Lakewood Magazine 2022

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Magazine 2022 Many Communities. One Home. One Lakewood. Destination
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Setting the Stage | 3 IMMIGRANT SON; GINGHAM MARKET BY GATHERINGS KITCHEN; LAKEWOOD CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT; BECK CENTER FOR THE ARTS Mayor Meghan George Lakewood Chamber of Commerce CEO & President Lauren Small Lakewood Chamber of Commerce Chair of the Board Andrea Fisher 10 14 7
Learn about a public art project and what the new Cover Community Center and Studio West 117 offer the city. 10
Lakewood’s diversity is represented in the variety of restaurants throughout the city. Here are a handful you should try.
New businesses are opening up shop and bringing fun and diverse offerings to the community. 18
Lakewood High School celebrates its diversity and puts students first. 20
The Beck Center for the Arts is updating its facilities. 22 Resource Directory and Restaurant Guide Magazine { 2022} 20 18 ON THE COVER The Spectacular Vernacular public art projects decorate the city. Photo: Cody York FOR ADVERTISING INFORMATION, CALL 216-377-3693. contents


The Fabric of the City

Lakewood is an attractive place for many reasons — our access to nat ural beauty, our charming and historic homes, our high-quality schools and our many public parks and amenities. But one thing that sets Lake wood apart from many of our peers is the level of culture one can find within our his toric, walkable community. From longtime anchor institutions like the Beck Center to the remarkable array of small artists and di verse cultures represented in our small busi ness community to the many educational opportunities, community events and pub lic art installations you will see in our city, Lakewood is a thriving arts and culture hub.

This dynamic edition of Discover Lake wood Magazine does a fantastic job high lighting and celebrating some of the many unique arts and culture businesses, institu tions and individuals that help make Lake wood a thriving, vibrant city to live, work, visit and enjoy. The level of arts and culture

in our city is not surpris ing, as the people of Lake wood have a long history of supporting creative people and organizations.

The City of Lakewood knows that it is the artists, the entrepreneurs and the people of Lakewood who make all this vitality possible and is proud to play a part in supporting the arts in Lakewood. The City dedicates significant resources each year to its “Spectacular Vernacular” public art program, which creates opportu nities for collaboration between artists and property/business owners to create art de signed for the public on private properties. Last year, the City also established a formal Public Art Advisory Board to collaborate with City officials on public art policies and practices and help promote and spread the word about the City’s public art initiatives.

In August of this year, the City proudly supported efforts of the nonprofit Lakewood

Arts Festival, which held its 45th annual event in Downtown Lakewood. The Festival attracted thousands to see over 150 local artists display their creative work, and also awarded cash prizes to a number of these talented individuals. Over its history, the Arts Festival also has awarded over 70 college scholarships to local high school graduates seeking arts degrees.

As mayor, I want to extend my thanks to all those artists, small businesses, institu tions, teachers, volunteers and patrons who make Lakewood’s arts-and-culture scene such a rousing success. It is an important and inspiring part of our local identity.

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New Era

This year brings a change of leadership for the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce. Patty Ryan has retired as longtime CEO and president and has passed the torch to me. I am ex cited and feel privileged to be in this new role. I am looking forward to continuing to serve and advocate for the Lake wood business community.

This issue of Destination Lakewood Magazine celebrates Lakewood’s fantastic diversity in every aspect — people, faiths, culture, languages, places of business, cuisine, retail shops, organizations, architecture, art and ideas. Lakewood has a community fabric like no other.

When I look around at our community, I am inspired by the per severance and determination that is evident despite an ongoing global pandemic. Lakewood continues to experience economic development, growth and expansion. Lakewood bears witness to many business es continuing to adapt and become stronger throughout it all. There is much creativity and innovation, which should be celebrated. In the pag es of this issue of Destination Lakewood we see how our diversity and creativity has served the community well to forage ahead and emerge stronger together.

Our community receives many accolades as a warm, diverse, tolerant and welcoming place to live and visit. That community notoriety draws people from all over the region and the country to experience and ex plore all that Lakewood has to offer.

The Lakewood Chamber is proud to partner with the City of Lake wood and other community organizations such as LakewoodAlive, the Lakewood City Schools and so many others as we work together to pro mote Lakewood as the best place to live, work, do business and play.

As we move forward in this new chapter, I am counting on your con tinued support because the Chamber’s strength is in our membership. Through creating partnerships and working together, our small busi ness community will continue to grow and thrive.

Please remember to shop and dine local. So many of our businesses depend on our support and in turn give back to our community.


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That Stephanie Crossen relishes sunsets is no surprise. The illus trator and designer has created two public murals featuring sun sets for the City of Lakewood’s Spectacular Vernacular Public Art Program. This year, Crossen was again selected to cre ate a mural with a prominent sunset

“A lot of my work is about nature,’’ says Crossen, a 12-year Lakewood resident. “This is my third sunset mural. One is on The Doughnut Pantry building and the other on Aladdin’s (Eatery). I love water, swimming and interacting with our beautiful lake. And seeing sunsets from the Solstice Steps in Lakewood Park is my inspiration.”

Crossen’s newest mural graces an exterior wall of the building housing United Readers Service, a subscription magazine service. Her original design has been transformed into a vinyl wrap — “like a giant, industrialgrade wallpaper,” she says — to ensure longevity and ease of repair if needed.

Crossen is among eight to 10 artists chosen each year since 2019 through an open call to bring public art to the residents of Lakewood.

“With Spectacular Vernacular, we wanted to further refine and advance our public art program, beautify public spaces and incorporate the community of artists,” says Amanda Cramer, city planner for the City of Lakewood. “Public art has proven again and again to be really beneficial in many ways for both our physical and mental health.”

This year, eight pieces were selected. The City has a budget of $50,000 for the program, and each artist is awarded a grant up to $5,000. Selected property owners in the city are matched with chosen artists. Private-property owners are represented this year; the list includes commercial businesses such as Raw Esthetics Wellness and The Fieldhouse, associated with Studio West 117.

“We are really excited about the proposals that were submitted this year,” says Cramer. “We had so many wonderful proposals, it confirms how incredibly fortunate we are to have such a rich artist community. As the program grows we hoping to expand the types and mediums of art offered through the program ”

Crossen says she believes public art is vital because it brings art into people’s everyday lives.

“It’s so accessible,’’ she says. “And it takes away the notion that something isn’t art if it isn’t in a museum. Privileged people collect

and hoard art, and that’s good for them. But that’s not what art means to me. I want art to be for everyone — kids, adults, all humans. I want it to resonate with people. I want kids who are passionate about art to look at public art and say, ‘Wow, I could do that someday.’”

