Lakewood Magazine 2021

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Mayor Meghan George Lakewood Chamber of Commerce CEO & President Patricia L. Ryan Lakewood Chamber of Commerce Chair of the Board Andrea Fisher

Find out about upcoming civic park projects and peek inside the Lakewood Truck Park.

8 Getting Through Together

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted everyone. We talk to a few residents about what life looked like during this time.

12 Ready and Responding as a Community

Learn about the city’s resiliency, creativity and closeness as businesses adapt and residents are loyal to buying local.

18 Beyond Academics

Discover how the city’s schools support students and families.

20 Creativity Under the Spotlight FOR ADVERTISING INFORMATION, CALL 216-377-3693.

The Beck Center for the Arts keeps focus on the artistic endeavors.

22 Resource Directory and Restaurant Guide


Lakewood celebrates its front-porch lifestyle as a community.

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Progress and Persistence

The city of Lakewood is moving forward together.


akewood is a city on the rise. Our community is filled with beautiful century homes, thriving small businesses, vibrant parks and community assets and strong schools. Most of all, Lakewood is a place full of engaged residents who care deeply about their city and each other. Never has that been more clear than during the COVID-19 pandemic, when we all made shared sacrifices so that the health of our community can continue and we can come out of this crisis stronger. Even in the face of the pandemic, our city continued to achieve our goals — some in response to the crisis and others focused on our larger community vision. Here’s a snapshot of then, now and what we are looking forward to tomorrow and beyond.

Supporting Small Businesses and Residents in Need Lakewood’s small and independent businesses are the backbone of our economy. Our entrepreneurs are passionate not only about their businesses, but also about our city, its success and its vitality. They provide the day-to-day essentials our residents need, and their energy and dedication help make our city a vibrant, diverse destination for retail, dining and entertainment. Over 1,900 employers call Lakewood home, and small business makes up close to 75 percent of the 12,000 who work in Lakewood. Preserving small businesses has been a primary focus for Lakewood during the pandemic. The city quickly launched the Small Business Task Force with representatives from our business community to identify needs and opportunities to help. We were early leaders nationally in implementing a small business relief program, leveraging over $750,000 in CARES Act dollars. We rolled out an express parking program to add ease to carryout and delivery restaurant services, and we expanded outdoor dining. Our efforts paired with the loyalty of Lakewood’s residents in patronizing local businesses were successful in maintaining the health of our business community during the crisis. Finally, we also helped those at risk of losing their housing due to COVID-related crisis as one of the first communities to establish a rental relief program for residents.

Staying Fiscally Fit During the early months of the pandemic, Lakewood faced multi-million-dollar budget shortfalls, and had to act swiftly to ensure we maintained services along with our fiscal health. That meant we had to make some hard choices, and our employees made sacrifices as we instituted a voluntary furlough program and reduced overtime while we partially compensated employees during their time off. I am deeply grateful to our staff, who accepted these difficult circumstances while continuing to provide superior service to our residents and businesses.

Investing in Our Infrastructure & Public Places Despite the pandemic, Lakewood has continued to improve and maintain our public infrastructure. The Clean Water Lakewood efforts continue with the implementation of our Integrated Wet Weather Improvement Plan. With every sewer project, the city continues to seek out integrated solutions to better serve our residents, saving money and reducing the inconveniences in the neighborhoods. Major projects that will be completed in the near term include the Detroit Sloane Pedestrian Improvements Project and Cove Community Center. The improvements on Detroit improve the gateway into our city and provide safe access for bikes and pedestrians into the Cleveland Metroparks Rocky River Reservation. Cove Community Center will be a gathering space for our residents and a centralized location for human services.




We also continue to invest in our green spaces — parks, tree canopy and community assets. Kauffman Park is under construction with a new play area, ADA pathway and water-play feature opening in early spring 2022. Foster Pool public meetings provided direction for future pool improvements. These investments are essential to what make Lakewood such an active, healthy and desirable community to call home.

Engaging Residents Our community navigated the pandemic with flexibility, resiliency and a commitment to supporting each other as neighbors. With COVID-19 still a major factor looking ahead, the city recognized a need for enhanced communications and access for residents to engage with their government. We want to hear what our residents think — what their priorities are for our city and what they need to thrive, stay safe and be well. We continued our social media presence and launched a new website domain name, and enewsletter, We look forward to hearing more about your priorities for our city in the future and encourage you to learn more about city projects and investments at

Meghan George

Mayor of Lakewood

Together for Better

The City of Lakewood’s COVID Small Business Task Force created a citywide campaign to remind our residents and visitors to stay safe as business reopened. Under the premise that Better, Brighter Days Start Here, the “Together for Better” promotion included signage for merchants and restaurants, as well as a strong social media campaign using the hashtag #ShopSafeLakewood.


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his year’s Destination Lakewood is especially meaningful as it features stories of how Lakewoodites used their ingenuity and resourcefulness to pivot their businesses, organizations and families during the pandemic. The COVID-19 crisis shuttered businesses and schools, challenged working parents to homeschool, isolated us from our families and friends, all while living with the fear and uncertainty of the health of ourselves and loved ones, as well the economic impact of the shutdown. With over 100 years of service, the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce saw a year like no other, and rose to the challenge. During “normal” times, we networked at happy hours, held workshops in person and met business owners in our community face to face. Where the Chamber has always been in the role of supporting and promoting local businesses, how that looked dramatically shifted to helping our local businesses survive. In partnership with the city of Lakewood, LakewoodAlive and so many others, we all banded together to lend a helping hand. Whether it was connecting business owners with a grant or loan for PPE or paycheck protection, pushing out important information regarding safety and coronavirus, offering insight and levity with social media

campaigns and online events, we continued to serve. In the worst of times, in the best of times, Lakewood Chamber of Commerce is in business for your business. Joining the Chamber provides your business or organization with an opportunity to learn, network and thrive, no matter where you are. Even when uncertainty and change loom, so much of what makes Lakewood the best place to live remains the same. Lakewood is neighbor helping neighbor. Lakewood is tree-lined streets, city parks, century architecture and lake views. Lakewood is collaborating and partnering. Lakewood is creative. Lakewood is reinvention. Lakewood is fortitude.

