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Chocolate Lovers Rejoice: Lakewood Chocolate Walk to Delight Taste Buds on Thursday, October 27

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Tickets for Much-Anticipated Event Go On Sale to General Public October 1

If you have a sweet tooth, then you’re in luck.  A delectable, chocolatey evening awaits when the 8th Annual Lakewood Chocolate Walk takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 27, in Downtown Lakewood.


The Chocolate Walk – hosted by LakewoodAlive and the Downtown Lakewood Business Alliance (DLBA) – represents a popular autumn tradition with a devout following of chocoholics from all over Northeast Ohio. Participants visit more than 20 shops and eateries in Downtown Lakewood that are Sweet Spots on the Chocolate Walk.  In an arrangement that would make the late Gene Wilder of “Willy Wonka” fame flash his trademark smile, each Sweet Stop provides visitors a unique chocolate treat.

Limited to only 300 attendees, this highly-anticipated event always sells out quickly.  Tickets go on sale to the general public starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1, and can be purchased online at  Tickets can also be purchased at lion & blue (15106 Detroit Avenue) and Paisley Monkey (14417 Detroit Avenue) starting Oct. 1.


A $25 General Admission ticket gains you entrance to First Federal Lakewood (14806 Detroit Avenue) at 6 p.m., where you’ll receive your Chocolate Walk supplies.  Guided by your map and the signs and festive bows decorating participating merchants, you’ll take to the streets to visit the Sweet Stops, collecting something chocolatey at each location.  The merchants eagerly await you, and you may visit the stops in any order you wish.

For those seeking to elevate the joy of the chocolate experience to an even greater level of bliss, a VIP ticket option is available for $40.  The Pre-Walk VIP Reception, limited to only 50 attendees, takes place from 5:15 to 6:30 p.m. at Fear’s Confections and Ice Cream Joy in Uptown Lakewood, where guests will sample decadent treats, as well as appetizers, wine and beer.  Transportation aboard the “Chocolate Express” will be provided from Downtown Lakewood to Uptown Lakewood and back for the VIP Reception.

The evening ends for all attendees with the Grand Finale Sundae Bar, hosted by First Federal Lakewood and sponsored by Discount Drug Mart, from 8 to 9 p.m.  There guests will enjoy libations and yes, more chocolate, while listening to guitarist James Stringer.  The Grand Finale will be your last chance to purchase tickets for the 50/50 and buyer’s choice raffles, with the drawings held at 8:55 p.m.  You need not be present to win.

“Our annual Chocolate Walk represents a unique opportunity to showcase Lakewood’s vibrancy,” said Ian Andrews, Executive Director of LakewoodAlive.  “We hope you can join us for this memorable evening, with proceeds supporting the Downtown Lakewood Business Alliance and our Downtown Lakewood Program.”

For more information regarding the Lakewood Chocolate Walk, please visit

LakewoodAlive to Host October Workshops Regarding Wooden Steps, Heating Systems and Bathroom Remodeling

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Free Home Educational Workshops Take Place on Oct. 1, Oct. 8 and Oct. 22

LakewoodAlive will host a trio of "Knowing Your Home" workshops during October.

LakewoodAlive will host a trio of “Knowing Your Home” workshops during October.

Lakewood, OH – October is generally considered the month for haunts and changing leaves, but this year it will also be the month for home improvement.  LakewoodAlive will host a trio of free “Knowing Your Home” workshops next month when “Wooden Step Repair & Replacement,” “Heating System 101” and “Bathroom Remodeling” take place on Oct. 1, Oct. 8 and Oct. 22, respectively.

The latest installments of LakewoodAlive’s popular home educational series seek to empower area homeowners with the necessary knowledge and confidence to tackle home repairs and improvement projects.  Each workshop is spearheaded by an industry expert who is well-qualified to guide attendees through the process of completing a particular home maintenance task.

Knowing Your Home: Wooden Step Repair & Replacement
When: Saturday, Oct. 1, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. (noon)
Where: A private residence at 1460 Westwood Avenue in Lakewood
What: Led by John Turner, this workshop will feature an on-site presentation providing a step-by-step approach to both repairing and replacing wooden steps, enabling participants to better decide which option is right for them.  Participants will gain insight into the design and implementation of a step replacement.