Crossen is grateful that Lakewood cel ebrates art and local artists. With the wide placement of public art around the city, she says everyone has the opportunity to enjoy it. She already is thinking ahead, hoping to participate in the 2023 Spectacular Ver nacular program.

“I am always open to new places and new spaces for my art,” says Crossen, a familiar face at the Lakewood Arts Festival for the past 10 years. “I’d work with anyone who would love to have a mural. But there is this gluten-free café in Lakewood where a mural would be good…” |

The Spectacular Vernacular project brings public art to city building walls.
“Public art has proven again and again to be really beneficial in many ways for both our physical and mental health.”
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Hot Spot

Awalker who makes eight trips around the new circular track that surrounds a large patio at the Cove Community Center will have logged one mile.

The walking track, as well as a bocce-ball court and landscaping, is part of the former Cove United Methodist Church’s new lease on life. The City of Lakewood purchased the 1.7-acre property in 2019 for approximately $900,000, completed an adaptive renovation for roughly $5 million and opened the doors to the community center in April 2022. The 18,000-square-foot building at 12525 Lake Ave. houses the city’s Human Services De partment, including the divisions of aging, youth and early childhood.

“Now everything is under one roof, and we will have the opportunity for intergen erational programming,” says Chad Berry, director of human services for the City of Lakewood. “We are already seeing the benefits of older adults connecting with younger folks and younger folks benefitting from the experience of older adults.”

Berry says the community center is a place that welcomes everyone, and that those who see the newly renovated space are in “awe over its beauty.” The mid-century modern building built in 1969 features its original brick and stone exterior and white steeple, a 56-foot-high vaulted ceiling, warm wooden architectural elements and secular stained-glass windows. Sustainable,

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It’s a whole other world on a rooftop patio. Trellis Rooftop Bar, the new tropical-inspired rooftop patio that is part of the Studio West 117 complex, is unique.

“It’s Lakewood’s first and only publicaccess rooftop patio,” says Daniel Budish, co-developer along with Betsy Figgie of Stu dio West 117, a multi-use complex focusing on the LGBTQ+ community. “It will be a true all-season experience with indoor and outdoor space. There will be gas fire pits and a centerpiece bar. We wanted a space that would attract the entire city of Lakewood and be a regional and national draw. It was important to us that the LGBTQ+ com munity has the rooftop patio in the area. We want LGBTQ+ kids to be the cool kids.”

The lofty patio is not the only feature of Studio West 117 that is attracting attention. Muze is a ground-floor gastropub with a

stage for drag performers. Eat Me Pizza provides wood-fired, oven-baked pizza to Muze and also has a street window for outside orders.

Last fall, a grand opening was held for the expansion of the complex’s Field House. That change includes 5,000 square feet of gymnasium floor that can be divided into three sports courts or used as one huge area. (Think volleyball, basketball, dodgeball, and what Budish describes as “the newest popu lar sport” in the country: pickleball.)

The space is also available for court rent als, track walking, fitness classes, Zumba, yoga and spinning classes (until those move into the facility’s dance studio). Partner ships with Special Olympics Ohio and Stonewall Sports create accessible physical activity opportunities. Budish said the space can accommodate “events, pageants, balls, dance parties, performances and weddings.”

Studio West 117’s courtyard recently added turf volleyball courts, new cornhole equip ment and a bouldering wall.

We’re really excited to share all this,” says Budish, whose complex also supports new and existing retail, entrepreneurial, entertainment, health care and housing opportunities. — JS | 9 KATELYN
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EaT around The world

Immigrant Son

In Lakewood’s mere but mighty five square miles, the world is at your taste buds with global culinary influences tucked in every pocket of the city. Within walking distance, you can travel to Bangkok and sample street food at Thai Thai. Or bike to Singapore and nosh on food featured from hawker centers at Dang Good Foods. Maybe take your scooter to Rome and sample Italian red wines and authentic European cuisine at Pepper’s. Perhaps make a pit stop in Hungary to enjoy some traditional langos with an ice-cold Kolsch brew at Immigrant Son. You just need to be hungry.

Thai Thai

You only need to travel down Madison Avenue to dive into a culinary experience bursting with flavorful Bangkok-inspired eats and drinks.

The journey begins as you enter the award-winning Thai Thai, a popular eatery with a chill vibe and hot reputation. Peren nially recognized for having the best Thai food in Cleveland, Thai Thai is owned by Kiwi Wongpeng, who knew there was an appetite for the intensely flavored Bangkok street food that truly represented the dishes enjoyed in her native country.

Think authentic street food from Thai land’s capital that you can wash down with

an original bubble tea. Since Thai Thai opened in 2016, Wongpeng has been high lighting the recipes cooked by her mother at the 50-seat spot run entirely by family, including her father and her brother, Santi.


“We had a restaurant in Cleveland before Thai Thai, but it seemed like everybody sold the same kind of Thai food for Americans — nothing spicy, nothing flavorful,” she says. “My mother and I work together every day, but she makes different food for me. She makes real spicy, real hot and the flavor is so pungent and strong. I was just thinking

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Lakewood restaurants let you taste a variety of flavors from around the globe.

maybe we should offer these kinds of food to people in Lakewood. That’s when the Bangkok street food came to be the idea.”

The most popular street dish is the Kra Praow, she says. The Cleveland favorite comes with your choice of meat, seafood or tofu that is combined with fresh basil, fresh chili and garlic and served with jasmine rice and fried egg. Other menu best-sellers are Tom Yum soup, especially popular in the fall and winter; Northeast Sausage, which is a peppery pork sausage stuffed with rice and lots of herbs such as lemongrass and ginger; Massaman Curry, which is a rich coconut curry that has potatoes, onions, carrots and

roasted peanuts; and the roasted duck noo dle soup that has bean sprouts, fresh cilan tro and roasted garlic.

From the heavily spiced Bangkok street menu, Wongpeng makes note of Larb, a northeastern-style minced chicken salad with chili, roasted rice powder, red onion, lime, lemongrass and cilantro.

Wongpeng and her family emigrated to the United States from Thailand in 2001 and made their way to Lakewood in 2005.

“We are really grateful to the Lakewood community,” says the 36-year-old mother of two. “This is home to me now. I’ve lived in Lakewood longer than I lived in Thailand.”

In late 2019, Thai Thai expanded to its current location on the south side of Madison, between Angelo’s Pizza and Taco Tonto’s.

They were about to open the bright, cozy new location and then COVID hit. Instead, they focused on takeout and only recently reopened their dine-in space.