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aybe it’s not quite the same as tailgating in a stadium parking lot. But there will be plenty of camaraderie, good food and cheering at the Lakewood Truck Park this fall. Owner Daniel Deagan invites fans to watch The Ohio State University football games on Saturdays and Cleveland Browns games on Sunday at his food truck complex. Don’t worry — it will be easy to view the games because 20 televisions are strategically placed around 12,000-square-foot indoor/outdoor park. “What I really didn’t expect last year when we opened was that so many people really like to be outside, even when it’s only 35 degrees,” says Deagan, who was inspired to open the park after he visited a similar food court in Texas several years ago. “We are Clevelanders. We like to be outside in our shorts even if it’s cold. People will bring stacks of blankets when they come here, and we also have firepits.” Lakewood Truck Park is open all year round. In really bad weather, Deagan says customers “run outside during a break in the rain, visit a food truck, and run back inside.” Food trucks offer top-notch hamburgers, BBQ and tacos, but also on-the-spot shucked oysters and oyster shots, as well as authentic ethnic food representing Argentina, the Philippines and other cultures, as well as desserts. More participation activities are planned this year, as well as live acoustic music performances, dependent, of course, on COVID restrictions. “The whole idea of a food truck park is to make it feel like a community park. Unfortunately, we will have to wait awhile for our trees to mature, but it will happen,” says Deagan. — JS


ne of Mayor George’s top priorities when stepping into office was the preservation of Lakewood’s historic building stock tied to adaptive reuse of these impressive structures. As a result of the city’s support, Lakewood is seeing a number of older and/ or outdated buildings being brought back to a vital life. Shawn Leininger, director of planning and development, spotlights four of those projects: The former St. James School and Rectory project is spearheaded by Oster Services and is a $3.1 million investment. The buildings, formerly owned by the St. James Catholic Parish, were built in 1923 and 1954. The school building was closed in 2005 when St. James partnered with other Catholic schools in Lakewood to establish Lakewood Catholic Academy. The St. James campus was later designated a historic property in 2010. Oster will relocate its offices to the first floor of the school and other as-yet-unannounced tenants will occupy the second and third floors. The city of Lakewood bought the former Trinity Church site at 16400 Detroit Avenue “in order to save it from potential demolition,” says Leininger. Scalish Construction of Lakewood now has plans to preserve and reuse the property’s school and church as commercial space. The $3.7 million investment will also include the new offices of Scalish Construction. This project received historic tax credits from the State of Ohio. Another recipient of historic tax credits, the former BiRite building at 12501 Madison Avenue, is being converted into a multi-use commercial space. Known tenants include a coffee shop, a bar and restaurant with golf simulator stations and a salon. Developer Jim Miketo (Neighborhood Drummer Company), who owns Forest City Shuffleboard in Ohio City, begins his new Lakewood project this fall. The $4 million investment project is located in Lakewood’s historic Birdtown neighborhood. Studio West is an ambitious project from developers Daniel Budish and Betsy Figgie that will create an impressive complex of business, social services, and entertainment and recreation opportunities to support the LGBTQ community. Plans call for the former Phantasy Nightclub and an adjacent former manufacturing building to be transformed by a combined $11 million investment. Leininger calls this idea “an important hub for the LGBTQ community and eastern gateway to the city on Detroit Avenue.” The city is continuing its progress on the downtown development at Detroit and Belle avenues. CASTO/North Point Realty (a regional developer of urban projects teamed with a local developer) is updating its 2017 plans to reflect the current condition of the property and preparing those ideas for public review. — Jill Sell

The Lakewood Truck Park offers a new dining and entertainment option.


PLAY TIME City park updates are aimed at increasing enjoyment for residents.



uring the pandemic, Lakewood’s parks were a valuable gathering space for families to spread out and safely socialize with their neighbors. The city is committed to maintaining its investment in parks and made progress on several parks projects over the past year. Renovations at Wagar Park, at the intersection of Madison Avenue and Hilliard Boulevard, were completed in 2021 with the installation of a street mural by local artist Ryan Jaenke. The ¾-acre park includes permanent benches and tables, two playgrounds for different age groups, new walking paths, a play field and a half-court basketball among other improvements. “Wagar Park is adjacent to the intersection of Hilliard and Madison, which is a high traffic location,” explains Michelle Nochta, city planner. “At this heavily used and highly visible park, not only was design important, but we were also focused on protecting the

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children playing there. Closing the southern portion of Rosewood Avenue and adding fencing around the playground made the park much safer for residents.” Kauffman Park is the city’s third largest park at 7 acres. Lakewood’s downtown park and its most centrally located green space will complete construction on a new play area this winter. Improvements include: the addition of nature play elements; replacement and relocation of playground equipment; a picnic shelter; new lighting and ADA pathway improvements; as well as a water play area that includes hand pumps. Every park, no matter what size, is a priority for the city. Clifton Prado Park is one of the city’s smallest pocket parks at 0.06 acres. The converted residential lot will receive a new piece of playground equipment and picnic table. The city is also planning the rehabilitation and modernization of Foster Pool at Lakewood Park. A water slide and splash pad are priorities along with keeping lap lanes for adult swim. “We are in the information gathering and preliminary stages, subject to approval of the construction budget,” says Leininger. “We hope to have the final design wrapped up by the beginning of 2022. Then, immediately following the 2022 swim season, we can start construction and be complete prior to the 2023 swim season.” The city’s goal is continuous improvement to our park system. The Park System Strategic Plan will be updated in 2022 with community input, focusing on the next round of investments. — JS startnow




