What's New at Men's Cuts?

Nov
1
2017

Men’s Cuts is Moving From Lakewood to Rocky River

For those men looking for a hair cut, Rocky River now offers a new solution with a familiar face. Men's Cuts, one of the more well known establishments, previously located in Lakewood, is moving into town and bringing with it, its style, trendy cuts, and high end appeal. Starting on December 4, 2017, Men's Cuts will service to both existing and new customers at its new location at 19063 Lake Road, Rocky River, Ohio 44116.

Moving Information for Existing Customers

Men's Cuts has built a strong reputation of providing high quality service and one-on-one personal care to each one of its clients. It's a relaxed and friendly environment that has served it well for some time. Owner Mae Williams opened the current location in December of 2013 and is hoping to reach new clients with the move to Rocky River.

Men's Cuts will be moving from Lakewood to Rocky River at the end of November. The salon's last day of operation in Lakewood will be November 29, 2017 and the first day it will service customers in the new Rocky River location will be December 4, 2017. The good news is this new location is just a matter of minutes – and about 1.5 miles – from the existing, established location in Lakewood.

The new Men's Cut location in Rocky River will be inside Rocky River Business "Eternal Salon & Loft". Men's cuts will be renting a chair at this location for its previous and new clients.

What About the Services Offered at Men's Cuts?

Here's the good news. The high quality service that Men's Cuts has become known for will not change. The company's core mission is to provide men with haircuts in a relaxing atmosphere that offers features like neck massages along with a friendly atmosphere. It's a low key location without all of the rush involved. And, the quality of service provided will not go unnoticed. We will continue to provide specialized services for men due to their high skill level in this area.

Additionally, all of the services offered, along with the pricing and hours of operation, will remain the same. Lakewood clients are encouraged to visit the new location in Rocky River, of course, to obtain the same services they've been obtaining.

Booking an Appointment

Men's Cuts will continue to operate its website and, as a result, its online booking service. This is a popular feature that the company offers and it will continue to be available. The location takes appointments only. To accommodate the flow of customers and clients, Men's Cuts does not take walk-in appointments. Please call prior to arriving.

When it comes to getting a hair cut, Rocky River residents can now rely on the team at Men's Cuts to provide the same exceptional service and care that they provided at the Lakewood location. The new location is within Eternal Salon & Loft, at 19063 Lake Road in Rocky River. Book an appointment today for a trim or a brand new look in the new location.

Jul
4
2017

The Male Mindset When Choosing a Stylist

In the last several weeks we have had an increase in men who are switching from barber & chain to our salon. I think it is safe to say, they are seeking better service and attention to detail. 

Historically, men have gone to barbers for all their grooming needs. In the old days, it was a place for men to catch-up and chat about the news and things happening in the neighborhood. Fashion for men has given men more options to look outside of the barber to capture a different look with hair, especially men who desire to have longer hair. Today, men have many choices for getting a haircut. Those other choices are discount chains, female salons, men salons. The male mindset has really changed in that, men care more about their haircut longevity, over all appearances and convenience of time. Most salon cuts will hold its style 4-6 weeks, versus a weekly cut at the barber. Guys today do not all want to sit for hours at a barber shop. They want to spend more time doing other things. Clients are busy and with that in mind, men like to book appointments that fit their schedule. With current technology, online booking is available for convenience  at menscutslakewood.com. Not to mention, more men are willing to pay more for a different and gentler experience. Of course, guys won't admit it, but they want a little pampering too. Women sees things esthetically different than a male. Most women are licensed stylists and so the education & training is more about fashion, styling and looking your best. In addition,females stylists are generally more on top of sanitation of tools due to the fact that we are required to take CEU classes to maintain out licensure in Ohio.

Is a ten minute $10.00 cut going to hold its style? I would say, "No." If you want a great cut, invest in yourself and spend a little more. A stylist with 3-5 years who continually is educated will be a better choice.One has to remove the discount mentality. Discount hair chain salon concepts have destroyed the the respect stylist deserve in our salon industry. A  10 minute haircut will never garner the same results as a 30 minute focused haircut. As the saying goes, you get what you pay for.  If you get your haircut at Men's Cuts in Lakewood, it will cost you approximately 76¢ - $1.00 per day to look your best.  Don't you think, you are worth $1.00 a day. So go ahead, book online now. We look forward to seeing you.

