If you’ve ever met Adam Fleischer, the owner of The Wine Spot on Lee Road in Cleveland Heights, there are two things you know right away about the guy: he knows his business and he loves his neighborhood. Who better to give gift buying tips than a guy who spends his days helping people select the perfect drink for every celebration?
“You know how people talk about local?” Adam starts, “Well, my wife and I are micro-local. Not just Ohio, or Cleveland, or even Cleveland Heights, but like 44118 local,” he continues with a laugh.
So, here’s the deal. Adam shared a great list of all the local independent businesses he counts on for his holiday shopping for family, friends, and staff (check out the list below for those), but it all boiled down to three tips he’d like shoppers to keep in mind this holiday season:
1) Shop local. And not just local, but “micro-local.” Buy gift cards to your favorite restaurants, jewelry from the gallery down the street, and art from an artist you know. Because when you buy in your backyard, it gives you a chance to shine a spotlight on everything you love about your neighborhood.
2) Pair edibles with your gift. A local cheese with a cheeseboard, a local beer with fancy beer glasses. Adding an edible personalizes the gift and it just tastes great.
3) Take advantage of holiday strolls and open studios to discover new neighborhoods and local artisans—from Cleveland Flea to the Last Minute Market to the Cleveland Heights Holiday Stroll, these events make it easy to find gifts for almost everyone in one trip.
“Look, I’m really lucky here. Some people get it because they’ve lived in places like New York City where you can get anything you need within blocks of your apartment. Cleveland Heights feels like that,” Adam says. “Running a small business means we have very little time to get out, but I don’t have to go far to get absolutely anything I need. So I guess my number one piece of holiday shopping advice is for people to come visit us here and see everything we have going on.”
Here are his favorite local shopping suggestions, in no particular order:
Revive: Adam can literally cross the street from his shop and get half his Christmas shopping done for his wife and daughter. They have a great selection that keeps changing all the time.
Heights Arts: While some may know this gallery for its art, Adam is particularly fond of their jewelry selection.
Cleveland Institute of Art: Through a partnership with CIA to show student work at The Wine Spot, Adam has become familiar with the high quality work students produce. Buying student art is an affordable way to start collecting local art and they have a holiday sale this weekend.
Mitchell’s Fine Chocolates: Need we say more. He’s probably two doors away from Adam’s shop and always has a supply of seasonal treats that make great hostess gifts.
Larchmere Fire Works: Glass artist Tina Haldiman and blacksmith Cassidy Anderson have taken over a long-empty space on Larchmere to open a gallery and workshop. Plus, you can do some antique shopping and drop by Loganberry Bookstore while you’re in the neighborhood.
Big Fun: Have you ever seen anyone from Cleveland Heights share a list like this without including Steve Presser’s house of fun? It’s still the best place to find a gift to lighten the mood.
Wanderlust: New to Cleveland Heights, this jewelry shop just moved to a spot above Starbucks on Cedar-Fairmount. Adam and Susan were excited by the quality of what they saw at the opening.
Want to shop Cleveland Heights? Don’t miss the upcoming Holiday Stroll on December 12th from 4-8pm with special performances, activities, and Lolly the Trolly rides will connect Coventry, Cedar Lee, and Cedar Fairmount shopping districts.