TOGETHER Lakewood residents share the ways they adapted and evolved during the past year. BY CHRISSY KADLECK


o one was immune from the effects of COVID-19. The pandemic was an oddly collective experience that still affected every person in some unique way, regardless of age, education, income, profession, wealth or zip code. But a spirit of pushing forward, giving back and taking care of community helped those living in the 44107 survive and even thrive. Here are a few of their stories. BACK TO THE BASICS As owners of Cleveland Vegan, Laura Ross and Justin Gorski credit keeping a positive outlook for being able to successfully juggle the demands of restructuring their restaurant on the fly, homeschooling three young children and keeping dozens of people employed during a pandemic. “Initially, it was scary,” says Laura Ross, adding that she and her husband tuned into their radio for the announcement of the statewide shutdown. “I realized it was not just myself and my family that we had to be concerned about; it was also our team of 35 people and all of their concerns and questions about what would happen with their pay, their positions, their personal situations. It felt overwhelming.” But this inspiring duo decided to close their 40-seat 8



eatery/bakery and return to their roots with their personal chef service to provide meatless meals for a month to help with the small business’s operating expenses. “It brought us back to when we first started our business and it was just me and my husband,” says Ross, 41, who also teaches yoga at Inner Bliss Studio in Rocky River. Gorski, 44, is also a musician and recently released a film “Bird from Memory” of which he hopes will be accepted into the Cleveland International Film Festival. “I always wanted to homeschool my kids,” she says. “It was challenging, but I enjoyed having that time with them. We incorporated a lot of natural elements into schooling like hiking and nature scavenger hunts. We also baked cakes and cooked to teach them


STAYING VIRTUALLY CONNECTED about measurements. They learned about money and how to use it when shopping for groceries, or at other places. Essentially, we focused on practical life skills.” Cleveland Vegan initially reopened at the end of May for to-go service, and then in June for restricted indoor dining. It’s to-go business has almost tripled just on Uber Eats alone. “We had to create new business practices to respond to the amount of togo business,” she says. “Every week we had to tweak the staff schedule in order to understand the new business flow along with the constant struggles of Covid.” In business since 2012, the couple became parents to their business at almost the same time they became parents to their oldest son, Eli, who is 9. Two more have joined the brood — Simone, 7, and Hugo, 5. “With each child that came, it pushed me more and more toward finding balance with the business,” Ross says. “We’ve always valued our time together as a family. Finding balance between family and business was always important; the pandemic just solidified that for us.” The couple has always shut down the restaurant for a week in the summer to take a break from the business and to give their team a break as well. Coming out of the shutdown, they decided the importance of self-care even more. They have intermittently offered more to give back to their employees in the form of providing an unexpected bonus in their paycheck or deciding to close and give everyone a day off. Coming out on the other side of the pandemic has “emphasized to me how important taking care of our team is, not just financially, but also giving them time off for themselves.”

Skyrocketing rent forced Valerie Martin to leave her beloved apartment on the west side of Lakewood because she could no longer manage it on her social security income. Luckily her church was able to find her a spot at the Westerly, an affordable independent senior living community, so she could stay in the city. All of this change was happening just as the nation was shutting down for COVID-19, making it especially traumatic and isolating for 77-year-old Martin. “I didn’t know anybody, and I have no family,” she says. “It’s me, a bird and a plant.” But Martin’s world was about to open up thanks to a generous giveaway from the Barton Center, a nonprofit senior center that happens to have its full-service facility on the ground floor of the Westerly. The Barton Center was able to partner with Simply Virtual, another nonprofit that had secure funds to provide Amazon Fire tablets to residents liv-

ing in local senior communities, including the Westerly and Fedor Manor. “That made a huge difference and really helped me,” she says. “When I got my tablet, I was able to access my Facebook and my emails. I had over 2,000 emails that I never read. I was able to connect with church friends to keep in touch with people that way.” She was also able to reconnect with her passion for flying airplanes. Martin, who took her first flying lesson in 1967 with a coupon out of flying magazine and went on to earn her commercial pilot’s license in 1973, says she’s now able to “live vicariously” through other pilots and pages she follows on social media. “I watch their videos and I chat with them on messenger or Facebook,” she says, adding that she did fly an airplane from Burke Lakefront in July. “I still want to be a flight instructor and there’s no age limit. I’m hoping I can raise the money somehow to do it.”


DELIVERING ON FOOD NEEDS A life-sustaining food pantry became a potentially unhealthy proposition overnight with the COVID-19 pandemic. At the same time, food insecurity was at an all-time high as peoples’ jobs were uncertain and potentially in jeopardy as nonessential businesses were forced to shutter. “After Gov. Mike DeWine issued a statewide stay-athome order, we completely changed how we delivered our services in a matter of a few days,” says Trish Rooney, executive director of Lakewood Community Services Center, which has been providing groceries for more than 30 years. “We switched to a drive thru and since the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services waived normal requirements for health reasons, we only asked people their zip codes. By July 2020, we were serving 41 zip codes.” People were coming from Lorain and Warrensville Heights, Rooney says. She 10



knew that was unsustainable and couldn’t possibly be supported forever, especially since the nonprofit was funded to serve three West Side cities. “We were also worried about our clients,” she says. “It was difficult for them to get transportation and get to the LCSC. We have a lot

of seniors, people with mental health issues and single moms who had kids at home. We made the decision that on September 1, 2020, we would go to a 100% delivery model.” Pivoting to all deliveries would do two things, she says. One, it would keep people safe. Two, the delivery

area would be in their funded communities, which may ensure its continued viability. A historically volunteerrun operation with only one paid staff member, now LCSC had to hire two fulltime people, buy a second van and plan delivery routes. “It’s very expensive to do it, but touch wood so far, we’ve been able to manage it. I think it’s actually improved the service,” Rooney says. In fact, in July, LCSC was able to deliver three days’ worth of food to 2,230 people, 90% of those being Lakewood residents. Drivers, who interact with clients twice a month when making deliveries, have learned about the families and those who might have additional needs such as diapers, school supplies and pet food. “It was a slow start, but we’ve gotten a lot better at it,” she says. “Our drivers, they know people on their route and it’s actually, in some ways, become more personal — that shocked us. What we’ve decided is for the foreseeable future, we’re going to keep it this way, especially with the variant.”