Jun
23
2017

Men’s Facial Hair Grooming in Lakewood Ohio

Do the stray hairs on your ears, brows and T-shirt collar bug you? You know when the fuzz just pops out of the t-shirt color. Most men are embarrassed by the hair on the back of their neck. Well, look no further. We are here to help. Did you know wax services for men are the norm today? Women are not the only one's who get their facial hair waxed and removed. At Men's Cuts, we provide services from the neck collar up. Most recently we attended a class about Cirepil wax. Can I tell you after our 4 hour, hands-on class, I fell in love with the product. The only way to know a product is to actually experience it on yourself. Anna was equally excited to try the product. She prepped my upper lip and then applied the wax & minutes later lifted the wax off. The results were spectacular. I was not red and it did not hurt. The finest of hairs were lifted and gone. I was so amazed. After seeing these results, I was convinced that Cirepil is the best wax product for our male clients. After all, our men deserve the best. So you are reading this and wondering what stray hairs? Go ahead and grab a mirror and look closely at your face. Men often get stray hairs on the cheeks, some men get fuzzy hair on the perimeter of the ear. Also take a look at your brows. The stray hairs above and below the main brow & between the brows (unibrow). Finally, strays in the area of neckline. The benefit is when you remove all the distracting, stray hairs you look cleaner.This enhances your appearance.

I have been in the business for over 20 years and have tried other wax products by other manufacturers, Cirepil, hands down is the winner. Since we love the product so much for men, for the month of June, July and August, Men's Cuts will be offering complimentary brow, ear and neck to T-shirt collar line waxing services. We only services from the neckline and above.  Ceripil changed my perception of wax and my hope is it will change yours too. So, book now at www.menscutslakewood.com  and get groomed with us.

Jun
6
2017

Hair Thinning Solutions

Hair thinning in men is an occurrence that is as old as time. Unfortunately for us men, it doesn’t only affect men who are as old as time. In fact, it can beImage result for male hair thinning found in plenty of men in their 30’s or even their early to mid-20’s. Some teens even experience thinning! As men, we have a tendency to over analyze these things. A few hair strands on the pillow? The world is ending. The question then becomes, in the face of hair thinning adversity, how do we take control of the situation? It’s easy to hit the panic button and either shave it all off, or go for the Fabio look and try to grow the longest and most luscious hair we can. Both are moves of both desperation with a touch of denial. In reality, we are typically the only ones who notice our hair thinning since we are the only ones taking such a hard look at it every day. Many times, your stylist doesn’t even see your thinning to be as severe as you probably do. 

So why don’t we take a rational step back and take a look at the situation with three key questions: what causes hair thinning, what can I do about my thinning from a haircut standpoint and what can I do from a hair product or medical treatment standpoint?

What Causes Hair Thinning

Typically, hair loss is triggered by dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a breakdown product of the hormone testosterone that causes miniaturization of hair follicles. That’s a lot of science talk… basically, hair thinning and balding is hereditary and if you have the gene, there’s not much you can do to prevent it. On the flip side, studies show there are a few external factors that can push hair thinning, such as smoking, stress, certain medications, poor diet or other unhealthy habits.

Haircut Solutions

The first thing that comes to mind when you think about haircuts for thinning hair is probably the buzz cut. And to some extent, you’re right. The buzz cut is certainly one effective way to hide your thinning hair and forget all about it. But you have options! For example, the high and tight is a great way to make your hair look fuller, while still going short in the thinning areas to make it less noticeable. Try using a blow dryer, rather than product, to give the hair more volume.

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Another good haircut for thinning hair is “The Barista”. This is the combover over the back of the head, which has been very common over the past couple of years. This is especially good if your hair is thinning around the crown of your head, because the healthy hair is able to cover the affected area.

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For a longer haircut, consider the simple “mop cut”. The messy and busy look of the cut will make your hair look fuller and as an added bonus, it’s easy to maintain. Again, a blow dryer can do wonders for this cut to give your hair that added volume.

