Local Business

Taste of River/Buy River: The Ultimate Summer Get-Together

Featuring over 20-plus restaurants and vendors, Taste of River/Buy River will be the place to be on Saturday, July 9 from noon to 3:00 p.m. New to the event this year is Zoop!, Moe’s Southwest Grill, and Whole Foods Market.

The 12th Annual Taste of River/Buy River, in the Don Umerley Civic Center, will provide a delicious and entertaining respite from the summer heat. The concept is simple: a bunch of local restaurants prepare small dishes, ranging in price from $1 to $4 and sell them at their tables.

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Volume 4, Issue 1, Posted 5:00 PM, 07.05.2016

Rethinking Your Garden

We have shed our wool sweaters, headed outside to clean our yards and contemplated the flowers to plant. So, what should we do to make this year’s garden more interesting?

Antiques and vintage garden pots, statuary and found objects can be part of the answer. These accents, vintage and otherwise, can easily be found by searching your parent’s basement, looking in shops of all sorts, and browsing for tree lawn finds (garbage day).

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Volume 3, Issue 12, Posted 5:32 PM, 06.04.2016

Loving Cup Kids Academy Awarded for Quality Program

In recognition of a commitment to quality and an ongoing dedication to the learning and development of children, Loving Cup Kids Academy of Fairview Park has received a Two-Star Step Up to Quality Award from the state of Ohio. 

Step Up To Quality is Ohio’s rating system for learning and development programs.  Participating programs can earn a one to five-star rating. 

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Volume 3, Issue 12, Posted 3:51 PM, 06.02.2016

Fred DeGrandis to Speak at FP Chamber Luncheon

Healthcare executive Fred DeGrandis will speak to a joint chamber luncheon on May 10 for the Power of More.  Mr. DeGrandis, formerly president and senior advisor at the Cleveland Clinic and its Sheikh Khalifa Medical City in Abu Dhabi, has been named to the newly created role of chief administrative officer and managing director of the Global Center for Health Innovation. 

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Volume 3, Issue 11, Posted 4:05 PM, 05.04.2016

RR Businesses Contribute to WVIZ/PBS Auction

The 49th annual WVIZ/PBS Live Televised Auction airs Thursday, April 28 to Sunday, May 1 (3 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Thursday and Friday, and noon until 1 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday).

Thanks to the generosity of area merchants, goods and services with a Rocky River flair and focus will be featured in special Destination segments on Saturday, April 30 at noon, and Sunday, May 1 at 6 p.m. on the televised auction. Presenting the Rocky River Destination Boards on the air will be Bill Brink, General Manager, Beachcliff Market Square, and Liz Manning, Director, Rocky River Chamber of Commerce.

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Volume 3, Issue 11, Posted 3:00 PM, 04.27.2016

Sensing Spring

April showers bring more than just May flowers.  Spring is the first chance to put many in-season vegetables and fruits on your shopping list. Asparagus, artichokes, mangoes and strawberries are stepping into the spotlight.

But just how do you pick these spring specialties?

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Volume 3, Issue 11, Posted 4:10 PM, 05.04.2016

RR Chamber of Commerce Presents Joe Pulizzi

The Rocky River Chamber of Commerce is privileged to present guest speaker Joe Pulizzi, founder of Content Marketing Institute (CMI), at its monthly luncheon on Thursday, April 28 at the Westwood Country Club.  He will present “How to Run a Content First Business.”  Pulizzi's presentation to 175 Chamber members/guests in 2015 drew rave reviews.

Pulizzi is an entrepreneur, speaker, author, podcaster, father and lover of all things orange.  In 2015 he was featured in "The Plain Dealer's" People to Watch and was given a lifetime achievement award in New York by the Content Council.  Joe’s fourth book, “Content Inc.,” will be available for purchase at the luncheon. 

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Volume 3, Issue 10, Posted 4:21 PM, 04.05.2016

World’s Largest One-day Leadership Conference

Leadercast, the world’s largest one-day leadership conference, will be broadcast live from Atlanta and simulcast to hundreds of locations around the world on May 6.  This year marks the 16th year of the annual leadership conference and the 4th year that Lutheran West High School in Rocky River will be hosting the event.

