Business News

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

“The Gorilla” Is In Your Neighborhood…

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.

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Volume 11, Issue 22, Posted 2:57 PM, 10.27.2015

“The Gorilla” Is In Your Neighborhood…

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.

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Volume 11, Issue 21, Posted 4:28 PM, 10.14.2015

First Anniversary Sale At The Bookshop In Lakewood

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).

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Volume 11, Issue 21, Posted 4:17 PM, 10.13.2015

Promote Your Business Via The 7th Annual Online Auction

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. 

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Volume 11, Issue 21, Posted 4:17 PM, 10.13.2015

Make Connections at Rocky River Chamber of Commerce 13th Annual Business Expo

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.

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Volume 11, Issue 20, Posted 11:29 AM, 09.29.2015

Perfect Harmony – Marrell Music, West Shore Career-Tech, And State Of Ohio

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.

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Volume 11, Issue 19, Posted 5:42 PM, 09.15.2015

New Whole Foods To Shake Up Local Economy

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.

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Volume 11, Issue 14, Posted 3:05 PM, 07.07.2015

Grand Opening Of New Ice Cream Joy Shop In Lakewood!

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.

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Volume 11, Issue 12, Posted 5:52 PM, 06.09.2015

Taste Of Lakewood Returns To Madison Park On June 7

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.

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Volume 11, Issue 11, Posted 3:04 PM, 05.26.2015

Lakewood Chamber Announces 2015 Scholarship Recipients

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.

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Volume 11, Issue 11, Posted 3:04 PM, 05.26.2015

Taste Of Lakewood VIP Ticket Features Food, Bar, Dessert, And More

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:

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Volume 11, Issue 9, Posted 1:16 PM, 04.28.2015

Taste Of Lakewood Entertainment Announced

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.

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Volume 11, Issue 9, Posted 1:16 PM, 04.28.2015

Matt LaWell Named 2015 Taste Of Lakewood Blogger

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.

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Volume 11, Issue 8, Posted 6:10 PM, 04.14.2015

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.

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Volume 11, Issue 5, Posted 6:07 PM, 03.03.2015

Anthem Insureds Beware!

If you are an Anthem health insurance company customer, be aware that Anthem’s database of customer records was breached last week. 80 million customers may have had their name, birthdate, social security number, address, e-mail address, employment information, and even wage amounts stolen. This is the largest health care data breach in US history. Anthem will be contacting you in writing via US Mail if you are a victim.

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Volume 11, Issue 4, Posted 4:49 PM, 02.17.2015

Lakewood’s Jay Foran Named One Of North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers

Awardees Chosen by Colleagues and Site Selectors

Consultant Connect, a consulting agency that bridges the gap between economic developers and site consultants, named Jay Foran, senior vice president, business attraction for Team NEO, one of the North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers. The professionals selected for the list were nominated by their colleagues in both the economic development industry and the site consultant community for excellent practices, innovation and success in building the communities they serve.

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Volume 11, Issue 3, Posted 1:20 PM, 02.03.2015

Lakewood Chamber Upcoming Events

Tuesday, February 17
Fat Tuesday Business After Hours with Rocky River Chamber of Commerce
Sponsored by Cox Business
Burntwood Tavern
19304 Detroit Road, Rocky River
5:30 - 7 p.m.

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Volume 11, Issue 2, Posted 1:08 PM, 01.20.2015

Elements Hair Studio Is On The Move

The familiar three-foot diameter "e" now hangs in the window at 15020 Madison and signals the move of Elements Hair Studio to its new location. Although the space has been updated, the Elements experience has not changed. Customers relax with hot or cold beverages in the store's refurbished interior. Music plays in the background and original art surrounds customers as they relax into quiet conversation.

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Volume 11, Issue 2, Posted 1:08 PM, 01.20.2015

Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur Speaks At January Chamber Luncheon

U.S. Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur, who represents Ohio’s Ninth Congressional District, spoke at the January 16th meeting of the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce at Brennan’s Banquet Center. Congresswoman Kaptur is serving her sixteenth term in the U.S. House of Representatives, is the senior-most woman in the House and the longest-serving woman from Ohio in history, and ranks 17th in seniority among 435 members of the 113th Congress. Although a veteran on Capitol Hill, Congresswoman Kaptur is relatively new to the eastern part of the Ninth District which encompasses the 141 miles along Lake Erie’s coastline – in the Congresswoman’s words: “a sapphire and emerald necklace” – from Toledo to Cleveland.

