Press Releases

Avon Lake Community Television - 2020 Philo Festival of Media Arts Awards Recipient

09/02/2020 – ALCTV’s Lucas Hricko, Production Assistant, has been named a winner in “Sports Entertainment/Talk” for Jackie Tomco’s “The Jackie-O Show: Ohio Village Muffins vs. Avon Lake” and a finalist in “Community Event General - Parades/Festivals” for his work on “The Jackie-O Show at the Fourth of July Jubilee.” Kathryn Eyring’s “Aging Gracefully with Guest Glenn Blair” was a finalist in “Interview/Talk Show” with editing from Brian Bowles, Production Assistant. Mr. Bowles has also been named a finalist in “Sports Entertainment/Talk” for his work on “Avon Lake State Champions Nikki and Christine Chiricosta.” Avon Lake resident, Chris Quinlan’s “Community Connection with Guest David Kos” has been named a finalist in “Underserved Voices” with editing from Stephanie Biggers, Production Coordinator. Full Story

Resumes Being Accepted for Avon Lake Council Member for Ward III

08/25/2020 – In an address to Council, Izo stated, “I appreciate the support of my fellow council members, and the City administration. Likewise, I cannot thank the voters of Ward III enough for having the confidence to elect me to City Council. Please keep me in your prayers.” He is resigning due to health problems. Full Story

Free Pop-up COVID-19 Testing Event

08/18/2020 – Testing is for people age 2 and older. Please wear a face covering when you drive-thru or walk-up to get tested for COVID-19. To get tested, you will NOT need: symptoms, a doctor’s order, an appointment, a medical or insurance card, or an identification card. Entrances and testing stations will be clearly marked on-site. Please reference the map below for details. Full Story

Avon Lake Rolls Out Temporary Outdoor Dining Area Program for Restaurants & Bars

06/05/2020 – This type of program was first discussed on the May 11 at the City Council meeting in light of other cities in Ohio that were taking steps to give their restaurants and bars more square feet for social distancing. The Ted Esborn, the City's Economic Development Director, explored the possibility with Avon Lake's restaurateurs and barkeepers. More than half of the restaurants and bars that Esborn talked to were interested in a temporary outdoor dining area. "My biggest takeaway," says Esborn, "was that nobody was talking about putting tables and chairs in a street or a big shared parking lot. They were talking about the walkway in front of their restaurant, or an unused spot on their property. That settled some of our biggest concerns and allowed us to push forward."
Avon Lake is working in partnership with Ohio's Division of Liquor Control so that a temporary dining area permitted by the City is also approved by the state for alcohol use. A Permit is effective for a maximum of 180 days. There can be no structural improvements, such as fences, walls, or paving. The business owner is not allowed to install new lighting for the area, except for lighting on the tables. Temporary outdoor areas must close by 10pm. Music - live or recorded - is prohibited in these spaces. The City's permit has language that gives the people living closest to the areas recourse if noise becomes a nuisance. "The City's goal was to create space that allows for more socially distanced customers," says Esborn. "For that to work, weneed the temporary spaces to be pretty simple so that they don't disturb the balance in our neighborhoods." Full Story

Avon Lake's Community Improvement Corporation teams up with Avon Lake Waterfront Corp. to provide $98,000 in grants to City's restaurants and bars

04/21/2020 – The CIC was formed in 2013 by the City of Avon Lake with the mission of providing funding and advisory services to advance and promote economic growth in the Avon Lake. Its initial funding came from the City by way of revenue from a cell tower. It then got additional contributions in 2014 and 2015 from PolyOne, A.L. Waterfront, and proceeds from the City's Business Expo. The CIC organized a business plan competition in 2015 that awarded $35,000 in grants to six Avon Lake Companies. They have also offered a loan program and a small grant program for the City's small businesses. Full Story

Avon Lake Grants Almost $87,000 to City Businesses Through its Job Growth Incentive Program

04/16/2020 – There are no restrictions on how businesses use this money. They can reinvest is in their businesses, or perhaps do something fun for their employees. The City sees it as a simple token of appreciation for what businesses contribute to Avon Lake.

