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Cleveland Metroparks CEO Brian Zimmerman To Address Lakewood Chamber Of Commerce

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.

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Volume 13, Issue 6, Posted 8:14 PM, 03.21.2017

Cassie Bishop, First Time Author

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.

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Volume 13, Issue 6, Posted 8:14 PM, 03.21.2017

Hospitality Industry Labor Summit Hosted By Lakewood Chamber Of Commerce

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.   

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Volume 13, Issue 5, Posted 6:18 PM, 03.07.2017

Sponsor The 2017 Taste Of Lakewood

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.

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Volume 13, Issue 4, Posted 6:40 PM, 02.21.2017

Rising Star Coffee Pops Up At Bottlehouse Brewery

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.

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Volume 13, Issue 2, Posted 8:12 PM, 01.10.2017

Meditation And Everyday Life

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.

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Volume 13, Issue 1, Posted 8:12 PM, 01.10.2017

Lakewood Chamber January Luncheon: "Region On The Rise"

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.

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Volume 13, Issue 1, Posted 8:12 PM, 01.10.2017

When Running Outside Seems ImPAWsable

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. 

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Volume 12, Issue 26, Posted 8:36 PM, 12.20.2016

Lakewood Public Network Thriving On Everstream Fiber

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.

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Volume 12, Issue 26, Posted 8:36 PM, 12.20.2016

Want To Add Solar To Your Home For A Discount? Find Out More At Lakewood Public Library

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.

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Volume 12, Issue 25, Posted 7:29 PM, 12.06.2016

Beauty And The Box Hair Color At Home

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. 

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Volume 12, Issue 23, Posted 3:38 PM, 11.09.2016

Nature's Oasis Brings Together Local And Healthy

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.

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Volume 12, Issue 23, Posted 3:38 PM, 11.09.2016

E-Tech Computers New Location

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.

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Volume 12, Issue 22, Posted 5:52 PM, 10.25.2016

Lakewood Chamber Hosts Luncheon With County Executive Armond Budish

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.

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Volume 12, Issue 21, Posted 4:56 PM, 10.11.2016

Upgraded Halloween

  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?

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Volume 12, Issue 21, Posted 4:56 PM, 10.11.2016

Holiday Online Auction Returns November 21st

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.

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Volume 12, Issue 21, Posted 4:56 PM, 10.11.2016

Fear's Confections Celebrates 2 Years In Lakewood

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.

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Volume 12, Issue 20, Posted 5:03 PM, 09.27.2016

Lakewood Culture Club Powered By PechaKucha Event Set For September 29th

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.

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Volume 12, Issue 20, Posted 5:03 PM, 09.27.2016

Holiday Tradition #4

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.

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Volume 12, Issue 20, Posted 5:03 PM, 09.27.2016

STEM Handmade Soap Celebrates 3rd Anniversary

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.  

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Volume 12, Issue 20, Posted 5:03 PM, 09.27.2016

Lakewood Chamber Of Commerce Hosts Lakewood Culture Club Powered By PechaKucha

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.

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Volume 12, Issue 19, Posted 5:46 PM, 09.13.2016

Lakewood Professor Teaches Entrepreneurship By Launching Kickstarter For Self-Designed Camp Stove

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.

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Volume 12, Issue 19, Posted 5:46 PM, 09.13.2016

Lakewood Chamber of Commerce Hosts 60th Annual New Teacher Luncheon

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.

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Volume 12, Issue 18, Posted 4:10 PM, 08.30.2016

Local Artisan Celebrates Lakewood With Wearable Designs From Lakewood BLK LBL

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.

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Volume 12, Issue 15, Posted 1:14 PM, 08.18.2016

Uninsured Motorists Pose Huge Threat To All Of Us

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.

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Volume 12, Issue 15, Posted 4:38 PM, 07.19.2016

"Scales and Tails" Now Open, Come Meet Some New Friends

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.

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Volume 12, Issue 13, Posted 8:13 PM, 06.21.2016

Frank Scalish Named Lakewood Chamber Of Commerce Outstanding New Member

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.

