Business News

What Is CouCou Sentiment?

You may have driven by or walked past a mysterious and quaint shop located on Detroit at the West End of Lakewood called CouCou Sentiment and wondered, “what the heck is a CouCou?!” 

The word coucou, pronounced koo koo, is informal French for “hello” or “hey, there.”

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Volume 17, Issue 14, Posted 2:16 PM, 07.21.2021

First Federal Lakewood Shows School Spirit

On June 24, First Federal Lakewood announced the introduction of their new School Spirit Debit Cards featuring Lakewood and Olmsted Falls designs. These cards allow First Federal Lakewood and its customers to support the schools in these communities through a nominal annual fee of $10, half of which is donated back to the school district. Additionally, each time a user swipes their debit card, $0.01 will be donated to the school district featured on the card.

“Finding new and innovative ways to support the schools in our communities is an ongoing area of focus for First Federal Lakewood. It has long been a goal of ours to incorporate school spirit cards into our offerings, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to give our customers the ability to show their pride while giving back to their district every time they make a purchase!” said Kurt Raicevich, Senior Vice President, Chief Retail Officer of First Federal Lakewood.

All First Federal Lakewood checking account customers are eligible to select a School Spirit Debit Card at any time. Currently, designs are only available for Lakewood City Schools and Olmsted Falls Schools, but First Federal Lakewood is looking forward to adding more districts in the coming months. The Lakewood design, which can be purchased at the Lakewood branch, features the Lakewood City Schools logo along with a monochromatic background in shades of purple with a kaleidoscope effect. The Olmsted Falls design, which can be purchased at the Olmsted Township branch, features the Bulldog logo and the blue and yellow colors.


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Volume 17, Issue 13, Posted 3:01 PM, 07.07.2021

Lakewood Public Library Awarded 2021 Cox Charities Grant

On June 17, 2021 Cox Communications recognized numerous non-profit organizations across the company’s Northeast footprint as part of the annual Cox Charities Day event. Cox Charities, the company’s charitable giving initiative, supports afterschool and summer learning programs focusing on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) learning and social well-being programs. Over $105,000 in grants were awarded to local community partner organizations.

The 2021 Cox Charities Community Grants recipient in Ohio is the Lakewood Public Library, which will use its grant to help bridge the technology gap by providing kids ages 8-18 the opportunity to learn how to code. This program will prepare them for the jobs of the future by encouraging innovation and instilling life-skills like problem solving and creative thinking.

Recipients were selected by a group of elected officials, community partners and business leaders for providing quality after-school and summer learning programs with a focus on STEAM learning and a proven track record of creating innovative programs for Ohio’s youth.

The range of summer projects proposed from local organizations were as innovative as they were compassionate. For instance, one organization is using their grant to produce videos to increase sustainability awareness, while another will construct a completely off-the-grid tiny home built from a recycled 40’ x 8’ storage container.

“As our communities return to normalcy, it is exciting to celebrate the impact of STEAM programs by rewarding students with much-needed funding to bring their projects to life,” said Dan O’Malley, president, Lakewood City Council. “With support from Cox Charities, organizations like Lakewood Public Library will be in a position to help kids develop visions into realities that change the world for the better.”


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Volume 17, Issue 13, Posted 3:01 PM, 07.07.2021

Carl Lishing Receives 2021 Best Of Cleveland Award

Carl Lishing of HealthMarkets Insurance Agency in Lakewood has been selected for the 2021 Best of Cleveland Award in the Insurance category by the Cleveland Award Program.

Each year, the Cleveland Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Cleveland area a great place to live, work and play.

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Volume 17, Issue 13, Posted 1:56 PM, 06.16.2021

Lakewood Business Owner Graduates From Tri-C’s Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program

Rachel Waggoner of Ebb & Flow Counseling in Lakewood took a step toward greater business success by completing the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C).

Waggoner is one of 26 small-business operators in the program’s latest graduating class. She spent three months at Tri-C studying a specialized business and management curriculum for entrepreneurs.

Previous graduates have seen their business outperform the broader economy while exceeding national and local averages in revenue growth and job creation.

