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  On tame Black Friday, Lorain County braces for Purple Level 4 as COVID-19 cases continue to rise

Since Lorain County got elevated to the dreaded Purple Alert Level 4 for COVID-19, groups and businesses on the shopping street are feeling the weight of the pandemic even more.

  Walmart customer pulls out brass knuckles after refusing to wear mask inside Ohio store, police say

Downtown Cleveland Alliance reports show near 50% decrease in hotel occupancy

Here’s a list of retail stores closed for Thanksgiving 2020

Nighttown in Cleveland Heights closing Nov. 22 until further notice due to ‘out of control’ spike in Ohio COVID-19 cases

Jennifer & Co. salon and spa closed from Nov. 13-22 due to ‘alarming rise’ in Lake County COVID-19 cases

Cheesecake Factory in Crocker Park closed Thursday evening for ‘cleaning and sanitizing’

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GM to hire 1,100 team members at Lordstown battery plant

  Days Inn in Elyria declared a nuisance by the court and ordered to shut down

  Cleveland City Council approves hire of consultants to improve West Side Market

Pet Valu shutting down all U.S. stores, closeout sales start Nov. 5

City of Kent conditionally reinstates the Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area

Cleveland Heights’ Melt Bar and Grilled to close permanently

FirstEnergy fires CEO and 2 additional executives after violating company code of conduct related to ‘government investigations’

FirstEnergy said the company “determined that these executives violated certain FirstEnergy policies and its code of conduct” during the course of the company’s “previously disclosed internal review related to the government investigation."

Cleveland permits restaurants to keep extended outdoor dining areas through June 1, 2021

Patio season is here to stay, even through the winter.

  Restaurants, bars struggling with availability and pricing of PPE and disinfectant

PPE that restaurants need, like gloves are very expensive during the pandemic, and in short supply.

Cleveland-based Swagelok hiring 250 manufacturing associates

Swagelok has supplied valves and fittings to chip fabricators around the world since 1947.

Macy’s hosting National Hiring Day event on Thursday to fill more than 1400 holiday positions in Ohio

  Patterson Fruit Farm enhances safety precautions as they help people celebrate the fall season

Marble Room set to reopen in November for 1st time since pandemic

Cabela’s in Avon gearing up for the holidays by hiring 41 seasonal team members

  Is Sokolowski’s University Inn closing permanently? Family owners to meet to decide

  Northeast Ohio banquet hall calls Gov. DeWine’s finger-pointing at weddings for rise in COVID-19 cases ‘unfair’

Sam’s Club hiring 2,000 permanent full-time workers before holiday rush

The discount retailer said the positions would be in its fulfillment and distribution centers.

DICK’S Sporting Goods hiring 135 seasonal associates in Northeast Ohio for National Signing Day on Oct. 14

The seven locations hiring are in Aurora, Lyndhurst, Mentor, North Olmsted, Parma, Strongsville, and Westlake.

‘Apple picking is not free’: Ohio orchard may stop tradition after ‘large number of people’ filled bags without paying

Brant's Apple Orchard warned customers that if they don’t pay for the apples they pick, “we won’t be able to continue with this activity.”

  Hundreds of Cleveland airline employees may be furloughed this week; employers say it’s because of slow government

The airlines and their labor unions are asking for aid to finance their employee payroll for the next six months.

100th Bomb Group to close after 37 years of operation

A release said COVID-19 led to special event and dining profit losses.

President Donald Trump’s limo still has Akron-based Goodyear tires despite calls for boycott, promise to remove

The president's limo--called “The Beast”--still has Goodyear’s Kevlar-reinforced run-flat tires on it.

Heinen’s extends store hours and lets Ohio customers bring reusable bags for first time amid pandemic

With the exception of social distancing and increased sanitization efforts still in place, shopping at Heinen’s will look a bit more like it did before the pandemic.

Cleveland Cliffs agrees to $1.4 billion deal to acquire ArcelorMittal

The company will become the largest flat-rolled steel producer in North America.

Amazon hiring more than 1,500 people for their Akron facility

Pay begins at $15 an hour and employees also receive comprehensive benefits.

  RTA receives federal funds to improve the Red Line Rapid

RTA’s Red Line serves around 20,000 riders per day.

  Lockkeepers sets reopening date, to hire up to 50 Northeast Ohio employees

Lockkeepers restaurant will reopen on October 5th, but Millennia Hospitality Group is not yet ready to reopen other properties.

Presidential pursuits: Oval Office replica in Mentor home listing

The home is 20 years old.

