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Jun
1
2017

Cleveland Summer Events to Look Forward To

Summer is here in Cleveland!

Memorial Day Weekend has come and gone which means it’s officially the unofficial start to summer here in Cleveland! Bring on the hot days, cold drinks and summer fun. Cleveland and the neighboring communities have always been great about providing fun summer events for us locals, especially here in Lakewood. Take a look at some of my most anticipated upcoming local events over the next few months. Let me know what I missed!

JUNE

 

June 2nd – June 4th: Murray Hill Art Walk (Little Italy)

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Kick off the summer right with a weekend in historic Little Italy. Come check out over 100 different art vendors, both regional and national, as they display some of their best artwork on the streets of Little Italy. Not much for art? That’s fine – just come for the amazing food and have a glass (or 4) of wine!

 

 

June 10th – 11th: LaureLive (Russell Township)

Yes, I know LaureLive isn’t exactly in Cleveland, but it’s close enough… LaureLive is an awesome music festival located at Laurel School’s Butler Campus (Russell Township) consisting of two days of awesome bands, great food and a good cause. With three stages and over 140 acres of land – this is sure to be a weekend to remember. Some of the big names this year include Timeflies, Young the Giant and Blue October.

 

June 10th: Tater Tots and Beer Festival (Cleveland)

No, you read that correctly. Some absolute genius has decided to combine two of man’s favorite things: tots and craft beers. Kind of sounds like Napoleon Dynamite’s dream. One general admission ticket gets you all the beer you can drink and a good sample of tots, with some front row action to live local musicians.

 

June 17th: Larchmere Porchfest (East Side)

So, if you aren’t familiar with Porchfest, you definitely will want to be. This is definitely one of the coolest and most unique events in the area. Walk up and down the street of Larchmere Blvd on the east side of Cleveland as 30 different local bands perform on 30 home porches. Yes – bands on house porches jamming out. Enjoy pop up street vendors, food trucks, antique and flea shops, and of course the local music.

 

 

JULY

 

July 8th: Lakewood Summer Meltdown (Lakewood)

Right in our backyard, this is one of the best events of the year. Come celebrate in a huge neighborhood block party in downtown Lakewood with activities, a beer garden, food vendors and live music. Activities range anywhere from a sprinkler park to skateboarding to free yoga demos! You aren’t going to want to miss this one.

 

July 16th: Taste of Tremont (Tremont)

In one of Cleveland’s trendiest neighborhoods, Taste of Tremont provides a great mix of arts, dining, drinking, and socializing. This will be the events 14th year and they are expecting over 30,000 visitors. Wow that is a lot of people. Tremont is especially known for their delicious food so make sure to come with an empty stomach.

 

AUGUST

 

August 3rd: Warehouse District Street Festival (Cleveland)

The Warehouse District has been growing rapidly over the past 10 years or so and the street festival encompasses that. Explore new vendors and enjoy the old ones as you walk to streets of the Warehouse District. Enjoy great food, live music and even take an architectural tour of the city!

 

August 19th – 20th: Flats Festival of the Arts (Cleveland)Image result for the flats festival

The Flats East Bank will host its second art festival this year and it should be amazing. To be fair, anything in The Flats is amazing. Check out local and national artists of all kinds while enjoying the amazing local vendors The Flats has to offer.

Apr
4
2017

PLAY BALL! Baseball is Back!

Cleveland Indians Opening Day in Cleveland is April 11thThe first day of baseball is when hope springs eternal for any baseball fan. Any team starts at a clean slate with dreams of winning a championship in their heads. The 2017 Major League Baseball season has officially begun! The first game (Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals) was played Sunday, April 2nd. The rest of first games in both the American and National League start on Monday April 3rd. As I type this, the Cleveland Indians are playing their first game of the season against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas, which they ended up winning 8-5. Next on the schedule, the Indians travel to Arizona to play the Diamondbacks. 

Cleveland Indians Line-up

Hitting, Offense and Off-season Deals

The team roster has been set for opening day and the Indians are ready to go. Two key players are starting the season on the 10-day disabled list: Jason Kipnis and Lonnie Chisenhall.  But, the big news is that after nearly a year of surgery and recovery, Michael Brantley is back in the line-up and playing center field.

Edwin Encarnacion signed with the Indians after the post season. He was a free agent from the Toronto Blue-Jays.  Encarnacion and Carlos Santana will switch off playing designed hitter and first base. Edwin Encarnacion’s powerful bat and defense at 1st base is welcome to the team. In fact, Encarnacion hit his first of what we hope are many homeruns in the opening game of the season.

Roberto Perez and Jose Ramirez both signed new extended contracts with the Indians that will keep them with the team for at least four years a piece. Both players have become vital parts of the team. Roberto as the secondary catcher and Jose Ramirez at third base. A new addition to the infield this year is rookie, Yandy Diaz. The 25-year-old player was picked to be on the opening-day roster. He will be starting at 3rd base for Ramirez who is covering 2nd while Kipnis is out.