LIVING AND WORKING AT HOME The housing stars aligned for Anthony Feller in the summer of 2020 when he finally ended a multi-year search, buying his first place on Ethel Avenue. “I put in the offer for the house and then I found out my great uncle used to live here and he did a lot of work on this house,” he says. “It was wild.” Feller and his longtime girlfriend, Nichole, live in the home with their three dogs who also came to them during the pandemic, including Clementine, a Golden Retriever puppy, and two terrier mixes, Bella and Ruggles, that Feller inherited when his mother passed away last year from cancer. “The city just has so much to offer. I love it here,” says Feller, who grew up in Rocky River. “There’s a lot going on. There are a lot of restaurants and bars, but then you also have a suburban feel. It’s a great mix.” Since March, Feller, 30, has worked almost exclusively from home in his role as a mechanical engineer for The Equity Engineering Group Inc. in Shaker Heights. “The transition to working from home, I thought it was actually pretty easy for me and probably easier for me than a lot of others,” he says. “My company acted quickly and committed to us working from home. I was able to take all my equipment and computer monitors and make it work.” While his company is adopting a hybrid schedule with a mix of office and work from home, Feller says not having a 35-minute commute was one of the best parts of being remote. “I found myself having all this extra time. On a typical coffee break at work, you go take a walk to the kitchen. On a coffee break at home, I can go down and do a load of dishes or knock out chores during the day. It’s been really efficient in terms of managing personal time, in my opinion.”



Community The pandemic emphasized the city’s resiliency, creativity and closeness as businesses adapt and residents are loyal to buying local. BY KRISTEN HAMPSHIRE


f you told Ann Thomas that the family-owned organic craft distillery she started with her husband Kevin would add hand sanitizer to their menu of spirits, she might have thought the suggestion came from someone who was clearly over the limit. “Trust me, we never thought hand sanitizer would come into our lives,” quips Thomas, sharing that Western Reserve Distillers sold 60,000 gallons of it during a three-month period at the start of the pandemic when companies like Purell couldn’t make it fast enough. “The base ingredient is purse alcohol, and as a craft distiller, that is what we use to make our corn vodka,” she relates. Western Reserve Distillers followed the World Health Organization’s recipe for hand sanitizer and created a liquid that can be sprayed as a fine mist and dries quickly. It doesn’t bleach out fabrics or leave a film on surfaces. “As soon as we found out we could make this, we hired 10 people and ran 24-hour shifts five days a week,” Thomas says. “Our concern was making sure that main-street customers — people who couldn’t get their hands on it — were getting what they need.” The distillery added five products and launched in five additional states during the pandemic — a show of responding to community’s needs, resiliency and growth. At Aladdin’s Eatery, a Lakewood dining staple since 1994,

dedicated employees at the tight-knit store masked up, adapted to health and safety protocols, and grew closer as a team while getting to know customers even better, says Dani Krasnicki, area director of the West Side. The business also hired more people and was able to provide employee bonuses. “We got to know our guests on a different level,” says Krasnicki, speaking to the curbside carryout add-on. “We got to meet their dogs or their infants that they might not have brought in for a pick-up order before. We got to see their lives change, as well, and we made different connections with people.” Small business is the backbone of Lakewood, representing about 75% of the city’s 12,000 workers, says Shawn Leininger, director of planning and development. Overall, Lakewood has more than 1,900 employers. “We have all learned how to adapt and become more resilient,” he says, adding that businesses were “engaged, active and offered a lot of positive feedback that helped us form and evolve programs.” Specifically, the city was the first in the state to create a small business assistance program from CARES act dollars that offers up to $7,000 in rent and job retention financial support to businesses with less than 50 employees. The program is still open and has provided more than $840,000 in assistance to 200-plus businesses.


Stronger Together With take-out and curbside pickup business booming—and a sharp increase in demand for delivery through platforms like Door Dash and Uber Eats — the city of Lakewood put into place several programs to give restaurants flexibility, express parking and more outdoor dining space. City Council adopted a resolution that allowed existing restaurant patios to expand, and those without this asset could create al fresco dining. More than two dozen new patios cropped up on sidewalks and in parking lots, Leininger says. This offering runs through the end of 2022. Also, Lakewood allowed for parklets, which gives businesses with limited sidewalk space an opportunity to take a space or two of street parking to make a dining area. Plus, an excess of 20 15-minute express parking spaces were created in Lakewood’s commercial corridors to accommodate delivery services, and those spaces are available 24/7. “They’re [the spaces have] high turnover and [there are delivery drivers] always there [occupying the spaces],” Leininger says. These programs helped businesses accommodate customers so they could sustain and even grow. “We didn’t do curbside before the pandemic,” Krasnicki says, adding that Aladdin’s did have online ordering in place a few years ago and pickup has always been an option. “We would deliver meals to cars and meet whatever expectations our guests wanted. If they wanted us to put it in the trunk, we did that. If they wanted it in the back seat, we’d do that. Some guests wanted to come to our back door, and others wanted to come on inside, and we were able to do that.” The restaurant restructured staffing times and hours to accommodate all of the take-out orders. “In the restaurant business, we are always learning in the moment, making adjustments and solving problems,” Krasnicki says. “So, we are always moving forward.” The experience has brought team members even closer together. “We were always like family, but the heartbeat just got stronger,” Krasnicki says, sharing that some employees even made photo albums including their work friends masked up, wearing gloves and sticking together. “We made the best of it, and we had some really good times and some stressful times. It was neat to get to know each other on a different level.”

