There’s a ‘buzz’ around town about a new café opening soon right here in Lakewood Ohio – "Play Grounds!" "Play Grounds" aims to be the café of choice to which parents and loved ones come to enjoy a cup of coffee or tea while their children engage nearby in creative play.
Walthall CPAs is proud to announce that Partner Charles P. Battiato, CPA.CITP, was recently appointed to the Lakewood Catholic Academy board of directors to serve a four-year term.
Walking or biking to see the displays on Madison Avenue from Oct 5th thru the 22nd --the dates for the scarecrow festival-- are the best ways to get an up-close view. We are sure you will want to get some selfies with Bigfoot and other one-of-a-kind compostions. While the supplies last inside of the Carabel Beauty Salon & Store, we will have a table with some samples to try at home for various beauty products. Also, enter a drawing for a make-over for a female.
The Lakewood Chamber of Commerce will host ‘Tell Us Your Story powered by PechaKucha,’ an informal and fun gathering where community and business leaders will share their career stories and entrepreneurial journeys in the PechaKucha 20x20 format. The event, organized by the Chamber’s Education Task Force and sponsored by Lakewood Public Library, will be held on Thursday, September 21st at Around the Corner in Lakewood.
Do you have an idea for a business or product which absolutely needs to be brought to market? Are you willing to put some time into actually making that happen? The 2018 Lakewood Ideation Challenge may just be the competition you've been looking for.
You just came up with a new groundbreaking business idea. Maybe it’s a new unique storefront you plan to open up on Detroit Avenue. Or perhaps it's a mobile app that will have much broader applicability — with users from Lakewood, Ohio to Lakewood Colorado (and everywhere in between). No matter the idea, where do you start? If your first inclination is to get started writing a 20-page business plan, you may want to reconsider.
The era of the business plan being the leaping-off point for entrepreneurs is no more. While it may have been considered a commendable first step for those getting businesses off the ground in the past, it’s no longer the case. There are a few reasons why:
Collapsible, eco-friendly design allows backpackers to leave canned fuel at home
The Lakewood Chamber of Commerce has announced the recipients of their 2017 Outstanding New Member, Business Person of the Year, and Small Business of the Year awards.
Choosing insurance is hard, we can help! Healthmarkets is now open in Lakewood at 16506 Detroit Ave.
If you’ve driven by 17409 Detroit Avenue across from St. James Church recently, you may have noticed a new shop, Knits Knots Stripes & Dots and wondered what it's all about. Owner Beth Kiraly-Bratko spent many years working at Closets consignment shop, and finally decided it was time to follow her dream and open her own children’s resale boutique. Beth says, “I love kids, I love clothes, and I love Lakewood.” Beth is a Lakewood High graduate who lives in Lakewood with her husband, Brad Bratko. They have three children, so Beth is naturally up-to-date on current trends and styles in kid’s clothes. Putting the shop together was a labor of love for Beth, her husband, mom and step-dad. The four worked in concert to renovate the space, making it the appealing store it is today.
The Taste of Lakewood, presented by the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce and Cleveland Magazine, will be held on Sunday, June 11th from 1-7pm at Madison Park. The Taste of Lakewood is a no-admission fee, outdoor day-long food and music festival that celebrates Lakewood’s reputation as a great food destination. Over 25 of Lakewood’s best restaurants - including Forage Public House, Angelo’s Pizza, El Carnicero, Barrio, Georgetown, Mars Bar, Salt, and Sarita - will be on hand to sell their food to a hungry audience dining al fresco and enjoying great music on the park grounds. The Taste of Lakewood has served as a coming-out party for Lakewood's newest restaurants and this year is no exception: Yuzu, Upper Crust Pizza, LBM and Distill Table will make first-time appearances at the event.
Two business owners from Lakewood — Michael Murray of Textbook Painting and Andrew Rainey of Randy’s Pickles — took a step toward greater success by completing the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C).
Gordon Tower Insurance has been successfully operating for a decade as of June 1, 2017. The 10 year anniversary milestone is cause for even more celebration as we moved our agency to the INA building in Lakewood from Brook Park over a year and a half ago and are very happy here.
Lakewood has been Mary and Michael’s hometown for the past 18 years and where they have raised their 3 children. Michael J. Bodnar, President and Owner of Gordon Tower Insurance Agency has been successfully selling insurance as a licensed agent to a wide variety of customers for nearly 30 years. He started his insurance career with Allstate in 1988 upon graduating from college.
