A large crowd filled a meeting room at the Euclid Public Library on January 16th for the Opportunity Zone Breakfast. The informational event was presented by the Euclid Chamber of Commerce and the City of Euclid, in partnership with sponsor and guest speaker Elliot Kijewski/Cushman & Wakefield / CRESCO Real Estate. The additional expert speakers included Stephanie Mercado of Kohrman Jackson & Krantz LLP, Vince Adamus of Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) and Paul Herdeg from Cuyahoga County.
Is it time for you to get out of the rent race and buy a home of your own? While buying isn’t right for every
person or for every life stage or circumstance, there are several perks of homeownership that tend to stay
stable over time. These include building long-term equity, the comfort and pride that can be associated
with owning your own home and, of course, lower overall monthly cost.
If you don’t think you can afford to buy a house right now, then you may not know all of your options.
Many loan programs offer options for low down payments and some programs offer 100% financing.
Other programs allow gift money as a down payment. Also, sometimes a seller is willing to contribute to
your purchase if they want to sell quickly.
If you plan to stay in your home for several years, buying a home could save you thousands of dollars over
renting. And you can get rid of the nosy neighbors upstairs!
BENEFITS OF HOMEOWNERSHIP:
Unlike rent, property taxes and the interest on your mortgage payment are all tax deductible.
Home equity is the difference between the value of your home and the amount you owe on your
mortgage. As you pay your mortgage down each month and your home value appreciates, you build
more equity to your overall net worth.
Your mortgage payments could be the same or less than what you’re paying in rent. With a long-term,
fixed-rate mortgage, your payments will also remain stable and predictable.
When you own your own property, you get to control it. That means planting your favorite flowers in the garden, allowing Fido in the kitchen, and having friends over after hours.
Even before Duane Mierzejewski officially opened shop in mid-May 2018, he had a loyal following of cyclists and vintage bicycle enthusiasts. It has been many years since Euclid – a growing bike-friendly community - had a bike shop and repair place in Downtown. In anticipation of this opening, multiple residents stopped by to wish the new business owner well, and to thank him for adding vitality and another amenity to Euclid’s diverse businesses.
Verbal agreements and oral representations made during negotiations for an agreement, when later reduced to writing, are unenforceable! Under the law, when the agreement of the parties is later reduced to writing and verbal agreements and/or representations are not contained in the original written agreement, such omitted terms are NOT ENFORCEABLE! The Parol Evidence Rule, a rule of common law in most jurisdictions, excludes representations made prior to the written contract, and which terms were not included in the written agreement.
While driving, walking, or biking on Lakeshore Boulevard you may have noticed that a bunch of gleaming red balloons replaced brown paper in the windows of Downtown Euclid’s newest business. African Variety Market and Catering celebrated their official grand opening on Saturday, September 23rd after a soft opening during the Art Walk the evening before. The storefront is located at 21932 Lakeshore Boulevard next to Paragon.
More growth in Euclid's industrial Cooridor! Ray Fogg Building Methods has broken ground on their 3rd building at Bluestone Business Park. This building will join Bluestone 1 which is home to Remedi Senior Care and Guardian Technologies and Bluestone 2 where Amazon Flex is located. Bluestone Business Center 3 will be a 75,000 square foot manufacturing/ warehouse facility. The City of Euclid is thrilled with the continued growth, investment and jobs being created in our industrial cooridor.
Driving the stretch of St. Clair Avenue between East 222nd Street and Babbitt Road, there are multiple signs that our city’s manufacturing corridor is growing. Lincoln Electric’s Welding Technology Center and the St. Clair Avenue streetscape - in partnership with the City of Euclid, First Energy, and AT&T - are scheduled for completion this fall. Now construction is underway at Keene Building Products on a twenty-thousand square foot addition to the existing manufacturing facility.
No doubt, the 2017 golf outing will go down in the books as a memorable one. Golfers hit Briardale Golf Course for 18 holes on a hot, muggy July day. The outing, presented by the HELP Foundation, was filled with a lot of chances to win cash and prizes. Numerous hole sponsors offered chances to win additional prizes at their hole, including Action CARSTAR Auto Body & Frame. A car windshield was set up on Hole #1 and Mike Oliver of Minute Men Staffing won $100 cash when his shot hit the windshield.