The theme of this year’s conference is Architects of Tomorrow, focusing on visionary leaders who imagine and build a future that is rich in innovation, collaboration and full of hope. A future where problems are solved, questions are answered, and confusion gives way to clarity.

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Volume 3, Issue 10, Posted 4:17 PM, 04.05.2016

The Dancing Soul

In the past three months, I met some amazing people while I was traveling to different countries. When I recall those memories, I noticed the one thing that was common in all of us was that our souls are always dancing to do more things in life.

Learn How to Create Your Own Reality with the Basic ThetaHealing® Class on April 29, 30 and May 1. Visit www.naturalhealingtrends.com for more information and to register.

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Volume 3, Issue 10, Posted 4:23 PM, 04.05.2016

Collector, Not Hoarder

Americans are the number-one consumers in the world. For most of us that live relatively "normal" lives, our procurement and retention of goods would not be considered hoarding or collecting.  In the definitions of these words, there’s no mention of anything negative or even passionate about hoarding or collecting, respectively.

Even though we are big time consumers, do you know a collector? As the new generation of adults comes along, the interest in collecting seems to be weakening. I would hope, however, that being a collector would never be viewed as hoarding.

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Volume 3, Issue 10, Posted 3:29 PM, 04.07.2016

Recycle Plastic Plant Containers at Lowe’s

Spring has begun to stir in Northeast Ohio! That means gardening season is just around the corner. Whether you are sprucing up your garden beds or redoing your landscaping, you will likely amass your fair share of plastic plant pots and trays. How do you dispose of these items?

Well, we are in luck! Many people don't know that in 2011, Lowe’s expanded its recycling program at all 1,700-plus American stores to accept plastic plant containers.

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Volume 3, Issue 10, Posted 4:09 PM, 04.06.2016

All Styles Considered

We have been doing interiors and providing our friends with unique and comfortable home furnishings for over 30 years. Classic Style always remains fresh, sophisticated and new, if you have the talent to blend it wisely.  So get those creative juices flowing. Here are some tips to soothe the decorating angst of the most frustrated home owner.

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Volume 3, Issue 10, Posted 3:24 PM, 04.07.2016

Century Cycles’ Annual Spring Kick-Off Party

Spring weather is just around the corner, and to help you celebrate and Get Your Spring Rolling, Century Cycles is having its annual Spring Kick-Off Party on Friday, March 4 at 7:00 p.m. The Century Cycles bicycle shop is located at 19955 Detroit Road in Rocky River. The event is free and open to the public.

Guests can enjoy complimentary food and beverages, including two different beers custom-brewed by the Century Cycles staff at The Brew Kettle in Strongsville.

Each visitor will also receive one entry into a raffle drawing for prizes of cool bicycling clothing and accessories.

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Volume 3, Issue 9, Posted 4:18 PM, 03.02.2016

A Better Fish Fry

When you walk up to the seafood counter at the Whole Foods Market in Rocky River, you’ll find a team swimming in knowledge.  Led by Geoff Crump, the team of four is sourcing some of the freshest fish in Northeast Ohio.  In fact, not only can the team often trace the seafood to the boat it was caught on – occasionally they can tell you the name of the fisherman who caught it!

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Volume 3, Issue 9, Posted 11:21 AM, 03.04.2016

The RR Home Furnishings Loop

Cleveland is filled with hot spots, from University Circle with museums and Severance Hall to the near West Side with top-rated restaurants in Ohio City and Tremont. Some of these hot spots focus on food, others on theater or shopping. If one thing has not brought attention to a neighborhood, the mere existence of the whole has made it a hot spot. Unique areas like Chagrin Falls or Little Italy are great examples.

Believe it or not, Rocky River has also developed into a hot spot. Many may say the great restaurants that attract River residents and East siders alike are the draw. But there is another draw too: The “Loop” with its many options to help you feather your nest. Yes, Rocky River is a growing district for home furnishings.