Pitching

Corey Kluber was designated as the opening day pitcher. He has been the team pitching ace for at least the past few years. His incredible, calm and on-target pitching during the playoffs and World Series lead the Indians to many victories. He was also a finalist for another Cy Young Award (He ended up coming up in 3rd in the voting for the 2016 season).  

As for the bullpen, there are a few new faces this year on the bull pen staff: Shawn Armstrong and Boone Logan. The bullpen is full of great arms from the 2016 season including Andrew Miller, Cody Allen, Bryan Shaw, Zach McAllister and Dan Otero.

Will the Cleveland Indians repeat last season? Baseball writers across the board predict that the Indians will win the American League Central Division in 2017. Only time will tell, but as a long-time fan, I would love to see them make a return to the World Series again.

Opening Day in Cleveland

Did you get tickets to Opening Day at Progressive Field? The tickets to the first home game sold out in 5 minutes! For this year’s game, the team will be receiving their American League Championship rings, so it will be an extra special event.  Opening Day is like a holiday in Cleveland.  The restaurant and bars around Progressive Field will be packed with Indians fans getting ready for the game-if or if they don’t have tickets. It is a party attitude and everyone wants to join in on the fun: rain or shine.

There are still tickets for the single games throughout the season, but the weekend game tickets are selling out rather quickly. Get out and support the Cleveland Indians as they try to repeat the magical 2016 season, but this time with a World Series win! Go Tribe!

 

Mar
5
2017

A Sure Sign of Spring: Cleveland Indians Spring Training Camp

Goodyear Park, the home of spring training for the Cleveland Indians.

Photo courtesy of http://cleveland.indians.mlb.com.

Spring is just around the corner. It might not seem like it with the up and down winter weather that we have been having in the Cleveland area, but one true sign of spring is baseball teams reporting to spring training camp! The Cleveland Indians players reported to spring training camp in Goodyear, Arizona just a few weeks ago. The team just completed its first full week of their spring Cactus League play.

 

 

Indians Spring Training

The American League Champion Cleveland Indians are preparing to make a return to the World Series this year. The start of every spring training camp brings hope for a great season. This year more than most. During the off season, the Indians signed Edwin Encarncion as a free agent from the Toronto Blue Jays. Encarcion’s bat is just what the Indians need to take their offense to the next level. The starting rotation will be back at full force with the return of Carlos Carrasco and Danny Salazar in combination with Corey Kluber, Trevor Bauer and Josh Tomblin. The bullpen remains strong behind closer Andrew Miller and Cody Allen. There is a competition for positions within the bullpen that will be sorted by the end of camp.

Goodyear Park

The Cleveland Indians spend their spring training  at Goodyear Ballpark in Goodyear, Arizona. The facility is a state-of-the-art player development complex that is shared with the Cincinnati Reds. The Indians have held spring training in both Florida and Arizona in multiple locations. In 2009, the team returned to spring training at the new Goodyear training facility. Spring training is a great destination for Cleveland baseball fans looking to escape winter weather. The ballpark features 8,000 stadium seats and 1,500 berm (or grassy outfield) seats.

Cactus League

During spring training, The Cleveland Indians compete in the Cactus League against a mixture of American and National League teams that train at various facilities around Arizona. Since 1947, the Cactus League has hosted spring training camps, thousands of baseball fans and tourists. There are 15 teams that train in ten facilities with most the parks located around the Phoenix area. The teams spend the first couple of weeks with physical training and special training exercises. Then the Cactus League season opens February 25th with games being played until the end of March.

Spring training games have been a bumpy road for the Tribe so far. On Friday, they were handed a 16-7 loss from the Colorado Rockies. On Saturday, they turned it around and beat the Oakland A’s 15-5. Currently, they have  4 wins and 4 loss record (as of Sunday, March 5th). Some of the bigger names haven’t played yet. Corey Kluber starts his first game on March 6th. Jason Kipnis has missed the first week of games due to a rotator cup strain and Michael Brantley hasn’t yet returned to play. Players at all levels or development are trying to get a spot on the 2017 Indians roster.  Those that don’t make the 2017 Indians team will be split to the minor league teams for further development and training or players can be released to be picked up by other teams.

Single Game Tickets Go on Sale

Single game tickets go on sale online for the 2017 season on Monday, March 6th. The game tickets will be available exclusively online until March 13th.  After that date, the tickets can be bought in person at the Indians Team Shop and the Progressive Field box office. The Indians will start their season away on April 3rd against the Texas Rangers. The home opener is Tuesday, April 11th against the Chicago White Sox. The home opener sold out in five minutes, but tickets for other games throughout the season are still available. Get your tickets now to support your American League Champions.

 

Mar
1
2017

Will the Cavs Make Another Playoff Run?

Cleveland Cavaliers

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2016 was an amazing year for the city of Cleveland. The Cleveland Cavaliers won the championship, the city successfully hosted the Republican National Convention in July and the Cleveland Indians went to game 7 in the World Series against the Chicago Cubs. For fans of the city, it was a great year. What will 2017 bring? Hopefully much of the same success for the city and its sports teams!