Knowing Your Home: Heating System 101
When: Saturday, Oct. 8, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. (noon)
Where: Slife Heating & Cooling – 13729 Madison Avenue in Lakewood
What: Join Dave Slife for a workshop to discuss the heating system options at homeowners’ disposal.  This workshop will help attendees evaluate the status of their system prior to the return of Old Man Winter.

Knowing Your Home: Bathroom Remodeling
When: Saturday, Oct. 22, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. (noon)
Where: Cleveland Lumber – 9410 Madison Avenue in Cleveland
What: If your home’s bathroom is ready for a makeover, then this is the workshop for you.  We’ll delve into remodeling best practices, helping you achieve the bathroom you want on time and on budget.

Visit for more info and to reserve your free spot.  Now in its third year, our “Knowing Your Home” series draws hundreds of attendees annually.  Our workshop series is supported by: Citizens Bank, City of Lakewood, Cleveland Lumber Company, First Federal Lakewood, Remax Beyond 2000, The University of Akron Lakewood and Third Federal Savings & Loan.

In lieu of being charged to attend this workshop, participants are asked to either consider making a donation to LakewoodAlive or bringing canned foods or other non-perishable items for donation to the Lakewood Community Services Center. We appreciate your support.

LakewoodAlive, City of Lakewood Partner to Host Storefront Renovation 101 Workshop on October 6

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Businesses and Building Owners Encouraged to Attend Free Workshop at Mahall’s

When a business or building owner succeeds with revitalizing a traditional storefront, the benefits to a neighborhood retail district can be immense, ranging from visual appeal to economic impact to community pride.

LakewoodAlive Storefront Renovation

The Storefront Renovation 101 workshop takes place on Thursday, Oct. 6.

LakewoodAlive is pleased to partner with the City of Lakewood to host a Storefront Renovation 101 workshop on Thursday, Oct. 6, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Mahall’s (13200 Madison Avenue in Lakewood).  This free workshop for businesses and building owners aims to educate attendees regarding programs and resources available to assist with the storefront renovation process in Lakewood.

The Storefront Renovation 101 workshop seeks to discuss the renovation process from start to finish, affording attendees an honest assessment in order to further businesses and building owners’ understanding of the programs available in Lakewood.  Key players with varying roles and perspectives on storefront renovation will offer insight into the process.

Our panelists for Storefront Renovation 101 consist of:

Paul Beegan, Beegan Architecture
Frank Scalish, Scalish Construction
Bryce Sylvester, City of Lakewood
Colin McEwen, Mahalls

“Ongoing commercial property revitalization has proven advantageous for businesses and neighborhoods alike, and there are resources available in Lakewood to incentivize those who undertake storefront renovation projects,” said Allison Urbanek, Housing Outreach Director for LakewoodAlive.  “We encourage businesses and building owners to attend our free workshop on October 6th to learn more about the opportunities at their disposal.”

This free workshop is intendedly solely for businesses and building owners.  A cash bar will be available at Mahall’s.  For more information, please contact Allison at or 216-521-0655.


2016 Front Porch Concert Series Draws Attendees, Elicits Smiles in Downtown Lakewood

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Sixth Year of Popular Summer Series Featured 12 Crowd-Pleasing Performances

LakewoodAlive Front Porch Concert Series

The 2016 Front Porch Concert Series featured 12 total performances from July through September.

On a dozen occasions this summer, Downtown Lakewood took on a different persona.  Always a bustling commercial district, the Detroit Avenue corridor now brimmed with family gatherings, dancing children, melodious tunes and a cheerful atmosphere fit for celebrating the weekend’s arrival.

The 2016 Front Porch Concert Series concluded last Friday evening, Sept. 16, when Rock On Band featuring Nance Sias performed the 12th and final show on the front steps of Lakewood Public Library.  Sponsored by Bentley Wealth Management of Raymond James and presented by LakewoodAlive, this popular summer concert series drew more than 3,000 attendees to Downtown Lakewood for performances held on consecutive Fridays from July 1 through Sept. 16.

A staple of Lakewood’s summer since 2011, the Front Porch Concert Series adds vibrancy and an enhanced sense of community to Lakewood’s urban core, inducing smiles and foot-tapping among guests from all walks of life.  Each week showcased a different style of family-friendly music while Lakewoodites and visitors enjoyed an entertaining evening at an open-air venue.

