Neighborhood Spotlight: Slavic Village
Industrial, Gritty, Blue Collar, Slavic Village is Filled with Old World Charm
By Jamie Pawlak and Kelsey O'Donnell
Exciting developments are happening in one of Cleveland's most underrated neighborhoods. Slavic Village is attracting new residents and business investors because of its affordable homes and historic storefronts. Driving in from Downtown, you’re met by the steel mills that stand as symbols of the resilience, pride and prosperity of the area (a pretty fitting welcome, in our opinion).
Slavic Village is Cleveland’s best-kept secret, but we’re letting the cat out of the bag. Here’s how to make the most of this unapologetic, authentic-Cleveland neighborhood.
The architecture at the intersection of E.55th and Broadway is enough reason to make a stop here. It is one of two intersections where all the buildings pre-date WWI (1901-1914). Hubcap Heaven, arguably the largest collection of new/used hubcaps in the city, calls one of the historic buildings home. It’s a must-see for any car lover.
The historic building tour doesn’t stop there. Around the corner at the intersection of Union and Broadway is a former substation for the local utility company where Inca Tea now resides. Be sure to remember that name, because the Peruvian Purple Corn tea packaged here is pretty legit.
Stop in for a view of the breathtaking Our Lady of Lourdes church and then head to an ethnic dinner at Sokol Greater Cleveland. This place is the real deal for a home cooked meal. Be sure to make your reservation ahead for their scheduled dinner events. While you’re there, peek inside the Czech Museum & Gift Shop.
You’re going to want to bring your cooler for this one. Fleet Ave. is the first completely green street in Cleveland, and it is the perfect place to take an afternoon adventure in Slavic Village. Stock up on all your favorites at Seven Roses Polish Deli or Saucisson Butcher Shop. If you can resist the urge to eat what you just bought, grab lunch at Red Chimney. You’ll definitely need some ice cream at Daisy's (or maybe a drink from Scorchers) before heading out. Then swing by St. Stanislaus Shrine Church to see some pretty amazing historic architecture and artifacts. This sacred church will give you goosebumps.
Hidden in the residential part of Slavic Village is Cleveland’s tallest waterfall. Seriously. Stop by R&K Sausage to grab lunch to-go and head to Mill Creek Falls for an afternoon picnic with a view.
Slavic Village sits in between Garfield Park Reservation and Washington Reservation, which are connected by the Morgana Run Trail. The 2.1-mile long trail, which begins at E. 49th St. and ends at Mill Creek Falls, will take you through the heart of Slavic Village.
Slavic Village was recently chosen as the winning neighborhood for Cleveland Chain Reaction. The local version of the Cleveland Hustles reality television series will have local investors bring in five new businesses to the neighborhood.
Centrally located and easy to get to, the neighborhood is very walkable and bike friendly.
Take I-77 exits Harvard, Fleet or Broadway, or I-490 exit at E.55th. Hop off RTA bus 19 at Broadway and Fleet Ave.