On hole #8, a par 3, 165 yard shot, James Hoynes of the Hoynes Insurance Agency and Nationwide Insurance, witnessed Dave Bruckman tee off and hit a hole-in-one to win a $10,000 cash prize! James and his foursome complete with David Lynch, Tom Daniels and Gary Zehre, also won the outing.
A big thanks to all of our sponsors for the outing who helped to make this the most successful one to date.
Euclid, Ohio, and the Collinwood neighborhood are both full of businesses that support one another. Six degrees of separation. Jerry Schmidt, welding artist of Waterloo 7 Studio, is a customer of HGR. Industrial Surplus After interviewing him for a blog post, he introduced me to Larry Fielderof Rust, Dust and Other Four Letter Words who also is an HGR customer. I did a blog post about Larry then commissioned him to create a two pieces of industrial art for HGR’s new offices. Larry took me over to Six Shooter Coffee Cafe to see the bars and lamps he had made for the space and introduced me to Pete Brown, Six Shooter’s owner, and to some of the best coffee I’ve had.
The City of Euclid is excited to welcome Bombshell Beauty and Spa to the Moss Point block of Downtown Euclid!
HELP Foundation is looking for compassionate individuals to join our team. If you are motivated to make a career out of helping others, we may have the job for you! Apply at www.helpfoundationinc.org to become a Direct Care Worker and start your career at HELP.
Most Euclid residents know about the city’s Waterfront Improvements Plan, but do you know about the many recent improvements at these mid-rise lakefront towers along Lake Erie?
Action CARSTAR on St. Clair Avenue recently added 6,000 square feet of space to its existing auto body repair shop which created a new paint area to increase production capability and allow business to grow. To kick off the expansion celebration, Action Owner Tony Perrino hosted the Euclid Chamber for their monthly "Coffee Connection" on Feb. 7th.
Global contacts, partnerships and more are at the fingertips of area businesses that use the Opportunity Network platform. Citizens Bank is the first bank in the nation to offer its clients access to this proven service, which gives businesses access to an international network of 13,500 CEOs and billions of dollars in potential financing.
The much-anticipated grocery store, located just west of E.260th Street along Euclid Avenue in the Family Dollar Plaza, is set to open this month. The 27,000-square-foot store will be full of fresh, healthy food priced affordably for neighborhood families. Many of the full and part-time employees will be local residents.
On Oct. 20, HGR Industrial Surplus hosted an open house and luncheon for its partners, community leaders and long-time friends to unveil a more-than-$1.2-million renovation. If you’ve never been to the back of the building, now you have two reasons to drive around: to visit the NEO Sports Plant and the new operations offices for HGR.
HELP U Shred provides secure document destruction and recycling for individuals and businesses of all sizes at competitive rates and critical job skills training for adults who have developmental disabilities. Following industry standards for HIPPA compliance and chain of custody security HELP U Shred is your local, reliable resource to prevent identity theft and finally get rid of those old files and papers.
The City of Euclid is pleased to announce Hudec Dental’s relocation to a larger space in a stand-alone building on Lakeshore Boulevard in close proximity to their former location on East 260th Street.
This summer has brought more than just warm weather to the City of Euclid - two new retail establishments have opened in our community.
The City of Euclid is thrilled to welcome another new, small business - the much anticipated Euclid Brewing Company located in a storefront at 21950 Lake Shore Boulevard next door to Lake Shore Coffee House.
The brewery, which opened in May 2016 with local couple Doug and Kim Fry at the helm, enjoys an excellent tagline: “Because every great city should have its own brewery.”
Indeed, it’s popular opinion that this is the city’s first craft brewery.
Earlier this year, Doug left his job as a principal scientist with Ricerca to launch this business. His experimentation with brewing began in 2005 when he was gifted a Mr. Beer homebrew starter kit. Doug’s background in chemistry, affinity for Euclid and desire to keep busy post-retirement culminates in this brewery, which for the time being uses a two-barrel system.
While there is not a kitchen, there is no shortage of nearby food options which you are welcome to bring in. Pull up a stool to a reclaimed laboratory table top or the bar, overlooking the brewing equipment. With a rotating of seasonal craft beers planned, this spot is sure to be a destination for both Euclid residents and those further afield.