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Volume 3, Issue 9, Posted 2:54 PM, 03.04.2016

Forward Fairview Park

Have you noticed that businesses on Lorain Road in Fairview Park have a high turnover rate?  If you have, you’re not the only one.  After seeing multiple business closings, a group of concerned citizens have banded together with the goal of revitalizing the Fairview Park Lorain Road corridor.  Lorain Road runs directly through the heart of Fairview Park and has high potential to become a proper main street, flush with people, activity and small businesses. The group, Forward Fairview Park, was formed this past summer to help make that vision happen. 

Monthly meetings are held at the Fairview Park Town Hall on the last Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. The next meeting is February 23.

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Volume 3, Issue 8, Posted 3:36 PM, 02.01.2016

FP Chamber Honors First Federal of Lakewood

First Federal of Lakewood was honored as Fairview Park Chamber's Business of the Year.  Branch Manager, Kathy Murphy, accepted the plaque on behalf of the company along with Vice President, Jeff Bechtel.  Kathy has served on the chamber's board as Treasurer for four years and has been an active member for many years.  First Federal of Lakewood has been a strong supporter of the chamber, as well as an original Power of More sponsor, since it came to Fairview in 1985.

In photo are First Federal of Lakewood staff Jeff Bechtel, Marie Marrali, Bethany Germano, Kathy Murphy, Bonny Carroll, and David Worcester.


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Volume 3, Issue 8, Posted 3:50 PM, 02.03.2016

Goldfish Swim School Opens in Fairview Park

Goldfish Swim School, Cleveland’s leading water safety and swim lesson school offering infant and child swim lessons, is pleased to announce that its new 8,900-square-foot location in Fairview Park opened in January. The newest addition to the Goldfish Swim School family joins a thriving East Side location (open since 2012) and dozens of other successful Goldfish locations throughout the United States.

Goldfish Swim School provides year-round swim instruction to children ages 4 months to 12 years in a unique setting with highly trained instructors, small class sizes (max 4:1 student-to-teacher ratio), warm 90-degree pools, and a state-of-the-art water purification system.

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Volume 3, Issue 8, Posted 4:33 PM, 02.06.2016

FP Chamber and Power of More Holiday Party

Dave & Buster's in Westlake hosted the final gathering of 2015 for the Power of More.  Over 300 members attended from the six local chambers within the Power of More, including Fairview Park.  New additions to the 2016 Power of More sponsors include Burntwood Tavern, Ray's Auto and Truck Service and Bass Ohio Real Estate.

The Fairview Park Chamber Awards Luncheon will take place on January 21 at the Gemini Center.

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Volume 3, Issue 7, Posted 4:34 PM, 01.05.2016

Welcome to the Style Loop

The Style Loop, located in Beachcliff Market Square in Rocky River, is a Cleveland-based company that sells pre-owned women’s clothing, shoes, handbags, and accessories. It carries a mix of premium brands such as Louis Vuitton and Chanel, contemporary brands like Kate Spade, and high-end mall brands, including Banana Republic and BCBG.

Sellers don’t need to make an appointment to drop off their items. They can be brought in any time during store hours, Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Volume 3, Issue 7, Posted 4:37 PM, 01.05.2016

Pita Pit Opens at Westgate Mall

  The new Pita Pit, located in Fairview Park, offers fresh, made-to-order pitas with a choice of savory meats, fresh produce, cheese and dressing in a healthy pita sandwich. Any of the pitas can be made into a "fork-style" option for those looking to avoid gluten.  

In the picture of the ribbon-cutting to open the new store are Fairview Park Chamber Executive Director John Sobolewski, Owner Brian Borcziak (cutting the ribbon), Fairview Park Mayor Eileen Patton, Fairview Park Chamber President Tim Sacko and Councilman Angelo Russo.  

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Volume 3, Issue 7, Posted 4:43 PM, 01.05.2016

Eternal Salon's Makeovers for Cancer

A beautiful thing happened one Saturday in December when Eternal Salon and Loft in Rocky River held a holiday makeover to benefit the fight against cancer. Not only did the salon raise $300 from specially priced express services such as facials, shellac manis and satin hand massages, it was also able to contribute five wigs from loyal client signups.

