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New Tenants Coming to Downtown Lakewood

GNC, vintage clothing store set to move into renovated building on Detroit Avenue.

The remaining vacancies in a renovated block — that includes Cerny Shoes, Five Guys and Menchie’s — is getting some new tenants.

GNC, a vitamins supplement store, has pulled building permits on the space at 15002 Detroit Avenue.

The interior renovation is already under way.

The Pittsburgh-based business — with its closest other location in Rocky River — sells health and nutrition products.

A couple of storefronts to the west, at 15006 Detroit Avenue, a vintage clothing retailer is expected to open by the end of the year, said neighbors, who noted that those business owners recently introduced themselves. 

Both businesses are expected to be open by the holidays.

Following a massive overhaul to the block last year, a few new tenants have moved into the vacant spaces­ — including Sprint, Five Guys and Menchie’s.

Ruth October 07, 2012 at 10:31 AM
It seems that Lakewood is experiencing a booming growth of new business ventures. What a great place to live and shop. Better off now than 4 years ago?
Alexandra October 07, 2012 at 11:18 AM
This is a plan that had been worked way pre- Obama...he did not build this. Lakewoodites and Lakewood Alive and the main street project set this rolling.
Ruth October 07, 2012 at 11:44 AM
Just glad that Lakewood is progressing. I am sure there are a lot of behind the scenes officials and Lakewoodites who made all of this possible. We all will benefit from their hard work.
ian king October 07, 2012 at 04:47 PM
YES! I think downtown Lakewood is one of the few successful downtowns in this down economy! Here is an idea I would like to promote to help create a more unified visual sense of the downtown while adding beauty: to enhance and make Lakewood more beautiful lets promote the idea of HANGING BASKETS OF FLOWERS. Many smaller towns now do this to encourage not only a visual beautiful area that people like to stroll around in, but to enhance/improve the boundaries of an actual downtown area. I am suggesting that starting on Detroit in the block of the shop Plantation Home and then continuing west on Detroit all the way to Breadsmith, that the city establish a Hanging Pot Corridor on the light poles on Detroit. The City Council could sponsor various organizations or accept donations from individuals to support these pots such as the American Legion, Lakewood Hospital, retired seniors, etc. The downtown project could become a focused community service activity also for the Girls Scots, Boy Scouts, Church groups, Lakewood High School etc. These sponsors will provide proper maintenance such as watering every other day, cleaning, etc. This beautification project is inexpensive, easy to create and maintain, and will only add a sense of beauty to booming downtown Lakewood. Call your City Council person today to make this happen!
Colin McEwen October 07, 2012 at 05:02 PM
Great idea, Ian. Thanks for sharing. I may be wrong, but I thought someone already tried this initiative. Might have been LakewoodAlive a couple years ago (?), I am not sure.
Joni Nowak RN/CCRN October 07, 2012 at 08:12 PM
I like Ian's suggestion. It's a great idea!! It should happen on Madison too.
Ginny October 08, 2012 at 01:26 AM
The flowering pots were hung a few years ago but they did not use the correct sphagnum moss lining to help the plants survive in the dry summer heat. Look at the pots hung in every other community and they all have a lining on the bottom The city or the Lakewood Alive committiee needs to research the correct materials for hanging flower pots as other cities have. It can be done but the money has to be spent this time so that project is successful and the pots remain viable in the summer heat.
Alexandra October 08, 2012 at 01:57 PM
I like Ian's idea as well, buy the plants from the Lakewood Garden Center!
Ruth Sholtis-Furyes October 08, 2012 at 03:33 PM
Entire length of Detroit and Madison should be considered Lakewood's downtowns. Lakewood is so awesome we have two. :-)
Susan Kaminski October 08, 2012 at 03:49 PM
Yes, buy from Lakewood Garden Center and support another local biz. When the hanging baskets were here a few years ago, they were hanging somewhat high so it was not as noticeable, I'd recommend lowering just a little. Cleveland Hts. does a nice job, not low enough for theft or vandalism, but probably easier to water and more visible.
ian king October 08, 2012 at 11:55 PM
HI EVERYONE! YES, lets get everyone to call City Council and get this done for next spring/summer. In the winter - how about festive colorful lights on the poles in downtown Lakewood. Winters are dark and dreary and overcast. Most building in Lakewood are colored beige or brown or just plain dull/dark! The expense for these minor visual streetscape upgrades is minimal compared to the fun and joy and visual delight these will have on cars passing through downtown as well as pedestrians. We need to help Lakewood develop/create a visual image for its streetscape downtown. The new signage has helped a lot to unify the area, but they are just nice graphics, lacking a human touch or emotional/visual delightful experience. CALL CITY COUNCIL TODAY and lets make this happen! THANKS EVERYONE. ( google "downtown hanging basket" to find articles on successful endeavors in other cities, and then also google image "downtown hanging baskets" to see the wide variety of possibilities. And great idea to get the Lakewood Garden Center involved!)
RStock521 October 09, 2012 at 12:30 PM
I like the lights idea, Willoughby has something similar in their downtown area and it looks very nice. Would be cool to see Lakewood do something as well.
ian king October 09, 2012 at 06:13 PM
YES! Why only light the downtown at Holiday time? Lakewood has long and dark winters. Just think how delightful it would be to drive through downtown Lakewood in Jan/Feb/March with a nicely lit , festive atmosphere that was inviting and beautiful! The lights could be wrapped around the poles at higher levels too, different colors on different poles, with uniformity of illuminance; with a standardization of style and material. Also, their ambient light would provide even more safety light and wayfinding light for pedestrians. Possible glare for drivers/bicyclists would have to be factored into placement. Led or other lower energy bulbs could be used to lower costs. LETS help create a new visual image for downtown LAKEWOOD year round! CALL CITY COUNCIL AND THE MAYOR AND LETS HELP CREATE LAKEWOOD INTO A DESTINATION FOR ALL WHO LIVE IN NE OHIO!!!!

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