“We really appreciate our customers be cause they’ve been supporting us, and they were very patient to wait for our dining room to open,” Wongpeng says. “But even though it was a tough time in those two years as soon as we open, I see all the same faces, and they love the new space.”

Dang gooD Foods

When Daniel Ang had a hankering for his favorite foods growing up in Singapore, he had two choices: Fly to Southeast Asia or cook it for himself. Fortunately for those with a global appetite in Northeast Ohio, he chose the latter.

Necessity being the mother of invention, Ang taught himself to cook the dishes clos est to his culinary heart.

“There is not any place that I ever lived in North America that served the kind of food that I want to eat,” he says. “The longer I lived here, my repertoire of dishes just grew. And when we have friends over, I would intro duce them to all these wonderful dishes and they’re like, ‘Where does this come from?’”

This creative and nourishing outlet for Ang grew into a passionate hobby that led to what is now Dang Good Foods on Madi son Avenue. This cozy eatery opened in De cember 2019 and now supports Ang and his family, which includes his “very Cleveland” wife Jessica — born at Marymount Hospital, he offers with a laugh — and two teenagers.

Ang, who has a degree in sociology and worked in corporate America most of his professional life, most recently with First Federal of Lakewood, says he chose to open his restaurant in Lakewood for several com pelling reasons.

“Lakewood was a place for us to put down roots and have our kids go to school here be cause we enjoyed the diversity and the openmindedness of the community,” says Ang of the family’s move 11 years ago. “One of the reasons we moved to this area was because

there was a sizable Asia town here and cost of living was a lot better than in places like San Fran cisco and the New York area, or even Chicago. Plus, we had family in the area.”

Tucked between McGinty’s Pub and An gelo’s Pizza on Madison Avenue, and just a mile from his house, Ang has brought his dream to life, preparing dishes to which peo ple often are not exposed, even in big cities.

Weathering the pandemic with a robust take-out business and a lot of community support, Dang Good Foods’ dining area, which seats 20 with a couple of outside ta bles, is the best place to experience and en joy his unique fare, he says.

There are an assortment of regionally in spired dishes on Dang Good Foods’ menu. Think fried rice, noodles, stir fries, buns, rice wraps and soups.

“We start out basically by making sure that the ingredients have as much flavor as possible — most of our dishes includes gar lic and shallots,” he says. “Like our menu says, Singapore is the fried-rice paradise, and we pride ourselves on our fried rice.”

Mee Goreng is another must-try dish, Ang says. This combo of stir-fried egg noo dles with shrimp and chicken emulates the version found in eateries and hawker cen

Other recommendations from his eclec raised pork belly buns with shiitake mushroom and sliced cucumber. ake appetizer, which is a com mon breakfast in Singapore, is made from

steamed daikon and pan-fried with eggs. Don’t miss the traditional Rice Wraps, ei ther. The Salmon Onigiri is a traditional lunch that a mom would make her kids or a wife would make her husband in Japanese culture. This wrap is a seasoned rice ball with salmon-mix filling.

Spam, ubiquitous in East Asia because of the influence from the GIs who stayed after World War II to rebuild, is featured in one of Ang’s favorite rice wraps he discovered while in Hawaii.

“I first tried Spam Musubi in a little shop in Hawaii by this family with Japanese roots,” says Ang, who combines fried slices of Spam glazed with house teriyaki sauce, sandwiched with premium sushi-grade rice and wrapped in seaweed. “It was actu ally voted ‘The best thing I ate in Cleveland 2020’ by Scene Magazine.” |

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Italian fare has been served at the corner of Cove and Detroit avenues for nearly three decades, but the recipe for its success trans formed about three years ago when a new owner took over the mom-and-pop eatery.

Enter chef-owner Joe Pinzone, a Lakewood grad with family roots in Little Italy. Since be ing at the helm of Pepper’s, Pinzone has en hanced the cuisine and revamped the quaint space, closing the doors March 2020 and reopening in January 2021. He continues to manage the day-to-day as the operating chef, next to new executive chef Sergio Porcelli.

“When I was growing up, this location was called The Nest. It was a little diner that my mom and I would visit to have lunch. Fast forward 30 years, I have a catering company, and this place came up for sale,” says Pinzone, who graduated from culi nary school after serving in the Marines. “I knew Pepper’s had a great reputation, and I wanted to build on that brand so we bought it and then COVID happened. We shut down and rebuilt everything from the ground up.”

Pinzone and his brother added a Tus can farmhouse style 30-seat wine bar with exposed stone and wood beams. The pair

even hand poured the concrete for the bar top. The dining room is sleek and modern with grays, black and red accents. Strings of exterior carriage lights invite guests into the welcoming space.

“We sell out of our lasagnas like crazy. It just seems like we can never make enough,” says Pinzone, who grew up cooking with his mom and grandmother, plucking things out of the garden. “They are giant, four-inch tall, one-pound blocks of smothered goodness.”

He recommends the provolone sticks appetizer. The provolone is hand cut, battered and breaded and then served with its house pomo doro sauce, which is the house marinara sauce with a touch of cream, white wine and herbs.

While chicken parmesan pays the bills, Pinzone says his Fruitt di Mare is essentially a trip to the Italian coastline on a plate. “It’s shrimp, clams, mussels and calamari tossed in a white wine tomato sauce served over fettucine,” he says.

Marsalas — veal or chicken — are also best sellers, along with starters like fried Brussels sprouts and calamari.

“It’s the simple, familiar comfort food that people come in for, even spaghetti and meatballs,” he says. “Our meatball recipe is something I grew up making. From the time

I could stand, I was rolling meatballs with my mom on Saturday mornings.”

As far as desserts, tiramisu never disap points. Most desserts are made in house or sourced directly from Italy.

To complement all the rich fare, Pepper’s offers an extensive array of reasonably priced Italian reds that hit all ends of the spectrum.

“We’ve been very blessed with great loyal people, and the place is packed from six to eight,” Pinzone says. “If you want to enjoy good food and a nice level of service without getting gouged financially.”

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After real panic set in when Andrew Revy closed the doors of his family’s Con stantino’s Market on Sloane Avenue, he realized the space was the perfect location for Lakewood’s first and only true brewpub.

And that’s eventually what it became, albeit 19 months longer than originally planned because of a global pandemic. Im migrant Son, as it is aptly named, opened its doors in October 2021 and has earned award after award for its first-year brews.

“We just won our fourth major award for our beers, and it’s a testament to our brewer and it’s a testament to the quality of our beers,” says Revy. “The goal was to brew ex cellent beer and have elevated, chef-inspired brewpub fare — a globally inspired menu with accessible items as well to make sure that there’s a little bit for everyone there.”

