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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

Rising Star Coffee Roasters east side location in Little Italy

east meets west: a new generation of businesses bridging the old divide

Ask a millennial about the east-west divide and their eyebrows usually rise and knit over their black frame glasses. These days, west side shops are popping up on the east side, while east side institutions are making inroads west.

Gabe Fedor

what it will take to bring millennials like me back home

Young people born in Cleveland in the 90s don't feel a sense of nostalgia for the city's heyday. Instead, they see an increasingly vibrant city as a place of opportunity, provided we stay on our current path.

Republican National Covention in Tampa

reps from prior convention host cities offer tips on how best to leverage the big show

Tampa Bay successfully hosted the Republicans in 2012, and Denver hosted the Democrats four years before that. Fresh Water decided to reach out to representatives from each city to see if our fair city could glean some best practices on how to pull off a successful -- and inclusive -- convention.

Gay Games 2014

while sports are fun, gay games will leave a positive legacy long after closing ceremony

As the 2014 Gay Games play out with eclectic events all over town, it becomes clear how they will leave a lasting positive effect on the host city of Cleveland. Uniting beneath a banner of inclusion, collaboration and unity, participants and sponsors establish a spirit that will endure long after the lights have dimmed and the last athlete has left the track.

The Hinterlands at Play House

putting art at the heart of neighborhood redevelopment

Artists are often the first to move into urban neighborhoods, and also the first to move out when rents escalate. Yet in the post-recession landscape, many communities are working with artists to transform blight, engage residents and reimagine their neighborhoods.
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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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