The rich history of Lorain Avenue, that has not
been diminished by the passage of time, is encompassed in an eight mile
long legacy of Clevelands pioneering past and its fascinating future.
Linking the landmark West Side Market to the thriving center at Kamms
Corners is a thoroughfare which is thoroughly Cleveland.
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The enticing aspects of an avenue of old-fashioned
charm are woven with the modern view of a metropolitan center. What was
once a part of Clevelands early commercial beginnings is now a part
of the citys intriguing collection of shops, restaurants, markets,
and entertainment establishments. Explore the rich heritage of the distinctive
and diverse neighborhoods that converge upon Lorain Avenue to offer a
cultural sampling of the people who make Cleveland such a unique urban
Visitors to Cleveland can avoid the hassle and
monotony of freeway driving by choosing the Lorain Avenue Cityside Route
from the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport into downtown Cleveland.
The airport rental car lot on Rocky River Drive is just minutes from Lorain
Avenue (consult the
Cityside Route Map).
Urban exploration by foot or bus will bring an interesting shopping or
sightseeing adventure, or perhaps a memorable ethnic meal without a fast
Public transportation is a definite advantage.
Three Rapid Transit train stations along the Lorain Avenue corridor serve
this commercial strip with stations at West 25th Street, West 65th Street
and West Park. Or, riders on the Regional Transit Authority (RTA) #22
bus can take advantage of Stop Over Privileges. Ask the driver
for a transfer that can be used in a three hour span to board the bus
up to three times in one direction. With transfer in hand, one can make
three stops along Lorain Avenue to sample stores and shops anywhere along
the routeall for the regular fare. Whether on foot, by car, by bus
or by Rapid Transit train, Lorain Avenues offerings are easily accessible.
ribbon of retail awaits
Visitors to Lorain Avenue can experience antiques
and amusements, entertainment and ethnicity all in one straight shot.
Choose to begin a shopping spree at the historic West Side Market at West
25th Street and Lorain, or start at the vibrant Kamms Corners where
grocer and postmaster Oswald Kamm set up shop in 1875. Oswald Kamms
store is now a historically renovated restaurant and solidly establishes
a village feel in an urban setting.
Lorain Avenue provides a continuous route of retail
offerings without the mall effect. The changing facades of the stores
chronicles the Victorian and Italianate atmosphere of Ohio City to the
modern styling of Westown Center. One can experience the contrasting retail
where fabric and fish may be found in adjoining storefronts.
Bicycle shops along Lorain have a proud history
that began before the turn of the century and continue today. And, if
your taste in bikes runs more to hogs than Schwinns, thats
okay because theres a motorcycle shopone of the nations
top dealershipsas well.
The diversity and distinctiveness of the retailers
along the way is best explored and experienced for all their unique offerings.
One may conveniently locate a scuba shop, a skating emporium, or a well-stocked
Army/Navy store all within the stretch of Lorain Avenue.
If one favors the eclectic, then its just
the destination to discover New Age shops that are sure to engage ones
interests or at least provide some spellbinding shopping.
Delight in the lighthearted with a visit to a
costume shop, or browse the gift shops that specialize in the unique and
unusual. Finding something special for those who are hard-to-buy-for isnt
a daunting task when one has an eight mile stretch of stimulating shopping