brisket
The Wine Spot

Best Neighborhood Partner
Winner
Zagara’s Marketplace
Finalists
The BottleHouse Brewery
The Wine Spot
Tommy’s

Best Place-to Take an Out-of-Towner
Winner
Tommy’s
Finalists
Gigi’s on Fairmount
Nighttown

Best Bang for Your Buck
Winner
Tommy’s
Finalists
Aladdin’s
Mister Brisket
Tavern Company

Best Interior Appearance
Winner
Gigi’s on Fairmount
Finalists
Appletree Books
Shawn Paul Salon
Taste

Best Window Display
Winner
Big Fun
Finalists
Appletree Books
Heights Arts

Best Storefront Signage
Winner
Big Fun
Finalists
Luna Bakery Café
Melt Bar & Grilled
The Wine Spot

Best Online Presence
Winner
The Wine Spot
Finalists
Atma Center
Mister Brisket

Best Hidden Gem
Winner
Mister Brisket
Finalists
Gigi’s on Fairmount
Greedy Girl

Best University Heights Business
Winner
Geraci’s Restaurant
Finalists
Sweet Melissa
Whole Foods

Best Cleveland Heights Business
Winner
Mister Brisket
Finalists
Tommy’s
Zagara’s Marketplace

The bonus question on the 2017 Best of the Heights survey asked what new business people would like to see in the Heights. Here are their responses:

Food-Related Businesses
An old fashioned soda fountain
Artisan ice cream
Bakery or dessert shop open until 10:00 p.m. or later on the weekends
Build-your-own-salad restaurant
Cuban Restaurant
Delicatessen
Donut shop (not a chain)
Food trucks
Fromagerie – cheese shop
Gastropub
Gluten-free restaurant or bakery
Gourmet grocery
Health food store
Health/wellness/vegan/juice bar
Hot dog place
Ice cream shop
Imported/foreign food grocery store
Juice/smoothie bar
Korean fried chicken restaurant
Pizza by the slice
Sandwich shop (nothing fancy, just good prices and portions)
Sushi
Tacos
Tapas bar
Taqueria
Vegan restaurant
Vietnamese restaurant

Other Types of Businesses
Card Store
Children’s resale shop
Craft store
Fabric /sewing/craft store
Pet supplies store
R&D Biotech or medical firm
Real co-ops to provide services CH-UH residents and businesses need–landscaping, house cleaning,office cleaning, window washing, tutoring, child care, etc.
Recycle/upcycle or general repair shop
Women’s high-end, funky clothing stores

Suggestions for Specific Districts

Cedar Lee Business District
Asian food: sushi, Thai, Vietnamese
Full-service/all-day breakfast spot
Hardware store that caters to old Heights houses
More upscale restaurants

Coventry Village Business District
A men’s wear boutique similar to Blush Boutique

Heights Rockefeller Business District
Another nice restaurant at Rockefeller’s old space
Bakery or eatery

Cedar Fairmount Business District
Clothing boutique

Severance Town Center
IKEA
Sports Place (similar to Lost Nation.)

Expansion of independently owned businesses
Geiger’s
Luxe
McAlister’s Deli
Mitchell’ Ice Cream
Bang Bang Pie in Chicago

More of what we already have
Auto parts stores
Breakfast places
Breweries
Clothing stores
Flower shops
Gyms/fitness centers
House cleaning
Ice cream shops
Indian restaurants
More late night food options
More restaurants (especially independently owned)
Wine bars

Major chains
Chick-fil-A
Costco
IKEA
Kohl’s
Menard’s
Michael’s crafts
Orvis
Sheetz
TD Grille
Trader Joe’s
TREK Bicycle Store

Recreational/Youth Activities/Other
Arts center for youth
Art classes that are affordable
Bowling alley
Children’s birthday party location
Cleveland museum
Climbing Gym
College extension school
Dance club for the 40+ crowd
Family-friendly entertainment
Horse riding stable
Indoor activities: bounce houses, laser tag
Indoor playground
Indoor swimming pool
Kickboxing
Painting/pottery
Rock Climbing
Youth development center

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