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

Effective January 30, 2020, our store hours are:

Tuesday and Wednesday: 10 am – 6 pm

Thursday and Friday: 10 am – 9 pm

Saturday: 10 am – 8 pm

Sunday: 11 am – 4 pm

Monday: Closed


New & Noteworthy

On Our Walls: Maria Kaiser

During February, we will have a selection of prints made by Cleveland Heights artist Maria Kaiser.

“Drawing and making things have absorbed my interest for as long as I can remember.  I can never forget my kindergarten and first-grade years in Toronto, where we five- and six-year-olds wove on foot pedal looms and blueprinted weeds picked on long walks, which adults hung up and admired.  These experiences, I’m certain, set me on the path to art.  I majored in early childhood education rather than art. However, I took art classes in college and in art centers all the time my kids were growing up and from watercolor teachers Fred Leach and Bob Raack.  It was after I retired and took a glorious trip to the High Arctic that I turned fully to art. I returned from that trip and decided printmaking might be a good idea to translate the icebergs I’d seen into woodcuts. I’ve been taking printmaking classes at Tri-C for over 20 years.  There I learned to do linocuts, drypoint, woodcuts, reduction woodcuts. I use a photograph to which I have a strong emotional connection and translate them into art pieces.” – Maria Kaiser

Never Judge A Book By Its Movie Series Returns

Julia Biars will lead discussions of books and its movie on Saturday nights at Appletree this spring. Read the book, and then join Julia in the store to watch the movie and then discuss the book and movie! Due to space limitations, screenings are limited to 10 people. Please RSVP by email at info@appletree-books.com or calling the store at (216)791-2665.

Each discussion starts at 7 pm!

March 7th: Dracula by Bram Stoker and Dracula directed by Francis Ford Coppola

April 18th: Nothing Lasts Forever by Roderick Harp and Die Hard by John McTiernan

May 23rd: Awakenings by Oliver Sacks and Awakenings directed by Penny Marshall

June 20th: The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle and The Last Unicorn directed by Arthir Rankin Jr. and Jules Bass

July 18: The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznik and Hugo directed by Martin Scorsese

Appletree Staff Member: Jane Sydney

Periodically, we introduce members of the Appletree Books team, and this month we are pleased to introduce Jane Sydney.  Jane can be found in the store on Sunday and helps out on other days as her schedule allows!

Three things about me:
As a long-time photographer and someone who enjoys road trips to the “unknown,” I am enjoying traveling around my new home state and finding interesting, out-of-the-way spots and dirt roads leading to surprises.I can be found every morning at Starbucks with my green iced tea – regardless of the temperature!

Since Wade Oval is an easy walk from my apartment, I trek down the hill to the botanical garden and the art museum at least once a week, reminding me of my days as a Manhattanite, walking to all the museums. Cleveland is a great city — a wonderful place to live.

Books I have read several times and have moved with me
all over the place:
The Tortilla Curtain (Penguin), by T. C. Boyle

Waiting for the Barbarians (Penguin), by J. M. Coetzee

The Appointment (Picador), by Herta Müller

Each of these, written at various times in the past 25 years or so, is a testament that history repeats itself. Fear of the other, of the state, of losing what one values. These themes run through each of these books, be it an immigrant, an enemy, or an employee of the state. They are out to get you.

New at Appletree: Candles by Furbish & Fire

Furbish & Fire has custom-made these delicately scented, locally made, soy-wax candles just for Appletree Books! They make great gifts for yourself or others.

“Based in Avon Lake, OH, Furbish & Fire Candle Co. sources all of its recycled containers locally. We have collaborated with several local establishments to re-purpose their empty wine bottles into something wine drinkers can appreciate again. This re-“furbishing” of bottles helped to inspire our name and fuel the passion that goes into every finished product.

“Each of our small batches is produced the artisanal way, just like the wine from which we recycle our bottles, with love and attention poured into each candle we make. We strive for supreme quality while remaining environmentally conscious. Our wine bottle candles are all hand-cut and polished, and all of our candles are hand-poured with all-natural soy wax, use lead-free, cotton wicks, and include premium, phthalate-free fragrances.”

Appletree Exclusive: Cleveland and Cleveland Heights Cards by Eric Silveman

Beautiful architectural photographs of Cleveland and Cleveland Heights grace these cards made especially for Appletree by local photographer Eric Silverman.

“Architectural photography is the focus of my work. While many of my subjects are well covered, I try for angles and perspectives that are not commonplace. Other than cropping, I do not do much to alter the images other than some tweaking of the colors as needed. For cityscape shots, I often try to layer the buildings, showcasing the contrasts in styles. For my black and white photographs, Margaret Bourke-White and O. Winston Link have been my inspirations. Edward Hopper has been an influence for many of my cityscape photos, while Richard Estes nurtured my fondness for reflections of the city in display windows.”  – Eric Silverman