12419 Cedar Rd, Cleveland Heights, OH 44106
(216) 791-2665

Store Hours:

Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 am – 6 pm

Thursday and Friday, 10 am – 8 pm

Sunday and Monday, closed




Thursday February 2nd – Saturday February 25th

Photography Exhibit

Photography exhibit by internationally published travel photographer Alex Shaland

Friday, February 3rd, 6 – 8pm

Meet the Artist: Alex Shaland

During the month of February, Appletree will host an photography exhibit by Alex Shaland.  Join us for a reception to meet Alex and to see his photographs.

Thursday, February 9th, 6 – 8 pm

Reception for Seeds of Literacy


Our store window display for February will spotlight the work that Seeds of Literacy does in the Cleveland area.  Join us for a reception to meet the staff and to learn more about their important work in our community.

Friday, February 10th, 6 – 8:00 pm

Discussion with Sarah Kappus Peck


Discussion with writer and personal historian Sarah Kappus Peck on “Telling Your Story.”

Monday, February 13th, 7 – 9 pm

Books in A Bar at Nighttown

Discuss one of the best of contemporary and classic southern writers with Appletree staff member Paul Ryland.

Thursday, February 16th, 6:30 – 8 pm

Meet the Author: Lauren Pacini


Photographer Lauren Pacini will discuss and sign copies of his book Preserving the Shaker Parklands: The Story of the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes (Artography Press). More information about the book and the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes can be found here.

Thursday, February 23rd, 6-8 pm

Keep It Local Cleveland Networking Mixer

Appletree is hosting a networking mixer for Keep It Local Cleveland which celebrates and promotes local businesses and the local community.


Friday, March 3rd, 6-8 pm

Meet the Artist Reception

Local artist and illustrator, Jeremy Tugeau is our featured artist in the store windows for March.

November, Doan Brook006

Thursday. March 9th, 6-8 pm

Author Reception and Reading

Dr. Debra Reble reads and signs copies of her recent book, Being Love (Inspired Living Publishing). Debra is a psychologist who empowers women with her transnational Sout-Hearted Living program.


Monday, March 13th, 7-9 pm

Books in a Bar at Nighttown

Discussion and commentary with Paul Ryland of William Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury.


Thursday, March 23rd, 7 pm

Author Reception

Join local author Kathy Ewing as she reads from her new book Missing: Coming to Terms with a Boderline Mother (Red Giant Books).


Thursday, March 3oth, 7 pm

Author Reception

Local author Irene Shaland reads and signs copies of her recent book The Dao of Being Jewish and Other Stories: Seeking Jewish Narratives All Over the World (CreateSpace).


New & Noteworthy

Thank You

Amazing that 2016 will soon be behind us and that a new year will begin soon; 2017 will bring the challenge of staying open while the city resurfaces Cedar Road (beginning in Feb/March!!!).  I would like to take this opportunity at the end of 2016 to look back over the year (and what a year it has been for Appletree Books!) to thank the many people who made the year stimulating and interesting.

  1. My thanks to all the individuals who contributed to the expansion and construction project that enabled us to expand the children’s and special events areas:

Mike Occhionero (landlord), Turk Construction (demolition and electrical upgrades), Rich Bozic (architect and project manager), Katie Tumino and the Reflections team (interior design), Dan Groth, (D.R. Groth & Son, finish carpenter), Andy McCoy (working with Dan), TJ Teague (Servicemaster, basement cleaning), Jim Silvestro (painter and wallpaperer extraordinaire), and our neighbors in the block who put up with dirt, dust, noise and limited parking due to construction vehicles.

  1. My thanks to all the organizations and artists who created windows to stimulate pedestrians and motorists alike:

Sarah Knoblauch, watercolorist; Judson Art Therapy program (Cathy Bryan); The Gathering Place (Kristina Austin);  Gunter Schwegler, handpainted silk lampshades; West Side Catholic Center (Jennifer Highfield); Julie Edberg, “fashion sculpture”; Heights Bicycle Coalition (Mary Dunbar); Heights Community Congress Home Tour (Laura Potter Sadowski); ICA (Intermuseum Conservation Association) (Jennifer Chevraux);  all the writers in our windows for November and NaNoWriMo month; and Roxboro 4th and 5th grade art students (Sheri Fried).

  1. My appreciation and gratitude to all the Appletree Books staff members who endured months of construction, noise, disruption and dust to make our space bigger and brighter, while providing support to me during the process: Ed Alix, Julia Biars, Annie Holden, Jane Rothstein, Paul Ryland, Kristin Saada and Michael Wells.
  1. Last but definitely not least, my sincere thanks to you, our valued customers, who attended events, bought books and miscellany and provided words of encouragement throughout the year. Appletree Books would not be here if it weren’t for you and your ongoing support.

Thank you, thank you, one and all for a wonderful 2016!



2017 Best of the Heights Award

Future Heights in once again sponsoring their Best of the Heights Award! Cleveland Heights is home to numerous businesses and this is away for customers, friends, and supporters to acknowledge these businesses.  Cast your vote here!


Book Review

Keepers: Two Home Cooks Share Their Tried-And-True Weeknight Recipies and the Secrets to Happiness in the Kitchen (Rodale Books)

by Kathy Brennan and Caroline Campion

Are you a working person or a parent who returns at the end of a long day wondering how you can prepare a delicious and nutritious meal in less than an hour hour? Well, Keepers may be a helpful partner in your kitchen.

The authors are two working mothers who have compiled a collection of recipes, most of which are prepared in one pot or roasting pan, and can be prepared in an under an hour. They also include helpful tips about planning, shopping and supplies to keep on hand.

Although omitting deserts, the recipes offer a variety of foods: meats, poultry, fish, grains, past, eggs, vegetables, soups and salads. Seasonal offerings are tempting: imagine a refreshing watermelon and cucumber salad on a hot, humid day or roasted chicken breasts on a bed of roasted sweet potato chucks on a wintry day.

Have fun in the kitchen with this “keeper” of a cookbook!

 – B.G., a great cook, baker and supportive customer


Book Review

1956:  The World in Revolt


Blood and Sand:  Suez, Hungary, and Eisenhower’s Campaign for Peace

1956              blood

1956:  The World in Revolt by Simon Hall (Pegasus Books) and Blood and Sand:  Suez, Hungary, and Eisenhower’s Campaign for Peace by Alex Von Tunzelmann (Harper) are two excellent overlapping narrative histories available this autumn. Both, by British historians, give us a picture of a now forgotten tumultuous year in what is supposed to be the bland 1950s. Hall’s book focuses on multiple flash points and cultural happenings while Von Tunzelmann zeros in on the what was to many the uninvited, ironic entanglements of both the Soviet Union and Israel/Western Europe in “neighboring” countries still seeking definition eleven years after World War II. Both histories are well researched and written, and I see that Blood and Sand has already received push back from revisionists. More goodies in store.

– Michael