Always There, Staying Open Facebook posts showcasing new inventory and items for sale at Lion & Blue kept customers engaged and shopping during the pandemic — and still, as owners Michael and Tina Dolatowski discovered how loyal the community is to their 25-year-old shop. “As a walking community, Lakewood gets small business and the importance of it, and we have been supported since we opened and through the pandemic,” Tina says, relating that business closure in March 2020 “made us work that much harder.” While guests were not entering the shop during that time, she and Michael were there daily. “It became a warehouse,” Tina relates. “We’d take pictures of merchandise and post it, and let people know they could call in with

orders or message me on Facebook. We were delivering in Lakewood and surrounding areas.” Lion & Blue started accepting Venmo payments so clients could easily pay for purchases. “We had packages ready to deliver or hand off,” she says. Meanwhile, as Lakewood residents, the Dolatowskis supported other small businesses like theirs by ordering takeout and shopping local. The community has appreciated the shop’s safety measures, Michael adds. Those include plexiglass at the checkout, limiting the number of shoppers that can enter at one time, wearing masks, adding hand-sanitizer stations and sanitizing items that customers try on in the store. Tina adds, “We were keeping people aware that we were here, we are not


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ing anywhere, and whatever they need, we’re happy to get it for them.” Bottled Up and In Demand Pandemic happy hours at home drove up the sales of spirits during the pandemic, and Western Reserve Distillers saw a jump in sales like other purveyors across the country, to the tune of about 60%. “It’s a fluke, because it doesn’t normally grow that fast in one year,” Thomas says. But Western Reserve Distillers has experienced steady growth and a major demand during the last year, which prompted the business to add a 12 Year Kentucky Bourbon, two agave spirits, a 4 Year Straight Rye Whiskey and a 6 Year Straight Rye Whiskey. And of course, the distillery added its most unexpected offering: hand sanitizer. Customers included homeless shelters, nursing homes, home health aides, and the Cleveland Food Bank, which was able to supply the product at in-need locations. The hand sanitizer was sold in one-gallon containers, and larger orders were packaged in 500- or 2,000-gallon drums for Amazon fulfillment centers and companies like Sodexo. Western Reserve still has 3,000 gallons left in stock.

Once businesses began reopening, Thomas says residents, gyms, salons and churches would buy several gallons at a time. “A couple of people who bought it are now investors in us because they believe in the hand sanitizer so much and were grateful we could provide it,” she says. “There was a need in the community.” As for investment, Thomas is speaking to the Honeycomb crowdfunding campaign that is helping fuel growth for Western Reserve Distillers, which is

Ohio’s only certified organic distillery. “This was a way for us to ask those in the community who have been such great customers to become a part of the company itself,” she says. Those who “buy in” become investors, and after three years, they can earn their investment money back plus interest. Indeed, the community has been a tremendous support of the distillery’s continued growth. “From the get-go, we felt like people here wanted to be a part of what we are doing,” Thomas says.

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Supporting students and families during the pandemic and beyond has meant rolling out programs and resources that address social-emotional wellness.


cademics are just one aspect of the school experience, and the last 18 months emphasized this for the Lakewood City School District. From meal programs to wrap-around mental health services and internet connectivity, the schools support families and have created new roles, programs and tools to be that partner families can depend on at any time. “It’s the thing that families really rely on, and we were able to keep those up and running through it all,” says Christine Palumbo, the district’s assistant superintendent. “It was important for us to look at our role as doing much more than providing academic content.” In fact, Lakewood’s evolving model that provides comprehensive social-emotional supports in the school setting will be presented at the Ohio

School Boards Association (OSBA) Capital Conference in November. Last school year, the district added a student wellness coordinator who will pull together all of the counseling and mental health services. Those include a partnership with Cleveland Clinic with a space inside the high school. There, students can access a licensed social worker and nurse practitioner. The district received a federal grant in partnership with the Three Arches Foundation to bring on a student navigator who works in conjunction with the Cleveland Clinic adolescent psychologist, who also sees students at the high school. Elementary buildings have student wellness specialists on staff, and the middle and high schools have counselors on board. “The pandemic highlighted the critical role of those counselors,” Palumbo says.


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The district’s meal program offers breakfast and lunch, and grants through the Educational Service Center allowed for offering Giant Eagle gift cards to families in need. And to address the digital divide and lack of internet access some students faced during pandemic with e-learning and remote learning, the schools partnered with PCs for People to get hot spots for students to take home. Even while students were not in the building during the first semester of the 2020-21 school year, those who needed WiFi access could go in for this and in-person support as required. Aside from bolstering mental health and counseling services — which are in place and here to stay — the pandemic fast-forwarded the district’s e-learning program. Prior to March 2020, Lakewood offered e-learning at the Franklin School of Opportunity, its alternative program. “We probably had one student over the course of several years take advantage of it,” Palumbo says. “But with the pandemic, we recognized there would be a much greater need for students to have the option to work from home online, so we worked with the Northeast Ohio Educational Services Center to engage with them to use LinkedIn Learning,” Palumbo explains. LinkedIn Learning is 100% online and asynchronous. The K-5 students enrolled in LinkedIn Learning for the 202122 school year will report to the building once a week to meet with their teachers. In grades 6 to 12, the district offers Edmentum and Apex e-learning, which is also asynchronous and unlike the district’s remote learning students Zoom in with teachers and use tools like Google Classroom. At the start of the 2020-21 school year, students were remote or e-learning; and by second semester, the buildings opened with health and safety protocols for hybrid learning. Students were in classrooms some days and learning remotely others. By the fourth quarter, all students who opted for inbuilding were welcomed back five days a week. “It was like pivoting on a dime — ,” Palumbo says, optimistic about the 2021-22 school year, enhanced services and a full toolbox of resources to support students and families. “We learned that our teachers are incredibly dedicated, hardworking and resilient.” — Kristen Hampshire

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Beck Center highlighted the importance of the arts during the pandemic.


