Prosperity Hosts November 25th Launch
of Laura DeMarco’s Photo-Filled New Book,


(CLEVELAND, OH) The holidays bring family and friends back to Cleveland, but landscapes can change between visits. “Familiar faces aren’t always accompanied by familiar places,” says reporter and author Laura DeMarco. “We might mourn the loss of a treasured space or be filled with pride about our hometown’s growth, but reinvention usually has some sort of an emotional impact on those who remember what came before.”

Those who are nostalgic or are just curious about the Forest City’s storied evolution are invited to Prosperity Social Club (1109 Starkweather Avenue, Tremont, Cleveland, OH; 216.937.1938; prosperitysocialclub.com) on Sunday, November 25 from 11am – 2pm for the official launch of CLEVELAND THEN AND NOW. DeMarco’s newest offering juxtaposes rare vintage images with their colorful, modern-day counterparts to show many of this great American city’s more dramatic transformations. Over the course of 144 pages, more than 150 photos in the 11-by-9.5-inch hardcover from Pavilion Books chronicle Cleveland’s past and present. ($22.95)

Admission is free and no restaurant purchase is required. “We welcome folks who just want to come in, congratulate Laura on a job well done and grab a book or two to give as holiday gifts but it’s the tail end of Thanksgiving weekend and we’ll be ready to take over the cooking for you or, at least pour you a drink as you pour over the fascinating photos and stories in CLEVELAND THEN AND NOW,” says Prosperity Social Club owner Bonnie Flinner. Whether you crave fluffy buttermilk pancakes, a Polish breakfast with handmade pierogi and kielbaski, or shrimp and grits, Prosperity’s comfort food brunch is served from 10:30am to 3:30pm and launch party dining reservations are recommended. Chef Ed Kubitz is adding a creamy chicken a la king over biscuit special to the menu as a nod to classic eateries of yesteryear like Higbee’s Silver Grille and Miller’s Dining Room. CLEVELAND THEN AND NOW drink specials include $1 off all local beers on draft: Sibling Revelry Red Ale, Masthead Chocolate Stout on Nitro and Fat Head’s Headhunter IPA.

This is DeMarco’s second regional history book. Her acclaimed 2017 debut LOST CLEVELAND landed on Amazon top-ten sales lists for Travel Photography and Architectural Buildings and was one of only 20 titles selected for The State Library of Ohio, Ohioana Library Association 2019 & 2020 Choose to Read Ohio (CTRO) booklist. This exhaustively researched follow-up book looks at the development of 67 locations including the Flats, Millionaire’s Row, Short Vincent, Little Italy, Hessler Road, League Park, Karamu House, Euclid Beach Park, Muni Stadium, Doan’s Corner’s, Edgewater Park and many others.

“As a pub that’s been open in Tremont for 80 years—first as Dempsey’s Oasis and then as Prosperity Social Club—we’re all about celebrating Cleveland’s history and we’re honored to host the book’s release,” says Flinner.

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To contact Laura DeMarco: Email laurademarcocle@hotmail.com, call 440.668.3283 or message her online at facebook.com/lostcleveland, @lostcleveland on Instagram or @LauraDeMarcoCle on Twitter.

About Prosperity Social Club: Residing in an original 1938 barroom, Prosperity Social Club is open to the public, being a social club only in a figure of speech, behavior and attitude; a tip of the hat to a past era. Prosperity Social Club offers a full-service bar, great microbrews, a variety of affordable wines, performances by an array of talented musicians, a friendly staff and a smart, eclectic clientele. Its sophisticated, tavern-style menu even accommodates vegetarians. It’s a true Cleveland experience. prosperitysocialclub.com

To Share via Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn: Drop by Prosperity Social Club Sun, Nov 25 between 11am and 2pm for brunch and drink specials while you meet author Laura DeMarco and get the first look at (or copies of) her take on this ever-changing all-American city in the brand new book CLEVELAND THEN AND NOW.