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This Italian bakery is a Cleveland institution, a meeting place and people-watching destination — where Italian-American grandmas rub shoulders with UH residents and Case students — as much as a world-class bakery and the Platonic ideal of a quick lunch spot. Whether you're seeking an authentic finale to your Little Italy dinner date, a quick cuppa joe and a snack with friends, or a diverse array of sweet treats for a family of picky eaters, Presti's has what you need. From nonpareil adaptations of classic Italian desserts (cannoli, cassata, pignoli, tiramisu and panettone) to old-fashioned comfort food (apple tart, donuts and pepperoni bread) Presti's is well worth the confusing ordering system and hectic midday rush. 12101 Mayfield Rd., 216-421-3060,
There are sandwiches and then there are Sandwiches. Slyman's specializes in the latter. The Cleveland institution has been slicing up and serving the best corned beef in the city since the '60s and nothing much has changed. Simplicity is beautiful for a reason. Just a mile-high pile of corned beef served on rye with cheese or mustard if you want. That's it. Slyman's also dishes up fantastic pastrami, roast beef and just about any other traditional deli offering you can imagine with gusto and quality to match the corned beef masterpiece. But you're going to want the masterpiece, trust us. 3106 St. Clair Ave., 216-621-3760, slymans.com
Best Wine Store
Minotti's wine & spirits
Located in five locations across Cleveland's West Side (not to mention the palatial haunt in Parma), Minotti's has been providing quality wines and spirits and kick-ass service since the 1980s. Their selection is extensive and they offer the state minimum in cost -- with no sin tax! So continue to sin and continue to purchase from a company with longstanding local roots, great prices, and incredible customer service.
Best Beer Store
"Warehouse" is a bit of a misnomer—this beloved hole-in-the-wall boozer sanctuary is barely the size of a convenience store. While there may be larger and more centrally located beer stores, you're gonna go to a beige South Euclid shopping plaza with a ragtime-meets-70s script logo if what you want is craft beer at good prices. Why? The impressive selection and the knowledgeable and non-judgmental fraternal owners, who seem like gee-whiz regular guys until you realize they're superhuman brew gurus. With a diverse stock of local brewery selections, mix-and-match singles, and far-flung exotic picks—aged lambics, Belgian sour beer, raspberry kombucha beer, Hitachino Nest red rice ale, French farmhouse ciders, German doppelbocks—even West Side beer enthusiasts will find Warehouse Beverage worth the pilgrimage.
4364 Mayfield Rd., South Euclid,
Best Eco-Friendly Business
GREAT LAKES BREWING COMPANY
Basically everything the Great Lakes Brewing Company does is eco-friendly. You've probably heard about their trucks which run on vegetable oils — saving them nearly 50 percent in fuel costs - and about their preference for local foods, which means fresher produce and money back to the local economy; But you may not know this flagship Ohio City brewpub is a fiendish recycler. All the napkins, beer cartons and business cards are from recycled fiber. Also, the b-products created when they brew their delicious beers are shuttled off to local farms and used for feed. The company's goal is to produce zero waste...which is what most of us tend to produce after buying a GLBC variety pack. 2516 Market Ave., 216-771-4404,
Best Adult Store
Good choice, voters. Helmed by the inimitable Rondee Kamins, Adult Mart is the commercial incarnation of a pornography industry that started and rose to prominence in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. This isn't some low-class store for the "raincoat crowd." No no. Kamins and Co. have redesigned their shops to create a more "boutique-style" shopping experience. You don't feel dirty in Adult Mart. You almost feel downright classy. Their attendants are exceedingly knowledgeable and their inventory is vast. "We've got toys for every fantasy," said the CEO in a Scene interview. "We're all about selling fantasies to people, and I think our products are reflective of that." And it's not just toys. They've got DVDs and apparel and accoutrements as well. No one is turned away from Adult Mart...except, you know, children. Various locations, adultmart.com