This one is for the dogs…but you’re invited, too.  LakewoodAlive’s 11th Annual Spooky Pooch Parade brings the bark to Kauffman Park on Saturday, October 20, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. when dogs will rule the day in Downtown Lakewood.

Spooky Pooch Parade LogoThe Spooky Pooch Parade consists of a free-to-attend festival in Kauffman Park, a parade through Lakewood’s downtown business district on Detroit Avenue and an awards presentation.  A favorite Halloween tradition for Northeast Ohio dog lovers and their families, this community festival represents one of the only events of its kind in the region, providing a tail-wagging good time for canine and human guests alike.  Last year’s Spooky Pooch Parade drew nearly 350 canines and an estimated crowd of 2,500 people.

Tickets for this celebration of costumed canines will go on sale in August.  Pre-registration to walk in the parade is $10 per dog and day-of registration is $15 per dog.  Multiple dog discounts are available with pre-registration only.  Humans are free.  This popular community event takes place rain or shine, and proceeds from the parade benefit LakewoodAlive, a community-centered nonprofit organization striving to foster and sustain vibrant neighborhoods in Lakewood.

Festivities get underway with the Spooky Pooch Festival beginning at 12:30 p.m. at Kauffman Park.  Enjoy entertainment, kids’ games and dog-related vendors, including rescue groups and other nonprofits offering canine-oriented goods and services.  Kids are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes.

LakewoodAlive Spooky Pooch Parade

It doesn’t take a genius to realize what a doggone good time the Spooky Pooch Parade is.

The much-anticipated dog parade commences at 2 p.m.  Dogs of all shapes and sizes dressed in their finest Halloween fashions will strut their stuff along Detroit Avenue.

Judges will award prizes beginning at approximately 3:15 p.m. in a number of categories, including Best Dog & Child, Best Dog & Adult, Best Dog & Group, Spookiest Pooch and Best in Show.  Contestants must participate in the parade in order to be eligible to win a prize.

Spooky Pooch Parade Schedule of Events:
12:30 p.m. – Spooky Pooch Festival
2:00 p.m. – Dog Parade
3:15 p.m. – Awards Ceremony

More details regarding the 2018 Spooky Pooch Parade will be unveiled in the coming weeks so check back regularly for updates.  Every dog has his day and that day will be October 20 in Downtown Lakewood!

Holy Superhero Party, Batman! Tickets On Sale Now for “Loving Lakewood: Superheroes Unite”
Secure Your Tickets Now for LakewoodAlive’s Heroic Fundraising Event on Feb. 24
LAKEWOOD, OH – Not feeling super about the onset of winter?  We have a heroically perfect remedy for you.  Get ready to rid yourself of cold-weather blues by donning your favorite cape and superhero shoes.
Tickets are now on sale for Loving Lakewood: Superheroes Unite, LakewoodAlive’s annual winter fundraiser taking place Saturday, February 24, from 7:30 to 11 p.m. at the Lakewood Masonic Temple.  Guests are invited to assume their secret identities and defend the universe while enjoying a powerfully good time in a historic Downtown Lakewood venue.  This limited-capacity event is expected to sell out, so act faster than a speeding bullet to secure your tickets by visiting
Superheroes Unite will feature superhero-themed food, drinks, décor and entertainment.  Attendees will be flying high to consume festive foods from the “Truth, Justice and the Lakewood Way” food stations, sample a Kryptonite Cocktail, enjoy music and partake in games and activities fit for a true superhero.
A $100 VIP ticket includes all General Admission ticket offerings plus early entrance at 6:30 p.m., open bar for the first hour, two drink tickets, a special VIP menu, a free limited-edition Superheroes Unite t-shirt and access to a complimentary caricature artist.
A $50 General Admission ticket gains you entrance to the Lakewood Masonic Temple at 7:30 p.m., where you’ll receive unlimited food, one drink ticket, the ability to purchase a limited-edition Superheroes Unite t-shirt and access to all the superhero-inspired fun, including games, a contest and special visitors.
No matter which option you choose, you’ll be fighting crime while having a great time.  Attending superheroes are urged to don their cape, web-shooters and tights for one of those memorable LakewoodAlive nights.  Bravery, alter egos and superhuman strength are strongly encouraged.  Feel free to show your courage and dress as someone who represents an honorable hero within your own life.
Proceeds from Superheroes Unite will support LakewoodAlive’s programming as we strive to foster and sustain vibrant neighborhoods in Lakewood.  Much like heroes, we at LakewoodAlive are ordinary people who work with the wonderful residents of Lakewood to accomplish extraordinary feats.
More details regarding Superheroes Unite will be unveiled in the coming weeks.  For ongoing updates, please visit