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses is a charitable initiative to unlock the growth and job creation potential of small businesses across the United States by providing them with greater access to business education, financial capital and support services.

10,000 Small Businesses (10KSB) launched at Tri-C in Cleveland in May 2012. The alumni list for the College’s program now exceeds 700, with graduating business leaders representing a variety of industries.

Waggoner founded Ebb & Flow in 2017 to provide counseling and wellness services to the community through a holistic, progressive and caring model. It offers a variety of programs at locations in Lakewood and Cleveland.

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Volume 16, Issue 24, Posted 12:59 PM, 01.06.2021

Revisiting Your Budget During A Crisis

Revisiting Your Budget During a Crisis

Many Americans found themselves in the throes of the COVID-19 crisis before they fully understood what was going on. For many, news of the virus was distant and remote, something that was happening in China and Europe. Until it wasn’t. Once COVID-19 reached our shores, actions had to be swift and immediate. Our world changed in a matter of weeks. We quickly went from working in crowded office spaces, dining out frequently and enjoying abundant entertainment options, to sheltering in place, exhausting every streaming service, and becoming intimately familiar with food delivery services we had only vaguely heard of before.

And our budgets took the most substantial hit of all as 30 million people (and counting) lost their jobs during the COVID-19 crisis. A prolonged absence of income means that it is time to revisit your budget and make substantial changes to your spending to deal with the possibility of renewed COVID-19 shutdowns across the country.

Assess Your Income

If you are still employed, that is terrific news. Many of your friends, family, and neighbors may not be so fortunate. Even if your income has not taken a hit due to pandemic-related cutbacks, almost everyone needs to make some adjustments related to income. Of course, you cannot begin to make the right changes until you have adequately assessed your income situation.


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Volume 16, Issue 22, Posted 11:35 AM, 11.18.2020

Back To Work And School - At Home

Many of us are finding ourselves working from home including our children when school is back in session.  A shortened commute!  No trips to the gas station!  Pants optional! Those are some of the benefits…. However achy necks, shoulders and low backs are some of the consequences of setting up at home especially if using our laptops all day long.  If adults and children are sharing a workspace in the home, chances are that there are people of different sizes using the same chair and desk.  One set up does not fit all however with a few adjustments it just might be able to!

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Volume 16, Issue 17, Posted 4:54 PM, 09.02.2020

LakewoodAlive, City of Lakewood To Host “Small Business Rent Relief Program Information Session” Webinar On August 20

LakewoodAlive and the City of Lakewood will host a free webinar presentation – entitled Small Business Rent Relief Program Information Session – on Thursday, August 20, from 10 to 11 a.m. focused on offering guidance and answering questions regarding the City’s newly-released rent relief program that seeks to assist members of Lakewood’s small business community.

The City of Lakewood is utilizing approximately $450,000 in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding received from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to stabilize and fortify small businesses negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Small Business Relief Program provides emergency assistance to income-eligible Lakewood businesses with five or fewer employees that have experienced a reduction in revenue as a result of the current public health emergency.

Members of Lakewood’s small business community are invited to register by visiting and participate in this webinar in order to learn about this program, gain insight into how to complete the application and interact in a Q&A session. Space for attending this webinar is limited, and those interested in participating are urged to register ahead of time.  A recording of this presentation will be shared at a later date.


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Volume 16, Issue 16, Posted 3:41 PM, 08.19.2020

Sweet Designs Chocolatier In Lakewood Offers Window Shopping Option

“We are excited to launch Sweet Designs Window Shopping with the installation of our full menu in our storefront windows, says Ines Rehner, founder and owner.“ In addition to our online shipping and curbside pickup, we can now serve customers at a safe distance, right from our front door. You simply make your selections outside, and we will prepare them and bring them right to you.”

“While we’re aware of Ohio’s small business reopening dates per Governor DeWine, we have decided to take a more conservative approach,” adds Rehner.

In addition to this new service, Rehner says Sweet Designs will treat customers with free (individually packaged) samples for all walk-up and curbside pick-up orders and will strive to give customers the Sweet Designs experience they have come to know and love.