Euclid Brewing Company launched with limited hours to start. Enjoy Doug’s favorite, the Pale Ale, Thursdays from 4-7pm, Fridays from 4-8pm and Saturdays between 2 and 7pm. Check for updates on days, times and what is newly on tap at www.facebook.com/EuclidBrewingCompany.
The meeting of the Euclid Architectural Review Board on March 24th featured presentations on two major development projects coming soon to the City of Euclid. The plans of The Lincoln Electric Company and Imani United Church of Christ were both enthusiastically received by the Board and granted conceptual approval at the meeting.
Lincoln Electric, represented by architect Andy Burbules of Structura Architects, shared their plans and renderings for the new Welding Technology and Training Center at the ARB meeting.
The Welding Center will be located in a two-story addition measuring 119,186 square feet to be built onto an existing building on the South side of St. Clair Avenue. The addition will feature a modern glass and metal exterior similar to Lincoln’s main headquarters building located across the street. A light-filled atrium will greet visitors as they enter the new center.
“You’ve done a wonderful job” remarked Board Chair Robert Dorer. “It will be a beautiful building”.
Spring is a time when many business owners put their growth and expansion plans into action. This is certainly the case among a number of small businesses in Euclid this year.
At East 260th Street and Lakeshore Boulevard, Hudec Dental has kicked-off a major renovation project to accommodate the company’s upcoming move and expansion. The need for a larger space and opportunity to occupy a prominent location prompted the local dental group to purchase the former bank building. Hudec Dental has been serving area clients at their office on E. 260th in Euclid for the past eight years.
Progress is also being made on the future home of Dr. Paul Infield’s chiropractic clinic at 22570 Lakeshore Boulevard in Downtown Euclid. The extensive building renovation project is being partially funded through the City’s Storefront Renovation program.
Dr. Martina Moore is the President and CEO of Moore Counseling & Mediation Services, Inc. located in Euclid, Ohio.
Also known as MCMS, the community based organization offers a wide range of services to clients that suffer from alcohol and drug addiction and behavioral health disorders. MCMS offers education, intervention, advocacy and support by helping clients get on the right path in life by meeting on a regular basis with counselors and specialist to discuss a wide variety of issues that MCMS clients are struggling with.
Dr. Moore holds a Ph.D. in counseling education and supervision with a specialization in consulting which she obtained from Walden University. She has a Master’s degree in community counseling and human services from John Carroll University and a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Notre Dame College.
Dr. Moore wears a lot of hats, she is visiting faculty at John Carroll University and an instructor at The Gestalt Institute of Cleveland. She is a Civil Service Commissioner for the city of Euclid and is President-Elect of the north east Ohio counseling association.
Not only does Dr. Moore help those in the local community, she is on the board of directors for Serving and Learning Together (SALT), a non-profit organization that has a focus on philanthropic activities to provide services to underdeveloped countries.
Some of the services provided through SALT includes: building dispensaries, schools and libraries in those underdeveloped countries.
Get to know more about Dr. Moore and MCMS by visiting our Moore Counseling Facebook page or by visiting the website at moorecounseling.com.
The former Rockwell Automation building, located at 24701 Euclid Avenue, may perhaps be the city of Euclid’s best overall office facility in terms of functionality, location and aesthetics, and is certainly one of its largest. Yet, it currently sits unoccupied, and is available for lease or for sale. The 61,481-square-foot-building is most recently the former business home of some administrative offices for University Hospitals and Rockwell Automation before that. These large organizations took extremely good care of the facility and the property is in outstanding condition.
The building’s availability from a lease perspective comes at a time when office vacancy rates in Northeast Ohio continue to drop, meaning that companies are discovering it is increasingly more difficult to find quality office space that meets specific needs, including whether to upsize, downsize or simply occupy for any number of reasons. In fact, according to Fourth Quarter 2015 research by commercial real estate firm Newmark Grubb Knight Frank (NGKF), only 17.8% of all offices in the Greater Cleveland office market are available. Moreover, in the east submarket, where this building is located, the availability is even lower at 17.1%. Options are fewer, and quality options for office space like this building are even harder to come by.