Lakewood High School juniors Erin Black and Greg Medley were selected to be the Queen and King for Light Up Lakewood 2017. Both students will be awarded $500 scholarships. This is the 6th year that David Stein, owner of Plantation Home and Cotton, has sponsored the scholarships. Erin and Greg were chosen because they demonstrated their love for Lakewood through providing outstanding service to the community. Congratulations to Erin and Greg!

Breakfast with Santa Returns to Downtown Lakewood on November 25
Tickets On Sale Now for Popular Holiday Tradition on Small Business Saturday
Lakewood, OH – Santa Claus is indeed coming to town, and it’s sooner than you think.  Breakfast with Santa returns to Downtown Lakewood on Saturday, November 25, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon when Jolly Saint Nick himself visitsO’Neill Healthcare Lakewood (Assisted Living Building – 1381 Bunts Road).
Presented by the Downtown Lakewood Business Alliance, a merchant association of LakewoodAlive, this popular holiday tradition consists of “Selfies with Santa” photo opportunities (bring your own camera), a seated breakfast (pancakes, eggs and sausage) and a children’s activity room featuring opportunities to write letters to the North Pole.
This fun-filled, family-friendly event is open to all ages and is anticipated to sell out quickly.  Tickets for both seatings (9 and 10:30 a.m.) of Breakfast with Santa are on sale now and can be purchased online here.  Tickets are $12 per person; children two and under are free.  Please note that highchairs and booster seats will not be available.
Breakfast with Santa coincides with Small Business Saturday, a nationally-recognized day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities.  Upon finishing breakfast, attendees are encouraged to visit the wide variety of independent shops and restaurants throughout Downtown Lakewood.
Proceeds from Breakfast with Santa benefit the Downtown Lakewood Business Alliance, a merchant association committed to making Downtown Lakewood one of the region’s top destinations for dining, shopping and entertainment.



For one evening each year, Downtown Lakewood turns downright chocolatey, and even those with a discerning sweet tooth go home happy.

The Chocolate Walk is a delectable and decadent evening all about chocolate!  On October 26, 2017, participants will visit a wide variety of shops and eateries that are Sweet Stops on the Chocolate Walk.  Each Sweet Stop provides a unique chocolate treat.

Your ticket will gain you entrance to the 2017 Chocolate Walk, where you will receive your bag, wristband, event map, and have a chance to purchase raffle tickets.  Guided by your map and the signs and festive bows decorating participating merchants, you’ll take to the streets to visit the Sweet Stops, collecting something chocolate at each location. You may visit the stops in any order you wish.  Our merchants eagerly await you!

Don’t miss this memorable, chocolatey evening!  Proceeds support the Downtown Lakewood Business Alliance and LakewoodAlive’s Downtown Lakewood Program.


Get ready to add some sizzle to your summer!  Lakewood Summer Meltdown 2017, sponsored by Melt Bar & Grilled and presented by LakewoodAlive, is back for its eighth year on Saturday, July 8 from 4-10 p.m.

The Summer Meltdown represents one of the region’s most highly-anticipated street parties and drew nearly 10,000 attendees from across Northeast Ohio to the heart of Lakewood last year.  This fixture on our city’s summer calendar takes place on Detroit Avenue in Downtown Lakewood between Marlowe and Elmwood.  A “something for everyone” event, the Summer Meltdown offers seemingly endless recreation and celebration opportunities, including a 5K race, 1 Mile Kids Fun Run, street festival, outdoor activities, games, food vendors, beer garden, live music and more.

Families will love the street festival component, which features free programs from 70+ businesses and nonprofits organizations, including numerous interactive opportunities.  Activities range from a sprinkler park to skateboarding to demonstrations of yoga and other exercises.

