Burger At Coffee Pot, GREAT!

I have had many a great breakfast at the Coffee Pot up in Birdtown, but it had been a while since I had lunch there. I remember they had a good burger so a chance to get one for free from Foodwood, and the Lakewood Observer was all I needed to take a break from work in Rocky River and head over to the Coffee Pot.

WOW!!!! Was that a good burger!!! A Cajun Blue Burger from the menu, done medium rare. It was a big burger done perfectly, the waitress was young, and very pleasant, offering all sorts of nice additions. Onions? Red? White? Grilled? Raw? Mayonnaise? Lettuce? Tomato? One Slice? Two? Any other cheeses? Grilled Bun? Really it was almost overwhelming. When it came, it looked perfect and tasted better.

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Volume 14, Issue 2, Posted 9:51 PM, 01.23.2018

Lakewood, No It's Foodwood!

In the past couple years Lakewood has become a destination for good food, dining and entertainment experiences. This year we will be partnering with Foodwood© on a series of articles about Lakewood restaurants, bars and nightspots from an insider perspective. We have seen many lists of “the Best of” and noticed-- even been upset-- that some of the best places we know were not included. “How could they possibly ignore…?”

So with the help of professionals in the food and entertainment business we will take a look at menus, dining rooms, and kitchens and background to help you learn more about your favorite spots, and learn even more about how and why they happened, and who and what history molds not just who they are, but their signature dishes. This will be an interesting ride, we promise you.

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Volume 14, Issue 1, Posted 4:06 PM, 01.09.2018

Movie Review Of "The Mountain Between Us"

The film, “The Mountain Between Us” is a dog, survival, and romance movie directed by Hany Abu-Assad, a Dutch Palestinian film director (Rana’s Wedding, Paradise Now, Omar, The Idol). This 112 minute long plane crash movie took place in the High Uintas Wilderness Utah mountains (actually filmed in British Columbian mountains), some ranging over 13,000 feet high. The two main characters, Dr. Ben Bass, a black neurosurgeon (Idris Elba, No Good Deed, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Star Trek Beyond), and Alex Martin, a white Photojournalist (Kate Winslet, Titanic, The Dressmaker, Collateral Beauty, Wonder Wheel, All the King’s Men) are the only two passengers along with a dog on a two engine commuter plane. They are stranded at an airport in Boise, Idaho while each has an emergency need to get to their destination, Denver, – she is scheduled to marry her fiancé, and he for a needed surgery.  They manage to hire a private charter plane flown by an experienced pilot, Walter (Beau Bridges, Underground Kids, Dirty Politics, Lawless Range). Walter is in a rush, and does not file a flight plan.  He also brings along his yellow Labrador dog.  Initially, the flight seemed sort of normal with some upsetting turbulence due to an approaching storm.  Then, suddenly as the flight is heading into mountains, Walter suffers some sort of seizure – probably a heart attack, and dies. They manage to land on a small mountain ridge, and Alex suffers some leg damage. The dog and Ben do not appear injured. They have very little in the way of supplies, and cell phones do not work. Ben buries Walter in the small plateau.  Initially, they think they will be rescued.  They try signaling a high flying passenger jet, but to no avail.

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Volume 13, Issue 24, Posted 3:19 PM, 12.19.2017

A Superfine New Year's Eve

To celebrate the anniversary of the building of the Templar Motors Factory in 1917 and the cars that were assembled there, from 1918 to 1924, the Lakewood Historical Society is hosting a New Year’s Eve birthday party in the original Templar Motors factory building. Live music, dancing, entertainment, an authentic speakeasy, food stations and more, promise a fun-filled evening. For more information and tickets, contact the Lakewood Historical Society at 216-221-7343 or Don’t miss the opportunity to have your picture taken behind the wheel of a 100-year-old Templar Motors car!

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Volume 13, Issue 23, Posted 10:05 PM, 12.05.2017

Movie Review Of "Spider-Man: Homecoming"

“Spider-Man:Homecoming,” is a 2017 Marvel Comics action movie featuring a teenage superhero, Spider-Man, and his adventures.  Spider-Man Homecoming is the sixth Spider-Man movie. The following films are the previous movies: Spider-Man 2002, Spider-Man 2 2004, Spider-Man 3 2007, The Amazing Spider-Man 2012, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 2014 with the seventh movie projected for 2019.

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Volume 13, Issue 19, Posted 5:13 PM, 10.03.2017

Movie Review Of "Wonder Woman"

The movie, “Wonder Woman” is a 2017 one hundred forty one minute action American movie featuring a partial mythological and partial human D C Comics superhero woman and her adventures. In the current movie scene, there are two woman superhero movies, Wonder Woman with Gal Gadot as lead, and Atomic Blonde with Charlize Theron as the star. The characters of these two superheroes are an interesting contrast with both being warriors. Wonder Woman has a variety of mythological strength and mysterious powers including a magical powerful wide wrist band and a special Lasso of Hestia. Atomic Blonde is an intelligent, tough killer British spy, an expert with guns, and has amazing karate-like fighting skills.

