Our club president, Michele and assistant Linda planned, organized and made a wonderful club trip for us to Cleveland’s west side on July 19, 2014. We shopped at all the wonderful boutiques in Grand Pacific Junction in Olmstead Falls and all met for lunch at Clementine’s Tearoom. There we had a large choice of luncheons, teas and of course, desserts while we enjoyed each other’s company. In fact many would like to make this an annual gathering. What a lovely day!
From Grand pacific Junction website: Walk into Grand Pacific Junction and step back more than 100 years. The mystique and intrigue of the various architectural designs in historic Olmsted Falls, produce an ambiance of unbelievable nature. It is one of the most authentic and original revitalized downtown historical districts in Ohio. Architectural make-up of this area is late 1880s flat storefront construction, Greek revival with post beam construction, late Victorian and Mid-1920’s commercial storefront.
Surrounding you are some of the same buildings David Stearns, who was the second settler in 1816, wrote about in 1879 when he described the town as having “four general stores, two drug stores, one tailor shop, one broom factory, one felloe (wagon wheel) shop, and one lumber yard.” The population that year was 700, with three churches and the Union Schoolhouse.
The name of the town came from Aaron Olmsted, who bought the acreage describe as Township Six of Range 15 of the land The Connecticut Land Company had purchased from the Indians and named the Western Reserve in 1805. It had been called Olmsted from 1829 until 1851, when the land between Plum Creek and Rocky River became officially known as Olmsted Falls. At this time the railroads had arrived and the Grand Pacific Hotel was moved to its present location in 1858.
A few of the repurposed buildings:
Second Thyme Around Antiques was built in the early 1900s. This building was used originally as a repair garage for the Willis Knight automobile.
The Music Box, Dolls & Minis & Jomarly Gallery: The Depositor’s Bank had been in business only five years before it became a casualty of the Wall Street Crash of 1929. Today, it still holds the original bank safe and vault. Since 1929, the building has had several tenants. The first was a heating/tinning business. In 1940, the Kucklick family moved their appliance and furniture store into the building. This highly successful store later featured Early American furniture and operated as the Village Square Shoppe until 1990.
Shamrock & Rose Creations Celtic-Irish Shop: The Granary (Circa 1900) was constructed with post and beam, and was used as a grain, flour and feed store. The original grain bins are still intact on the second floor. Hay was also stored above the drop-through trap doors to the first floor landing platforms for the convenience of horse and buggy customers.
Thank you Pat D. for your photographs and summary of this fun outing!