“For over 25 years, we have been delighted to serve our customers and meet all of their chocolate needs, Rehner adds. “In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, our mission has not changed.”

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Volume 16, Issue 10, Posted 8:02 PM, 05.19.2020

Go Buddha Meals Come Home To Lakewood

If you had to launch a new business from Lakewood just ahead of a pandemic and general shutdown, you could do much worse than plant-based meal delivery.

Go Buddha Meals has fed people—and employed people—even as unemployment has soared. Husband and wife team Joshua Ingraham and Emily Christescu say they’re encouraged by their experience so far, but it’s certainly not what they anticipated or planned for. Ingraham says that supply chains have been disrupted, and Christescu adds that promoting a new food business without meeting people in person or offering samples poses obvious challenges. “It’s still nerve-wracking,” she says.

People finding Go Buddha, and placing orders anyway, may have to do with the importance of accessibility to the original concept.

Ingraham says his work as a chef and dietary manager often revealed gaps, particularly while working with the Cleveland Clinic. Patients asking for healthy diet suggestions, after a health crisis, demonstrated one gap; the limited options in a “food desert” near the Clinic main campus was another.

Concern to bridge gaps and make healthy meals more accessible defined Go Buddha’s model in multiple ways. The startup prepares meals, and delivers them; the minimum order is a single bowl, at $10, no membership or subscription required.

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Volume 16, Issue 10, Posted 1:11 PM, 05.06.2020

Cox Communications Extends Coronavirus Response Offer For Connect2Compete With Free Service For Students Until July 15 Nationwide

Recognizing that students will remain home to finish out the school year, Cox has extended free Connect2Compete service, the company’s low-cost internet offer for families with a K-12 student at home until July 15. Remote service support is also extended to ensure ease of implementation while students continue to learn at home during the Coronavirus pandemic. Customers that sign up between March 13 and May 15 are eligible for this offer and will receive free service until July 15. 

“Distance learning is critical during this time and Cox wants to ensure digital equity so that all kids have the ability to learn and advance from home,” said Pat Esser, president and chief executive officer of Cox Communications. “By extending Connect2Compete to July 15, we keep kids connected to their studies through the end of the school year, and account for additional virtual learning that may be required into the summer.” 

Cox temporarily doubled download speeds for its Connect2Compete customers from 25 to 50 Mbps in mid-March.This increase will also continue through July 15. 


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Volume 16, Issue 9, Posted 1:11 PM, 05.06.2020

Sherrod Brown Visits Lakewood

Senator Sherrod Brown recently visited the Bookshop in Lakewood to sign copies of his book, "Desk 88: Eight Progressive Senators Who Changed America." More than 100 people attended the event, with the line to meet the senator stretching out the door at one point.

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Volume 16, Issue 1, Posted 2:29 PM, 01.08.2020

Comfort Dental Providing Free Care For All December 23rd

All Ohio Comfort Dental locations will be hosting their 36th annual Care Day Monday, December 23, 2019, offering free dental care to those in need.

All fifteen Ohio Comfort Dental offices will be open on December 23 from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Cleveland area patients can visit Comfort Dental in Lakewood located at 17500 Madison Avenue.   

“Every year we take time out to give back to the community and encourage people to check in on their oral health,” said Dr. Dave Wise, owner of Comfort Dental in Lakewood. “There is no better time than the holidays to provide free dental care."  

Beginning in Colorado in 1984, Comfort Dental has offered free dental care on Christmas Eve Day. Care Day was started as a way of improving accessibility to dental care to those in most need. On Care Day, all services are free to anyone. Patients are helped on a first-come, first-served basis receiving a variety of basic dental care from cleanings to extractions. More serious dental problems are handled on a case-by-case basis and at the discretion of the individual dentist. Nationally, approximately 300 Comfort Dental dentists and 1,300 staff members donate their time on Care Day.



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Volume 15, Issue 24, Posted 1:34 PM, 12.18.2019

Book Brothers Bookshop – A New Local Bookstore Now Open In Lakewood!

That is correct -- Lakewood has a new independent bookstore that is now open for business! “Book Brothers Bookshop” is nestled neatly among other favorite local destination right on Madison Ave., just west of Warren road. This unique little shop aims to be counted amid Lakewood’s growing scene of successful, independently owned businesses.