The 2016 installment of the Front Porch Concert Series featured fabulous weather and an incredible variety of musical genres ranging from rock-n-roll and jazz to reggae and country.  With 12 total performances, it marked the most concerts held within a single year since the inception of the series.

LakewoodAlive Front Porch Concert Series“On behalf of LakewoodAlive and Lakewood Public Library, I’d like to thank the musicians, sponsors, concert-goers and volunteers who helped make the 2016 Front Porch Concert Series such a tremendous success,” said Ian Andrews, Executive Director of LakewoodAlive.  “Like a catchy song stuck in your head, the concert series kept us wanting to hear more, and furthered our mission to foster and sustain vibrant neighborhoods in Lakewood.”

LakewoodAlive would like to thank the following talented musicians and bands for performing as part of the 2016 Front Porch Concert Series: The Havana Nights Orchestra (week 1), Powerhouse 5 (week 2), Vance Music Studios Rock Bands (week 3), Chris Vance Quartet (week 4), The Del Rios (week 5), Vance Music Studios Rock Bands (week 6), Hillbilly Idol (week 7), Keystone Laboratory (week 8), The Outlaws I&I (week 9), Ernie Krivda Quartet (week 10), FireSide (week 11), Rock On Band featuring Nance Sias (week 12).

The Front Porch Concert Series is generously supported by the following sponsors: Bentley Wealth Management of Raymond James (title sponsor), Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, City of Lakewood, Cox Communications, Discount Drug Mart, Lakewood Public Library, Lion & Blue, Paisley Monkey, Pillars of Lakewood and Vance Music Studios.

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The Bark is Back: 9th Annual Spooky Pooch Parade Slated for Saturday, Oct. 15

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Popular Costumed Canine Event Returns to Lakewood’s Kauffman Park


Every dog has his day and that day is one month from now on Saturday, Oct. 15.  That’s when costumed canines will rule the day in Downtown Lakewood from 12:30 to 4 p.m. during the 9th Annual Spooky Pooch Parade.

Sponsored by Discount Drug Mart and presented by LakewoodAlive, the Spooky Pooch Parade consists of a festival within Kauffman Park (15450 Detroit Avenue), a parade through Lakewood’s Downtown business district on Detroit Avenue and an awards presentation.  A favorite Halloween tradition for Northeast Ohio dog lovers and their families, this popular community festival represents one of the only events of its kind within the region, providing a tail-wagging good time for canine and human guests alike.

Register your dog now to march in the 2016 Spooky Pooch Parade by visiting  Pre-registration is $10 per dog and day-of registration is $15 per dog.  Multiple dog discounts are available with pre-registration only.  Humans are free.  This community event takes place rain or shine, and proceeds from the parade benefit LakewoodAlive.

Festivities get underway with the Spooky Pooch Festival beginning at 12:30 p.m. at Kauffman Park, where parade day-of registration and check-in will be available.  Enjoy entertainment, kids games, delicious foods for purchase and dog-related vendors, including rescue groups and other nonprofits offering canine-oriented goods and services.  Kids are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes and visit vendors for some early trick-or-treating.

LakewoodAlive Spooky Pooch Parade

Bring your top dog to the 9th Annual Spooky Pooch Parade on Saturday, Oct. 15.  (Photo Credit: BiG Photography)

The much-anticipated dog parade commences at 2 p.m.  Dogs of all shapes and sizes dressed in their finest Halloween fashions will strut their stuff along Detroit Avenue.  Judges will award prizes beginning at approximately 3:15 p.m. in a number of categories, including Best Dog & Child, Best, Dog & Adult, Best Dog & Group, Spookiest Pooch and Best in Show.

“We’re as excited as a dog greeting you at the door about having our Spooky Pooch Parade return for a ninth consecutive year,” said Ian Andrews, Executive Director of LakewoodAlive.  “Not only does this crowd-pleasing community event showcase our city’s vibrancy, but it’s also a great deal of fun for everyone who participates.”

To register your dog to participate in the parade, click here.  To apply to be a vendor at the festival, click here.  For more information regarding the Spooky Pooch Parade, please visit

The Spooky Pooch Parade is generously supported by the following sponsors: Discount Drug Mart (title sponsor), City of Lakewood, First Federal Lakewood, Inn The Doghouse, Pet’s General Store and Renewal by Andersen Window Replacement.


LakewoodAlive Spooky Pooch Parade

Photo Credit: BiG Photography

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