Saturday, October 8, 2016

A Tribute to Kenneth J. Sims: 1971 Euclid Jaycee Directory

Here's a page out of the 1971 Jaycee Euclid Directory that pays a nice tribute to former Euclid mayor Kenneth J. Sims.

I came across this recently and was struck particularly by a paragraph about how Euclid built new schools, pools, sewage plants, and improved public transportation. All while having the lowest taxes of any area suburb.

This is timely as the Euclid city schools are pushing hard for a bond (Issue 111) to pass that will ask residents to pay more in property taxes, to the tune of over $96 million dollars.

How is it that Euclid used to be on the extreme low end of the tax collection, yet have a school system so successful that people bought houses so their children could be enrolled in Euclid schools?

Perhaps continually raising the taxes didn't help, and chased industry outwards in all directions. If so, and I think that's a valid argument, will adding on more taxes help or hurt the city? You decide.

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Sunday, October 2, 2016

Spotted in 2016: A Euclid Red Lobster Billboard!

Faithful readers of the blog or long time area residents know that Euclid Square Mall's Red Lobster restaurant opened in 1983, and was briefly The Hunt Club Sports Bar & Grille. I don't think there has been anything at this location in this century.

We were out and about today and all the way out in Painesville, we spotted a billboard that has been covered by trees and brush since before 1994. The forest is being cut away for something and it has revealed a hulking billboard advertising 2 Red Lobster locations: Mentor and Euclid.

Holy crap.

1994 - can you see the billboard?

How about in 2004?

2010, you can see the billboard buried in the brush.

As early as late 2015, the billboard is visible.
 Ready ready ready?!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Euclid Square Mall: Closed

For those people out there who are fans of finality, here's one you'll find oddly satisfying: Euclid Square Mall has been officially closed by the city of Euclid, Ohio, for multiple safety violations by ownership.

The churches are all attempting to relocate.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Euclid Square Mall 186 - Harry London's Chocolatier

Do you remember going to London's Chocolatier at Euclid Square Mall? It was unit 186 - right next to York Steak House/Ponderosa.

November 25 1988

Here it is today:

London's Chocolatier was previously located at 22402 Lakeshore Blvd.

At the turn of the 20th Century, fine confections were associated with the delicate hand-craftsmanship of the Swiss, or the rich, smooth cream and butter used by the Belgians. In Canton, Ohio, Gilbert London was teaching his son Harry the fine art of confections by using recipes and techniques from the family’s strong European traditions.

Harry London learned over time and through the eloquent teachings of his father the true art of making fine confections. He found that in a world where more always seemed to be the norm in creating anything of wonder, the art of chocolate making broke all traditional rules. He learned that quality was more important than quantity. Chocolate needs to be simple and pure, rich and complex, and filled with blends that are subtle - yet irresistible.

In the early years, Harry London made these delicious delicacies for his friends as holiday gifts. The gifts were cherished, and soon Harry was receiving requests for his fine hand-made chocolates. In 1922, Harry — a steelworker by trade — soon decided to make chocolate his life’s work and left his job at the steel mill. Thus, Harry London Candies was born.

Starting with a small kitchen in his home, Harry London created some of the finest chocolates in the world. In the early 1950s, after a home fire, Harry London opened its first candy factory and store. Through the years, his family traditions and recipes are still held to exceptional standards, for only the purest ingredients are used.

In May of 2006 Harry London joined the family of brands.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Euclid Manners Racing Club

Here's a nifty find! A membership sticker from the Euclid Manners Racing Club! Sadly the car did not come with it.

Friday, July 15, 2016

GeoGuess: Can You Name This Location?

Been around Euclid a while? Have a keen eye for your surroundings?

Here's a structure located in Euclid, the top picture is from 1963, and the bottom 2014.

Any idea where it's located?

Thursday, June 16, 2016

The Many Inn's of 27981 Euclid Avenue

In 1963, the city of Euclid welcomed a new Holiday Inn at 27981 Euclid Avenue.

In the Fall of 1969, the Holiday Inn at I90 and East 279th Street became Sheraton Inn.

Inside the Sheraton Inn you'll find Zappone's Western Reserve Restaurant and Lounge.
Zappone's nationally acclaimed Western Reserve Restaurant and Lounge, featuring cuisine par excellence and live entertainment.
15 years after the doors open, the hotel becomes Euclid Inn in 1984. Their dining room is called the Pewter Mug.

In 1986, there are ads running and the inn is going by the name of North Shore Inn.
But only a year later, the hotel has become a Best Western.
The last name the hotel would go by was Ramada, and came to be in late 1990 or early 1991.
The restaurant now goes by JP's on the Avenue.

The Ramada name was short lived. The hotel was vacant by some time in 1992.

In 1994, Mayor David Lynch tried to lure investors into turning the hotel into an 80,000 square foot theater.

Mayor David M. Lynch is trying to help raise the curtain on a proposed $13.5 million theater that will seat 3,800 patrons and book a wide spectrum of top entertainment acts.

The Procaccianti Group, a Rhode Island company that owns the old Ramada Inn at Euclid Ave. and Interstate 90, near the Lake County line, wants to tear down the building and put up an 80,000-square-foot theater.

The project is not ready for prime time yet, however, largely because of financing problems. Lynch has been busy trying to get loan guarantees.

The mayor is optimistic about the proposal, but said finding money to put it together would not be easy.

"Commercial financing is very tough to come by," he said.

Lynch will present plans for the project, including the proposed loan guarantee, to council members at a City Council Executive Committee meeting Monday.

Douglas Bonoff, whose family has successfully run a similar theater in Warwick, R.I., would manage the Euclid theater. He said the closing of the Front Row left a void in the eastern suburbs for a theater showing live performances.

"I'm very, very thrilled to have a chance to do this," he said during a visit to Euclid yesterday. "We will do everything possible to bring this to fruition."

Lynch said he would approach several governmental entities to ask them about guaranteeing loans for the project.

The mayor said he would even ask Lake County commissioners to back some of the loans, since the theater is on the Cuyahoga County-Lake County line and would benefit the western suburbs in Lake.

"I see my job as trying to get development going," Lynch said.

Obviously, this never did come to fruition, and the building was razed in 1996 after the owner defaulted on the loan and the property fell into disrepair.

Here's the lot about 2 years ago. There's big mounds of dirt and stuff there now.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Carrol's Restaurant 788 East 222nd St.

Today on this spot (788 East 222nd st.) sits a car wash. In 1969, the Medved family sold this property to Carrol's (a company that still thrives - read on to see just who you definitely know them as today).

This flyer with coupon is from the pre-Euclid, Ohio location. The location on 222nd street did not share the angular, googie build of the top store but rather the square seen nearer to the bottom.

Summer 1971

The Parma Heights location actually still appears to be the same building, although it's now Chinese food and was previously a Pizza Hut. Neat!

Spring 1972

The following photos are of the Euclid Carrols restaurant:


Kind of bland, boxy, fast food style restaurant. I would have been heartbroken had there been 2 amazing googie restaurants that were torn down!

Not the Euclid location, but the same exact model
I'd never heard of Carrols before. Carrol's was there in 1971 but stayed for little more than half a decade. In 1975, the parent company entered into a franchise with Burger King, a relationship that lives on presently. Some locations were turned in Burger Kings and all the rest (there were over 150 in total) were phased out.

For nearly a week in September 1976, they were virtually giving away Carrol's coffee mugs. And by late Fall of 1977, the location was in business as a Red Barn.

Today, Wash Works (790 E 222nd st):