Grant checks are being prepared and will be mailed out to recipient businesses, who should receive them the week of April 20. Full Story

The Cities and School Districts of Avon and Avon Lake team up with local hospitals for the Covid-19 Heroes Fund

04/15/2020 – There are three ways to give to the Heroes Fund: 1) Buying a gift card from an Avon or Avon Lake restaurant and donating it to the Fund; 2) Donating Personal Protective Equipment (PPE); or 3) Making a monetary donation. Full Story

2020 Avon Lake Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony Cancellation

04/15/2020 – Memorial Day parade and ceremony has been cancelled. Full Story

Avon Lake’s Community Improvement Corporation pledges financial support to local restaurants and bars

03/15/2020 – The members of the Avon Lake CIC are Janice Lapina, Joe Carson, Ross Vincent, Erin Rudy, and Steve Luca The Avon Lake CIC, established in 2013, provides funding and advisory services to the citizens and businesses of Avon Lake, Ohio to advance and promote economic growth. The effort announced today, providing financial support to restaurants and bars closed due to Coronavirus, has not yet been finalized into a program. But the CIC sees the importance in announcing their commitment to these businesses now, in a moment when the business owners need reassurance the most. The CIC will be providing updates soon on the process for this program. Full Story

Ribbon Cutting at Reflection Room - February 14th at 2:00 PM

02/12/2020 – Reflection Room is a owned by Mikayla Hyland and Kyle Manley, good friends who have worked together previously. Kyle has a background in fine art and design. Mikayla has a background in the medical field, but has always been an artist as well. Although both are tattoo artists, they have different skill sets that pair nicely together. Reflection Room offers custom, cosmetic, and medical tattooing services. Cosmetic services include signature microblading, machine and combo brows, freckles, lips, eyeliner, scalp, and more. Medical Tattooing includes scar camouflage, 3d areola and nipple recreation, and repigmentation. They offer body piercing, and they also provide a safe and professional environment for first piercings. Their studio is 18 and older without being accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Full Story

Resumes Being Accepted for Avon Lake Council Member for Ward 1

02/05/2020 – To be eligible for this position, the applicant must be a resident in Ward I and qualified elector of Avon Lake and remain a resident in Ward I during his/her term of office. A qualified elector is a person that meets the age and residency requirements, required by state law or by local ordinance, and must be a registered voter. Full Story

Ribbon Cutting at Dental Studio of Avon Lake on Thursday, February 6, at 1:30pm

02/03/2020 – The Dental Studio of Avon Lake is part of the "Associates In Dentistry" network, which draws patients from all over Northern Ohio. This network began 25 years ago with Bay Dental Office, and has expanded into Lakewood (Lakewood Dental Associates), Amherst (Amherst Dental Associates) and now Avon Lake, where they have moved into a building that used to be a Howard Hanna office. “The location on Walker Road near Route 83 is very visible and easy to get to,” says Steve Corcoran, who handles marketing for the Dental Studio. It provides a bright and open space inside, and offers plenty of parking. It's really a great location!” Full Story

Ribbon Cutting at Big M Pizza on Monday, December 30 at 3:00pm

12/26/2019 –

On Monday, December 3, at 3:00pm, there will be a ribbon cutting ceremony at Big M Pizza, Avon Lake's newest restaurant, located at 153 Lear Road in Avon Lake. It was just this summer that the cozy restaurant space on Lear Rd. -- nestled in the friendly, walkable neighborhood near the intersection with Electric Blvd. -- came open, as The Breakwall Food & Spirits moved and expanded its operation into the Drug Mart Plaza near Walker and Moore. Now, just hours before the year is out, the City of Avon Lake is cutting the ribbon for Big M Pizza in that same space on Lear. Full Story

Ribbon Cutting at Ibiza (Mediterranean restaurant) on Wednesday, December 4th at 12:00pm

12/03/2019 –

On Wednesday, December 4th at 12:00pm, there will be a ribbon cutting ceremony at Ibiza, a new Mediterranean restaurant, at 33481 Lake Road in Avon Lake. Ibiza gets its name from the Spanish island in the Mediterranean Sea off the eastern cost of Spain. Antonio Ponce, the owner of this new Avon Lake restaurant, has been working in Spanish cuisine for nearly 25 years. He started in the Spanish and Portuguese rich communities in New Jersey, and moved to Cleveland in 1996 to help open Mallorca, the popular Spanish restaurant on W.9th Street in Cleveland's Warehouse District. From there, Ponce went to Sangria Y Tapas near Detroit and Dover Center in Westlake. So why name his own restaurant Ibiza? "Ibiza is the party island," says Ponce. "I want to bring that festive atmosphere to my restaurant." Full Story

