Jun 15, 2017 under , , ,

25961 Euclid Ave: Shifrin's Merchandise Mart and Wyban's Gift and Book Shop

Read the opening of the Euclid-Richmond Shopping Center.

25961 Euclid Ave was the fourth unit from East end of the Euclid-Richmond Shopping Center.

1954 - Shifrin's Merchandise Mart.

Have you ever heard of this place? I can't find out a thing about the store or its owners.
1954 - Help wanted
I'm usually surprised at how little advertising was done. Hadn't advertising always been a crucial part of having a successful enterprise?

They were listed in a 1957 advert for Glidden paint, along with a huge list of other paint retailers.

Well as you well know, what comes next is the end of Shifrin's Mdse Mart.
February 1961 - closing due to illness.
1961/1962 - Wyban's Gift and Book shop moved in relatively quickly, as they were one of the 3 units affected by the Woldman's Deli fire.

Ever heard of this place? I'm showing my age.

Fast forward to July 1979, and Wyban's Gift and Book Shop says goodbye to the Euclid-Richmond Shopping Center.
Today? Merged with 25971 and 25981 to become 25991 Euclid Avenue, aka Family Dollar.

Jun 6, 2017 under , , , ,

25971 Euclid Ave: Katz's Restaurant, Woldman's Delicatessen, Richmond Restaurant, Agnes Moore Dress Shop

Read the opening of the Euclid-Richmond Shopping Center.

25971 Euclid Ave was the third unit from East end of the Euclid-Richmond Shopping Center.

Opening in 1952 with the plaza was Katz's Restaurant and Delicatessen, proprietors being Paul Ross and Dave Katz.

They put out adverts for waitresses and cooks from 1953 until 1959 or so.
1953, 1957, 1959.

By 1961, 25971 Euclid Avenue was operating as Woldman's Restaurant and Delicatessen. Wife of part-owner Mike Cohen belonged to a committee to get the Euclid Sunday closing law repealed in June of that year.
June 1961
The law must have been a stick in the craw of the Cohen's and Woldman's, and they demonstrated that on Sundays in 1962 by having their wait staff dress up in old-fashioned clothing and handing out menus printed in Old English. I personally think this is quite fucking awesome.
February 1962, Sheldon Woldman makes a statement
In April of 1962, about a month and a half later, disaster struck as fire raged through the restaurant and deli.

Damage as the result of a deep-fat fryer exploding
Undaunted, they persisted that they would re-open despite the fire that caused about $8,000 (that's about $64,000 in 2017) in damage.

April 1962
May 10, 1962, Woldman's ran an ad in the Euclid Journal to keep an eye out for the completely rebuilt restaurant! They ran this ad and similar several times.
Run May 10, May 31, June 14, June 28,
July 5th 1962... soon!
Finally they were open... early August 1962.

So they re-opened. Neat

In 1971, though, Richmond Restaurant would at least for a few years, be found at 25971 Euclid Avenue.

1971, 1972, 1973
1977 - Need a dress, ladies?
And in 1979... selling off the fixtures.
And so 25971 Euclid Avenue stops right there.

Today? Part of Family Dollar, another unit merged to become part of 25991 Euclid Avenue.

Jun 4, 2017 under , ,

25981 Euclid Ave: Bo-Peep Shoppe

Read the opening of the Euclid-Richmond Shopping Center.

25981 Euclid Ave was the second unit from East end of the Euclid-Richmond Shopping Center.

Stephanie and Harry Traub opened the first Bo-Peep Shoppe at 798 East 105th Street in Cleveland in 1941. Bo-Peep Shoppe opened its doors at this address in 1952. They went on to open more shops on the East Side of Cleveland with the largest located at 717 E. 185th Street in Euclid.

1955 Euclid High School yearbook
 In Spring 1962, a fire broke out in a neighboring unit that housed a deli. Bo-Peep Shopped suffered water damage as a result.
April 1962 fire at the Euclid-Richmond Shopping Center

Stephanie Traub and her second husband George continued to operate Bo-Peeps Shoppe until closing the business in 1966.
August 1966, selling off the fixtures
 What came after Bo-Peep for 25981 Euclid Avenue? I don't think anything did.

Today: Doesn't exist. This unit was combined with 25991 Euclid Avenue, which currently is home to Family Dollar.