This season, the Cleveland Cavaliers have a lot to live up to. The world of sports is shining its spotlight even more on the Cavs since the championship win last year.  But, how does the team look this year? Can they compare to the 2016 championship team?

 

 

2015-2016 Championship Year

In 2015/2016, the CAVS had a record of 57 wins and 25 losses. They finished first in the NBA Central Division and the Eastern Conference and won the NBA finals against the Golden State Warriors 4 games to 3 after being behind 3 games to one. The Cavs owned the playoffs with four game sweeps against the Detroit Pistons and Atlanta Hawks and a series win against the Toronto Raptors. It was a golden year, with the exception of switching coaches mid-year. But, that change, to Tyronn Lue took the Cavs to the championship.

All in for 2016-2017 Season

So far, the 2016/2017 season hasn’t been as “pretty” as last year’s season, but they are getting the job done. The second half of the Cavs season began last week after the All-Star break.  Since the break the team is 2 wins and one loss. The most recent win against the Milwaukee Bucks on February 27th gave the Cavs a 41 win to 17 loss record and first place in the Central Division and the Eastern Conference  They have a four game lead in the East above Boston. Just like last year, the Golden State Warriors have the best record in basketball right now with a record of 50 wins and 9 losses. The Cavs have a much better record at home 26 wins to 6 losses compared to on the road with 15 wins to 11 losses. As of the end of February, LeBron James leads the team with an average of 25.7 points scored per game. Kevin Love has 11.1 rebounds per game (in the games he has played) and LeBron James leads the team in assists with 8.9

Challenges Ahead

The 2016/2017 Cavs  have a similar team roster as last year, apart from Mo Williams retiring and Matthew Dellavedova signing with the Milwaukee Bucks. Kyle Korver has been a welcome addition to the team this season as has Derrick Williams.

The new year has started out rough for the Cavs. They had a string of bad losses and a losing record for the month of January. The team seemed out of synch. Kevin Love got injured. LeBron James seemed very frustrated. Fans were beginning to wonder what was going on and what was the team going to do about it. There were reports that LeBron James and Coach Lue had a phone call at the end of January to discuss the team and a strategy going forward. The strategy would focus on a “simplified approach to defense.”  Working on that strategy might take a bit of time, but the defense is slowly improving and not allowing opposing teams to score as many points. The hope is that focusing on defense will let the players play harder, cover their opponents and eventually score more offensive points.

Kevin Love will be sidelined for at least the next six to eight weeks while he recovers from knee surgery. His loss was a hit to the team as he was having his best season as a Cavalier up to the point of his injury. He recently told the press that he will be recovered from his injury for the playoffs in May. In his place, the Cavs have signed Deron Williams from the Dallas Mavericks. Williams is a backup point guard that will help with Love not being able to play for weeks. Williams is a five-time NBA All-Star in his 12th season in the NBA. He will join his new team this week. It was also just announced that the Cavs signed Andrew Bugot to the roster as long as he clears waivers.

Go Cavs

It is still a long way to the end of the season. The Cavs need to keep up their current pace and stay on their strategy through the back part of the season, while making sure that the starting line-up doesn’t get too tired. That means some of the “stars” might be benched to get extra rest in some games before the playoff run starts. No matter what, Cleveland fans will support this team through the ups and down and look forward to the Cavs in the playoffs and making another run for the NBA Championship.  Go Cavs!!

Jan
30
2017

Things to Do in Cleveland in the Winter

Winter events in Cleveland

It is cold and snowy outside but that doesn’t deter the Cleveland area from being quite busy with indoor and outdoor events. The weather can’t deter Clevelanders from getting out and about and explore what the city has to offer from local restaurants to home improvement shows to sports events. Cleveland has it all during the winter months. Below are just a few of the great events to check out for February and the beginning of March in the Cleveland area.

 

Cleveland Downtown Restaurant Week

The winter is a great time to try new restaurants in your city. Post holidays is a slow time in the restaurant industry, so if you really wanted to try a new restaurant that normally is packed, you might be able to get in during the winter months.  One of the best ways to try out new restaurants is during Cleveland’s Downtown Restaurant Week, running February 17th to 26th at a variety of downtown Cleveland establishments. Participating restaurants offer a special fixed price menus for dinner and lunches. The menus will feature chef selection and some of the restaurant favorites. The fixed price dinner menus usually have 3 courses from starters through the main dish and then a dessert with prices varying from $15 at lunch to $30 to $40 for dinner. Drinks are not included in the fixed price menu. The restaurant week has become very popular, so it is recommended to make reservations.  

Cleveland Auto Show

One of the big events of every winter is the Cleveland Auto Show. The show takes place at the IX Center February 24th to March 5th. Every auto manufacturer display of their latest models, concept cars and much more. Attendees can check out the car inside and out. Certain dealers are offering indoor and outdoor ride and drive, where attendees can test out a certain make or car model. One of the most popular ride and drives is the Jeep ride and drive through an indoor obstacle course. The Auto Show will also have a classic car competition for local car owners who have pristine cars over 25 years old. There will be special events, such as meet and greets with The Cavs, Kevin Love and Cleveland Indian’s legend, Kenny Lofton. There are also activities for the entire family throughout the show floor.