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Volume 15, Issue 23, Posted 12:41 PM, 12.04.2019

A Bridge From The Past To The Future

Thanksgiving, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Chanukah, New Years are all spectacular end of the year celebrations that bring family and friends together. Good, or merely interesting, it is this time of year when traditions are shared, taught, learned and passed on from generation to generation. Here in Lakewood we have an establishment that not only signals everything good about the holidays, it also provides an amazing bridge from one generation to the next. All can be made better this season with a simple visit to Mr. Christmas, aka, Mr. Holiday, Bill Hixson, at the one and only Hixson’s Barn. A northern Ohio tradition for over XXXX years!

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Volume 15, Issue 23, Posted 4:40 PM, 11.20.2019

Carabel's Kitty Cat Contest

An exciting fall season is here and we want to reach out to new and regular customers. How? By offering some free prizes.

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Volume 15, Issue 19, Posted 5:59 PM, 10.02.2019

KB Confections Celebrates Its 7th Anniversary With An Ice Cream Birthday Bash!

KB Confections announced it’s celebrating 7 years in business with an Ice Cream Birthday Bash, Saturday, July 27th at their bakery in Lakewood, OH.

KB Confections began as a childhood dream of owner Karen Bosworth. After years of making wedding cakes out of her house, in 2012, Karen and family opened the doors to their bakery located inside the old Winterich’s Florists Greenhouse across from St. Edward High School.

“KB Confections is a young girl’s dream turned into a reality. Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine going from the kitchen in my home to owning a successful full service bakery in the town I raised my family in.” said Karen.

Since then, KB has become known for the quality of their product and their friendly family atmosphere.

“We really like to focus on two things. Great tasting sweets and our customers,” said Karen. “If it doesn’t taste great, it’ll never leave the shop. We owe it to our customers. They are like family to us and they’ve invited us to be a part of their special occasions. It’s really means a lot to us.”

Some of their standouts include their renowned macarons, custom cakes and cookies, cassata cake (available at local landmark, Angelo’s Pizza), and their banana pudding.

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Volume 15, Issue 14, Posted 7:18 PM, 07.17.2019

Lady Liberty Gives Out Tattoos

On the morning of the 4th of July parade, dressed up as Lady Liberty, she will be handing out temporary tattoos with the Liberty Bell design. Pick out where you will want to wear them, clean that spot really well. Have some water ready remove the plastic off the design, place face down on skin, wet very well, press until design transfers on to your skin. Celebrate our country's freedom!

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Volume 15, Issue 13, Posted 6:32 PM, 07.03.2019

Let It Shine!

All 4 You Cleaning Services relocated to 14050 Madison Ave in Lakewood in August of 2018. A motivating factor in this decision was the city of Lakewood’s support of foster youth. By the city designating May as Foster Care Month it reflects the support it has of foster care youth.

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Volume 15, Issue 8, Posted 12:14 PM, 04.17.2019

Lakewoodite's Brewing For Good Again

Lakewood's own Ean Fakan, is a homebrewer and an intervention specialist, an educator of children with special needs, for over a decade. Since starting to homebrew seven years ago in a kitchen on Lakeland Avenue, he has expanded his craft to beers, wines, ciders and meads. Once a hobby, Ean's Brews moved from stovetop pots to electric brew kettles and stainless-steel conical fermenters. That's how he won a competition at Bad Tom Smith Brewing Company, which earned Fakan the title of HomeBros Cleveland brew club, Brewer of the Year for 2018!

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Volume 15, Issue 1, Posted 5:06 PM, 01.08.2019

Buckley King Welcomes Attorney And Lakewood Resident David L. Moore

The law firm Buckley King is pleased to announce that attorney and Lakewood resident DAVID L. MOORE has joined its Cleveland office. David is a transactional attorney advising emerging businesses, privately held companies and non-profit organizations. His experience includes commercial financing, real estate and corporate matters. He began his career at Moore Yourkvitch & Dibo, a law firm he started after law school, where he worked extensively with banks and financial institutions, private foundations, charities, and information-technology and energy companies.