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Hair Product/Medical Solutions

There is an enormous number of products or procedures out there that claim to be effective means of defending against or recovering from hair thinning. Bosley is a common option and a very effective one at that. There are a number of options offered by Bosley, both surgical and non-surgical. While this tends to be a dramatic and advanced solution, for some men who are serious about preventing any further hair loss or thinning, this can be a great solution. Rogaine is another reputable brand that is highly effective at stopping thinning hair in the process and rebuilding the hair follicles into their once stronger and fuller state.

Like I said, these products tend to be a bit more dramatic and intensive and may not be right for you. In that case, consider the alternative for a better haircut. Schedule an appointment this week with Men’s Cuts and ask your stylist about your options and what they think would be best for you. Every head of hair is different. They understand your concern and want you to look your best. 

Jun
1
2017

Cleveland Summer Events to Look Forward To

Summer is here in Cleveland!

Memorial Day Weekend has come and gone which means it’s officially the unofficial start to summer here in Cleveland! Bring on the hot days, cold drinks and summer fun. Cleveland and the neighboring communities have always been great about providing fun summer events for us locals, especially here in Lakewood. Take a look at some of my most anticipated upcoming local events over the next few months. Let me know what I missed!

JUNE

 

June 2nd – June 4th: Murray Hill Art Walk (Little Italy)

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Kick off the summer right with a weekend in historic Little Italy. Come check out over 100 different art vendors, both regional and national, as they display some of their best artwork on the streets of Little Italy. Not much for art? That’s fine – just come for the amazing food and have a glass (or 4) of wine!

 

 

June 10th – 11th: LaureLive (Russell Township)

Yes, I know LaureLive isn’t exactly in Cleveland, but it’s close enough… LaureLive is an awesome music festival located at Laurel School’s Butler Campus (Russell Township) consisting of two days of awesome bands, great food and a good cause. With three stages and over 140 acres of land – this is sure to be a weekend to remember. Some of the big names this year include Timeflies, Young the Giant and Blue October.

 

June 10th: Tater Tots and Beer Festival (Cleveland)

No, you read that correctly. Some absolute genius has decided to combine two of man’s favorite things: tots and craft beers. Kind of sounds like Napoleon Dynamite’s dream. One general admission ticket gets you all the beer you can drink and a good sample of tots, with some front row action to live local musicians.

 

June 17th: Larchmere Porchfest (East Side)

So, if you aren’t familiar with Porchfest, you definitely will want to be. This is definitely one of the coolest and most unique events in the area. Walk up and down the street of Larchmere Blvd on the east side of Cleveland as 30 different local bands perform on 30 home porches. Yes – bands on house porches jamming out. Enjoy pop up street vendors, food trucks, antique and flea shops, and of course the local music.

 

 

JULY

 

July 8th: Lakewood Summer Meltdown (Lakewood)

Right in our backyard, this is one of the best events of the year. Come celebrate in a huge neighborhood block party in downtown Lakewood with activities, a beer garden, food vendors and live music. Activities range anywhere from a sprinkler park to skateboarding to free yoga demos! You aren’t going to want to miss this one.

 

July 16th: Taste of Tremont (Tremont)

In one of Cleveland’s trendiest neighborhoods, Taste of Tremont provides a great mix of arts, dining, drinking, and socializing. This will be the events 14th year and they are expecting over 30,000 visitors. Wow that is a lot of people. Tremont is especially known for their delicious food so make sure to come with an empty stomach.

 

AUGUST

 

August 3rd: Warehouse District Street Festival (Cleveland)

The Warehouse District has been growing rapidly over the past 10 years or so and the street festival encompasses that. Explore new vendors and enjoy the old ones as you walk to streets of the Warehouse District. Enjoy great food, live music and even take an architectural tour of the city!

 

August 19th – 20th: Flats Festival of the Arts (Cleveland)Image result for the flats festival

The Flats East Bank will host its second art festival this year and it should be amazing. To be fair, anything in The Flats is amazing. Check out local and national artists of all kinds while enjoying the amazing local vendors The Flats has to offer.

Mar
15
2017

Recent Grads and Millennials Call Lakewood Home

Lakewood Ohio is a great destination for recent college grads and millennials.

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Lakewood, a suburb of Cleveland, just a few miles west of downtown, has always been a great city for families of all ages, but young professionals are drawn to the city for its proximity to many places in and around Cleveland. Lakewood is an affordable suburb which offers many amenities from food to culture to sports and outdoor parks. The city has been recognized nationally as a “cool suburb” by Thrillist and Travel and Leisure. Lakewood can be described as an urban suburb with a diverse community, century homes, apartments with historical character, cultural experiences, great food and a welcoming attitude.