ony Award-nominated actor Rory O’Malley has said how much impact Beck Center for the Arts has had on his life. From the time O’Malley was in second grade through his senior year at St. Ignatius High School, the Broadway and television actor called the Lakewood arts complex his second home. “Rory has said Beck Center saved his life. He flourished here, found himself here, found his people here,” says Ed Gallagher, Beck Center’s director of education. Beck Center “teaches the arts, but also provides life skills and life experiences,” says Gallagher. Overwhelming support for Beck Center’s Creating Our Future $6.7-million capital campaign announced in March 2020, confirms the community’s approval. Pledges and gifts have already enabled the dedication of the new Fowler-Spellman Education wing, according to Dena Rhodes Adler, director of development. A new Center for Music and Creative Arts Therapies, a Center for Dance Education (the largest program at Beck Center), as well as an ADA entryway and new marquee “will bring more exposure and visibility.” New restrooms and a reconfiguration of the customer service area, plus other improvements and additions are part of the plan. Bialosky Cleveland and Turner Construction are the design and construction partners for the project on

Beck Center’s three-acre campus. Adler says the funding will “provide an inclusive space for the community to gather.” The renovations “will provide accessibility and energy efficiency to the oldest part of the building.” The campaign is led by co-chairs Doug Hoffman, Ellen Todia, Sandra Sauder and Lucinda Einhouse, president and CEO of Beck Center for the Arts. “During the pandemic, we learned the arts are even more critical than in normal times,” says Adler. “Our students, patrons and families faced isolation, job loss, fear and depression. Beck Center provided free programming and stayed top of mind so that when we opened our doors, we would be ready. In addition, Beck Center provides creative arts therapy services to special needs programs for all Lakewood public schools. Last year, Beck’s creative arts therapists assembled music and art kits for these students, no matter what grade or program. Music kits contained small auxiliary percussion instruments, including tambourines and maracas, as well as rhythm sticks and movement scarves. Art boxes held crayons, paint, paintbrushes, pencils, paper and more. Supplies were delivered by Lakewood teachers to students’ doorsteps. “We assembled a couple hundred kits for students with what they needed for a half semester, and we had to assume that they had no materials at home. Some families may have every piece of sports equip-



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ment, but no art supplies. In other homes, you can’t find a tennis ball because they have so many art supplies,” explains Gallagher. Beck Center also provided online learning during the pandemic shutdown. Now Gallagher points out people consider convenience to be more important than health and safety reasons for desiring remote instruction. Child/ parent classes that can be accomplished at home together are growing in popularity, as are visual arts classes. Recently Beck Center celebrated its 85th year as a professional theater, 70 years with a youth theater and 25 years providing creative art therapies to Northeast Ohio. The investments those make in Beck Center, including monetary, volunteer hours or efforts for personal creative fulfillment, help create a vital arts resource for everyone, Gallagher says. One of Gallagher’s favorite memories is the time he introduced the youthful star of one of Beck Center’s productions of Annie to a performer who appears in Beck’s annual production of Razzle Dazzle, featuring adults with disabilities. “They just proceeded to have a conversation that you might hear between any two actors about their experience acting on stage,” recalls Gallagher. “In that moment, there was no difference between them. They were just both actors who enjoy entertaining people. That kind of shared experience among everyone who comes to Beck is just transformational.” — Jill Sell


{ Resource DIRECTORY } Division of Vital Statistics 12805 Detroit Ave., 216-529-7690 Department of Human Resources 216-529-6611 Department of Human Services 216-529-6685 Division of Aging Kathleen & Robert Lawther Center 16024 Madison Ave., 216-521-1515 Senior Center East 12400 Madison Ave., 216-521-1515 Division of Youth 12900 Madison Ave., 216-529-6870 Division of Early Childhood 12400 Madison Ave., #102, 216-521-5018 Lakewood City Council Pictured: (L to R): Jason Shachner, John Litten, Sarah Kepple, Dan O’Malley, Tess Neff, Tristan Rader and Tom Bullock


akewood is located in Cuyahoga County, along the shores of Lake Erie. The city consists of 5.6 square miles, including 5 miles of Lake Erie shoreline. The city lies 5 miles west — about a 10-minute commute — from Cleveland’s Public Square, and is accessible from exits 164-166 on Interstate 90. Another main access route is Ohio State Route 2, the Shoreway, which runs along the lake. Lakewood is about 25 minutes from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport and 10


Area: 5.6 square miles Website: Population: 50.942 Male: 49.3% Female: 50.7% Median age: 34.5 years old Average household size: 2.02 persons Percentage of families with children under 18 years old: 22.5% Housing units: 28,498 Form of government: Mayor/Council

CITY OFFICIALS Lakewood has a mayor, four ward council representatives and three atlarge council representatives. These elected officials serve four-year terms. Lakewood also has a municipal court judge. Mayor Meghan F. George 216-529-6600




minutes from Burke Lakefront Airport. Rail service by Norfolk & Western is available to the industrial area along the southeast border of the city. Known as the “City of Homes,” Lakewood offers amenities of city living and the charm of a small town. There is diversity in housing, from modest single homes, many with comfortable front porches on tree-lined streets, to luxury “Gold Coast” condominiums. In addition, Lakewood contains more than 75 acres of city parks and playgrounds.

