Many thanks to Snap reader "Snakes" who gave the head's up about this wonderful snow sculpture of the CSU Viking mascot on Olive Avenue. I was able to run by last night and grab a snap!
Speaking of Vikings, I'm happy to report that the CSU Vikings have been hot stuff on the basketball court this season. Best of luck to the Vikings today in Chicago as they take on Loyola. So far the men's Viking's BB team have 20 wins, 3 losses and 9 games to go.
Unfortunately, the women's basketball team isn't having as strong a season - but they are still doing well with more wins (13) than losses (8).
I sure hope this friendly pup's human bought a few Blackbird Bakery dog biscuits as a treat! If the dog biscuits are half as good as the baked goods for humans, then it's safe to predict that they are better than anything around!
I noticed that Blackbird now has a slide show of their baked goods on their website - great idea! But watch out you might start drooling on your keyboard.
This weekend we checked out their new Garlic-Romano cheese bread and OMG is it good!
I have a great deal of admiration for cyclists who keep on pedaling even on the coldest of days! This fellow is taking the necessary precautions to protect his eyes, face, and lungs from the frigid temps which have taken up residence.
If the forecasters are correct, things are going to warm up - today the temperature is supposed to get into the 20s and tomorrow we may make it to 30 degrees; but the extended forecast has temperatures below freezing for the foreseeable future - so don't be breaking out the shorts and sandals quite yet!
Along with restaurants, bars, yoga studios and churches, the other type of business that Lakewood seems to have in abundance are salons - be they 'beauty shops' for women or 'barber shops' that cater primarily to men.
Last week I decided to check out the Carabel Beauty Salon. When I walked in I entered a magical space of friendship and community - and beauty products! I swear the shop carries every product and line there is - I'm sure that's an overstatement, but to my naive eye it certainly seemed that way.
I learned quite a bit about the Carabel Beauty Salon from the salon's owner Bonnie Fencl (shown above with long time patron Lottie). Among the first questions I asked Bonnie was why was the shop named Carabel Beauty Salon, since it is located a few blocks east of Carabel. As one would predict, the answer was obvious - at one time the shop was located on Carabel - but the question opened the door to getting a bit of history about the shop.
Carabel Beauty Salon has been in business since 1954; Bonnie took over the salon in 1969. Until 1991 the shop was located on the corner of Madison and Carabel. In 1991, Bonnie decided to move the business to its present location because of the opportunity to get more space and so her patrons, many of them getting up in years, did not have to navigate any stairs.
What impressed me most about the shop is Bonnie 's friendliness and her unwavering dedication to the community - she is a active participant in Art Walks and other community events and festivals.
The salon has five stylists and a manicurist. The day I visited all of the clients were women of a certain age; but the shop caters to all women - and women to be! The salon offers "Princess Parties" - beauty shop parties for girls (age 4-11) - for a fee of 11.80 per girl, the child gets a hair do, a manicure and a hair accessory of her choice. Not surprisingly, since the theme is princesses, the most popular accessory is a tiara!
Carabel Beauty Salon is located at 15309 Madison Avenue, the phone number is (216) 226-8616. The shop is open Monday through Saturday.
Last week I met up with fellow snapper Gianni (aka John) for lunch. Oddly, John has never been to John's Diner even though he and the diner share a name and they have even been around for about the same amount of time - I won't drop the dime on how old John is but the diner has been around since 1948.
Walking into John's Diner is like stepping back into time, so don't come in expecting wi-fi to accompany your bottomless cup of joe. In addition to a wonderfully long bar it has numerous cozy wooden booths and can accompany a surprisingly number of patrons. The friendly waitstaff and good, basic, inexpensive food makes a stop at John's Diner a delight.
By the way, I'm thinking in the top picture that might be John of John's Diner in the background - according to the diner's Facebook page he's always around until 3.
John's Diner is located at 18260 Detroit Avenue and is open Monday to Saturday 6 a.m. to 8 p.m and Sunday 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. - no checks and no plastic, so make sure you bring cash when you come to John's.
*"drag it through the garden" is diner lingo for a hamburger (or other sandwich) with lettuce, tomato, and onion
The Snap has two different Sunday season series underway - one is the view of the Hillard Bridge and the other is the view from the Detroit Avenue Bridge of the Emerald Necklace Marina.
Today photos of how the Marina and this part of the Rocky River look in winter. The photo above was taken around 9:30 this morning - the sun is out, but baby its cold outside. The thermometer is currently registering 16 degrees, but it feels colder.
I wanted to update the series last week and I took a shot from my usual spot last Saturday (1/8/11). Although the sky is more typical of winter on the North Coast- cloudy - the photo didn't do it for me. I should share both views - the view, as with life, comes with both sunshine and clouds.
Morning winter sky, n'icy lake, and lovely reflections of the sky and Cleveland skyline. Photo taken from a window in Lakewood looking east by Libby.
Snap readers with an eye for detail may have noticed a a couple changes to the Lakewood Daily Snap sidebar lately - one is a box showing that the Lakewood Daily Snap is now of Facebook. We are still trying to work out what being on Facebook means; but it seems like a good idea. If you like the Snap - pop on over and let us know you "like" us! And please feel free to give us any ideas of what things you might like to see on the Lakewood Daily Snap.