 

Lakewood is a magnet for recent college graduates and millennials. According to Movoto, 18 percent of the residents of Lakewood are aged 22 to 29 with 26 percent having a bachelor’s degree. Lakewood has affordable housing for new graduates and houses for those ready to buy their first homes. The city is close to downtown and other business center, (Beachwood and Independence), and is in close proximity to multiple parks including Lakewood Park and the Rocky River MetroParks.   

Lakewood Living

Destination Lakewood  shared that Lakewood’s city planners want to preserve the sense of history meets modern life with street front shops, businesses and new home building projects. There are many community events for young and old that take place in Lakewood. Lakewood Alive, a non-profit community and economic development organization hosts events throughout the year including the Front Porch Series of concerts on the porch of Lakewood Library, Lakewood Summer Meltdown, Lakewood Chocolate Walk, Light Up Lakewood (for the holidays) and much more.

Affordability

Lakewood has over 17,000 housing units in the city including 12,600 one and two family homes. The over 4,000 apartments come in a variety of sizes from one bedroom suites to luxury penthouse apartments that overlook Lake Erie. The cost of living in Lakewood is very affordable compared to other inner ring large city suburbs, which makes it a great destination for recent college grads who are starting out their professional career.

The housing market has rebounded in Lakewood, making it a very popular place to buy a home. Redfin recently shared a 2016 Cleveland State University study on the how millennials are moving to downtown Cleveland, into surrounding Cleveland neighborhoods and to the inner-ring suburbs such as Lakewood. Redfin called Lakewood the hottest neighborhood in Cleveland. There might now be as many houses on the market in Lakewood, but they sell quickly. The survey found that Lakewood home sellers were receiving 99.5 percent of their asking price with one out of every three homes in Lakewood being sold over asking price. Homes in Lakewood are on the market for an average of 50 days, which matches the national average.

Eating Out in Lakewood

We have discussed the many restaurant options in the city of Lakewood. The 5.5 square mile city is a  culinary destination with a variety of food options from bar food to high-end delights and everything in-between. Having many different places to eat close by to where you live is a major draw for residents of Lakewood. Many restaurants are within walking distance for many residents, which is great for the summer months. Because Lakewood is a very diverse community, you can try foods from cultures all over the world.

Cultural Scene

Lakewood has a thriving cultural scene from artist studios to theater productions. The city is home to Beck Center for the Arts, a local theater group producing local and national productions as well as teaching future generations art, dancing and theater.  If you are looking for high quality productions look no further than Beck Center. Lakewood has many venues, such as Mahall’s , to see popular or up-and-coming bands and entertainers. Lakewood High School theater, with its great acoustics, has hosted everything from comedy shows to rock bands.

Small Businesses in Lakewood

Businesses of all sizes from smaller industrial companies to candy shops, such as Fears Confections or Sweet Designs  make their homes in Lakewood. The city of Lakewood encourages small businesses and shops along its main streets. Some recently opened shops include STEM and Cuyahoga Collective. If you are looking for Cleveland t-shirts, stop by GV Arts and Designs  new location. There are long time businesses that are fixtures in Lakewood including Rozi’s Wine Shop  and Lakewood Hardware. If you are looking to furnish your home in a unique way, stop by Plantation Furnishings. 

The city wants to help entrepreneurs and new businesses by offering many grants and funding to get their businesses started in the city. A great way for young professionals to become part of the Lakewood community is going to events and joining the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce. The Lakewood Chamber is one of the sponsors of the Taste of Lakewood, which takes place at Madison Park on June 11th. They have a monthly speaker series with local businesses, politicians and entrepreneurs who share their challenges and success stories. It is a great way to network when you are just moving to the community.

Men’s Cuts is proud to be located in Lakewood.  Our Detroit Avenue location is central in the city and close to downtown Lakewood shops, restaurants and gathering places.  Stop in to see our salon and make an appointment today!!

