Meet the Town Behind the Book
By Mady Stoner

Meet the Town Behind the Book

Learn all about the town that's the basis for the book "Little Fires Everywhere."

"Little Fires Everywhere" by Celeste Ng at Loganberry Books in Shaker Heights

The new Hulu series is set in the ’90s and opens with fire engines rushing to find a grand Tudor-style Shaker Heights home engulfed in flames. Shaker Heights is described in the book as a prosperous, notably progressive community. While this charming town boasts many historical landmarks and areas, things have also certainly changed through the years. Take a look as we explore the town to uncover all the best food and fun.

Notables Mentions

If you want to experience as much as possible about the true aspects of the book, there are a few places and areas mentioned in the book that 30 years later are still around.

Yours Truly in Shaker Square: The teenagers in the book come here for a milkshake, and the interior is exactly what you’d an imagine a classic diner to look like. With so many food options, you can enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner! Yours Truly is offering their full menu for carryout.

Insider tip: order the famous Notso Fries. Golden brown cottage fries with melted cheese, chopped bacon and a dollop of sour cream.

Parkland Avenue: This is an incredibly stunning street to drive through or walk if you have the time. The street features many giant, historic, beautiful, Tudor-style homes. This is the street the fictional Richardson family lived on and is a main focus of the story. While the Hulu series didn’t film here – the production team did make a trip to scout the area for inspiration.

Winslow Road: Designated as a historic district in 2007, Winslow Road is one of the more unique streets in Shaker Heights. It is the only street in Shaker Heights that consists entirely of two-family houses, which is where the characters Mia and Pearl lived in the book.

Additional Mentions

Everything mentioned above will give you a true feeling of what the setting was really like in “Little Fires Everywhere.” But while you’re visiting Shaker Heights, stay for a while and check out these spots.

Van Aken District: Inspired by the Shaker Heights spirit of quality, craftsmanship and entrepreneurialism, The Van Aken District offers a blend of urban and suburban lifestyles in a city deeply rooted in history, culture and diversity. Rising Star Coffee, one of Cleveland’s best coffee shops is located inside. And while the Van Aken store is closed, you can pickup a cup of to-go joe at one of their other four locations.

While temporarily closed, you can still check out lots of Van Aken’s shops online, like Stem Handmade Soaps, Spice for Life, Double Rainbow and so much more.

Loganberry Books: This bookstore feels like you’ve been transported to another time and place. Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, Loganberry Books is a community staple. The store has well over 125k volumes on the shelves (both new and used). Loganberry Books is adding delivery options to keep you reading. You can shop online (with more titles being added) or call the store to place an order — like your own copy of “Little Fires Everywhere”… if you haven’t had a chance to read the book yet!

J Pistone Market: Offering prepared foods using the freshest of ingredients, a patisserie, J Pistone is a must-eat spot in Shaker Heights. They have their full menu available for pickup and delivery, and will be updating daily their bakery items. Just call ahead to place your order.

Insider Tip: If you’re looking for a delicious dessert, try the Pecan Chocolate Tart!

Shaker Lakes: Round out your trip by getting some fresh air and exploring the beautiful trails offered at the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes. Check out the All People’s Trail, which is now ADA accessible. This is an easy, 1/3 mile boardwalk that offers nature access for everyone in your family. The trail includes views of the forest, their signature marsh and Lower Shaker Lake.

As you leave the Nature Center, take a drive through South Park Blvd to enjoy even more stunning, beautifully built houses the area is best known for.

Shaker Heights is a place that blends its past and present, making a truly one-of-kind place.

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About the Author

Mady Stoner is a photographer, blogger and explorer.