This is an independent
site for Cleveland's Shaker Square.
not affiliated with the
Coral Company which owns the Square or any other
organization. For more than fifteen years I've maintained it as a
community service, paying its expenses.
Always pro-bono: no charges, no ads,
2004 Key Bank,
which had helped finance Shaker Square's 1999-2000 purchase and
renovation, took it back from the new owners who
could not meet their financial obligations.
There was a Saturday morning public meeting that filled
one of the theaters in Shaker Square Cinemas at which mayor Jane Campbell
spoke. The morning of that meeting, knowing that the
Square had no web presence, I registered the
shakersquare.net domain name.
The Square's merchants and
restaurant owners worked with me and within weeks this website
was more than 60 pages. It had a detailed page for each
restaurant, store or street-level business, plus some
lists and pages on how to get here and parking. Nearly three years passed
before the Coral Company's site for the Square went
online. By then this site had added community and
history pages and was more than 100 pages. Many other
websites linked to it, it ranked #1 when searching on
"Shaker Square", and welcomed more than 10,000 visitors a
The middle years
With the Coral Company's
website listing all the businesses
on the Square and the websites of those business showing details such as menus and
hours, we gradually reduced our pages on each
business and then deleted them. Our community and history pages
The Coral Company
new website and its directories on the Square
list the businesses. It and the SHAD and
Larchmere Merchants websites promote
events. The SHAD
CONNECTION newspaper is also on the web. This website has adjusted
accordingly. It now features
pages that need little maintenance and which supplement
the other Square and Larchmere sites.
Our focus is now history, community links, directions
and parking, plus support of community initiatives. And
when you click to see a business directory, you will see
a page on the Coral Company's website.
Thanks for visiting these
pages. See you on the Square.