Council Council meets on the first and third Mondays of the month (recess in August) at 7:30 p.m. in the City Hall Auditorium, 12650 Detroit Ave. For more information, call 216-529-6055. Ward 1 Tess Neff 216- 529-6055 Ward 2 Jason Shachner 216-529-6055 Ward 3 John Litten, vice president 216-302-8333 Ward 4 Dan O’Malley, president 440-552-7234 At-large Tom Bullock 216-395-7593 Sarah Kepple 216-200-5050

Tristan Rader 440-315-2852 Lakewood Municipal Court Judge Patrick Carroll 216-529-6700

CITY DEPARTMENTS Lakewood City Hall 12650 Detroit Ave., 216-521-7580 Animal Control & Shelter 1299 Metropark Drive, 216-529-5020 Community Relations Office 216-529-6650 Department of Finance 216-529-6090 Division of Municipal Income Tax 12805 Detroit Ave., 216-529-6620

Department of Planning and Development 216-529-6630 Division of Community Development 216-529-4663 Department of Public Works 216-529-6805 Division of Engineering and Construction 216-529-6805 Division of Parks and Public Property 216-529-6815 Foster Pool Lakewood Park 14532 Lake Ave., 216-227-5800 Becks Pool 13029 Madison Ave., 216-227-5500 Division of Refuse & Recycling 12920 Berea Road, 216-252-4322 Division of Water and Wastewater Collection 12805 Detroit Ave., 216-529-6820 Water Service Problems: 216-529-6820 (8 a.m. - 5 p.m.) Sewer Service Problems: 216-529-5941 (7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.) or 216-529-6820 (8 a.m. - 5 p.m.) After-business hours, weekends, holidays: Lakewood Police Dispatch 216-521-6773 Division of Building and Housing 216-529-6270 Fire Department 911 and 216-521-1234 (Emergency) Station 1: 14601 Madison Ave., 216-529-6661 Station 2: 18124 Detroit Ave., 216-529-6662 Station 3: 12567 Clifton Blvd., 216-529-6663 Law Department 216-529-6030

Police Department 911 and 216-521-1234 (Emergency) Crime Prevention, 216-529-6780 Detective Bureau, 216-529-6760 D.A.R.E., 216-529-6780 Jail, 216-529-6758 Juvenile Bureau, 216-529-6775 Police Records, 216-529-6785 (Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) Wastewater Treatment Facility 1699 Metropark Drive, 216-529-5690

LAKEWOOD MUNICIPAL COURT The Court serves the City of Lakewood, portions of Cleveland Metroparks, U.S. Interstate 90 and adjacent Lake Erie waters to the Canadian border. The presiding judge is Judge Patrick Carroll. Hours: Monday through Friday, 8: a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Phone: 216-529-6700 Website:


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Lakewood City Schools 13701 Lake Ave., 216-529-4000 Lakewood High School 14100 Franklin Blvd., 216-529-4028 Franklin School of Opportunity 13465 Franklin Blvd., 216-529-4037 Garfield Middle School 13114 Detroit Ave., 216-529-4241 Harding Middle School 16601 Madison Ave., 216-529-4261 Emerson Elementary 13439 Clifton Blvd., 216-529-4254 Grant Elementary 1470 Victoria Ave., 216-529-4217 Harrison Elementary 2080 Quail St., 216-529-4230

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Lincoln Elementary 15615 Clifton Blvd., 216-529-4232

Board of Elections 216-443-3200

Roosevelt Elementary 14237 Athens Ave., 216-529-4224

Building Permits Building Department, 216-529-6270

West Shore Career-Technical District 14100 Franklin Blvd., 216-529-4163

PAROCHIAL SCHOOLS Lakewood Catholic Academy 14808 Lake Ave., 216-521-0559 Grades Pre-K-8 Lakewood Lutheran School 14560 Madison Ave., 216-221-6941 Grades Pre-K-8 Padre Pio Academy 12920 Madison Ave., 216-571-0174 St. Edward High School 13500 Detroit Ave., 216-221-3777, Boys/Grades 9-12


University of Akron Lakewood 13701 Lake Ave., 216-221-1141 The North Coast College 11724 Detroit Ave., 216-221-8584

EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT/ HEALTH CLINICS Cleveland Clinic Lakewood Family Health Center (Emergency Room) 14601 Detroit Ave., 216-237-5500 Lakewood Urgent Care 11716 Detroit Ave., 216-712-7818 Neighborhood Family Practice 16110 Detroit Ave., 216-228-7878

UTILITIES AT&T 800-288-2020 Cox Communications 866-456-9944 Dominion East Ohio Gas 800-362-7557 FirstEnergy 800-589-3101 Lakewood Water Department 216-529-6820

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City Hall 216-521-7580 Cuyahoga County Board of Health 216-201-2001 Electrical Permits/Inspections Building Department, 216-529-6270 Fences Building Department, 216-529-6270 Garage Permits Building Department, 216-529-6270 Housing Inspection Building Department, 216-529-6278 HVAC Permits/Inspection Building Department, 216-529-6270 Lakewood Chamber of Commerce 216-226-2900 Leaf Collection Division of Streets & Forestry, 216-529-6810 License Bureau 216-941-8008 Licensed Contractors Building Department, 216-529-6270 Neighborhood Family Practice 216-228-7878 Plumbing Permits/Inspection Building Department, 216-529-6270 Post Office 216-226-1415 Property Tax Assessment Cuyahoga County Auditor, 216-443-7100 Prosecutor Law Department, 216-529-6030 Recreation Community Recreation & Education Department, 216-529-4081 Remodeling Permits Building Department, 216-529-6270 Street Signs & Traffic Signals 216-529-6810 Unsanitary Conditions Cuyahoga County Board of Health, 216-201-2001 Water Main Breaks Water Department, 216-529-6820 Zoning & Variances Planning Department, 216-529-6630

PLACES OF WORSHIP BAPTIST Lakewood Baptist Church 14321 Detroit Ave., 216-221-4005

North Coast Baptist Church 2051 Quail St., 216-402-1095 CATHOLIC St. Clement Catholic Church 14501 Madison Ave., 216-226-5116 St. James Catholic Church 17514 Detroit Ave., 216-712-6755 The Church of St. Luke the Evangelist 1212 Bunts Road, 216-521-0184 Transfiguration Parish 12608 Madison Ave., 216-521-7288

Lakewood United Methodist Church 15700 Detroit Ave., 216-226-8644

EPISCOPAL Church of the Ascension 13216 Detroit Ave., 216-521-8727 St. Peter’s 18001 Detroit Ave., 216-226-1772


