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North Collinwood: Part 2

 This is actually my second run of the North Collinwood neighborhood. 

Over two years ago when I first started this project, my very first run was in this neighborhood as I thought I would work my way east to west (you can view that post here).

After realizing the enormity of this project after that run, I decided to head back to the west side so that, in the event I got burnt out, I would at least know the neighborhoods where I live and work.

But I made it back to Collinwood. And here we go.

Map: Run 1, Run 2

Distance This Run: 11.5 miles

Distance So Far: 593.6 miles

Villa Angela-St. Joseph's High School (18491 Lakeshore Blvd) began as Villa Angela Academy and was founded by the Ursuline Sisters of Cleveland in 1878. It was the oldest Catholic institution of learning in the Diocese of Cleveland. For more than 110 years, the academy produced 6,000 graduates. St. Joseph High School was opened in September of 1950. The Bishop had asked the Society of Mary from Dayton, Ohio, to administer the school. In St. Joseph's history, more than 10,000 students graduated from its comprehensive college preparatory or technical programs. Both school combined in 1990.

Maplecliff Road has retained its original brick-lined street infrastructure.

Alexander's Floral Designs (18322 Lakeshore Blvd) is a locally owned flower shop established in 2017. They are the preferred florist of both University Hospitals and the Cleveland Clinic.

Established in 1914, Beachland Park is a privately owned park along the shoreline featuring basketball, tennis, bocce and shuffle board courts as well as a gazebo and playground area. Membership is offered to households on Canterbury, Landseer, Windward, and Cornwall Roads and Lakeshore Boulevard. Immediately to the west is the Coronado Beach Association, which also has private park land. Membership is offered to residents of Dorcester Dr & Crestland Rd.

This home on Dorchester Drive was built only a few years ago but was probably most remarkable home I saw given its proximity to the lake coupled with the fact that it basically has a private park directly to the west.

This home sits across from the one above and was built in 1954.

It took me a minute to determine what flag this was but it's the national flag of Wales. Of course, the set of eyes in the pine tree is the winner here.

East Shore Park Club is a private lakefront community club established in 1928. Eligible members must live in certain neighborhood tracks in proximity to the club. However, they offer a popular summer concern series which is free and open to the public.

The Cleveland Lakefront Bikeway spans the entire length of Cleveland’s 17-mile Lake Erie shoreline from the City’s eastern border with Euclid and its western border with Lakewood.

Well, hello there.

Sandy's Frozen Whip - with its tag "The Feast of the East" - was an east side staple for over 50 years. It was particularly well known for it's Euclid Beach Park strawberry custard and, at one point, also sold Christmas trees, pumpkins and Easter flowers during those seasons. Owner Louis Clernt took ownership of the shop in 1969 and ran it for 50 years before closing in 2019 after suffering health problems.

The Music Emporium (670 E. 185th) according to Google Reviews: "What a cool shop! Going here is like going treasure hunting. You could spend a whole afternoon exploring the collection of instruments, amps, sound boards, keyboards, and accordions. Yes, accordions. It’s also a great place to get your instrument fixed."

The City Desk Company (706 W. 185th) was founded in 1914 as a family-owned contract furniture dealership. Over the years, they've become one of N.E. Ohio's largest outlets for new, close-out/discontinued and pre-owned furnishings (desks, chairs, cubicles, conference tables, file cabinets, etc). Co-owners Rich Fleck and Mark Capuria received their educations in the neighborhood, at Villa Angela-St. Joe's and Noble Academy, respectively. In a homecoming move of sorts, they moved to the store from E. 55th to E. 185th in late 2021.

Momo's Restaurant is a "southern restaurant with a coastal vibe." You can check out some of the photos of their food in the link.

Welcome to W. 185th, the main commercial corridor of the neighborhood and currently receiving a $20+ million streetscape makeover.

Scotti's Italian Eatery (882 E. 185th Street) is a simple and quaint Italian spot with a spacious patio. Their 'Scotti-Boy' burger is popular and they also boast about having a Tesla car charging station, if that's applicable to you.

Buettner's Bakery (704 E. 185th) might be the best mom and pop bakery I've been to yet in Cleveland. They are also one of the few places to make Cleveland's iconic pizza bagel (which allegedly originated nearby in South Euclid) from scratch. Suggestion: try the jalapeno.

The no-frills, old school feel of Buettner's. Nothing fancy. Just great product and great service. And one gigantic, life-sized poster of Elvis.

The chip on my credit card wasn't working so this fine lady said not to worry about it, paid for my order, and told me I could come back another day and pay up. Which I did and bought even more goods. Old school Cleveland.

Picked up a box of these goodies for my co-workers.

Founded in 1925 by Adolph & Della Jakubs, Jakubs Funeral Home (936 E. 185th) was originally located at 6621 Edna Ave. in Cleveland. Following the death of Adolph in 1932, Della operated the business alone until 1951 when her son, William, joined the staff. This location was opened in 1954.

A view of Euclid Creek from Villaview Road.

Muldoon's Saloon & Eatery (1020 E. 185th) is a laid-back Irish bar with a large beer list (over 100 craft beers), free popcorn & a varied menu including pizza & barbecue. From Cleveland Scene: "Owner Billy Dagg is a retired Cleveland firefighter, and his cheerful Irish pub is a second home for many of the city's finest, who flock here for the shepherd's pie, big slabs of char-broiled prime rib and the expansive international beer collection."

Some funky sculpture art in the parking lot of Muldoon's.

St. Casmir's (18022 Neff Road) is a "an ethnically diverse Catholic parish with a dual mission to unite and strengthen the Lithuanian community." Services are offered in both English and Lithuanian. There are also Lithuanian language classes on weekends for adults and children, Lithuanian Scout troops, and dance groups. The church was originally named Our Lady of Perpetual Help and was founded in 1929.

This unique building at 17700 Lake Shore Blvd was built in 1933 and was once a bait and tackle shop.

Lake Shore Blvd has many of these types apartment buildings which provides some density in the neighborhood.

Some fall beauty on Park Drive.

Oliver Hazard Perry Elementary School (18400 Schenley Ave) serves 272 students. This new school building was opened in 2019. The school's namesake is more commonly known as Commodore Perry who defeated the British near Put-In-Bay in the war of 1812. For his troubles, he would later have a delicious IPA named after him.

This church at the split at Cornwall and Canterbury Roads was built in 1947 and was home to Beachland Presbyterian Church for 70 years.