In a newsletter addressed to the Beachland Ballroom mailing list, Beachland co-owner Cindy Barber announced that the venue is now off the market. Not because she has sold Cleveland’s premier live music establishment to another owner, rather, Barber and partner Mark Leddy, changed their minds on finding a new owner, and have secured outside investment. This has allowed them to improve the sound system in the Ballroom (and by extension the sound system in the Tavern, which now has the Ballroom’s old mixing board) as well as fix their ever-troubling roof.
It goes without saying, this is fantastic news for music fans in this town, as in its 9 year history, the Beachland has gained a reputation for maintaining a very diverse concert schedule featuring both young, up and coming talent, as well as veteran artists encompassing such genres as Rock, blues, country, rock-a-billy, garage rock, and the so hard to define, indie rock. More than that, it has served as the anchor for an ever-growing arts district in the Collinwood neighborhood.
Barber’s full statement follows:
Happy New Year!
Thanks to each and every one of you who supported us this past year. It’s now almost 9 years since we started this fool project to bring great music and great fans together in an acoustically fine, retro-looking old Croatian social hall in an effort to improve our off-the-beaten path neighborhood. We couldn’t have kept it going this long without true music fans and individuals willing to support local businesses. This economy has gotten tough and we want you to know we appreciate every visit you make to the Beachland and to Waterloo.
We just want to give you a quick update. As many of you know, we were thinking of trying to sell the Beachland, but changed our minds in favor of finding investment. We succeeded in that partially this year and got a much needed infusion of capital this past summer. That helped us do a full repair on our giant flat roof that desperately needed attention. And we invested in a great new 40-channel Midas sound board to improve our capability in the ballroom and then improved our tavern sound by moving the old 24-channel Midas from the ballroom into the tavern. We have improved our food menu, added a Sunday brunch and hosted many special events this year. We improved our beer and wine selection, adding more microbrews.
Our Waterloo neighborhood is also growing with investment. Arts Collinwood, our local non-profit arts organization, completed work on a community center room in an old bar space and have started holding classes there. We already had two art galleries on the street plus our retail buddies Music Saves and Shopparooni, but this year, Waterloo added two more art galleries; a stained glass repair company moved into a local building; and there are now two recording studios on the street. Our local development corporation is also working on creating housing opportunities in and around the Waterloo Arts District area through a program called Waterloo Model Block.
So we are building a great music and arts-centered neighborhood. Lots more is on the way, including a big used vinyl store and a takeout BBQ joint. But we are also actively looking for more entrepreneurs and more investment on our little street-that-could. Like most neighborhoods in Cleveland, there are great opportunities right now. And the Beachland is proud to be the anchor in what we feel is one of Cleveland’s coolest growing neighborhoods, honored this year in Travel and Leisure magazine as one of ten of America’s Best Secret Neighborhoods. Thanks again for supporting us and allowing us to continue our mission