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Volume 11, Issue 2, Posted 1:08 PM, 01.20.2015

U.S. Representative Marcy Kaptur To Speak At Lakewood Chamber Luncheon

U.S. Representative Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) will speak at the January luncheon meeting of the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce, followed by a short Q&A session, on Friday, January 16th at Brennan's Catering & Banquet Center (13000 Triskett Road, Cleveland, 44111). The January luncheon is sponsored by COSE.

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Volume 11, Issue 1, Posted 6:16 PM, 01.06.2015

Lakewood Chamber 2014 Bright Star Recognized

Cindy Lowrey of Convey360 has been named the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce 2014 NOACC Bright Star Award recipient. The NOACC Bright Star award is given to one Chamber member each year who has “made a significant impact on the chamber through membership, retention, sponsorship, economic development, operations and/or education.”

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Volume 11, Issue 1, Posted 6:16 PM, 01.06.2015

Shop Hixson’s December 20 And Recapture Christmas, In Ohio, “Mr Christmas” Works In Lakewood

This December 20th, please take the time to immerse yourself in a real Christmas Cleveland Tradition, stopping by Hixson’s Flower Barn, at 14125 Detroit Avenue, and walk through the store, see the historic displays that go back even further than the store which has been located in this location for over 60 years. Bill Hixson has been a friend of my family, both sides, for longer than the store has been open. Actually it was a relative that helped him get the building, when the truck, horse carriage car wash was closing. Shortly after opening he was joined by his longtime friend and partner Eunice who has kept the store running strong and pure to itself for a half of a century. I swear some of the things from opening day are still on the shelves, though so many great memories for everyone that has shopped there flow over the counters at a rapid pace. It is just a perfect place to soak up the holidays, and to bring the wee ones for memories only a grandparent can lay down. “X-Box, huh, Bobby when I was your age, all we had to play with was one of these…” Bobby is not moved at the moment, but when he is dragging Bobby junior to the second power around the space mall, saying the same thing, he will remember that day and smile.


Christmas in the end is about the memories. Moments are fleeting, but memories, good, bad stay with us for a long long time. Walking through Hixson’s is just good for the soul,

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Volume 10, Issue 25, Posted 5:22 PM, 12.09.2014

Lakewood Chamber Announces "Why I Love Lakewood" Essay Contest Winner

Clement Bouvier, a fourth grader at Lincoln Elementary School, is the winner of the 2014 “Why I Love Lakewood” Fourth Grade Essay Contest. Clem’s essay was chosen from 123 heartfelt essays submitted by Lakewood 4th graders. In addition to winning a $100 cash prize, Clem rode in the Light Up Lakewood parade in a car provided by Steve Barry Buick and helped “flip the switch” with Santa and Mayor Summers to turn on the lights in Downtown Lakewood as part of the Light Up Lakewood festivities on December 6th. Congratulations, Clem!

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Volume 10, Issue 25, Posted 5:13 PM, 12.09.2014

Beau Monde Vintage Brings Nostalgia To Lakewood

Nestled in an aged building in the heart of the Detroit Avenue neighborhood of Lakewood, sits Beau Monde Vintage - a vintage shop that is rich in nostalgia. Michelle Miller, a vintage conisseur from a young age, recently opened it August 1st of this year and is absolutely thrilled in her new venture of bringing her vision of style and top quality recycled clothing to the city of Lakewood and the surrounding communties. Miller recalls having that knack for vintage since she was little, having bought several pretty vintage dresses from her local church thrift shop. Her collection has since grown and now she has the sweetest shop, full of curated and affordable one-of-a-kind clothing and accessories from the 1970s and before. The shop is divided into two large rooms, with a hall joining them. The rooms are neatly categorized (ie. swimwear, plus size, sweaters, etc) and each rack is easy to breeze through. The hall houses the dressing rooms, tastefully done with pink, girly accents and merchandise. Looking for a wedding dress? Or maybe something for the curvy gal? Or how about the gal who just LOVES color and prints? Beau Monde Vintage has it! 

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Volume 10, Issue 24, Posted 11:45 AM, 11.25.2014

Chamber Spotlight: LHS Student Intern Aron Doi

Hi, my name is Aron Doi. I am a senior at Lakewood High School and I am an intern at the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce. Sports are a big part of my life—I love all of the Cleveland sports teams and I play baseball at the High School. I am also a member of the Ski Club. I am involved in the West Shore Career-Tech Business Management program and I plan on attending an in-state college to study in the field of Business after graduation. I am thrilled to be a part of the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce and very interested in learning more about what this organization is all about.