 

Dec
12
2016

Taste the Variety in Lakewood Restaurants

Lakewood Restaurants

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Lakewood is home to local shops, restaurants and businesses. Men’s Cuts is a proud member of the Lakewood business community and are proud to support other local businesses. Lakewood is home to great restaurants. Trip Advisor recently listed their top Lakewood restaurants, which everything from Pier W to Barrio to Melt.

The holidays are usually a very busy time for restaurants in the Cleveland area. Families and friends gather at local places for holiday meals. There have been a few new Lakewood restaurants that have opened or have since we did a spotlight on a few Lakewood restaurants earlier in the year. These places in Lakewood are great places to go for holiday gatherings and throughout the year.

Last time we shared information on three local places: The Proper Pig, Chow Chow and Sarita. This time we are shining the spotlight on Salt, Yuzu and Roxu.

Salt

Salt, located at 17621 Detroit Ave, opened in late summer. The restaurant is owned and operated by chef Jill Vedaa, who has cooked at Bohemia, Lola, Flying Fig, Rockefeller’s and Black Pig. The space, which was the former Pug Mahone’s, will hold up to 75 guests. There is a small bar and lounge which could hold up to 25 people and a larger dining room which will have tables for 50 people.

Chef Vedaa’s menu consists of seasonal small plates which incorporate more than one item. The menu is divided into three separate categories: vegetables, fish and meat with five to seven items in each category. The small plate allows for tasting a variety of the dishes that the chef and her team prepares. Servers and Chef Vedaa will spend time with diners explaining the menu offerings. The small plate style encourages sharing and trying different food on the menu. The items on the menu are priced between $5 and $13, which allows for ordering more throughout the meal if you so desire. Salt is open for dinner Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, closed on Tuesday and only open on Sundays for brunch.

Yuzu

Lakewood restaurants offer a diverse style in foods from Mexican to Asian Fusion. Yuzu opened during early summer at 13603 Madison Ave. The restaurant is focused on Izakaya inspired food. Izakaya is an informal Japanese gastropub. Yuzu’s menu focuses on small plates to rice bowls to skewers. The concept of the restaurant is an approachable neighborhood bar with global comfort foods. The bar hosts fun events, pop culture themed parties and specials nearly every night of the week. Find out what is going on via their Facebook page. During the summer months, check out Yuzu’s patio.

The menu is centered around yakitori, Japanese-style skewered meats, which are marinated, grilled and sauced. The flavors vary from mild to quite hot depending on your taste. The rice bowls mix meat, veggies and short grain white rice with a “kick” of flavor including curry and Japanese flavors. Since the menu focuses on smaller plates, the prices are also affordable allowing for trying a variety of items on the menu. The bar has a wide variety of craft and specialty cocktails. Yuzu is open Monday through Saturday 12pm to 2am and closed on Sundays.

Roxu

Roxu opened in September 2015 by Christoff Short and his wife, Kimberly Novotny at 15607 Madison Ave. The space covers three storefronts which used to be a hair studio, hockey shop and attorney’s office into a 3,000-square foot modern and open space. The menu is a mixture of different types of Asian Fusion with Japanese, Korean and Thai influences. The restaurant is known for their variety of steam buns (pork belly to tofu to duck) noodle bowls and fried rice all at reasonable prices.

The restaurant has a full-feature bar with green teas, sake and Asian-themed cocktails featuring blood oranges, ginger and lavender and other seasonal items. The restaurant has happy hour Monday through Saturday from 4 pm to 7 pm featuring some of their steam buns. Put your business card in a bowl and you could win a happy hour with discounted drink and food for up to 10 of your friends. The restaurant has specials every night during the week and hosts special events such as open mike nights and fashion shows.  Roxu is a two-star green certified restaurant meaning they recycle and compost and buy from local growers.

Support Your Local Restaurants Year Round

The winter is usually a slow time for restaurants in the Cleveland area.  That is why there are many “Restaurant Weeks” from January through March in the area to help promote the great food and atmosphere. The restaurant weeks will focus on a certain city or area. For example, a very popular one is the downtown Cleveland restaurant week at the end of February. The restaurants will have a set menu, so new patrons can discover their best dishes. The set menu usually includes an appetizer (or salad, soup), main entrée and a dessert. Drinks are not included in the set price. Some restaurants also offer two course set price menus for lunch.