Mayor Greg Zilka Re-elected Mayor of Avon Lake

11/11/2019 – We will continue to work hard to broaden our economic base in order to maintain the efficient public services that you have come to expect. Expanded recreation and cultural programs are an important component of every great community and we committed to focus on expanding those offerings to maintain the high quality of life Avon Lake residents enjoy. Full Story

United Auto Workers (UAW) Document Shows Plan for New Product, $900 Million Investment at Ford Ohio Assembly Plant (OHAP)

11/01/2019 – The City of Avon Lake is overjoyed at this news. This would certainly be among the largest investments, and the largest job creations that Avon Lake has ever seen. While Avon Lake acknowledges that there is a myriad of factors in Ford's decision to invest in the Ohio Assembly Plant, the City would like to think that the company's relationship with Avon Lake was at least a small consideration. Full Story

Ribbon Cutting at Erie Nails (33382 Walker Rd., Unit E) on Friday, September 27, at 2:00pm

09/23/2019 –

On Friday, September 27, at 2:00pm, there will be a ribbon cutting ceremony at Erie Nails at 33382 Walker Road in Avon Lake. This event comes in advance of Erie Nails’ Grand Opening, which is taking place two days later on Sunday, September 29. Erie Nails is the newest business in the plaza next to Discount Drug Mart on the northeast corner of Walker Rd. and Moore Rd., the eleventh business in the plaza. Avon Lake Shoe Repair and The Breakwall Food & Spirits are businesses that have also opened up in this plaza in the last twelve months. Full Story

Ribbon Cutting at Lakeside Nutrition (426 Avon Belden Rd.) on Saturday, September 21, at 9:30am

09/17/2019 –

On Saturday, September 21, at 9:30am, there will be a ribbon cutting ceremony at Lakeside Nutrition at 426 Avon Belden Road in Avon Lake. This is timed to take place just before the beginning of Big Trucks, a popular family event across the street at the Safety Center on the same day. Lakeside Nutrition is the newest business in Towne Center, which now supports ten businesses. Lakeside Nutrition is a shop that sells protein shakes, meal replacement shakes, and teas that boost metabolism. It is owned by Julian Lee and Dartanian Dalziell. Full Story

Ribbon Cutting at Thomas & Thomas Westshore Studio (173 Lear Rd.) on Thursday, May 30, at 4pm

05/23/2019 – Thomas & Thomas is a photography company that has been established for over thirty years. The biggest portion of its business is photographing graduating high school seniors. Sarah Edelman and Amy Nahra purchased the studio in 2009, and moved it to Avon Lake from Bay Village in late 2017. The City of Avon Lake is having a ribbon cutting event for Thomas & Thomas at this point because it has just recently completed the renovation of its new facility on Lear Road. Full Story

Ribbon Cutting at the new Breakwall Food & Spirits (173 Lear Rd.) on Saturday, June 1, at 11am

05/23/2019 – For more than five years, The Breakwall has been a popular Avon Lake restaurant and tavern attracting customers with menu favorites like burgers, wings, Philly cheese steaks, chili, and their specialty Scarlett and Valicity pulled pork sandwiches. The Breakwall’s mission is “to delight customers and create loyalty by providing exceptional prompt service, a clean establishment, and well-prepared meals using quality ingredients at a fair price.” Until now, The Breakwall had been succeeding in that mission at their cozy location at the northern end of Lear Road. But now, having delighted more customers than that space can handle, they are opening their new location in the plaza on the northeast corner of Walker and Moore. Full Story

Ribbon Cutting at Lotus Yoga & Health Spa (684 Avon Belden Road) - May 17 at 2:00 PM

05/10/2019 –

On Friday, May 17, at 2pm, there will be a ribbon cutting ceremony at Lotus Yoga & Health Spa at 684 Avon Belden Road in Avon Lake. Lotus Yoga & Health Spa offers services that include massage, yoga, hot yoga, Reiki, and Ionic Foot Bath. Full Story

Ribbon Cutting at Lotus Yoga & Health Spa (684 Avon Belden Rd) on Friday, May 17th at 2pm

