It’s been extremely cold here in Northeast Ohio for the past week or so. But the sun was out on Saturday and my family and I decided to spend the day in Coventry, a funky neighborhood in Cleveland Hts. Coventry has a Bohemian flair that was home to a hippie culture in the 1960s. Today it mixes ethnic eateries with unique shops.
My main destination was Mac’s Back’s, an independent bookstore with an amazing owner and a wide array of book titles.
I immediately asked if she had any weaving titles. Most stores have plenty of knitting and quilting books, handweaving….not so much. But she disappeared down the basement and recovered a 1956 book called a “Manual of Swedish Handweaving.” I was properly impressed and purchased it. We spent an hour going through the titles. My boys ended up with some great reading. We bagged our treasures and moved onto a fabulous retro toy store that sent my husband and I down memory lane.
Big Fun is a unique toy store.
Silly Putty, gyroscopes, Mallo Bars, wooden snakes, Curious George, slinkys, you name it. Big Fun is just what it says. We laughed a lot.
Passport to Peru was one of the last stores we visited. It was particularly interesting for me as a weaver and knitter. Many handmade items from South America including a fleece lined, hand knitted jacket/sweater for my one son for $45. Honestly, you couldn’t make it for that price. We purchased a hat for my other son. Wonderful craftsmanship.
A good lunch was had by all at the Mongolian Grill. A very satisfying day!