Tiffany & Co. at Eton Chagrin Boulevard brings Fifth Avenue style to Greater Cleveland

Tiffany & Co. will open its doors at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28 at Eton Chagrin Boulevard. (Emily Hamlin Smith, The Plain Dealer)
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Emily Hamlin Smith, The Plain Dealer By Emily Hamlin Smith, The Plain Dealer The Plain Dealer
on August 27, 2013 at 3:20 PM, updated August 29, 2013 at 12:57 PM
IMG_0011.JPGView full sizeGreater Clevelanders can now browse Tiffany's latest collections - such as Atlas - without leaving the region. The company's location at Eton Chagrin Boulevard opens Wednesday.

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- You don’t have to Holly Golightly to be crazy about Tiffany’s. And, as of Wednesday, you don’t have to leave Northeast Ohio to get your fix.

Grab your breakfast and head to Eton Chagrin Boulevard in Woodmere at 10 a.m. Wednesday, when Tiffany & Co. will open its first location in Northern Ohio. With its stately exterior details and its lush interior, you’ll feel like you just stepped off Fifth Avenue.

Passers-by start twittering with excitement as soon as they spot those Tiffany Blue awnings. Of all the shades of blue he could’ve picked, founder Charles Lewis Tiffany chose that one for the cover of the company’s Blue Book catalog in 1845. And it’s been sending women’s hearts aflutter every since.

“It’s pretty amazing that our visionary chose a design element 176 years ago that is still so, so important to our brand,” says Cathy Elward, Tiffany’s central region vice president.

While considerably smaller than the legendary store on Fifth Avenue, the Eton location shares some of its design details -- such as magnolia sconces and Tiffany Blue wool and silk carpet. Contemporary-style seating greets guests near the fine jewelry counter and in the private sales salon.

Inside the cases, the company has created vignettes with archival images and pieces, modern photographs and descriptions of the collections -- all of which combine to give even the most casual of customer a sense of the jeweler’s history.

The store has the full line of offerings -- including fine jewelry such as engagement/wedding rings, fashion jewelry, leather accessories such as wallets and purses, baby china and more. It also carries collections from jewelry designers Jean Schlumberger, Elsa Peretti and Paloma Picasso.

But perhaps the most popular thing in the store isn’t for sale -- one of those trademarked Tiffany Blue Boxes. People have been asking for empty boxes for decades with no luck; the iconic ribbon-tied packages only leave the store with a purchased item safely nestled inside.

Why do people go crazy over the box?

“It’s the expectation that something treasured is going to be in the box,” Elward says. “Whether it’s the most expensive diamond ring or a piece of fashionable jewelry, we’re the place people come to commemorate life’s most special moments. Whatever the occasion, if the event is worthy of Tiffany gift, then it’s really, really special.”