Event Spotlight: Lakewood Chocolate Walk

Lakewood Chocolate Walk | Detroit Ave. | Lakewood, OH

Willy Wonka passed out chocolate as we awaited entry to the event.

Sometimes we’re all prisoners of the moment, or, at the very least, affected by recency bias. Heck, look at me—I called for Freddie Kitchens to be fired as Browns’ coach after game one of the season. (In fairness, I may be proven right—let’s hope not.) Last night, I went to the 11th annual Chocolate Walk in Lakewood. With recency bias in mind, I’m making a bold declaration—I want to live in Lakewood. Do you think I can convince my wife Tiffany to make the move? It may be possible. After all, she spent nearly 20 years in New York; she’s a big city girl at heart.

No surprise – Chocolate Walk was a sellout.

I digress. Today’s post isn’t a love letter to Lakewood. Rather, it’s a recap of yesterday’s Chocolate Walk, a tremendous event that was tailor made for a chocoholic like me. With Tiffany working late, my mom, a fellow chocoholic, happily stepped in and accompanied me to the event.

Chocolate wine … don’t mind if I do.

The idea of Chocolate Walk, sponsored by Kent State’s College of Nursing and hosted by LakewoodAlive and the Downtown Lakewood Business Alliance, was for participants to visit 26 merchants— many of whom featured special discounts and sales—specially designated as sweet stops. Simply put, it was adult trick or treating.

Two general admission tickets—about $44 each after fees—gave us entrance to First Federal Lakewood at 6 p.m., where we received our Chocolate Walk supplies (canvas bag, map, bottled water, plastic to-go bag and pen). Guided by a map, signs and festive bows decorating the participating shops and eateries on Detroit Avenue, we walked to each sweet stop, collecting chocolate-themed treats at each location. 

Hot chocolate with a twist!

There were tons of highlights. We made s’mores at Barton Senior Center; received chocolate wine and a Malley’s candy bar from Rozi’s Wine House; drank boozy hot chocolate at Tease Hair + Body Parlor; collected pharmacy bags of candy from Discount Drug Mart; indulged in chocolate mousse and brownies at Prime + Process; and sipped chocolate apple pumpkin soup (my personal favorite) from Souper Market. In all, we received cookies, cheesecake, brownies, donuts, etc. You name it, we tried it!

What’s better than fresh s’mores?

There was also a special contest. A dozen golden eggs were scattered among the stops. Customers who found all 12 were entered into a special raffle at the end of the night.

Yep, the chocolate mousse was as good as advertised.

At the evening’s conclusion, participants enjoyed a reception at First Federal Lakewood. This included snacks, raffles and a can of beer or a glass of wine.

Lots of great items were up for raffle.

I don’t have enough superlatives to do Chocolate Walk justice. The event was organized and well executed. Even the weather cooperated. Kudos to the sponsors, volunteers and participating merchants, as everyone was friendly, inviting and accommodating. Chocolate Walk was a wonderful showcase for Lakewood. I’m already looking forward to next year’s event. Who knows, maybe I’ll be a resident by then. Cheers!

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