September 4, 2013

Geauga Lake Fly-Over

This isn't Euclid, but I thought I'd share a really interesting fly-over that was uploaded to YouTube a couple weeks ago. So sad to see how Cedar Fair "dealt" with this property.

Footage of Geauga Lake/Six Flags in Aurora, Ohio, as seen August 2013.

August 27, 2013

Dillards Euclid Square Mall CLOSING September 2013

A long time coming, it seems Dillard's will be closing their Euclid Square Mall clearance center.

It's really a shame! It was pretty common knowledge the lease was up in 2013, but I'm still a little surprised they're closing this location. The prices were amazing and they appeared to do a steady business.

 Architectural drawing of Higbee store exterior at Euclid Square Mall. Source: Cleveland Memory Project

The Euclid Square mall Dillard's store opened as a Higbee's in 1977. The transformation to a Dillard's started in 1988 and was complete by 1992.

The other major anchor was long gone when Dillard's officially closed it's second floor in 2002.

Dillard's circa 2005. Source: me

The store is selling off remaining inventory and is expected to be closed by the end of September 2013.

October 10, 2012


So I got a really neat comment today on my other blog, which is comprised of completely different content from this blog (which, I guess, could be the "dead dead Euclid blog") but I make no "bones" that I run them both.

Please get this info to Jen.
I was always a fan of your pictures and coverage of Euclid Square Mall.
I spent a lot of time and quarters there in the eighties.
Do a google search for: screening for “euclid square mall project”.
I guess tomorrow October 11 at 7:00pm, an artist named Jef Scharf is going to present him documentary on the mall.
I still think you should get the credit for keeping the mall on the web!!!
Have a good Halloween.
I thought this was a rather nice surprise to get in my email. I feel guilty about not continuing with the DE blog as I had originally planned in 2005 when I started it. To know that I'm remembered as the one who first got Euclid Square Mall out there for the general masses to see feels good. I've gotten countless comments ranging from genuine nostalgia to people who were actually in upper management in the mall's heyday to folks just looking for a little empty mall fix, and I've enjoyed talking to all those people.

One of those people that contacted me a while back now is the artist listed above, Jef Scharf. We talked and even sort of made plans to actually meet up but it never came to be. He sent me oodles of pictures of things from the Euclid Square Mall "archives" INSIDE the mall offices and yeah, it was cool stuff. I have a few of my own mementos but I've never gotten anything but a hard time from mall management, so I was kind of turned off at that point, like anyone else would be.

I don't agree with the point of view that the mall's transformation of "the cathedrals of capitalism to actual cathedrals," is a "dramatic evolution". In fact, it does nothing for me. Perhaps as an artist, this sort of thing is fascinating. The problem is the mall was designed and built to be retail space. A hulking space that was supposed to be pulling its own weight, not weighting the area around it down. Euclid Square Mall has been sinking since the late 1990's and nothing has fixed it, and what can?

Filling it 60 some percent with churches may be better than it sitting empty, so cold you can see your breath as you walk past the dark reminders of a better economy (and a time when Euclid had a better reputation?), but sorry if I can't be enthused about the artistic side of it.

Euclid, Ohio has enough jokes and negative remarks pelted at it, sometimes by the children or grandchildren of the people that used to own fucking homes here, that used to make it a nice place to live. Now a mall filled with churches?

The owner, Ted Lichko, has been the owner since before I started this blog. He owns furniture stores as well, those, I assume, make a profit. How can anybody afford to own a mall that likely hasn't made any serious money for over a decade? It's never ever added up to me. 

I was asked years ago now to take down the whole blog. The basis for this request from the mall owner's "guy" was, and I quote:

Now, to the future... I am sure most people will understand that, in the process of negotiations, it is completely inappropriate, unethical, and just plain bad business sense to publicly disclose the nature of the negotiations until they are complete, and all parties agree to a public announcement. So, this severely limits my ability to comment.

What I ~can~ say is that there are not one but several very real and promising development proposals on the table for the Mall, and the time for revitalization draws ever closer. In real estate, the long time frames can be deceptive, and easily misinterpreted as non-action; this is absolutely not the case.

We have an excellent working relationship with the City of Euclid, and are very grateful for it. Euclid and MCM obviously share mutual interest in the success of the Mall, in terms of bringing trade, tax revenue, and jobs into the city. This is critical, and all parties involved are taking it seriously.

As a side note, I want to mention that the redevelopment of the old PMX property (our neighbor) is well on its way, and Euclid stands to benefit greatly from this as well. We fully anticipate both properties emerging as a bright spot of commerce for the city.

I hope this, at minimum, gives a more clear perspective as to what is taking place regarding Euclid Square Mall- there is no deadness to it! 

Hallelujah! The Mall has Risen!

October 22, 2011

Who Needs Yard Signs?

When you can just slip a tiny sign behind a bigger sign at the post office? (This was up one day and torn down by the next...)

October 19, 2011

Arthur Treachers Restaurant: What's Going In There?

