Black Girls Discover Porchfest?

If you’ve ever taken a drive down Larchmere Blvd. in the Shaker Square neighborhood, you can’t miss all of the small businesses that thrive on this street. It makes you want to see more of what this neighborhood has to offer. The Porchfest gives you that opportunity and so much more.

Glass blowing at Larchmere Fire Works

Glass blowing at Larchmere Fire Works

The Larchmere Porchfest is a free, family-friendly event that features musicians from a variety of genres. This year there were 30 different musicians who performed on 30 different porches.

Did I forget to mention that the surrounding neighborhood homes on either side of Larchmere Blvd. all have porches?

It’s a like a block party and concert series rolled into one. If you’re a planner like me, you could download the online map for the location and times of each performance. There are also maps available once you get there as well as signs pointing towards the areas where the bands will perform.

In addition to the music, the businesses along Larchmere were open with specials and fancy displays to attract customers. This was the perfect opportunity to do some shopping and see what they had to offer.

I purchased a dress from my favorite vintage store, Monarch, and went inside Loganberry Bookstore for the first time. I was so blown away by the layout and the size of this bookstore. I definitely didn’t want to leave empty handed, so I purchased The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.  

Chauna at Loganberry Books

Chauna at Loganberry Books

Felice Urban Café and Batqui, two of the popular restaurants, were booked for the day, but it was nice to at least see it up close and personal rather than my constant street view.

It was really good to see so much diversity and families taking part in this annual experience. I also have to commend the organization for putting this together every year and showcasing all of the genres of talent in Cleveland. I will definitely be back next year and you should join me.

Peace and Love,

Chauna