The real star of the day was Erin Schuler of Strongsville, the wife of a brain cancer patient. Erin was nominated by Eternal Salon's new charity partner, The Gathering Place, a local cancer support center, to be pampered at the salon with a complementary makeover that included a cut/color/style with hair extensions, makeup, nail treatment and other services.

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Volume 3, Issue 7, Posted 4:50 PM, 01.05.2016

Funds for Business Growth

In today’s economy, every business needs every available advantage to continue to succeed and grow. Over the past several years, government has been a vital partner for hundreds of companies in Northeast Ohio in helping them grow.  Surprisingly, many businesses have failed to take full advantage of these programs, allowing their competition to expand while their revenue streams remained stagnant.

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Volume 3, Issue 7, Posted 3:49 PM, 01.11.2016

A Five Year Milestone

Every journey starts with a single step. That's the mantra of a small business owner and that's how Girls Got Swing evolved.

We're one of the few retailers in our area offering designer warm-weather apparel year-round for our customers (aka: Snowbirds) who shop before they escape for the winter. And we always welcome them back in the spring!

As we celebrate our fifth birthday, all are invited to stop into Girls Got Swing on December 5 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the Holiday Walk at Beachcliff Market Square. We'll save a slice of birthday cake for you!

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Volume 3, Issue 6, Posted 2:47 PM, 11.30.2015

Deck the Halls...and the Mantels and Walls

Soon we will be decorating for the holiday season. The fireplace mantel can provide a great opportunity to add a little festivity to any room. It is a small surface, but it can make a big impact. Last month, I wrote about how the mantel came to be, so let’s thank our forefathers and come up with some great holiday redesign in their honor.

The fall and winter seasons bring us back inside for festive meals with friends and family. Thanksgiving and Christmas are just two of the occasions to be creative.

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Volume 3, Issue 6, Posted 2:57 PM, 11.30.2015

Tart Has Something for Everyone

Tart Boutique is an eclectic little gift and consignment shop on Lake Road in Rocky River. We carry a unique mix of vintage and antique pieces, new items, and one of a kind pieces of artwork created by local artists.

Among our offerings, you can find tea towels, t­-shirts and apparel that I screenprint on site, locally made candles and body products, cards for all occasions, and a variety of other great pieces that you will not find anywhere else.

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Volume 3, Issue 6, Posted 2:53 PM, 11.30.2015

Fairview Park Chamber and Others Honor Veterans

The 100th Bomb Group was host to a Veterans Day luncheon put on by the Power of More Chambers of Commerce. All six chambers invited their member veterans and their families to be recognized and honored. Over 125 people members attended, including Rocky River Mayor Pam Bobst and Representative Nan Baker. Fairview Park Chamber President Tim Sacko brought two generations of his family - Dad John Sacko, who is a Vietnam veteran, and his Grandfather William “Bud” Szabrak, who is a veteran of the Korean War. 

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Volume 3, Issue 6, Posted 3:33 PM, 12.01.2015

Breakfast Event Mixes Businesses and Charity

The Business Advisors Group is holding its third “Cleveland Homegrown Success” breakfast event to help local businesses and to support the Fisher House fund on Thursday, November 12 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., at the Cleveland Yachting Club,  200 Yacht Club Drive in Rocky River.  An RSVP is required, as seating is limited to 75 people.                 

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Volume 3, Issue 5, Posted 3:52 PM, 11.04.2015

maurice's Opens at Westgate

On October 30, Fairview Park and Rocky River welcomed a new woman's clothing retailer, maurices, to the Westgate Mall.

A national chain, maurices bills itself as "simply the best hometown specialty retailer."

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Volume 3, Issue 5, Posted 4:14 PM, 11.04.2015

Fairview Park Chamber Recognizes Its Bright Star

At its annual recognition program celebrating members of the Northern Ohio Area Chambers of Commerce, the  Fairview Park Chamber honored Katie Drdek, Director of Staffing/Sales for Anchor Medical Staffing, as its 2015 Chamber Bright Star.

Katie joined the chamber less than a year ago when Anchor moved to Fairview but has been a very active and supportive member from the beginning. 

