Lowe's honored

by TheKnot.com

Lowe's Greenhouse in Bainbridge Township, a business owned by an Aurora family, has been selected as a 2017 winner in "The Knot Best of Weddings." It is the fifth year Lowe's has been selected, which places the business in the Hall of Fame.

In 2017, only 2 percent of the 300,000 local wedding professionals listed on TheKnot.com have received this honor. The Knot Best of Weddings is an annual by-couples, for-couples guide to the top wedding professionals across the country.

To determine the winners, The Knot assessed almost one million reviews from couples across various vendor categories -- venues, musicians, florists, photographers and caterers.

"We are deeply humbled to have had our 2016 brides honor us with their glowing evaluations of our work," said Lowe's floral manager Mary Giaimo. "We love what we do and feel blessed to be able to create beautiful weddings truly customized for each couple's special day as they begin their lives together!"

Added owner Jeff Griff, "Five of the last seven years we have received this honor from The Knot; we are so excited to be recognized in this way.

Founded in 1926 by Carlton Lowe and then purchased by Griff's grandfather in the 1950s, the business has strived for excellence.

Lowe's Greenhouse is an alumnus of the Weatherhead 100 and FastTrack 50, has been featured on many national garden center educational tours and for eight years in a row has been named one of the country's 100 most revolutionary garden centers.

New vehicle sales

fall overall in '16

Franchised new vehicle dealers across Northern Ohio sold 8,386 new trucks and SUVs in December, an increase of almost 13 percent for the month, ending 2016 with a sales trend seen across the entire year.

While truck and SUV sales grew by almost 8 percent in 2016, cars were off 7.77 percent. In total, combined sales of all trucks, SUVs and cars were off 2.45 percent.

for the year, according to figures released by the Greater Cleveland Automobile Dealers' Association.

"Although sales were off less than three percent from last year, we are still moving a considerable amount of new and used vehicles in our market, especially when you compare the figures to pre-recession levels," says Louis A. Vitantonio, president of the GCADA.

Franchised new vehicle dealers sold 19,985 new vehicles in December of 2016 compared to 20,465 in the same month a year prior. For the year, dealers sold 245,474 new vehicles compared with 251,651 in 2015.

Ford kept its crown as Northern Ohio's best-selling brand, selling 38,743 vehicles. Chevrolet was close behind with 36,940 vehicles sold, followed by Honda at 21,043 and Toyota at 20,724.

Big winners for 2016 included Buick, Fiat, Jeep, Lincoln and Volvo, with each brand ringing up strong double-digit growth when comparing 2016 with 2015.

Tutoring service

offered in homes

Club Z! In-Home Tutoring Services has opened a branch in Northeast Ohio.

Club Z! of the Western Reserve, owned by Dr. Mark Bowles of Cuyahoga Falls, provides individual tutoring to students in their homes, at convenient times to parents and focusing on the curriculum with which they struggle in school.

Bowles said that tutoring is performed in the student's home to provide a comfortable and non-competitive environment for learning.

Bowles has devoted his professional life to education, he said. He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Akron, and his Ph.D. in the history of science from Case Western Reserve University.

He has written 15 books, including three college-level textbooks, and has been a professor of history for the past eight years at the American Military University.

As a parent of three girls, Bowles says he knows the importance of this in-home service.

Club Z! offers tutoring in all core subjects -- reading, math, science and language arts. In addition they offer study skills, SAT, ACT and other assessment test preparation.

For more information call 330-969-CLUB, or visit www.ClubZWR.com.