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Summer is a cool time to shop for hot bargains




Summertime is a cool time to find hot bargains.

You never know what discoveries you will make when you set out to explore Northeast Ohio’s many flea markets, antique and consignment shops, and estate sales. In shopping just for the fun of it, you may find the perfect item for your home at a great price.

The treasure hunt never ends at VNTG Home. Opened in Tyler Village in May, 2017, VNTG Home stocks more than 3,000 one-of-a-kind furniture, lighting and home décor items.

“We are a revolutionary, fun marketplace and design destination,” Megan Featherston, VNTG Home founder said. “We serve the down-sizing market as well as moving and estate sales. We offer a digital platform that features loved-before beautiful merchandise. The digital marketplace is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”

“We also invite people to see our 25,000-square-foot marketplace. It is like an amusement park for the home design enthusiast,” Featherston added. “We say that the treasure hunt begins every day at 10 a.m. at Tyler Village.”

“Our furniture has great architectural interest and is so inviting. You might see something, but you would like to change the fabric or the paint. We can do that for you,” Featherston added. “We stock 600 fabrics, half of them purchased directly from a mill in France. These European fabrics are well received in Cleveland. Because we have so many in stock, there is a quick turnaround. And, you can buy the fabrics at direct-from-the-mill prices. We believe that everyone should be able to live beautifully.” She said that VNTG Home’s designers and upcycling artisans can make personally designed home décor an affordable reality.

VNTG Home has a philanthropic program that goes beyond sales. “It’s about building communities,” Featherston explained. “Our nonprofit partners include organizations like Big Brothers and Big sisters, Providence House and The Gathering Place. If people make the decision to donate items to us, we provide them with a fair appraisal value and when the items sell, they can take that tax advantage. We pick up the furniture free of charge, fix it, change it, put it on our website, market it and sell it. Then, we share the proceeds with our nonprofit partners.”

“We think that it is important for business owners to build community. Young people who can’t afford to write a check to charity can channel their commerce to make a difference in their community,” Featherston explained.

VNTG Home is at 1453 E. 36th St., Suite 4202. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday through Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Phone 216.505.4322 or visit to browse the digital marketplace.

The Hudson Flea is now in its fourth year, but this is the first year in its new location adjacent to the Joanne Fabrics headquarters. The summer flea market takes place once a month, on July 29, Aug. 19 and Sept. 30, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission and parking are free.

“We have about 140 dealers, five food trucks, live music and children’s activities,” organizer Jacque Thomson said. “We feature everything from handmade jewelry to farmhouse tables. Everything is handmade.”

The Hudson Flea has become so successful that city officials from the neighboring community of Twinsburg asked the Hudson organizers to replicate the event in their community. Market on the Square in Twinsburg is held on the square in the center of town. The next events are on Aug. 29 and Sept. 9, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission and parking are free. “We feature the same type of products in Twinsburg, with live music and food trucks. We have about 400 rotating vendors between the two events,” Thompson explained.

“We have a very, very positive vibe going on. We focus on being happy. We do everything we can to support our vendors,” she said. “We are a platform for people who are breaking out of the nine to five job and chasing their dreams.”

June Greenwald began dealing in antiques more than 60 years ago. Her children, Robin and Ronald, continue to run the business after June’s retirement. Greenwald’s conducts estate sales and exhibits at some of the finest antique and jewelry shows around the country.

“We specialize in very high end, very rare antiques, fine jewelry and fine arts by listed artists,” Jeremy Ondo of Greenwald Antiques said. “Customers say that it is so refreshing to come into a space that is clean, well-lit and organized, with everything priced and identified. And, we stand by everything that we sell. The item is as it is guaranteed.”

“We love to educate,” he said. “Generally, we find that people start collecting when their children are out of the house and they have the disposable income. We are thrilled to share what we know about antiques and art. Customers will come in, have a cup of coffee and talk with us about the items that they collect.”

“We focus on the customer experience. We actually help you to find exactly what you are looking for,” Ondo added.

Greenwald Antiques has two locations. The Woodmere Gallery is at 28480 Chagrin Blvd. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p. m. on Monday through Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Phone 216.839.6100. The Beachwood Showroom is at 23500 Mercantile Rd. It is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday through Saturday. Phone 216-595-0555.

