serves premium coffee and a lot more
By Cynthia Schuster-Eakin
Published Feb. 14, 2007
next time you are in the mood for a good cup of coffee, treat yourself
to coffee and more at Mojo’s, the latest business to open in the
Dover Commons shopping center in Bay Village.
Tracy Raum describes Mojo’s as a unique concept combining coffee,
food and the arts. Raum designed the interior of the bright, sunny
location with the assistance of fellow Bay Village resident Dan
Sabre, co-owner of Cyrus Dern Idea Factory, who contributed the
logo design and interior artwork. Mojo’s offers comfortable seating
in a spacious, modern atmosphere. There is even a children’s play
area. Business people will appreciate the free WiFi Internet. But
what really makes Mojo’s stand out is its support for the arts,
according to Raum.
“We offer free live entertainment in support of local
talent,” Raum explained. She said that they have featured vocalist
Kate Voegele, a Bay High graduate, live jazz by Phil Herot &
Co., acoustic guitar music by Dave Bozak and the Sparrow Consort
The February entertainment lineup includes bluegrass
and reggae by Brent Hopper and Brittany Reilly on Feb. 16, rhythm
and blues by Randy Martin on Feb. 23, and singer/songwriter Kevin
McCarthy with Steve Madden on Feb. 24. Entertainment begins at 7:30
“We pack the house when we have live music,” Raum
noted. The Bay High School band Elephant in the Living Room is scheduled
to play on March 10. Raum said she is planning a special senior
citizens’ night on March 3. She suggested that patrons phone ahead
for details about featured artists. She said they are always on
the lookout for new talent, so interested artists should call or
stop in the store.
Mojo’s also supports the Red Brick Center for the
Arts, a non-profit organization developing an art center in Westlake.
The organization’s mission is to strengthen the art culture in the
West Shore area, Raum explained. “The Red Brick Center for the Arts
is working with area artists in different medias to help them gain
greater exposure,” Raum said. “We will be featuring the work of
a new artist here every six weeks. We also support talented artists
from local high schools. Next month, we will feature the work of
Bay High School photographer Megan White.”
In addition to original specialty espresso drinks
like the Rocket, honoring Mojo’s hometown of Bay Village, the Buckeye
and the Browns Kick-off, which combines a jolt of espresso with
a celebration of hot fudge sauce and whipped cream, Mojo’s has a
unique menu. It offers real fruit smoothies, daily soups, breakfast
sandwiches, quiches, salads, sandwiches and delicious pastries.
“At last, there is a local coffee and dessert house,”
Raum said. She explained that she is trying to unite the city by
bringing the best Cleveland has to offer to her West Side location.
She said Mojo’s offers Bialy’s Bagels from University Heights, Aladdin’s
Middle Eastern foods from Carnegie Avenue near the West Side Market,
fresh breads from Fragapane’s, pastries from Avenue A Bakery in
Lakewood, lox from Lobster Brothers in Westlake and soups from Oma’s
Homestyle Catering in Bay Village.
Raum said word is on the street that they serve the best
clam chowder in town on Fridays. Prices are reasonable. Customers
can get a breakfast sandwich for about $3, and salads and sandwiches
are in the $5 to $6 range. Raum said the menu will change seasonally,
with lighter entrees and chilled coffee and tea drinks in warmer
But the quality of the coffee will always remain the
same, according to Raum. Mojo’s serves fresh roasted, never frozen,
premium coffee from Stauf’s Coffee Roasters in Columbus. Raum, a
graduate of The Ohio State University with a degree in Human Resources
Management, confessed, “I am a huge coffee junkie.” After graduating
from the university, Raum remained in the Columbus area for a time.
“This is the coffee that I lived by. I loved this coffee so much,
I wanted to bring it to Cleveland.”
Mojo’s, located at 600 Dover Center Road, is open
from 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday through Thursday, 6:30 a.m. to
10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and from 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. on
Sunday. MasterCard and Visa are accepted and there is no minimum.
Catering is available and meeting and parties can be accommodated.
Phone (440) 892-4040.