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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

March 23, 2011


LakewoodAlive Launches New Downtown Lakewood Website

Lakewood, OH - LakewoodAlive is pleased to announce the launch of its new website,, designed to facilitate the visitor experience in the district. The new site features dining, shopping and parking tabs in recognition of the district’s increasing appeal as a destination. Event information for activities such as the Front Porch Concert Series and Spooky Pooch Parade can also be easily accessed.

“Our merchant community identified the need for an upgraded site and a volunteer from the Downtown Lakewood Business Alliance took the charge. Judith Towner contacted our LakewoodAlive volunteer webmaster, Mark Dubis, from the Dubis Group, and they went to work. The result is a playful, energetic site that reflects the resurgence of Lakewood’s downtown district, “ reports Mary Anne Crampton, LakewoodAlive’s executive director. includes information about the new signage plan for the district and other activity related to LakewoodAlive’s Main Street™ program and business alliance interests.

LakewoodAlive is a 501-(c)(3) nonprofit economic development organization that facilitates economic growth and stability in the city of Lakewood, Ohio. Downtown Lakewood is the National Main Street™ program of LakewoodAlive dedicated to revitalizing our historic business district. For more information go to


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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

LakewoodAlive Receives National Accreditation

Media Contact:
Jeff Siegler
Heritage Ohio
Director of Revitalization

T: 614.258.6200
F: 614.258.6400

Columbus OH – Heritage Ohio is proud to announce the 2011 certification of Lakewood as a National Main Street Community. A member of the Main Street program since 2006, Lakewood continues to work towards revitalizing the historic downtown district.

“We are very pleased to announce that Lakewood has been recognized as a Nationally Accredited Main Street Community for 2011,” said Jeff Siegler, Director of Revitalization for Heritage Ohio. “This designation is a testament to the hard work and commitment of the Lakewood Alive Board of Directors, staff and volunteers. Being recognized as a National Main Street Community signifies that Lakewood Alive is proficient in the ten criteria as set by the National Main Street Center. Meeting these criteria is a strong indicator of an organizations ability to successfully revitalize downtown and maintain a healthy and sustainable district.”

In 2010, $135,174,342 was invested across 34 Main Street Districts, of which Lakewood was one. For each dollar that went into the local budget, communities saw over $35 in improvements such as renovations, new construction, and façade improvements.

Heritage Ohio helps people to: save the places that matter, build community, and live better. Heritage Ohio is the leading statewide, not-for-profit preservation organization, dedicated to encouraging and assisting people and organizations to protect and preserve Ohio’s heritage and cultural resources. Formed in 2000, Heritage Ohio has more than 500 members ranging from individuals and households to organizations and local governments. Since 1998, Heritage Ohio has contracted with the National Trust for Historic Preservation as Ohio’s state coordinating agency for the Main Street Program™. Learn more at


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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Vision 21 - Adds to Downtown Service Offerings

February 10, 2011
Contact: Dave Clements 216.712.4244
Partnership Expands Services at New Entrepreneur Center

LAKEWOOD- Vision 21, a new full service office facility in downtown Lakewood, announces a new partnership that creates ready access to public relations services for entrepreneurs and new start up businesses. Vision 21 has partnered with Jennifer Cooper PR & Promotion to offer professional PR services on an hourly contract basis through the Vision 21 website’s “Launch & Grow” service menu.

Jennifer Cooper PR & Promotion, which specializes in small business, will provide public relations planning, press release writing, distribution and follow up for regional and national media releases. The services are flexible and geared to start up businesses and new product launches.

Vision 21 President Dave Clements stated “We are excited to add this service offer for entrepreneurs. Jennifer Cooper’s expertise in this area is a tremendous benefit for the success of small businesses and the partnership matches our mission to assist entrepreneurs in success”. The services can be accessed at or by calling 216-712-4244.

Vision 21 business center, founded by Dave Clements and Diane Helbig of Seize This Day Coaching, opened at 1495 Warren Road in downtown Lakewood last month and has already signed new clients representing a broad cross section of industries. The company’s 2500 square foot office space features several private or cubical-style offices for daily and monthly rent, a fully-equipped conference room available by the hour, contract administrative, marketing and now PR support, an identifiable business address and access to other nearby resources.

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Friday, January 7, 2011

Vision 21 - Entrepreneur Development & Resource Center to Open in Downtown Lakewood

LAKEWOOD, Ohio, Jan. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Lakewood, Ohio entrepreneurs will now have access to a new business center for collaboration, business growth and professional office resources.