Margaret Martines opened Martines’ Antiques in 1978, specializing in silver, as well as clocks, linens and lamps.

Martines said that she has more than 350 books about silver. “I have always liked to research silver and hallmarks. I’m an advocate of the daily use of silver. If you use your silver, you will keep up with it. Use hot, soapy water to keep it clean, “she said. Martines’ Antiques offers flatware matching and silver cleaning service.

“We carry silver miniatures in all varieties, from all countries,” Martines said. “We offer appraisals for insurance.” Martines said that she once traveled to as many as 25 antique shows a year across the country. “I am always buying and selling. I have many contacts in the business that are not local, because of all of the shows that I did,” she noted.

Martines’ Antiques is at 516 E. Washington St. in Chagrin Falls. Store hours are from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday through Saturday. Phone 440.247.6421.

The Magnolia Clubhouse Shop is more than a store where you can discover unique vintage and antique items, including housewares, furniture, linens, china and jewelry.

“We are part of a psychosocial rehabilitation program. We are a nonprofit group. Our staff and members work side by side in the shop,” Laura Williamson of Magnolia Clubhouse Shop explained. “We consider ourselves to be a holistic program. We teach job skills as well as how to interface with the community.”

Magnolia Clubhouse, formerly known as Hill House, has served since 1961 as a center of recovery and community reintegration for those who live with mental illness. It was one of the first centers of its kind in the country. Its mission is to ensure that people who live with mental illness are respected co-workers, neighbors and friends.

Magnolia Clubhouse Shop is an upscale resale shop and member art gallery. Located in a 1915 Federal-style mansion at 11027 Magnolia Dr., the shop is open between 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday through Friday.

“The shop occupies the entire first floor of the former home,” Williamson said. “The shop crew is usually 10 to 12 people, but others jump in as needed. The Clubhouse program involves about 75 people a day, but we serve about 400 individuals in the community.”

Williamson said that pick up service is offered for larger items that people want to donate to Magnolia Clubhouse Shop. Delivery of items is also offered, but there is a fee for that.

For more information or to reach Magnolia Clubhouse Shop, phone 216.721.3030 or visit

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Shop ETON, a summer destination known for its incredibly beautiful plantings


Eton is a destination shopping experience offering an exceptional collection of outstanding boutiques, diverse restaurants, and unique-to-Cleveland shops. Throughout the summer months, being a destination is doubly true, as it’s simply a pleasure to unplug for a bit and wander by the inventive gardens that run the length of the popular retail center fronting Chagrin Boulevard, in Woodmere. Here, flowers and vines envelop an old-fashioned bicycle. There, an enchanting fairy garden delights children of all ages. Beyond these mainstay plots repeated each year, there are also new plantings and flowerbeds, with no two being exactly alike.

Ellen Ehlert of Exterior Services designs the gardens at Eton and also at Crocker Park, and oversees planting and maintenance as well. (Both retail complexes and Exterior Services are owned by Stark Enterprises.) Ehlert, an Ohio Certified Nursery Technician, has various local nurseries custom grow the flowers and plants to fit her exact specifications and design structures. Two longtime team members of Exterior Services work full-time to keep everything watered, weeded, and in picture-perfect shape 24/7.

“The gardens are a huge, popular focus for summer,” says Danielle Gross, marketing assistant at Eton. “There’s something a little different to see from every angle. It’s so enjoyable to look at.” Perhaps the most popular is the largest plot, just outside the doors to the mall, located between Barnes and Noble and The B Spot. This patch always has an unusual blend of flora of different shapes, sizes and colors. Many shoppers stop to take a quick photo or two of the visually stunning bed, especially at its peak in late summer.

In addition to its flowers, plants and indoor boutiques, Eton offers a variety of incentives to visit this season. A free summer concert series called Boulevard Beats runs Saturday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m. through Sept. 3. This outdoor series, staged by Barnes and Noble, offers an eclectic variety of local bands performing folk, blues, jazz, oldies and more.

Namaste Saturday running through September 9 from 9 to 10 a.m. is a drop-in yoga class for $10 per person. The class is taught by a certified yoga instructor and is open to all levels of practitioners. Namaste Saturday is held at the gazebo, near Trader Joe’s at the west end of the complex.

