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.
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.
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.
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.
The pink building on Madison Ave used the XOXO theme for this month. We have been asked, "What does that mean?"
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.
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.”
The law firm of Buckley King is pleased to announce that Lakewood resident, Elizabeth A. Crosby, has been distinguished among the Top 25 Women Lawyers in Cleveland as well as the Top 50 Women Lawyers in Ohio for 2016 by Super Lawyers.
From hardware stores to gift stores to boutiques and beyond – every retail business faces challenges and opportunities. Take control of the trajectory of your retail enterprise – attend "A Championship Run For Your Business" on Friday, February 19th.
The Lakewood Chamber of Commerce announces the 2016 Speaker Series, four quarterly presentations featuring headline speakers who will discuss some of the region’s most interesting and relevant topics.
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.
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.
Michael Skindell files Open Meetings Act Lawsuit against Lakewood City Council - Seeks to invalidate decision to close Lakewood Hospital
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
We all know Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving, but do you know the next day is Small Business Saturday?
Trick or Treat in Uptown Lakewood
And is glad to be here!!!
As we move closer to winding down this first season of The Gorilla in Lakewood’s Birdtown neighborhood, I want to take this opportunity to thank all the new friends we have made. The building is closed up now and the Gorilla has been put to bed for the winter but we are still catering our Smoked BBQ done by the Chef. We offer delicious smoked beef brisket, pulled pork, turkey breast, and chicken with amazing toppings and sides. Check out the full menu at www.thegorillalakewood.com.
Gorilla catering will be available year-round. Use The Gorilla to cater your Brown’s parties, holiday parties, work events, or any celebration. Call 216-221-0195 leave a message and Chef Jim will return the call within by the next business day.
And is glad to be here!!!
As we move closer to winding down this first season of The Gorilla in Lakewood’s Birdtown neighborhood, I want to take this opportunity to thank all the new friends we have made. We will keep the windows open as long as the weather allows us but when the snow starts to fly we will close the shutters for this year. Let’s hope the snow holds off at least until November.
But we haven’t closed yet for the season! Please stop by to try our Smoked BBQ done by the Chef. We offer delicious sandwiches with smoked beef brisket, pulled pork, turkey breast, and chicken with amazing toppings and sides. The sandwiches are bigger and the sides are included with the daily specials. Check out the full menu at www.thegorillalakewood.com. Also, look for our “Buy one sandwich, get one FREE” coupons.
The Bookshop in Lakewood is turning 1! Located on Madison Ave., between Morrison and Carabel, we carry a full subject range of gently used books, including collectibles and children's titles. To celebrate, we are throwing an Anniversary Sale on Saturday, Oct. 24th. Everything in the shop will be discounted by 20%, and the first 100 customers will receive a free chocolate treat, with purchase, supplied by Fear's Confections! Someone from The Pierogi Pantry will also be giving out free samples of their fantastic home-made perogis (while supplies last).
Starting on November 16th, the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce will begin an online auction showcasing items donated by some of the area’s best locally owned businesses. The Holiday Bid & Buy online auction allows the Chamber to promote your business while encouraging bidders to shop local this holiday season.
The Rocky River Chamber of Commerce proudly presents its 13th annual Business Expo on Thursday, October 8, 2015 from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Don Umerley Civic Center, 21016 Hilliard Blvd., Rocky River. You are invited to attend this lively event to network with business owners and individuals who offer products and services in the area. Admission is free when you present your business card.
Sharon Marrell of Marrell Music (13733 Madison Ave) recognized she needed to jump on the social media bandwagon to help grow her business. Her dream was to be at the top of popular online Cleveland Hot List. But, what she didn’t have was the time, money or expertise to do it. Then she learned about a new program funded by the State of Ohio where she could hire a high school student and get reimbursed for the wages. With this support from the State (House Bill 107), her goal just might become a reality.
Youth Opportunities Unlimited's Summer Employment Program Creates Bright Futures For Students In Lakewood
For over three decades Youth Opportunities Unlimited has matched thousands of Cuyahoga County youth, ages 14-18, to meaningful summer work experiences. This summer Y.O.U. placed 3,300 youth at over 500 worksites.
The Whole Foods in Rocky River is set to open in September. Lawsuits filed by a neighborhood resident over zoning issues are not expected to delay the opening. It will be the first Westside store for the international chain and the third in the Northeast Ohio region. While health-food enthusiasts across the West side are eagerly anticipating the opening, the store is also entering a marketplace of high-end grocery stores in an area that is already fairly congested.
Mr. Marty Foster has been selected as the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce Outstanding New Member for 2015.
Ms. Julie Warren, owner of Erie Design in Lakewood, has been selected as the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce 2015 Business Person of the Year.
I'm very excited to announce the grand opening of my new ice cream shop, Ice Cream Joy, on June 20th at 11:00 a.m.! The first 5 people in the door that morning will receive a punch card good for 6 free scoops of ice cream that they can start using that day! There will also be raffles throughout the day so everyone has a chance at winning free ice cream, Ice Cream Joy shirts, or messenger bags.
The 12th Annual Taste of Lakewood, co-presented by the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce and Cleveland Magazine, will be held on Sunday, June 7th at Madison Park. Although the Taste of Lakewood is all about promoting Lakewood’s outstanding restaurants, a couple of new tasty ingredients have been added to this year’s outdoor day-long food festival.
The Lakewood Chamber of Commerce 2015 Scholarship winners have been announced and will be honored at the Taste of Lakewood on June 7th 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 sixty young men and women have received Lakewood Chamber of Commerce scholarships over the past 16 years.
Gather your friends and get the VIP treatment at the 12th Annual Taste of Lakewood. The VIP component of the Taste of Lakewood has been enhanced for 2015 to include highly sought after amenities and provide a unique experience for event VIPs. The 2015 Taste of Lakewood VIP Experience is a $50 ticket which includes:
Three regionally-known bands will provide the music on the First Federal Lakewood “Good Tunes” Stage at the 12th Annual Taste of Lakewood on June 7th at Madison Park.
The Taste of Lakewood, Lakewood’s largest food event that highlights the city’s award-winning restaurants, is growing.
Journalist and writer Matt LaWell has been named the 2015 Taste of Lakewood Blogger. Matt will be writing about his visits to restaurants that are participating in the 12th Annual Taste of Lakewood, the community’s largest food event that highlights the city’s eclectic mix of award-winning restaurants and food purveyors.
12th Annual Taste Of Lakewood To Be Co-presented By Cleveland Magazine And The Lakewood Chamber Of Commerce
Regional publication backs event for 5th consecutive year
Chamber, Sunrise Rotary Club Recognize West Shore Career-Technical District Outstanding Work Ethic Award Winners
The West Shore Career-Technical District’s 2015 Outstanding Work Ethic Award winners were honored at a breakfast at Brennan’s Catering & Banquet Center on February 20th. The Lakewood Chamber of Commerce and the Lakewood/Rocky River Sunrise Rotary Club welcomed 75 Chamber members, Rotarians, students, parents, employers, work supervisors, and guests to the 9th annual awards event. Sixteen West Shore Career-Tech students, one representing each program at West Shore, were recognized for demonstrating professionalism, responsibility, and integrity in the workplace.