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About this Shaker Square website

This is an independent site for Cleveland's Shaker Square.

It is not affiliated with the Coral Company which owns the Square or any other organization. For more than fifteen years I've maintained it as a community service, paying its expenses. Always pro-bono: no charges, no ads, no sponsors.

Our start

In February 2004 Key Bank, which had helped finance Shaker Square's 1999-2000 purchase and renovation, took it back from the new owners who could not meet their financial obligations. There was a Saturday morning public meeting that filled one of the theaters in Shaker Square Cinemas at which mayor Jane Campbell spoke. The morning of that meeting, knowing that the Square had no web presence, I registered the domain name.

The early years

The Square's merchants and restaurant owners worked with me and within weeks this website was more than 60 pages. It had a detailed page for each restaurant, store or street-level business, plus some lists and pages on how to get here and parking. Nearly three years passed before the Coral Company's site for the Square went online. By then this site had added community and history pages and was more than 100 pages. Many other websites linked to it, it ranked #1 when searching on "Shaker Square", and welcomed more than 10,000 visitors a month.

The middle years

With the Coral Company's website listing all the businesses on the Square and the websites of those business showing details such as menus and hours, we gradually reduced our pages on each business and then deleted them. Our community and history pages grew.

Current status

The Coral Company new website and its directories on the Square list the businesses. It and the SHAD and Larchmere Merchants websites promote events. The SHAD CONNECTION newspaper is also on the web. This website has adjusted accordingly. It now features pages that need little maintenance and which supplement the other Square and Larchmere sites. Our focus is now history, community links, directions and parking, plus support of community initiatives. And when you click to see a business directory, you will see a page on the Coral Company's website.

Thanks for visiting these pages. See you on the Square.

Arnold Berger    October 2019

  About the Webkeeper

Arnold Berger has lived in a condominium near the Square since 1992. "Arnie" previously lived downtown and before in the Shaker Heights Onaway neighborhood. An Industrial Engineer, he had a career in industry and consulting, earned a PhD at Case, taught at Case, Pitt and CSU and owned a software company. A website developer since 1998, he built sites for the Ludlow Community Association and Larchmere Merchants Association. His major site is Cleveland Jewish History. He administers the Facebook group Jewish History Hub.

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