May 17, 2017 under , , , , , , ,

25991 Euclid Ave: Marshall, Cunningham, Gray... A History of Drug Stores

Read the opening of the Euclid-Richmond Shopping Center.

25991 Euclid Ave is the Easternmost storefront of the Euclid-Richmond Shopping Center.

1952 - Opens as a Marshall Drug Store.
Marshall Drug - 1952 advert

May 13, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Euclid-Richmond Shopping Center Opens - September 18th, 19th, & 20th 1952

On September 18, 1952 the Euclid-Richmond Shopping Center opened on the corner of East 260th and Euclid Avenue. It was quite the event that morning with Euclid Mayor Kenneth J. Sims leading the ceremonies that showcased the new plaza with city officials from Wickliffe, Willowick, Willoughby, and Richmond Heights making appearances.

May 5, 2017 under , ,

Euclid Square Mall - The Death Knell!

I guess we can now officially call Euclid Square Mall what most of us have been calling it for years: a dead mall. I know because I saw it called that on Cleveland.com.

Now a firm in Georgia is interested in the property, to bulldoze the 1977 structure and badly dilapidated out-parcels and build new.

This comes just days after the news of Amazon renting space for 5 years here in Euclid.

Read: Euclid Square Mall, now dead, could be demolished for massive industrial project (photos)

Apr 24, 2017 under , ,

Online Giant Amazon Leases Space in Euclid

Amazon.com is officially renting an 80,000 square foot space at Bluestone Business Center II, 26555 Bluestone Blvd. This is the development on the former PMX site.
They've listed daily on Craigslist Cleveland hiring part-time, seasonal jobs.

Apr 14, 2017 under , ,

1976 Euclid Family Days at Geauga Lake Ticket

My brother and niece went to the now closed Forest Park school tonight, where things were being sold off.

Source: Euclid City Schools Facebook
I don't know that they found much to purchase, but they did come home with an interesting souvenir to me, as I'm a Euclid historical twerp AND a roller coaster and theme park JUNKY.

Euclid Family Days at Geauga Lake! Discount ticket good Saturday, May 15 and Sunday, May 16, 1976. The $1.25 discount brought the ticket price from $5.50 to $4.25!

Not valid for small lake boats and miniature golf.*

Apr 7, 2017 under , , ,

Front Row Theater Gig has Cher Shopping at Euclid Square Mall

Sonny and Cher Bono were in town to perform at the Front Row Theater from March 29th to April 3rd, 1977.

The Front Row Theater was designed by Richard  Jencen, located in Highland Heights, and opened in 1974.

Euclid Square Mall had its own gala opening March 1, 1977, the same month Sonny and Cher were in town to perform just a few miles away in Highland Heights.

While Sonny Bono was off hitting some tennis balls about a racquet club in Eastlake, Cher Bono chose to shop at Euclid Square Mall's Pepperidge Farm, and I'm sure, lots of other shops.

Here's a Euclid resident requesting an autograph.

 I wonder how many other celebs of the day made a trip to ESM?

The location of the old Front Row Theater, closed in 1993 and demolished in 1995, is now home to a retail complex that includes the Highland Heights Home Depot.

Mar 28, 2017 under , ,

Lubrizol's Privileges and Obligations of Citizenship - I Want them as Citizens

Published March 28th, 1957.

"You know why they're avoiding me?" said Uncle Sam. "They're afraid of government.

"That's because, in the countries they came from, government kicked people around.

"They've been in the U.S.A. a long time now. They should have taken out their naturalization papers. But they haven't. They're scared to go near a government office.

"I wish you'd talk to them.

"Explain to them that our Constitution was established to secure the blessings of liberty and that in our country citizens have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

"Make it clear to them that in the U.S. A. government doesn't persecute people - it protects them.

"If they would like to be citizens now, have them visit, or write for information... My boys will take good care of them. I want them as citizens."

Mar 1, 2017 under , , ,

Meet the Lindler's, Euclid's Newest Family!

It's 1943, and the Lindler family has just moved to suburban Euclid. They buy bonds, and they buy Heinz products, too!

Peter Lindler works 6 days a week and bowls on Tuesday nights. He works at a war plant in Cleveland and also enjoys photography and enlarging photos. Mrs. Lindler, who is never given a first name, also enjoys sharing in enlarging photos with Peter. She likes to cook and sew as well, having made all the curtains in her new Euclid home.

