Shopping & Dining

Mentor is one great shopping destination — with nearly 600 retail businesses.  In fact, so many people come here to shop, that Mentor ranks 7th in Ohio in total retail sales! (The top ten in order are: Columbus, Cincinnati, Toledo, Cleveland, Akron, Kettering, MENTOR, Dublin, North Olmsted and Cuyahoga Falls.)

In 1961, the Great Lakes Mall opened as the world’s largest indoor shopping mall. While it’s no longer the largest, its still pretty impressive with 1.5 million square feet of retail space on 125 acres of land. The mall contains 110 stores and is anchored by J.C. Penney, Macy’s, Sears and Dillard’s department stores. In 2013, it completed a multi-million dollar remodeling and will soon welcome Dick’s Sporting Goods.

Other major shopping centers and national retailers are also represented in Mentor, along with many locally owned specialty shops. Check out our Online Business Directory, or click on the Interactive Map for help in locating your favorites — and remember, you’re helping the economy when you shop local.

When it’s time for a break, shoppers can chose from one of the 160* food service establishments in Mentor. Try Skye Bistro or Tony Sacco’s Coal Oven Pizza at the Great Lakes Mall. Or head over to the recently opened Local Tavern, Burger Fi or Melt Bar & Grilled. Some folks have said, you could literally eat your way through Mentor. No wonder it’s known as the “city of choice!” Download a copy of our latest Dining & Shopping Guide.

Can’t decide where to start? Call (440) 974-5794, or e-mail the Public Information Office for more information on visiting Mentor.

*According to the 2007 Economic Census, Mentor ranks 8th in the State of Ohio in the number of food service and drinking establishments.