It was a celebration of a decade of chocolate decadence and it did not disappoint.
A sellout crowd of 350 attendees from across Northeast Ohio participated in the 10th Annual Lakewood Chocolate Walk on Thursday evening, October 25. This large contingent of chocolate fans descended upon Downtown Lakewood to visit nearly 30 merchants serving as “Sweet Stops” by each offering guests a unique chocolate treat.
Hosted by the Downtown Lakewood Business Alliance (DLBA) and LakewoodAlive, the Chocolate Walk has developed into a highly-anticipated Lakewood tradition. Tickets went on sale both online and at lion and blue during early October and sold out in a matter of hours.
The evening kicked off with the Pre-Walk VIP Reception at Malley’s Chocolates, where 50 lucky guests enjoyed delicious savory foods and a wide assortment of chocolatey concoctions within the vintage and historic chocolate shop located in the heart of Lakewood. Arriving aboard the “Chocolate Express,” VIP guests were greeted by a talented singing quartet comprised of Lakewood High School students, and by the trademark ambiance for which Malley’s Chocolates is famous.
“Welcome to the Lakewood Chocolate Walk, here’s a chocolate appetizer!” stated “Charlie Chonka” – played by volunteer J.P. Ptacek – in greeting guests who arrived at First Federal Lakewood to commence the walk. Attendees were given a map of Sweet Stops and ventured out to delight their taste buds by visiting participating merchants, while many sought to find 12 hidden golden eggs.
The evening concluded with the Final Stop at First Federal Lakewood. Here attendees were able to wet their whistles and enjoy a final round of sweets. The Final Stop, staffed by volunteers from First Federal Lakewood, provided the setting for naming winners of raffle baskets, the 50/50 raffle and the Golden Egg Hunt.
“Our annual Chocolate Walk represents a unique opportunity to showcase Lakewood’s vibrancy while raising proceeds to support the Downtown Lakewood Business Alliance and our Downtown Lakewood Program,” said Ian Andrews, Executive Director of LakewoodAlive. “We’re truly grateful to Malley’s Chocolates and all of the merchants and attendees who participated in this memorable evening, as well as to volunteer Paula Reed and for helping to spearhead this event.”
LakewoodAlive and DLBA thank the following merchants for their participation in the 10th Annual Lakewood Chocolate Walk: Addicted Coffee & Ice Cream, Aladdin’s Eatery, Barton Senior Center, Campbell’s Sweets, Cotton Lakewood, Discount Drug Mart, Edible Arrangements, First Federal Lakewood, Geiger’s, Lakewood Baptist Church, Lakewood Nutrition, lion and blue, Malley’s Chocolates, Melt Bar and Grilled, Norris Chiropractic with Sweet Amelia’s, Paisley Monkey, Panera Bread, Plantation Home, The Root Café, Rozi’s Wine House, Souper Market, Spiritual Journey, Tease Hair + Body Parlor with KB Confections, The Tea Lab, Too Much Awesomeness Photography with Fear’s Confections, Upper Crust Lakewood and Voodoo Tuna.
The 10th Annual Lakewood Chocolate Walk was generously supported by the following sponsor:
VIP Sponsor and Host