Vision 21, a new virtual and shared office facility created for Lakewood and Northeast Ohio entrepreneurs will hold a Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony provided by the Lakewood Ohio Chamber of Commerce, on Tuesday, January 25, 2011 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. Vision 21 is located at 1495 Warren Road, just off Detroit Avenue in downtown Lakewood. The celebration will include an open tour of the facility and resources, meet and greet, and refreshments.

The mission of Vision 21 is to "provide aspiring entrepreneurs a space to successfully launch and grow their business enterprise with access to business tools and support needed". The company's 2500 square foot office space features several private or cubical-style offices for daily and monthly rent, a fully-equipped conference room available by the hour, contract administrative and marketing support, an identifiable business address and access to other nearby resources. Tenants and virtual tenants can also benefit from networking opportunities, workshops, and collaborative activities.

The venture stems from a growing need in the Cleveland area for entrepreneurs to take the next step from home-based businesses to professional office and meeting space and support without incurring costly fixed expenses.

"We are excited to offer these resources," stated Dave Clements, President of Vision 21. Nurturing small businesses is one of the most effective ways we can ensure positive economic growth for our region and Vision 21 makes these tools very accessible."

Clements, a small business adviser, works with emerging businesses and organizations in the area of human resources, growth, funding and marketing in the Cleveland area and across the country.

Partner and Lakewood resident Diane Helbig, owner of Seize This Day Coaching is an internationally recognized business and leadership development coach, author, and speaker. A Certified Professional Business Coach, Diane assists businesses and organizations to operate more constructively and profitably.

"Small business owners and entrepreneurs in the area are clear about the resources they need to grow their businesses. Vision 21 is our answer to those needs – a place to conduct business outside of the home while offering realistic pricing structures for entrepreneurs," said Helbig.

For information, call Vision 21 at 216-333-8055 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 216-333-8055 end_of_the_skype_highlighting or visit

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Spooky Pooch - Volunteers Needed!

On October 16, 2010 LakewoodAlive will once again be hosting the 3rd Annual Spooky Pooch Parade in Downtown Lakewood. Last year over 200 dogs and 500 owners from around the region participated in the parade and over 2,000 parade viewers lined the street.

If you missed it, you missed a fun event that had all who attended smiling and giggling. We hope to have double the attendance this year. So, as you can imagine we will need and welcome the help of many volunteers for the “Day of” this fun community event. We will need help with the following:

* Check in and Registration tables
* Photographing attendees after they register (we will upload the pictures to our website/facebook for viewing by attendees)
* Help with lining the attendees up for the parade
* Help with guiding the attendees through the parade route and turn around.
* Help with the coordinating winners through the parade awards ceremony, raffle drawing and coloring contest awards.
* Selling Raffle Tickets
* Truck to pick up and return tables from local church/school.

* Help with distributing flier/posters for the event around Lakewood and the west side of Cleveland. THIS HELP IS NEEDED IMMEDIATELY over the next two weeks.

Vendors will begin setting up at 11:30 a.m. and the event will begin at 12:30 with registration and check in; the parade will line up at 1:45 and step off at 2:00 p.m. and conclude with the awards ceremony at 3:00 p.m. (until about 3:30 p.m.)

If you have a couple hours to help out please contact me with your availability and if you have a specific task you are interested in performing.

I look forward to hearing from you. Please feel free to pass this on to your friends or neighbors that might be interested in helping out as well. The website for additional information is:

Thank you for considering,


Shannon C. Strachan
Marketing & Development Director

Downtown Lakewood
14701 Detroit Avenue, #LL10
Lakewood, OH 44107

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Friday, September 17, 2010

Spooky Pooch - News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 20, 2010


LAKEWOOD, OH – Join the fun on Saturday, Oct. 16 from 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. as Downtown Lakewood presents the Spooky Pooch Parade, an event that has become the newest Halloween tradition for Northeast Ohio dog lovers and their families.

Dogs of all shapes and sizes dressed in their finest Halloween fashions will strut their stuff in the heart of Lakewood’s business district on Detroit Avenue. Judges will award prizes in a number of categories including Spookiest Pooch, most creative dog & child, most original adult & dog and best float.