Michael’s family comes from a long history in the insurance industry with the startup of his grandfather, prominent Attorney Gaspar A. Corso, of Ohio Valley Insurance in 1952 in East Liverpool. Gap moved Ohio Valley Insurance to downtown Cleveland in 1953, where it operated and grew exponentially until 1971. Michael became an independent agent in 1994 with Tower Insurance; the agency side spin-off from Ohio Valley Insurance.
Have you been searching for that perfect little extra-special treat to complete your next event or party?! Look no further -- Stephen Watkins, rising start on the local culinary scene, has officially stepped onto the public platform by launching a new bakery, based right here in Lakewood, Ohio!
The Lakewood Chamber of Commerce 2017 Scholarship recipients have been announced and will be honored at the Taste of Lakewood on June 11th at Madison Park. The Lakewood Chamber of Commerce scholarship program, established in 2000, awards scholarships each year to four high school seniors who have demonstrated exceptional dedication to their studies, extra-curricular activities, and, just as importantly, a commitment to working at a part-time or full-time job during their high school years. Over seventy young men and women have received Lakewood Chamber of Commerce scholarships over the past 18 years.
This is a special day that began in the year 2005. Our salon only found out about it this year, 2017 is our first year for Tiara Day. Our service with tiaras started when a mom called in to honor her daughter's request for an experience like the first Princess movie, where the princess gets her hair done. Of course we thought she should leave with a tiara too. The collection of Disney movies are well-known and loved by the little girls.
Enjoy the Lakewood's largest food & music event in VIP style: purchase VIP tickets for the 14th Annual Taste of Lakewood.
Cleveland Metroparks 100 Years: 1917-2017
As Cleveland Metroparks enters its centennial year, take a look back - and a look ahead - at the park system bordering Lakewood that was recently named ‘Best In Nation,’ winning the prestigious 2016 National Gold Medal Award for excellence in Park and Recreation Management. "The Gold Medal Award honors communities throughout the United States that demonstrate excellence in long-range planning, resource management and innovative approaches to delivering superb park and recreation services with fiscally sound business practices." -- nrpa.org/goldmedal.
Cleveland Metroparks Chief Executive Officer Brian Zimmerman will speak about the park system's centennial anniversary in his address to the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce at the Chamber's April 7th luncheon meeting at The Clifton Club, 17884 Lake Road. The cost is $20 for members, $25 for non-members. For more information about this event and to register, visit lakewoodchamber.org.
Cassandra Leigh Bishop, LHS class of '98 and Cleveland State University Master's program graduate has published a children's book! "Teddy's Journey to the Clouds" is available on Amazon and at your local libraries. The book was written for families dealing with the terminal illness of a child.
The demand for quality food industry employees is at an all-time high. How do restaurant owners, caterers, and retail food operators identify, hire, retain, and motivate the best people? How do line cooks, dishwashers, bakers, servers, chefs, hosts and managers affect the dining experience?
Members of the Lakewood food and restaurant community gathered on February 28th at Ranger Cafe @ West Shore for a roundtable discussion of issues related to hiring in the hospitality industry. The event was moderated by New York Times Best-Selling cookbook author and Cleveland Scene dining editor Doug Trattner. After an opening exercise to determine best practices - and critical pain points - in the industry related to sourcing, hiring, and retaining employees, the discussion then turned to specific labor situations and economic conditions faced by restaurant and food service managers today. Event sponsors Cuyahoga Community College Hospitality Management Program, Towards Employment, Cornucopia, Inc., and West Shore Career-Tech Culinary Arts/ProStart presented brief overviews of their programs as possible sources for hospitality industry employees.
Beck Center for the Arts is pleased to announce the appointment of a new Chairman to the Board of Directors.
The Lakewood Chamber of Commerce invites you to join us in celebrating Lakewood’s thriving food and restaurant scene – be a part of the 14th Annual Taste of Lakewood, to be held on Sunday, June 11th 2017.
Six-year-old, Cleveland-based Rising Star Coffee Roasters launched a coffee bar inside Bottlehouse Brewery’s Madison Avenue location on December 19th. It is the coffee company’s fourth retail location with all three previous cafes located in Cleveland.
The Cleveland Shambhala Mediation Center moved to its current location at 17903 Madison Avenue in Lakewood five years ago. Part of a global network of over 200 centers, its vision is to establish an enlightened society, a culture in which life’s challenges are met with kindness, generosity and courage. Underlying the Shambhala vision is that each human being has a core nature that is basically good and worthy of a spot on this earth. This basic goodness is always with us; we just need to cultivate its natural intelligence and compassion. We do that, according to Shambhala tradition, through the practice of meditation.
