A Walkable Visit to Old River

by Miranda S. Miller, map by Sarah Cucciarre

Rocky River's century-old shopping district exudes a charm that's tough to find these days. With Beachcliff Market Square nearby, you can explore the city's roots and remade retail center in one walkable visit.

1 Paper Trails of Rocky River : Cinnamon-scented Smencils, witty stationery and personalized stamps might just break you of that texting addiction. 19146 Old Detroit Road, 440-333-0033, papertrailstoyou.com

2 Off the Wall Gallery : This former Fairview Park fixture offers photographs of skylines, stadiums and still lifes, as well as matting and framing services. 19142 Old Detroit Road, 440-333-9181

3 Amy's Shoes : Amy's pug, Vader, will help you pick out Italian or even vegan-friendly strappy sandals as Norah Jones croons in the background. 19134 Old Detroit Road, 440-409-0120, amysshoes.com

4 Tartine Bistro : Popular among the over-40 crowd, this French, Spanish and Italian-influenced bistro offers lunch and dinner menus and 30 wines by the glass. 19110 Old Detroit Road, 440-331-0800, tartinebistro.com

5 Peneventures : Browsing 700 mother-of-the-bride gowns will help you forget he isn't good enough for your daughter. 19102 Old Detroit Road, 440-356-4188, peneventures.info

6 Solari : This sunlit space offers everything Italian, from espresso cups and biscotti jars to rum-soaked cakes and cooking lessons. 19036 Old Detroit Road, 440-333-9600, solarihome.com

7 Devout Home : South American and Mexican-inspired home furnishings, including altar art, wooden hand-painted henna hands, Lolita dolls, Day of the Dead art and ceramic white feathers representing ascension. 19032 Old Detroit Road, 440-333-8307, devouthome.com

8 Salmon Dave's Pacific Grille : Feast on filet mignon or Alaskan king crab legs so long they'll trip your server on his way to the kitchen. 19015 Old Lake Road, 440-331-2739, hrcleveland.com

9 Embellish : Adult and children's parties and classes teach you how to make necklaces, bracelets, earrings and jewelry boxes. 19055 Lake Road, 440-333-8885, embellishaccessories.com

10 Main Street Cupcakes : No place for the indecisive, this bustling bakery offers up to two dozen of its nearly 200 flavors on a daily basis. 19265 Detroit Road, 440-331-3661, mainstreetcupcakes.com

11 Once Upon a Time Toys : No Barbies here, only unusual, high-quality toys and collectibles, including Madame Alexander dolls and a $6,000 stuffed giraffe by Steiff. 19285 Detroit Road, 440-333-2327

12 Pearl of the Orient : Not your usual take-out joint, this swanky restaurant offers Chinese classics as well as Thai and Vietnamese cuisine and sushi. Beachcliff Market Square, 19300 Detroit Road, 440-333-9902, pearlwest.com

13 Studio 22 Photography & Gallery : This place offers in-house and on-location photography, as well as jewelry, glass and other works by local artists. Wedding photos printed on canvas turn brides and grooms into a Renoir. Beachcliff Market Square, 19316 Detroit Road, 216-712-7114, s22p.com

14 URBAN Home & Garden : Check out home accessories and garden items you won't find at Pier 1 Imports. Customers also visit for decorating inspiration. Beachcliff Market Square, 19356 Detroit Road, 440-356-1455, urbanhomeandgarden.com