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Volume 3, Issue 5, Posted 3:59 PM, 11.04.2015

The Fireplace and Its Mantel

Fall is here with its cold nights, damp days and, soon, whitewashed landscapes. These changes in the season send me dreaming of a warm fire in our fireplace. This daydream is vivid, with a glowing flame framed out by mosaic tile and topped by a nice mantel decorated for the season.

So, where and when did this come to be - not the daydream or the fire but the mantel and all its potential for decorative glory? The present day fireplace mantel is actually a modern invention.

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Volume 3, Issue 5, Posted 3:45 PM, 11.05.2015

Goldfish Swim School Coming to Fairview Park

Goldfish Swim School, Cleveland’s leading water safety and swim lesson school offering infant and child swimming lessons, is pleased to announce that construction of a new 8,900-square-foot location is currently underway in Fairview Park. The newest addition to the Goldfish Swim School family joins a thriving East Side location (open since 2012) and dozens of other Goldfish locations throughout the United States.

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Volume 3, Issue 5, Posted 4:07 PM, 11.04.2015

Make Connections at Rocky River Chamber's Expo

The Rocky River Chamber of Commerce proudly presents its 13th annual Business Expo on Thursday, October 8, from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Don Umerley Civic Center, 21016 Hilliard Blvd. in Rocky River. You are invited to attend this lively event to network with business owners and individuals who offer products and services in the area. Admission is free when you present your business card.

Expo 2015 will feature over 100 exhibitors, including 12 restaurants. The event presents businesses with a unique opportunity to stand out in today’s competitive business world.

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Volume 3, Issue 4, Posted 10:43 AM, 10.06.2015

O'Neill Healthcare Fairview Park Accredited

O'Neill Healthcare Fairview Park, the 118-bed nursing home newly constructed on the site of the former Garnett School, is now accepting Medicare patients.

The $14.5-million nursing home and rehabilitation facility, the fifth in the O’Neill Healthcare’s family of senior facilities, recently earned certification by the Ohio Department of Health and the Centers for Medicare Services, the standard among nursing-home certifications.

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Volume 3, Issue 4, Posted 1:34 PM, 10.11.2015

CTC Program Helps Mature Workers Transition

The newest program being offered by the Career Transition Center (CTC) on the West Side is “2nd State Institute”, an addition to CTC’s basic classes and job clubs. This is a joint venture with Vision 21 Consulting’s Dave Clements and Rev. Charles Eduardos of Victorious Living System.

In this series of specialized classes and group coaching, workers in the managerial, professional, technical and upper level administrative fields will receive assistance in moving on to the next stage of life. The students will learn specific techniques to handle the transition.

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Volume 3, Issue 4, Posted 1:27 PM, 10.11.2015

Chamber Member Wins Grand Prize

All six chambers in the Power of More have the opportunity to win thousands of dollars worth of prizes every time they attend a networking event.  This September the raffle tickets were combined from events held in 2015 and Fairview Park chamber member, Eileen Donahue, was the lucky winner.

Upcoming events for the chamber include the Power of More Oktoberfest on October 15 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the North Ridgeville VFW Hall and a breakfast meeting of the Fairview Park, North Olmsted and Olmsted chambers on October 29 from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the German Club in Olmsted Falls.

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Volume 3, Issue 4, Posted 4:22 PM, 10.06.2015

On A Mission

Several years ago, I walked into a grocery store in Michigan to see what all the buzz was about. Upon entering, I went into sensory overload. It was a culinary dream. Neatly stacked pyramids of ripe and shiny apples, oranges, pears - for miles. Amazingly unique items, shore-quality seafood, colorful healthy salads, and freshly packaged pre-cut vegetables waiting to be added to a dish.

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Volume 3, Issue 4, Posted 1:22 PM, 10.11.2015

We Do It All...Just Make the Call

Given my motto - We do it all...Just make the call, people often ask me exactly what is "all."  My first answer is everything, but I qualify that by saying that we help people that don't know who to turn to when it comes to a home or house.  When people hear the words estate sale, many think that someone has died and someone is selling the contents of a home. This is only one type of house sale that we handle.  Whether you are buying, selling, moving, downsizing, trying to de-clutter or stuck with an estate (as executor or guardian), we offer the services that can help!