Carvana bringing 400 jobs to Lorain County

The online-based car retailer is coming to Northeast Ohio.

Sky Zone in Boston Heights closes temporarily due to lack of business

The family-owned business says it plans to reopen when they feel they are able.

  ‘Akronite’ app connecting local businesses with customers to soften blow dealt by pandemic

The coronavirus has done a number on businesses in Northeast Ohio.

Giant Eagle hiring 1,350 workers across several Northeast Ohio locations

Giant Eagle is looking to fill 1,350 full- and part-time positions across the company’s supermarket, GetGo, warehouse and pharmacy locations in Northeast Ohio.

Gov. DeWine announces performance theaters can soon reopen with 15% seated capacity

While details of the order are still being worked on, the Governor said that the order will cap interior venue attendance at 15% of their fixed-seated capacity or 300 people while outdoor venue attendance will be capped at 15% of their fixed seating capacity or 1,500 people.

Protests opposing President Trump’s call to boycott Goodyear planned at Akron headquarters

President Trump called for a boycott of Goodyear Wednesday.

Cleveland Burger Week returns with $6 showcases of local restaurants’ favorite flavors

Order a CBW burger from at least five participating restaurants from Aug. 17-23 for the chance to win a prize.

  Cleveland’s Little Italy businesses, hurt by loss of Feast, brace for uncertain future

COVID-19 has forced the cancellation of the popular Feast of the Assumption in Little Italy this year.

UPDATE: ArcelorMittal Cleveland has rehired more than 300 people after mass layoff this past spring

ArcelorMittal Cleveland informed state officials this week that 454 jobs were cut in April, and all but 130 workers have returned.

All Marc’s customers will have to wear face masks starting July 20

Signage on the new rule has been posted on store entrances, and staff will be on hand to remind people to wear coverings.

Yours Truly shutters Shaker Square location after nearly 30 years of business

The owners of Yours Truly sold off their Shaker Square location on Monday, as the business looks to transition to a kitchen and bar concept.

LaCentre in Westlake closes down but not for coronavirus-related reasons, city says

LaCentre Conference & Banquet Facility in Westlake has closed, and the venue is in the process of issuing refunds.

  2 Brook Park, Ohio Little Caesars workers fired after putting swastika sign on couple’s pizza

A Brook Park couple stopped for a slice of Little Caesars Pizza on Saturday night but were appalled when they opened the box to an offensive message.

Mitchell’s closes Beachwood shop after team member tests positive for COVID-19

Mitchell’s said the team member last worked on Tuesday and will self-quarantine.

Meijer opening 2 new supercenters in Northeast Ohio

Meijer announced their new supercenters in Brimfield and Lorain will be open for business at 6 a.m. on July 9.

Pinzone’s Market Fresh Meats closing West Side Market location after 44 years

Founder Tony Pinzone said they will be consolidating the business and moving it to the Parma location they have operated since 1995.

  $3M in grants given to small businesses in Northeast Ohio, including minority-owned businesses

Over 900 small businesses in Northeast Ohio were awarded grants to the tune of $3 million to help cover losses and costs from Covid-19.

Giant Eagle in Garfield Heights reopening to public after only offering curbside pick-up since April

The Transportation Boulevard supermarket will reopen to the public at 7 a.m. on June 18.

Akron-based Signet Jewelers to close 380 stores due to drop in sales from coronavirus crisis

The Akron-based company behind some of the best-known jewelry chains like Kay Jewelers, Zales, and Jared plans to permanently close about 380 stores, blaming the coronavirus crisis for a major drop in business.

  Flats seafood workers spend record-breaking heat day cooling off in the 5-below freezer

Some of the folks at Catanese Classic Seafood don’t have to go far to cool off. They spend most of their days in the freezer.

Guarded swim hours at Cleveland Metroparks’ Edgewater and Huntington beaches resume

Guarded swim hours at the Cleveland Metroparks Edgewater and Huntington beaches are now in session starting Saturday.

Cleveland Metroparks’ new restaurant ‘e55 on the lake’ open for business

e55 on the lake, the Cleveland Metroparks’ new restaurant along the Lake Erie shoreline, is now open along with concessions across the park district.

  Downtown Cleveland business owners carry on with massive cleanup effort

Business owners and workers were able to get back into the city Wednesday to continue cleaning up after the weekend’s protests. For most, it’s the first time they’ve been allowed in the city since around 1 p.m. on Sunday, because of the extended curfew.

  Brunswick ice cream truck owner caught in city’s red tape

It’s a summertime tradition many Northeast Ohioans look forward to: the ice cream truck coming through their neighborhood.