Immigrant Son has a 10-barrel system and features 20 taps with 15 to 18 of its own brews on tap. It also has a cider that’s brought in, and a cold-brew coffee on tap.

“We strive for consistency and quality, both in the beer and the food,” he says. “I think that’s one of the reasons people have embraced us and love us: because our food is fantastic. It’s approachable and it’s great.”

Revy points first to langos, a Hungarian fried bread that is not only delicious but a bestseller. “I love a great brewery pretzel and beer cheese, but I wanted to do some thing a little different,” he says.

Served in a few versions, traditional lan gos comes with garlic butter and garnished with Maldon salt. You also enjoy it loaded with sour cream and fresh cheese curds or wrapped around a Wagyu hot dog. It also serves as the “bun” for a Hungarian Burger.

“We make everything from scratch, and every day we’re making our fresh batch of handmade spaetzle and our fantastic chicken paprikash sauce for our signature dish,” he says, adding that another great dish is the grilled octopus he created as a nod to his wife’s Greek heritage. It has fen nel, chorizo, olives and a Romesco sauce. “It’s just another dish that exemplifies the global influence on our menu.”

As a first-generation child of immigrants, Revy says the name of his establishment is meaningful on several levels: “I was born here, but both my parents emigrated from

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Hungary. My dad left two weeks before the revolution in 1956. He was in the Army, and he ended up escaping, crossing the border and making his way to the U.S. Then even tually he went back in a period of amnesty and met my mom, and they got married. She came here a few years later. So immigra tion as a whole is very important to me.”

The melding of all the cultures inspires Revy. “The main thing that people bring with their culture is food and their drink. My hope for Immigrant Son is for it to be a great com munity space — a communal place to come together, enjoy a meal, enjoy a great beer, enjoy friends and family.”

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CouCou Sentiment

Danielle Zann’s CouCou Sen timent on Detroit Avenue is the gift shop she always dreamed of having, and the one she always needed when she tried to man age work and social life.

“I’ve always been that person who has had some corporate job where I’m running around like crazy and always forgetting that I need to go to some party or somebody’s birthday,” Zann says. “I’ve never really found a place that had everything — cards, gifts and party supplies.”

Zann, 40, whose background is in hospitality management, would regularly find herself doing last-minute, panicked shopping looking for something unique and different. She cre ated CouCou Sentiment with that one-stop vision in mind, and gave it a fun French name. Coucou means hello or hey.

“In early 2021 I decided I was going to take the time to do things that I always wanted to do,” says Zann, who lives in Lakewood with her husband,

New, independent businessessee Lakewood as the ideal place to set up shop.

Whoever says, “It’s not personal, it’s just business,” never has met the passion-driven, inspired entrepreneurs ushering in Lakewood’s new era of businesses. These entrepreneurs want storefronts to be places to build community and connection.

It’s the purposeful thread that connects an unlikely collection, which includes a comic book and game store; a gourmet foods market; an eclectic gift shop; and a creative-content studio. These owners see something special in Lakewood and are hoping to find success in a city that is known for supporting small, independent businesses.

Adam. “It was now or never. I secured a lease on Detroit, and we opened in June 2021.”

She knew Lakewood’s eccen tric vibe would be the perfect fit for her gift shop. While foot traffic and sales have been rela tively steady, there have been peaks and valleys, as one would expect during the pandemic.

“The business community has been extremely supportive and the people who live in the neighborhood have been amaz ing,” she says. “I haven’t had a negative experience.”

A great selection of greeting cards seems to be the “biggest standout” for the cozy store front. “I do have some tradi tional items, but typically the cards are a little bit funny, a little sassy, and say some things that you wouldn’t find at a drugstore,” she says.

A collection of all kinds of themed coffee-and-tea mugs is popular, too; among the say ings: “I’m just here to establish my alibi.” Zann also sells pil

lows, handmade jewelry from Cleveland makers and beyond, gifts for the mom-to-be, teach ers, brides-to-be, stationery, games and puzzles, books for adults and kids, bath and body items, pet items and even some apparel. The store offers curat ed gift boxes online that range from $30-50 and are designed with themes such as “Better Things Are Coming” and “Wish You Were Here” that sport a Cleveland mug and tea towel.

“Everything that I get giftwise or card-wise is inspired by someone I know,” she says.

“The goal is to have a meaning ful interaction, and that’s really what CouCou Sentiment is.”

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Gingham Market By Gatherings Kitchen

Gatherings Kitchen chefowner Ruth Kostadinov, after more than a dozen years of of fering cooking classes and a unique Supper Club experience in her inviting educational and dining space, has found a way to expand her passion for food and community.

Gingham Market by Gather ings Kitchen is a gourmet pre pared-foods market that opened its doors next door in July. Ging ham Market offers high-quality, chef-driven daily lunch specials, baked goods, cheese and char cuterie boards, artisan pantry goods, wine and beer, fresh pro duce, freezer-ready staples and Gingham to Go suppers.

In March 2020, the company was challenged to think cre atively and to address swiftly the changing needs of customers in an uncertain time.

“Gatherings Kitchen was a very successful and busy catering company, pre-pandemic,” says Katrina Homer, director of oper ations. “When the pandemic hit, we had to immediately pivot as events were canceled. We started doing Suppers for Two because many clients really wanted to feed their families in their homes and loved Ruth’s food through the special events and the Supper Club cooking classes.”

Kostadinov realized there was a high demand for her foods to go, and it inspired her to build the market in the space next door to her commercial kitchen.

“The response in the com munity has been overwhelm ing in the best way possible,’’ Homer says. “We knew the community needed something like this. But we really did not know that the response was go ing to be so great.”

All Gingham Grab and Go items — its lineup of daily offer ings is posted on Instagram — are available for walk-in Tues day through Saturday, but the Gingham To Go prepared meals need to be ordered in advance.

“On a daily basis, we’re mak ing somewhere between 75 to 100 sandwiches,” says Lloyd Foust, head chef, adding that

they rotate between varieties featuring turkey, ham, roast beef and grilled chicken.

Foust says he has been sur prised by the robust lunch busi ness, noting that a lot of the neighboring businesses come in for lunch on almost a daily basis.

“We have a lot of healthy op tions for people,” he says. “We always have one vegetarian sandwich option.”

Sides include cole slaw, fresh fruit, potato salad, macaroni salad and seasonal items.

“We also have a good selec

Superscript Comics And Games

tion of baked goods, freshly baked cookies every morning, freshly baked scones, quick breads, brownies,” Foust says.

The market stocks more than 100 locally sourced products.