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Volume 12, Issue 13, Posted 8:13 PM, 06.21.2016

Hospice Of The Western Reserve To Relocate West Side Care Team To New Office In Fairview Park

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.

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Volume 12, Issue 12, Posted 5:02 PM, 06.07.2016

Importance Of Conducting Business Needs Analysis To Ensure Proper Insurance Coverage

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.

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Volume 12, Issue 12, Posted 5:02 PM, 06.07.2016

Robin Suttell Named 2016 Taste Of Lakewood Blogger

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.

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Volume 12, Issue 11, Posted 3:42 PM, 05.10.2016

13th Annual Taste Of Lakewood Set For June 5th

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.

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Volume 12, Issue 10, Posted 3:33 PM, 05.10.2016

Lakewood Chapter Installs New Officers

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.

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Volume 12, Issue 7, Posted 4:44 PM, 03.29.2016

Great Lakes Science Center Welcomes New Vice President Of Development Patrick Ertle

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.”

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Volume 12, Issue 7, Posted 4:44 PM, 03.29.2016

Wigs Then And Now

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.

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Volume 12, Issue 7, Posted 4:44 PM, 03.29.2016

Lucien Realty Celebrates 40 Years Of Service!

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.

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Volume 12, Issue 6, Posted 12:14 PM, 03.16.2016

The Reserves Network's Lakewood Office Accepting Harvest For Hunger Donations!

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.

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Volume 12, Issue 6, Posted 12:14 PM, 03.16.2016

Driving With That Pet On Your Lap? Don't Do It

Driving around Lakewood all the time, I see a lot of pets on drivers' laps. We at Gordon Tower Insurance want you to be safe and want to help you avoid accidents while driving - keep Fido off your lap! We love our pets too, but you need to be concentrating on driving around our busy vibrant community, not distracted by your beloved pet. Also, on long road trips, learn to pull over when you need to. Do not drive tired. It’s just not worth it. Get plenty of sleep before you drive.

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Volume 12, Issue 6, Posted 12:14 PM, 03.16.2016

Last Chance To Register For A Championship Run For Your Business

Invest in yourself - and in your retail business - attend "A Championship Run For Your Business" this Friday, February 19th at the University of Akron Lakewood.

The Lakewood Chamber of Commerce invites retailers from throughout the region to attend "A Championship Run For Your Business," featuring two 90-minute virtual training sessions with Bob Negen, retail business expert, bestselling author of "Marketing Your Retail Store in the Internet Age," and founder of "WhizBang! Training." After owning his own award-winning retail store for over two decades, Bob Negen has spent the past 10 years teaching retailers, store owners, and managers the nuts-and-bolts skills they need to run successful stores. Mr. Negen is an engaging, high-energy speaker and is recognized as one of the most innovative marketers and retail experts in the U.S.

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Volume 12, Issue 4, Posted 1:37 PM, 02.16.2016

Local Couple Wins H&R Block $1,000 Prize

This past Valentine's Day, Jason and Jessica of Lakewood, Ohio were among the 1,000 people to be given $1,000 on that day. H&R Block is giving $1,000 to 1,000 people every day. You must stop by an H&R Block Office to win.

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Volume 12, Issue 4, Posted 1:37 PM, 02.16.2016

Neubert Painting Promotes Two Employees

Nick Oberg has been promoted to Operations Manage and Natale Neubert has been promoted to marketing/analyst by Neubert Painting. They are both Lakewood residents.

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Volume 12, Issue 3, Posted 2:18 PM, 02.02.2016

RNC Host Committee Vice Chair Joe Roman Kicks Off Chamber Speaker Series

On January 22nd, 2016, the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce will host a luncheon with Mr. Joseph Roman, CEO & President of the Greater Cleveland Partnership and Vice Chair of the 2016 Republican National Convention Host Committee. Mr. Roman’s presentation is titled “Your Business, Your Community and the 2016 RNC.”

