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March 2, 2014

 

Dear friend of the Square,


Max and Arnie

Our tenth anniversary

In February 2004 the Square's previous owners defaulted. Amazed to learn that the Square had no website I registered ShakerSquare.net on February 17, 2004. After two weeks of walking the Square and speaking to each merchant and restauranteur, the first version of these ad-free community pages was up and running.

Shake the Square

The most welcome news in years was the announcement of Shake the Square, the first joint promotion we can remember. It is led by the fine restaurants on the Square. Learn more about it. Participate in it. Get friends who haven't been here for years to have a taste (pun intended) of what they've been missing.

The SHAD annual meeting

At the January 10, 2014 annual meeting we learned that under the amazing leadership of George Palda our Shaker Square Area Development Corporation survived another year. But with the funds it used to get from urban development and city sources now going to Buckeye-Shaker, this year will be its toughest ever. To learn more and to join, visit www.SHAD.org


Senior Wednesdays on the Square 

If you are 60 or older, we hope you'll make Senior Wednesdays on the Square a habit. Perhaps the first joint promotion at the Square in years. Reid Robbins would have called it "small ball" and liked the idea.

Vacancies on the Square  (1/15/14)

A recent email from the Coral Company says the Square is at 98 percent occupancy. That's amazing. They deserves the credit (and the profits) from the dramatic change from when they took over the Square in 2004.

A walk around the Square shows that Shaker Square Apartments has leased the former Lake Erie Artists space in the NW quadrant. They are civic-minded folks, possibly the largest owner of apartment buildings around the Square.

There's now only one large unrented space - the one between Deweys and CVS that is used by the Winter Farmer's Market on some Saturday mornings  We wish that space could become a community meeting place. See our About Public Spaces and Community.
    
Website news

This website is ranked #1 by all major search engines. We now have more than 13,000 visitors a month and hope that you find this independent, neighborhood-oriented website useful.

See you on the Square.

Arnie

Thanks for being one of the more than 13,000
persons who visit www.shakersquare.net each month.
 

 
 

Why are we concerned about promoting Shaker Square?

Some facts:

  • In today's tough economy, Shaker Square needs to promote itself.

  • In 2004, when The Coral Company was campaigning to buy the Square, it promised to promote it vigorously.

  • In addition to rent, the Square's merchants and restauranteurs pay a monthly promotional fee to the Coral Company.

Thus, when we see those promotional funds put to work, we are pleased. And when we don't - like when their website is neglected - we make a point to mention it. 

We also wish that events supported by this promotional fund would be credited as from the restaurants and stores on the Square. First, it might bring them some patronage as an expression of thanks. And second, it's the truth.  AB

 
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