November 2023

This Month at Shaker Square

Season’s greetings from Shaker Square! Get ready to delve into the latest edition of the Shaker Square Newsletter. We’re thrilled to bring you exciting updates, stories, and insights that shine a spotlight on the incredible support and enthusiasm in our community. As we uncover the newest happenings, events, and initiatives that contribute to the vibrancy of Shaker Square.

Save the date! On December 17th from 2pm to 6pm it’s going to be festive fun at Shaker Square, and we can’t wait to celebrate with you. Dust off your holiday cheer because we’ve got a festive lineup that’ll jingle your bells.

Say Cheese with Santa
Join us at Quad B (Next to Breakfast Club) from 2 pm to 6 pm for a holly jolly photo session with Santa! It’s first come, first served, and the best part? The photos are on the house! All participating families will receive a link to download their edited snapshots.

Fireside Festivities and Melodies by Brent Kirby
Captain Tony’s patio space will be lit with an outdoor fire and live holiday tunes by Brent Kirby. Grab a seat, stay warm, and let the festive vibes sink in.

Gingerbread Galore
Head over to Quad B (Next to Captain Tony’s) of Shaker Square for some sweet fun. We’re hosting a gingerbread man decorating party!

Horse-Drawn Wonderland Wagon Rides
Take a magical ride around Shaker Square on a horse drawn wonderland wagon ride!

RTA Holiday Trolley Extravaganza!
All aboard the RTA Holiday Trolley! This trolley is bringing the holiday spirit with tours, a festive elf, music, and giveaways. Check out more about the trolley here: RTA Merry Trolley

Merchant Magic!
Our Shaker Square tenants are spreading the joy too:

  • Cleveland City Dance: Open house with studio tours and complimentary lessons. Dance your way into the holidays!
  • Goldenrod Montessori: Open house with family activities (surprises await, so stay tuned!).
  • Psychopomp Coffee: Enjoy a cozy cup of coffee and hot chocolate as you wander throughout the event.

Zanzibar’s Culinary Comeback: Creator Akin Affrica Returns

Exciting news unfolds as Akin Affrica, the previous owner of Zanzibar, makes his triumphant return to Shaker Square! Affrica’s deep-seated motives and unwavering mission stem from cherished childhood memories spent at Shaker Square.

But this isn’t just a homecoming; it’s a culinary renaissance! Zanzibar is unveiling six tantalizing new menu items, and the maestro himself, Chef Tony Fortner, is back to weave his culinary magic.

As the pioneering full service African American-owned restaurant in Shaker Square, Affrica is determined to restore Zanzibar to its premier status. To ensure this success, a dynamic new management team has been assembled, infusing the venture with fresh energy and unwavering motivation.

Stay tuned for the flavorful revival of Zanzibar, where tradition meets innovation in every dish!

Explore the incredible food and exciting new energy at Zanzibar!

Zanzibar Soul Fusion 

Fresh Look for the Square: Illuminating the Season Ahead

Recent Façade Enhancements
Acknowledging the importance of maintaining a visually appealing environment, we are pleased to share that recent refurbishments have taken place in prominent storefronts, including the two corners at South Moreland and Shaker Square. These spaces have received a fresh coat of paint that has brought a refreshing look to the Square.

Holiday Lights Installation
Our dedicated team is installing the holiday lights across the Square. It is great to see how the Square is starting to sparkle as our holiday event approaches! Check out this process with behind the scenes content of the Seasons Greetings from the Square event on our social media platforms!

Celebrating a Season of Gratitude, Giving, and Community Success

We hope your Thanksgiving was joyous! As always, we extend our gratitude to residents, visitors, and businesses for making Shaker Square a special destination. Your love and support are the heartbeat of the Square. In the spirit of giving this season, we invite you to invest in local ownership and contribute to the thriving community we cherish. We appreciate your essential role in the success of our community.

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Keep Up With Us

Whether it’s events at Shaker Square, in the neighborhood, or across Cleveland, stay up to date by following Shaker Square and the BBC on social media!

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Since its opening in 1929, Shaker Square has been a place to meet and share experiences, together. There is always something happening in the Square inviting you to gather, engage, and enjoy the spirit of community!
Visit the Shaker Square website to see all upcoming events.

North Union Farmer’s Market
December 2, 8 am – noon
Shaker Square Market will be on East and West Bound Shaker Blvd. You will find an assortment of fresh produce, meats, dairy, baked goods, and more every Saturday.

Shaker Square Holiday Event
December 17, 2 pm – 6 pm
Join us in Shaker Square’s public space to celebrate the holidays! Get a family photo with Santa, create fun crafts, and listen to live holiday music!

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