Business is The development
30 WINTER 2020 | WWW.SHAKER .LIFE
Nearly 250 businesses operate
47 new businesses have opened
District 37 Van Aken
District 1 Larchmere 3 Fairmount
8 are owned
of Shaker’s two primary business areas –
the Chagrin-Lee District and the Van Aken District –
began to take shape 20 years ago with the City’s
Strategic Investment Plan. The City’s elected
leadership changed over those two decades, as did
the details of the plan itself, but the overarching
vision remained the same: Transform Shaker’s
commercial areas to reflect the quality of the
established residential districts so that they
become thriving places to do business.
This was a drastic departure from
the City’s century-old template of a
residential-only (or nearly so) Cleveland suburb.
But the changing economic picture demanded it.
And while there is still a lot of work to be done,
the facing infographic tells the tale:
An astonishing 47 new businesses have
opened in Shaker over the past two years,
primarily in the Van Aken District
or Chagrin-Lee District.
In the following pages, we look at five businesses
that have added new dimension to Shaker’s
business landscape – artisanal shops whose
owners take pride in unique
products and services.