In the midst of Lorain Avenue’s hookah parlors, nail salons and ready-made furniture outlets stands the nondescript storefront of Schindler’s Fabrics and Upholstery. Since 1938, Schindler’s has been supplying Clevelanders with quality fabrics and upholstery services. The do-it-yourself home decorator is able to browse a meticulously organized selection of over 300,000 yards of fabric or consult with their knowledgeable staff on matters of upholstery, treatments, tassels and trims.

Schindler’s world-class selection of fabrics is second only to the people who run the day-to-day operations. Judy, the daughter of Peter and Stella Schindler, carries on the family tradition of matching people with patterns with the help of a diverse team of designers, craftsmen, and fabric enthusiasts. She values her workforce and invests time in sharing her knowledge with them. Unlike box stores or the impersonal experience of online shopping, a trip to Schindler’s will introduce you to a class of people who value taste and quality over trendy low-cost disposables.

Special thanks to Judy and her wonderful staff for tolerating our intrusions on the busiest day of their work week.

Schindler’s Fabrics and Upholstery is located at 9933 Lorain Avenue in Cleveland, Ohio.

Cleveland SGS is a homegrown group of street archivists and artists who, since 2006, have investigated the hidden meaning of Cleveland’s commercial narrative, one block at a time. From scrapyards to clothiers, hair care to daycare, and back alleys to bar stools, SGS painstakingly chronicles the homemade imagery that makes up so much of Cleveland’s landscape. Drawing heavily on the stories, images and visual vernacular they unearth in their travels, SGS produces video, paintings, and installations deeply entwined with the city’s pulse.

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