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Volume 10, Issue 24, Posted 11:45 AM, 11.25.2014

Mayor Summers Accepts "Best Hometown" Award At Chamber Luncheon Sponsored By First Federal Lakewood

“Being unique is interesting. Being unique and BEST is a knockout punch.” – Lakewood Mayor Mike Summers, upon accepting Ohio Magazine’s Best Hometown designation at the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce November luncheon meeting at Vosh, sponsored by First Federal Lakewood.

Members of Lakewood’s business, government, and nonprofit communities gathered at Vosh on Friday, November 21st to witness Ohio Magazine’s Jim Vickers present the “Best Hometown” Award to Mayor Mike Summers. Mr. Vickers outlined the criteria used in selecting the five Ohio cities that won the award in 2014. Lakewood, a more ‘urban’ designee, stood out to Ohio Magazine editors because of the city’s sense of history, beautiful homes, focus on the importance of education, warm & welcoming nature, and sense of community pride.

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Volume 10, Issue 24, Posted 11:45 AM, 11.25.2014

Did You Know...

that over 100 Halloween-themed masterpieces will appear on the windows of Lakewood businesses on Detroit Avenue between Arthur Avenue and the Rocky River bridge between October 19th and 23rd? The Lakewood Chamber of Commerce and Beck Center for the Arts invite you to view the artistry during the 10th Annual West End Halloween Window Walk. Awards in 7 categories will be announced at Beck Center for the Arts on Saturday, October 25th at 2 p.m.

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Volume 10, Issue 21, Posted 2:02 PM, 10.14.2014

Cox Business Presents Leading Authority On Global Business Trends At Annual Joint Chamber Luncheon

The Lakewood Chamber of Commerce invites our member and non-member businesses to network with other local business professionals at the annual joint meeting of the Lakewood and Rocky River Chamber of Commerce. Cox Business Speaker Series presents author and Bloomberg Television speaker Patrick Schwerdtfeger, a nationally known marketing expert who will address the annual joint meeting on Thursday, October 23rd.

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Volume 10, Issue 21, Posted 2:02 PM, 10.14.2014

Member Spotlight: Holiday Inn Cleveland-Airport

The Holiday Inn Cleveland-Airport has been a member of the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce since March of 2010. Theresa Toscano, Corporate Sales Manager, is the representative from the Holiday Inn most often seen at Lakewood Chamber of Commerce meetings and is the hotel's expert source for business accommodations.

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Volume 10, Issue 21, Posted 2:02 PM, 10.14.2014

First Federal Lakewood Debuts New Look

For generations, First Federal Lakewood Corporate Headquarters has called Downtown Lakewood home, and now a new era has begun with a completely revitalized Lakewood branch. As the largest independent mutual bank in Ohio, we have long been reinvesting our assets and customer deposits back into the Lakewood community in the form of small business loans, residential mortgages, and funding our neighbors’ home improvement projects. We are eager to share the results of our own renovation with the entire Lakewood community!

Our branch remodel features a whole new look as well as extensive upgrades that provide customers with an improved approach to full-service banking that is faster and easier, yet still fully focused on delivering a personalized and satisfying banking experience. We have designed the space with both our customers and the entire community in mind. With the new space, we have the flexibility to invite the community in for events throughout the year. That is important to us because we are deeply rooted here in Lakewood—from hiring local residents to supporting community events and organizations—we are focused on working with our neighbors to continually build this strong and vibrant community.

The First Federal Lakewood branch was recently featured on the Lakewood Historic Home Tour and we have restored the branch with a nod to our rich history, but with a fresh, modern approach. As an example, we discovered an unexpected treasure during construction. Our recently restored floor is made from quality Tennessee Marble, a material prized by architects and builders for its pinkish-grey color and ease of polishing. Widely used in several of Cleveland’s historic buildings constructed in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, it can also be found in some of the most notable buildings across the U.S., including the National Gallery of Art, The National Air & Space Museum in Washington, D.C., Grand Central Terminal in New York, and sections of the United States Capitol building. Our Tennessee Marble floor was believed to have been covered over in the 1950s and nearly forgotten. We’re thrilled to have restored it to its former luster.

Now that the renovation is complete we will continue the seamless service we provided throughout our renovation – just with a lot less dust! Please come over and see what we’ve done with the place - and how together we are helping our hometown thrive. Join us on Saturday, October 11 for our Customer Appreciation festivities!

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Volume 10, Issue 20, Posted 2:16 PM, 09.30.2014

"Shelini's Treasures" Fine Jewelry Grand Opening

My husband Christopher and I recently established Shelini’s Treasures, a fine jewelry store, located at 17810 Detroit Avenue, directly across from Beck Center for the Arts, on the corner neighboring the parking lot where the former Eddie and Iggy's bar resided.

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Volume 10, Issue 20, Posted 2:16 PM, 09.30.2014