What's New at Men's Cuts?


Celebrating Men’s Cuts in Rocky River

About 5 years ago, I began my quest to open a salon catering just to men. At the time, I was laid off from a position selling granite. The market in 2010 was not so great after the bubble burst in 2008. In addition, I had finished a year at Virginia Marti for Interior design, then opted not to go into further school debt, since there weren't very many jobs out there in. I consulted with my husband and family for ideas. What was I going to do to reinvent myself in a down market. I needed to do something that used all my design skills. Haircutting was my other alternative. When I got licensed after graduating college, instead of getting a masters degree, I got a cosmetology license as a fall back. I never thought I would years later, own a men's salon. If you had asked me 20 years what I would be doing, I would have said graphic design and or interior design. Lucky for me, my husband is supportive of my creativity. I did some soul searching, consulted relatives and friends to get ideas. I looked in Boston and NYC to find a design concept. The idea of creating and designing a vibe and interior space that would be mine was thrilling. To offer men an alternative haircut experience from from a chain or barber seemed ideal.

Fast forward 5 years later, I closed my shop and am now renting a chair. I have no regrets. It was a great experience. I learned a lot as a entrepreneur and about myself. It was and is so much more than just cutting hair. It is all the behind the scene things like networking, marketing, troubleshooting anything technical, making sure things in the shop were kept organized & clean. I was constantly pushed out of my comfort zone thinking and problem solving. Although the doors to the space I created are closed, I am still enjoying the business I built and Thankfully many of my clients have followed me. 

What I learned about owning my own business? "Employees are the hardest to manage." When their personal life drastically changes it can have a devastating effect on the business. Now that I have had a taste of owning and managing employees, I am far happier being solo. There is a something to be said about not being a boss. It is Freeing!

I applaud anyone who wants to strike out on their own in opening any small business. It takes guts to do it. It is a lot of work. One has to be being willing to take risks, to accept things as they occur and find solutions that fit your business model quickly and efficiently. Having said that,  I think adapting to change and seeing what is in the future is one of the hardest things to visualize. When the opportunity to change my location presented itself, I grabbed it. Timing is everything.

I love being closer to home in Rocky River and working only by appointment. This arrangement provides me the best of both worlds.

My new location inside the Eternal Salon & Loft at 19063 Lake Ave is in Old Detroit. The vibe is casual. Each person rents & runs their own business behind the chair. The place is spacious and friendly. Imagine 9 different businesses under one roof. 

In this new spot, I can now add women back into my schedule for haircuts. Up until I opened my salon, I cut primarily women. 

If you are new to the area, we are surrounded upscale boutiques, great food and shopping. If you are hungry, there are plenty of places to eat nearby. There is CYC, Salmon Dave's, Flipside, Tartine's, Heinen's and Burntwood all in walking distance.


The Men's Cuts logo is in the window to the right side of entrance. The door is black and there is colorful, creative hand written chalk all over the door. In keeping things simple, I have booking online 24/7. For those who prefer to call just leave you name and number and I will call you when I am between clients.


Men’s Cuts is Moving From Lakewood to Rocky River

For those men looking for a hair cut, Rocky River now offers a new solution with a familiar face. Men's Cuts, one of the more well known establishments, previously located in Lakewood, is moving into town and bringing with it, its style, trendy cuts, and high end appeal. Starting on December 4, 2017, Men's Cuts will service to both existing and new customers at its new location at 19063 Lake Road, Rocky River, Ohio 44116.

Moving Information for Existing Customers

Men's Cuts has built a strong reputation of providing high quality service and one-on-one personal care to each one of its clients. It's a relaxed and friendly environment that has served it well for some time. Owner Mae Williams opened the current location in December of 2013 and is hoping to reach new clients with the move to Rocky River.

Men's Cuts will be moving from Lakewood to Rocky River at the end of November. The salon's last day of operation in Lakewood will be November 29, 2017 and the first day it will service customers in the new Rocky River location will be December 4, 2017. The good news is this new location is just a matter of minutes – and about 1.5 miles – from the existing, established location in Lakewood.

The new Men's Cut location in Rocky River will be inside Rocky River Business "Eternal Salon & Loft". Men's cuts will be renting a chair at this location for its previous and new clients.

What About the Services Offered at Men's Cuts?

Here's the good news. The high quality service that Men's Cuts has become known for will not change. The company's core mission is to provide men with haircuts in a relaxing atmosphere that offers features like neck massages along with a friendly atmosphere. It's a low key location without all of the rush involved. And, the quality of service provided will not go unnoticed. We will continue to provide specialized services for men due to their high skill level in this area.

Additionally, all of the services offered, along with the pricing and hours of operation, will remain the same. Lakewood clients are encouraged to visit the new location in Rocky River, of course, to obtain the same services they've been obtaining.

Booking an Appointment

Men's Cuts will continue to operate its website and, as a result, its online booking service. This is a popular feature that the company offers and it will continue to be available. The location takes appointments only. To accommodate the flow of customers and clients, Men's Cuts does not take walk-in appointments. Please call prior to arriving.

When it comes to getting a hair cut, Rocky River residents can now rely on the team at Men's Cuts to provide the same exceptional service and care that they provided at the Lakewood location. The new location is within Eternal Salon & Loft, at 19063 Lake Road in Rocky River. Book an appointment today for a trim or a brand new look in the new location.


Tinder Leads to Marriage

If you had asked me, I would have never thought a dating/hook-up app would lead anyone to matrimony. Surprisingly, there are real people who actually meet the love of their life and get married.