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Volume 13, Issue 16, Posted 6:15 PM, 08.15.2017

6th Annual Bike For Beck Includes Super Saturday

Beck Center for the Arts is hosting its sixth annual Bike for Beck, a fundraising cycling event, on Saturday, August 19. Cyclists will take to the Cleveland Metroparks between 7 and 9:15 a.m., beginning and ending at Beck Center, located at 17801 Detroit Avenue in Lakewood. Participants may choose from 12-, 25-, or 60-mile rides. The community is invited to a FREE, family-friendly arts and music festival at Beck Center from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Proceeds from Bike for Beck will benefit quality arts education programs at Beck Center. Registration is available online at

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Volume 13, Issue 15, Posted 5:08 PM, 08.01.2017

"Custer's Last Fight" Finds A Home In Lakewood

This week one of Lakewood’s favorite restaurants and watering holes, the West End, got a special treat. Longtime bar patron Ray Dankel sent Parnell and the Shepards a package that when they opened it, they were amazed. A rather large, very colorful original movie poster from the 1925 Francis Ford film, “Custer’s Last  Fight.”  "Custer’s Last Fight" is the re-edit of “Custer’s Last Raid” with another 60 minutes of Indian fights and the now banned Sioux Ghost Dance. The film was directed by Francis Ford, older brother of legendary Western Film Director John Ford. The last one to come up for auction went for an undisclosed amount but reports were over $15,000 US. So go get a great lunch, fun dinner, one of the best Sunday brunches in town, and check out this piece of history.

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Volume 13, Issue 15, Posted 12:35 PM, 07.18.2017

Movie Review Of "King Arthur"

The movie, “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword” is a 2017 adventure re-imagining tales of the legendary British King Arthur of the late 400s to early 500s AD, who defended Britain against invading Saxons. While some of the legends and folklore stories of a King Arthur, in part, originate in an 1100s AD literature, “History of the Kings of Britain” by Geoffrey of Monmouth, this film is not a documentary of true events.

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Volume 13, Issue 13, Posted 3:03 PM, 07.05.2017

Local Webshow Weirdos Open A New "Boo-tique"

Creepy Cleveland natives Janet and James, AKA Janet Decay and Grimm Gorri have opened a curiosity/resale shop on 13349 Madison Avenue called The Mummy And The Monkey's Thrift Crypt. It is named after the couple's successful webshow, The Mummy and The Monkey, in order to continue a local tradition that spans over fifty years! Influenced by Cleveland TV greats like: Ghoulardi, Superhost, Big Chuck & Lil' John, as well as nationally syndicated shows such as: Elvira, and Mystery Science Theatre 3000, they strive to deliver wacky comedy bits and screen cheesy B-movies.

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Volume 13, Issue 12, Posted 3:03 PM, 07.05.2017

Movie Review Of "The Zookeeper's Wife"

“The Zookeeper’s Wife” is a complex World War II film with much tragedy, unselfish bravery, and care for war victims as well as ongoing love for zoo animals, and a persistent belief in the future. This 126 minute film occurs at one of the largest and best European zoos, Warsaw Zoo, in 1930s Poland. The movie is based on the non-fiction book, “The Zookeeper’s Wife” by Diane Ackerman.  The story originates from diaries of wife, Antonina Zabinski, whose 1968 book, was entitled, “People and Animals.”

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Volume 13, Issue 12, Posted 2:48 PM, 06.20.2017

Join the Lakewood Historical Society for Some "Vintage" Fun

If you find yourself struggling with fun ideas for a Thursday night, the Lakewood Historical Society has a great option for you the evening of May 11th. Come and experience a whole different kind of "vintage" while supporting The Lakewood Historical Society at a fundraising evening featuring a competitive wine tasting, live music, raffles and hors d'ourves. Stroll on the grounds and through the historic Nicholson house on Detroit Avenue in Lakewood while you taste and vote for the best wine of the evening. Some lucky winner will take home cases of wine!

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Volume 13, Issue 9, Posted 4:19 PM, 05.02.2017

Movie Review Of "Going In Style"

“Going in Style” is a modern satirical comedy featuring five established more mature actors and performers. This 2017 movie of 96 minutes is a well done Zach Braff remake of the 1979 version starring George Burns, Art Carney, Lee Strasberg, and Charles Hallahan. In “Going in Style” three older retirees decide to rob a bank, which is unfairly foreclosing on mortgages. The bank, along with their former employer, a steel company which is moving overseas, is responsible for taking away their retirements earned after many years of hard work. This movie does not resemble bank robber movies like “Bonnie and Clyde” with Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty. Regrettably, these now more mature actress and actor were unfairly embarrassed at the 2016 Academy Awards, when Academy management had them initially announce the incorrect winner of the 2016 movie of the year.