Cleveland Golf Show

Attention golfers! The Cleveland Golf Show will be at the IX Center February 17th to 19th. The show will feature deals on golf clubs, equipment and accessories, interactive activities and attendee competitions. Guests can test the latest clubs before they buy or get some early season practice at the Manufacturer’s Demo Range. The range is stocked with clubs for men, women and juniors. There are a few competitions at the show where participants can earn a variety of prizes including a long drive championship, a hole-in-one championship and long putt challenge.

Monster Jam

The Monster Jam monster truck show transforms the Q Arena to a monster truck extravaganza on February 18th and 19th.  The Monster Jam tour features the best lineup of truck, speedsters and ATVs and drivers with more action, racing and exciting wheelies, donuts and freestyle competitions. The drivers battle for points for the Monster Jam World Finals later in the year.

Great Big Home and Garden Show

Another annual winter indoor show is the Great Big Home and Garden Show. This year, the show runs from February 3rd to 12th. The IX Center is transformed into gardens, showcases and more to get ideas for the spring and summer home improvement season. There are more than 600 exhibits with over 1,000 home improvement experts. Explore the 6,200 square-foot ultimate smart home and luxury lakefront living features with a boat and specialized cabins. The show will have 16 Blockbuster Movie themed gardens created by some of Northeast Ohio’s top landscapers. The Main Stage and Cooking Stage will feature home improvement celebrity appearances including Kortney Wilson of HGTV’s Master of Flip, Scott McGillivray of HGTV’s Income Property, Kathy Ireland and local chef, Stephanie Paganini. The Great Big Home and Garden Show gives attendees direct access to home improvement experts for practical advice free of charge for interior design, a remodeling review or a contractor briefs.  There are also activities for the entire family including a KidZone and a Home Depot Kid’s Workshop.

Orchid Mania at Cleveland Botanical Gardens

After learning gardening tips at the Great Big Home Show, head to the Cleveland Botanical Gardens for Orchid Mania, the annual orchid show. The exhibit, which runs January 28th to March 5th, celebrates the world’s most exotic and beautiful flowers, the orchid. There are thousands of orchid flowers throughout the Botanical Gardens in every shape, size, scent and color. The Orchid Show is a great way to escape the cold during the winter months.

Winter Outdoor Activities

Clevelanders have been lucky enough to have a relatively mild winter this year (so far). This allows people to get outside and enjoy the many things to do outside in Cleveland. A fun winter event in Cleveland is the toboggan runs at the Strongsville Metropark. The chutes are the tallest and fastest chutes in Ohio with speeds up to 50 miles an hour as you head down 700-foot ice chutes.  If you enjoy outside skating, then don’t miss the ice skating rink in Public Square in downtown Cleveland. The rink will be open until February 28th for people of all ages and ice skating skills. There are also many other activities taking place on Public Square with entertainment and family events.

Lakewood Events

There are many things to do in Lakewood during the winter months. Once of the best things is to check out the many restaurants, brew pubs and bars in the city.  Winter is also a good time for organization fund raisers. Men’s Cuts is excited to be a sponsor of this year’s Lakewood Alive’s fundraiser, Lumberjack Bash. Men’s Cuts is the main sponsor of the Epic Beard contest. Spend your evening at a fun event helping a great local organization!

Nov
22
2016

The Holidays in Cleveland

Holidays in Cleveland

Cleveland Botanical Garden-Glow

The holiday season is upon us. It is time for gatherings with friends and family, experiencing the fun of the holiday season, frantic holiday shopping and for some the company holiday Christmas party. We all have our favorite Christmas memories. For me the best holiday memories are trips with my mom, sister, aunts and cousins to downtown Cleveland the day after Thanksgiving to shop and watch the holiday lights being turned on in public square. I also remember going downtown as a child to Higbees to enjoy the holiday windows, see Mr. Jingeling and shop at the Twigbee shop. Downtown was always a magical place for me during the holidays as though wrapped in a special glow.

There are many events that take place during the holiday season in the Cleveland area for all ages.  One newer tradition starts around the end of October with the tapping of the keg of Great Lakes Brewery Christmas Ale. The holiday beer has been around for nearly 30 years and has been a holiday favorite for just as long. Many other breweries in the area have started making their own versions of the holiday classic, but the original is still the best. I recommend adding cinnamon and sugar on the glass rim. It gives the beer an extra flavor.

Holiday Events in Cleveland

There are many holiday events, places to visit and things to do in the holiday season. Below are just a few of the fun events. Some, like Winterfest and Circlefest are one day events, while others run the entire holiday season. What are your favorite holiday things to do?