“We have an extensive pantry section featuring all kinds of lo cal brands made right here in Northeast Ohio,” Homer says. “We also have some other fun domestic and import products that we feel really complement our food and are the kind of chef quality that we are looking for with our food.”

The trio of husband-andwife Elliot and Christine Frank and close friend Nick Kratsas harnessed its superpowers and passions for gaming to open Superscript Comics and Games during the pandemic.

Perhaps it’s a nod to wellhoned skills of role playing that enabled the Superscript team to navigate the uncharted waters so calmly. The Franks

and Kratsas had been plan ning to open the comic store since 2018. Throughout 2019, they met every week and made steps toward completing the business plan and projecting the financials. At the end of 2019, they found a location on Madison Avenue across from BottleHouse Brewery and planned to open in May 2020. That didn’t happen. | 15 { BUSINESS FOR EVERYONE }

“By the end of February 2020, we had completely renovated the space,’’ Christine Frank says. “We had put in floors, painted the walls, then in March 2020 we realized May is not go ing to happen. But the train was moving so we ended up open ing in July of 2020.”

Having the business in Lake wood was a non-negotiable from inception. “One of our goals was to build a community and have it be a welcoming and inviting store,’’ she says. “We felt that Lakewood was the best location for that because it’s so walk able and it’s already that kind of community. That decision really paid dividends in the pandemic. We had such a great turnout from the Lakewood community wanting to support us. We love where we are on Madison be cause we have a good relation ship with our neighbors such as Cleveland Curiosities.”

Superscript sells comics, graphic novels, miniatures

games, board games and col lectible card games. It has a ro bust group of different commu nities that participate in various events. Superscript hosts Magic The Gathering tournaments twice a week in the shop. Every Thursday, it hosts an open min iatures gaming night for people to play miniatures war games with its tables and terrain while staff helps moderate.

“We’re always open to pro viding table space for people

who want to play role-playing games in general,” Christine Frank says, adding that they were part of a Dungeons & Dragons group that started playing in 2013. “Although starting a store meant now we sell the stuff — we don’t have time to play it.”

Superscript has a store dis cord, linked from the website, where people can sign up for available seats in games and connect with the community.

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“Blessed is the servant who loves his brother as much when he is sick as when he is well and can be of service to him.”

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Plum Hill Creative Studio

Serial entrepreneur Ashley Rector, owner of Laura Alex andria Marketing, is the cre ative force behind Plum Hill Creative Studio, one of the newest businesses to open on Madison Avenue.

Hanging her branded shingle in June next to Goodkind Cof fee, Rector completely renovat ed the 1,200 square feet to carve out a workspace and creative studio where entrepreneurs, freelancers and agencies can shoot content for digital mar keting campaigns, social media and more.

Rector’s company special izes in social media market ing and works with businesses around the nation, especially startups. Rector realized there wasn’t a dedicated spot to cre ate content and foster a com munity of creatives.

“In New York and some of the other bigger metropolitan

areas, content studios are really popular,” she says.

Rector, 35, was an attorney for a publicly traded company in Columbus, Ohio, for sev eral years. During that time, she launched a side hustle titled Harness Magazine, a digital and print magazine that shared sto ries from women around the world. She had 6,000 writers and 25,000 followers on social media before social media was a thing.

“The idea is that you go into these content studios and you can shoot social media content or have photographers come in,’’ she says. “And that creative community connects and up lifts each other. I always loved Lakewood and I feel like the community there, especially the creative and entrepreneurial community, is so vibrant. It was the only city I wanted to be in.”

She has designed the space to be beautiful and airy and to of

fer flexibility with two custombuilt meeting offices, which can be divided with a curtain from one big meeting room for 12 to 15 or into groups of four to six on either side.

“This space was designed to be movable in a sense, so some one could come in and, depend ing on how they want to create, move a lot of the components,” says Rector.

For now, she says, the focus is on building the community.

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Cultural Curriculum

Lakewood High School celebrates its diversity by putting programming first.

Former Lakewood High School Principal Mark Walter can be forgiven for not always remember ing how to say, “Good morning,” at the beginning of a school day in all the native languages spoken by the students. At one point in Walter’s career as the school’s top administrator, pupils spoke a total of 36 languages and dialects. Walter acknowledges that Google Trans late was a big help.

Walter is now director of community and district activities for Lakewood City Schools. (Administrator Joy Morgan assumed the principal’s position Aug. 1.) The new post reflects a rare city government/school relationship. Walter thinks just two other school districts in Ohio have schools with jurisdiction over the municipal recreation offerings. The paradigm provides more coordination with academics, scholastic athletics and community programming, he says. It especially makes sense for Lakewood, a city with very diverse general and school populations. The approximately 1,300 Lakewood High School students repre sent countries from North America, Latin America, South America, Eastern Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

“It’s absolutely fabulous,’’ says Walter, Lakewood High Class of 1982. “Our kids bring so much to the culture of our schools, and we learn as much from them as they learn from us. I feel like it’s the United Nations. We have highly inclusive schools, and the kids get along really well with each other.”

That success does not happen by itself. It requires effort. Language hurdles can be difficult, particularly for some global students who did not study English in their native countries. But Walter says the high school’s extensive experience with im migrants and refugees means it “is pretty good at this point” at providing students with language barriers and their parents the help they need.

Being made to feel included, and to thrive, involves more than language skills. Lakewood High School, with its minority enrollment of 26 percent, features one of the broadest curricula in the state. Courses are geared toward preparing students for college, a career immediately after high school or the military. Some of the newest include Diversity in Literature, Black His tory Studies and Native American Studies.

Long known for its superior performing arts, Lakewood High School also attracts

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students from every culture to its choir, band and orchestra. (After all, didn’t someone once say that music is the only true universal language?) This past spring, band members performed music with Caribbean and Latin American themes.

“It was outstanding,” Walter says. “You heard music you don’t typically hear in a high school band concert. You were danc ing in your seat.”

Athletics are another important way to build participation and school commu nity. Lakewood High School recognizes more than just elite athletes. Last year, the school hosted a Special Olympics Unified Champions event and invited students from other districts to join.

“A typical student partnered with a special-needs student to compete in the events,’’ Walter says. “The student body came out to cheer the athletes, and we had cheerleaders and the band involved. It was a super-nice event.”

Walter also highlighted the Sparkle Squad, comprised of students with special needs who cheer alongside other cheer leaders. Clubs, including Girls Leadership Group and The LHS History Club (where students share their different cultures with each other), offer other ways to join the school community.

“Our students know that people with different religions, skin color or special needs are just people,” Walter says. “The fear of the unknown causes a lot of prob lems in a society. When our kids leave us, they know those differences — and similarities — are commonplace. It breaks down barriers for them if they see some one in a wheelchair or wearing a hijab.”