There are so many great restaurants and pubs in Lakewood to explore. Share your favorite place to eat with your stylists at Men’s Cuts and it could be featured in a future blog post.

Aug
30
2016

Craft Beers and Microbrews in Cleveland

Craft Beers

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Beer. Just that one word can conjure up a variety of images from enjoying a nice cold beer on a warm summer evening to celebrating the holidays with a Christmas Ale. Cleveland is the home for many local microbreweries who have created their own signature craft beers. The city has been at the forefront of the microbrew industry for decades. Cleveland craft beers are poured in restaurants and sold in stores all over the country. We already know that Cleveland is the home to many great restaurants, bars and places to enjoy being social and enjoying microbrew beers with friends and family.  Thrillist put together a list the best bars, pubs and restaurants that serve craft beers from around the country.

What is Craft Beer?

Craft beer has become very popular in the past few decades. People are brewing their own beer in their basements or garages or enjoying the unique tastes at the many microbrewery pubs in the area. Consumers changing beverage tastes have created a huge industry around the world. What exactly is a craft beer and how is it different from mass produced beer? According to www.craftbeer.com, the Brewers Association has defined craft breweries as:

  • Being Small: Craft brewers have an annual production of six million barrels of beer or less.
  • More Independent: A crafter brewing company is independently owned with less than 25 percent of the brewery owned by a beverage alcohol industry member what is not itself a craft brewer.
  • Following Tradition: The beers from a craft brewer has a majority of its total beverage alcohol volume in beers whose flavor derives from traditional or innovative brewing ingredients and their fermentation.

There are many different styles of craft beers  from pale ales to heavy stouts and every flavor in between. Most brewers create beers for each season including lighter wheat or fruity beers for the summer beers and thicker more robust beers for the winter months. Great Lakes Brewing Company’s Christmas Ale has been a holiday favorite for over 25 years. It’s release every season is celebrated by beer fans throughout the city. This week, local craft brewers will be able to make beers with higher alcohol content. Before the change, brewers were limited to creating beers with an alcohol content below 12%, which is lower than other states. But, as of September 1st, breweries can make beer and stores can sell beer with higher alcohol content. This will only help the craft beer industry in Ohio by making them more competitive with out of state brewing companies.

Cleveland’s Microbreweries

Cleveland’s micro brewing community has been growing over the last decade. More craft beer breweries have been popping up throughout the area. Listed below are just a few breweries to check out. Most offer beer tastings and food at their breweries.

  • Great Lakes Brewing Company: As mentioned, Great Lake Brewery Company’s  beers have been a favorite for over 25 years. Their brewery, restaurant and pub, located in Ohio City, near the Westside Market has been a vital member of the West 25th neighborhood and its resurgence.
  • Platform Beer Company: The Platform Beer Company , also located in Ohio City, was founded just two years ago, but has already built a reputation for producing a great variety of craft beer styles. Platform beers are served in many local bars and restaurants and are sold in local stores.
  • Bottlehouse Brewing Company: The Bottlehouse Brewing Company  just recently opened its taproom and mead hall location on Madison Avenue in Lakewood. The original brewery is still located in Cleveland Heights. The brewer focuses on small batch releases with an artistic beer barrel aging approach.
  • Market Garden Brewery: The Market Garden Brewery is located next to the West Side Market on West 25th The brewery is expanding to a larger space in a building next to the West Side Market parking lot. There is a restaurant and pub where you can taste the many different styles of core and seasonal beer created by the master brewer.
  • Fat Heads Brewery: Fat Heads Brewery  is not a locally grown microbrewery, as there are two locations in Portland, Oregon and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, but the beers are brewed here and have become quite popular in restaurants, bars and stores. The brewery in the Cleveland area is located in North Olmsted on Lorain Road with a smaller tap house located in Middleburg Heights. The brewery is known for its Bumble Berry Honey Blueberry and Goggle Fogger beers.

Lakewood Beer and Wine Festival

One of the great things about having so many microbreweries in the area is that many participate in craft beer festivals. If you can’t make it to the breweries, you can taste the beer at the festivals. Once such festival is coming up in Lakewood on Saturday, September 10th. The Lakewood Beer and Wine Festival, presented by Lakewood Alive,  is a very popular event that takes place in a parking lot on St. Charles Avenue just south of Detroit Avenue.  Attendees can sample wine and beer selections from over 32 wineries New York to Michigan and 44 breweries from Michigan to Maryland. There will be food from local Lakewood restaurants.  Get your tickets now as the event sells out! Men’s Cuts is proud to be part of the Lakewood community. 