Winterfest

The holidays kick off in Cleveland at the Winterfest in Public Square on Saturday, November 26th from 1pm to 7pm. The party ends with the lighting of Public Square.  For the winter, there is an outdoor skating ring in the newly renovated square. In fact, The Cleveland Foundation is offering free skating during Winterfest. The event is presented by the Cleveland Cavaliers and Cleveland Monsters. There will be a Winterfest Village with holiday pop-up shops, food trucks and a children’s stage featuring music, interactive activities and performances. The day’s activities end at 6pm with an hour-long lighting ceremony featuring music, Santa’s arrival and fireworks. Playhouse Square will also be taking part in the holiday spirit with the Festival of Trees at the Allen Theater, shopping options and kids activities at the Idea Center.

Circlefest

University Circle is also celebrating the holidays with their annual Circlefest on December 4th from 1pm to 5:30pm. The skating rink will be back this year through the early part of 2017. A dozen of Cleveland’s art and cultural institutions will be free for the event including the Cleveland Botanical Garden, Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Western Reserve Historical Society, Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art and the Children’s Museum of Cleveland. There will also be horse drawn carriages rides, Santa Clause, ice-carving demonstrations, music, family activities and more.

Glow at the Cleveland Botanical Garden

One of the great places to visit over the holidays to is the Cleveland Botanical Garden to see “Glow”, their annual holiday show running November 25th to December 31st. The halls of the Botanical Garden are filled with poinsettias, Christmas trees and other decorations. If the weather cooperates, you can take a train ride around the outdoor gardens. It really is a magical place over the holidays.

Holiday Performances

Cleveland is the home of the largest theater district outside of New York City. For decades, a holiday favorite has been the Great Lakes Theater presentation of “A Christmas Carol” at The Hanna Theater. The production of Dicken’s classic story is a production filled with special effects and holiday warmth. Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas: The Musical will be performed live on stage at Playhouse Square from December 6th to 11th. Another special holiday treat is seeing one of the holiday shows by the Cleveland Orchestra at Severance Hall.  This year they are performing the “Nutcracker” with the Pennsylvania Ballet for limit performances as well as having the holiday music concerts. If you haven’t seen a concert at Severance Hall, the holidays are the best time of year to go.

Places to Visit This Holiday Season

A Christmas Story House

“A Christmas Story” is an iconic holiday classic. If you didn’t know, a good portion of the film was shot in Cleveland in the early 1980’s. The house used for the family home is located in the Tremont area and is now a museum for the movie. The house is decorated exactly as the movie sets and visitors can get photos taken by the leg lamp or under the kitchen sink. It is a great place to visit any time of the year, but during the holidays, it is especially magical. To see the movie, live on stage, The Cleveland Playhouse is also performing “A Christmas Story” this holiday season November 25th until December 23rd.

Castle Noel

If you want to escape into scenes of some of the best holiday movies, then you need to visit Castle Noel  in Medina. Castle holds a vast collection of holiday movie memorabilia from costumes from “Elf” to props from the 2000 movie “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and slide down Santa Klaus Mountain like Ralphie in “A Christmas Story”.

Nela Park Light Display

A holiday tradition for many decades is the holiday light display at Nela Park, home of General Electric.  The front street facing buildings of this large campus are transformed with amazing light displays of all sizes and colors.

Stan Hwyet Hall

Take a trip down to Akron and step back in time to the early 1900’s Christmas at Stan Hwyet Hall. The former home of the Seberling family is a wonderful place to visit in the holiday season. The historical home and gardens are decorated for the holiday inside and out and there are special events during the holiday season.

The best part of the holidays is creating your own memories with friends and families.  There are so many things to do in the city to enjoy the holiday season. Make your appointment now at Men’s Cuts to look your best this holiday season. Happy Holidays from Men’s Cuts.

Sep
13
2016

Are You Ready for Some Football?

Football season in Cleveland

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It is that time of year again…back to school, everything pumpkin flavored, fantasy football leagues and the return of football. Just like baseball, the first home game of the football season is full of hope and fun for fans. The Cleveland Browns are no exception to this rule. Fans come out in droves for the first tailgating of the season and to enjoy the pageantry of the first game. On the first home game for any sport, there is hope for a good season and happiness shared amongst all the fans. In the case of the Cleveland Indians the hope for a good season is actually true as the team has been on top of the American League Central Division since June and will hopefully be taking that lead into the playoffs in October!

It’s All About Football

Clevelander love football in all forms including, flag football leagues, Friday night high school games, Ohio State Buckeye games and professional competitions. Cleveland Browns fans are a die-hard and hearty bunch sticking with the team through ups and downs.  Unfortunately, there has been more downs since the team returned to the NFL in 1999, but the fans still come to the games and hope that the new season will be better than the last. The Cleveland Browns are like the city of Cleveland. Fans are rugged and have been through quite a lot over the years, but they recover after losing seasons and go on to build great things.

2016 Cleveland Browns Team Predictions

Cleveland Browns LogoThe Cleveland Browns are led by new head coach, Hue Jackson, formerly the Offensive Coach for the Cincinnati Bengals. Jackson is coaching a very young team. The head office of the Cleveland Browns are relying on the “Moneyball” technique for players, which is based on analytics and match-up and is not focused on experience. The Browns traded away their top draft picks in order to get players that match up analytically. This formula was very successful for baseball teams, such as the Oakland Athletes and Boston Red Sox.