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Setting the Stage

Additional renovations make Beck Center for the Arts ready for applause.

Dancers don’t like to dance in corners,” says Lucinda “Cin dy” Einhouse, president and CEO of Beck Center for the Arts, a nonprofit perform ing arts and arts education organization.

Restrictive studio layouts and perfor mance areas were a problem for dance stu dents and professionals at Beck Center until recently. Major building changes and the demolition this summer of the complex’s Annex building have allowed dancers to backspin, fan-kick and perform arabesques with abandon. The removal of the Annex, which held the former creative arts offices, is part of Beck Center’s $6.7 million Raise the Roof fundraising campaign launched in 2020. Phase 3 of the campaign’s construc tion projects began Aug. 16 of this year.

“It was determined that the Annex build ing would have cost over $3 million to reno vate,’’ Einhouse says. “Even after a renova tion, the building would still have been such an odd shape. It’s a parallelogram.’’

Additional reasons justified the Annex’s removal, which happened only after Ein house and her staff and supporters checked for possible historic preservation conflicts.

“We determined if that building wasn’t there, then people would actually be able to see our front entrance, and we would have additional space for a pocket park,” Einhouse says. “We have a little park now, but this would give us additional space for the community. Removal of the building also allows us to soften the curve of the en tranceway, which has been such a dramatic angle. When school buses pulled up to let children off, no one else could get by.”

Einhouse sees a huge benefit of re-doing the front entrance, part of the complex built in the 1970s. Narrow doors and a small vestibule prohibited users with wheelchairs from using the front door. Those visitors, and performers and artists, needed to use the back door to get into the Center. An additional improvement is the installation of a marquee for the Senney Theater, one of several performance stages.

“We are really excited about that signage,” Einhouse says. “The production quality there is really quite good. But it was hard for people to find us if they didn’t already know where we were.”

Phase 1 renovations on the main building’s Fowler-Spellman Education

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Wing began in August 2020 and “were celebrated for completion” in March 2021. Phase 2 began in August 2021 and was completed in March 2022. The for mer Armory building (built in 1938) was renovated into the Music and Creative Arts Therapies Building.

Beck Center personnel and supporters are thinking ahead to Phase 4. Those plans include adding at least one more dance studio, raising the roof on the second floor and adding more restrooms.

“The longer it takes to raise the money, costs go up,” Einhouse says. “We are really trying to get everything wrapped up in time for May 16, 2023 — the 90th anniversary of the organization’s incor poration. We were incorporated on May 16, 1933, and the first season began the September of that year.”

Beck Center widely has become known not just for dance and theater, but for visual arts instruction (watercolors, draw ing, pottery, cartooning), music instruc tion (piano, guitar, strings, percussion) and visual art and creative art therapies.

The 2022-2023 professional theater sea son features seven productions, including: Elf the Musical, December 2 to December 30; Ghost the Musical, February 10 to February 26, 2023; Noises Off, March 24 to April 16, 2023; Doubt: A Parable, May 26 to June 25, 2023; and Once on This Island, July 7 to August 6, 2023.

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What we do: Lakewood City Council is your one-stop link to your local government. City Councilmembers are ambassadors for the City, liaisons to City Hall and experienced problem solvers who can help you navigate questions or concerns about neighborhood issues and city services.

Who we are: Lakewood City Council is comprised of seven Councilmembers. Three represent the city at-large and four represent each of the city’s wards. Councilmembers are elected in non-partisan elections and serve four-year terms.

Get involved: General Meetings of City Council are held the first and third Monday of every month at 7:30 p.m. in Council Chambers at Lakewood City Hall –12650 Detroit Ave. Committee meetings are held on Monday evenings as needed. All meetings are open to the public and livestreamed. Public comment is welcome at all meetings. Council also accepts written public comment, called eComment, in advance of public meetings.

Visit us online: Visit us online at www.lakewoodoh. gov/lakewood-city-council

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Area: 5.6 square miles


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


Lakewood City Hall

12650 Detroit Ave., 216-521-7580


Lakewood has a mayor, four ward council representatives and three atlarge council representatives. These elected officials serve four-year terms. Lakewood also has a munici pal court judge.

Mayor Meghan F. George 216-529-6600


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

Kyle G. Baker 216-529-6055

Ward 2

Jason Shachner 216-529-6055

Ward 3 John Litten, president 216-302-8333 Ward 4 Cindy Marx 216-529-6055


Tom Bullock 216-395-7593

Sarah Kepple, vice president 216-200-5050 Tristan Rader 440-315-2852

Lakewood Municipal Court Judge Tess Neff 216-529-6700

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

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 Cove Community Center 12525 Lake Ave., 216-521-1515

Senior Center East 12400 Madison Ave., 216-521-1515

Division of Youth 12525 Lake Ave., 216-529-6870

Division of Early Childhood 12525 Lake Ave., 216-521-5018 Department of Planning and Development 216-529-6630

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Standing (L to R): Ward 4 Councilmember Cindy Marx, Ward 2 Councilmember Jason Shachner, Ward 1 Councilmember Kyle Baker, At-Large Councilmember Tom Bullock, and At-Large Councilmember Tristan Rader Seated (L to R): Clerk of Council Maureen Bach, President & Ward 3 Councilmember John Litten, and Vice-President & At-Large Councilmember Sarah Kepple
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Division of Community Development 216-529-4663

Department of Public Works 216-529-6805

Division of Engineering and Construction 216-529-6692

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


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 Tess Neff

Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Phone: 216-529-6700 Website:


Lakewood Chamber of Commerce 16017 Detroit Ave., 216-226-2900, 216-226-1340 (fax)


Betsy Bergen Shaughnessy, president betsy.shaughnessy@ 216-521-0392

Michael J. Callahan, vice president michael.callahan@ 216-202-4082

Linda Beebe 440-331-0200

Nora Katzenberger nora.katzenberger@ 310-592-1970

Emma Petrie Barcelona emma.petriebarcelona@ 216-577-0892


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

Hayes Elementary 16401 Delaware Ave., 216-529-4228


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Horace Mann Elementary 1215 W. Clifton Blvd., 216-529-4257

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

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

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


Albert Einstein Academy of Ohio 14725 Detroit Ave., 440-471-4982


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


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 PracticeNorth Coast Community Health Center 11906 Madison Ave., 216-281-0872


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


Appliance Disposal Refuse & Recycling Division, 216-252-4322

Baseball/Soccer Leagues Community Recreation & Education Department, 216-529-4081

