Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Here Are All The Addresses in Cleveland That Applied for a Marijuana Dispensary License

Posted By on Wed, Dec 13, 2017 at 1:40 PM

Before going any further: Let's stress the headline and reiterate that that no dispensary licenses have yet been awarded in Ohio. Through a public records request with the city of Cleveland, though, we've obtained all the addresses that are attached to applications for medical marijuana dispensary licenses. Some will win those licenses, and most will not.

The state has 57 licenses to distribute across Ohio. Statewide, 370 businesses applied for those licenses. It's expected that the northeast part of the state, including Cuyahoga County, will receive 18 licenses before the medical marijuana law is officially active in September 2018.

Below, you'll find the addresses attached to applications filed from within the city of Cleveland. All told, 25 businesses filed zoning forms in Cleveland alongside their state license applications; most of them went on to to file state paperwork. (The forms represent a formality in the process, confirming only that the address is not located in a zoned area that prohibits marijuana businesses from setting up shop.)

4020 Payne Ave., Treat and Kure Dispensary
4002 Jennings Road, EC ALT PHARM Inc.
3865 Lakeside Ave., Greenleaf Apothecaries
3644 Steelyard Dr., Harvest of Ohio LLC
3540 West 140th St., The Releaf Center
300 Prospect Ave., GTI Ohio LLC
2775 S. Moreland Blvd., GTI Ohio LLC
2420 Hamilton Ave., The Harvest Foundation of Ohio
2418-22 Brookpark Rd. (x2), Ohio Wellness LLC
2338 Canal Rd., Debbie's Dispensary Ohio LLC
2302 Hamilton Ave., Black Diamond Investment LLC
2221 Hamilton Ave., Black Diamond Investment LLC
2020 St. Clair Ave., Glasshouse Farma*
2020 Lakeside Ave., Hanging Gardens OH LLC
1968 W. 3rd St., Glasshouse Retail LLC
1657 St. Clair Ave., Black Diamond Investment LLC
1647 St. Clair Ave., Black Diamond Investment LLC
1500 Brookpark Rd., The Harvest Foundation of Ohio
1267 West 9th St., The Forest Cleveland LLC
1222 Prospect Ave., GTI Ohio LLC

See an interactive map of these addresses here.

Notes: For Glasshouse Farma, we're unable to confirm whether that business went on to apply in full for a state license. For Black Diamond Investment LLC, only two Northeast Ohio addresses were ultimately packaged in applications with the state; we're unable to confirm for this story which addresses were used in final applications.


Each applicant paid a nonrefundable $5,000 fee for a shot at a dispensary license. GTI Ohio Inc., a company that lists local investor and businessman Bobby George as a contact, applied for licenses at 12 locations across the state, including three in Cleveland. Glasshouse Retail, which lists Saucy Brew Works partner and REspring co-founder Brent Zimmerman as a contact, applied for four licenses.

Recently, Cleveland City Council approved planning and zoning regulations that line up closely with how the state has regulated where a medical marijuana business could be located: namely, nowhere within 500 feet of schools, parks, churches and libraries.

There is no firm date set for when dispensary licenses will be approved and awarded.

Cultivation licenses have already been awarded; there will be no marijuana grow sites in the city of Cleveland for now. Eastlake and Parma will each house a cultivation business.

(Dec. 14 update: The Ohio State Board of Pharmacy will allow dispensary applicants to edit their forms from 8 a.m. Dec. 18 to 8 a.m. Dec. 20 due to technical problems with the state's online application process.)

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Bigmouth Donut Co. Plants Flag at Hub 55 with Production Kitchen, Retail

Posted By on Wed, Dec 13, 2017 at 10:11 AM

Even as partners Courtney Bonning and Kelly Brewer were gearing up to open their Bigmouth Donut Co. shop in the Hingetown area of Ohio City (1418 W. 29th St.), they knew it wasn’t going to be the perfect fit. Not only would the wee 650-square-foot space require a new kitchen, it would never support the kind of business and expansion the partners envisioned. Still, they soldiered on.

“Our equipment supplier said the buildout would be like fitting a marshmallow into a piggybank,” Bonning joked.

The plan was to make do with the Ohio City location by squeezing both a kitchen and retail storefront into the same small footprint. When the opportunity to move into a larger production facility arose, they would jump on it. Fortunately for them, that opportunity happened to present itself before the heavy construction began, Bonning explains.

“We could have built a production kitchen [in Ohio City], but in the end we would have been stumbling all over ourselves and would have regretted that we couldn’t do everything we wanted from a production standpoint,” she says. “Part of our business plan was always to scale up and have multiple locations around the greater Cleveland area, so it was always part of the plan to put in a larger kitchen somewhere. We just ended up scaling up way sooner than we had anticipated.”

That space will be at Hub 55, the mixed-use facility at St. Clair and E. 55th that includes Goldhorn Brewery, Café 55, and Sterle’s Slovenian House. Bigmouth will move into the space formerly occupied by Café 55, which quietly closed its doors three weeks ago. Bonning and Brewer are leasing the space from Hub 55 owner Rick Semersky. In addition to serving as a large centralized production kitchen, the space will function as a retail donut shop while providing hot savory food for Goldhorn customers.

The goal is to have all three components – the production kitchen and both retail outlets – up and running within four months.

“Having more production space is a great benefit, but one of the goals always was to create a destination donut shop – a place that people would put on their ‘must-see’ list when experiencing Ohio City with family and friends,” Brewer says. “Having more space in Hingetown for our storefront allows us to do that.”

