Grandview Heights

Melissa Kossler Dutton

The Grandview Area Chamber of Commerce uses the slogan, "A Grand Time in Grandview" to promote the inner-ring suburb.

Visitors to the diverse community are likely to find that the place delivers on its promise.

The artsy, kid-friendly community has an interesting mix of family-oriented venues - much of it concentrated in a walkable downtown. Grandview Heights has places for families to play, learn and shop.

"It's a sweet, friendly place that's well-loved by its constituents," said Julie Byrne, co-owner of Clay Café.

The paint-your-own studio has a wide array of unfinished pieces that customers can personalize. Byrne and the rest of the staff are eager to teach new painting techniques or offer suggestions. The funky space is designed to be a place where people feel comfortable being creative, Byrne said.

"We like it to seem more like grandma's kitchen than an art-making decision studio," she said.

Bareclay is another spot where families can get creative with clay and they even offer special merit-badge classes for Girl and Boy Scouts. As for candle creativity, there's The Candle Lab, where customers create their own scented soy candles.

The Ohio Craft Museum offers art-oriented classes and camps for children. The museum, which exhibits professional artwork, also regularly hosts free or low-cost family workshops. And Open Door Art Studio has art classes and gallery space for those with disabilities.

For take-home projects, check out Grandview Hobbies. The shop carries a large selection of models with various price points and levels of difficulty.

Local families love the Grandview Heights Public Library, which always has a full events schedule for children. The Grandview Theatre is another local hangout. The one-screen theater shows a mix of current films and specialty flicks.

Bargain hunters will find plenty to tempt their fancy in Grandview. The community is renowned for shops that specialize in second-hand furniture, clothing and household items.

"It seems Grandview has become a destination for resale shopping," said Kelli Walton, owner of The Carpenter's Daughter. "There are about seven resale shops within blocks from each other, and each store has their own niche. The community has embraced us and I'm grateful for that."

The Grandview resident chooses to locate her business there because she loves the community.

"It's friendly and close-knit," she said. "It's my own little Mayberry. It's also vibrant."

The shop carries used furniture and home décor, antiques and new pieces like farm tables that are made in Grandview.

"We purchase and consign items all day long so you never know what you'll find here," she said.

Fresco Furnishings, One More Time Etc. and reTAGit also have an ever-changing inventory of used furniture and household items.

For children's items, visit Trader Tots. The store carries clothing, books and kid gear.

When kids tire of shopping, head over to Wyman Woods. The park has play equipment, picnic tables and a sledding hill.

Grandview is a great place to dine or snack. Figlio Wood Fired Pizza uses fresh ingredients to create gourmet pizzas topped with everything from brie to prosciutto.

The Cambridge Tea House serves high tea, breakfast and lunch on pretty china in a comfortable dining room. The quaint restaurant bakes scones fresh each day.

More delicious baked goods can be found at The French Loaf. The bakery makes breads, cakes and cookies. The casual eatery also serves lunch and makes tasty buckeyes. For cool treats, visitors can choose between Dairy Queen and Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams.

Just south of the walkable downtown, along Goodale Boulevard, be sure to check out Star Beacon Products Company, a family-owned institution where you can get art, craft and school supplies. And not too far away is Krema Nut Company, another Grandview institution where you can enjoy some of the best PB&Js and milkshakes in town, after stocking up on their peanut butter and other sweet treats.