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Volume 3, Issue 4, Posted 10:21 AM, 10.07.2015

The Yardist’s Top 10 Tips for Fall

People in the Rockport community know that improving and maintaining curb appeal is important for the continued beautification of their neighborhoods. The steps you take in the fall to clean up and prepare your yard for spring are a critical part of the process.  Follow these 10 tips to protect your lawn and garden from Old Man Winter and for a beautiful yard next spring.

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Volume 3, Issue 4, Posted 10:17 AM, 10.07.2015

Cleveland Treasures

There are many treasures to be proud of in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio. Yes, we made it into the NBA playoffs last year, we are the home of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and the National Republican Convention is headed our way. But dig deeper and you will find many treasures with national recognition. From pottery to metal, Cleveland has a legacy of well-known artists.

In my 20-plus years in the antique and decorative arts industry, I have fallen in love with some of these Cleveland treasures. I would like to bring them to life for you and provide the impetus for you to get to know them too.

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Volume 3, Issue 4, Posted 10:10 AM, 10.07.2015

Helping Seniors Buy and Sell Homes

There are a lot of real estate agents around town and most of them are utilizing the "latest and greatest" technologies to sell homes and communicate with their clients.  The following letter serves as a review of a local real estate agent, Julie Weist of Howard Hanna, who has not lost touch with the personal side of the business. Selling a home that someone has lived in for 40+ years can be a very traumatic experience.


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Volume 3, Issue 3, Posted 3:23 PM, 09.01.2015

We Do it ALL...Just Make the Call


Whatever the reason...we can help!  With over 30-plus years experience, I've helped many people deal with the task of what to do with the contents of their home or the property they are responsible for.  The answer is simple: Estate Liquidators and Deborah Simone will let you know what your options are.

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Volume 3, Issue 3, Posted 3:16 PM, 09.01.2015

How to Sell Your Home Fast

A crafty home seller knows incentives are a bit like a prize at the bottom of the cereal box.  If you offer your buyer something a little different, it can improve the chances of selling your home quickly and at the right price.  I am dedicated to providing the best real estate services and products available while helping clients with their individual needs.  

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Volume 3, Issue 3, Posted 1:40 PM, 09.01.2015

Working Hard vs. Working with Heart

Everyone reaches a point in life where he or she starts to look for the true purpose of life. More and more people are in the quest for a meaningful life. Successful people who have enjoyed material comfort often conclude that it is no longer enough. Now they are seeking greater meaning in life. In a society where businesses undergo crisis - accounting scandals, market crashes, downsizings, burnouts, and more - a new ideology is needed.

Spirituality and business did not co-exist before, but people are now suffering from not being able to address the spiritual part of themselves. Today, corporate leaders are beginning to understand that to succeed in a competitive global marketplace, they must figure out how to tap into the creativity and innovation within people.

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Volume 3, Issue 3, Posted 1:47 PM, 09.01.2015

Create a Picture with Words

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and a picture can be key when discussing  antiques. Most antique shops field calls from people asking for assistance on what to do with Aunt Betty’s buffet or grandmother’s china. Without the piece or even a picture in hand, the antique dealer must rely on a verbal description  to assess an item. Let’s dive into the language and the important marks that will help you communicate with an antique dealer.

China or dinnerware is a common inquiry so let’s start here. First, turn the plate over and see what is marked on the bottom. There could be up to three types of marks. One, a transfer or decal identification may be there, representing the factory, retailer or pattern.

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Volume 3, Issue 3, Posted 3:32 PM, 09.01.2015

Activities Assistant Needed at Presidential

The Presidential Apartments has a part-time position, 20-24 hours a week, open for a person to take responsibility for the smooth operation of scheduled recreational activities for senior and other residents. The person in this position will report to and assist the Activities Director. Previous work experience preferred but not required. Individual must be motivated to interact directly with residents throughout the afternoon. Please send resumes to Tiphaney Lanham at tlanham@ownerslive.com.

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Volume 3, Issue 3, Posted 1:42 PM, 09.01.2015

Massage Green Spa Offers Luxury to Everyone

Another new and unique business, Massage Green Spa, is opening in the newly renovated Rockport plaza. Located at 19935 Center Ridge Rd., the day spa is set for its grand opening on August 5.

