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Medina couple opens Lakes Wines-N-Spirits

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 7 October 2013 at 12:00 am

Photo by Tom Rivers – Howard and Clara Lake last month opened a liquor store with wine and spirits at the corner of Park Avenue and Salt Works Road. The store has a grand opening celebration on Saturday with a wine tasting from 1 to 3 p.m.

MEDINA – Howard and Clara Lake see a business district growing on the west side of Medina, in the Park Avenue and Salt Works Road area. The couple is right in the heart of that area that includes several big manufacturing companies and other businesses.

In May 2012, the Lakes moved their computer business, C & H PC, from a building behind their house on Laurel Street to a bigger building at the corner of Park Avenue and Salt Works Road.

This spring they opened The Park Grille, a concessions stand that serves Sahlen’s hot dogs, black angus hamburgers, French fries and ice cream. That will be a seasonal operation from mid-May to Labor Day. It’s located right next to C & H PC.

The Lakes have added another business venture to the site. Last month they opened Lakes Wines-N-Spirits. The business includes wines, including many from the Finger Lakes and Niagara regions. There will be a grand opening this Saturday for the new store with wine tastings from 1 to 3 p.m.

“We’re right in the middle of a business district with a lot of businesses around us,” Mr. Lake said today at 11089 Park Ave.

Before the Lakes moved their computer business to the site, the building had been vacant for about a decade. They are now using two of the suites, with one still available. Mr. Lake, a former Medina mayor, wants to fill the other suite with another possible business venture in the future.

Lake, who is retired from the power plant in Somerset, said he likes putting the business projects together, and working with the public.

The liquor store is open seven days a week. The Lakes have added two part-time employees for the store.