Aug
17
2016

The “Cool” Place to Be: Lakewood, Ohio

Solstice Steps at Lakewood Park

Solstice Steps at Lakewood Park

 

Cleveland has many things to celebrate: being the host city of a national convention that showcased the many great aspects of the city, having the NBA World Champions and currently having the baseball team with the best record in the American League. On top of all of that, the job market in Cleveland is expanding and more college grads and millennials are settling in Cleveland.  A Cleveland Foundation 2015 study found that Cleveland is ranked in the Top 10 cities in the U.S. for college-educated millennials. The resurgence of downtown Cleveland and the expansion of downtown living options have helped spur recent graduates to move to the city. Another popular living destination for many, especially the younger generation is Lakewood, Ohio. This 5.5 mile square city is located next to Lake Erie and is the largest Cleveland suburb with over 50,000 residents.

A Cool Suburb

Lakewood, just a few miles west of downtown Cleveland, has always been a great city for families of all ages, but young professionals are drawn to the city for its proximity to many places in and around Cleveland. Lakewood is an affordable suburb which offers many amenities from food to culture to sports and outdoor parks. The city has been recognized nationally as a “cool suburb” by Thrillist and Travel and Leisure. Lakewood can be described as an urban suburb with a diverse community, century homes, apartments with historical character, cultural experiences, great food and a welcoming attitude.

There was an old description of Lakewood that stated that there was a bar and a church on nearly every corner in Lakewood. In most cases this is still true, but many of bars have turned into destination points in the city. The churches have parishioners with diverse backgrounds and religions holding services in historically preserved buildings. According to Destination Lakewood, Lakewood’s city planners want to preserve the sense of history meets modern life with street front shops, businesses and new home building projects. There are many community events for young and old that take place in Lakewood. Lakewood Alive, a non-profit community and economic development organization hosts events throughout the year including the Front Porch Series of concerts on the porch of Lakewood Library, Lakewood Summer Meltdown, Lakewood Wine & Craft Beer Festival (takes place next month), Lakewood Chocolate Walk, Light Up Lakewood (for the holidays) and much more.

Affordability

Lakewood has over 17,000 housing units in the city including 12,600 one and two family homes. The over 4,000 apartments come in a variety of sizes from one bedroom suites to luxury penthouse apartments that overlook Lake Erie. The cost of living in Lakewood is very affordable compared to other inner ring large city suburbs, which makes it a great destination for recent college grads who are starting out their professional career. 

Eating Out in Lakewood

Earlier in the spring, we mentioned that Lakewood is a culinary destination with a variety of food options from bar food to high-end delights and everything in-between. Having many different places to eat close by to where you live is a major draw for residents of Lakewood. New restaurants are popping up in the city every few months to great acclaim. The newest group to open within the last three months are:  Woodstock BBQ, YUZU  and the re-opening, after an expansion project, of Thai Kitchen. Because Lakewood is a very diverse community, you can try foods from cultures all over the world.

Cultural Scene

Lakewood has a thriving cultural scene from artist studios to theater productions. The city is home to Beck Center for the Arts, a local theater group producing local and national productions as well as teaching future generations art, dancing and theater.  If you are looking for high quality productions look no further than Beck Center. Lakewood has many venues, such as Mahall’s, to see popular or up-and-coming bands and entertainers. Lakewood High School theater, with its great acoustics, has hosted everything from comedy shows to rock bands.

Park Life

You can’t mention Lakewood without mentioning its parks and close proximity to the Cleveland Metroparks. Lakewood Park re-purposed a construction landfill to create the Solstice Steps, a community space to watch the sunset, enjoy the Lake Erie breezes or just chill out with friends and family.  Lakewood is the northern most point of the Rocky River MetroParks system with biking and walking trails, picnic areas, sports fields, golf courses and much more.

