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A Black Hole of Bargains: Discounted Designer Duds Will Suck You Into the Euclid Dillard’s Outlet


Despite living in Cleveland for 6 years, I have just recently learned of the Euclid Dillard’s Outlet.    

Having had the opportunity to visit on four separate occasions, I’m still undecided on if this is the city’s best kept secret or my new biggest curse…. 

Despite year’s of practice scouring clothing racks at discount bargain stores, I was NOT prepared for what awaited me inside….

Up for the challenge? Here’s what you should know: 

  • Occupies space in the now “Dead” Euclid Square Mall 
  • Slightly odd hours… Mostly 11:00 to 7:00 with the exception of Noon to 6:00 Sunday’s…. 
  • Racks, upon racks, upon racks, upon racks…. I’m talking about a store that puts Gabriel Brothers to shame… Plan on eating before entering because you are not leaving for 3 hours
  • Don’t make the drive if you’re looking for a lamp….. The outlet pretty much offers it all (Women’s, Men’s, Children’s, Shoes) but don’t count on accessories or home goods….A few straggling belts and purses and a table or two of leftover pillows and curtains…..
  • Dress lightly and carry a small purse… You’re going to need the energy to carry the many pounds of discounted clothing to and from the dressing room… if they do offer shopping carts I’ve yet had the opportunity to use one… even so, you couldn’t fit them up and down the isles…. 
  • Phenomenal ladies dress section; I’m talking 15 or so racks of cute name brand dresses at a fraction of the price; Antonio Melani, Calvin Klein, Cremieux, Gianni Bini, Jessica Simpson and Kenneth Cole to name a few….  *I scored an amazing $130 Kenneth Cole for $20 
  • Prom Dress Haven… If I could only rewind the clock 15 years….would have been worth the 80 mile drive to scour the rows upon rows of discounted ballgowns and glitter 
  • Terrible Customer Service… With the exception of a few register workers, these staffers epitomize bad customer service…..By far the the rudest dressing room employees I’ve ever encountered…. That being said, I enjoy the spunk and like the challenge..
  • Terrible Dressing Rooms…  As if the unpleasant staffers weren’t enough, plan to occupy yourself because there is going to be a slow-moving line of anxious people….

Best of luck of bargainers…  You’re going to have to work for it, but it can certainly be a fun challenge… 


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BethanyBe Saving with her 2013 Cleveland Coupon Book

It’s that time of year again!!!

Time to purchase my all-new Our Town and All-Around Cleveland coupon book!! By far the single smartest $28 purchase any Clevelander can make….

Featuring amazing buy-one-get-one free entrees to hundreds of eateries throughout the city, a section offering discounts to over a dozen Northeast Ohio wineries, and a section designated to discount savings at the West Side Market, this book blows the Cleveland Entertainment Guide away…   

I’m at four years and counting and I have yet to be let down….  

The  2013 edition does not disappoint….

Tons of casual dining options including:

  • Cozumel
  • Flannery’s Pub
  • Harry Buffalo
  • Houlihan’s
  • Mavis Winkle
  • P.J. McIntyre’s
  • The Boneyard
  • Quaker Steak & Lube
  • Yours Truly

Some great upscale dining options:

  • 1890 at the Arcade
  • Aura Bistro & Lounge
  • AMP 150
  • House of Blues
  • Nine Bistro
  • Paws at Bertram Inn
  • Porter’s Seafood & Steakhouse
  • Punderson Manor Resort
  • SB Eighty One
  • The Wood Fire Grille
  • Welshfield Inn

Some of my returning favorites:

  • Arrabiata’s Italian Restaurant
  • Jammy Buggers
  • Menaro’s Ristorante
  • Saffron Patch
  • Shula’s
  • The Mad Greek

And in addition, this year’s book also boasts an entire section of savings dedicated to fine dining establishments in Little Itally….

  • Anthony’s
  • Guarino’s
  • Ii Bacio
  • La Dolce Vite Bistro
  • Maxi’s
  • Mia Bella Restaurant
  • Primo Vino

Let the Eating (and savings) Begin!

*Available at Drug Mart

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Money Saving Tip #1: Cleveland Dining Deal Book

Hey Cleveland,

A big thank you goes out to my sister for introducting me to what I believe to be one of the best money savings offers out there - The “Our Town and All Around Town" Dining Guide. "

The more well known "Entertainment Book" definitely offers good deals, but I must say that this book blows it away. 

The 2012 Dining Guide just came out a few weeks ago and i’m excited to report that it did not disappoint.

This book packs such great savings, that the meager $28 dollars nearly pays for itself within the first few coupons. 

Over the last few years, I can honestly say that this book has saved me hundreds, if not thousands of dollars.  

The book is overflowing with buy-one-get-one deals for a variety of popular restaurants, including an entire section dedicated to restaurants on E. 4th St. as well as food stands inside the West Side Market.   (Saved about $20 4th of July weekend stocking up on meat from the market.) Also has tons of coupons for casual dining restaurants, Pizza & Fast food and various activity coupons. 

Added bonus for the Winery Section — though you won’t find a lot of coupons for discounted wine, you will be able to get some free or discounted cheese plates and desserts- Yummy!

Some of my favorites: 

  • Arrabiata Italian Restaurant
  • AMP150
  • La Strada
  • Zocalo
  • The Mad Greek
  • Ferrante Winery
  • Cozumel
  • Shula’s 2 
  • Bar Louie
  • Sweet Melissa
  • Hoggy’s
  • Menaro’s
  • Harry Buffalo 
  • The Boneyard
  • Mavis Winkle 

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