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Volume 13, Issue 9, Posted 4:19 PM, 05.02.2017

Movie Review Of "Song To Song"

This recent movie, “Song to Song,” appears at first glance to be a musical. The movie does have excerpts from some 86 songs, but is far from a musical. The 145 minute movie reflects a movie pattern of Director Terrence Malick, an award winning director, screenwriter, and producer some of whose movies sort of reflect a French word, “etourdie” or scatterbrain, of a scattering of often small, unclear plots throughout a movie. 

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Volume 13, Issue 8, Posted 10:01 PM, 04.18.2017

Gordon Tower Insurance In Lakewood Once Again to Sponsor Hunger Relief Event: All You Need Is Love (And Food!) On April 29

Gordon Tower Insurance Agency at 14701 Detroit Ave Suite # 362 is once again the Corporate Sponsor along with Auto Owners Insurance for “All You Need is Love (And Food)” Hunger Relief Benefit on Saturday April 29th, 2017 at 6 p.m. to be held this year at Vosh at 1414 Riverside Dr, in Lakewood. “All You Need is Love (And Food)” brings together the timeless music of the Beatles as area musicians perform their favorite tunes while we raise money for this worthy cause! All proceeds benefit Trinity Lakewood Community Outreach (TLCO) a dynamic and fast-growing hunger relief organizations. Please join Gordon Tower Insurance at this wonderful event.

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Volume 13, Issue 8, Posted 10:01 PM, 04.18.2017

Movie Review Of "Beauty And The Beast"

The recent movie “Beauty and the Beast,” is a classic love story about a beautiful young village maiden, Belle, and a cursed prince, who became a large, frightening, hairy beast living in a huge, cursed, cold, and forbidding castle. This 2017 Walt Disney Pictures and Mandeville Films 129 minute film features combinations of cartoon characters mingled with live humans, extravagant background music, and excellent solos by cartoon characters and human actors. The movie’s plot is based on a 1700’s French fairy tale, “La Belle et al Bete.” The film has interwoven plots of wonderfully created digitized colors, suspenseful chases, and interactions of the various characters. Many adventures and dangerous threats to the main characters, such as the maiden’s father who gets imprisoned in the castle by the Beast after being chased by some vicious wolves, keep the audience in suspense. A very sturdy and fast white horse is one of the interesting characters, who is ridden toward and escaping from the castle. Belle (Emma Watson of Harry Potter fame) gets threatened by dangerous wolves, but gets rescued by the Beast (Dan Stevens of Secret of the Tomb and TV fame) Though injured in the battle protecting her, he gets care for his injuries by Belle..  She is also courted by a village self-centered ruffian-type of bully, Gaston, who is determined to marry her with all kinds of sly behaviors including threatening to kill her father. Gaston even ties him to a tree where he might be devoured by the wolves. She continues to rebuff Gaston throughout the movie. Earlier in the movie, she had exchanged herself in the castle prison for her father, who she greatly loves, and is determined to save him from the castle prison. When the father tries to explain the Beast to the village people, Gaston gets him imprisoned in a jail-like wagon, where he is to be sent to an insane asylum. Belle ends up in the same wagon. Meanwhile, the villain is off to the castle with the village people to try to kill the Beast. 

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Volume 13, Issue 7, Posted 5:10 PM, 04.04.2017

Breakfast With The Bunny

Calling all toddlers, children, and anyone who likes pancakes! Help to Others, or H2O, is Lakewood’s own unique student volunteer organization that coordinates with numerous charities in the area to teach teenagers to devote some of that teenage angst to a good cause. Students are literally ready to serve again with their Breakfast with the Bunny event on Saturday April 8th, 2017 at the Lakewood Women’s Pavilion. Seating times are at 8:30, 9:30, 10:45 and 11:45 a.m. The menu includes pancakes, sausages, fruit and choice of beverage. To keep you alert for the Easter bunny and tempt your tastebuds, The Root Café will donate their renowned coffee for the morning. Also included is one of kids’ favorite food groups-- syrup!

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

Enjoying Cultural Cleveland: Transportation To Hard-To-Reach Musical Venues

Great music has always been an essential part of the Cleveland experience. The level of talent, the diversity of musical styles and the amazing venues combine to make fine music one of the Greater Cleveland area's best selling points. But let's face it, downtown Cleveland and University Circle can be a pain in the neck for drivers. But wait, there is a solution.

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

Movie Review Of "Arrival"

I recommend the movie “Arrival” because it presents a new version of aliens and a different possible reason for their arrival and identity. It also explores ideas about physics and science, and the alien’s interpretation of time.

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

Netflix Review

Netflix is a domain that features many shows that are popular on cable without having to pay lots of money for cable. I have some reviews on some of the shows that they have picked to put on Netflix.  

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

Lincoln Mines Returns November 12th

Lincoln MINEs returns to Lakewood on Saturday, November 12, 2016. Lincoln MINES takes popular video games and transforms them into hands-on learning experiences. Attendees will experience 5 hours of activities for one admission price. Last year this event entertained over 600 attendees with Hands-on Gaming, Minecraft Kids Talks, Crafts, Science and so much more. 

