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As promised here is a preview of just a few of the goods for sale at the MADE in the 216 HOLIDAY SHOPPE. Above are some vintage inspired necklaces from Océanne, below one of the many T-shirts from C.L.E. Clothing Co.

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Remember the shoppe kicks off tonight, but it will be open all month long! Come by after you’ve been to the Happy Dog for Polka Happy Hour & don’t forget to visit ROOM SERVICE’s permeant location across the street. Click the link below to see more preview photos.

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So blog posts have been few & far between lately … the reason? I am helping with the MADE in the 216 HOLIDAY SHOPPE, including designing the postcards for the event. (making Pierre & Fifi stand still to pose for their portrait wasn’t easy!) Made in the 216 has been a weekend long even in the past. However, this year ROOM SERVICE is taking over the empty storefront directly next to the brand new Capitol Theater in order to bring a month long shopping experience. Do not miss the kick off party November 6th! Partake in the cocktails, enjoy music from DJ Doc & buy lots of awesome presents for your friends & family! There is an after party at the newly revamped Happy Dog (who’s new hot dog/veggie dog menu is almost too good to be bar food) with live music from The Buried Wires & Filmstrip. Don’t fret if you cannot make it to the kick off party, there will be BYOB parties with live music from local bands each Friday in November at the Holiday Shoppe. And of course, you can buy your awesome hand screened Tshirts, one of a kind jewelry & things you didn’t even know you needed all month long!

MADE in the 216
store hours

Monday-Thursday 5-9pm
Fridays 5-11pm (bands playing in the basement & BYOB)
Saturdays 11-9
Sundays 12-7

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stay tuned for more info on the event!

p.s. Please vote for ROOM SERICE on the FOX 8 HOT LIST. Much obliged!

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Ice Melts. Whiskey in box
A good scotch needs no diluting. These Whiskey Stones require just a few hours in the freezer and they are ready for chilling your favorite beverage. For centuries granite has been used in Scandinavia for such purposes. However, these are made with natural Vermont soapstone, a very soft material so as not to scratch the glass. Best of all they are completely reusable. Just rinse and return back to the freezer before your next soiree. A set of nine retails for around $20. Read more about the designer & the manufacturing process here.

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spy kit

Are you desperately trying to find a long lost love? Want to stealthy follow a potential cheater? Need to make sure no one stumbles on your hidden treasure? Or maybe you just want to eavesdrop on the conversations of bums while waiting for the bus? Here is what you’ll need to make sure your meddling goes unnoticed.

1. Secret Message Decoder Pen Set
2. Nancy Drew’s Guide to Life
3. Lipstick Ball-point Pen
4. Self-adhesive Mustaches
5. Sonic Ears

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A new addition to the family! I found this love-seat at an antique store on Lorain Ave. this weekend. At $100 this was steal, especially because it is in like new condition. Take that hours of searching on Craig’s List! I guess you find the things you need when you stop looking for them.

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While searching for fabric I stumbled on these pillows by textile designer, Thomas Paul. They are quirky and yet sophisticated. I love that they can be mixed and matched seamlessly with the other pillows from his line. For inspiration browse his web site and visit the Velocity online boutique to purchase. Sometimes I forget it is possible to completely change the look of a room with different accent pillows. In other words, redecorate in a snap and still have time for a nap.

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Thrift shopping is not only fun, it is also one of the best things you can do to help the planet. When you repurpose things that would otherwise be sent to a landfill you are performing the ultimate act of recycling. Of course let’s not forget the obvious, adding a unique piece to your home through salvage is also easy on the wallet. Our city has numerous antique stores, vintage shops, Thrift stores, and garage sales which contain a plethora of goodies just waiting for a new home. Here is a guide of a few of my favorite places to score a one of a kind find.

Flower Child
11508 Clifton Blvd., Lakewood, 216.939.9933
Furniture & housewares galore, clothes and accessories too.
1412 West 116th St., Cleveland, 216.226.9147
Enormous selection of vintage clothing & costumes.
Cleveland Furniture Bank
6700 Biddulph Rd. Cleveland, 216.459.2265
Used furniture, some vintage.
Cosmic Collectibles
14532 Detroit Ave., Lakewood, 216.221.1085
Knickknacks, furniture & housewares.
Suite Lorain
7105 Lorain Ave., Cleveland, 216.281.1959
An awesome mix of all things vintage.
This Way Out

(Beachland Ballroom basement)
15711 Waterloo Road, Cleveland, 216.458.1156
Browse vintage apparel & records in between sets.
Unique Thrift in Ohio City
3333 Lorain Ave., Cleveland, 216.631.0205
Unearth the vintage finds on your own.

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