Fun Neighborhoods around Cleveland

Kamms Corner, Cudell, and Detroit Shoreway

I had an awesome trip to Hudson, Ohio, recently. On my way, I stopped by some different neighborhoods to check out a comic shop and pinball cafe. I drove the stretch of neighborhoods called Kamms Corner, Jefferson, Cudell, and Detroit Shoreline, and would have explored plenty more in these neighborhoods if I had more time.

Disclaimer: There are some rough and potentially dangerous areas east of Kamms Corner, so be vigilant and aware of your surroundings. Don’t go to sketchy looking neighborhoods at night, especially if you are traveling by yourself.

In Kamms Corner, Carol & John’s Comic Shop is tucked back in the corner of a plaza. If you aren’t looking for it, you will probably miss it, but if you are into comics it is worth a stop. They are pretty dedicated to comics compared to many other shops. I got this awesome Dark Crystal comic just in time to get excited about the launch of The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance on Netflix!

Dark Crystal comic
The Dark Crystal sequal!

Although I like games more than comics, I still spent almost an hour in Carol & John’s and could have stayed longer. They even have a resident cat.

After I returned home I found out there is a gaming store along that stretch called Weird Realms that is more focused on gaming. I will definitely stop in next time I’m in the region.

After I left the comic store, I went east to Gordon Square to hang out at Superelectric Pinball Parlor. This place is fun if you are even just a little bit interested in pinball. I could have spent hours and more money than I could really afford to playing pinball at Superelectric. It’s just a fun, colorful place. I mean, who wouldn’t want to be greeted by this guy?…

Superelectric Pinball 1
Welcome to Superelectric Pinball Parlor.

My favorite was the Iron Maiden game, which cost $1 per game. The Doctor Who game was my second favorite, and apparently a lot of people’s favorite, because I only had a chance to play it one time. Just as well. Many of the older games were only 50 cents and pinball is an expensive hobby if you are bad at it like I am!

The Orbitor machine, for example, cost me half as much to lose in three minutes, and its surface was curved and bumpy as if you are shooting pinballs around the surface of the moon. Awesome!

Superelectric - orbitor
Orbitor – a really old, space themed pinball machine.

Superelectric has more than 20 machines from as far back as the 50s, and brand new ones, too. The machines take tokens, which you can buy at the counter, one quarter per token. You can also buy a beer, mixed drink, soda, or a slushy. I got the coffee slushy and wished I would have asked for the fruit slushy instead. I don’t recommend the coffee slushy. If you come in the evening, you can get a snack from the kitchen. They have a limited selection of fried chicken with sauces, spring rolls, slaw, chips, and mochi ice cream.

Superelectric bar
The Superelectric Pinball bar!

Don’t worry about feeling out of place here. There were people of all ages, including women in their 50s or 60s, young couples, and mothers with kids. Just come and have fun!

If I had more time, I would have hung out in Gordon Square for the day. There are plenty of shops, restaurants, and theaters to keep you busy, and the atmosphere is just right for an arts district. Not too hipster-ish and not too uppity, just a fun place to hang out.

You don’t have to go to the big city to find fun stuff to do!

Stay tuned for more about the Cleveland and Hudson region, including the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, University Circle area, and The Malted Meeple – an awesome gaming cafe in Hudson.

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