Cindy Barber, Proprietor, Beachland Ballroom
2007 MARTHA JOSEPH PRIZE FOR DISTINGUISHED SERVICE TO THE ARTS
opened her club in a neighborhood with which the vast majority of
Clevelanders were not familiar, in a building that needed a lot of
work, in an area—North Collinwood—where nothing else was happening. But
Barber, who had formerly served as editor of Cleveland’s Free Times newspaper and Northern Ohio LIVE
magazine, believed in the neighborhood in which she herself lived, and
she believed in the concept of a venue that would present practically
every kind of music there is.
has persevered through the inevitable rough times, offering musical
acts every night of the week (even classical, at least once) in the
club’s two separate rooms: the ballroom and the tavern. Beachland
Ballroom is now a household word among music lovers and dedicated
club goers throughout the region. Its presence has sparked new economic
development. Now several other businesses have opened nearby, and no
one is afraid any longer to venture into the area.