Better Business Bureau 216-241-7678

Bicycle License Police Department, 216-521-6773

Block Parties 216-529-6810

Board of Education 216-529-4000

Board of Elections 216-443-3200

Building Permits Building Department, 216-529-6270

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



Lakewood Baptist Church 14321 Detroit Ave., 216-221-4005

North Coast Baptist Church 2051 Quail St., 216-402-1095


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

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


St. Nicholas Ukrainian Orthodox Pro-Cathedral 2101 Quail Ave., 216-226-5506

Sts. Peter & Paul Orthodox Church 12711 Madison Ave., 216-521-0923


Grace Presbyterian Church 1659 Rosewood Ave., 216-228-6060

Lakewood Presbyterian Church 14502 Detroit Ave., 216-226-0514


Lakewood Seventh-Day Adventist Church 1382 Arthur Ave., 216-221-9612

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Lakewood Congregational Church 1375 W. Clifton Road, 216-221-9555


Calvary United Methodist Church 16305 Hilliard Road, 216-221-4324

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


Lakewood Vineyard Church 15300 Detroit Ave.,

Lakewood New Life Church 14224 Detroit Ave., 216-221-6174

Baha’is of Lakewood 800-228-6483


Barton Senior Center 14300 Detroit Ave., 216-221-4300

Beck Center for the Arts 17801 Detroit Ave., 216-521-2540

H2O (Help to Others) 12525 Lake Ave., 216-529-6045

Healthy Lakewood Foundation PO Box 770230, Lakewood, 216-206-6749

LakewoodAlive 14650 Detroit Ave., #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,

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



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Addicted Coffee & Ice Cream 13743 Madison Ave., 216-210-8563

Aladdin’s Eatery 14536 Detroit Ave., 216-521-4005

Angelo’s Pizza 13715 Madison Ave., 216-221-0440

Around the Corner 18616 Detroit Ave., 216-521-4413

Avenue Fine Pastries 18520 Detroit Ave., 216-221-4500

Bar Italia Lakewood 15625 Detroit Ave., 216-303-9699

Barrio 15527 Madison Ave., 216-226-7714

Barroco Grill 12906 Madison Ave., 216-856-9687

Blackbird Baking Co. 1391 Sloane Ave., 216-712-6599

Boom’s Pizza OPENING FALL 2022 14730 Detroit Ave., 216-465-1130

Borderline Café 18510 Detroit Ave., 216-529-1949

Breadsmith of Lakewood 18101 Detroit Ave., 216-529-8443

Brewella’s Coffee, Crepes & Collectibles 16806 Madison Ave., 216-712-4907

Brown Sugar Thai Cuisine 14725 Detroit Ave., #103 216-221-1015

Buckeye Beer Engine 15315 Madison Ave., 216-226-2337

Burger King 11790 Madison Ave., 216-228-3755

Caffeine 14701 Detroit Ave., 440-857-0320

Charleys Philly Steaks 14833 Detroit Ave., 440-857-0618

China Express 13621 Detroit Ave., 216-227-7890

China Garden 14867 Detroit Ave., 216-226-3434

Chipotle Mexican Grill 14881 Detroit Ave., 216-221-9100

Cilantro Taqueria 18260 Detroit Ave., 440-857-0024

Cleveland Vegan 17112 Detroit Ave., 216-832-7440

Coffee Pot 12415 Madison Ave., 216-226-6443

Cozumel Restaurante 16512 Detroit Ave., 216-228-1415

Dairy Queen 16803 Detroit Ave., 216-521-7763

Dang Good Foods 13735 Madison Ave., 216-785-9321

Dave’s Cosmic Subs 14813 Detroit Ave., 216-221-1117

Dave’s Hot Chicken 15012 Detroit Ave., 216-238-4999

Deagan’s Kitchen & Bar 14810 Detroit Ave., 216-767-5775

Despina’s Bakery 11823 Detroit Ave., 216-269-7272

Dewey’s Pizza 18516 Detroit Ave., 216-228-2299

Dianna’s Deli & Restaurant 1332 W. 117th St., 216-521-9393

Dinerbar on Clifton 11801 Clifton Blvd., 216-521-5003

Domino’s Pizza 14212 Detroit Ave., 216-221-0030


18100 Detroit Ave., 216-227-7200

Doughnut Pantry 14600 Madison Ave., 216-228-5533

Dunkin Donuts 1520 W. 117th St., 216-221-5500

17609 Detroit Ave., 216-221-8139

East End Bistro & Pub 11922 Madison Ave., 216-521-9740

Eat Me Pizza

OPENING FALL 2022 1384 Hird Ave.

Einstein Bros Bagels 14615 Detroit Ave., 216-227-1598

El Arepazo Latino 14725 Detroit Ave., 216-785-9912

El Carnicero 16918 Detroit Ave., 216-226-3415

El Tango Latin Mexican Grill 14224 Madison Ave., 216-226-9999

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Elmwood Home Bakery 15204 Madison Ave., 216-221-4338

Emerald Necklace Marina Cafe 1500 Scenic Park Drive, 216-226-3030

EuroGyro 13429 Madison Ave., 440-857-0200

Falafel Xpress 14877 Detroit Ave., 216-228-7377

Fear’s Confections 15208 Madison Ave., 216-481-0888

Ferris Shawarma 13507 Lakewood Heights Blvd., 216-252-3354

Forage Public House 14600 Detroit Ave., 216-226-2000

Frosty’s Ice Cream 13343 Madison Ave., 440-857-0842

Game On Lakewood 17103 Detroit Ave., 216-303-9700

Georgetown 18515 Detroit Ave., 216-221-3500

Georgio’s Oven Fresh Pizza 13804 Detroit Ave., 216-221-0066

Gingham Market by Gatherings Kitchen 17000 Madison Ave., 216-228-2285

Goodkind Coffee 15526 Madison Ave., 216-772-2414

Gray Dog Diner 13411 Detroit Ave., 216-228-8269

Griffin Cider House & Gin Bar 12401 Madison Ave., 216-767-5444

Hacienda Tapatia 1572 W. 117th St., 216-962-9893

Hako 13603 Madison Ave., 216-273-7110

Harlow’s Pizza 14319 Madison Ave., 216 -712-6502

Hola Taco 12102 Madison Ave., 216-801-4666

Harry Buffalo 18605 Detroit Ave., 216-221-1313

Humble Wine Bar 15400 Detroit Ave., 216-767-5775

Hungry Howie’s Pizza 16210 Detroit Ave., 216-521-7200

Immigrant Son Brewery 18120 Sloane Ave., 216-288-8516

India Garden 18405 Detroit Ave., 216-221-0676

Insomnia Cookies 18508 Detroit Ave., 877-632-6654

Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches 14725 Detroit Ave., 216-221-8740

