eateries for the Republican National Convention
Pop up retail will enliven downtown’s Historic Arcade for the Republican National Convention in Cleveland and some tenants may stay in place for a longer haul.
The Cleveland 2016 Host Committee, along with Arcade owner Skyline International Development of Toronto and Colliers International, joined with Downtown Cleveland Alliance on Wednesday morning, July 6, to announce that seven retailers will set up shop for the convention. DCA president Joe Marinucci said at a news conference that the new retailers may be able to extend their stay if they find the market welcoming.
One of the new pop up tenants is Monica Potter Home, which has a store in Garrettsville. The store is owned by Cleveland native Monica Potter, an actress in movies and the former star of the NBC series “Parenthood.”
“I just wanted to say thank you for welcoming us home,” she said at the press conference. “We have a little space there that, hopefully, will continue.”
Mark Goldberg, a Skyline principal, said his firm has worked hard to rejuvenate the landmark building.
“It has a wonderful retail history and our goal at Skyline is to bring life back to the Arcade,” Goldberg said “The Arcade is excited to once again be a downtown destination. In real estate they say not to fall in love with your building.
The Hidden Closet:It’s a women’s specialty boutique with a focus on clothing, handbags and jewelry.
The Powder Room:The shop is a destination for professional makeup application, brow sculpting, makeup lessons, specialized facial treatments with results and a boutique full of fabulous products.
Monica Potter Home:The company focuses on creating beautiful, comforting, and natural products for the body and home.
Merchandise with RNC links abounds.
The retailers are proud of the building’s history and, often, their Cleveland connections.
Besides the pop up tenants, the Arcade recently has added five permanent retailers, including a Daydreams Tea, a Rising Star Coffee shop and Pizza 216, which are open. Other retailers opening soon include Rose’s Braai and Boney Fingers BBQ.
Sebold said she remembers having her palm read at the Arcade while she was a girl visiting downtown and the family business, Acme Duplicating, still operating on St. Clair Avenue.
Daydreams Tea was opened in May by Jennifer Cauffield, a twice retired school psychologist who has a picture of a tenant in the same space in 1901 called, “Edison’s Phonograph Store.” The gift store features items she said celebrate “a family’s past, present and future.” She even provides “heirloom cards” so customers can note where and when they bought the item. She said sales at the shop have improved every week.
Elephants and other symbols of the GOP abound at the shops as they cue themselves to the Republican convention. Cauffield has elephant shaped pin cushions in a design dating from the 19th century and cloth toy elephants for children.
Jack Madda, one of three owners of J3, said the firm ordered a limited edition tie specifically for the downtown store with an RNC logo on it.
Madda said J3 opened the downtown store to develop a new market and find new customers for his shop of the same name in Moreland Hills. One of J3’s customers is Arhaus founder John Reed, who donated fixtures for the Cleveland store and sent his designers downtown to help Madda outfit the space.