Monday, June 30, 2008


The list of Locally-Owned Independent businesses in Lorain County is growing – Keep the names of these businesses coming.

If you want to recommend a local business to our readers just click on the comments button and tell us about them. It can be a favorite restaurant, appliance store, clothing shop, auto-shop or flower shop – any type of business as long as it is locally owned and independent.

Keep the list growing and then get out there and support our neighbors.

July 1st through July 7th is “Celebrate Our Independents” week all across the nation. Studies show that money you spend with locally-owned independent businesses keeps approximately 3.5 times more money in our community than spending it with chains.

With this, we encourage you to make a special effort this week to stop by and support a locally-owned independent business.

If you are looking in the Elyria area for a nice meal in a relaxing atmosphere I would like to suggest the following joints.

Zaki's Restaurant & Deli 301 Broad St Elyria – (440) 323-6000 – I suggest the Swiss Melt & Fries for lunch. Ask for the fries well done.

Old Town Pizza House 195 Cleveland Ave, Amherst – (440) 984-2468 – I suggest the spaghetti with meatballs.

Krieg’s Ice Cream Stand – On Route 113 – just west of Route 58 – I suggest the Chili Dogs.

Master Pizza 427 Cleveland Street – Elyria 365-7383 – I suggest the Master Pizza Classic

The Pizza House 106 S Main St, Wellington – (440) 647-4348

Twist & Shake Ice Cream – 230 Cleveland Street – Elyria

Stewart Appliance & Electronics 468 Cleveland Street, Elyria – 440-365-7321

Vaughn’s Auto Repair and Towing – South Amherst 440-986-5125

If you are a purchaser for EMS supplies: Discount EMS Supplies 608 Cleveland Street Elyria

Bishop Photography Elyria 440-284-0113

Ok, so there is a common theme to my suggestions.

Now please add your own suggestions of any locally-owned Independent businesses to the comments section below. Let’s help support our local businesses by spreading the word that they are there.

I will end here because for some reason I am very hungry.


Anonymous rlm-Lorain said...

Please don't forget about Kiedrowski's Bakery on Cooper Foster in Amherst. Hands-down, some of the best baked goods you have every tasted!!!

8:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LaGrange Dairy Twist on Rte 303. Everything is yummy! Creamiest, tastiest soft serve around.

8:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Moss’ Prime Rib & Spaghetti House in Elyria. Great Prime Rib Stroganoff.

8:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kiedrowski's Bakery is and has been the best bakery in Lorain county.

I want to add Nemo Grille in Avon

8:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Helen's Kitchen in Avon, route 254.
Hanko's for fish on Friday nights. Yum!
Hazel's, Nick's and Lowell Street Cafe for breakfast.

8:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Presti's Italian Restaurant in Oberlin. Great everything!

8:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Samosky's Pizza in Valley City has the best pizza around. The owner is a 3 Time Pizza Champion as well as Voted #1 for best Gourmet Pizza in the USA. This is the best I have ever had.

8:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hot Dog Heaven in Amherst and Avon. Great dogs and a boat load of fries.

Also, and TMC will back me up, 5 Guys Burgers in Avon.

Pete "The Meat" Avon

9:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Midway oh boy

10:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ninos Italian Restaurant
32652 Center Ridge Rd
North Ridgeville, OH 44039

11:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No one forget about Sorrento's Ristorante Italiano across from LCCC in Elyria, best chicken marsala around!!

11:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In Amherst

Stop by the Mermaid's Tale on Church Street for great gifts and antiques.

Mosey over to the Party Shop and Richard's Wine Cellar, the only authentic wine cellar in Lorain County.

Amherst Cinema is also a great family owned "INDEPENDENT" theater with great admission prices and concession stand prices!

Park Lanes Bowling Alley is also another great independent find!

Welcome to Amherst "The Sandstone Center of the World."

2:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

150 Jefferson in Amherst is great. The food is made from scratch and and hits the spot. Check out their write-up in Friday Magazine in the Plain dealer-

5:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hershey's in Elyria (Chestnut Ridge, near Convenient)

Kim's in North Ridgeville

5 guys in Avon - definitely worth ANOTHER mention, along with Hot Dog Heaven.

Perhaps we should spend more time at these places and less time at the corporate chains?

6:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


6:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blue Sky in Amherst
Sugar Creek (???) in Sheffield

6:46 AM  
Anonymous achenoweth said...

For Breakfast, Lowell Street Cafe is a must!

For Lunch I say Hot Dog Heaven.

Dinner is best at Dinner Bell!!!

8:15 AM  
Anonymous Pete said...

I'll second the comment about Sorrento's having the best chicken marsala around.

Just a Bite Bakery in Grafton.

Wash it down with coffee from Jim's Coffee in Elyria.

8:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This one doesn't have anything to do with food but if you are celebrating a anniversary, engagement,any special occasion or just want a little something pretty for yourself stop by Vandemark Jewelers at 244 East Broad. Their new location is beautiful and Jim and his staff are the best!

10:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about Scoop's and More.... great ice cream !!! also, give'em a tip and let'em whoop it up!!! you'll see what I mean.

11:34 AM  
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11:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Creekside Tavern has the best wings. Their Prime Rib on Saturday's is the best too!!!


11:52 AM  
Anonymous karl said...

Besides food, please also remember all the other local merchants who have businesses in the area. We have locally owned and operated hardware stores, pet supply stores, tire shops, gas stations, lawn & garden shops, appliance stores and many others. Also, why not patronize these stores all year long instead of for just one week? You'll find it will make a great difference locally rather than sending your money overseas by buying at China-Mart (don't mean to bash them too hard, but if you see me in one of those stores, please notify the authorities because I'm either lost or deranged).
Anyway, good story TMC, and hopefully it will make people realize what all is available from your local independently owned and operated stores. Support them because they support your community!!

2:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ziggy's Grille in downtown Amherst has some great food. Chicken pita nachos, Bruchetta, Red pepper Hummus. And their Pizza is out of this world.

2:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The old Roman Room on Broadway in Lorain is now a BBQ place. The food is great and prices are cheap. Wings, pulled pork, lamb, fish, smoked turkey, homeade macaroni and cheese, greens, chicken, fish, etc. Good Food and great service. The chef comes out of the kitchen and talks to customers. There is live enterainment on the weekends too. Give it a try.

3:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Custom Gutter on 198 Warden Ave. in Eylria. Always the Best

4:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


5:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Midwest Siding is a locally owned business originally started in 1972 – 150 Olive St. Elyria Voice -440-365-6545

5:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hazels on Cleveland Street in Elyria

5:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree, Creekside Tavern in Avon has the best wings. Their perch every Friday is worth a trip as well.

6:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dave’s Army Navy Store 29 S Main St in Oberlin

7:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with whoever said 150 Jefferson and Premiere International Dining (the old Roman Room). Best homemade food around.

10:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pete's in Lorain at the end of RT 58 on Wednesday HALF PRICE BURGERS, that are the bomb! I think they may have changed their name to Beach(Something). Good food! Cheap, too! Their breakfast is best, but their burgers may be better!

10:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bishop Photography on North Abbe Road in Elyria, They were voted BEST Wedding Photographers for northeast Ohio. Family owned and operated

11:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


1:25 AM  
Blogger graphix4630 said...

Mike's Berries Vegetables and More
17686 Whitehead Rd.
LaGrange, OH, 44050

1:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, let's not forget The best food ever at MOOSEHEAD BAR & GRILL, Route 58 in Amherst!!! The meals here are amazing and the portion size is unbelievable!! You gotta try it!

8:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I second Bishop Photograhy. They photographed both my daughter's weddings and they are wonderful. Lori and Bruce Bishop are the owners.

8:23 AM  
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4:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

MO FO Less in lorain at 5 and broadway... great prices great people

4:55 PM  
Anonymous a ice cream expert said...

Krieg's Ice Cream on rt. 113 just west of rt. 58 has some of the finest, richest ice cream (soft serve) and home made toppings around. The ice cream is extremely creamy, (probably higher butterfat content) and they have a unique flavor each week, such as strawberry, blueberry. The toppings are home made from the family's own farm. Nice to know that local's are trying to use what they produce here. They deserve our support. Great Job gang !!! keep it up

10:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sue Beez Embroidery 37321 Detroit Rd. Avon, Ohio 44011

12:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Virgil's Kitchens & Baths
100 Public Sq
440 355 5058
Family owned and operated for 48 yrs.

6:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Basils Bar & Grill. (Across from Elyria Foundry) Monday is taco night, Wednesday is wing night. I recommend the buffalo wing sauce. MMMMMMM, makes your mouth water!!!

9:38 AM  
Anonymous Big Al said...

Romeo's Pizza
In the new Chestnut Ridge complex
Try the deluxe ....
Great flavor...
My favorite was Papa Johns but they went out of Elyria and Romeo's is on the top of the list now!

Try it you'll like it!!!

Go online for coupons

10:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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11:35 PM  
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11:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Woolly Bear Restaurant in Birmingham. I know it's outside of Lorain County, but some of the best food you can get.

11:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Home improvement companies:

Stipe Painting does high quality work, especially on historic homes. It seems like the have painted half of the old homes in Wellington.

Elegant Wood Products in Grafton has hundreds of moldings to choose from in a variety of woods. An inexpensive way to add value and beauty to your home.

Esser Plumbing in Lorain are the only people I will let do my pipes.

12:49 AM  
Blogger thumper341 said...

Lu's Pizza in Grafton. Still the best Pizza for the dollar in my opinion:

935 Main St.
Grafton, OH, 44044
(440) 926-2171

2:57 PM  

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