My nephew Richie met Kelsey on Tinder. My first glimpse of them dating was 2 years ago at a wine festival. Both my husband and I love her and knew she was the one. The funny thing that struck us too was, "We thought it was a hook-up app."  Well, they got married several weeks ago. It was a lovely wedding.

A year later my niece Colleen met her man, Michael on the same app. In both situations they all knew of people who were friends of friends, but they had never formally met. Michael and Colleen grew up from the same town. He is several years older than her, so they would have never crossed paths had it not been for Tinder. They are happily dating seriously and spend much of their time together.

So for those of you hoping to find the love of your life, there is hope with Tinder.


The Male Mindset When Choosing a Stylist

In the last several weeks we have had an increase in men who are switching from barber & chain to our salon. I think it is safe to say, they are seeking better service and attention to detail. 

Historically, men have gone to barbers for all their grooming needs. In the old days, it was a place for men to catch-up and chat about the news and things happening in the neighborhood. Fashion for men has given men more options to look outside of the barber to capture a different look with hair, especially men who desire to have longer hair. Today, men have many choices for getting a haircut. Those other choices are discount chains, female salons, men salons. The male mindset has really changed in that, men care more about their haircut longevity, over all appearances and convenience of time. Most salon cuts will hold its style 4-6 weeks, versus a weekly cut at the barber. Guys today do not all want to sit for hours at a barber shop. They want to spend more time doing other things. Clients are busy and with that in mind, men like to book appointments that fit their schedule. With current technology, online booking is available for convenience  at menscutslakewood.com. Not to mention, more men are willing to pay more for a different and gentler experience. Of course, guys won't admit it, but they want a little pampering too. Women sees things esthetically different than a male. Most women are licensed stylists and so the education & training is more about fashion, styling and looking your best. In addition,females stylists are generally more on top of sanitation of tools due to the fact that we are required to take CEU classes to maintain out licensure in Ohio.

Is a ten minute $10.00 cut going to hold its style? I would say, "No." If you want a great cut, invest in yourself and spend a little more. A stylist with 3-5 years who continually is educated will be a better choice.One has to remove the discount mentality. Discount hair chain salon concepts have destroyed the the respect stylist deserve in our salon industry. A  10 minute haircut will never garner the same results as a 30 minute focused haircut. As the saying goes, you get what you pay for.  If you get your haircut at Men's Cuts in Lakewood, it will cost you approximately 76¢ - $1.00 per day to look your best.  Don't you think, you are worth $1.00 a day. So go ahead, book online now. We look forward to seeing you.


Hair Thinning Solutions

Hair thinning in men is an occurrence that is as old as time. Unfortunately for us men, it doesn’t only affect men who are as old as time. In fact, it can beImage result for male hair thinning found in plenty of men in their 30’s or even their early to mid-20’s. Some teens even experience thinning! As men, we have a tendency to over analyze these things. A few hair strands on the pillow? The world is ending. The question then becomes, in the face of hair thinning adversity, how do we take control of the situation? It’s easy to hit the panic button and either shave it all off, or go for the Fabio look and try to grow the longest and most luscious hair we can. Both are moves of both desperation with a touch of denial. In reality, we are typically the only ones who notice our hair thinning since we are the only ones taking such a hard look at it every day. Many times, your stylist doesn’t even see your thinning to be as severe as you probably do. 

So why don’t we take a rational step back and take a look at the situation with three key questions: what causes hair thinning, what can I do about my thinning from a haircut standpoint and what can I do from a hair product or medical treatment standpoint?

What Causes Hair Thinning

Typically, hair loss is triggered by dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a breakdown product of the hormone testosterone that causes miniaturization of hair follicles. That’s a lot of science talk… basically, hair thinning and balding is hereditary and if you have the gene, there’s not much you can do to prevent it. On the flip side, studies show there are a few external factors that can push hair thinning, such as smoking, stress, certain medications, poor diet or other unhealthy habits.

Haircut Solutions

The first thing that comes to mind when you think about haircuts for thinning hair is probably the buzz cut. And to some extent, you’re right. The buzz cut is certainly one effective way to hide your thinning hair and forget all about it. But you have options! For example, the high and tight is a great way to make your hair look fuller, while still going short in the thinning areas to make it less noticeable. Try using a blow dryer, rather than product, to give the hair more volume.


Another good haircut for thinning hair is “The Barista”. This is the combover over the back of the head, which has been very common over the past couple of years. This is especially good if your hair is thinning around the crown of your head, because the healthy hair is able to cover the affected area.


For a longer haircut, consider the simple “mop cut”. The messy and busy look of the cut will make your hair look fuller and as an added bonus, it’s easy to maintain. Again, a blow dryer can do wonders for this cut to give your hair that added volume.


Hair Product/Medical Solutions

There is an enormous number of products or procedures out there that claim to be effective means of defending against or recovering from hair thinning. Bosley is a common option and a very effective one at that. There are a number of options offered by Bosley, both surgical and non-surgical. While this tends to be a dramatic and advanced solution, for some men who are serious about preventing any further hair loss or thinning, this can be a great solution. Rogaine is another reputable brand that is highly effective at stopping thinning hair in the process and rebuilding the hair follicles into their once stronger and fuller state.

Like I said, these products tend to be a bit more dramatic and intensive and may not be right for you. In that case, consider the alternative for a better haircut. Schedule an appointment this week with Men’s Cuts and ask your stylist about your options and what they think would be best for you. Every head of hair is different. They understand your concern and want you to look your best. 


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.


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!



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.



Will the Cavs Make Another Playoff Run?

Cleveland Cavaliers

Photo courtesy of @cavs

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!!


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!


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?


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.


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.