Sprinkled throughout the day is how the Lindlers - even baby Elaine - enjoy Heinz products.

You probably guessed by now - this is a WWII Heinz ad. Good on ya!

So, what do you think... Are the Lindlers a real family? Did they really eat potted meat for supper? I can't answer the second part but I can take care of the first... Yes, the Lindlers were a real family and yes, they really lived in Euclid...ish.

On a deed from Stanley and Elizabeth Ivinson to Peter and Mrs. (Theresa!!) Lindler dated July 27, 1942, the Lindlers purchased a home at 19311 Pawnee Avenue. I think this is technically Cleveland you know... by a few feet. But close enough for government work.

I hope Theresa Lindler didn't spend too much time or suffer too many pokes from making her curtains, because in 1946, 4 years after they moved in, and 3 years after their Heinz ad, they up and moved to North Royalton.

So long, Lindlers, we hardly knew ye.

Feb 22, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , ,

Euclid Township Hall and Euclid City Hall

On the afternoon of April 12, 1929, Euclid's city hall on North Street was ablaze and would soon burn to the ground. Fire Chief Ernest Earick blamed the fire on faulty wiring, specifically a short circuit that sparked tarred hemp used by the water department to pack pipe joints. Chief Earick was on the first floor of the two story building, built in 1894, and had the misfortune of falling through the burning floor into the basement. He was rescued, revived and remained on scene.

Talk about hardcore.
Having no city hall, everybody (even the police) moved over to the "old hotel" (The Euclid Inn) on Chardon road, near Euclid ave. The depression made rebuilding a slow process, and the temporary city hall ended up being a 9 year solution.

Plans were completed in 1934 and construction of the new "old" Euclid city hall began in 1937. There was a bit of back-and-forth about the location, though.

Here's a photo of the newly constructed hall in 1938. It was completed by WPA workers and cost $100,000.

City Hall still stands today, but was outgrown in the mid 1980's. The basement of this building was actually the police department until 1950.

It currently sits right next to the current (municipal center) city hall, completed in 1989.

Bonus: Showing off a 4 year old city hall in the 1942 Euclid city directory.

Jan 8, 2017 under , , , , , , , ,

Euclid Ohio Sesquicentennial Commemorative Plate!

There may be nothing worse than plates and other bric-a-brac. It collects dust, you're not really supposed to touch them, and most knick knacks are just hideous.

But a commemorative plate with a whole list of notable historical moments that happened in (and what would become) Euclid? Get out the wall anchors because this piece of Grandma's collection is going up on this blogs wall!

The city of Euclid Sesquicentennial was held in 1959, and celebrated 150 years of existing. This seems like an excuse to have a little festival and mint some coins and fire some plates. But what a plate it is! Green print, roughly 10.25" features a nice pictorial of Euclid's yesteryear.

Old Stop 10 - corner of Euclid Ave. and Chardon Rd.

Euclid Town Hall - erected 1894, burned down 1929.

Euclid High School c. 1900. I wonder if they were warm, safe, and dry?

Euclid Ohio Band c. 1908
The back of the plate features a long list of remarkable Euclid events.

With the epic title "Saga of an Industrial Empire", the timeline starts many years before Moses Cleaveland even ventured over this way.

I've typed out what I could. Read along below!

