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. 

Shopping with a conscience: Look for fair trade products when picking holiday gifts
The Collaborative to End Human Trafficking, a local group of more than 70 organizations working together to prevent sex and human trafficking in Cuyahoga County, wants shoppers to keep fair trade in mind when looking for gifts this holiday season. Here are some tips to support local retailers committed to fair trade.
Check it out: Holiday shopping ideas with a Cleveland flare
It's peak holiday shopping time. With such talented makers and artists in Northeast Ohio, shoppers don't have to look far to find some unique, locally-made gifts for everyone on the list. We compiled some of our favorites here!
Sweet journey: Fear’s Confections celebrates birthday with chocolate, local art, scavenger hunt
Confection lovers from across Northeast Ohio are invited to drop in to Fear's Confections this weekend to experience the hand-made sweets and nerdy, rockabilly vibe that define the shop that offers “sweets to die for” and participate in a neighborhood scavenger hunt.
High-tech living: Assistive technology apartments are a boon for Clevelanders with disabilities
The Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities and North Coast Community Homes have partnered to create four assistive technology apartments in Lakewood to helps people with disabilities determine if independent living—with some high-tech help—is the right choice for them.
#CLE-ative Groove: Meet Iris Gonzalez and Zoe Brown, dance teachers and co-founders of Island Beats
Our #CLEative Groove series features Q&A profiles on our city’s creative makers and shakers! Read on for our next installment with Iris Gonzalez and Zoe Brown, co-founders of Island Beats. 
Clarence Mack: Self-taught in architecture, yet designed 32 area homes that still stand today
Cleveland Masterworks: Without a day of training as an architect, Clarence Mack made his mark on Northeast Ohio nearly 100 years ago with the 32 impressive Georgian Revival and French Eclectic homes he built in Lakewood and Shaker Heights. All 32 homes stand today as testament to his talents. 
Ohio's first LGBTQ-friendly apartments feel inclusive to some, like any other building to others
There aren't rainbow flags flying or posters touting gay-friendly events at A Place for Us—Ohio's first LGBTQ-friendly senior housing community. After six years, some say say the building is not fulfilling its promise to be a space that proactively supports older LGBTQ people, while other residents think the space is just fine the way it is.
#CLEative Groove: Meet Josh Womack, copywriter and newly published author
Our #CLEative Groove series features Q&A profiles on our city’s creative makers and shakers! Read on for our next installment with Josh Womack, senior copywriter at Progressive Insurance and author of the new book: “I’m not a copywriter, but…”
Relax you mind and body with Yoga on the Solstice Steps this week
Celebrate the Summer Solstice that occurred earlier this week with the YMCA's Sunset Yoga on the Solstice Steps this Thursday evening. 
#StreetsofCLE: Snapshot on Madison Avenue
FreshWater managing photographer Bob Perkoski provides a peek into the everyday lives of Clevelanders going about their business in the neighborhoods and on the streets of Cleveland.
Beck Center completes latest round of renovations, enters home stretch in $6.7 million project
Beck Center for the Arts last week celebrated two years of fundraising and renovation work to its creative arts complex as it embarks on the final phase of its Creating Our Future campaign and renovations.
#CLEative Groove: Meet Haley Himiko Morris, artist-entrepreneur and owner of Cool World
Our #CLEative Groove series puts the spotlight on our city’s creative makers and shakers! Read on for our next installment with artist-entrepreneur Haley Himiko Hudson Morris, owner of Cool World in Detroit Shoreway.
Cool beans: Cafilia keeps it local by serving up coffee subscriptions
Aleksandra Brankov is all about supporting local business, and she loves her Northeast Ohio coffee shops and cafes. So, she developed her subscription-based coffee company, Cafilia, so customers can bring in their reusable travel mugs and get their locally-brewed cups of joe with no cash involved. 
We Run This City: Grant will extend YMCA's youth marathon program to Lakewood
Since its founding, the YMCA We Run This City program has worked with more than 1,000 students in 43 CMSD schools, preparing them to run in the Cleveland Marathon. Thanks to a grant from the Three Archest Foundation, the program is now coming to Lakewood.
Shop (locally) ‘til you Drop: Show Cleveland some love this holiday season
Give back to CLE’s finest stores and artists this year by shopping locally. Here's a rundown of sources to find great local gifts—probably right in your own backyard.
Light it up: LakewoodAlive to spread holiday cheer at 15th annual lighting event, seasonal festival
After going virtual last year, LakewoodAlive is bringing back Light Up Lakewood this week to celebrate the season with its annual street festival.
Staying sober: Y-Haven, CPT share stories of recovery and triumph in ‘12,000 Steps’
Cleveland Public Theatre and YMCA of Greater Cleveland’s Y-Haven will stage its original production of "12,000 Steps," a play about the road to recovery and the persistence and perseverance needed stay sober.
Two drag queens walk into a sausage shop…. Wait. This is not a joke.
What do Melissa Khoury (the Queen of Pork) and Cleveland drag queen Peach Fuzz have in common? Their mutual love of hosting monthly Sunday Matinee Sausage Parties—hands-on, sausage-making, drag-entertaining extravaganzas that raise money for LBGTQ+ charities.
Beyond the grave: Griffin Cider House & Gin Bar brings history to (after)life in Lakewood
Often occupying century buildings or sharing historic spaces, spooky ghost stories are on the menu at many Cleveland establishments—and the Griffin Cider House & Gin Bar is no exception.
Halloween goes to the dogs: Lakewood’s annual Spooky Pooch parade is Saturday
Get ready for a howling good time this coming Saturday, Oct. 16, when the 14th annual Spooky Pooch Parade hits the streets of Lakewood.