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

Woodstock Brings Smoking Good BBQ To Lakewood

BBQ, Bar-B-Que, Barbecue no matter how you spell it, has been sadly missing on the westside of Cleveland, and in Lakewood. Attempts are spotty at best, with mixed results on different days. Over a decade ago, I was working with the Williams family to bring Hot Sauce Williams to Lakewood. That never materialized and a restaurant you could count on for ribs, brisket and BBQ just didn’t exist.

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

Southern Cafe, Damn Was That Good...

...was that the best meal I ever ate in Lakewood?

Let me digress for a moment. It was Friday evening and I was driving with Deb looking for a place to get dinner. We were driving past the Phantasy Theater, and then saw Southern Cafe, so we decided to stop.

The small restaurant was about half filled, and everyone seemed to be enjoying the night. It has a funky but comfortable feeling. One of the servers welcomed us in and handed us menus. The large menu had mainstays of Southern Cuisine, and mainstays of Soul Food. Red and Purple Kool-Aid, Chicken and Waffles, Poor Boys, Pork Chops, Greens, Grits, Catfish, and Peach Cobbler.

I said to the server, “What is the best thing on the menu?” Her answer was, “People rave about the catfish!” I mentioned I am not a fan of catfish and she said, “Neither am I but I liked it!” OK what about the sides? “Try the greens!” I did, though I’m not a fan, and cream corn. Deb wanted an appetizer and ordered up the Grits and Shrimp. Again, I am not a fan of grits. This would be interesting.

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Volume 12, Issue 19, Posted 5:42 PM, 09.13.2016

Movie Night With Hot Dogs, Jazz Concert With Lunch And Dessert: Free Food And Fun At Church Of The Ascension

Missing Lakewood’s free Friday Night Flicks? Bring your blanket or chair to the Church of the Ascension on Friday, September 16 and enjoy DreamWork’s creation, "Home." Free hot dogs will be available from 6 to 7:30 p.m., followed by the movie at 8 p.m. The free movie caps Ascension’s final “Frankfurter Friday” of the season; 2016 was the seventh year of sharing free hot dogs with neighbors every other Friday during the summer. The food and film screening will be on the church’s front lawn, located at 13216 Detroit Avenue in Lakewood. The festivities will be inside in the event of rain.

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

A Lot to Enjoy at Romanian Festival This Weekend

Only a few days remain before the delicious Romanian foods are ready to be enjoyed by those attending the annual St. Mary Romanian Festival in the Kamms Corners/Westpark neighborhood.  Who can resist the stuffed cabbage known as "sarmale?"  5,000 of them to be exact.... Romanian "mighty burgers"  called mititei will be ready hot off the grill to be enjoyed with the world-famous Romanian beers and wines.  Also on the menu are the traditional chicken paprikash and hit of the show called "mamaliga cu branza," which is polenta baked with sour cream and cheese.  Nowhere else in town will you find a bigger and more varied selection of home-baked pastries and our now-famous elephant ears.

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Volume 12, Issue 17, Posted 10:25 PM, 08.16.2016

Tom Hanks Back Home In Lakewood

In 1977, I was an intern at The Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival in Lakewood, Ohio (my hometown). I was 20 years old. I had been at college (Hiram College), but quit school to work at the festival and pursue my dream of becoming an actress. For that summer, I was part of that company of actors. I had one line in "Taming of the Shrew" and assisted with props on that show, and I ran sound for "Hamlet" (big mistake for that production). It was, however, an amazing time.

As a company of actors, we have stayed (somewhat) in touch, as Facebook has allowed us to do, and we all share the (absolutely extraordinary) fact that Tom Hanks was an intern with us in 1977; a thread that, over the years, has allowed each and everyone of us to say, ‘Well…I’ve worked with Tom Hanks.’ He has been our touchstone. 

This past January we found ourselves quite shaken by the passing of the leading lady of the company, the beloved Bairbre Dowling. Inspired by the depth of emotion this elicited, and the unspoken acknowledgement that time was fleeting, it was suggested that we have a reunion.

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Volume 12, Issue 17, Posted 10:25 PM, 08.16.2016

Preparations In Full Swing For St. Mary Romanian Festival

The kitchen at St. Mary Romanian Orthodox Cathedral is a busy place these days as the ladies are preparing foods for the 11th annual Romanian Festival to be held at St. Mary's August 19-21. The cathedral, located at 3256 Warren Road, is a landmark in the Kamms Corners/Westpark neighborhood, a place where everyone will have the opportunity to enjoy the special nature of Romanian foods and culture, bringing together both Eastern and Western European elements and resulting in a wonderful medley of experiences.

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Volume 12, Issue 16, Posted 6:37 PM, 08.02.2016

Lakewood Summer Meltdown To Heat Up City On July 9

Much-Anticipated Festival Returns to Downtown Lakewood; Schedule of Events Unveiled

Summer 2016 continues to sizzle and one of the region's hottest events is right around the corner. The Lakewood Summer Meltdown – sponsored by Melt Bar & Grilled and presented by LakewoodAlive – returns for its seventh year on Saturday, July 9, from 4 to 10 p.m. in Downtown Lakewood.