The ever-popular Meltdown 5K presented by Cleveland Clinic Lakewood draws hundreds of participants annually, as it features a fast course, chip timing, a fashionable t-shirt for participants and prizes for top finishers.  Both this running event and the 1 Mile Kids Fun Run presented by Lakewood Family YMCA afford participants a rare opportunity to partake in an evening race.

Click here to register to participate in the Meltdown 5K or 1 Mile Kids Fun Run. 

Local brews available in the Gary K. Bish Memorial Beer Garden will complement dining options from vendors and food trucks.  Live music at the First Federal Lakewood Stage will delight the crowd as dusk turns to nightfall in beautiful Downtown Lakewood.



LakewoodAlive to Host Loving Lakewood: Lumberjack Bash on February 25

 Tickets for Fundraising Event at The Bottlehouse Brewery on Sale January 9

LAKEWOOD, OH – Calling all lumberjacks and jills: Get ready to channel your flannel and dance your axe off!

LakewoodAlive announces it will host Loving Lakewood: Lumberjack Bash presented by Geiger’s on Saturday, Feb. 25, from 7:30 to 11 p.m. at The Bottlehouse Brewery Lakewood(13368 Madison Avenue).  Guests are cordially invited to grow their best beard, don their finest Lumberjack attire and attend LakewoodAlive’s annual winter fundraiser for a log-splitting good time.  Once you go lumberjack, you might never go back.

Tickets for the Lumberjack Bash go on sale at 12 p.m. noon on Monday, Jan. 9, and can be secured at  Proceeds will support LakewoodAlive’s programming as we strive to foster and sustain vibrant neighborhoods in Lakewood.  Much like lumberjacks, we at LakewoodAlive are renowned for our work ethic and not afraid to roll up our sleeves and get the job done.

The Lumberjack Bash will feature lumberjack-themed food, drinks, décor and entertainment.  Attendees will be chopping at the bit to consume pancakes and bacon-wrapped sausage links, sample a Blue Ox cocktail, enjoy live music and partake in games and activities fit for a true Lumberjack.  One such activity – the Epic Beard Contest presented by Men’s Cuts – will afford contestants the opportunity to compete for the distinctions of having the best, longest and most unique beards.

A $75 VIP ticket includes all General Admission ticket offerings plus early entrance at 6:30 p.m., complimentary valet parking, access to a special VIP menu, two specialty drink tickets and additional live music and activities.

A $40 General Admission ticket gains you entrance to The Bottlehouse Brewery Lakewood at 7:30 p.m., where you’ll receive brunch-style heavy hors d’oeuvres, one specialty drink ticket and access to all the lumberjack-themed fun.  General Admission ticketholders will also receive complimentary valet parking.

No matter which ticket option you choose, you’ll be so plaid you came. Attending lumberjacks and jills are urged to wear casual, outdoorsy attire: Jeans, plaid flannel, suspenders, winter hats and boots.  Beards (fake or otherwise), hearty appetites and shouts of “Timber!” are strongly-encouraged.

More details regarding the Lumberjack Bash will be unveiled in the coming weeks.  For ongoing updates, please visit and be sure to act fast once tickets go on sale Jan. 9.

Loving Lakewood: Lumberjack Bash is generously supported by the following sponsors: Geiger’s (Title Sponsor) Cleveland Property Management Group (Platinum Sponsor), M.V.P. Valet Parking (Gold Sponsor) Men’s Cuts, (Presenting Sponsor for the Epic Beard Contest), Lion & Blue and Relief Properties (Silver Sponsors).


Today was the crowning of Light up Lakewood’s 2016 King and Queen, Abe Dalinsky and Sarah Bene. They each received a $500 Dollar scholarship from Plantation Home. As king and queen, Abe and Sarah will provide 20 hours community service in the upcoming year. Congratulations Sarah and Abe!


Plantation Home and Cotton are Proud to be a Sponsor of Light Up Lakewood. Come Downtown and Join in the Festivities!

