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Lakewood

Lakewood - photo Bob Perkoski

Often billed as The Heights of the West Side, Lakewood does share much in common with its inner-ring sibling to the east. A sprawling mix of residential and commercial activity, interspersed with serene green spaces and bordered by Lake Erie, Lakewood offers its residents pretty much everything. The story these days, however, is commercial development, which has completely transformed Detroit Avenue and is expected to do the same for Madison Avenue. The neighborhood’s assets include dining and nightlife, charming homes, quality education, safe neighborhoods, easy access to downtown, and an increasingly robust biking community. 
 

Features

Masonís Creamery vegan: Olive oil, blueberry, Thai tea, lulo, guava, strawberry jam sorbet

Hidden Cleveland: ice cream secrets

Is there an east/west divide when it comes to summer's top treat? What's the mystery behind a legendary local malt? Does a secret ice cream menu lurk in Ohio City? Fresh Water's got all the insider 411 on cool faves in the 216.  

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Opportunity: Fresh Water is on the search for a publisher

The ideal candidate will become part of an engaged and dynamic team that uniquely tracks the pulse of Cleveland.

Viktor Schreckengost working on OíNeill in the studio.

CLE classic: Viktor Schreckengost combined form, function and beauty

A sculptor, ceramicist, industrial designer and Cleveland Institute of Art professor, Viktor Schreckengost's legacy continues to live out loud throughout Northeast Ohio and beyond.

human trafficking

First person: Inside the local fight against human trafficking

Fresh Water contributor Christopher Johnston steps inside Cleveland's human trafficking scene to uncover some dark realities — and the people and organizations battling them.

Rumi's Market

Offbeat eats: six of the best local ethnic eateries

Iraqi kebobs, duck blood soup and hard to find Latino spirits — that's just for starters in this under-the-radar roundup of some the best (and little known) noshing in the 216.
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Lakewood Founders

julie and shawn warren

julie and shawn warren

City: Lakewood
Meet Julie and Shawn Warren, founders of Erie Design, a family-owned and operated sign company in Lakewood.
jeff battershell

jeff battershell

City: Lakewood
Meet Jeff Battershell, founder of Keepin’ it Fresh, an embroidered product company that focuses on water conservation and the brewery industry.
carolyn klosowsky

carolyn klosowsky

City: Lakewood
Meet Carolyn Klosowsky, co-founder of Frugal Fortune, a Lakewood shop with two employees that sells fine vintage and antiques, quality pre-owned, and handmade items. 
jillian neimeister

jillian neimeister

City: Lakewood
Meet Jillian Neimeister, co-founder of Birdtown CrossFit in Lakewood.
joe pulizzi

joe pulizzi

City: Lakewood
Meet Joe Pulizzi, founder of the Content Marketing Institute.
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