One of the region’s most highly-anticipated street parties, the Summer Meltdown drew nearly 10,000 attendees from across Northeast Ohio to the heart of Lakewood last year. This "something for everyone" event and fixture on our city's summer calendar takes place on Detroit Avenue between Marlowe and Elmwood, offering seemingly endless recreation and celebration opportunities, including a 5K race, 1 Mile Kids Fun Run, street festival, outdoor activities, games, food vendors, beer garden, live music and more.

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Volume 12, Issue 14, Posted 4:11 PM, 07.06.2016

YUZU Announces Grand Opening Of New Lakewood Late-Night Concept

Global Comfort food served daily for dinner until 2am on Madison Avenue

YUZU Lakewood ( announced the Grand Opening of their first restaurant, located in Lakewood at 13603 Madison Ave. The 100-seat restaurant reflects the core concept of the spirit of an Izakaya, Japan’s version of a warm local tavern, with simple, clean décor, serving yakitori and rice bowls.

The kitchen hosts a menu that features fresh, seasonal ingredients and the restaurant's signature menu items such as cusabi-panko fries, sake-soaked fried chicken, seasonal yakitori, as well as rice bowls from around the world. All meat is sourced locally from Blue Ribbon Meats. Dessert is sourced locally from Lakewood’s own Fear’s Confections and Amy Joy Ice Cream. The prices are uniformly affordable and we are open late every night until 2 a.m. (except Sunday).

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

Greetings From Cleveland--It's Gonna Be A Riot

In the not so distinguished tradition of Donald Trump, I've capitalized on a a money-making idea that seems to simultaneously anger some and intrigue and amuse others. Based on the unwavering and instantaneous selling out of every 2016 RNC "Greetings From Cleveland--It's Gonna Be A Riot" t-shirt I am able to print, and the passionate exchange of thoughts on the subject matter--I know I have a hit! Within a few days of its release we have sold several hundred shirts and it is only the beginning of April! With two more months of hype ahead of us before the RNC rolls into town this should only get better. 

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Volume 12, Issue 8, Posted 4:37 PM, 04.12.2016

Gordon Tower Insurance Agency In Lakewood Once Again To Sponsor Hunger Relief Event April 23, 2016

Gordon Tower Insurance Agency at 14701 Detroit Ave Suite 362 is once again the Corporate Sponsor for "All You Need is Love (And Food)" Hunger Relief Benefit on Saturday April 23, 2016 at 6 p.m. to be held at The Bevy in Birdtown at 12112 Madison Ave in Lakewood. All You Need is Love (And Food) brings together the timeless music of the Beatles as area musicians perform our favorite Beatles tunes while we raise money for the hungry via Community Meal provisions in the city of Lakewood. Bring your friends for a fun night out and to support this worthy cause!

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Volume 12, Issue 8, Posted 4:37 PM, 04.12.2016

MSNBC, Root Café, Thank You For The Great Time

A huge thank you to MSNBC and their road crew for stopping by Lakewood and setting up in what can best be referred to as the heart and soul of Lakewood, the Root Café! Likewise, thank you to Julie and Bobby for inviting them, in what ended up to be a great PR move for the entire city of Lakewood. The first day alone there were more than 25 mentions of the City of Lakewood on air, even “City of Lakewood, a Great Place To Call Home”. The entire 3-day ordeal went off without a hitch.

No matter how any of us feel at any given time about how the city is being run, and/or being upset with the latest decisions, the easiest and fastest way to evaluate the health of a city is through home sales and home prices. In an ever-shrinking county, we lose about 4.5 people a day last I checked, and with Downtown Cleveland being the fastest growing area in the ever-shrinking county, Lakewood has not only held their own, but has done surprisingly well against many other notable communities. The average time for a competitively priced home to sell in Lakewood is 3 days, and many are selling for over the asking price in those three days. This is an amazing sign. Having the entire MSNBC crew at the Root only made that stronger. Another reason to thank MSNBC and Julie and Bobby.

I’ve spent most of my life interacting with the media one way or another. From hotdog carts, to motor sports, to BP America to the Observer, interacting with media always seems to be a part of the job. So I have seen a lot of them, and have seen a lot of media rooms and location spots. I have to tell you, this MSNBC crew was the nicest and friendliest I have ever been around, and it was the little things that totally blew me away. Example, a young boy and his mother had been standing outside waiting to get in at the opening. There was no line, but they wanted to make sure they got good seats. So they looked around and picked one. A cameraman with the crew, who said that he grew up in Mentor, placed someone in the anchor’s chair, checked the camera, walked back to the mother and said, “If we move this table left a foot, your son will be on TV all morning.” When I commented on how nice he was he said, “Hell I have kids, I get it.” I had never seen this before.

