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Party supplies

Lakewood Tavern Supply on Madison Ave is a shop that you may have driven past hundreds of times without ever having known what lies beyond their doors. From a first glance at their sign or window display, it is not difficult to figure out that this business sells supplies to bars. However, when I ventured through the doors last year, I discovered that they also sold to the public a variety of items, from bar glasses to over-sized canned goods to dart games and wine and beer making kits.

Lakewood Tavern Supply opened four years ago by Lakewoodite brothers Scott and Robert Villnuve (pronounced Vill-nerve). The Villnuve brothers, having grown up in Lakewood, noticed an overwhelming amount of taverns and restaurants in Lakewood, but an absence of a supply store to service them. Being of entrepreneurial minds, they decided to supply a need where there was obviously a demand. "Pure genius" Scott stated with a sly smile. "Not really" smiled his brother Robert, "just common sense". Combining a little of genius and common sense though, is a perfect combination for a successful business.

Having a learned knack for assessing the needs of the city that they love, the Villnuve brothers went into action when they heard that the Party Station was leaving Lakewood. "Packing up in the middle of the night and leaving town like Art Modell" one brother chuckled, "left a void in Lakewood". They knew that people who depended on hosting the perfect party, whether it be a Luau, graduation, birthday, communion, etc., would be out of luck, or worse, forced to shop outside of Lakewood. After the birth of the idea to expand to party supplies, a larger storefront on Morrison and Madison, less than two blocks up became immediately available. Almost overnight their storefront more than doubled and they are proud to bring Lakewood a complete line of party supplies, coupled with their existing product line, and giving life to their new name "Ultimate Party and Bar Supply".

"We are proud to truly offer the complete party center" with the Grand Opening the first week in April. "We look forward to serving the general community in Lakewood and near west side. I don't think most people realized that we were open to the public" says Scott, "and that the public can get the same great deals on premium supplies that we give our restaurant and bar customers!" These great deals include glassware, cooking utensils, china and flatware, bulk paper products and cleaning supplies, home brew equipment and ingredient kits, dart supplies including boards and dart cabinets, etc. Look for specials during their grand re-opening, including sales on selected wine juice ready to brew, and a raffle free to enter just for stopping in for a girl's beading party (donated). I picked up a kiwi pear chardonnay that should be ready to sip for a May Luau! Look for them to be part of the LIA MAMA Art Walk May 17th, as one of MAMA's newest member!

15649 Madison Avenue

10 AM-7 PM Sunday-Sunday

216-227-0219

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Volume 4, Issue 7, Posted 3:34 PM, 03.28.2008