The restaurant scene
Earlier this year the Square was strengthened by the
move of Zanzibar from the southwest quadrant near the movie to the
much larger space in the northeast quadrant that had been used by
Sergio Abramoff's Sarava.
We have just welcomed a new French restaurant
Edwin's, in the former Grotto space in the northwest quadrant.
Learn more. It's getting a lot
of publicity as a place where former felons are getting a new start.
Our hope is that such "buzz" soon gives way to folks talking about
it as "that good French restaurant on Shaker Square."
Farewell to Lake Erie Artists
Paula Atwell was a good citizen, supporting all good
things at the Square and doing her best to promote it and her
gallery. Sorry to see her leave.
Mark Naymik writes about Shaker
His report on the state of affairs at the Square made the front page of the
Metro section of the Sunday Plain
Dealer of February 24, 2013. And it was informed coverage too. For more
Good news - The Connection is back! (posted
The downsizing of SHAD, our neighborhood development
corporation, stopped the publication of its newspaper for a while.
We're very glad to see it back, with Kristen Romito as editor. You
can pick up a free copy at the Square, or read it online at
With the waxing and waning of the promotional spending
of the Square's owner (read more below), we urge friends of the
Square to join SHAD and to attend its annual meeting, to be held
Thursday January 10. (more
How many community development corporations will Shaker Square have?
For nearly two years, most of that time working in secrecy, the
Shaker Square Area Development
Corporation (SHAD) was exploring a merger into the Buckeye Area CDC to create a Buckeye -
Shaker community development organization. Such a combination, if adequately staffed and funded,
with Shaker Square area interests well represented, could be good for the
whole Buckeye - Shaker area.
Some SHAD leaders felt that
a few aspects of the deal, not disclosed until late January and
presented on a non-negotiable basis, were unacceptable. Enough
SHAD members agreed with them to narrowly vote
down the merger proposal on February 25th, 2012.
What has happened since is puzzling and promising.
Puzzling because small changes in the deal could
have garnered a favorable vote - yet Buckeye
made no effort to negotiate.
Promising because SHAD is continuing,
with new leaders, new vision and enthusiasm - all in the face
of financial problems and an end to its main source of funding.
Read our view of why the merger failed and why it looked a lot like a
With the Buckeye Area CDc having changed its name to
Buckeye-Shaker Square in June 2012, it seemed that they planned to take over
this area. But more than a year later, we hear nothing and there is
Recently we've been hearing about the Shaker Square
Alliance. Housed in an unlikely place -- a union supported
agency on the near west side, whose other concerns are issues, not
neighborhoods -- we are trying to figure out this new player.
Neighborhood Progress, which was behind the bungled merger effort of
last year, is a financial supporter.
Now you see why we ask "How many community development
corporations will Shaker Square have?"
Senior Wednesdays on the Square
If you are 60 or older, we hope you'll make
Senior Wednesdays on the Square
Perhaps the first joint promotion at the Square in
years. Reid Robbins
would have called it "small ball" and liked the idea.
We're pleased to announce that
Zanzibar Soul restaurant is now
participating in these senior specials.
Vacancies on the Square
Now that the space in the southwest quadrant once used for the
Obama offices has been rented by the Democrats again (see our page), space
is available in only two quadrants:
● northeast: two former Joseph-Beth spaces, west of CVS
● northwest: the Lake Erie Gallery space
Considering the economy and where the Square was seven
years ago before The Coral Company took it over, we're doing
We wish that one of
these vacant spaces could become a community meeting
place. See our page
About Public Spaces and Community.
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have more than 13,000 visitors a month and hope that you
find this independent, neighborhood-oriented website
See you on the Square.
being one of the more than 13,000