They set up a makeshift make-up area between the men’s and women’s bathrooms, and for hours people would watch pundits getting the glow knocked off their faces, and make-up being applied. In between work, the young women would look over and ask one of the kids, “You ready for make-up?” even getting them into the chair, and performing the ritual on them, as they giggled and their friends would squeal, “I’m next!” and often they were.

I am not saying most crews are pricks, far from it. But MSNBC and this crew really seemed to get it right. They enjoy people, and they enjoy interacting with fans and people, as long as it is a peaceful and friendly environment. I was there for a total of 6 hours over the two days. I must have seen Cleveland’s own Chris Jansing and Tamron Hall pose for 300 selfies. No exaggeration. As long as the person was respectful and polite, they always got one. When they are not working, they have no problem posing with kids, dogs, families, friends, staff whoever. BUT, we all need to remember they are working, it is their office, and they are trying to get through it, just like you and I when we are at work. Also, because they are celebrities and have not only opinions but good looks, they have stalkers. Here in Lakewood, they were keeping an eye out for a person of interest who was following them from state to state, yelling at anchors while they were broadcasting about being unfair to Bernie. Another person of interest tweeted, “I am going to try to get close to Tamron Hall” on Sunday. Just creepy stuff, so respect their office, and respect their space, always.

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

How An Ohio Girl Became The Hollywood Beauty Detective

I am an Ohio girl, born and raised; specifically Cleveland, more specifically Lakewood. While some may think of Ohio as the place where the river caught fire and call it names like “The Mistake on the Lake,” to me it has always been “home.”

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

Everyone Benefited At Lincoln MINES

On Saturday November 14, 2015 over 650 parents, students, volunteers, vendors and presenters filled Harding Middle School in Lakewood to experience Lincoln MINES, the first ever Minecraft-themed event for families. Attendees received 5 hours of Hands on Gaming, Minecraft Kids Talks, Crafts and Science. Lincoln Elementary’s PTA benefited from event proceeds to support its 2015-2016 programming.

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

Minecraft Event In Lakewood, Tickets Still Available

Minecraft fun is coming to Northeast Ohio for the area’s first-ever Minecraft convention. Lincoln MINES provides families from around the region with five hours of hands-on gaming, Minecraft kids talks, crafts, science, and much more. The event is Saturday, November 14, 2015, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Harding Middle School (16601 Madison Ave.) in Lakewood, Ohio. Purchase Tickets online and at the event.

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Volume 11, Issue 23, Posted 4:01 PM, 11.10.2015

Night Of Ghostly Endeavors At Mahall’s

Mahall’s 20 Lanes (13200 Madison Ave., Lakewood) will, for the first time ever, investigate paranormal activity that has been reported on premises for many years on Saturday, October 24 starting at 8 p.m.

Mahall’s celebrated its 90th year in business this year. For the first 87 years of its existence it was owned by the Mahall family. Only four years ago was it bought by partners Joe Pavlick, Kelly Flamos and Colin McEwan. And since that time reports of unexplained or supernatural events have been reported by many employees and the owners.  

The night’s events begin at 8 p.m. (doors at 7:30 p.m.) with a pre-show featuring local dark post-punk supergroup Hiram-Maxim (a band formed through the Cleveland Lottery League featuring Lisa Miralia, Dave Taha, Fred Gunn and John Panza), who will be playing a special spooky set, and Detroit post-industrial/noise legends Wolf Eyes, who are widely regarded to be the kings of US noise music. 

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

Lakewood Music Boosters Present The First Annual Lakewood Festival Of Music Oct 17th 1-8 PM At Vosh

Lakewood Music Boosters is proud to present the first annual Lakewood Festival of music on Saturday October 17, 2015 from 1-8 p.m. at Vosh in Lakewood. The festival is an all day family fundraising event meant to support, celebrate, and showcase some of the 59+ musical groups and activities available to the students of Lakewood City Schools.

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

CityMusic Cleveland Chamber Orchestra Opens New Season With The Dazzling Soloist, Sayaka Shoji!

I am very excited to enter my third season as music director of CityMusic Cleveland Chamber Orchestra. Our upcoming season spotlights an extraordinary cadre of guest artists and a wonderful lineup of works from throughout music history. Each concert juxtaposes two or more pieces related by some historical or thematic idea. The season opens with Schumann’s first symphony and a performance of Brahms' Violin Concerto, by internationally acclaimed violinist Sayaka Shoji on Thursday, October 15 at 7:30pm - Lakewood Congregational Church at 1375 West Clifton. There is no admission charge, and we encourage families to bring their children.