I got a commenter today telling me that something is going into the Arthur Treachers that closed in January of 2011.

Well anon, you're right. They've gutted the place and are in the process of adding some decorative bits on the front, the name is of course completely escaping me now. Turrets?

I figured I'd snap some pictures when it's all done but I think it is a Happy's Pizza going in.

*Warning: Copious amounts of Flash and embedded sound. Click at your own risk.

June 21, 2011

Bank One: Revisited

I first went and took pictures of the Bank One on the Euclid Square Mall property in  January of 2006. It was long abandoned and it looked as such. I went back this past March (2011) and tried to get a few more shots to show how this building is, well, "progressing".

Fast forward 5 years and 2 months of sun, rain and snow and this is what you're left with:

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I would have gotten more pictures but I sort of got chased away by the boys in red (Ford Rangers). I don't know why they care... it's not like I'm some dumbass spray painting "Outlaw" on private property. That one must have slipped through their fingers.

I'll get more, though. I have a lot of revisiting to do. Lots of pictures to come this summer.

Chilling to see it in person though... kind of actually scary to walk under this as it's dripping and generally sagging and looking sad. Water is really attacking this place.

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2006 vs. 2011

June 8, 2011

Great Lakes Expo Center Closing

Great Lakes Expo Center, opened in early 2010, is soon to be a thing of the past. Typical ignorant comments can be found at source above.

Yeah... so feelings on the Lincoln Electric turbine?

June 7, 2011

2 Quick Pictures

The first, after the Omni Park fire.

Second... the HUGE turbine fan erected by Lincoln Electric.

March 11, 2011

The 2011 Elections

Looks like there are 4 mayoral candidates in the running to be Euclid's mayor in 2011.

Bill Cervenik (Facebook)
Christopher Litwinowicz (Facebook)
Charlene Mancuso (Facebook)
Jack Johnson (Facebook)
Terence McClerkin  See comments

Not a very strong web presence at the moment, but I suppose it's still early. Initial thoughts?

 Source: 2011 Municipal Candidates at the Cuyahoga County BOE

February 21, 2011

Lakeshore Blvd. Blockbuster Closing

I got an email a few days ago from a reader alerting me to the closing of the Blockbuster Video at 22320 Lakeshore, it reads:

Hello, My name is Ted I used to live in Euclid. When I went to the Euclid Blockbuster today I found out they are going out of business. I thought that would be something you would like to put on your blog.

Thanks for the heads up, Ted. I guess it makes sense, after all they didn't get a new sign on the pretty facade!

February 14, 2011

Euclidian Yearbooks Online

I recently came across something I wanted to share. I didn't grow up in Euclid and naturally didn't attend school here so I have no yearbooks and well, nobody I know does either. I kind of stumbled upon these, I think, googling my own blog (yes, this one). How vain!

Anyway, it all worked out for the best because I get to share something pretty neat with you creeps. As of right this minute, there are only 3 yearbooks digitized and uploaded to this specific site, but they are fun to look through. Although I have to confess, I skip the marching band and pep assembly pictures and head straight for the advertising section. In order: 1961, 1971 and 1981.

And here's a link to all 3, they're available in more than one format. It's like my Valentine's gift to you! Now where's my fucking chocolates?

The Plaza on Shore Center Drive

Here's a few pictures I shot off the same day I took the Arthur Treachers photos. This plaza is where Dave's supermarket was before it took over the old Tops grocery store building. This is on Shore Center Drive in Euclid, Ohio.

January 17, 2011

New Restaurant to Open in Old Coffeehouse

Remember my Arabica joy in 2006? We went there a few times, it was nice but didn't last too long. If memory serves, 26598 Lakeshore Blvd. was also home to restaurants Boardwalk and Waterfront Cafe.

It sat empty for a spell and a restaurant called Steve's Grill has been threatening to open for a while. According to a blurb I found they were slated to open in October of 2010.

I don't know much more than can be figured out by driving by the place, but it'll be nice to have another spot to enjoy.

And please do read the comments left on this post, as there is even more information to be found there, loads of thanks to those leaving behind info!

Lake Shore Plaza's Facelift.

Looks really great. Posting these for those readers who are curious about how Lake Shore Plaza looks now.

Lake Shore Plaza is home to Euclid Marc's and a state beverage store amongst others I can't remember. Formerly home to a social security office and I-deal Tobacco.

In case you had forgotten, and I already had, here's a glimpse of just how nice the new facades actually look, from September 2006:

January 15, 2011

Arthur Treachers Closes, Appears to be Abandoned for Hundreds of Years

A new skeleton has been added, this time it's on Lakeshore Blvd. and it just recently happened, because when I drove by a week or two ago, Arthur Treachers Fish & Chips looked like this.

It was up for sale and they got outta town!

See below and look here to leave your comments on an individual photo.

So the Arthur Treachers Fish & Chips at 23900 Lakeshore Boulevard has gone bye bye. I guess this means Lent at Long John Silvers this year.