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Volume 14, Issue 23, Posted 2:28 PM, 12.04.2018

Lakewood’s New Chaos Coordinator

There’s a new business in town that exists for one main reason: to reduce your stress. Lakewoodite Ashley Ciresi is a luxury productivity consultant, offering her services to help organize life’s “stuff” so that her customers can have more time to do what matters most to them.  

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Volume 14, Issue 22, Posted 4:01 PM, 11.20.2018

Lakewood Is Saying Goodbye To One Of Its Oldest Merchants, Cerny Shoes

CERNY SHOES has been a fixture in downtown Lakewood for years. In fact, Don and Marlene Cerny are third generation owners of the Men’s and Women’s shoe store.

Since 1903, the Cerny family has serviced the footwear needs of customers on both the East and West side of Cleveland. Cerny Shoes is the last remaining store of Zak Brothers Shoes, an eleven store chain which was in business during the early 1900’s. William P. Cerny was the president of Zak Brothers Shoes at the time. When the Great Depression hit, one store of the eleven remained, which is Cerny Shoes today.

Don’s parents, Robert and LaVerne, bought the store from Bill Cerny when Don was a child. They supported a family of six children for many years and retired in the mid 80’s. Don and Marlene have owned the store since then.

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Volume 14, Issue 20, Posted 2:25 PM, 10.16.2018

Keeping Up With Jamie Garrett

Jamie Garrett is a server at Deagan’s Kitchen, an expecting mother, and an aspiring forensics student.

The fact that she’s missing most of one arm is a fact of life, but it doesn’t define her identity.

Even if you pass time at Deagan’s, you may not notice unless Garrett serves your table. From further away she’s difficult to distinguish from other staff. Bustling back and forth with plates and drinks, she keeps up with colleagues despite physical difference.

Someone else could carry more at once, all else being equal, and Garrett asks for help with things occasionally. But for practical purposes, she manages perfectly well.

Sometimes “they forget that I have one arm,” she says of her coworkers.

The reality is more apparent for Garrett. Long practice has not made carrying groceries into the house easier, for example. She drives without problems, but manual-transmission cars are out of the question.

But this is essentially a reality she has always known. A quirk of fetal positioning meant that her left arm never fully developed. She’s been learning to do things with just one hand since infancy, from tying her shoes to playing sports to playing an instrument.

Around third grade, Garrett briefly tried a prosthetic but it seemed alien to her. “I hated it,” she recalls.

School classmates didn’t always practice respect and understanding, but Garrett found good friends and refused to be left out of extracurricular activities. Growing up in Parma, she played fast-pitch softball as catcher, and learned the trumpet. By 16 she was working as hostess at an Outback Steakhouse, and she has worked in the service industry since.

Waiting tables was not a leap that she planned on, however. After graduating high school she moved to Lakewood, and went to work at Angelo’s Pizza answering the phone. In the second year at Angelo’s, though, a day came when someone had to pitch in, and “I thought I might as well try.”

“I figured it would be difficult at first,” Garrett says, but it went well enough that eventually she spent more time attending tables than phones. Based on the experience, she applied successfully to be a server at Melt Bar & Grilled, and most recently at Deagan’s.

Garrett says she works 50 or sometimes 60 hours per week, now, and feels very appreciated by coworkers and regular customers. “I love my Deagan’s family,” she says.

Higher education remains on her mind as an eventual goal. Garrett says she’s interested in criminal justice, possibly forensics. In the meantime, she’s also contemplating a move back to Lakewood—from Fairview Park where she currently lives—and impending parenthood.

Despite a lifetime finding ways to do things with only one complete arm, Garrett expects real challenges from an infant. Though she hasn’t regarded herself as part of a disabled community, generally, in this instance she is looking to others’ examples for reassurance. “I’ve seen people succeed at this,” she says.

As long as it’s possible, Jamie Garrett is up for the challenge.