The other new addition is we have a new snapper - gloriousdecadence (aka Libby C). Libby has yet to get a tutorial on posting, so until that happens I'll be her ghostposter! Libby lives on what is referred to as the "gold coast" which is located in the northeast quadrant of Lakewood - the other two snappers live in the southwest quadrant, closer to the Rocky River Reservation than the Lake. Welcome Libby!
To see more photos of the sky around the world visit here!
I saw, and heard, lots of snow removal action yesterday during my walk. Today's busytown installment includes a brief visual study of snow blowers, or if you prefer snow throwers.
My neighbor across the street gives his just acquired machine a whirl by clearing another neighbor's driveway. By the way his own driveway was cleared earlier using non mechanized means - a shovel.
When I saw the machine, I went over to ask what was up with the machine. He said he finally had it with shoveling. After shoveling his own driveway he went to the place around the corner and got an excellent deal on a refurbished machine.
He might need to adjust the blower apparatus (see last photo). However, if he really likes that setting maybe he should see if he can find one of the handy dandy attachments I saw later.
This fellow has a snow and wind shield and doesn't have to worry about any blowback.
Now this woman has got it down - the blower apparatus is powerfully set yet aimed to the side with little chance of snow coming back to hit her.
Recognize the fellow? Actually maybe J should keep the adjustment as is and skip the shield - I must admit I kind of like the eyebrow and whisker dusting!
A little snow Friday and Saturday and a brilliant clear day on Sunday made for a picture perfect winter day on Sunday even if temperatures never got above the low to mid 20s.
The Rocky River Reservation was a happening place with plenty of skiers, sledders, joggers, hikers and even anglers taking advantage of such a beautiful day. We even ran into an American Robin basking in the sun. Although most Robins migrate to warmer climates in the winter, some hearty Robins choose to overwinter in the area.
The Rocky River Reservation is one of seventeen parks which make up Cleveland's "Emerald Necklace." This metropolitan park system was established by the Ohio legislature in 1917. The first parcel of land for the Emerald Necklace system was purchased in 1919 and includes the horseshoe shaped valley which makes up the Rocky River Reservation. The park runs through eight different municipalities, including Lakewood.
Monday the Snap showcased one of the BIG homes along Lake Avenue; a very stately house and typical of a lot of the single family houses that dot Lakewood's Gold Coast.
I mentioned that the majority of homes in Lakewood are much more modest than the Monday's house. House prices in Lakewood are a good deal, especially compared to many other parts of the country. According to one website in June 2010 the average price for a house in Lakewood was $103, 263.
After looking at the house posted Monday, one person asked about the price of luxury homes in Lakewood. I expect luxury homes are a completely different kettle of fish than 'regular people's' houses, but I also expect they are still a bargain compared to many other places.
I recently learned of a website where one can put in an address for a piece of property and get a fairly reliable estimate of what the house with that address costs or would cost. So I plugged in the address for Monday's house - according to zillow.com, "This 5234 square foot single family home has 7 bedrooms and 5.0 bathrooms." The website zestimated the house at $835,500.
I plugged in the address for house pictured today, zillow zestimated this house's value at 120,500. This 1922 built house is considerably smaller than Monday's home, but is much more reasonable, especially if you are like me and think of things such as heating, furnishing, and cleaning considerations. Today's pictured house has 3 bedroom and one bath and has a very livable 1,400 square feet. Since the sign proclaims the house sold those in the know can find exactly how much it went for ---I don't know about for you, but for me there is something sweet about seeing a sold sign, each sold sign offers a promise new energy and provides an assurance of the continued sustainability of the community!
The Root regular Eric takes a moment to ponder one of life's more puzzling problems - or maybe he's just trying to decide between whether to have a pizza or a calzone for lunch. Well, now that I think of it that decision could be considered one of life's more puzzling problems.
Last visit to The Root, I noticed the new nifty additions to posting the menus - the drink menu still uses a traditional chalkboard, but food menu items are written right on the wall on areas that have been painted with chalkboard paint - c'est une bonne idée!
One of the more interesting aspects about living in Lakewood is the variety of the city's housing stock. Lakewood is commonly referred to as the City of Homes.
In terms of homes, Lakewood has everything, and I mean everything, from small cottages to large mansions and from small 6 to 8 unit apartment complexes to high rise apartments and luxury condominiums. Of course the majority of the houses in Lakewood lie in-between the cozy cottages and the lakeside mansions and luxury condos.
I don't know the history or story of the home pictured today, however, like most the neighboring houses along Lake Avenue it is a house that causes me to stop in my tracks and take in the architectural details. What a handsome home - with its slate roof, Tudor-style dormers, and interesting touches around the doors and windows; and speaking of windows, even the windows look unique - they look like leaded-glass.
For me the thing most arresting about the house is the turret - how I love turrets! And on the top of this turret is a most peculiar and interesting flourish - it appears to be part of an arrow or maybe a harpoon and around the shaft a serpent is wrapped. Cleveland's hockey team is called the Lake Erie Monsters, maybe the name is derived from a lake serpent that dwells in Lake Erie and, like the team, this house is celebrating that critter! Anyhow, I'd love to know what this embellishment represents - anyone know or want to offer an idea?