We all know that retail in Cleveland is pathetic at best. What once used to be a mecca for fabulous department stores- Higbees, May Company and Halle’s – has dwindled to a few mediocre options. As downtown continues to expand with residents, the city will be forced to address the lack of quality retail options for those who dwell downtown.
To kick us off in the right decoration the Warehouse District is introducing Small Box retail shops. What is Small Box? It’s a collection of local retailers that have converted old shipping containers into cozy storefronts in the heart of downtown. Currently we have The Wardrobe, Banyan Box and Cleveland Browns shops set up in the parking lot on the corner of West 6th and St. Clair.
In addition to providing Cleveland residents with some shopping choices (which is especially important as we inch closer to Christmas), they were also designed to spruce up surface parking lots in the area. On warmer days, you can also enjoy “The Lawn”, which is a combination of recyled seating and a park like vibe surrounding these new shops.
I don’t know about all of you, but I’m particularly excited about the Banyan Tree expanding downtown. They usually have a fabulous collection of clothes and decorative household items. The Wardrobe is derived from The Wandering Wardrobe, which is much like a food truck but sells clothing and accessories. Next time you are headed downtown, add a few extra minutes and check out these fun shops. Shops are closed Mondays and Tuesdays and are open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday – Saturday. Sunday hours are 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Post Update 9/30/17: Since this original post was written, the Small Box Retailers have left downtown.