Paula Atwell wasn't born an artist. She didn't pursue any art form in college, instead achieving a degree in English and a minor in accounting. After logging years in standard 9–5 jobs, she had an epiphany—it was time to do something for herself. Taking this newfound motivation to action, Paula enrolled in a beading class and followed it with forays into metalsmithing, crafting, and soldering.
These experiments in creativity led her to join the Lake Erie Artists co-op in 2003, where she began to show her eclectic jewelry at their booth during local festivals. When the co-op became incorporated in 2005, Paula's business world experience made her an obvious choice to lead the diverse group of artists in forming their own gallery. Today, the co-op-turned-gallery now carries hundreds of art pieces that span a range of media.
Producing blown-glass sculptures and handcrafted metal jewelry and pottery, the artists each specialize in a few select media as decided during the gallery's annual game of spin-the-paintbrush. The staff at Lake Erie Artists Gallery is also a strong proponent of local business, encouraging their patrons to browse Shake Square after looking at their wares. In project-oriented classes taught by working artists, students explore jewelry and painting and leave with their handcrafted pieces.
Lake Erie Living's pages showcase the people, places, and events in the communities dotting the shore of Lake Erie, from Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania to New York and Ontario. Features regularly explore famous lakeside mansions and island cottages, and reviews mine the menus of excellent restaurants in cities and the countryside. Amid its tips on decoration, new lakefront adventures, or etiquette for interacting with ancient lake monsters, the magazine also devotes an article to a new winery each month.
The magazine's recurring monthly features includes "Lake Erie Lives," which highlights a unique Lake Erie resident, such as Elisa Guida, a two-time cancer survivor who raises money for cancer patients by crafting jewelry from guitar strings donated by famous musicians. Readers keep a finger on the pulse of the lake's culture and lifestyles with other recurring features such as "Great Homes Realty," "Weekend Getaway," and "Hidden Treasures," which points readers to the most underrated shopping spots along Lake Erie.
Crain's Business’s team of meticulous reporters populates the magazine’s digital and printed pages with stories of the latest goings-on in Michigan and Ohio’s corporate world, extending their watchful eyes beyond the borders of the city into the entire state. They stay abreast of happenings in an array of industries, including advertising, finance, government, and sports, tapping into their vast knowledge to compose compelling features. Regularly updated blogs and columns feature additional information and opinions about such pertinent topics as real estate, elections, and the declining value of the Monopoly dollar.
Readers can nominate praise-worthy movers and shakers for one of Crain's business-centric awards, such as “20 in their 20s,” “40 under 40,” and “The Only One Over 120.” They can also submit local events to a community calendar that compiles happenings from across the state.
From 1992–1994, the Cleveland Thunderbolts gave the city its first taste of Arena Football League action. And while the taste was but a tease at the time—the team disbanded at the end of the 1994 season—AFL fans eventually would see a return to revelry in 2008 with the arrival of the Gladiators, a team that bounced around the country like a rock band on pogo sticks before diggin’ in their cleats at Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena. In their first official season, the Gladiators introduced themselves in grand fashion by advancing to the franchise's first-ever conference championship game—a tough loss, to the eventual league champion Philadelphia Soul, that’s since stood as the squad’s humbling reminder of the unending effort required to achieve league dominance.
The staff at New Balance isn't concerned with simply selling shoes—their mission is to pair customers with the footwear that will carry them comfortably through life’s arduous steps. Understanding that an ill-fitting pair of athletic shoes can cause pain to joints and potentially damage knees, hips, and the back, associates measure the length and width of each client's foot and conduct a gait analysis to chart the trajectory of their stride when walking normally or running through ball pits. The data are collected to help the staff match clients with their ideal shoe, keeping them running longer and looking good while doing so.
The Olive and The Grape's two locations celebrate the cuisine of the Mediterranean by packing shelves with vinegars and more than 30 olive and grape-seed oils from Spain, Greece, Italy, Lebanon, and many other countries. Other products include seasonings to flavor grill rubs, marinades, and salad dressings and more than 50 types of pasta. Staffers also load up carriers with an assortment of their highest-selling products, including aged pomegranate vinegar, grape-seed oil, and garlic-herb seasoning, along with suggested recipes and pet names for select items.