LAKEWOOD, Ohio — Local jewelry designer and Lakewood native Jennifer Stringer was named as one of 15 finalists in the Amazon Handmade small business awards competition — the only Ohioan to make the list.

The competition was announced in early August by Amazon to celebrate its Handmade platform’s fifth anniversary. Five winners each will receive a $15,000 grant to small businesses that sell on the platform.

“Makers” were invited to apply for the awards, and a panel of judges picked finalists based on “the most inspiring stories, customer-centric products and compelling plans for the winnings.” The public could vote until Sept. 9 to decide which of public to vote and decide which five finalists will win. Votes can be cast at amazon.com/handmade. The five winners will be announced on Sept. 21.

Stringer makes original handcrafted, wire-wrapped jewelry using semi-precious gemstones, beach glass and metal. She sells her jewelry products online,

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August 17, 2020

For the August Business Showcase rather than feature one business in Lakewood, the city decided to feature several businesses that have manufactured or produced products that were used to help increase safety for individuals and businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As COVID-19 continues, we ask that if anyone knows of other Lakewood businesses that helped create safety products during the pandemic to reach out to Business Manager Becky Newtown, a [email protected], for future recognition.


Custom Edge, Inc.

Scott and Claudine Falk started Custom Edge, Inc. in 2005 in a shop off South Tacoma Way. Scott, who has a background in graphic design, got his start in the plastic fabrication business over 30 years ago while working for a different plastic fabrication shop.

For the past 15 years, Custom Edge, Inc. has been producing custom plastic display products that are used in a variety of industries, including retail,

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