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The Heights Rockefeller Building opened in 1931 as the commercial center of the Forest Hill neighborhood. The first merchants included the Cleveland Trust Bank (in the beautiful space most recently occupied by Forest Hill Kitchen and Rockefeller's Restaurant), a beauty salon, a Kroger grocery store, and a pharmacy. These days you can find a few antique shops, beads & rocks, holistic pet services & products, Starbuck's Coffee, the newly opened handcrafted, culinary knife shop and a beauty salon.

As long-time merchants, Uptown Archeology and Artisan Antiques are well known at the Heights Rockefeller Building. In the past couple years, we've seen Animal Zen expand their services and products promoting a full and healthy relationship between people and their pets. In addition to offering healthy food for your pets, Adrienne Brockway and her team offer pet sitting, training classes and grooming services (thanks again Animal Zen for sponsoring the Forest Hill Monster Garage Sale!). Heights Rockefeller also welcomed Cleveland Rocks and Beads this past year. Jennifer Gerard opened her bead shop in the space formerly occupied by - another bead shop - when its owner retired. It has been a pleasure walking past the bead shop and checking out the rocks and minerals in the window. Jennifer and her staff also offer a variety of beading classes for adults and kids.

One of the newest Heights Rockefeller merchants is Cleveland Cuts. Dee Coker has opened a new shop selling handcrafted kitchen knives and cutting boards. Check out the Edible Cleveland story on Cleveland Cuts and stop by the shop to welcome Dee to the neighborhood.

The Shawn Paul Salon is also now going strong in the former space of Barle's Soup and Sandwich shop.

  You can read more about the historic Heights Rockefeller Building at Cleveland Historical.

 

If you're interested in connecting with your neighbors and engaging in neighborhood improvement activities, but don't know where to begin, you can explore creative ideas here - 25 More Ways to Make Your Neighborhood a Community. Also, reach out to Judy Charlick the new Forest Hill Homeowners (FHHO) Social Activities/Street Club chairperson. Judy is a recent resident to Forest Hill and we are very excited that she and her husband Bob have taken an active interest in the community. Judy is happy to assist anyone who would like to start organizing on his/her/their street to have a street party or a meeting with a City Council person or police rep., or a get-together of a few others to plan another activity. You can email Judy directly at jcharlick@ameritech.net.

Additional resources for starting a street club or association in Forest Hill can be found on the Cleveland Heights city website.

From the Archives

It's been quite fun reading some of the Forest Hill newsletters from the 1950's. Although the Forest Hill Informer, is not a particularly good name for a newsletter (conjuring up images of Joe McCarthy and McCarthyism in 1950's America), there are some articles which seem timeless.

Here is one delightful tidbit from June, 1955 -

"BUSY PEOPLE

It is an honor to be selected by ones neighbors to the Board of Trustees or as an officer of Forest Hill Home Owners, Inc. A trustee or officer is busy with his own business affairs. But at best, a large amount of work is involved in looking after Forest Hill matters, and like many of the necessary chores of life, their doing goes unheralded and unsung.

A job requiring great care and consuming many hours a month is that of following up references and investigating families wanting to become residents of our community, so to speak, picking out our neighbors. Character and reputation are looked into as also is the financial responsibility of the prospect. Previous neighbors in the community where the prospect has lived throw considerable light on applicants. Of course, all matters must be held in greatest confidence.

Someone wants to build a fence or plant a hedge or put in an air conditioning unit joining the house or in the back yard. A permit for these from Forest Hill Home Owners, Ine., is required in the deed and by the city. Permits are issued only after study and consultation with neighbors. To do a job that is fair takes a lot of time of trustees and officers.

Every new house, or addition to existing ones, requires a building permit from the city. Members of our architectural committee care- fully study all building plans. If the proposed structure fits into Forest Hill, approval is indicated by stamping each set of plans. The city building department relies on this stamp. This job of scanning plans is a task that cannot and is not skimmed over lightly. The committee does not approve some plans and in other instances suggests changes all of which involves consultation with the owner, or builder and architect.

Many other chores fall in the lap of officers and trustees, some do not fall they are put there. Dog, cat, rat, rubbish, weed and other nuisances so called by some folks are in this list. These problems, When advisable, usually are channeled to proper places for attention.

Your trustees and officers gladly give their time to make ours a better community. Our hats are off to them!"

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