Small Businesses in Lakewood

Businesses of all sizes from smaller industrial companies to candy shops make their homes in Lakewood. The city of Lakewood encourages small businesses and shops along its main streets. There are many grants and funding available through the city to help businesses get started in the city. Men’s Cuts is proud to be located in Lakewood.  Our Detroit Avenue location is central in the city and close to downtown Lakewood shops, restaurants and gathering places.  Stop in to see our salon and make an appointment today!! Men’s Cuts is hiring! We are looking for a full-time stylist to work Monday through Friday. The salon is closed on the weekends. Apply online at www.menscutslakewood.com and resumes can be emailed to info@menscutslakewood.com.

 

Aug
2
2016

Checking Out the Cleveland Job Market

Job Market in Cleveland

We have been talking a lot about how Cleveland is now a foodie townhost of national conventions and a great vacation destination.  Cleveland has been through its many ups and downs and right now there is a sense of excitement throughout the city. One factor in the excitement is the expanding job market in the Cleveland area. While the manufacturing industry has taken a hit in the last decade, other industries, such as health, hospitality and technology have taken over as great career opportunities in the Cleveland area.

 

Cleveland’s Millennial Mecca

Cleveland is drawing young and old for roles in a variety of industries from medical to digital marketing. An even better sign that Cleveland is a city of the future is that has enticed younger generations to move (or stay) in the city as the job market is opening up with specialties in the biomedical, medical and technology fields. According to A Cleveland Foundation late 2015 report, Cleveland ranked eighth nationally in the concentration of highly-educated millennials in the workforce. In 2013 alone, 24 percent of the Cleveland area’s population was between the age of 18 and 34 years old up from 20 percent in 2006. The study also shows that this age group is living in downtown Cleveland and “inner ring” suburbs such as Lakewood. One of the reasons for the growth is the cost of living is much lower in Cleveland as compared to other cities (such as New York or Chicago) and the job market is expanding.  It was predicted that 2016 college graduates will find a position faster than 2014 and 2015 graduates as there are more jobs created in the area.

Job Opportunities in Cleveland

According to Crain’s Cleveland Business, Cleveland ended 2016 on a positive note for job growth. The Ohio unemployment rate currently runs between 4.5% and 5.0% depending on seasonal jobs, which is similar to the overall national unemployment rate. In another report by Crain’s in conjuncture with staffing and recruiting agency Robert Half, IT companies in Cleveland are looking forward to increasing hiring in the second half of 2016. The survey of CEOs found that there will be an increase in hiring in the healthcare and banking industries in Cleveland due to mergers and acquisitions that will require candidates with IT experience.

With the Cleveland Clinic, University Hospital and Metro Hospital, Cleveland has become the destination for medical care and research. In the past ten years, medical start-ups have been popping up throughout the city. In fact, Cleveland has become a hub for biomedical research companies.  This industry has increased by over 60 percent in the last decade hiring over 33,000 people in the Northern Ohio area. With the education, training and research offered by the hospital systems in our city, it is no surprise that biomedical businesses have started and prospered in Cleveland.

Job Hunting Tips

For those that are job hunting, there are many outlets to look for jobs in your particular field. Some industries have specific job boards, while others will post jobs on general job websites such as IndeedMonsterGlassdoor, or Career Builder. It is important to set up a profile on LinkedIn. This social media site is great for networking, connecting with others within your industry and for applying for the thousands of jobs that are posted on the board.  

Below are a few basic job hunting tips that will help you get started in your search:

  • Create a resume which details your work experiences, accomplishments and successes. Also, list volunteer activities, organizations and certifications.
  • Have friends, family and mentors review the resume and give suggestions before you start applying for perspective jobs.
  • The type of resume format that you use, will be based on your experience, position that you are looking for, and your personal style.
  • Networking, it is a “must” to find a job and further a career. If you are new to the job market or even new to the city, the best thing is to get yourself out to meet other people in your field at networking events.
  • Print your own business cards with your name, phone number, email address and your specialties. Hand them out to the new contacts that you meet at the networking events.
  • Give your card to friends and family as they can also be a big help in networking for you.
  • Prepare your 30 second “elevator pitch” for your skills and what type of position you are looking for.
  • Don’t be discouraged. Finding a job is the same as working a job. It takes time, perseverance and luck.
  • Create a short YouTube video about yourself and your 30 second "elevator pitch" 

Good Luck with your job search!  Make sure you look your best for job interviews by scheduling a hair appointment at Men’s Cuts today!