After owner Melvin (just "Melvin") lost his longtime job early this year, the expatriate Brit had a vision: He was destined to open a head shop. He located a prime spot on Waterloo, with on-the-block neighbors like the Beachland Ballroom and Arts Collinwood. Cutting to the chase, he called his new establishment simply "the Head Shop" and opened for business in June. Rather than the usual cluttered cases full of cheap Jimi Hendrix roach clips, Melvin furnished the place with boutique flair and filled it with select paraphernalia — some handmade, much of it bearing the image of reggae great and stoner patron saint Bob Marley. And you'll surely hear Marley in the rotation of the music that's constantly pouring from the shop's wide-open doors.
15615 Waterloo Rd., Cleveland, 216-403-0328, theheadshop.org