“Broad Street has been brainstorming some ways we can impact Lee University culture, and Parish Meeting House is the brainchild of our team,” said Timothy Carpenter, Director of Contemporary Worship at Broad Street United Methodist Church.

Spring break is quickly approaching, and while many people are finalizing their getaway plans, others are sticking around Cleveland and looking for things to do.

For those who fall in this category, here are a few places to visit during your week out of class.

Parish Meeting House

Parish Meeting House is a new ministry of Broad Street United Methodist Church. It exists to provide a meeting space, central to downtown and close to Lee University’s campus, for college students, small groups and anyone else to sit, meet and work in a comfortable and inviting environment.

Parish serves complimentary drip coffee from select roasters and provides free Wi-Fi for its guests. The heart of the organization is to have a mission-minded impact on the local community through meaningful, relational outreach and conversation, which Parish hopes will be fostered within its space.

Timothy Carpenter, Director of Contemporary Worship at Broad Street United Methodist Church, said their church has been looking for ways to include the college-age community in their ministry.

“Broad Street UMC is one of the oldest churches in Cleveland…and we love and cherish the Cleveland community,” said Carpenter. “Broad Street has been brainstorming some ways we can impact Lee University culture, and Parish Meeting House is the brainchild of our team.”

Parish is located in the heart of downtown Cleveland at 233 Broad Street. They are currently open from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Thursday.

For more information, visit the Parish Meeting House website.

The Clayful Artist

The Clayful Artist is a pottery and canvas studio with a relaxed atmosphere for painting projects with groups or as an individual. They strive to provide a fun environment in which to learn and play with art.

The Clayful Artist welcomes all ages and experience levels with open studio hours for walk-ins. Projects range from decorating pre-made pottery and painting on canvas to hand-building ceramics with raw clay.

Occasionally, the studio offers calligraphy and watercolor classes as well.

Owner of The Clayful Artist Nikki DeLong explained that her goal is to provide opportunities for art that are often scarce in homes.

“I want to teach people and offer space for those who wouldn't otherwise be able to learn or have access to these kinds of art at home or at school,” DeLong said. “People always say there is nothing to do in Cleveland, and I want that to change in a positive direction.”

The Clayful Artist is located on 4009 Keith St NW, Suite 104. Their hours are 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Tuesday and Thursday-Saturday.

Classes and other events are offered outside of those open studio hours. College students who check-in at the studio on Facebook or Instagram get a 10-percent discount.

For more information, visit The Clayful Artist’s website.

AR Workshop

AR Workshop is a boutique D-I-Y workshop that offers hands-on classes for creating custom and charming home decor from raw materials, coming to Cleveland just in time for spring break.

Participants have the opportunity to learn how to use power tools and other crafting techniques, including jewelry stamping, blanket knitting, hand lettering and more.

Their workshops are for people of all ages, even children above the age of seven. AR Workshop also hosts birthday parties, baby and wedding showers and even team building events.

Misty Brown, owner of AR Workshop in Cleveland, said she hopes the workshop will give downtown a unique draw.

“Our goal is to offer the community a fun and creative environment to relax, unwind and enjoy themselves,” said Brown. “We hope to encourage more to visit downtown Cleveland and complement our neighbors. We're excited to bring something fun, new and different to Cleveland.”

AR Workshop is located in the historical C.C. Card building at 125 Inman Street, and their grand opening will be March 2.

Times for their workshops are displayed on their website’s schedule, and their retail area will be available from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. and during the workshops.

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