This year’s Cleveland Browns team is comprised of 27 new players including 17 rookies playing with a mixture of seasoned veterans like Joe Thomas and Joe Haden. Robert Griffin III was chosen as the opening day quarterback. Griffin was the 2012 Offensive Rookie of the Year with the Washington Redskins, but has struggled since with injuries.  Because of such a young and unexperienced team, the Cleveland Brown are not expected to have a winning season. In fact, some sports writers predict that the Browns will not win any games. Many are considering this season a re-building year with a better chance for a winning season in the next two years. Of course, this will depend if the Brown’s management will stay with the coaching staff and the analytical approach.

The Cleveland Browns opened the season this past Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles in Philadelphia. The Eagles defeated the Browns 29-10. It was a rough loss as Robert Griffin III injured his shoulder and will miss up to eight games. The coaches have yet to determine who will be the backup quarterback while Griffin recovers. The bright spot is most fans thought the Browns did better than they expected. The Cleveland Browns home opener is this coming Sunday, September 18th at First Energy Stadium against Central Division rivals, Baltimore Ravens.

A Brief Browns History

Cleveland Browns FootballThe Cleveland Browns has had a rich history of great games, playoff runs and excitement in their nearly 70-year history. The Browns were named after a former coach, Paul Brown, and are the only team in the NFL without a logo on their helmet. The team was founded in 1945 and originally played in independent leagues. The team joined the National Football League in 1950. The Browns won 4 league championships in 1950, 1954, 1955 and 1964. They have made the playoffs 14 times, but have yet to appear in a Super Bowl.  Art Modell bought the Cleveland Browns in 1961 and was owner of the team until 1996 when he moved the team to Baltimore.  During Modell’s time there were many great seasons including the late 1970s and early 80’s with the Kardiac Kids, led by quarterback Brian Sipe, and the mid 1980’s lead by quarterback, Bernie Kosar. The Cleveland Browns returned as an expansion team in 1999 at their new stadium, now called First Energy Stadium. Since that time the Browns have been through many quarterbacks and coaches. The Cleveland Browns might be struggling, but they won’t give up, just like the city of Cleveland!

Go Browns!

Tailgating parties are a big part of the game day experience in Cleveland with a carnival-like atmosphere in many big parking lots near the stadium. Browns fans will come out to support their team through good times and bad. To keep track of your favorite football team, keep an eye on ESPN.com for the latest news, game summaries, interviews with coaches and players and more. Good Luck to the Cleveland Browns for the 2016 season from Men’s Cuts. 

 

Jul
19
2016

Cleveland: The Championship City

Cavs Championship Parade

Cavs Championship Parade

Cleveland is the City of Champions! Ever since the Cleveland Cavaliers won the 2016 World NBA Championship against the Golden State Warriors on June 20, 2016, the rest of the world has taken notice of what a great city we live in. The New York Times wrote a few articles about visiting the city. The Chicago Tribune also wrote a nice tribute to the city.  The night the Cavs won the championship, sports fans celebrated peacefully in the streets of downtown Cleveland. Fireworks and celebrations could be heard throughout Northeast Ohio. Three days later, the city of Cleveland and the Cavaliers put together a parade and rally for over 1.3 million people. The city was thrown back into the spotlight on how smoothly, (other than the parade taking double the amount of time because there were no barriers on the streets of the parade route), the event went. Cleveland fans smiled and greeted one another with the joy of a winning team throughout the entire event. Cleveland shined with how well everything was handled on such a celebratory day.

 

Cleveland Welcomes the RNC

Public Square in Cleveland

Fountain in Public Square

Three weeks later Cleveland is hosting The Republican National Convention and welcoming over 50,000 delegates, journalists and others to the city. After two years of intense planning, upgrades and preparation, the convention is finally here. As soon as the city as chosen by the Republican National Committee in 2014, the city began changes and upgrades to the landscape of the city. A $50 million project to change Cleveland’s public square began, new hotels were built and other older buildings were renovated to apartments, hotels and business spaces. All of these changes just enhanced what Clevelander’s knew all along, we have many buildings with historical architecture and newer buildings. Cleveland’s Public Square was officially opened to the public a few weeks ago and it is an amazing space to explore with the entire family. There is a fountain with dancing waters, a restaurant, benches in the midst of landscaping, a stage for performers and ample green space.

The Republican National Convention is the week for Cleveland to “shine” in the world’s media. This week, many television networks will feature stories on how much Cleveland has changed over the years and spotlight the many great qualities of the city. The morning TV shows have been introduced their audiences to some Cleveland food favorites: a corned beef sandwich from Slyman’s Deli, kielbasa and pierogi from Sokowloski’s and beer from Great Lakes Brewing Company.  They have also toured some of Cleveland’s other favorite sites from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to the Cleveland Art Museum and kayaking down the Cuyahoga River. Many of the restaurants, museums and buildings in town are holding special events during the convention.

