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Moonstruck CLE opens in Little Italy

Hi, friends! Today I want to write a post about an exciting event happening right here in Cleveland. My friend, Elisa Vietri, is opening a shop / gallery in Little Italy. She has been a photographer for many years and would like to showcase her work as well as the work of other artists in the community. She also loves the idea of upcycle, recycle, handmade and plans to share products in the shop that represent those techniques.

And is a part of it all! Many of you know my other job is as web designer/developer and I created a website for Moonstruck at We will expand on it over time, but we wanted to launch a site to direct visitors to her store location and highlight her photography and special events. I’m so excited to help her with that all.

Next, will be selling some products at the shop! I have a love of all things vintage and handmade myself, and Elisa is graciously including some of my collection at Moonstruck. Just in time for Christmas, we will have vintage skates, sleds, and other nifty holiday decor accessories. Plus, the handmade collection will include plenty of gift items for everyone on your list or yourself! from earrings/necklaces in the jewelry department and handmade wreaths for your front door, to winter scene shadow boxes and cocoa gift mugs.

Moonstruck’s featured artist of the month, Kris Platko Art and jewelry designer, Curvy Willow Studio will also have work on display and available for purchase this month! Elisa talks to Cool Cleveland about the shop and her plans:

Moonstruck’s grand opening is Saturday night, December 6, from 7-10pm. The shop will also be open every Friday, Saturday, Sunday in December. We hope you will stop by to say hi and shop with us!

Avon Lake Summer Market

Summer Market

I have to share more details about this wonderful event I attended in July in Avon Lake, the Summer Market.  I’m sure many of you have been there before as it has been held for the past 9 years!  But it was my first time attending and I just had so much fun I decided it deserved its own post with a few more pictures than I posted on Facebook or Instagram at the time.

The setting for this market could not be better, right on Avon’s lakefront park at the end of Rt 83 next to the gorgeous historical Thomas Folger Home.  The market also held a fundraising raffle of vintage and handmade items housed in the Lake House, a smaller property available for party rentals in the center of the market.

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Summer Market Summer Market Summer MarketI was also delighted to discover many “new to me” vendors with so many creative pieces.  I could not get enough of the anchor-themed goods at Girls By The Lake, the booth run by market founders, Kristen Weeden and Erin Stack.  I truly admire what they are doing for Avon Lake and the city of Cleveland (read more on And I spent a fair amount of time in Renaissance Man‘s booth with my own hubby and renaissance man, exploring the nooks and crannies of eclectic, refurbished goodies.

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There were many great food vendors as well, including the Fahrenheit food truck and Cafe Melissa.  We chose to stop by Moosehead for dinner after the market.

I’m so pleased we found this market and enjoyed it thoroughly – I hope you check it out next year!  I know we certainly will.

Tremont Art and Eats

Fahrenheit Bourbon Mule

What a perfect weather weekend in Cleveland, Ohio!  Not only did we enjoy my niece’s graduation party and another Father’s Day BBQ with family and friends, but we also attended some fun events that really connect you to the city.  

Friday night was the 2nd week in June and therefore, the Tremont Artwalk.  This event has been happening for a long time (how’s that for specifics, I’m not sure how long actually but it seems like forever!).  But through sleet and snow and now summer! these galleries and restaurants open their doors for a fun Friday night out in the city.  We like to do a gallery / restaurant crawl of sorts and eat and drink our way through the neighborhood.  We park somewhere off Professor Street and make our way over.  This time we stopped at Fahrenheit and found 2 seats at the bar.  After a delicious Bourbon Mule (oh yeah, a little Maker’s Mark instead of Vodka for this fun drink served in a copper mug), we ordered the Vietnamese Chicken Spring Rolls and Thai Style Spicy Chicken Meatballs (with Sweet Chili Glaze, Crushed Peanuts, Cilantro).  Oh my was that a perfect intro to Artwalk night!

We spent some time walking around Dick Russell’s Gallery looking for unique treasures and fun finds – there is always something!  We could have headed down the street to some other favorites- Lilly Handmade Chocolates (who also has a great selection of microbrews and wines) or Wine & Design (a favorite for home decor and… WINE!), but this Friday we went to the Treehouse as our friend, Jill Lemieux, was showing some artwork there.  She creates unique renderings of animals using colored pencils with almost a pointillism technique.  If you haven’t been to the Treehouse before, it’s the perfect little Irish bar (complete with tree growing through the bar!) to grab a drink and mingle really any day of the week inside or out.  Check out the “Lovely Day for a Guinness” painting on the back side of the building, pretty spectacular!

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We took a walk down to Banyan Tree (one of my favorite shops in the city!) and then decided it was time for another snack.  Would it be Lolita?  Michael Symon’s bustling restaurant with a great happy hour at the bar after 10p.  Would it be Dante?  delicious small plates to share and wonderful atmosphere in the old bank building.  Or would it be Barrio?  fantastic margaritas and unique tacos made completely to order.  We found a couple of seats at the bar at Barrio!  Somehow I concocted a pretty cool Pescada del dia (fish!) taco with jicama slaw, mango salsa, chipotle crema, cilantro/lime aioli … oh my was it good!  …particularly alongside a house made pomegranate margarita.  It ended up being the perfect ending to a great Friday Tremont Artwalk!  I hope you’ll check it out, too.

Homegirl Barn Sale!

Homegirl Barn Sale

Thursday night I stopped by the Homegirl Barn Sale in Hudson, Ohio. I had not been to one of Gina Bishop’s sales before and had a delightful time perusing her wonderful property and barn, let alone all the fabulous goods for sale from her chosen vendors!  Rob loved it as much as I did and now wants to find a property with a barn and yard.  I didn’t catch all of the vendors displayed, but I definitely recognized fantastic pieces from Rust and Found, Urban Chic Decor, and also discovered Marshall’s Antique Warehouse and Go Girl Shoppe.

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She had gorgeous furniture pieces, lighting, and decor…

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… linens and gift items…

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…not to mention, fun pillows and great architectural salvage pieces and more!

She’s open today, 10a-2pm, 2357 Hudson-Aurora Rd. Hudson, Ohio 44236… I encourage you to check it out! I’m sure you’ll come away with a great find.