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Volume 14, Issue 18, Posted 10:34 AM, 09.18.2018

Connect2Compete Helps Students And Families Skip The “Summer Slide”

Ohio families can avoid the reduction in student achievement caused by summer vacation by accessing a low-cost internet service offered through Cox Communications known as Connect2Compete (C2C). In addition, Cox also announced the expansion of the Cox Digital Academy to include free Spanish-language resources designed to broaden opportunities for the Hispanic population through technology. 

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Volume 14, Issue 15, Posted 1:35 PM, 08.07.2018

Kidzenia - A New Childcare And Learning Center In Lakewood!

The city of Lakewood is a wonderful and rich community that is composed of people from all walks of life. In recent years we have seen many additions and improvements to our beautiful city, helping to making Lakewood an attractive place in Northeast Ohio for people to live and small local businesses to thrive. KIDZENIA is a new childcare and learning center that aims to become an integral part of the community by helping to meet the many needs of Lakewood’s diverse families. 

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Volume 14, Issue 12, Posted 4:18 PM, 06.19.2018

Lakewood Native Creates Software Development Career Pathways For Busy Locals!

Computer coding skills can open doors to a challenging and lucrative career in the ever-growing software development industry. But traditional coding bootcamps are often not a viable option for people with a full-time job or family responsibilities – a demographic that often includes women and minorities. That’s why I developed an innovative solution. The new “hybrid” bootcamp, named FlexCode™, offers a mix of online and in-person classes for greater flexibility, lower expenses, and a more effective learning model.

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Volume 14, Issue 12, Posted 4:18 PM, 06.19.2018

Cox Business Signs On As 2018 Sponsor Of StartUp Lakewood

In what promises to be an exciting year for StartUp Lakewood, Cox Business has signed on as an official sponsor of the 2018 program. With numerous startups among its local client base and a vibrant entrepreneurial community in its backyard, supporting StartUp Lakewood was a natural fit for a company like Cox Business.

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Volume 14, Issue 10, Posted 3:06 PM, 05.15.2018

Tim’s Automotive, A New Auto Repair Shop In Lakewood

When Barry Buick closed after nearly 65 years in business, auto technician Tim Skettle was out of a job. Skettle started at Barry in 1984 and was quite content to stay until retirement. Over the years he considered going out on his own but he liked where he worked and the cost of opening a full service repair shop seemed out of reach. The sudden closure of Barry Buick forced him to make a decision.

Many auto dealers were eager to hire an automotive technician with 33 years of experience who is ASE certified in mechanical and electrical service so Skettle was not concerned about finding a job. However, the more he thought about it the more he liked the idea of being his own boss and being in control of his own life.


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Volume 14, Issue 9, Posted 12:39 PM, 05.01.2018

Waterbury Coach House Expected To Re-Open May 1st After Extensive Remodeling

When the Waterbury Coach House at 13333 Madison Avenue in Lakewood holds their grand reopening--projected for May 1 after extensive remodeling-- customers will be treated to an expanded menu of American and ethic home cooking (including the restaurant’s signature garlic soup), a wide selection of trendy cocktails, live music, and the ever-popular trivia.  

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Volume 14, Issue 8, Posted 3:27 PM, 04.17.2018

Lakewood Dairy Queen Celebrates 40th Anniversary

The City of Lakewood has many businesses that have been around for extended periods of time and are staples in our great city. Lakewood Dairy Queen opened in 1978 and is celebrating their 40th Anniversary this April!

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Volume 14, Issue 6, Posted 7:14 PM, 03.20.2018

Buddhist Center Now Open

Songsten Gampo Buddhist Center of Cleveland has opened this past weekend in Lakewood. Here at Songsten Gampo, we provide opportunities for all, Buddhist or not, to discover the importance of wisdom and compassion in everyday life through meditation, classes, and more.

Our resident teacher, Buddhist nun, Ani Palmo Rybicki, is one of the most highly trained instructors in the country and has been teaching in the Greater Cleveland area for the past 12 years. 

"While we provide a home for Buddhists, we are open to those of any faith and to those of no faith at all,” says Ani Palmo. “We offer the tools to transform the mind and heart. However people choose to use them is up to the individual."

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Volume 14, Issue 4, Posted 12:12 PM, 02.20.2018

The Bookshop In Lakewood Is Moving! Celebrate With 20% OFF Everything!