Join the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce for the first event in the 2017 Speaker Series. Ms. Deb Janik, VP of Real Estate & Business Development for the Greater Cleveland Partnership, presents “Region on the Rise”: a discussion about the impact that important events such as the NBA playoffs, the Cleveland Cavaliers NBA World Championship, the Republican National Convention, the Cleveland Indians’ playoff run, and the MLB World Series have had on the region, and the increased visibility and economic development forecasted for the Cleveland region in the years to come.
The Lakewood Chamber of Commerce announces the 2017 Speaker Series, quarterly presentations featuring headline speakers who will discuss some of the region’s most interesting and relevant topics.
It's 6pm on a Tuesday night. The sun has already set and the evening is dark. Midnight dark. It's winter time. It's cold. It's already getting old. AND it's only December.
Lakewood successfully launched its Lakewood Public Network, a state-of-the-art fiber optic network that offers high-speed fiber connectivity to the city's schools, public library and 16 City of Lakewood facilities.
Lakewood residents will have the opportunity to learn about adding solar panels to their homes at discount prices at an upcoming forum at Lakewood Public Library.
Northeast Ohio company YellowLite solar will present information about the benefits of solar and how residents can get bulk rate prices as part of the Cuyahoga County Solar Co-op at the Library main branch on Thursday, December 15th at 6:30pm. The event is free and open to the public.
Claire Coder isn’t your typical 19 year old Ohio native. After attending a semester at Ohio State and learning college wasn’t for her, she dropped out to pursue building Aunt Flow full time.
On November 21st, the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce kicked off the 8th annual Holiday Bid & Buy online auction showcasing items donated by some of the area’s best locally owned businesses.
Technology and Social Media are great, but they cannot replace human touch or personal face to face contact.
It is sold everywhere - food store, drug store - hair color in a box. Our salon is unusual in that if you really like that box color, we will apply it for you. Just to make it easy at home, color is applied all over the head, roots to ends. If you have never ever colored your hair, issues that occur include your not being able to see, so some spots can be missed. Also, the body temperature from scalp to about 1/2 of an inch down your hair will change, causing the color to change. The issue of how porous your hair is affects the degree to which the color will be absorbed.
Over the past several years Lakewood has become a key player in both the local food movement and the independent restaurant scene here in Northeast Ohio. As of just last week, there is now a new kid in town that brings together the best of both of those worlds under one roof - Nature's Oasis. The double storefront on Detroit Road just west of downtown Lakewood is one part cafe, one part marketplace, both with the aim of supporting local purveyors and producers of all natural, healthy food.
Owner Elliott Endsley, has created a bright, inviting space that can be seen from the street through the large picture windows spanning the width of the cafe. The industrial modern decor is punctuated with cheerful green metal chairs, copious amounts of reclaimed wood, and metal caged edison bulb light fixtures. The cafe feels spacious, offering patrons plenty of room to sit and enjoy anything from a cup of coffee (roasted locally and available as drip or pour-over) with a (locally baked) pastry to hot soup (which you can also sometimes buy and take home with you from the freezer section) to a sandwich (made on Breadsmith bread). As one might expect based on my description thus far, the cafe menu, as well as the market, take into account a variety of dietary restrictions, making it easy to find something for everyone to eat. That includes, as my omniverous husband was glad to hear, meat.
Etech Computers has been in business going on almost 7 years during which we have been providing a wide variety of services for residential and business customers. Recently we have relocated to the center of Lakewood 14411 Detroit Ave. across from Namaste India Garden and right next door to TJ’s Butcher Block.
The Lakewood Chamber of Commerce hosts an annual Speaker Series that features well known business, economic development, and political leaders from the greater Cleveland region.
Join us for the fourth and final event in the Chamber's 2016 Speaker Series on Friday, October 21st. Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish will speak on the topic: "What County Government is Doing for Your Business".
The luncheon will be held at Brennan's Catering & Banquet Center, 13000 Triskett Road in Cleveland. Registration and networking begin at 11:30 a.m. The cost is $20 for members, $25 for non-members. Register online at lakewoodchamber.org.