FOURSQUARE GracePoint Church 2150 Warren Road, 216-221-1245 LUTHERAN Faith Lutheran Church 16511 Hilliard Road, 216-226-6500 Gethsemane Lutheran Church 14560 Madison Ave., 216-521-0434 Grace Lutheran Church 13300 Madison Ave., 216-221-4959 Trinity Lutheran Church 1375 W. Clifton Blvd., 216-226-8087 United Latvian Evangelical Church 1385 Andrews Ave., 216-228-0396 ORTHODOX St. Nicholas Ukrainian Orthodox Pro-Cathedral 2101 Quail Ave., 216-226-5506 Sts. Peter & Paul Orthodox Church 12711 Madison Ave., 216-521-0923 PRESBYTERIAN Grace Presbyterian Church 1659 Rosewood Ave., 216-228-6060 Lakewood Presbyterian Church 14502 Detroit Ave., 216-226-0514 SEVENTH DAY ADVENTIST Lakewood Seventh-Day Adventist Church 1382 Arthur Ave., 216-221-9612 UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST Lakewood Congregational Church 1375 W. Clifton Road, 216-221-9555 UNITED METHODIST Calvary United Methodist Church 16305 Hilliard Road, 216-221-4324

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Barton Senior Center 14300 Detroit Ave., 216-221-4300 Beck Center for the Arts 17801 Detroit Ave., 216-521-2540 H2O (Help to Others) 12900 Madison Ave., 216-529-6045 LakewoodAlive 14650 Detroit Road, #LL40, 216-521-0655 Lakewood Chamber of Commerce 16017 Detroit Ave., 216-226-2900 Lakewood Charitable Assistance Corp. 216-532-5222 Lakewood Community Services Center 14230 Madison Ave., 216-226-6466 Lakewood Historical Society 13314 Detroit Ave. 216-221-7343 Lakewood Kiwanis Club, help@ Lakewood Public Library 15425 Detroit Ave., 216-226-8275; 13229 Madison Ave., 216-228-7428 Lakewood Ranger Education Foundation 14100 Franklin Blvd., 216-529-4033 Lakewood Women’s Club, YMCA 16915 Detroit Ave., 216-521-8400 lakewood


TIM DUNPHY Tim Dunphy was named Lakewood’s Fire Chief in October 2019. He is a lifelong Lakewood resident and a 26-year veteran of the Lakewood Fire Department. After graduating from Lakewood High School, Dunphy started his tenure in 1992 as a firefighter/paramedic and was appointed fire marshal in 2011. Dunphy oversees the Lakewood Fire Department in its mission to “protect and safeguard life and property from fire or hazardous conditions: to provide emergency medical treatment to those in need.” The department achieves its missions using a fire and medical rescue delivery system consisting of fire prevention, fire safety education, fire and medical rescue operations, and hazard abatement.

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KEVIN KAUCHECK Chief Kevin Kaucheck holds a bachelor of science degree from Michigan State University with a dual major in criminalistics and criminal justice. He began his law enforcement career with the Lakewood Police Department in December 1989 as a patrol officer. Chief Kaucheck worked as a field training officer during his seven-year tenure in the Patrol Division. He applied for and was assigned to the Investigative Division for the next 10 years of his career. Chief Kaucheck started his assignment in the Investigative Division as a plain clothes narcotics and vice detective and after four years in that position, he was assigned to the Detective Bureau. In 2007, Chief Kaucheck was promoted to Sergeant in the Patrol Division and in 2011 he was promoted to lieutenant in charge of the Narcotics and Vice Unit. In July 2020, he was promoted to Captain of the Patrol Division and in December 2020, he was promoted to his current position as chief of police.

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Joe’s Deli & Restaurant 11750 Madison Ave., 216-521-2477 KB Confections 13519 Detroit Ave., 216-227-2253 Kenilworth Tavern 18204 Detroit Ave., 216-226-6882 KFC Kentucky Fried Chicken 1560 W. 117th St., 216-228-5350 LaLa Custom Cake 15301 Madison Ave., 216-570-7943 La Plaza Supermarket 13609 Lakewood Heights Blvd., 216-476-8000 Lakewood AF 15201 Madison Ave., 440-857-0515 Lakewood Truck Park 16900 Detroit Ave., 216-712-4032 LBM 12301 Madison Ave., 216-712-4692 Little Caesar’s Pizza 13342 Madison Ave., 216-221-5757 Madison Take Out 13359 Maidson Ave., 216-712-4881 Mahall’s 20 Lanes 13200 Madison Ave., 216-521-3280 Malley’s Chocolates and Ice Cream Parlor 14822 Madison Ave., 216-529-6262 Marco’s Pizza 14871 Detroit Ave., 216-228-2200

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Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers 14115 Detroit Ave., 216-867-6606 Ranger Café @ West Shore 14100 Franklin Blvd., 216-529-4091 Richland Café 14027 Madison Ave., 216-521-6678 Rising Star Coffee Roasters 13368 Madison Ave., 216-903-6709 Riverwood Café 18500 Detroit Ave., 216-521-9999

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Vibe Lakewood 13417 Madison Ave., 216-242-6407

Italian Creations 16104 Hilliard Road, 216-226-2282

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Tomori’s Pizza 15621 Madison Ave., 216-712-6996

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Upper Crust Pizza 15320 Detroit Ave., 216-226-8888

Lakewood Civic Auditorium 1400 Franklin Blvd., 216-529-4081

Waterbury Bistro 13333 Madison Ave., 216-226-9772

Lakewood Dog Park 1699 Valley Parkway

West End Tavern 18514 Detroit Ave., 216-521-7684

Lakewood Park 14532 Lake Ave. Madison Park 13201 Madison Ave.

Winking Lizard Tavern 14018 Detroit Ave., 216-226-6693

The Sanctuary Museum 12905 Madison Ave., 216-712-7094

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