C.L.E. Clothing Company
Located at Native Cleveland in the Waterloo Arts District or on the corner of the East Fourth Street Entertainment District downtown, visitors can find C.L.E. Clothing’s quirky designs to gear up for the game, pay tribute to Cleveland’s history (such as Eliot Ness for Mayor and Municipal Stadium), or just have some fun with King Kong as he scales a local landmark, the Terminal Tower.
Inspired by the beauty, color and friendliness of an ethnic open air markets, Coventry’s City Buddha is known for its wide selection of unique silver and beaded jewelry, one of kind clothing and home goods all sourced from artisans near and abroad who are treated fairly and paid a living wage.
A well-known name among vintage-lovers in Northeast Ohio, Deering Vintage located in Ohio City, is a former flower shop into a store reminiscent of that “cool great aunt’s” closet. The clean and organized marble countertop is used for jewelry and accessories and an old built-in cooler that serves as furnishing vignettes making it easy for shoppers will find an eclectic array of clothing from the ‘40s – ‘70s and even an in-house tailor for on-the-spot alterations.
An eclectic shop featuring independent local artisans and crafters, NATIVE Cleveland located in the east side Waterloo neighborhood is where shoppers can find locally-produced t-shirts, jewelry, home decor, soaps, wall art, fine art photography, art prints, and other knick-knacks all which exude hometown pride and idiosyncrasies. It’s the perfect place to browse before a show at the nearby Beachland Ballroom.
Salty Not Sweet
“Locally grown,” the phrase on a popular-selling baby onesie available at Ohio City’s Salty Not Sweet might as well be the sassy boutique’s slogan. Goods galore populate this shop, whose owners are committed to bringing exclusive handmade items such as jewelry, clothing, soap, candles and greeting cards, all of which are either made in-house or from artists discovered at arts and craft shows around the country.
– April Ingle
The majority of Americans probably know Valerie Mayen from her stint on Project Runway. However, Cleveland has a special connection to this famous designer. Valerie graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Art with a degree in graphic design and illustration, and has since opened a Cleveland-based shop called Yellowcake. She decided to name her store Yellowcake because that dessert is one of the most underrated, classic sweets. And, those are the adjectives Mayen wants her clothing to evoke – sweet and classic.
Mayen also is working to start a Cleveland sewing co-op called Buzz & Growl, which gives designers, seamstresses and fashion students a space to work and expand their careers. Besides giving them this valuable workspace, the designers also will have resources (workshops/classes) and equipment (sewing machines and mannequins) at their disposal.
But Mayen isn’t the only one getting in on the boutique action in Cleveland Plus. Check out these other fashion boutiques in the area:
This cozy boutique is brimming with modern, urban attire. Shoppers will find unique clothing and accessories here, including pieces from their Baby Banyan collection (specializing in inimitable baby toys and outfits), the Cleveland Chic collection and Figwood Silver jewelry. But that’s not all. Banyan Tree has a plethora of chic dresses, tops and home décor from which to choose. It’s practically impossible to leave here empty-handed.