A Decade of Dazzle: 10th Annual Downtown Light Up Lakewood Event to Spread Holiday Cheer on December 3

Celebration Expected to Draw Thousands of Guests

Lakewood, OH – It’s a most joyous of Lakewood traditions and it’s back in Downtown Lakewood for a 10th consecutive year.  The spirit of the season will come to life with holiday cheer when Light Up Lakewood 2016 takes place on Saturday, Dec. 3.


Presented by LakewoodAlive in conjunction with many generous businesses and organizations, Light Up Lakewood celebrates the season and the richness of the city’s vibrancy.  This free, family-friendly event in Downtown Lakewood features a holiday parade, lighting ceremony, winter fireworks, live music, ice carvings, hot chocolate, food trucks, children’s games and much more.


Attendees are invited to stroll Lakewood’s downtown district and visit local stores and restaurants while taking in the sights and sounds of one of Northeast Ohio’s largest holiday celebrations.  Light Up Lakewood serves as a marquee event for the entire region, having drawn an estimated 25,000 guests last year.


Light Up Lakewood represents a day-long celebration that starts with Lunch with Santa at Dewey’s Pizza from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and doesn’t end until the music stops playing at 8 p.m.  Guests’ sensory perceptions will be delighted by the twinkle of holiday lights, the cheerful sounds of carolers and the warmth exuded by the festive, friendly atmosphere.


Highlights include Vendor Village inside the historic Masonic Hall, the ever-popular Holiday Parade, which commences at Manor Park at 5 p.m. and ends in front of the Lakewood Public Library, live entertainment provided by bands, choirs and dancers, the Lighting Ceremony at 6:30 p.m. at the newly-located Main Stage at City Center Park and a can’t-miss fireworks show at 6:45 p.m. over the rooftops of Downtown Lakewood.


Schedule of Events for Light Up Lakewood 2016:

  • 11 am – 1 pm – Lunch with Santa at Dewey’s Pizza
  • 11 am – 4:30 pm – Ongoing performances at Barton Center with a surprise visitor
  • 3 pm – King and Queen Ceremony at Plantation Home
  • 4 pm – Festival Kickoff with Vendor Village and Food Court opening
  • 5 pm – Start of Parade at Manor Park and Detroit Avenue, headed westbound on Detroit
  • 5 – 8:30 pm – Santa visits Lakewood Public Library
  • 5:30 – 8 pm – Ongoing performances at Lakewood Public Library
  • 6:30 pm – Lighting Ceremony at Main Stage at City Center Park (in front of the Marc’s Plaza)
  • 6:45 pm – Fireworks Show


“Light Up Lakewood is our signature community event and we’re thrilled to welcome thousands of Lakewoodites and visitors from across the region yet again,” said Ian Andrews, Executive Director of LakewoodAlive.  “Whether you’re feeling the spirit of the holiday season or simply wish to enjoy a festive urban atmosphere, perhaps no event better showcases our city’s vibrancy than this long-standing Lakewood tradition.”



Light Up Lakewood Festival Queen and King Scholarship Application
As part of our commitment to fostering and sustaining vibrant neighborhoods, LakewoodAlive partners with Plantation Home owner David Stein to provide two $500 scholarships to Lakewood residents who are high school juniors in the 2016-17 school year. This scholarship celebrates community service, pride in Lakewood, and a commitment to further strengthening the community. Six finalists will be selected to be interviewed, three for the Queen and three for the King. One Queen and one King will be chosen by the selection committee as the scholarship recipients. for scholarship application, which is due via email or postmarked November 11, 2016.


For more information and continued updates, please visit


Light Up Lakewood is generously supported by the following sponsors: City of Lakewood, Convey 360, Dewey’s Pizza, First Federal Lakewood, IMCD US, Lakewood Anglican Church, Lakewood Masonic Temple, Lakewood Public Library, Plantation Home and The University of Akron Lakewood.


Stop In On Small Business Saturday

Plantation Home and Cotton will be participating in the seventh annual Small Business Saturday on November 26, 2016 to support businesses in the Downtown Lakewood Ohio area. Small Business Saturday has been embraced as part of the holiday shopping tradition as each year shoppers, businesses and public officials come together to Shop Small and show their neighborhood pride. We hope to see you there!