Westward, Ho!

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The “other” side of Cherokee Street comes into its own.


In recent years, the section of Cherokee Street east of Jefferson has emerged as a go-to place for art, eats and entertainment. West of Jefferson, though, the street hasn’t gotten much love. But lately, a variety of ventures have taken root, helping bring this stretch of Cherokee into its own.

[2627 CHEROKEE ST.] Aisle 1 Gallery
‘s building dates back to 1906 when it served as a local grocery store. Once Bryan Walsh and Jenn Carter took over the space, they decided to give the gallery a name that harkened back to its retail heritage. The gallery fills a need in the neighborhood by providing a quality venue for artists to display and promote their work. Showcasing everything from painting and printmaking to photography and sculpture, Aisle 1 will hold shows year round, and its virtual gallery will allow art purchases via PayPal.

After spending the past 17 years making her living as a tattoo artist at Iron Age Tattoos in The Loop, Kerry Soraci decided to shift gears and apply her artistic vision to a new arena. She recently opened I Scream Cakes to sell her custom-made creations, homemade ice creams and sorbets, and sodas made with syrups from local company Snarky Jar. Fans of her inking skills need not despair; Soraci will be splitting her time between the tattoo chair and the new store.

[2831 CHEROKEE ST.] After getting her feet wet via online sales and local craft fairs, Lindsay Pattan,the queen behind Miss Ohio Vintage, has set up shop inside the Apop Records building to sell vintage wearables and home décor. Just last month, the store expanded to include statement pieces in Byrd Style Lounge’s new “Flipping the Byrd” department. It also launched an Etsy shop.



Aisle 1 Gallery, at 2627 Cherokee Street

The new Aisle 1 Gallery, at 2627 Cherokee Street


Photo credit: Photos by Eric Lawton

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