Best Place to Spend a Day Shopping
From Trader Joe's to Anthropologie, and for countless reasons in between, the Westlake lifestyle center is brimming with life. Its diversity of offerings makes it a welcome stomping ground for singles, couples, and families alike.
189 Crocker Park Blvd., Westlake, 440-871-6880,crockerpark.com
Best Place to Buy Music
Whether it's old or new, you'll find every era's hippest acts here, with an emphasis on contemporary indie rock and those who influenced it.
15801 Waterloo Rd., Cleveland, 216-481-1875, musicsaves.com
Best Place to Buy Unique Gifts
The Coventry Rd. fixture now has a companion shop on Cleveland's western edge. Both locations open the door to all the long-lost toys and forgotten treasure you never needed but wish you still had.
1814 Coventry Rd., Cleveland Hts., 216-371-4386; 11512 Clifton Blvd., Cleveland, 216-631-4386;bigfunbigfun.com
Best Place to Buy Vinyl
My Mind's Eye
If you're looking for a slab of classic rock, punk, or metal vinyl and My Mind's Eye doesn't have it, you're probably out of luck. But you'll find seven other things you'd forgotten that you wanted.
3727 Madison Ave., Lakewood, 216-521-6660; mymindseyerecords.com
Best Adult Store
This multi-state chain specializes in clean, spacious, and plentiful stores that make filling your adult needs easier than ever.
Numerous locations throughout Northeast Ohio; adultmart.com
Best Liquor Store
With five locations, Minotti's is a West Side institution. Best known for their fabulous wine selection, they also host regular wine-related events.
Best Thrift Store
Part of a 17-store chain that spans Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio, Unique is best known here for its Ohio City location. Unpredictable in its treasures throughout the year, it's a godsend come Halloween time.
Four area locations, including: 3333 Lorain Ave., Cleveland, 216-631-0205; uniquethriftstore.com
Best Place to Buy Groceries
West Side Market
For the best prices and the freshest food, the West Side Market can't be beat. Grocery stores will come and go, but this Market is here to stay.
1995 W. 25th St., Cleveland, 216-579-6800, westsidemarket.org
Best Place to Furnish Your Place
This multi-state chain is as good as it gets with high-end furnishings and design consultation.
Multiple locations throughout Northeast Ohio, arhaus.com
Best Locally Owned Bookstore
Three floors of new and used books make us love Mac's Backs; the Coventry shop's devotion to hosting book-signings, writing groups, and other literary events keeps us coming back.
1820 Coventry Rd., Cleveland Heights, 216-321-2665, booksite.com/mback
Best Hair Salon or Barbershop
The name, of course, is a self-aware nod to what can happen to your hair in the wrong hands. No such concerns at either outpost of Crazy Mullets, where a hip vibe meets a talented staff.
14807 Detroit Ave., Lakewood, 216-712-7733; 1830 Coventry Rd., Cleveland Hts. ;216-320-9891 crazymullets.com
Owners Christie and Dale Murdoch hunt and peck for rare and stylish pieces to fill their lovely Tremont boutique. Thanks to them, you don't have to do the hunting yourself.
2242 Professor Ave., Cleveland, 216-241-1209, shopbanyantree.com
Best Animal Hospital
Gateway Animal Clinic
This walk-in clinic in Tremont specializes in care for animals that too often get woefully little of it in the outside world.
1502 Abbey Ave., Cleveland, 216-771-4414
Best Tattoo Parlor
With its bright shop beaming with natural light and its artwork so detailed that it pops like 3-D, there's little wonder Eclectic earns the nod.
7054 Avon Belden Rd., North Ridgeville, 440-327-4465, myspace.com/eclectictattoocompany
Sacred Hour Masssage
Their services vary from therapeutic treatments to energy work and facials, and their results are positively immeasurable.
15217 Madison Ave., Lakewood, 216-228-9750, sacredhour.com
Best Eco-Friendly Business
Chef Jonathon Sawyer is a leader in the local-food movement, sourcing most of his ingredients from area farms and making plans for his own on-site rooftop garden.
2038 East Fourth St., Cleveland, 216-443-0511, thegreenhousetavern.com
Best Recreational Tobacco Supply Shop
Daystar has served the head-shop crowd for decades, offering papers, pipes, bongs, and other accessories essential for smoking legal substances. And we'll assume that's what you had in mind.
17102 Detroit Ave., Lakewood, 216-228-4522; 15798 Lorain Ave., Cleveland, 216-941-4144; shopdaystar.com
Best Locally Owned Clothing Store
Nestled in the heart of Tremont, Banyan Tree is to local shopping as all those fantastic restaurants are to local dining, by which we mean: essential.
2242 Professor Ave., Cleveland, 216-241-1209,