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Section 68: Bellaire Puritas - Part 4

 This was the fourth and final section run of the Bellaire-Puritas neighborhood. Below is section map:

MapRun 1Run 2

Distance This Section: 11.2 miles

Distance So Far: 504.9 miles

If you're a carnivore, Al & B's Barbecue (15115 Puritas Ave) makes a mean Polish Boy (pictured), the signature sandwich of Cleveland. But online reviews say just about everything here is great (especially the sauces).

This branch of Metrohealth (4330 W. 150th) features 35 health care providers and a breast care center.

Marc's Plaza is one of two main shopping areas in the neighborhood. Aside from Marc's, it is anchored by Neighbors Bar & Grill and a Happy's Pizza.

West Side Hungarian Reformed Church (15300 Puritas Ave) actually still conducts a Sunday service in Hungarian. Their catering hall also offers authentic Hungarian food, which receives strong online reviews. Monthly chicken paprikas dinners (generally held the first Saturday of the month during the Spring, Fall & Winter) are major fundraisers for the church's mission work.

This community garden behind Robinson Jones elementary school is an Ohio State Extension Summer Sprout programing location.

This row of brick apartments make quite a strong presence on W. 150th.

Robinson G. Jones is a Pre-8 CMSD school with a curriculum that focuses on literacy and family involvement in children's education. It serves approximately 430 students and is named after a prominent Cleveland educator who served as superintendent of the Cleveland school system in the 1920s, the fastest period of its growth.

West Park Baptist Church (4600 W. 150th) offers regular weekly service and runs a mobile food pantry.

Lakewood Supply (4901 W. 150th Cleveland) was founded in 1910 and has grown to become Northeast Ohio’s premier supplier of tools and materials used in concrete construction, renovation and maintenance. The business moved to the city in the 1950s, originally locating on W. 140th. This facility on W. 150th was built in 2001.

Norfolk Southern Rockport Yard is a massive depot near W. 150th & I-480. As of 2014, there were 345 employees at the Rockport Yard, which handled maintenance for an average of 30 trains daily. Norfolk Southern's presence in Cleveland began in 1982 when the company acquired the New York, Chicago & Saint Louis (Nickle Plate) Railroad as well as the Wheeling & Lake Erie Railroad. It's one of two freight train companies left in Cleveland.

This walking path connecting W. 157 and W. 158 was once a city street called Ventor Ave. Part of it still remains and the rest is this sidewalk (which actually saved me quite of bit of double-back running).

Oatley (4700 W. 160th) is a plumbing supply business founded in 1916 in Berea. It opened this Hardware DIY division building in 1958. It now has over 20 locations to include Canada, Mexico and China.

These streets are only one street apart from each other but their tree canopies create quite contrasting feels.

This 30,000 square foot mural at W. 161 & Puritas Ave was created to celebrate those with different abilities and was dedicated on National Down Syndrome Day 2021. It includes over 50 panels measuring 4 feet by 10 feet and was designed by local artist Garrett Weider with painting assistance by individuals with different abilities. Over 12 different organizations sponsored the project. It is the largest permanent mural of its type in Ohio.

Another shot of the mural. There is actually another one of similar size across the street titled "Fun is Always in Season" which designed by Dan Whitely and was installed in 2010 as part of the then-'Mural My Neighborhood' program.

Cool & Hot Zone (15753 Puritas Ave) is a seasonal neighborhood ice cream shop. As the name suggests, the menu is divided into cold and hot offerings. On the cold side: soft-serve ice cream, milkshakes and flurries. And the hot: doughnuts and hot dogs. I just missed the opening by a week or so.

Weber's Tavern (15629 Puritas Ave) was founded by Vern and Goldie Weber and has been family-owned for over 40 years.

These housing units on Kenny Ave were developed to assist those with disabilities.

Best yard decor (W. 156th Street)

I wonder if the house and car came together?