The new trend which is growing here in Lakewood is dressing up to hand out treats to the kids. I have noticed that as the family is going out Halloween to trick and treat parents and kids get dressed up. Make sure this season you don't miss the scarecrow displays on Madison Ave. Walking about the businesses will give you the best views. Some of the new things Carabel Beauty Salon & store has found for Halloween are hair bows in black and orange with witches, pumpkins, and spiders. Skeletons for earrings , some glow in the dark co ordinate with barrets fashioned in bony hands some in grey, black, and orange and others in colors that glow in the dark. Parties or candy handing out nights are good times to dress up in a way that you are not too scary for the little kids, and people still know who you are but you have that extra Holiday touch. By the way stop by and see our scarecrow display our demented clown will be here will you?
Starting on November 21st, the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce will begin an online auction showcasing items donated by some of the area’s best locally owned businesses.
When launching my home business nearly 6.5 years ago, people would ask me, "If you could open a storefront in the area, where would it be?" I would always tell them Lakewood, because of the walkability and the tight-knit community. I honestly never thought that 4.5 years later I'd be celebrating my grand opening, and that now we are just weeks away from celebrating 2 years in our Madison Avenue storefront.
The Lakewood Chamber of Commerce presents “The Lakewood Culture Club” powered by PechaKucha – an amazing evening of fast-paced talks on workplace culture in Lakewood. The event will be an informal and fun gathering where community and business leaders will share their ideas, thoughts & philosophies about workplace culture in the PechaKucha 20x20 format. Presenters include Lakewood High School Principal Keith Ahearn, University Tees Co-Founder Nick Dadas, Startup Business Developer Mike Belsito, and more.
Labor Day kicks off the fall season and New Years Eve closes it up. In between, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas unite families and friends creating long standing traditions. Growing up, our Thanksgiving table centerpiece was a large, candy filled gingerbread house. Over the next few days all the candy was picked off. Mysteriously candy would reappear the next day.
STEM Handmade Soap opened its doors in Lakewood’s historic Birdtown neighborhood three years ago. A lot has changed in three years. They opened with limited hours and carried 8 different scents of all natural bath and skincare products. Today, STEM soaps is open every day except Monday, carries over 20 different scents and ensures every guest has a memorable experience.
The Lakewood Chamber of Commerce presents “The Lakewood Culture Club” powered by PechaKucha – an amazing evening of fast-paced talks on workplace culture in Lakewood. The event will be an informal and fun gathering where community and business leaders will share their ideas, thoughts & philosophies about workplace culture in the PechaKucha 20x20 format.
Lakewood’s thriving entrepreneurship scene gained another entrant this summer when Lakewood resident and Cleveland Institute of Art (CIA) professor Dan Cuffaro launched a Kickstarter project for a self-designed compact wood-burning camping stove. Cuffaro, who teaches industrial design, initiated the project as a real-world learning example for his students.
Each August the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce continues the long-standing tradition that began in 1957: the Annual New Teacher Luncheon. The business community recognizes the importance of educating students for the workforce demands of the 21st century, and it demonstrates that awareness by inviting all teachers, support staff and administrators who are new to Lakewood’s public and parochial schools to a banquet in their honor. This year the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce invited 35 new educators, administrators, and staff members to the 60th Annual New Teacher Luncheon.
If you’ve lived in Lakewood for any length of time, you get it: “Lakewoodites” embrace a style, vibe and community spirit that’s uniquely theirs. Local artisan and businessman, Patrick Kellett, founder and creative director of Lakewood BLK LBL (Black Label), has taken his love for Lakewood to the next level by designing a line of apparel that captures the character of his adopted hometown.
At Gordon Tower Insurance Agency, we make sure you have the proper auto insurance coverage to take care of you if you are ever involved in an accident. The number of uninsured motorists on the road these days is huge. When we provide you with uninsured and under-insured motorist coverage, it is designed to help you pay for bills associated with a crash that was not caused by you, but was caused by another person. It doesn't seem fair but when that person either doesn't have an auto insurance policy or has a policy with liability limits that are too low to cover costs associated with a covered loss, then you need the coverage from your own policy. Here are the alarming facts: Ohio’s uninsured-driver rate is among the top third in the nation, hovering around 15 percent. This means that of Ohio’s roughly 7.7 million drivers, 1.1 million people are evading Ohio’s financial responsibility laws. This puts responsible, law-abiding Ohioans at risk.
Some reality show personalities decide to run for President. Others decide to open a reptile store in Lakewood. Mike Easter, a regular on the Animal Planet show “Gator Boys,” falls into the latter category. Easter and his cousin Tim Connors recently opened “Scales and Tails Ohio” at 13618 Detroit Avenue. The store is a “one stop shop” to purchase pet reptiles, as well as their food and supplies.
