Signature Event: Within sight of the majestic golden domes of St. Josaphat Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral, Parma holds its annual Ukrainian Independence Day Parade and Festivities every August. Celebrating the 1991 establishment of Ukraine’s sovereign state, this revelry shows off elaborately decorated floats decked out in the traditional colors of blue and gold, a lineup of vintage and classic cars driving down State Road and a full array of treats such as chocolate babka and paczki.
Good Olde Daze is located in Parma’s Ukrainian Village at 6001 State Road.
After two weeks of wing eaters wiping away sauce from their fingers to vote, the people of Northeast Ohio have named the wings at Good Olde Daze, 6001 State Road, Parma, as their favorite.
A total of 14,941 votes were cast in the NEO’s Best Wings’ People’s Choice division, and Good Olde Daze gobbled up 26.4 percent of them. Even the city of Parma got behind their local business and posted this video to the city’s Facebook page during the competition.
Three popular choices of wings at Good Olde Daze in Parma were buffalo, BBQ and garlic sauce.
Owner Tommy Shaver previously said his best sellers are either the wings or burgers. It has weekly specials, such as 50-cent wings on Thursdays. Click here to check out the menu.
Parma is ready for Small Business Saturday.
“Shopping small at local independent businesses is easy to do in a place like Parma,” Mayor DeGeeter said. “Parma has Polish Village and Ukrainian Village and other business districts that cater to people looking for unique items to purchase. I look forward to seeing lots of folks out shopping that day.”
Small Business Saturday, a national campaign started in 2010 by American Express, was started to encourage consumers to include small and independent businesses in their holiday shopping, even if they shop national chains on Black Friday.
About a year ago, Andro Dokhoian and his wife Nataliya opened a tiny bakery on State Road in Parma’s Ukrainian Village.
Kolos already smells like a nice bakery. It specializes in bread — white, wheat, various kinds of rye and sweet egg bread with raisins.
Dokhoian said his bread contains few ingredients. There are no shortenings, oleos or dough conditioners.
“There is nothing artificial in our bread,” Dokhoian said. “It’s baked the way my grandfather used to bake it. At that time, bakeries didn’t use any chemicals.
“If you go to a regular store and grab a loaf of bread from the shelf, read the ingredients,” Dokhoian said. “You will find there are at least 20 ingredients in the bread.”
Kolos also carries nut, poppy-seed, cinnamon, sweet-butter and plumb rolls, along with apple strudels, turnovers and 35 different types of cakes.
In addition, Kolos sells miniature pizzas. Dokhoian makes his own cheese for his cheese Danishes.
Kolos adds one or two products every month, based on customer demand, and the bakery takes special orders.
“Because we are a small bakery, we are very flexible,” Dokhoian said.
Kolos Bakery is located at 5346 State Rd in Parma’s Ukrainian Village.
International Food & Deli, opened with the slimmest of resources.
Sozanski, a violinist who once played for the philharmonic orchestra of Lviv, Ukraine, runs one of the busiest enterprises in the Ukrainian Village section of Parma. His grocery store and adjacent party center attract a multilingual crowd to offerings of Ukrainian pastas, German sausages, Polish polkas and, occasionally, rousing Cossack dances.
Regulars come in for the sausages and kielbasa draped from racks behind the counter, for the rich European-style cakes and tortes in the bakery case and for the mineral waters that spring from cherished fonts back home in eastern Europe.
Most members of the staff speak several languages, certainly Ukrainian. But English is common, too. Many of the customers are first- and second-generation Americans rediscovering the foods of their childhood.
International Food & Deli is located at 5850 State Road in Parma’s Ukrainian Village.
Today, State Meats is a smokehouse shop.
“We process and smoke our own items right at our facility,” said George. “We’re primarily doing pork. We are known for our smoked kielbasa, homemade luncheon meats, cottage hams, Canadian bacon, kishka or blood sausage, hurka or rice sausage, head cheese, goose liver, smokies, and more.”
Some of the more popular items are ham krakow, which is a very garlicky Eastern European ham, and State Meat’s own bacon. All salads and sides are prepared next door at Mama Maria’s kitchen. One of the most popular is Olivia’, a homemade ethnic potato salad.
State Meats also wholesales out to a few grocery stores such as Bassett’s Market in Port Clinton, West Point Market in Akron, and Miles Farmer’s Market. Babushka’s Kitchen in Northfield and Independence is one of its best customers.
“I’m so happy I took on this challenge,” said George. “The people are great and I like making sure that my customers are happy.” Although he says that he loves being his own boss, he fondly says that Mom has really been the boss for the last 25 years.
State Meats is located at 5338 State Rd in Parma’s Ukrainian Village.
Freshly shaved loaves of ham, salami and head cheese sit stacked high in the deli case at Lviv International Foods in Parma.
Any day looks like an ethnic holiday at this sparkling Ukrainian grocery store. And with the unusual concurrence this year of both Orthodox and non-Orthodox Easters this Sunday, things will only get busier.
She and her staff make a wide assortment of their own pierogi. They bake Vie de France bread from purchased dough several times a day, and will gladly explain to customers how they can make a torte from thin sheets of wafer and caramel sauce she sells by the can.
The meats are a long production: cooking and chilling a marinade, three to four days of soaking in the refrigerator, five hours of marinating with garlic and mayonnaise and three to four hours of cooking. For garlic lovers, the cooking aromas are almost as good as the taste of the transformed meat. It’s served with traditional beet relish made with horseradish, a kind of Ukrainian hot sauce.
The bread, made with an overabundance of eggs, is particularly important in conveying a sunny color to signify spring — as well as Easter’s celebratory, religious meaning of resurrection. It, too, sweetens the air in the home (and makes great French toast, if there’s any left).
This is also where you can buy your very own babushka (floral head scarf), coffee mugs printed with Ukrainian names, and baskets of pysanky, the ornately decorated eggs.
Lviv International Foods is located at 5689 State Road in Parma’s Ukrainian Village.