What This Means to Cleveland

Cleveland from the Cuyahoga RiverThe NBA Championship Cavaliers will continue to bring basketball fans to the city with expectation of a return visit to the playoffs next year. Also, The Cleveland Indians are in first place in the American League Central Division. The Indians started a 14 game winning streak when the Cavaliers won and continue with their winning season. The economic boost of a winning sports team and a positive convention experience will help Cleveland for years to come.

 

Men’s Cuts  is proud to be a part of the Cleveland community. We are listed as a preferred vendor for the Republican National Convention. If you are visiting Cleveland for the convention, welcome and enjoy everything that the city has to offer!

 

Jul
12
2016

7 Networking Tips for the Cleveland Area

Networking Tips

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We have all heard this before: “It isn’t what you know, it is who you know.” In today’s business world this statement is extremely true. Networking is very important to land you the job that you want or to make contacts that will help enhance your business. What is networking? According to the Business Dictionary, networking is “creating a group of acquaintances and associates and keeping it active through regular communication for mutual benefit.”  It is a great way to share information and create contacts for future job or business prospects. We actually networking every day with people that we meet, customers, clients and even family and friends. Being able to communicate freely with these people will actually help making networking with strangers much easier.

 

Networking Tips

Networking is difficult. It is not a favorite pastime for people, but it is vital to staying employed, career and business growth. For people who are introverts, network is not something that that they want to do, but once you get out there to actually start networking, you will become more comfortable doing it. Below are a seven tips to make networking easier to handle:

1. Find Networking Events in Your Area

Most major cities in the United States have networking events, tech meet-ups, marketing and sales groups and more. It is just a matter of finding the right one for you. Google “Networking Events in Cleveland” and you will see an entire list pop up in the search results. There are events happening throughout the day from breakfasts through after work hours.  We will list a few great networking groups, including chamber of commerce, which are great for small and start-up businesses a bit later in this article.

2. Research Attendees Beforehand

Before the networking event, research on the list of attendees and pick out the ones that you would like to meet. This will allow you to plan more substantial conversations with people in your field. If you are feeling more confident, reach out to these attendees before the event, so you can set-up one-on-one sessions

3. Make a Good First Impression

When you are at a networking event, you have 10 seconds max to make a first impression. It is important to come across as a confident business professional. Dress professionally for the networking events. Have a firm handshake, uncrossed arms with your head and chest up. Make sure you smile to the people around you, even if you are extremely nervous!

 4. Elevator Pitch

A great way to introduce yourself to a new group of people is by having an elevator pitch, which is a 30 second introduction about yourself, your position at your job, or what your company does. This helps fill in awkward silences after you have just met a new person at a networking event. Once you have given your elevator pitch, then ask your networking companion about themselves. This will help get the conversation moving and continuing.

5. Take your Time

Set a realistic number of people that you would like to meet at your first few networking events. When you are beginning to network, start out with a smaller number of people that you want to meet. As you become more comfortable with doing the events, set the goal for the number of people want to meet higher. You will learn to be more strategic with people that you meet at networking events as you do more of them. The sixty to ninety minutes of a networking event will be intense and actually go by much quicker than you think.

6. Collect Business Cards

Business cards are still extremely useful for sharing and collecting contact information as well as a quick place to put notes about a conversation. Business cards are important even for people who are in-between jobs. The cards can share the personality of the networker, their business and even some of their skills.

7. Follow Up

Following up after a networking event is a must do after attending a networking event. Connect with the new contacts via LinkedIn, Facebook or Twitter. Sending a personalized email to your new contacts with a simple greeting such as: “It was very nice to meet you at the networking event on Tuesday evening. Your new business venture sounds very interesting and I wish you the best of luck with it. Let me know if I can be of any help with your future endeavors.” If you are very bold, you can set up a time to meet for coffee or lunch to discuss matters further.

Networking in Cleveland

There are many ways to network in the Cleveland area. If you want to focus on your particular career, you can find specific organizations and associations within your area. These are great ways to meet people who know exactly what you are talking about with your industry. If you are starting a business, a great place to start networking is by joining your local Chamber of Commerce. You can join the chamber in the city where your business is located or you can join a chamber where you might get more business contacts. Cleveland has a very large Chamber of Commerce called The Greater Cleveland Partnership to help promote businesses in the city. The communities of Lakewood, Rocky River, and other west side communities including Westlake all have strong chambers of commerce.

There are always networking events taking place in Cleveland and can easily be found doing a Google search.  Most gatherings occur on a monthly basis such as Network After Work, which meets as restaurants around Cleveland directly after the work day. 

Another great source of networking and you might not even know it, is just having a conversation with your stylist at Men’s Cuts!  You can even practice your elevator pitch with your stylist!  Share your business card with us during your next visit and it could lead to new business contacts. Once you become comfortable with networking, you will find that it is a very worthwhile activity and your professional and business contacts will grow, which will help you prosper.

Jun
21
2016

2016 4th of July Celebrations in Cleveland

Fourth of July in Cleveland

The 4th of July holiday is coming up in a few weeks! It is a time for family and friend gatherings, parades, picnics and fireworks. This year, the 4th of July falls on a Monday, giving us a long holiday weekend to enjoy the many fun events in the area.