The Fired Up Taco Truck will be serving up your favorite mouthwatering treats, including tacos and empanadas plus soft drinks. Get your tacos to go or stay to play corn hole, sidewalk chalk, bubbles, trivia and more.

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Volume 3, Issue 2, Posted 1:45 PM, 08.03.2015

Estate Liquidations: We Do It All

If you are a probate attorney and are overwhelmed by your client not knowing what to do with an estate, help is here.  At Estate Liquidators/Deborah Simone, we live by our motto, “ We do it all...just make the call”. 

For over 30-plus years, we have been dealing with the elderly and families that are left with the hard task of handling an estate.  What do I do now?  Is there any value in anything? Where do I start?  Who will help me?  My answer to this is that there is value in everything!

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Volume 3, Issue 2, Posted 12:35 PM, 08.05.2015

Make an Appointment, Please

Most people find antique shops fun and interesting. They are filled with things from our past, from far off places, and from distant times. The merchandise is not the only entertaining act. The knowledge of the owners and staff can be incredible too, with their quick informative remarks about the paintings on the wall and the silver in the cabinet.

But do not expect a command performance. Small business owners cannot always accommodate last-minute requests. If you call and make an appointment, you can be assured of my full attention and time.

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Volume 3, Issue 2, Posted 12:52 PM, 08.05.2015

Come to Taste of River/Buy River to Solve the “Where Should We Eat (or Shop) Tonight” Dilemma

Do you have difficulty deciding where to eat out in Rocky River and surrounding communities? In the past year, Rocky River alone has seen numerous restaurants open their doors, including Bomba Tacos & Rum and Fresco Mexican Grill & Salsa Bar.

We’re certain that when you join in the FUN at the 11th Annual Taste of River/Buy River you’ll know the restaurants you will want to visit. Is there an easier way to meet the owners/managers and become familiar with food items offered at the local food establishments? We think not!

Here's just a sampling of the restaurants and sponsors participating this year:

  • Bearden's
  • Bomba Tacos & Rum (NEW!)
  • Buffalo Wild Wings
  • Ferris Steakhouse & Tavern
  • Fresco Mexican Grill & Salsa Bar (NEW!)
  • Giant Eagle
  • Lowe's of Rocky River (they’re giving away a grill!)
  • Mitchell Brothers Ice Cream
  • Nature’s Bin
  • Olive Scene
  • Pearl of the Orient
  • River Dog Café
  • Salmon Dave’s Pacific Grille
  • Thai Cravings Café
  • The Woods
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Volume 3, Issue 1, Posted 3:31 PM, 06.29.2015

One-Stop Shopping for All Your Home Needs

Home Pros Advisor and Estate Liquidators are located at 1315 Linda St. Rocky River, Ohio 44116. We offer one-stop shopping for all your home needs. Whether you are selling, buying, downsizing, need your home staged, or have someone who needs help in making decisions while going through probate...We can help.

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Volume 3, Issue 1, Posted 3:31 PM, 06.29.2015

It’s Wedding Season!

It’s wedding season for some. You will either be attending a wedding or you may be in a wedding. For those who are attending a wedding, a gift will be on your To Do list. Many will choose from the mainstream: Crate & Barrel, Williams-Sonoma, and Macy’s. However, there are other ideas for sourcing a wedding gift, from antique boutiques or re-gifting a treasure from your home. So if you are purchasing a gift or putting together your bridal registry, think outside the box.

At our shop, "Mitchell Sotka," we not only offer Personalized Bridal Registries, but we can also assist those guests who refuse to purchase from a big box store. In my twenty-two years of being in the antique business, I have always provided guidance to those looking for bridal gifts—both to guests or to the newlywed couple-to-be. The following will provide some ideas for gifts and explain how I gather facts to build a selection.