Customers at either location can look forward to a dozen different flavors per day, a roster that will shift with the seasons. Cake and yeast varieties like pistachio or almond and honeycomb might be considered subtle compared to many of the wilder creations that are in vogue right now, notes Bonning.

“We’re not trying to be super-hipster,” she explains. “We want it to feel comfortable for everyone, so we’re just giving people very down-home products that they would associate with donuts. It’s not about a million sprinkles and all the crazy colors and sugar products. We just want you to appreciate them like any other pastry product you would get.”

Bonning says that come spring, the partners will strongly consider operating the Hingetown spot as a 24-hour concern.

“It makes sense because that area is activated almost all the time, from 5 in the morning with Harness Cycle and Title Boxing to 2:30 in the morning when Jukebox closes,” she says. “There’s always somebody around.”

Already this year, Clevelanders have welcomed the arrival of City Girl Donuts out in Rocky River and Brewnuts in Detroit Shoreway. Does Bonning think there’s still room for more?

“Look at all the bars that exist; look at all the taco joints just in Lakewood,” she scoffs. “Everybody eats every day.”
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The Authentic Audio Podcast With Mark Klaus, Creator of Castle Noel

Posted By on Wed, Dec 13, 2017 at 9:41 AM


Happy Holidays Authentic Audio Pod listeners! This special festive episode features a conversation with Mark Klaus. Mark is an eccentric personality and the brilliant mind behind Castle Noel, the largest indoor Christmas attraction in the country. Castle Noel is located in my hometown of Medina, Ohio, located about 30 minutes south of Cleveland.

Mark and I recorded this episode on location at Castle Noel and talked about his insatiable passion for Christmas, the incredible impact his family had on his life and the tragedy he overcame that eventually inspired a tribute of love to his parents and the community.

To learn more about Castle Noel or to purchase tickets click here.

Stream below or find it on iTunes and Soundcloud.

This episode brought to you by:
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All original music & audio production
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Outreach & Coordination
Cori Birce

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Bon Jovi Leads List of Rock Hall Inductees for 2018

Posted By on Wed, Dec 13, 2017 at 7:07 AM

Bon Jovi performing at the Q earlier this year. - JOE KLEON
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  • Bon Jovi performing at the Q earlier this year.
Radiohead, the one act we considered to be a shoe-in for induction into the Rock Hall in 2018, didn’t make the final cut.

Instead, the Rock Hall will induct a list of long-overlooked acts. The 2018 inductees — Bon Jovi, the Cars, Dire Straits, the Moody Blues and Nina Simone — have all been eligible for years. The Cars have even been nominated multiple times.

Sister Rosetta Thorpe will also be inducted as an “early influence.”

The induction ceremony will take place at Public Hall on April 14.

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Wizards of Winter Pick Up Where Trans-Siberian Orchestra Began

Posted By on Tue, Dec 12, 2017 at 4:28 PM

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Back in 1999, Wizards of Winter musical director and keyboardist Scott Kelly and his wife were at the first Trans-Siberian performance at the Beacon Theatre in New York. Kelly instantly embraced the concept of presenting Christmas music with a prog rock theme.

“I loved the music of TSO, and we became fans,” he says in a recent phone interview from a tour stop. Wizards of Winter perform at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 23, at the Canton Palace Theatre.

Ten years later, it was the height of the recession and the local food pantry in Kelly’s town was really hurting. There were lines around the block, and the shelves were pretty empty.

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Cleveland Composer's Oratorio Shines Musical Light on Lake Erie Plight

Posted By on Tue, Dec 12, 2017 at 3:35 PM

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In a new oratorio titled Voice of the Lake, Cleveland composer Margaret Brouwer presents the beauty and the toxic challenges flowing through Lake Erie. It's an exceptionally timely piece.

Brouwer's work was first reported by Great Lakes Today's Elizabeth Miller, and aired on regional public radio stations this week. The composition premiered last month at the Breen Center for the Performing Arts.

At the heart of the oratorio is the drama and reality of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Cleveland Port Authority fighting over how and when the Cuyahoga River should be dredged. (Scene has covered this issue extensively.) There's even a section of Brouwer's work entitled The Public Hearing, which places the audience right in the heart of the debate.

From Brouwer: "The conflict concerns the current toxicity of the lake bottom and whether it is safe to dump the dredged Cuyahoga River bottom into the lake. The choir voices lively opinions."

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City of Cleveland Honors Local DJ and Record Label Owner Bill Peters

Posted By on Tue, Dec 12, 2017 at 2:52 PM

Yesterday, the City of Cleveland honored Bill Peters with a Resolution of Congratulations for the 35th anniversary of his radio show and charity work. Council President Kevin J. Kelley presented the recognition award to Peters at City Hall.

"This was totally unexpected!" says Peters, a WJCU DJ who throws an annual fundraising metal concert at the Beachland each year, in a press release about the recognition. Peters also owns the local label, Auburn Records. "I'm humbled and honored. It's nice to be recognized. I was born and raised in Cleveland. I've turned down several job relocation promotions over the years to stay in this area. I love it here! The radio show and my charity work have always been a labor of love for me. I dedicate this recognition award to my parents. My mom was ecstatic when she heard the news! She's my biggest fan and has always been very supportive of everything I do. My dad was a lifelong Clevelander and would have been so proud too. He passed away five years ago but is still with me in spirit."

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