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Unique crafts, gifts at Cherry Blossom Boutique


Searching for “the” unique holiday gift for a family member or friend? You may not need to look further than Sheffield Lake and the recently-opened Cherry Blossom Boutique at 4118 Lake Road in Shoreway Shopping Center.

The store features handmade items from 30 crafters and artisans, according to shop manager Jeanette Mandl, who begin crafting 30 years ago and always dreamed of having a shop like Cherry Blossom.

Several of those vendors are Sheffield Lake residents. One takes glass globes and then fashions them into snowmen, angels or elves. Anothers creates jewelry and art from beach glass collected on Sheffield Lake’s and nearby beaches. Still another crafts unique items from Jenga game pieces including a red vintage pick up truck.

Mandl says the store is jam packed with many Christmas-themed gifts as well as vintage pieces or items suitable for the home all year long.

Need a candle? How about one that not only smells like cranberry cobbler but also looks like it, too. Got a Grinch in your life? You might want to check out the Grinch items in the store.

One new item is a Christmas-themed tumbler with matching apron. There’s also vintage ornaments, hoodies and sweatshirts, soaps and bath balms, advent calendars, mugs, pillows, wreaths or dollhouse miniatures – many handmade.

Mandl also says many crafters will customize items to make a gift even more special. The shop also sells baked goods, coffee, candy and jams.

Hours are Monday through Saturday, 1-6 p.m.; Sunday, 12 noon-5 p.m. Mandl is offering extended shopping hours on Fridays and Saturdays until 8 p.m. leading up to Christmas weekend.

Santa arrives for Annual Holiday Lighting and Party Dec. 10


photo credit Mike Arney

Sheffield Lake will get a bit merrier and bright when Santa Clause visits the city at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, to pull the switch that lights the Christmas tree and area around Joyce Hanks Community Center, 4575 Lake Road.

Santa will leave his reindeer at the North Pole to rest up for their big night, so the city’s safety forces will again provide him a ride to the center with flashers flashing and sirens blaring. His arrival has always drawn delight from the children and parents awaiting his arrival.

After the brief lighting ceremony at the gazebo behind the center, Santa will escort families inside for a party that runs to 7 p.m. He will visit with kids, and parents will be able to capture a photo of their kids presenting their lists to him.

Hot cocoa will be served up by the Monday Morning Senior Group, headed by Councilwoman Rosa Gee.

Kids can try their skill at cookie decorating and also try their hand at craft projects. Domonkas Library staff and teaching staff from the city’s Summer Arts Program will have plenty of craft activities to do. Best of all, crafts can be taken home to enjoy over and over all holiday season. Students from Brookside HS National Honor Society have volunteered to assist at the party.

The event happens rain, snow or shine. Ho-ho-hope to see you and your family there!

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