Consider visiting local merchants for holiday shopping this year: A Place in the Sun


CLEVELAND, Ohio – Looking for some unique gift ideas for this holiday season? Consider buying local.

Now that Thanksgiving has arrived, the holiday shopping season is accelerating. For many, that means checking out deals at big box stores and shopping online.

But don’t forget the local traders. Many of them may carry specialty items not available in department stores. And your money is staying in the community to support businesses that may still be struggling as the coronavirus pandemic continues.

There are many options in the West Park neighborhood of Cleveland, Fairview Park, Lakewood and North Olmsted including beauty salons, barbershops, jewelry stores, boutiques, picture frames stores that can put the finishing touches on a special photo or image, antique shops, bookstores, pet stores, bakeries, delicatessens, pizzerias, restaurants, auto repair shops, meat / butcher’s markets, shoe stores, local photographers who can take a family portrait or capture a special moment and more.

In some cases, traders offer special events to attract buyers. One such opportunity is at Puritas Nursery, 19201 Puritas Ave., West Park, where owner Dale Heyink will once again host the popular Holiday Train Display. A variety of model trains are set up inside the nursery using greens from its inventory to provide backgrounds. The exhibition is open during the opening hours of the daycare from November 26 to December 31. For more information, visit Masks are compulsory inside the nursery.

Small Business Saturday, which traditionally takes place on the Saturday after Thanksgiving – November 27 this year – encourages consumers to support local businesses with their small purchases. The initiative was launched during the recession in 2010 by American Express with the aim of directing buyers to local businesses. Now, Small Business Saturdays are observed in all states. The US Senate approved a resolution in 2011 designating the Saturday after Thanksgiving as Small Business Saturday.

Nationally last year, the U.S. Small Business Administration reported that Americans spent nearly $ 20 billion on small businesses on Saturday. According to data released by American Express, for every dollar spent in a small business, an average of 67 cents remains in that business’s local community. As businesses continue to struggle to navigate the COVID-19 landscape, local purchases could make a big difference in the bottom line for small businesses.

Shopping local does not necessarily mean physically entering a store. Many businesses have an online shopping component.

Check with the local chamber of commerce for information on local businesses. The local chambers are the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce, the Fairview Park Chamber of Commerce and the North Olmsted Chamber of Commerce. In West Park, West Park Kamm’s Neighborhood Development has information on local traders.

So, if possible, consider supporting a local small business this holiday shopping season.

Todd Meany, right, serves as emcee at a previous Fairview Park Winterfest event as Santa greets visitors at the Bain Park gazebo. (Carol Kovach / special for

The winter festival returns: After a one-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the Fairview Park Recreation Department and the City of Fairview Park will once again host the eighth annual Winterfest from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. on November 28 at Bain Park Cabin. The holiday tradition will feature many local artists at the booth, food trucks and special visitors from the North Pole.

Winterfest kicks off in the gazebo at 4:30 p.m. with Fox 8 TV personality and Fairview Park resident Todd Meany as emcee. Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive at 4:45 p.m. in a fire engine and meet children of all ages inside Bain Cabin. Entertainment kicks off at 6:45 p.m. on the Belvedere’s upper-level learning stage, featuring the Fairview High School Scarlet Singers, Gilles-Sweet Golden Singers and the St. Angela Merici Adult Choir. Activities inside Bain Cabin include tours with Santa Claus, music from FPCS musicians, animal balloons from “The Magic Man”, a meet and greet with the Snow Sisters and Mr. Jingeling of Cleveland and a hot chocolate sponsored by Fairview Park PTA.

Food trucks from Sauced Wood Fired Pizza, The Cedar Grill and Swenson’s will be on hand for those wishing to purchase food. At 5:15 p.m., Bain Park Cabin and surrounding area will light up for the holidays with help from the Scarlet Singers and Snow Sisters. For the second year, the Recreation Department has partnered with Fairview’s Gingerbread Homes for the Winterfest Gingerbread House Decorating Contest. The prizes will be presented at 5:30 p.m. at the Powerful Learning Entertainment Stage located at the Gazebo. Participants could purchase a home, assembled or not, to create an entry in one of the following categories: Gingerbread Dream Home, any building in Fairview Park, or Santa’s Workshop. There will be a free shuttle service starting at 4:15 PM from the Fairview High School parking lot, 4507 W. 213th St., to Bain Cabin. The shuttle service will operate throughout the event. Parking is also available on neighborhood streets, but the Fairview Park Police Department reminds all drivers to obey no-parking signs and respect neighbors.

Pleasure of Black Friday: Looking for something a little different to do on Black Friday, November 26? Artist for a Day, 28649 Lorain Road, North Olmsted, is hosting a special Black Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The last seat is two hours before closing.

Reservations are required for groups of five or more and non-painters in groups should be limited to one or two.

The shop has pottery and paint items to take away for those who want to do a project at home.

Candidates sought: Lakewood Board of Education is seeking candidates to fill two positions on its Financial Advisory Committee. Applicants must be residents of Lakewood.

The committee’s duties include reviewing the state’s annual audit, holding pre- and post-audit meetings, sharing business and financial information on “best practices” and reviewing the five-year forecast. of the treasurer. The committee meets quarterly or as needed.

The positions are voluntary appointments that will begin on January 1, 2022. They are the result of a resignation and a term expiring on December 31. The terms will run until 2024 and 2025, respectively.

Applicants must specify in the letter of interest whether they are applying for a term ending in 2024 or for a term ending in 2025. Subsequent term renewals will be for three years.

Candidates for positions should have a solid background in finance or auditing, especially CPAs, CFOs, CEOs or bankers.

Qualified and interested citizens should submit a letter of interest and experience to Betsy Shaughnessy, School Board President, 13701 Lake Avenue, Lakewood, 44107. Letters must be received no later than December 6th.

The community meal moves inside: A free community meal will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on November 28 at West Park United Church of Christ, 3909 Rocky River Drive, West Park. The meal will be served indoors, but a take out option will always be available. Face covers are recommended when you are not eating.

Welcome aboard: The North Olmsted Senior Center welcomes Mike Kovack as the centre’s new Outreach Coordinator. Kovack will host a meet at 1 p.m. on December 6 at the center, 28114 Lorain Road, North Olmsted.

Participants are requested to register before December 3. The event includes an hour of informal conversation and a slice of pie provided by Christ the King Church.

Winter farmer’s market: Don’t forget the Frostville Museum Farmers Market, 24101 Cedar Point Road, North Olmsted. The market takes place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays in the event barn.

For more information, contact or 330-592-6518.

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