Yarn club is quickly coming to an end – one more month! This month’s yarn was inspired by The Flats area of Cleveland. The colorway is spectacular and it’s superwash merino. I feel like I say this every month but I really love this one!
The purple in this one is making me drool!! And, I had some nice sunlight this morning so it actually photographed well. I like the palette Rachel chose this month. The Flats has always has a certain grittiness to it, being right down along the river so the blues and purples really convey that.
Now, a little about the Flats. Back in my day, it was the place to see and be seen and I had many a fun night. The Flats, like our city, are divided into the West Bank and the East Bank and the area runs right along the Cuyahoga River. In the 90’s both sides were lined with restaurants and night clubs. The West Bank is the home of an old powerhouse that was converted to an entertainment center. It has a special events space and had a comedy club, brew pub and a few bars in it. I remember celebrating a new year’s eve there shortly after I turned 21 which was a lot of fun. I met a boyfriend at the brew pub and went to more than one bachelorette party at the dueling pianos bar. The East Bank was almost all bars, although it also had two music venues where you they had concerts. I started hanging with a crew in the mid 90’s and our favorite hang out was Have a Nice Day Cafe. It was an 80’s themed club that served drinks in fishbowls. The drinks were some sort of Kool-Aid plus random alcohol and came with a bunch of straws. They had a small patio out back that overlooked the river and it’s no small miracle that no one ever fell. I still have a fishbowl and it makes a great place to throw spare change (with a few wooly decorations)
As Y2K approached the entertainment district in downtown Cleveland moved up the hill and the new hot spot was West 6th (and, now it’s E. 4th – just keeps moving down the road!). Places started going out of business and crime rose in those that were left. All of a sudden, no one went the Flats. And, in my life, people got married and had kids and we just didn’t go out. Fishbowls were reminders of days gone by.
The good news is that in the last few years the Flats, like Cleveland, has been undergoing a revival. The Powerhouse is now home to an aquarium which is kind of small but filled with character as they left a lot of the brick walls exposed and there is a walk through shark exhibit. A few music venues have opened (or reopened) and there are apartments. The river area has exploded and there is a bike share, a place to launch kayaks, a pretty active crew scene and a great new place on the river to eat called Merwin’s. You can watch the barges navigate the very crooked Cuyahoga and enjoy some great food and drink. I’ve taken several friends there since my first visit and everyone has loved it! It’s great to see the resurgence – you won’t get better views of the city then from down in the Flats. The skyline just towers above you and watching the traffic on the river heading out onto our great lake is pretty darn cool!
There was a clue for next month’s neighborhood and I think I know what it is so we’ll have to wait and see. In the meantime, I’m going to play with the 11 I have and see what kind of layout I want for my Cleveland project. I’ll try to have an update next month!!