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Volume 12, Issue 2, Posted 5:45 PM, 01.19.2016

Gordon Tower Insurance Agency Recently Relocated To Lakewood

Gordon Tower Insurance Agency is now in the INA Building on Detroit Road, right above Panera on the 3rd floor. Agency Principal and Owner Michael Bodnar and Marketing Manager and Agent Mary Bodnar are long term residents of Lakewood and have raised their three children here, now ages 16, 18 and 21. After eight years of having their offices in Brook Park, the Bodnars are happy to have their business in their hometown. Gordon Tower Insurance has at their disposal all of the resources necessary to assist you in the entire process of buying insurance. The tools available through Gordon Tower Insurance and Michael Bodnar’s years of experience have made Gordon Tower knowledgeable in all facets of the insurance industry. Michael’s longstanding relationships with people affiliated with the insurance industry and services associated with claims, repairs, towing and home repairs available through his outsourcing and networking at Gordon Tower Insurance allow him to provide sources to clients in their time of need.

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Volume 12, Issue 1, Posted 6:19 PM, 01.05.2016

Bond Outlook 2016

Happy New Year 2016! 2015 was a choppy year for investments in your retirement accounts. The S&P 500 closed at 2058.20 on January 2nd 2015 and the close on December 8 was 2063.59. A long overdue correction happened in September/October. 2016, might be remembered as the year of rising interest rates. Bond investors over the last 5 to 20 years had a good run. As interest rates went from high to low, mutual funds and individual bonds paid a solid dividend, as well as seeing increased values while rates dropped overtime. The dividends and plans of increased value of bonds have disappeared. It is hard to get excited about individual bonds and bond funds that are struggling to kick out 3% in dividends. When you consider fees into the equation it looks frankly, unappealing. While it is customary to have a healthy balance between stocks and bonds in your portfolio, the future bond market could create a drag moving forward. It might be worth looking into a fixed annuity as an alternative for a portion of the bond and bond funds in your portfolio.

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Volume 12, Issue 1, Posted 6:19 PM, 01.05.2016

Michael Skindell files Open Meetings Act Lawsuit against Lakewood City Council - Seeks to invalidate decision to close Lakewood Hospital

PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - August 18, 2015 
Contact: Michael J. Skindell

Michael Skindell files Open Meetings Act
Lawsuit against Lakewood City Council - Seeks
to invalidate decision to close Lakewood Hospital

LAKEWOOD, OH — Friday, December 18, 2015 - Michael J. Skindell today announced that he has filed action in the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas (MICHAEL J. SKINDELL v. MARY LOUISE MADIGAN, ET AL., Civil Case Number CV-15-855961) alleging that Lakewood City Council violated Ohio's Open Meeting Act when the council held multiple closed meetings to deliberate and draft an agreement to close Lakewood Hospital. Skindell is currently the State Senator representing Lakewood in the Ohio Legislature.

The Open Meetings Act requires that all public bodies take official action and conduct all deliberations only in open meetings where the public can attend and observe. R.C. § 121.22(A). The law allows a public body to hold an "executive session", i.e., closed meeting of certain matters including purchase of property or sale of property in some competitive bidding situations. R.C. § 121.22(G) and (J). Official action by a public body which violates the provision of the Open Meeting Act is invalid. R.C. § 121.22(H).

In the action alleging that city council violated the law, Michael Skindell cites to the fact that the reasons noticed for the executive sessions ("[g]eneral conversation about the Letter of Intent submitted to Council by the Lakewood Hospital Association (LHA), the Lakewood Hospital Foundation (LHF), and Cleveland Clinic (referred 1/20/15), including the potential purchase of property; the sale of real or personal property by competitive bid if disclosure of the information would result in a competitive advantage to the person whose personal, private interest is adverse to the general public interest; and/or pending litigation.") were not proper topics for the closed meetings. In addition matters discussed were beyond the reasons in the notice. Skindell points out that although there were reasons noticed for the closed session such as purchase of property by the city and sale of property by competitive bid, there was no purchase of property or sale of property by competitive bidding as part of the agreement.

