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Christ Child Society Opens New Showcase Resale Shop in Fairview Park: A Place in the Sun

FAIRVIEW PARK, Ohio – There’s a new resale store in town, and it’s in a familiar location.

For more than two decades, the American Cancer Society (ACS) operated a resale store at 20470 Lorain Road in Fairview Park. At the end of last year, ACS decided to go in a different direction and closed the shop.

The Christ Child Society of Cleveland, which operates a Showcase resale store at 15404 Madison Ave. in Lakewood, learned of the ACS decision and explored the possibility of opening a second store. The nonprofit’s board and members liked the idea, so they signed a lease in December 2021.

After some renovations, including painting and new flooring, the store opened on April 2.

Kathy Cole, who oversees operations and volunteer training for the Lakewood store, fills the same role at Fairview Park. Both stores are run entirely by volunteers. All proceeds benefit the organization’s mission: to meet the needs of children in the Greater Cleveland community.

The building is owned by Peter Holick, who also owns and operates PJ’s Day Spa, located next door. At one time, the structure housed two popular local stores: Tate’s Butcher Shop and Baumgardner’s Grocery Store. The Baumgardner family lived in the adjoining house.

Cole and her husband, Tom, worked to prepare the building for its new use.

“Tom installed light fixtures, helped install shelving and shelving, and he built a sorting center for donations,” she said.

Parma resident Kathy Cole displays a vintage photo showing the new resale shop during its previous use as a butcher shop. (Carol Kovach/special at cleveland.com)

The main hall on the first floor of the new boutique is filled with neatly curated displays of women’s clothing, accessories, jewelry and more. An adjacent room displays works of art, wall hangings, housewares, china, glassware, sundries, and jewelry.

Upstairs, a room contains children’s clothes, toys and other objects. Another has neatly hung shelves of men’s clothing and accessories. A third is filled with household items and a fourth contains gift items and trinkets.

“Our goal is to make it look like a boutique,” ​​Cole said. “We want to have attractive displays and good prices to keep the merchandise moving.”

At the Fairview Park location, Mondays are half-price days, with everything on sale on the first Monday of the month and half-price clothing on other Mondays.

At the Lakewood store, everything is half price on Tuesdays.

Stores will have bag sales in March and September, Cole said.

“Then we clear and clean the store and reset the merchandise for next season,” she said.

Donations of new or lightly used items that are clean and in good condition are welcome at both stores during business hours. They cannot accept stuffed animals, pillows, comforters or other items filled with cotton wool,
or furniture and bulky objects.

Items that cannot be used in the store are donated to other charities.

“My goal is to get as much merchandise as possible recycled, reused and renewed,” Cole said.

Fairview Park store hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, closed Wednesday and Sunday.

The Lakewood Boutique is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, closed Sunday and Monday. Both sites are closed on public holidays, Good Friday and Christmas Eve.

Madison Park Sign

Madison Park will once again host the Taste of Lakewood. Thousands of people are expected at the June 12 event. (Carol Kovach/special at cleveland.com)

Lakewood Taste: Bring your appetite and head to Madison Park, 13201 Madison Ave. in Lakewood, from 1 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, June 12 for the annual Taste of Lakewood. Admission is free for this ticketed event, where attendees can sample dishes from area restaurants.

The event is presented by the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce.

Participating restaurants include Aladdin’s Eatery, Angelo’s Pizza of Lakewood, Barrio Lakewood, Cleveland Vegan, Dang Good Foods, Dewey’s Pizza, EL Carnicero, Forage Public House, Humble, Immigrant Son Brewery, India Garden, LBM Bar, Master Pizza, Melt Bar & Grilled, O’Toole’s Pub, The Root Café, Salt+, Sauced Taproom & Kitchen, The Tea Lab, Thai Thai and VooDoo Tuna.

In addition to the food options, many of Lakewood’s local merchants and artisans will set up shop for the day in the Merchant’s Market. Shoppers will find a variety of artwork, home decor, pottery, apparel, accessories, collectibles, novelties, personal care products and more.

Participating merchants and manufacturers include CouCou Sentiment, Cuyahoga Community College’s Hospitality Management Program, First Federal Lakewood, Foundry Woodprints, Garbage Guys and Gals, Inspired Chiropractic & Wellness, Kay-Em Apparel, Lakewood City Schools, Lemon Seeds Music, and Little Lakewood Pasta Co.

There will also be drawings and live music throughout the day. Beer and wine are available for purchase.

Once again Pier W will be sponsoring the VIP Tent. Tickets to the VIP tent are $60 and support the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce scholarship fund. Tickets include reserved parking, preferred seating, a personal server, food and drink tokens, a special dessert, and a raffle ticket for a chance to win Chef Regan Reik’s dinner for eight at Pier W .

The Lakewood Chamber of Commerce awards scholarships each year to four seniors from Lakewood and St. Edward High Schools. This year’s winners will be recognized on stage at 4 p.m.

The Taste of Lakewood stage schedule includes live music by Jeff Varga from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., recognized scholarship winners at 4 p.m., Pier W dinner VIP raffle at 4 p.m. 15, live music from the Whiskey Ramblers from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and the winners of the Dollars for Scholars 2022 raffle will be announced at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets for this drawing can be purchased in the Dollars for Scholars tent. The winner receives a planter with gift cards from various Lakewood businesses. Proceeds from the draws benefit the LCC’s scholarship fund.

Friendly, leashed dogs are welcome.

For more information, visit tasteoflakewood.com.

PERI Meeting: Public Employee Retirees Inc. Chapter 91 will meet at 11 a.m. Monday, June 13 at the lower level of the Fairview Park Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library, 21255 Lorain Road in Fairview Park.

The guest speaker will be Judy MacKeigan, Historian/Archivist of Cleveland Metroparks. She joined the parks system in 2010 while completing her master’s degree in history at Cleveland State University. His subject will be “Cleveland Metroparks History: The Early Years”.

She will share how the park flourished in the 1920s, survived the Great Depression and World War II, and met the challenges of the 1950s.

PERI, established in 1948, has more than 50,000 members statewide. Chapter 91 includes members from the northwest suburbs surrounding Cleveland. They meet every two months to discuss topics of interest and keep abreast of bills.

Public sector pensioners are invited to attend the meetings. Light refreshments are served.

Fresh products offered: North Olmsted Oxcart Pantry, in conjunction with the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, will be giving away free products of 2-4 p.m. on the second Monday of the month at John Knox Church, 25200 Lorain Road in North Olmsted. The next date is Monday (June 13).

Call 440-716-4165 or visit north-olmsted.com/youth-family-services/mobile-produce-pantry to register for drive-thru.

Additionally, the Maple PTA Mobile Produce Pantry is open from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month at Maple Middle School, 24101 Maple Ridge Road in North Olmsted. The next date is June 28.

This drive-thru is also in conjunction with the Greater Cleveland Food Bank. It is free and open to everyone.

For more information, call 440-202-9950 or email bhalleagle@gmail.com.

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