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

2015 Restaurant/Bar Guide

1. Vosh Lakewood, 1414 Riverside Dr. 216-767-5202, Patio
2. Georgetown, 18515 Detroit Ave. 221-3500, Patio
3. Riverwood Cafe, 18500 Detroit Ave.
4. Borderline Cafe, 18510 Detroit Ave.
5. West End Tavern, 18514 Detroit Ave., 521-7684
6. Dewey's Pizza, 18516 Detroit Ave.
7. A'Venue Wholesale Fine Pastries, 18520 Detroit Ave.
8. Harry Buffalo, 18605 Detroit, W, Porch
9. Around The Corner, 18616 Detroit Ave., 521-4413, Patio
10. Blackbird Bakery, 1391 Sloane Ave., Patio

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Volume 11, Issue 14, Posted 4:33 PM, 06.23.2015

Nature’s Bin Presents “A Natural Approach To Body Care & Beauty” On June 10

Join Nature’s Bin when they host “A Natural Approach to Body Care & Beauty” with Judy Bulcroft on Wednesday, June 10 from 7 – 8:30 p.m. at University of Akron/Lakewood. Ms. Bulcroft is a certified family herbalist, and owner of Meadowlake Farms Botanicals. She will be talking about the benefits of using natural skin care, techniques for using these products and how to use your natural apothecary simply and safely.  

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

Mahall's To Follow Up Successful '90s Party

Mahall’s 20 Lanes (13200 Madison Ave., Lakewood) will present the second iteration of its ’90s-themed music event “Groove Is in the Heart” on Friday, February 13. This follow-up to the wildly successful similar event held in early December is titled “Groove Is in the Heart: A Valentine’s Dance Party.” Cattitude Vintage is hosting the event, for which admission is only $2.

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

Twins Are A Couple Of "Jammy Buggars"

One late Thursday night, we Taster Twins, with our patient husbands in tow, visited the soon to be a Lakewood landmark, Jammy Buggars. The name brings a smile to your face, particularly when you discover that it means “lucky individual” in British slang. Patrons who eat here are indeed fortunate because the food is inspired and consistently delectable.

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

Cleveland Vegan Opens In November

I wil be opening my locally-owned catering service, Cleveland Vegan, in a storefront and café in the west end of Lakewood by the end of this month.

The location, at 17112 Detroit Avenue near the Beck Center for the Performing Arts, will be Lakewood’s FIRST ALL-VEGAN café. It will offer daily takeaway selections such as salads, soups, smoothies, sandwiches, fresh juices, bakery sweets, and a sit down brunch service on  Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

I couldn’t be more excited to bring people healthy, nurturing, and accessible meals. This storefront is the fruition of several years of hard work and we cannot wait to provide a healthy option for people.

Cleveland Vegan is a Lakewood-based business and has been in operation as an all-vegan catering company and personal chef service since August 2012. Its offerings exclude animal products such as meat, dairy and even honey, since it is produced by bees. We have catered events from weddings to corporate lunches to private parties. We also offer a specialized meal delivery service for individuals and families who need assistance in meal planning and preparation.

There is a growing demand for this kind of eating as people become more conscious of their personal health, and also the negative impacts of animal farming on the environment and of course the animals themselves.

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Volume 10, Issue 23, Posted 12:53 PM, 11.11.2014

Sauce On The Side: A Visit To Eddie Cerino's

Our first foray into our culinary adventure led us to the corner of Warren and Detroit, to an inviting establishment named Eddie Cerino's. Formerly known as Eddie and Eddie's, this bright, modern restaurant welcomes its patrons with a cool vibe and a warm staff. We were greeted promptly and ushered to a table, just a tad too cozy with what must have been a newly enamored couple, judging by the level of PDA (i.e. public display of affection). Our server, Lisa, was particularly friendly and attentive without being overly solicitous. Our meal began with a choice of chicken paprikash or Italian wedding soup; we decided to have one of each (who wouldn't?). Both of the soups were savory and well complemented by the fluffy foccacia bread, presented in charming metal baskets. The cheesy crust was perfectly chewy with a soft, airy interior, which would have been even better served warm.

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Volume 10, Issue 15, Posted 10:32 PM, 07.22.2014

Westown CDC Swingin’ Summer Concerts In The Gazebo At Halloran Park

2014 Sunday Summer Concert Series

Westown CDC Swingin’ Summer Concerts in the Gazebo at Halloran Park

Food Trucks! Local Opening Artists! Join Us!

This family friendly concert series will feature great headline acts along with talented local artists and DJ Kenny D spinning the music of independent artists including Erin Viancourt, Preacher Stone, Island and EZ Lovin’.

LOCATION: In the Gazebo at Halloran Park, 3550 West 117th Street

SUNDAY JULY 13                                             
OPENING ACT 4 pm - 5 pm

Lady Rose and the Eazy Jazz Band                    

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Volume 10, Issue 14, Posted 3:05 PM, 08.05.2014

Celebrity Bartending Night To Benefit Students

Celebrate TGIF and Lakewood's kids at the Lakewood Alumni Foundation Celebrity Bartending Event, Friday, June 27, 5-10 pm, at Around the Corner, 18616 Detroit Ave. Join celebrity bartenders Kyle Baker '02, Margaret Brinich '04, Monica Bruaw '90, Ash Khatib '01, Ryan Rustad '96, and Alysia Wright '90 in the Warehouse. All tips to the bartenders benefit the Lakewood City Schools.