  Levin Furniture could reopen soon as former owner on verge of saving company

Levin had come close to rescuing the furniture business in March, but the deal flatlined when the pandemic hit the U.S.

  Longtime Northeast Ohio salon owner hoping people slowly ease back into business

On Friday, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine gave the salon and barber industry the green light to reopen.

  30-year-old Rocky River business reopens as economy slowly starts churning again

“It is very exciting, a nerve racking day for us. But we’re so happy to be back, especially as a small business," said Kathleen Casey-Proctor, co-owner of Casey’s Irish Imports on Center Ridge Road in Rocky River.

  Public companies with big salaries cashing in on small business loans in Ohio

19 News has uncovered local public companies with hefty salaries cashing in on low interest loans intended to keep small business operating during the COVID-19 crisis.

Put-in-Bay launches gradual reopening plan amid covid-19 pandemic

The chamber told guests to be prepared to wear face coverings at times while on the island, and businesses are stocking up on cleaning supplies and protective equipment.

  A struggling auto repair shop provides a sad commentary on the economy

Auto repair shops had the distinct advantage of staying open for business, as a state mandated essential service, while many businesses in the state were forced to close as the Covid-19 pandemic began its assault on Ohio.

Mentor Farmers Market set to open as scheduled on June 26 amid coronavirus crisis

Although many traditional summer events in Northeast Ohio have been canceled due to the coronavirus crisis, Mentor residents can still look forward to getting their farm-fresh produce and other fare from over 30 vendors at the Mentor Farmers Market.

  Environmental cleaning services recommend pros prep businesses before reopening

Environmental cleaning companies are working in business spaces ahead of reopening, to properly disinfect the area before people go back to work.

  Northeast Ohio specialty shops keeping up with increased demand

Ohioans are buying more things like meat since they're cooking more and eating in with restaurants and bars closed to help slow the spread of coronavirus.

Garfield Heights Giant Eagle switching to curbside pickup and delivery this weekend

The Garfield Heights Giant Eagle, located on Transportation Boulevard, will be temporarily converted into a curbside pickup center starting this Sunday.

  Will carry-out cocktails pay off for bars and restaurants struggling financially in Northeast Ohio?

Ohio and several other states have shut down dining rooms at restaurants, but with carry-out as the only option, adult beverages have been added to the take-out menu temporarily.

Spirit Airlines to cancel all Cleveland Hopkins International Airport flights starting next week

Spirit Airlines announced Friday that they will suspend all Cleveland Hopkins International Airport flights from April 8 through May 5.

  Cleveland business expert says now is the time for many employers, employees to hit the ‘reset button’

LaRese Purnell, a managing partner at CLE Consulting Firm, said it’s time for business owners and individuals to look at their budgets and “reset” for the future.

Platform Beer Co. launches delivery service, which will also aid local businesses

Platform Beer Co. has a new plan: provide craft brew delivery for thirsty Northeast Ohioans that includes a $10 rebate with every $20 purchase.

  Hundreds of Clevelanders rush to buy home workout equipment after gyms close

With gyms closed, and many people staying in right now, those who want to remain healthy and active are flocking to buy home workout equipment.

  Giant Eagle: Don’t panic, we’re adapting and preparing in Ohio

Use curbside pickup or home delivery, if you want to avoid the crowds

  Winking Lizard co-owner: Decision to shut down bars and restaurants was rushed in Ohio

The co-owner of the Winking Lizard respects Gov. Mike DeWine’s decision-making during the coronavirus outbreak, but he said the shutdown of bars and restaurants was rushed.

  University Heights computer store having trouble getting parts because of coronavirus

Business is steady at Computer Repair Doctor, for now.

Ken Ganley Kia in Medina adding new team members to local workforce

The new Ken Ganley Kia in Medina is adding team members to its workforce.

  550 jobs leaving Elyria as Bendix opens new, multi-million dollar brake plant in Avon

One Northeast Ohio city’s loss is another one’s gain. After nearly 80 years in Elyria, Bendix Commercial Vehicle System’s is moving its world headquarters to Avon.

FirstEnergy to buy 250 electric trucks from new Lordstown plant

FirstEnergy plans to purchase 250 electric pickup trucks from the startup company, Lordstown Motors Corp., which has breathed new life into the once-defunct GM plant.

Cleveland Flea taking a step back from monthly markets in 2020

Cleveland Flea said they are taking this break to pause and restructure so they can have another decade of impact in the city.