In partnership with Northeast Ohio Parent Magazine, Eton is presenting a morning of family-friendly kids activities once a

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Hudson is hopping with special events, family fun this summer




Consider yourself lucky if you find yourself in Hudson this summer. It is truly a great town with a community calendar brimming with events for every family member, plus everyday shopping, dining and attractions.

Start at the Destination Hudson Visitor Center and Gift Shop at 27 E. Main Street. There you can pick up walking maps, souvenirs and information on events and activities throughout the year in Hudson. But first, read this story! Many of the attractions included here have their own website and/or Facebook page, so look those up, too, but has details about nearly everything. Hudson is hopping all year round. This is a sampling of what’s happening now through the fall.

Summer Music Concerts at First and Main, every Friday and Saturday in July and August (no concert Aug. 26), from 7 to 9 p.m. These free evening events feature music, dancing and giveaways. Top area bands perform lively cover music and originals to suit all tastes. Bring your own chair or blanket.

Concerts on the Green, Sundays, at 7 p.m. through Labor Day. These free concerts at the Main Street Gazebo will feature a variety of musical styles. Rain location: Hudson High School auditorium. Bring a chair or blanket.

Farmer’s Market, Saturdays through the first weekend in Oct., from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the Village Green. Locally grown produce and homemade goods from more than 30 vendors.

Hudson Flea Market, July 29, Aug. 19 and Sept. 30, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Joann Fabrics parking lot: 5555 Darrow Road.  More than 320 vendors offering hand-made jewelry, award-winning baked goods, homemade sauces, repurposed furniture and decor, handcrafted soaps and candles, personalized cards, and vintage/antique collectables, along with other unique merchandise.

At, find info on Playground Palooza, a celebration of new and improved playground equipment at several Hudson parks, including a new Splash Pad at Veterans Way Park. Also, check out Hudson’s Geocaching Adventure: Six new caches will be placed in six different parks through Nov. 30. And, find details about Pack the Pond. This Aug. 7 event runs from 5:30 to 8 p.m., at Hudson Springs Park (7095 Stow Road) and is an opportunity for free trials with kayaks and canoes, and instruction for stand-up paddle boarding.

Fun at First and Main. This free monthly event began in June. There’s still one more to enjoy this summer, on Aug. 2. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the First & Main Green, enjoy music while trying the scavenger hunt, make-and-take crafts, giveaways, a balloon artist, carnival games and more.

Taste of Hudson, Sept. 3, from noon to 8 p.m.; and Sept. 4, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Featuring more than a dozen local restaurants offering tastes of their menus; an interactive children’s area; wine & beer garden; more than 75 exhibitors and artists, more than 20 musical acts on multiple stages, and much more.

Screen On the Green. Providing family-friendly, free summertime movies on the First & Main green. Two showings remain this season: July 21 and Aug. 26. For films and show times, visit Hudson Screen on the Green on Facebook.

Sidewalk Sale July 20 – 23 at the Evaporator Works (51 S. Main), at Acme (116 W. Streetsboro St.) and other locations. At this big outdoor sale, merchants are getting ready for fall and are eager to clear summer inventory.

Hudson Wine Festival, July 21, from 4 to 10 p.m.; July 22, from 2 to 10 p.m. This event features more than 150 wines, craft beer and spirits plus live music, food and vendors. Located along Village Way in First & Main.

Art on the Green Aug. 26, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Aug. 27, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Visit the Southeast Green to browse oils, watercolors, fine jewelry, pottery, glass, photography, fiber art, garden art, and plenty more from more than 140 artists from around the U.S.

Fall Harvest Festival at Case Barlow Farm (1931 Barlow Road), Sept. 10, from noon to 5 p.m. Amid period music and costumed Civil War-era interpreters, try the rope maze, wagon train rides, crafts and demonstrations, hayrides and pony rides, candle dipping, butter making, scavenger hunt, bobbing for apples, sack races, 3-legged race, cookie walk, horseshoes and more

Parade of Bands, Oct. 7, 7 p.m. Memorial Stadium (2500 Hudson Aurora Road). Bands from area high schools plus an alumni band provide great music and family entertainment.

Hudson Haunted House, throughout October. For all the details, visit

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