Charles Scott Salons & Spas relocating to Avon: Short Takes on Avon, Avon Lake and North Ridgeville

AVON, Ohio — Charles Scott Salons & Spas is relocating from Crocker Park in Westlake to Avon, 34970 Detroit Road (across from Martin’s Deli).

“Charles Scott Salons & Spas are super excited to be joining the Avon community hopefully in mid January,” said Kelli Hosso, general manager in an email. “We will be relocating our team from our Crocker Park location to Avon. We will be providing all our current services at our new location.”

Services offered at Charles Scott include haircuts, color, styling, makeup and nail services, as well as spa services including facials, body treatments, massage, hair removal and more. The salon/spa caters to both men and women.

Charles Scott salons have been a part of the westside community for nearly 40 years. Owner Chaz Henline first opened a small salon in Lakewood. Eventually outgrowing that space, Henline moved the business to Rocky River in 1987. Charles Scott Salons & Spas became the first full-service salon and spa on the westside. In 1993, Henline opened a shop in Westlake and a few years ago relocated that salon to Crocker Park. Sadly Henline passed away earlier this year (May 18)..

The Rocky River location at 19025 Old Lake Road will remain.

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Community Service Award: Congratulations to life-long resident Nancy McGhee, this year’s Community Service Award winner. Mayor Bryan Jensen selected her based on her involvement with the city including the Avon Historical Society, Avon Senior Center and St. Mary’s of the Immaculate Conception Church. McGhee also worked with Tom’s Country Place.

“It only seemed fitting with the ending of 2020 to recognize someone who, through all of life’s struggles, has still managed to fight and have a smile on her face,” said Mayor Jensen in a press release. “Her hugs make my day!”

Gas station coming: Mark Zimmerman of Morris Knowles & Associates, along with Paul Coleman of Speedway, recently requested approval from the city’s Planning Commission of the site plan for a 4,608-sq.-ft. Speedway Gas Station and Convenience Store to be located on the southwest corner of Chester and Jaycox roads.

Gingerbread house contest: Congratulations to the winners of the annual French Creek Foundation Gingerbread House contest hosted by the Avon Branch Library. Winners include: First place (Age 3-5): Kameron Kovesdy (Crazy Town); First place (age 6-8): Jon Gorney (Pasta Palace); First place (age 9-11) Kate Gorney (Polar Bear Party); Second place (age 9-11) Caleb Hobbs (Frosty’s House); First place (age 12-14) Addison Garrett (Reindeer Lodge); Second place (age 12-14) Dominic Sprungl (Igloo Inn); First place (age 15-18) Julia Kacenjar (Christmas Cottage); and Second place (age 15-18) Justin Sprungl (Post (Toastie) Office).

Avon Gingerbread competition

Age 9-11 First Place winner Kate Gorney’s Polar Bear Party.

Library party: Ring in the New Year virtually during the Lorain Public Library System’s Zoom Family Noon Year’s Eve Party Celebration at 11 a.m. Dec. 31. Grab and go party bags will be available for pick up at the Avon (37485 Harvest Drive) and North Ridgeville (35700 Bainbridge Road) branches beginning Dec. 28 while supplies last. Pre-registration is required, go to

Soaring Eagles Preschool: Registration for the Avon Local Schools’ Soaring Little Eagles Preschool program begins at 10 a.m. Jan. 5 The preschool program is designed for children ages 3 to 5. Children must be age 3 by Aug. 1, 2021 and potty-trained.

In the Integrated classrooms, the program serves an equal mix of typically developing children and children with disabilities, with class size limited to 16 children with three adult instructors. The typically developing children, referred to as Peer Models, are an integral part of the preschool program as they demonstrate age-appropriate communication, play, and self-help skills while learning.

The General education preschool classrooms serve children ages 3 to 5. The class size is limited to 16 children with two adult instructors. The General education preschool classrooms need to be at or near capacity by Jan. 31 in order to operate during the 2021-22 school year.

The Soaring Little Eagles Preschool program is staffed by teachers licensed by the Ohio Department of Education, and follows a developmentally appropriate and multi-sensory curriculum aligned with the State of Ohio’s Early Learning Development Standards.