 

 

 

History of 4th of July

The 4th of July or Independence Day celebrates the day, July 4, 1776, that the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence from England.  The representatives of the 13 colonies voted in favor of independence from Great Britain on July 2nd, but the Declaration of Independence of officially signed and adopted by the members on July 4th.  The day has been celebrated since the time of the American Revolution with patriotic concerts, family picnics and gatherings, and fireworks. Massachusetts was the first state to make July 4th an official state holiday and Independence Day became a federal holiday in 1870 and an official paid holiday in 1941.

Fourth of July Safety Tips

Fourth of July will be a long weekend of picnics with friends and family, parades and fireworks demonstration to celebrate our country’s 240th birthday. The holiday is always a lot of fun, but it can also be very dangerous due to mishandling and misuse of fireworks and improper grilling techniques. The Consumer Product Safety Commission conducted a survey between June 20th and July 20th 2014 on the injuries caused by fireworks. The study found that 230 people on average go to the emergency room during those thirty days with fireworks related injuries with over 50% of these injuries listed as burns. 74% of those injured were men! The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) put out a report stating that more fires were reported on Independence Day than any other day of the year! Fireworks accidents account for 2 out of 5 of these reported fires.

Tips for Fireworks Safety

It is recommended to attend public fireworks shows put on by professionals that we have listed above, but if you do plan on setting off fireworks, there are important fireworks safety tips that need to be followed.

  • Obey all local laws pertaining to fireworks and displaying fireworks.
  • Only use fireworks outside. Do not use pyrotechnics inside a building.
  • Keep the children and pets at least 500 feet away from where fireworks are being shot off. Children should not be permitted to play with fireworks.
  • Keep pets indoors if you are setting off fireworks. They could become agitated with the sights, sounds, and smells of fireworks.
  • Have a hose, a bucket of water and a fire extinguisher on hand for emergency situations. Soak all of the fireworks after use in a bucket of water before throwing them in a metal garbage can.
  • Point fireworks away from homes. Keep fireworks away from trees and brush as these materials are extremely flammable.
  • Light one firework at a time. Do not relight “dud” fireworks. Properly dispose of the dud firework in water before depositing in a metal container.
  • Do not use sparklers while sitting down and never throw them when they are lit. Also, teach children to not run when they are holding sparklers.

Fourth of July Events in the Cleveland Area

There are many fun 4th of July events for all ages in the Cleveland area for the weekend with fireworks events taking place in many suburbs.

Bay Days Festival

Bay Village hosts the annual Bay Days Festival June 30th through July 4th at Cahoon Memorial Park. There will be a classic car show, kids activities, carnival rides, a magic show and a gigantic fireworks display on Monday, July 4th at 9:45 pm.

Berea Grindstone Festival

The city of Berea has the Grindstone Festival at Coe Lake this holiday weekend. There will be fair food, rides, entertainment, vendors, fireworks and much more. Admission and parking is free.

Cleveland’s Fireworks and Events

Cleveland will put on their annual fireworks display at dusk from spot where Lake Erie meets the Cuyahoga River. There are many locations along the north coast to view the fireworks from Edgewater Beach to George Voinovich Park by the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame.  Samuel Adams presents the 5th Annual Red White and Brew Music Festival on July 4th at the Nautica Entertainment Complex on July  4th from 3 pm to 12 am.  The Cleveland Aquarium will also be open extended hours for the event.  A favorite holiday tradition is seeing the Cleveland Orchestra perform their 4th of July patriotic concerts at Blossom Music Festival on July 4th. Children under 18 are admitted free and there will be fireworks at the end of the performance.

Fairview Park Summerfest

Extend your 4th of July celebrations at Fairview Park’s Summerfest July 7th to 10th at Bohlken Park. This family friendly event includes an evening parade, carnival rides, entertainment, kid’s activities, classic car show and a fireworks display.

Lakewood Fourth of July Parade and Celebration

Lakewood hosts both a parade and spectacular fireworks display on July 4th. The parade steps off 10am at Lake Ave and Kenneth Drive and concludes at Lakewood Park. After the parade, there will be all day activities with games, food and fun for the entire family. The fireworks will take place at 9:45 pm after a concert by the Lakewood Project.

2016 BOOM! In North Olmsted

Enjoy fireworks a day early, on Sunday, July 3rd in North Olmsted as the city puts on 2016 BOOM! At Great Northern Mall. There will be food trucks, live music, activities for children, fireworks and much more. The events start at 7 pm and run to 11 pm.

Strongsville Fireworks

The city of Strongsville will have its annual 4th of July fireworks show at Foltz Athletic Fields on Monday, July 4th. The fireworks will go off at 10pm.

Westlake 4th of July Celebrations

Westlake also hosts a parade and fireworks on July 4th. The city’s annual parade begins at Westlake High School and travels down Hilliard Boulevard to Clague Park. The parade kicks off at 10 am. Following the parade, there will be entertainment, concessions and more. The fireworks will take place at dusk weather permitting.

No matter how you celebrate the Fourth of July, Men’s Cuts wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday weekend!