What does this mean for this building and the city? It means that Euclid has a prime office asset that has the potential to not only bring vitality to a newly-vacant space, but also tax money and a solid company, organization or entity that could easily become part of the fabric of the community for years to come.
What sets this building apart from others in the area is its infrastructure and cosmetic quality, highway accessibility and abundant parking. For example, nearly $5 million was poured into the building in 2000 to upgrade the property into a world-class training facility with fiber optic cables, cosmetic enhancements and a quality HVAC system. In addition, its location on Euclid Avenue in between East 222nd Street and Babbitt Road makes it highly accessible to I-90/Route 2 and firmly set within public transit routes. I-271 is also within a reasonable driving distance. Furthermore, for companies that have a large roster of employees, the facility boasts free, abundant parking on its 15.45 acres, with a ratio 8 spots per 1,000-square-feet of space, which is amongst the best in the area.
The three-story facility is 100% sprinklered and fire-alarmed throughout, and other amenities include a cafeteria and kitchen, a dock with storage and a shipping office. It also offers building and street signage, which provides instant visibility to the over 12,300 vehicles that pass by it each day.
According to Jeff Cristal, executive managing director with NGKF, “This property is perfect for a corporate headquarters, a call center, medical administration or other user with a large number of employees. It’s a great looking building that has been well-maintained by the owner and previous users and offers an inexpensive upside for a potential user or new owner.”
The NGKF team of Cristal, Executive Managing Director Bob Nosal and Associate David Leb are currently fielding serious inquiries from potential owners and tenants for this building. Their contact information is as follows:
Jeff Cristal: email@example.com
Bob Nosal: firstname.lastname@example.org
David Leb: email@example.com
The new Omeleggeddon Cafe owners, Carl DeScott and Antonio de Leon, celebrated their grand opening with Mayor Bill Cervenik, Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Sheila Gibbons and City Planning Director Jonathan Holody. The new cafe, located at 651 East 185th Street, specializes in omelets, breakfasts, sandwiches, salads and more.
Fidelis Partners, a software company which offers IT consulting services, officially opened its headquarters in Euclid this past September.
The firm purchased a house on the corner of E. 260th and Forestview, which neighbors Ss. Robert and William Catholic Church. Working with the City of Euclid and local architects and contractors, Fidelis Partners rezoned and renovated the property with offices and conference room space.
“We broke ground in early 2015, but with the help of Anthony Hiti of HGF Architects and Ralph Fioritto of RF Fab Homes, we were able to begin working from the new office quickly,” says Mike Sweet, founder of Fidelis Partners.
Dr. Jeffrey Lubell is proudly celebrating his 30th year as a Podiatrist here in Euclid. It was in September of 1986 when Dr. Lubell opened the doors to his medical practice on East 222nd Street and he had no idea what an amazing and diverse community he'd call home. In private practice, with privileges in both University Hospitals(Ahuja) and Cleveland Clinic(Euclid) Hospital systems, Dr. Lubell "enjoys the variety of his profession" he stated. "Patients are both young and old, treated medically and/or surgically and seen for many different conditions.
It has been a busy summer in Euclid’s Industrial Corridor with the addition of a new company on East 222nd Street and the construction of a second building at Bluestone Business Park.
Euclid Avenue is now home to one of the city’s newest small businesses, Chocolat Salon. The company received assistance from the City of Euclid’s Storefront Renovation Program for the purchase and installation of a new sign to help announce its arrival.
Chocolat Salon's goal is to provide exceptional healthy hair service, while enhancing beauty of the clients it serves. Robyn Woods, the owner of Chocolat Salon has been stylist since she received her cosmetology license in 1992, since high school. She initially opened her business in Willoughby Hills in 2012. Last year, Chocolat Salon relocated to Euclid at 24678 Euclid Avenue.
Flatlined Sales and Operations Consulting is a consulting company founded in Euclid, by a life long Euclid resident looking to help local businesses not only sustain, but also grow their business. Flatlined was founded on the principal of partnering with local entrepreneurs to take their passions and apply business strategies to grow sales. We specialize in leveraging cost effective technologies to capture and analyze each transaction in order to grow sales and reduce costs.