Mr. Frank A. Scalish, owner and founder of Scalish Construction, a Historic Construction Company on Madison Avenue that specializes in preservation, restoration and specialty construction, has been selected as the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce Outstanding New Member for 2016.
Ms. Lucinda Einhouse, President and CEO of Beck Center of the Arts, has been selected as the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce 2016 Business Person of the Year.
Late last year, Hospice of the Western Reserve was notified that the building in which it has been occupying an office at 14601 Detroit Ave. in Lakewood was slated for demolition. After scouting multiple locations, initially in Lakewood, the nonprofit agency has signed a lease and will be relocating its staff from the Lakewood site to a new office located at 22730 Fairview Center Drive, Fairview Park, early this summer. Multiple factors were involved in the site selection process.
If you are one of our community's important Lakewood business owners, you need to know how much insurance you will require. This can be overwhelming and challenging. It is essential that you have the appropriate insurance policy in place, should you need to make a claim. Having the proper coverages can save a small business a lot of money in the long run.
Journalist-turned-PR-professional Robin Suttell has been named the 2016 Taste of Lakewood Blogger. Suttell is writing about her visits to restaurants that are participating in the 13th Annual Taste of Lakewood, the community’s largest food event that highlights the city’s eclectic mix of award-winning restaurants and food purveyors.
The 13th Annual Taste of Lakewood, co-presented by the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce and Cleveland Magazine, will be held on Sunday, June 5th at Madison Park from 1-7 p.m. Although the Taste of Lakewood is all about promoting and celebrating Lakewood’s outstanding restaurants, a couple of new tasty ingredients have been added to this year’s outdoor day-long food festival.
The Lakewood AM Chapter of International Referral Network recently elected new officers for 2016. Carol Palichleb is the new President replacing Ed Palm.
International Referral Network is a select group of highly qualified men and women, one in each professional category, who join together for the primary purpose of helping each other succeed in business by networking through the exchange of qualified business referrals.
The Lakewood AM Chapter meets every Friday from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at Panera Bread - 19705 Center Ridge Rd., Rocky River, OH 44116. Guest are welcome - contact our Membership Chairperson, Trey Bell, 440-653-8222.
Great Lakes Science Center is proud to announce the newest member of its senior management team, Vice President of Development Patrick J. Ertle, Esq.
Ertle brings more than 20 years of executive level nonprofit development/advancement experience to his new role at the Science Center.
“We’re so thrilled to bring Pat onboard with us here at the Science Center,” said CEO Dr. Kirsten Ellenbogen. “Pat is a Cleveland-area native who really understands the development terrain in Northeast Ohio and has the experience necessary to help us reach our future development funding goals.”
In the 17th century French wig makers made expensive human hair wigs. Cheaper versions were made of goat and horse hair. In the 18th century powdered wigs created white or off white colors to a lesser extent. The ground starch was colored violet, blue, pink or yellow.
On March 1, 1976 the partnership of Nick Hoty, Ron Lucien and Ted Bernet opened a real estate office under the name of Center Ridge Realty on Center Ridge Rd in Rocky River. Shortly thereafter, the name was changed to Century 21 Hoty Realty. In December of 1980, Ron Lucien took over sole ownership of the company, changed the name to Century 21 Lucien & Associates Inc. and moved to 14817 Detroit Avenue in Lakewood. The relationship with Century 21 lasted for 26 years in which time the company grew to one of the most successful franchises in Ohio. Committed to expanding services to their agents and clients, the company switched to Prudential Lucien Realty in 2002. With Prudential, the vision for the company expanded and embraced advances in technology. When the Prudential Brand was purchased in 2010 by Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, Lucien Realty enthusiastically joined the new franchise becoming Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Lucien Realty. Additional offices in Westlake and Amherst then joined the flagship Lakewood office.
The Reserves Network, a regional staffing service for the office, industrial, professional and technical markets, will be collecting donations for the 2016 Harvest for Hunger campaign at its Lakewood branch from March 11-April 11.
Harvest for Hunger is one of the largest food and funds drives in the country. Suggested food donation items include: canned soup and vegetables, peanut butter, tuna fish, and cereal; suggested household product donations include: laundry detergent, shampoo, soap, toilet paper, tooth brushes and toothpaste.
Items can be dropped off daily from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. throughout the month at The Reserves Network’s Lakewood branch, located at: 13609 Detroit Ave, Lakewood.
The Westshore Campus of Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) will examine investment strategies as part of its free “Learning for Life” lecture series at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 23.