Solene and Maison, Designs by C. Marie form partnership: Short Takes on Avon, Avon Lake and North Ridgeville –

Solene Boutique, 36840 Detroit Road, Avon, now also features furniture and home decor. (Julie A. Short, special to
AVON, Ohio — Everything has come full circle for friends and neighbors Lia Kalin and Chris Rodriguez.
Since opening Solene Boutique in 2016, Kalin has expanded the business from a small storefront at the corner of Detroit and Stoney Ridge roads to its current location in Olde Avon Village, 36840 Detroit Road.
In between, Solene was located at 35715 Detroit Road, next to Pickering Hill Farms. In early 2020, Maison, Designs by C. Marie opened upstairs in the building above Solene. The furniture and home decor store is owned by Rodriguez.
Both businesses did well at the location, but eventually Kalin moved Solone down the road and Rodriguez found a space in Avon Lake, at 186 Lear Road, that offered her more workshop space for the custom furniture pieces she paints.
After a year apart in their respective locations, the two business owners recently announced that they are coming together again, but this time as partners in Solene.
Rodriguez recently closed her Avon Lake location.
“Business was good in the Avon Lake space, but I needed a more established retail location,” said Rodriguez. “Lia and I decided to merge and partner. I’m so excited to be back in Avon. The energy in Olde Avon Village is amazing.”
Rodriguez has moved much of her home decor inventory into the Solene space and also has several furniture pieces on display for sale. She is also continuing to do her custom furniture work.
“I am so excited to bring on Chris as a partner,” said Kalin. “She shares the same vision, goals and love for Solene, but also brings her own unique ideas. She’s knowledgeable, friendly and the perfect piece to make Solene even better. We’re looking forward to expanding with new vendors, areas and online in the future.”
For more information, follow Solene on Facebook.
808 Shave Ice: Hang on to summer just a little longer, as 808 Shave Ice, 35715 Detroit Road, will continue to remain open in October on weekends only. The Fairview Park and Strongsville locations are now closed for the season.
Republican breakfast: The Avon-Avon Lake Republican Club will gather for breakfast from 8 to 9 a.m. Oct. 6 at the Sugar Creek Restaurant, 5196 Detroit Road (Sheffield Village Plaza). There is no agenda; the event is an opportunity for a free exchange of ideas about current events with like-minded, concerned conservatives.
Jim Miller, Lorain County Port Authority director, will also share information on current activities.
Future breakfasts will occur on the first Wednesdays of the month to help residents get to know fellow Republicans. Candidates and office holders may also attend to socialize. Guests are welcome. Each attendee is responsible for their own meal.
Library trustee position: The Lorain Public Library System is currently accepting applications for a position on its Board of Trustees. The position will fill a term that expires Dec. 31. The stipulated term length is seven years, with a two-term limit. The Nominating Committee will interview candidates in late October.
Library board meetings are held monthly, usually the third Thursday of each month. Location varies from branch to branch throughout the year. For more information or to apply, go to
Salon grand opening: West Park Style & Ink is opening at noon Friday (Oct. 1) at 33487 Lake Road, next to the Anchor recreation facility. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at 3:30 p.m.
The new salon expands the West Park Barber brand into Lorain County and offers permanent makeup, lashes and brows, esthetician services, waxes, nails and barbers.
The Original West Park Barber Shop opened in 2006 in Cleveland’s Kamm’s Corners neighborhood, 17008 Lorain Avenue. Additional locations include West Park Barber Shop Premier Lounge, 17134 Lorain Avenue; West Park Beauty Salon, 17100 Lorain Ave., Cleveland; and West Park Barber Shop Premier Studio, 24117 Lorain Road, North Olmsted.
The West Park Barber brand was founded by Patrick Loyal Burke, a multiple award-winning master barber, licensed barber instructor, national educator at Hattori Hanzo Shears and advisory board member of Polaris Cosmetology College.
His flagship West Park Barber Shop has been voted Fox 8′s Best Barber Shop in Cleveland for multiple years, and he also received Ohio’s industry award for Barber of the Year 2018 and The Community Impact Award from the mayor of Cleveland, according to information posted on the business’ website.
For more information, go to
Boo by the Woods: The event is sold out. However, there are plenty of free activities planned outdoors, including a DJ, inflatable obstacle course, hay maze, Trunk-or-Treat and character meetings.