Even in 2015 many businesses both large and small struggle to effectively leverage technology to collect and manipulate data to grow their sales and profitability. Small businesses often don’t realize the ability to implement technology improvements within a constrained budget and the effectiveness of doing so. By utilizing products such as Microsoft Office’s Excel, Word, and Access small businesses can effectively capture transactional data such as sales orders, purchasing activities, and inventory movements to analyze and improve marketing efforts, inventory turns, and cash flow.
Dontrell Callahan slips into one of his trademark smiles and says, "Martial arts is very different than most people think. Jackie Chan and Bruce Lee were great, and their aggressive, warrior roles captured me as a boy. But I came to learn the heart of martial arts is ATTENTION to what's going on inside you, to other people and to the situation you find yourself in. It calls for disciplined physical techniques, but it all starts with awareness."
The 37-year old sensei (teacher)of the Black Dragon Kenpo dojo (training place) in the Shore Cultural Center should know. He's a third-degree black belt of the kenpo school of karate. He's been designated a "world class competitor," and you become aware it would not be a good idea to pick a fight with the Bowling Green University grad, who has also expressed himself as a writer, editor and singer. Callahan feels peaceful though, and the Euclid native confirms the impression. He emphasizes his martial arts tradition is defensive.
J.D. Byrider, the nation’s leading franchised used car and finance company, named Dennis Ange and his management team Franchise of the Year for their successful Euclid, Ohio, dealership. J.D. Byrider Corporate chose Ange and his team, recognized during the company’s annual convention earlier this month, because of their dedication to customer service, excellence in sales and commitment to sharing best practices with other J.D. Byrider franchisees.
“We’re thrilled to accept our Franchise of the Year award and couldn’t be prouder of our staff who continues to provide our customers with valuable service,” said Ange. “It’s such an honor to be part of the J.D. Byrider family, and it’s been a pleasure to serve our customers in the Euclid area. We look forward to another year of successful sales and exceptional service.”
Franchise of the Year winners are recognized in three categories – single (one franchise location), mid (two or three locations) and multiple (more than three locations). Ange qualified in the single store category. Franchise of the Year winners are selected from among 132 locations across the U.S.
The Euclid store also earned a President’s Award, which is based on store earnings, portfolio quality and customer service rankings.
The Euclid Chamber of Commerce added 11 new member businesses, eight of which are located in Euclid. Many of these businesses were new to Euclid in 2014 and have joined the Chamber in the last quarter of the year.
The City of Euclid, in partnership with the Euclid Chamber of Commerce regularly reaches out to local businesses to assess the needs of our business community. While reaching out, the Chamber was able to gain additional members.
Below is a list of the recent Euclid business additions to the Euclid Chamber of Commerce:
Good Hands Home Care 669 E. 200th Street, Euclid, OH 44119
I-Specz Eyewear 560 E. 200th Street, Euclid, OH 44119
Ultimate Body Transformers 419 E. 200th Street, Euclid, OH 44119
AttYourService, LLC 419 E. 200th Street, Euclid, OH 44119
Body Rocks Dance and Fitness Studios 904 E. 222nd Street, Euclid, OH 44123
SC Industries 24460 Lakeland Boulevard, Euclid, OH 44132
Street Machinery 21734 St. Clair Avenue, Euclid, OH 44117
Aggcorp 22800 Lakeland Boulevard, Euclid, OH 44123
If you are interested in membership with the Euclid Chamber of Commerce, please contact Sheila Gibbons at (216) 731-9322, or visit their website at www.euclidchamber.com. If you are a Euclid business or a prospective Euclid business call the City of Euclid at (216) 289-2830 or visit www.cityofeuclid.com/community/development to see what the Planning & Development Department can do for you.
Much activity can be seen in Euclid’s Industrial Corridor - from private investment to major public infrastructure improvements.
Just off East 260th Street, Guardian Technologies has become the second tenant to move into Bluestone Business Park. The company leased approximately 48,000 square feet in the first building at Bluestone for their new corporate headquarters and distribution operations.
Guardian Technologies is a leading manufacturer of air purification systems. The company will bring 25 – 35 jobs to Euclid.