Well, it has been a fantastic 3½ years in this, our first location! I REALLY was not sure we would weather the storm of our first year. We opened with a $5,000 loan and starter stock pulled from my personal book collection, and have managed to keep rolling our sales back into making slow improvements for the shop. The surrounding neighborhood has been wonderful to us, and I hope they find us again as we shift seven blocks East down Madison. Our last day open in this location will be Saturday 1/27, and we are running a SALE until we close. EVERYTHING in the shop is 20% OFF, and while there are no guarantees, I will consider offers made on collectable titles. The shop weighs about 5 TONS, and I would really like to see some of these shelves empty out before I have to box and transfer them.

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

Comfort Dental Welcoming Patients In Lakewood

Dr. Kevin Marshall has opened the new Comfort Dental office in Lakewood. America’s largest dental franchise company, Comfort Dental’s mission is to expand access to care by making it affordable and convenient.
Conveniently located at 17500 Madison Avenue, Dr. Marshall is now accepting new patients and can be reached at 216-302-2401. Walk-ins are welcomed.
“Comfort Dental has been a pioneer in supporting local, dentist-owned offices that provide affordable care to all types of patients,” said Dr. Marshall. “Like most dentists, we treat patients with private insurance. Unlike most dentists, we treat Medicaid and uninsured patients as well."
New patients are just $19 including exam and x-rays (payment due at time of service). Generally, Comfort Dental’s fees are 25% - 30% less when compared with other dentists.  

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

Lakewood's New Sweet Shop

Welcome to the newest sweet shop in Lakewood...Sweet Amelia's.  Lovingly named after, and inspired by, the owners Grandmother, Amelia Dodaro. As spirited entrepreneur and business woman, she opened a grocery/meat market in Central Cleveland that also offered homemade bakery and candy.

At Sweet Amelia's, you will find a warm and charming atmosphere filled with homemade pastries, handmade chocolates, nostalgic candy and specialty gifts. Solstice Roasters, a premium coffee roaster based out of Downtown Cleveland, provides the shops delicious coffee. Hot tea and homemade cocoa are also served. As such, the mornings will be a great time to stop in for a hot beverage and breakfast pastry as will the afternoons with a selection of unique bakery treats.

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

Second Insomnia Cookies Opens In Lakewood

Lakewood just got a whole lot sweeter! Insomnia Cookies, known for its warm, delicious cookies has opened its doors to the public. We are excited to announce that we will now be open and serving warm cookies until 3 AM every day.

Insomnia’s cookies are delivered warm out of the oven and straight to the customer’s door. Popular cookie flavors include Chocolate Chunk, Snickerdoodle, Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup and the S’mores Deluxe. Insomnia Cookies also serves and delivers two sizes of cookie cakes and a brownie with the option to add toppings such as cookie dough and sprinkles. The requisite pint of cold milk can also be added to any order.

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

"Play Grounds" - A Family-Focused Café Opening In Lakewood, Ohio

There’s a ‘buzz’ around town about a new café opening soon right here in Lakewood Ohio – "Play Grounds!"  "Play Grounds" aims to be the café of choice to which parents and loved ones come to enjoy a cup of coffee or tea while their children engage nearby in creative play.    

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Volume 13, Issue 20, Posted 12:05 PM, 10.17.2017

Bigfoot Will Be Observed At The Scarecrow Festival

Walking or biking to see the displays on Madison Avenue from Oct 5th thru the 22nd --the dates for the scarecrow festival-- are the best ways to get an up-close view. We are sure you will want to get some selfies with Bigfoot and other one-of-a-kind compostions. While the supplies last inside of the Carabel Beauty Salon & Store, we will have a table with some samples to try at home for various beauty products. Also, enter a drawing for a make-over for a female.

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Volume 13, Issue 18, Posted 9:26 PM, 09.19.2017

Lakewood Chamber Hosts Evening Of Business Storytelling

The Lakewood Chamber of Commerce will host ‘Tell Us Your Story powered by PechaKucha,’ an informal and fun gathering where community and business leaders will share their career stories and entrepreneurial journeys in the PechaKucha 20x20 format. The event, organized by the Chamber’s Education Task Force and sponsored by Lakewood Public Library, will be held on Thursday, September 21st at Around the Corner in Lakewood.

