LakewoodAlive steps in to aid business owners during pandemic, now they need help

Posted at 4:20 PM, Jun 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-24 19:44:51-04

LAKEWOOD, Ohio — She loves what she does.

"The conversation, the life long friends, it’s not just the hair,” said Carol Barrett, owner of Carol Lynn’s Salon Plus.

Barrett also loves where she does it.

"Just a very friendly community, and you’ve got to help one another,” she said.

Lately, Barrett says, things have been rough at her Lakewood hair salon.

"We were all making money, plugging right along, and then COVID struck,” said Barrett.

She shut down her salon immediately, which left her and five part-time employees without work, which Barrett says wasn’t so bad at first.

"I could buy food, I could pay my bills,” she said.

But as the state stayed closed, Barrett quickly learned she needed help.

"The City of Lakewood paid my rent the first month that happened, First Federal Lakewood gave me a loan within 24 hours that money was in the bank,” said Barrett. “Those two things made me know I’d be OK.”

Barrett says she was able to learn about all of those resources to help save her business because of LakewoodAlive.

LakewoodAlive is a nonprofit that focuses on helping local homeowners and business owners.

"We saw what was going to happen, that they were just going to lose their customer base overnight and unfortunately they did,” said Ian Andrews, the Executive Director of LakewoodAlive.

Andrews says there are more than 1,000 businesses in the city.

In addition to the rent relief and loan help Barrett benefited from, Andrews says they’ve been able to point businesses to so much more.

"Connect them to educational resources, to understand how PPP works, unemployment even social media 101,” said Andrews.

Because they still have lots of work to do to get business owners what they need, LakewoodAlive is actively fundraising.

"Ensure that everyone lives in healthy and safe housing, to be able to have a thriving commercial corridor,” he said.

Of it’s $65,000 goal, LakewoodAlive needs to raise $5,000 more by June 30 and an unlikely person is stepping in to help.

"Now that I’m stable enough to give a little, I defiantly want to give a little,” said Barrett. "I was going to send them flowers but I think cash would be better.”

Here are a few ways you can give back:

  • Call LakewoodAlive directly at 216-521-0655.

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