Basic Motivational Interviewing (3.0 Hours)
July 18, 2014 (Friday)
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
This workshop teaches the concepts of Motivational Interviewing (MI) and the Transtheoretical Model of Change, their relationship to each other, and their usefulness in Clinical practice. This training is for practicing counselors and other professionals in substance abuse treatment settings and mental health counselors. This experiential workshop gives participants an opportunity to work with Stages of Change and apply motivational strategies. The hands-on approach helps participants put the material into use with clients.
Advanced Motivational Interviewing (3.0 Hours)
August 1, 2014 (Friday)
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
This workshop will focus on the advanced fundamentals of Motivational Interviewing including: Screening tools for measuring the clients' level of motivation, interventions to assist with helping clients to move through the stages of change, how to illicit change talk with a client, and how to help clients sustain change talk.
All workshops are presented at our main campus located at 22639 Euclid Avenue, Euclid, Ohio 44117.
Please call our Professional Development Department at (216) 486-1900 to register or for more information.
The legal duty a landlord owes to persons on the landlord’s property depends upon whether that person’s status is that of a guest, invitee, licensee, or merely a trespasser.
Guests are persons invited by the owner. Invitees are those who rightfully enter upon the property by invitation, for some purpose which is of benefit to the owner, such as a repair person, or meter reader. Licensees include those persons who enter the premises with the owner’s permission for purposes beneficial to the licensee, and not the owner. A door-to-door salesperson may be a licensee.
By contrast to all others, a trespasser is one who enters onto or into property without invitation consent, or permission, purely for his or her own purposes, benefit, or convenience. For example – a thief!
While landlords owe no duty to guests, invitees, licensees, or even to trespassers, except to avoid willful and wanton conduct that is likely to injure them, all classes of visitors to property are owed the exercise of ordinary care to protect them by maintaining the premises in a clean and safe condition. Municipal Building and Housing codes are used to enforce such duties by owners, as well as by tenants.
The basic laws of premises liability, recently stated by the Ohio Supreme Court, held: “...[a] landlord owes the same duties to persons lawfully on the leased premises as the landlord owes to the tenant.” This is a good rule to remember, and to observe, in order to minimize risk and liability.
Consult experienced legal Counsel for advice regarding the laws of premises liability.
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At Fusion Fitness Training & Wellness, Owner Eric Price looks the part of a personal trainer/gym owner, or at least that’s what I mused to myself the first I saw him. Thoughts about never judging a book by its cover aside, I was not particularly convinced anyone could get me into shape, but I at least wanted a beefy trainer that I could point to as evidence of my efforts.
Having been very active as a child, I was always in fairly good shape. Life, particularly graduate school got the better of me, and then I was not in that great of shape. Having finished school and settled in a relatively consistent routine with my employer I realized I had run out of excuses.
Joe’s proves certain communalities are required among patrons while drinking socially.
Euclid Veterinary Clinic is celebrating its two-year anniversary. We are located on Lakeland Boulevard in the space that was formerly Euclid Veterinary Hospital. Inc. This was owned by Dr. Stearns who greatly served the public for sixty years.
On October 23rd, Yogurt City, located at 22312 Lake Shore Boulevard, officially opened its doors to the public to much fanfare, and offered free frozen yogurt to customers all day long. Representatives from the Mayor’s Office and Euclid City Council, City Economic Development officials and officials from the Euclid Chamber of Commerce celebrated the franchise’s sweet arrival to the City.
Euclid residents will have a healthier alternative to satisfy their sweet tooth in the City.
Frank Yu, owner of the China House at 22316 Lake Shore Boulevard in Shore Center Shopping Center, will operate Yogurt City right next door.
Yu recognized that the City lacked a place to get a healthy snack. At .45/ounce residents can also expect a bargain.
The store operates on a self-serve model. Customers choose from 10 flavors available daily and then select from more than 40 toppings which range from fresh fruit to candy. In total, the store boasts over 40 flavors which are rotated periodically.
The most unusual flavor is Maple Bacon Donut although Frank says his favorite is Peanut Butter.
Frank Yu transformed the vacant storefront making the space a place a great place to enjoy a guilt-free frozen confection.
Sheila Gibbons, Executive Director at the Euclid Chamber of Commerce is happy to have the new business in town. “We are always excited to see new businesses open and we encourage the community to come out and support our local business owners,” she said.