05/10/2019 –

On Friday, May 17, 2019 at 2pm, there will be a ribbon cutting ceremony at Lotus Yoga & Health Sp at 684 Avon Belden Road in Avon Lake. Lotus Yoga & Health Spa offers services that include massage, yoga, hot yoga, Reiki, and Ionic Foot Bath. The City of Avon Lake is excited about this new wellness business located in a dynamic group of businesses on Avon Belden Road, close to Pin Oak Parkway. Lotus Yoga & Health Spa is the new next-door neighbor to CCM Beauty and Spa salon. Full Story

Job Growth Incentive Program Press Conference: May 3 at 10am, Avon Lake City Hall

04/26/2019 –

On Friday, May 3, at 10:00am in Avon Lake City Hall Council Chamber, the City of Avon Lake will hold a press conference recognizing businesses that are receiving awards under the City's Job Growth Incentive Program (JGIP). There will be somewhere between three to eight businesses at the press conference on Friday to receive their JGIP check. Full Story

2019 Avon Lake Citizens of the Year and Project of the Year Announced

05/01/2019 –

The Avon Lake Community Council is excited to announce the 2019 Avon Lake Citizens of the Year – Tom and Tomie Patton - as well as Project of the Year – Avon Lake Kiwanis. It was a challenging, but unanimous decision for this year’s individuals and projects that have had significant involvement in and dedication to the community of Avon Lake. Full Story

Job Growth Incentive Program Press Conference - May 3

04/26/2019 –

On Friday, May 3 at 10am in Avon Lake City Hall Council Chambers, the City of Avon Lake will hold a press conference recognizing businesses that are receiving awards under the City's Job Growth Incentive Program. Full Story

7th Annual North Coast Business Expo on April 25, 2019 in Avon Lake

04/02/2019 – "The purpose of this event is two-fold," says Ted Esborn, the City's Economic Development Director. "First to showcase Avon Lake businesses, and second to create a regional networking event for small businesses. This is a great event for small business owners looking to make connections and even find some new resources."

Another benefit for the North Coast Business Expo is the donation that the City of Avon Lake makes to Community Resources Services (CRS) from a portion of the exhibitor fees. Full Story

Ribbon Cuttings at the Lofts at Beach Park Station on Friday, April 12th at 10am

04/02/2019 – The City of Avon Lake is thrilled that these recently renovated spaces in a historic Avon Lake building have attracted these dynamic businesses. "These small businesses that have found their homes in the Lofts at Beach Park Station have already begun to create attractive and inviting spaces," Ted Esborn, Economic Development Director for the City of Avon Lake. "Some businesses in the Lofts have moved from other commercial spaces, but several of them have made the move from being a home business. Creating pathways for businesses to take that step is a significant part of the Economic Development strategy in Avon Lake." Full Story

Avon Lake Bicentennial Scavenger Hunt - Destination Party

04/08/2019 – “At first we were thinking that we would have a historic house tour”, shares Scavenger Hunt Committee Chair Tomie Patton, “but then we thought the Scavenger Hunt would include more people and it would be looking at Avon Lake’s history in a very fun way. (We also thought more men would enjoy this than a House Tour.) Avon Lake does not have a lot of old renovated, interesting homes like Lakewood, Rocky River or Tremont; but we do have our own unique history. House Tours are a different type of “fun”. Scavenger Hunt participants will really have “ah ha” moments, laugh, and have a good time at the final destination – the party.” Full Story

Avon Lake Memorial Day - Blue Star/Gold Star Mothers

04/02/2019 – The Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony have been a part of the City’s history for many years.  The parade will be held on Monday, May 27, 2019, at 10:00 AM. The parade begins at Avon Lake High School, 175 Avon Belden Road and ends at Veterans Memorial Park, 32756 Lake Road. Full Story

Avon Lake Memorial Day - Call to Participants

03/26/2019 – The Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony have been a part of the City’s history for many years. The parade will be held on Monday, May 27, 2019, at 10:00 AM. The parade begins at Avon Lake High School, 175 Avon Belden Road and ends at Veterans Memorial Park, 32756 Lake Road. Full Story

The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting

02/20/2019 –

The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to the City of Avon Lake for its comprehensive annual financial report. Full Story