Cool Businesses

Soccer Sportsplex and Exit 2 Storage

We caught up with Dale Schmidt, owner of Soccer Sportsplex and Exit 2 Storage on the west end of the city, to learn more about his successful businesses operating in North Olmsted. Here’s what he shared with us.

Westside Flea

We talked with event co-organizer and North Olmsted resident Cathy Van Schoor to learn more about the newest addition to North Olmsted's summer shopping scene. Markets are scheduled for July 21, August 11 and September  15 from 9:00am-3:00pm in North Olmsted Park.

J.K.Kang’s Taekwondo Center

A wide variety of business and storefronts have come to call North Olmsted their home. One very exciting operation existing within the heart of North Olmsted is J.K.Kang’s Taekwondo Center: a spectacular, recreational training facility.

New Starbucks Coming to Dover Center & Lorain

Good news for the coffee lovers of North Olmsted: a new Starbucks is on the way this Spring! Poised to fill the long-vacant northeast corner of Dover Center and Lorain Roads, the popular coffee shop will be a welcome addition to the thriving intersection. According to Planner James Aspery, “Starbucks is a valuable addition to the Dover-Lorain intersection, given that this area sees a high volume of traffic throughout the day from residents, commuters and shoppers alike.” Construction in currently underway to achieve an early Spring opening. Stay tuned for more updates this Spring!

Great Northern Mall

When thinking of quintessential North Olmsted destinations, there is one landmark that immediately comes to mind: Great Northern Mall. Beginning with a simple grocery stand on a strawberry patch in 1958, the mall has since expanded into a regional shopping destination and community anchor serving generations of shoppers. With their latest placemaking effort, Great Northern Mall is aiming to transform the mall by re-energizing it with local creativity and neighborhood spirit.

Robbie Anderson State Farm

Robbie Anderson State Farm

Chances are if you’ve been to any community events around North Olmsted this year, you have likely been introduced to the dynamic duo of Robbie and Kim Anderson. As proprietors of North Olmsted’s newest State Farm office, the Andersons have made an immediate splash in the community since opening their office in February. As a State Farm Agent with a deep background in financial management and executive-level leadership, Robbie’s team is here to serve the residents of North Olmsted with a variety of services: home, auto and life insurance, and full range of financial services and bank products. Team members include:  Barb Jackson, oldest son, Travis, and Chris Maltbie. Each team member is highly-qualified and every bit as enthusiastic as their fearless leaders!

Wok N Roll Food Truck

Wok N Roll

Are you looking for someplace new to dine outside of your “usual” spots? Look no further than Wok N Roll Food Truck, an Asian-fusion mobile restaurant owned and operated by North Olmsted residents Matt and Tricia McCune! For the couple, this endeavor was a match in culinary heaven from the beginning:  “We've been cooking together for a long time. I met Matt at my first job out of high school. I was a vegetarian working at KFC. We used to make mashed potatoes together and he would purposely drop big globs of them onto my shoes because he thought I was cute. That was way back in 1999. We've been together since.”

Eddy’s Bike Shop


Eddy’s Bike Shop is celebrating 75 years in business, starting with one store in Stow, Ohio, in 1940. It was a general store at that time, switching focus to bicycle experts in the early 80s. The family-owned, third generation company has expanded to four Northern Ohio locations, with lucky North Olmsted included, for the last 20 years. Our North Olmsted store has undergone three expansions in the last four years to the present 10,000 jam-packed square feet you can visit today.

Waldo’s Nursery

Who does not love the Waldo’s Nursery sign on Lorain Road?  Fun fact: It’s the oldest continuously running neon sign in North Olmsted! Lottie and Walter Waldo started their nursery by selling topsoil and flats in their front yard along Lorain Road in the very same location that Waldo’s Nursery has now stood for 65 years. How many local small businesses can claim such longevity and loyalty to their location?