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Volume 10, Issue 12, Posted 6:28 PM, 06.10.2014

Lakewood Resident Dr. Dresing Shows How Doctors And Lawyers Can Work Together

Lakewood resident Thomas Dresing is a man of many talents. The Northeast Ohio native is a Staff Cardiologist and the Fellowship Director in the Section of Electrophysiology and Pacing at Cleveland Clinic. He specializes in cardiac electrophysiology, catheter ablation therapy and cardiac device therapy – and that’s just his day job! By night, he is a rocker – playing with the band, “Just Us,” led by Judge Jim Miraldi of Lorain County. The band, a play on the word “Justice,” is made up of mainly attorneys who moonlight as rock stars. Dr. Dresing’s presence in the band proves that doctors and lawyers actually enjoy each others company!

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Volume 10, Issue 11, Posted 6:24 PM, 05.28.2014

Sign Up For PORCHestra!

Make music Lakewood! PORCHestra, an afternoon of music on Lakewood’s front porches sponsored by Charter One, takes place on Sunday, May 18, beginning at 4 p.m. The Cleveland Orchestra encourages you to join with family, friends and neighbors, by playing or singing on your front porch in this community-wide, free “jam session.” 

The afternoon of music making will culminate with an outdoor concert on the front porch of the downtown Lakewood Public Library at 5:15 p.m. with performances by The Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus Chamber Ensemble followed by members of The Cleveland Orchestra performing double-bass quartets and violin/viola duets. 

Register your porch at Each participating registrant will receive two free tickets to a Cleveland Orchestra Blossom concert this summer. Participating porches will be part of a Google map indicating the “musical” porches and neighborhood performances. Regardless of your age or talent level, join the fun and make Lakewood come alive with the sound of music!

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Volume 10, Issue 9, Posted 11:12 AM, 04.29.2014

The Tea Lab - Great Experiments!

Bob Holcepl has brought his special talent back to Lakewood. Bob is a graduate of St. Edward High School and lived for a period of time in Lakewood. Life and work saw him move around and open up the now legendary coffee spot in Tremont, Civilization, ten years ago with his wife.

After that success he moved into wholesale with City Roast Coffee and Tea which led to the West Side Market with City Roast Coffee and Tea, which is the longest line at West Side Market in the morning. Then in the next stand he opened Crepes Deluxe, a walk-up french-style crepe stand which has to have the second or the third longest lines in West Side Market, and “The Tea Lab” at 530 Euclid in Downtown Cleveland.

“I always wanted to open a shop in Lakewood,” said Bob. “I went to St. Ed’s in the 60s, and met my wife when she lived on Mars Ave. I have always had a connection to Lakewood and wanted to return, the only question was when and how.” When the spot opened in what used to be GreenSmart Gifts, he jumped on the chance to bring his neu-style tea shop to Lakewood. “A modern take on what tea should be. It is not Victorian, it is not Zen Buddhism, it’s an American modern 21st Century beverage  that happens to be 5,000 years old, but relevant today. It is better for you than the junk they sell you in bottles and cans.” Lakewood seems to be a perfect spot; they have walking traffic and the new mindset on tea--a great beverage at any time hot or cold.

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Volume 10, Issue 8, Posted 8:54 AM, 04.17.2014

Band's Encore CD Feels Your "Blue Collar Breakdown"

"Another rough season" in Lakewood can mean sports, jobs, or winter. Local folk rock band The FlipSide captures those sentiments in their second CD, "Blue Collar Breakdown," an anthem for the never-say-die Cleveland everyman.

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Volume 10, Issue 7, Posted 3:06 PM, 04.01.2014

YMCA Honors Woman Who Rowed Across The Atlantic Ocean

In 2010, Katie Spotz, 22-years-old at the time, rowed the Atlantic Ocean by herself, from Africa and South America in 70 days. She is the youngest person ever to complete the challenge. On Thursday, April 10th from 6-7:30 p.m. Katie will be at the Clifton Club in Lakewood to benefit the Lakewood YMCA Annual Campaign, telling her amazing story and answering your questions.

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Volume 10, Issue 7, Posted 3:06 PM, 04.01.2014

Luca Mundaca In Concert

Internationally acclaimed Brasilian singer and guitarist Luca Mundaca will present a concert at the Beachcliff Tavern, 19245 Detroit Avenue, Rocky River, Ohio 44116 on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 9 p.m. Although an accomplished solo artist, Luca will be accompanied by a stand up bass and a percussionist for this show.

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Volume 10, Issue 2, Posted 4:08 PM, 01.21.2014

Beck Youth Theater Continues 65th Anniversary With Criminally Hilarious Play, "Law & Order: Fairy Tale Unit" Parodies Popular Television Show

Beck Center Youth Theater presents "Law & Order: Fairy Tale Unit" in the Studio Theater December 13-15 and 20-22, 2013. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets are now on sale. Seating in the Studio Theater is limited and tickets for youth theater’s holiday shows sell quickly.

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Volume 9, Issue 25, Posted 2:41 PM, 12.11.2013