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Cleveland Neighborhoods - Coventry


Coventry, in Cleveland Hts, is a quarter mile stretch along around Coventry Rd, from Mayfield Rd. to Euclid Hts Blvd. The area is known for its Bohemian style.
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Coventry, during the summer Coventry Street Festival

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The Coventry neighborhood was first developed between 1919 and 1922, home to a diverse mixture of craftsmen, merchants, and professionals. During the 1960s, the area became Cleveland's version of Haight Ashbury, with young "hippies" living and congregating there. Today, the area still retains much of that "Bohemian" ambience, but mixes it with an interesting mix of ethnic restaurants, unique shops, and cultural opportunities.

The Coventry area is mostly populated with multi-unit, and about-the-stores, rentals. There are dozens of unique spaces in the side streets leading off of Coventry, many with hard-wood floors, leaded-glass windows, and built-in cabinets.

Coventry is known for its eclectic mix of ethnic and funky, casual restaurants. Among them are:
  • B D's Mongolian Barbecue - A cafeteria-style Asian food emporium with excellent, affordable food and a friendly atmosphere.
  • Que Tal? - Coventry's contribution to the city's varied Mexican fare.
  • Hunan of Coventry -- One of the best Chinese restaurants in the city.
  • Winking Lizard -- The Coventry cousin to the Winking Lizard in Lakewood and others around the city. Known for its beer selection, wing specials, and burgers.
  • Tommy's -- The quintessential neighborhood bar -- Coventry style. It's been there since 1972.
Coventry Road is lined with interesting, one-of-a-kind shops. It makes a nice stroll on a sunny Saturday afternoon. Among Coventry's shops are:
  • Mac's Backs -- One of the city's best independent bookstores. They also host periodic poetry readings.
  • Coventry Cats -- All things for cats, including home-baked treats.
  • Record Revolution -- An extensive array of classic LPs and paraphenalia
  • Big Fun - A retro, kitschy toy store
  • City Buddha - Coventry's edition of this funky Indonesian style gift store
Coventry is home to several music and theater houses, including the Grog Shop on Euclid Hts Blvd., a stop for any regional up-and-coming rock band.

In the summer, Coventry hosts a variety of street festivals and farmers' markets, complete with street performers, arts and crafts vendors, and dancing in the streets.
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