Shopping local and supporting our businesses
by Cleveland Mayor Tom Rowland, Our City
Nov 14, 2013 | 678 views | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The growing number of retail opportunities in our city continues to strengthen Cleveland's role as a regional shopping hub.

From Paul Huff Parkway and Stuart Road to 25th Street and APD 40, and all our downtown, we have an increasingly vibrant network of businesses, large and small, offering a wide variety of goods and services.

Last week, we welcomed the newest member of our community of full-service food stores. A new restaurant will soon be added to those already serving customers downtown. We are anticipating more additions in the future.

Our mix of shopping, dining and entertainment venues means more of our neighbors will be visiting Cleveland in the weeks ahead, looking for just the right Thanksgiving fixings and just the right Christmas gifts.

Cleveland offers a great mix of local businesses, many of which have grown with Cleveland over the past years and some just getting started. We also offer some of the most recognizable national franchises.

Our businesses are building on a strong foundation.

"It is an active business place," is the way one quote about Cleveland began in the 1860 Tennessee State Gazeteer and Business Directory. The quote is included in Cleveland Historian Robert George's book about Cleveland in the "Images Of America" series.

It's even more true today. So as the year-end shopping season approaches, let's remember our local merchants from the Black Friday rush after Thanksgiving Day, through Small Business Saturday and throughout the year to come. Patronizing our Cleveland businesses creates jobs and keeps our economy strong.

When our merchants do well, our entire city does well. And that's why we are indeed “The City With Spirit!"

And speaking of “Spirit,” I can think of no finer place to spend the upcoming Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays than in our very own Cleveland hometown.

Gone are the days when area residents must travel to bigger cities in the region to find sources of entertainment or a diverse selection in restaurants or even the best possible collection of retail establishments. In today’s Cleveland, residents can literally find just about whatever they’re looking for — whether it’s a particular Christmas gift, specialty foods for an expansive Thanksgiving spread or just locations to enjoy some quality family time or perhaps some individual time alone.

Thanksgiving and Christmas are two of my favorite holidays of the year, and both are made all the more special when I get to spend them in the town that I call home.

I can’t wait for the coming holidays — and that’s not just because of the food, the gifts, all the bright colors and the chance to spend time with loved ones.

It’s because of the Cleveland people. Each year you add the “home” to “hometown,” and every year you remind me, and thousands of visitors, of why we are indeed “The City With Spirit.”