Uptown Lakewood presents... Candy Cane Lane

City Sidewalks, busy sidewalks

Dressed in holiday style

In the air

There’s a feeling of Christmas

Children laughing

People passing

Meeting smile after smile

Christmas is a time to celebrate. Concerts, parties, even shopping turns into an event during the holidays. And nobody does it better than the Lakewood community. People come from all over the Cleveland area to join in Lakewood’s merriment. "They sure know how to put on a party," said Sharon Schreiner, a Brecksville resident who attended Lakewood’s Chocolate Walk and plans to be back for the holidays in Lakewood.

Light Up Lakewood is the kick off shindig and sure to be a spectacular event. But the party doesn’t end there! To the contrary- the festivities are just beginning!

Next up: Candy Cane Lane!

Uptown Lakewood, is a newly established area of Lakewood. Spanning between Elmwood and Arthur Ave on Madison Ave, created by a group of local ambitious entrepreneurs, Uptown Lakewood is a shopping district with something for everyone. The area is a manageable walking area, covering just three city blocks for the time being. "We are looking to grow over the next year, including additional streets, businesses and events," Said Renee Lavelle, proprietor of The Little Bling Shoppe and one of the business owners in the district.

Candy Cane Lane is the Inaugural Event for this thriving new neighborhood. "We are easy to find," Lavelle points out. "We are decked out in candy canes, bows and red and white stripes of all kinds. They are on the buildings, the meters, the trees, the telephone poles- and white lights in all the windows."

Candy Cane Lane takes place on Thursday, December 13th from 5 - 8 p.m. The event is free and there will be something for all ages to enjoy. Music, wine tasting, giveaways, holiday eats and treats, hot cocoa for kids and adults alike, holiday shopping specials and perhaps even a "special" appearance by a certain someone.

There will also be a holiday drive for the Lakewood Community Service Center all month long. "We are collecting personal hygiene products. They seem to be the items in short supply for those in need," said Lavelle. You can drop off anything from toilet paper, tampons or pads, deodorant, shaving cream, lotion, soap or any related item. Just stop in any one of the participating business in the district and they will gratefully accept your donation.

For more information you can go to Uptownlakewood.com. Find us on Facebook at facebook.com/uptownlakewood or contact Robby Zettler at 216-228-2348 or metrostager@gmail.com.

Cheers! See you on Candy Cane Lane!

Robby Zettler

Robby Zettler is an Interior Designer with metro!on madison.

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