Michael Skindell stated: "During my eighteen years in public office I have always advocated for transparency and accountability in government. This action against Lakewood City Council is to correct, in what I perceive, an abuse of the public trust. Citizens have a right to know what their government is up to and how they reached their decisions. It is my belief that Lakewood City Council violated the law in reaching their agreement involving the closing of Lakewood Hospital. I have a responsibility to the people to ensure that government is open and accountable to the public."

Judge Stuart Friedman has scheduled a hearing for Monday, December 21, 2015, to consider a Skindell's motion for a preliminary injunction.

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Volume 11, Issue 25, Posted 9:17 PM, 12.18.2015

Trendi Paws Shoppe Opens In Lakewood

Are you looking for some "Grog" for the dog or some shrimp for the cat? Look no further than Trendi Paws Shoppe! Recently we relocated to Lakewood after 5 years in Westlake - now we are expanding and taking Lakewood by storm, spoiling your pets with the tastiest, healthiest, all-natural, handmade, human-grade treats around. We carry a variety of flavors sure to please the most finicky canine or feline! We also have many grain-free treats.

We chose to come to Lakewood because of the warm community feeling we experienced participating in the Summer Farmers Market. The people and dogs we met were so welcoming and fell madly in love with our treats and merchandise. I loved taking my poodles on a walk down Detroit before and after the market each week. We instantly felt at home here in Lakewood.

Just last week we were approached to make some healthy natural treats for goats! So coming in February - goat treats!

We strive not to be your typical pet store, and do extensive research on any item before allowing it in the store. We look for fun new products and carry novelty items such as grog and wine for the dogs. We carry many cool different items for the pet lovers in your life also. We make gift-giving easy--we have greeting cards and even gift wrap that is safe for animal presents.

We carry quality apparel for your pets currently including snuggly coats, sweaters and boots. We have adorable outfits for the short-haired breeds that get cold even indoors. If you're looking for something for a wedding or other celebration we have it or can get it for you. In addition, we are adding small doggy daycare at our facility and cat-sitting services. After the new year we will be carrying cakes for your dog or cat including cakes that you can personalize with your pet's photo.

We have lots of fun, neat activities planned to entertain and delight you and your pets. Please stop by and visit us at 18115 Detroit Ave or call us at 440-799-4554.

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Volume 11, Issue 25, Posted 2:24 PM, 12.08.2015

Shop Local--It's Fun!

One of the benefits of shopping local is getting to know the shop owners and their unique background stories. A great example is the trio of shops on Detroit just east of Marlowe, between Namaste India Garden and Cotton. All three of the owners are pursuing life-long passions in the shops they operate.

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Volume 11, Issue 25, Posted 2:24 PM, 12.08.2015

Lakewood Chamber Of Commerce Hosts 7th Annual Holiday Online Auction

Would you like to win Cavaliers, Indians, or Beck Center tickets? Would you like to give the gift of Angelo’s, Around The Corner, Georgetown, Cleveland Vegan, or Jammy Buggars to people on your holiday shopping list? Would you like to be the lucky winning bidder of a ‘Geek Basket’ filled with games, comics, and sci-fi items? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce's 7th Annual Holiday Bid & Buy online auction is one place where you should "shop local" this holiday season.

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Volume 11, Issue 24, Posted 3:38 PM, 11.24.2015

Gifts That Are About Looking Good

This time of year major companies that market hair care products make stocking stuffer sizes. It is a time to try new things that are especially for hair texture, styling aids and improvments of hair condition. Travelers like these small sizes too. We suggest the mini tea tree soap as an aid to a better complexion. It is anti-bacterial and anti-itch. For people who like to work out it has a cooling effect.

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Volume 11, Issue 24, Posted 3:38 PM, 11.24.2015

Holiday Caring And Sharing On Madison Ave

Uptown Lakewood Presents Candy Cane Lane...Sharing and Caring to benefit THE NORTHEAST COALITION FOR THE HOMELESS. Give the Gift of Warmth and Comfort This Holiday Season...

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Volume 11, Issue 24, Posted 3:38 PM, 11.24.2015