In Downtown Euclid’s oldest commercial strip — the string of retail establishments between East 218th and East 222nd streets — many businesses have come and gone over the last two decades. But, like the little train that could, the Lake Shore Coffee House keeps on chugging along.
“We have a really great loyal clientele,” says proprietor Greg Lawrence. This cozy coffee house, known for its casual, relaxed atmosphere — as well as its fresh-brewed coffee, is approaching 19 years in business. It is easily recognizable from the street as the place with the sidewalk table for patrons who enjoy sipping or snacking al fresco.
“We opened the coffee house in 1992, just about the time that a Seattle startup company began branching out,” Lawrence points out. “That company was Starbucks.”
The long-time Euclid businessman has actually been on the strip since 1989, when he moved his real estate and insurance office from East 200th Street to Downtown Euclid. He believes his three businesses may be the longest-running establishments on the strip.