“This event brought joy to so many last year, as all kinds of dog-friendly people came together in downtown Lakewood to celebrate Halloween,” said LakewoodAlive executive director, Mary Anne Crampton. Spooky Pooch Committee Chair, Lacey Hoffmann added, “This event highlights Lakewood as a dog-friendly and walkable city, and is a fun-filled family activity whether you are in the parade or a spectator.”

Again available this year is the “Spooky Pooch Coloring Contest” for kids ages 4-12. Coloring picture available for download on-line at or at the Lakewood Public Library, Pet’s General Store (16821 Madison Avenue), Pet-Tique (10906 Clifton Boulevard) or LakewoodAlive (14701 Detroit Avenue #LL10). Completed pictures may be turned in at any of the above locations by: Thursday, October 14, 2010.

All participants will be entered in a drawing to win free the Grand Prize of dog food for a year sponsored by Pet’s General Store. Grand Prize raffle tickets will also be available for pre-event sale at: Pet’s General Store (16821 Madison Avenue), Pet-Tique (10906 Clifton Boulevard) and Blue Onion (14408 Detroit Avenue) for $5/ticket. Additional raffle baskets donated by pet-loving businesses will be available for raffle at the event for $1 per ticket or $5 for 6 tickets.

The parade will step off from St. Charles and Detroit Avenues at 2 p.m. and continue west along Detroit Avenue to Lakewood Public Library and return; about .8 miles. Costume prizes will be awarded, raffle prizes drawn and Coloring Contest Winners announced after the parade.

Registration/check-in begins at 12:30 p.m. at the St. Charles Green (behind the parking garage at 1360 Belle Ave.). Cleveland Brown’s Mascot “CHOMPS” will be on hand for pictures and to lead the parade.

Vendors, rescue groups and other nonprofits with dog-related goods and services will be set-up along St. Charles Avenue from 12:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Parade pre-registration costs $10 per dog; $15 registration the day of the parade. Humans are free. Proceeds from the parade will benefit Downtown Lakewood revitalization efforts and the Lakewood Animal Shelter. Still accepting applications for Table Vendors for “day of” Spooky Pooch Parade.

Event details and registration available online at Dog and Vendor Table registration forms may be downloaded at the event website.

Dog registration forms also may be found at the Lakewood Public Library (Main & Madison Branches) and Pet’s General Store, Pet-Tique and various other locations. Current event sponsors are: Lakewood Hospital, City of Lakewood, Panera Bread, Pet’s General Store, Pet-Tique, Pawsitive Influence and Cox Communications.

Downtown Lakewood, dedicated to the revitalization of Lakewood’s historic downtown district, is a volunteer-based program of LakewoodAlive., a 501-c (3) tax-exempt organization.


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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

News Release: Paisley Monkey Opens

September 7, 2010

Paisley Monkey Opens in Downtown Lakewood
“Click to Brick” Revitalization Story

LakewoodAlive joins Tamara Racin, founder of the successful online business, Paisley Monkey, in announcing its retail store opening at 1388 Warren Road, in downtown Lakewood on Tuesday, September 7. The store will offer a wide variety of gift items including toys, books, music, clothing and other gifts for infants, children and parents from more than 70 brands.

Following its five-year successful online business model, the store features a unique, high quality product selection not found at big-box retailers, with a special emphasis on “Made in USA” and “green” items. The Lakewood store will offer one-stop gift shopping services including cards and gift wrapping.

“There is incredible momentum in the downtown Lakewood shopping district that is attracting a wide variety of businesses. This is a good time to take Paisley Monkey to the next level, “said Ms. Racin. “ We look forward to serving the local market with the same quality of service that our nationwide customer base has come to expect.”

LakewoodAlive, which facilitates the community’s Main Street™ revitalization efforts, welcomes its first “click-to-brick” retailer. “The Paisley Monkey story is one that is repeating itself around the country. It reflects the resurgence of entrepreneurs in challenging economic times. Successful online businesses, often operating from home bases, are taking advantage of buy-local enthusiasm and filling retail gaps in their communities,” said Mary Anne Crampton, executive director.

Paisley Monkey is located in the First Federal of Lakewood building on the Warren Road side, across from The Place to Be diner. Plenty of on-street parking is available, and a public parking lot is located behind the bank. Business hours are Monday through Saturday, 11am-8pm.

LakewoodAlive is a 501-(c)(3) nonprofit economic development organization that facilitates economic growth and stability in the city of Lakewood, Ohio. Downtown Lakewood is the National Main Street™ program of LakewoodAlive dedicated to revitalizing our historic business district.

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