  • 1662: Northwest Territory given by King Charles II to Connecticut through Governor John Winthrop which united all the English settlements under one government.
  • 1701 to 1728: Initial treaties with Indian tribes headed by the Iroquois, of all lands east of the Cuyahoga River to the whites. 
  • 1785: Treaty with separate tribe - Chippewa, Delaware, Erie, Ottawa, and Wyandot to relinquish all lands east of Cuyahoga River.
  • 1795:Treaty finalized with Iroquois Nation.
  • 1796:General Moses Cleaveland and 66 surveyors set out for the Western Reserve Territory.
  • (a) Mutiny at Conneaut Creek where camp was established.
  • (b) Township 5 miles square laid out and sold at $1.00 per acre.
  • (c) Township christened "Euclid" in honor of surveyors patron saint.
  • 1797: First permanent settlers built homes (11 in number).
  • 1798: 18 others to build homes and sew wheat as previously agreed.
  • 1799: Last 12 families build and settle.
  • 1803: First mail route, Cleveland to Warren, passing through Euclid.l
  • 1809: Euclid Township incorporated and officers duly elected.
  • 1815: Euclid had 42 qualified ?? voters and was larger than Cleveland.
  • 1820: Organization of Baptist Church.
  • 1840: Lake county organizes - Willoughby transferred from Cuyahoga to Lake county, Euclid lost its best harbor possibility.
  • 1845: German Lutheran Church organized.
  • 1852: Opening of Cleveland, Painesville, and Ashtabula Railroad - now a part of the New York Central System.
  • 1861: Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railroad purchased and operated the C. P. and A. mentioned above.
  • 1861: St. Paul's Catholic Church organized.
  • 1868: First High School opened - enrollment 5 pupils.
  • 1878 - First references to taxes for ??, roads, sidewalks.
  • 1883: December 15th - warmest day on record temperature 69 F.
  • 1896: High School chartered.
  • 1897: Graduating class of 6 from Euclid High School.
  • 1903: Euclid incorporated as a village.
  • 1904: Discontinued use of toll gate on Euclid Avenue.
  • 1908: Speed law passed - 8 miles per hour.
  • 1914: Beginning of industrial growth.
  • 1929: Old Town Hall on North Street burned to ground destroying many old records.
  • 1930: Euclid incorporated as a city.
  • 1932: Addressograph-Multigraph moved from Chicago to Euclid.
  • 1938: Kenneth J. Sims assumes mayor's responsibilities.
  • 1941: Thompson Products built multi-million dollar manufacturing plant.
  • 1943: Opening of present Euclid Senior High School.

Dec 2, 2016 under , ,

Euclid Square Mall Santa Christmas Castle

Did you visit Santa at Euclid Square Mall? If so, send me your photos and I'll publish them here!

A few days ago, the Euclid Historical society featured a post of mine from 9 years ago, showing the Euclid Square Mall "Santa" Christmas castle for sale.

They wondered if it was still for sale. The listing has been long removed. The asking price was $20,000, and the mall actually set the castle, and other decorations up in Christmas 2005.

Castle set up in Euclid Square Mall in 2005

Christmas decorating at Euclid Square Mall, 2005
Well I pulled some strings (sent an email) and found out what exactly happened to Euclid Square Mall's Santa Christmas castle.

We still own the castle.  I bought it back in 2005 and stored it there until 2013 when I pulled it from storage, fixed it up and have leased it out the past two holiday seasons.  It is currently leased to a mall in Toronto Canada for this season. 

It looks as good as it did when it was used at the mall for so many years.

If you are interested in leasing it let me know and I will be happy to send you information on how to obtain this very unique piece for next year's holiday season.

So there you have it! One of the Euclid Beach Boys fixed it up, and it's currently in use at a mall in Toronto! I think it should have its own Instagram account or something. Follow it around the world.

 And also my heart is the warms with holiday cheer because Joe says, "It looks as good as it did when it was used at the mall for so many years." I can truly appreciate folks who restore things and keep history, even something like a holiday mall castle, alive and well.

Here's the picture Joe was kind enough to send me:

The Santa Castle and throne in Toronto, Canada, Christmas 2016.

Nov 28, 2016 under , , , ,

Euclid Square Mall Toys R Us: 10 Years Later

I have got to hand it to whomever designed the original brown roof, rainbow-striped building, because it looks as good now as it did 10 years ago.

Euclid Square Mall Toys R Us (1264 East 260th) in 2006.

Euclid Square Mall Toys R Us (1264 East 260th) in 2016.
Even the paint on the "wooden" planks hasn't aged that badly. Toys R Us in Euclid opened in September 1988, and closed in 2002.

September 15, 1988 "Now Open" Euclid Toys R Us ad. Nintendo AND California dream Barbie!

Toys R Us owned the property from 1988 until 2006. They sold it to MCM Don Fisher Manor Apartments, LTD in 2006 for $600,000.

In September 2014, it was sheriff deeded to Lakeview Holding (OH) llc., then sold to SNS Properties llc. in February 2015 for $125,000.

I think it would be nifty to own an old Toys R Us but I don't know if it'd be $125k nifty...

At any rate I know the place was used for overflow (furniture) storage in the last decade. In 2012, Euclid schools held an auction there. The pictures suck hard, but I snagged one where you can truly appreciate that inside, it still looks like a Toys R Us, too.

Euclid Toys R Us boarded-up store front
Many, many feels.