Food trucks will have food available onsite, including Barrio Tacos, Jones Bones BBQ & Grub, Smashdawgz Food Truck, Dough Daddy Doughnuts and Kountry Krunchin’s.
The event is from 5 to 9 p.m. Oct. 16 at the Avon Lake Public Library and Kopf Family Reservation. The library will be closed Oct. 16 in preparation for the event.
TrueNorth concert: Rehearsals for the TrueNorth Chorale and Chamber Orchestra’s fall concert are under way. Any interested instrumentalists and vocalists are invited to join the group at this time. The chorale rehearses on Saturday mornings from 9:45 to 11:45 a.m., and the chamber orchestra rehearses on Sunday evenings from 7:15 to 9:30 p.m. under the direction of Rick Fortney.
TrueNorth Cultural Arts is located at 33463 Lake Road.
The TrueNorth Chorale and Chamber Orchestra will be in concert at 7 p.m. Oct. 30 at Bay Presbyterian Church, 25415 Lake Road, Bay Village. The concert is free, with donations accepted.
Garden Club meeting: Avon-on-the-Lake Garden Club members will meet at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 7 at the Avon Lake Public Library. The general public can join them at 1 p.m. to hear a presentation from Avon Lake’s own Dave Dibble, an amateur photographer and retired engineer.
He will talk about wildlife in the city and share his experiences on collecting data for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
For more information, or to join the club, go to Programs at meetings are open to the public. Attendees must register at the library’s events calendar,
Avon-on-the-Lake Garden Club members took home awards at the recent Garden Club of Ohio Convention. Sue Newcomb placed first for her single Rex Begonia and earned the first-place Arboreal Award for her Dwarf Red Cedar Arborvitae. Club member Judy Morley also took home some winning ribbons.
Meet the Museum: The Avon Lake Historical Society is planning a “Meet the Museum ‘’ event from 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Beach Park Railway Museum, 33501 Lake Road.
“We are kicking off our campaign for funding,” Tony J. Tomanek, Avon Lake Historical Society president, wrote in an email. “There will be several exhibits on display, including our interactive Interurban Car Simulator. A brief presentation sharing our vision will take place.”
The event also includes a cash bar, live music and sweets. A $50 donation per person is requested.
The goal is to open the museum by next summer. To purchase tickets or make a donation, go to
According to information from the historical society, the Lake Shore Electric Railway came through Avon Lake in the late 1800s, bringing the addition of a power plant to provide electricity for the trains, a water plant, a railroad station and trolley cars enabling people to get to Cleveland in under 25 minutes.
It was the beginning of the industrial revolution that changed Avon Lake forever. The new museum will highlight this important time in the city’s history.
Community service: Lake Ridge Academy recently kicked off its annual commitment to community service with its Year of Service Kick-Off Day. Students traveled to area parks in Lorain County to clean up grounds and learn about plants, animals and resources in their natural settings.
According to information from school officials, the day builds a sense of community, while giving students a chance to learn about the importance of service to others and environmental responsibility.
“This is our 12th year of service, and it highlights what makes Lake Ridge Academy so special,” Mitch White, Head of School, said in a press release. “We are a small K-12 school, where younger students are mentored by older students and where a natural-world education makes our curriculum come alive.”
Fall Fest: The annual free Fall Fest family event takes place from 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 9 at South Central Park. The event includes games, food vendors, face and pumpkin painting, balloon animals, pumpkin bowling, photo booth and hay rides (weather permitting). To register, go
Sunday hours: The North Ridgeville Branch Library will resume Sunday hours from 1 to 5 p.m.
All branches of the Lorain Public Library System (including Avon and North Ridgeville) will be closed Oct. 11 for an annual Staff Development Day. Exterior hold lockers will be accessible at the Main Library, South Lorain Branch and North Ridgeville Branch.
Homecoming royalty: Congratulations to North Ridgeville High School seniors Brody Burton and Lillian Gomez for being crowned Homecoming king and queen.
Theater production: Live theater is back at the Olde Towne Hall Theatre, 36119 Center Ridge Road, with the upcoming show, “The Odd Couple.” Show dates/times are 7:30 p.m. Oct. 8-9; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 15-16; 2 p.m. Oct. 18; and 7:30 p.m. Oct. 22-23. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors and children. To purchase tickets, go to
Honor society: Holly Sapienza was inducted into the Baldwin Wallace Legal Studies Honor Society in the spring semester. Sapienza is majoring in political science.
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