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., 216-553-8619

La Plaza Supermarket 13609 Lakewood Heights Blvd., 216-476-8000

Lakewood Truck Park 16900 Detroit Ave., 216-712-4032

Lakewood Village Tavern 13437 Madison Ave., 216-521-0301

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

Mars Bar 15314 Madison Ave., 216-248-4500

Master Pizza 14701 Detroit Ave., 103, 216-243-5353

McDonald’s 16407 Detroit Ave., 216-226-7754

1430 W. 117th St., 216-521-9110 |

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Melt Bar & Grilled 14718 Detroit Ave., 216-226-3699

Merry Arts Pub & Grille 15607 Detroit Ave., 216-226-4080

Mid Town Booths Tavern 16934 Detroit Ave., 216-227-1000

Molto Bene Italian Eatery 18401 Detroit Ave., 216-273-7333

Mr. Hero 16204 Detroit Ave., 216-228-6489

1510 W. 117th St., 216-521-2299

Muze Gastropub

OPENING FALL 2022 1384 Hird Ave.

Nature’s Oasis 15613 Detroit Ave., 216-505-5333

New China King 16210 Madison Ave., 216-226-8000

Nunzio’s Pizzeria 17615 Detroit Ave., 216-228-2900

Oasis Bakery & Eatery 13615 Detroit Ave., 216-458-5803

Ohio City Burrito 14412 Detroit Ave., 216-712-4492

Oscar’s Pizza 18206 Detroit Ave., 216-712-4511

Panda Wok Asian Bistro & Sushi 1512 W. 117th St., 216-521-1200

Panera Bread 14701 Detroit Ave., 216-920-1030

Papa John’s Pizza 18400 Detroit Ave., 216-228-1944

Peking Restaurant 18198 Sloane Ave., 216-226-7800

Pepper’s Italian Restaurant 12401 Detroit Ave., 216-226-6191

Pier W 12700 Lake Ave., 216-228-2250

Pins & Needles 13200 Madison Ave.

Plank Road Tavern 16719 Detroit Ave., 216-221-5900

Propaganda Coffee 17806 Detroit Ave., 216-767-5811

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

Robusto and Briar 1388 Riverside Drive, 216-767-5338

Roman Fountain Pizza 15603 Detroit Ave., 216-221-6633

ROOD food & pie 17001 Madison Ave., 216-471-0241

Root Café 15012 Detroit Ave., 216-563-1115

Rush Inn 17800 Detroit Ave., 216-221-3224

Salt+ 17625 Detroit Ave., 216-221-4866

Sarita [a restaurant] 14523 Madison Ave., 216-226-5200

Sauced Taproom & Kitchen 14701-4 Detroit Ave., 216-303-9213

Shore Restarant 12009 Detroit Ave., 216-221-8711

Souper Market

14809 Detroit Ave., 216-712-7292

Southern Café 11817 Detroit Ave., 216-801-4535

Starbucks 15027 Detroit Ave., 216-221-6636

Subway 1628 W. 117th St., 216-226-8806

15317 Detroit Ave., 216-228-2227

16208 Madison Ave., 216-228-9300

Sweet Designs Chocolatier

16100 Detroit Ave., 216-226-4888

Szechwan Garden 13800 Detroit Ave., 216-226-1987

Taste of Europe

15512 Madison Ave., 216-521-9530

T.J.’s Butcher Block & Deli 14415 Detroit Ave., 216-521-3303

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Taco Bell 15500 Detroit Ave., 216-529-9454

Taco Tonto’s 13321 Madison Ave., 216-221-4479

Thai Kitchen 12210 Madison Ave., 216-226-4890

Thai Thai 13415 Madison Ave., 216-226-4890

The Blue Café 15715 Madison Ave., 216-273-7474

The BottleHouse Brewery 13368 Maison Ave., 216-926-0025

The Distillery 14221 Madison Ave., 216-505-5188

The Flying Rib 11926 Madison Ave., 216-521-0117

The Greek Village Grille 14019 Madison Ave., 216-228-4976

The Ohio Inn 11822 Detroit Ave., 216-226-6446

The Place To Be 1391 Warren Road, 216-226-8783

The Proper Pig Smokehouse 17100 Detroit Ave., 440-665-3768

The Red Rose Café 14810 Madison Ave., 216-228-7133

The Tea Lab 14534 Detroit Ave., 216-712-4410

The Vegan Doughnut Co. 14811 Detroit Ave., 216-712-4192

Tom’s Deli 12900 Lake Ave., #6 216-226-3390

Tommy’s Pastries 14205 Madison Ave., 216-521-4778

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

TOST Sandwich Café 13427 Madison Ave., 216-801-4243

Trellis Rooftop Bar OPENING FALL 2022 1384 Hird Ave.

Two Bucks 15609 Madison Ave., 216-505-5599

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

Vintage India 14423 Madison Ave., 440-857-0639

Voodoo Tuna 15326 Detroit Ave., 216-302-8862

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

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

Woodstock BBQ 13362 Madison Ave., 216-226-8828

Caterers/Banquet Facilities

Brennan’s Catering & Banquet Center 13000 Triskett Road, 216-251-2131

Feed Me 13611 Detroit Ave., 216-228-7301

Gatherings Kitchen 17004 Madison Ave., 216-228-2285

Italian Creations 16104 Hilliard Road, 216-226-2282

Vosh 1414 Riverside Drive, 216-767-5202

Special Attractions

Cove Community Center 12525 Lake Ave., 216-529-5062

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

Lakewood Dog Park 1699 Valley Parkway

Lakewood Park 14532 Lake Ave.

Madison Park 13201 Madison Ave.

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

Neighborhood Parks

Serpentini Arena at Winterhurst 14740 Lakewood Heights Blvd., 216-529-4400

Studio West 117 1384 Hird Ave.,

Templar Motors 13000 Athens Ave.,

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TASTE of Lakewood

The annual Taste of Lakewood, presented by the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce and Cleveland Magazine, was held on June 12 at Madison Park. The event celebrates Lakewood’s reputation as a great food and dining destination. It features the city’s eclectic mix of regionally known restaurants and food purveyors along with live music onstage. A portion of the event’s proceeds benefit the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Fund, which rewards and assists four college-bound high school seniors from St. Edward and Lakewood high schools.

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Bank Local

As a mutual bank, First Federal Lakewood is putting our community at the center of everything we do. From providing loans for local residents to reinvesting the funds you deposit locally to supporting our communities small businesses, we know what it means to be a good neighbor.

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14806 Detroit Ave. Lakewood, OH 44107

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