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Volume 3, Issue 1, Posted 3:31 PM, 06.29.2015

Sola Salon Studios Comes to Rocky River

Sola Salon Studios will be opening its newest location at Westwood Town Center this August. The Rocky River location marks the sixth Sola in North East Ohio. Sola has grown to nearly 250 locations nationwide with over 5,000 salon professionals in 40 states. We provide salon professionals the support needed to be their own bosses, escape salon politics, and experience a new sense of freedom. Sola offers a turn-key environment for stylists, estheticians, nail technicians, and massage therapists to customize their studios, create their own schedule, set their own prices, and benefit from retail product sales. At Sola, we guide you and give you all the tools you need to make it easy and fun to start your own business. 

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Volume 3, Issue 1, Posted 3:31 PM, 06.29.2015

A Wife's Eye View

Owning a restaurant was a dream we fantasized about as dating evolved into married with kids. My hand to his glove, a partnership in life and in business. But like many dreams imagined on the back of young love, they were left at the door as reality and life took us in another direction.

A few years ago, we moved to Cleveland from Chicago. As our perspective changed that dream came back around nipping at our heels.

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Volume 2, Issue 11, Posted 4:46 PM, 06.07.2015

The Ritzy Chic Offers Vendor Space

People come into our shop and not only look for specific antiques and collectibles, but also ask if there are any other antique shops on the street.  Given these requests, I decided to make things simple by offering vendor/dealer space. Vendors typically carry an assortment of interesting items that, I believe, would meet the needs of our general customer base. 

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Volume 2, Issue 10, Posted 3:42 PM, 05.09.2015

Steuben: An American Icon

Today, given instant gratification and carefree living, the demand for some products such as table top items - china, crystal, and silver flatware - to create gorgeous dining tables has fallen. Disposable, inexpensive and microwave-safe seem to be key words to an audience that has grown sharply over the past two decades. With this shift, we have lost some fine workshops here in the U.S. and in other parts of the world.

Steuben, an American glass factory, is one such company that created handmade fabulous stemware, accessories and other blown glass items. Thanks to antique stores and estate sales, we can continue to purchase Steuben and continue to be enamored by its beauty.

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Volume 2, Issue 10, Posted 3:44 PM, 05.09.2015

Storewide Sale at The Ritzy Chic

For the month of April, The Ritzy Chic Resale Shoppe is having a storewide 75% off sale.

This sale includes items such as furniture, glassware, collectibles, vintage, retro, nearly new clothing, shoes, jewelry and accessories. The sale also includes pictures, paintings, lamps, kitchenware, metal and pewter items and more!

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Volume 2, Issue 9, Posted 10:35 AM, 03.31.2015

Just-A-Buck Stores: Save & Do Good

Just-A-Buck, a cheerful dollar store located in the River Plaza on Center Ridge Road, allows shoppers to save money while contributing to social good. The store is one of three in Northeast Ohio owned and operated by Solutions at Work, Inc. (SAW), the non-profit partner of the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities. SAW is one of the largest employers of adults with developmental disabilities in Northeast Ohio.

The Rocky River store opened in 2013, preceded by stores in Parma and South Euclid. Stores are staffed entirely by adults with developmental disabilities (except for managers).

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Volume 2, Issue 9, Posted 4:17 PM, 03.31.2015

Welcome Spring with a New Vision for Your Home

Open any home magazine and you will see vintage and antique pieces in photos of high-end homes as well as more cost-conscious homes. Readers of The Rockport Observer may differ in aesthetics and lifestyles, but that is the cool thing about antiques. There is something for everyone - from simple lines to heavily carved ornate cabinets. Today’s trend or the direction of consumers’ purchases can be summarized easily:  clean lines, practical décor and fewer pieces.



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Volume 2, Issue 9, Posted 4:19 PM, 03.31.2015

Century Cycles Partners Up for Bike MS

Locally-owned bicycle shop Century Cycles has been a supporter of Bike MS for every year since the company's founding 23 years ago. The two-day, 150-mile bicycle ride is a fund-raiser for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

At the Team Left Hand/Century Cycles Kick-Off Party, attendees will have the opportunity to meet current team members and get more information about joining the team.

  • Date:  Wednesday, March 11, 2015
  • Time:  6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Location: The Winking Lizard, 3634 Center Road, Brunswick, Ohio
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Volume 2, Issue 8, Posted 12:02 PM, 03.04.2015