An informational video presentation is now available on the Avon Early Learning Center webpage in lieu of a traditional information night. There will also be a link available to ask additional questions that may not be covered in the presentation.

For an electronic application and deposit link, go to

Meijer supports local: To show appreciation to its frontline workers and also support local restaurants, many of which are struggling during the pandemic, Meijer is providing a free meal each week to team members at all of its stores. The meal from Fligner’s Catering (Lorain) for Meijer Avon store team members included chicken parmesan, rigatoni with meatballs, rigatoni marinara, corn, and rolls and butter.

Shout-out: Last week’s Short Takes column featured Avon’s very own Elf on the Shelf, but I would be remiss if I didn’t give a shout-out to Avon’s own running banana. I saw him running down Detroit Road a few weeks ago and had to do a double take. Many others have reported seeing the running banana around town. Avon resident Matt Drol remains committed to his running workouts even in the cold weather. Now that’s dedication.

Avon's Running Banana

Avon’s running banana continues to delight motorists.

He first ran as a banana in the Cleveland half marathon in 2018.

“I had slacked on my training and wasn’t where I wanted to be to hit my time goal, so I decided, forget it… I’ll run as a banana,” said Drol. “I had the costume for the previous year’s Halloween. I ran the half marathon that day, then a few months later I ran an obstacle course race dressed up and just loved the energy and fun of it. So I decided to run all my races dressed as a banana starting in 2019. So far I’ve done seven half marathons, one full marathon and about four obstacle course races as a banana.

Since there were little to no races this year, Drol decided to have some fun and run around town in the banana suit. You can follow him on Instagram at just_a_running_banana.


Facility honors: Independence Village of Avon Lake has won the 2021 Caring Super Stars award from The website is a ‘highly credible senior living advising and review website that exists as a guide for consumers looking for senior living resources.’ This year, recognized only 156 senior living communities nationwide for this award of excellence.

Holiday lights winners: Kudos to everyone who participated and voted in the 2020 Deck The House Competition, presented by the city’s Parks and Recreation Department. The winners are: First place, the Fach Family, 323 Westporte Place; Second place: the Alflen Family, 166 Moore Road; and Third place: The Summer Family, 33544 Park Place.Sweetbriar Golf Randall’s Avon/Avon Lake Team Shop, and Peter & Co. Jewelers, Inc. sponsored the event.

Kindergarten registration: The Avon Lake City Schools online registration portal opens Jan. 4 and runs through Feb. 26. Go to the Avon Lake City Schools website ( Click on the link for “Departments” then click “Student Registration.” Follow instructions for the online kindergarten registration for the 2021-2022 school year.

Next gather the required documents. You can upload your required documents during your online submission (preferred), or send to the Office of the Registrar via email, US mail or fax (440-933-7591). Your student is not completely registered until all required documents are received. You will be contacted if the documents are indecipherable or otherwise unacceptable.

Registrar contact information to send registration is Theresa Martin, ALCS District Office, 175 Avon Belden Road. For more information, contact Martin at[email protected] or 440-933-0984. Fax: 440-933-7591.

Kindergarten Virtual Information Night for the incoming Class of 2034 is at 7 p.m. Jan. 28. To log in, go to


Gift of recreation: The North Ridgeville Parks and Recreation Department is offering folks the opportunity to give the gift of recreation this holiday season. Register someone for a program offered by the department. There are six new programs in the 2021 Winter Program Guide from toddler to adult classes, and cooking to sport programs. You can register 24/7 online at or at the North Ridgeville Parks and Recreation Office, 7327 Avon Belden Road.

Shout-out: Students and teachers from the Liberty Elementary School’s B Group collected paper products to donate to North Ridgeville Community Care.

Happy Holidays: This is my last column for 2020. I am taking some time off for the holidays and Short Takes will not publish next week (Dec. 31 Sun Sentinel). I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday. Thank you for taking the time to read Short Takes every week. Please send news items or ‘shout-outs’ to me via email ([email protected]). There are so many great things happening in our communities. Thank you for giving me the opportunity each week to share those stories. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Stay safe and well.

If you have news/information or a story idea you’d like to share or a ‘shout-out’, please send an email to [email protected].

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