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Volume 13, Issue 18, Posted 9:26 PM, 09.19.2017

Starting A Business? Why A Business Plan Isn't The Right First Step

You just came up with a new groundbreaking business idea. Maybe it’s a new unique storefront you plan to open up on Detroit Avenue. Or perhaps it's a mobile app that will have much broader applicability — with users from Lakewood, Ohio to Lakewood Colorado (and everywhere in between). No matter the idea, where do you start? If your first inclination is to get started writing a 20-page business plan, you may want to reconsider.

The era of the business plan being the leaping-off point for entrepreneurs is no more. While it may have been considered a commendable first step for those getting businesses off the ground in the past, it’s no longer the case. There are a few reasons why:

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Volume 13, Issue 14, Posted 12:35 PM, 07.18.2017

Knits, Knots, Stripes And Dots

If you’ve driven by 17409 Detroit Avenue across from St. James Church recently, you may have noticed a new shop, Knits Knots Stripes & Dots and wondered what it's all about. Owner Beth Kiraly-Bratko spent many years working at Closets consignment shop, and finally decided it was time to follow her dream and open her own children’s resale boutique. Beth says, “I love kids, I love clothes, and I love Lakewood.” Beth is a Lakewood High graduate who lives in Lakewood with her husband, Brad Bratko. They have three children, so Beth is naturally up-to-date on current trends and styles in kid’s clothes. Putting the shop together was a labor of love for Beth, her husband, mom and step-dad.  The four worked in concert to renovate the space, making it the appealing store it is today.

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

Taste Of Lakewood Returns To Madison Park On June 11th

The Taste of Lakewood, presented by the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce and Cleveland Magazine, will be held on Sunday, June 11th from 1-7pm at Madison Park. The Taste of Lakewood is a no-admission fee, outdoor day-long food and music festival that celebrates Lakewood’s reputation as a great food destination. Over 25 of Lakewood’s best restaurants - including Forage Public House, Angelo’s Pizza, El Carnicero, Barrio, Georgetown, Mars Bar, Salt, and Sarita - will be on hand to sell their food to a hungry audience dining al fresco and enjoying great music on the park grounds. The Taste of Lakewood has served as a coming-out party for Lakewood's newest restaurants and this year is no exception: Yuzu, Upper Crust Pizza, LBM and Distill Table will make first-time appearances at the event.

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Volume 13, Issue 11, Posted 12:39 PM, 06.06.2017

Gordon Tower Insurance Agency Is Celebrating Our Ten Year Anniversary!

Gordon Tower Insurance has been successfully operating for a decade as of June 1, 2017. The 10 year anniversary milestone is cause for even more celebration as we moved our agency to the INA building in Lakewood from Brook Park over a year and a half ago and are very happy here.

Lakewood has been Mary and Michael’s hometown for the past 18 years and where they have raised their 3 children. Michael J. Bodnar, President and Owner of Gordon Tower Insurance Agency has been successfully selling insurance as a licensed agent to a wide variety of customers for nearly 30 years. He started his insurance career with Allstate in 1988 upon graduating from college.

Michael’s family comes from a long history in the insurance industry with the startup of his grandfather, prominent Attorney Gaspar A. Corso, of Ohio Valley Insurance in 1952 in East Liverpool. Gap moved Ohio Valley Insurance to downtown Cleveland in 1953, where it operated and grew exponentially until 1971. Michael became an independent agent in 1994 with Tower Insurance; the agency side spin-off from Ohio Valley Insurance.

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Volume 13, Issue 11, Posted 12:39 PM, 06.06.2017

New Cookie Bakery In Lakewood Is Open For Business!

Have you been searching for that perfect little extra-special treat to complete your next event or party?! Look no further -- Stephen Watkins, rising start on the local culinary scene, has officially stepped onto the public platform by launching a new bakery, based right here in Lakewood, Ohio!

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Volume 13, Issue 11, Posted 12:39 PM, 06.06.2017