Monday, January 4, 2016

Vian’s Part 1

1969 Phone Book ad
For decades, the highway known as U. S. Route 6 and Ohio State Route 2 (6 & 2) was the main east-west route through Lorain and Sheffield Lake.

The road was eventually overshadowed by I-90 and the new, limited access Route 2. But until then, the highway was pretty important to many businesses that depended on its steady stream of traffic.

Courtesy jumpingfrog.com
One such business was Vian’s in Sheffield Lake.

The story of Vian’s is one of a highway business that started out in the 1930s as a roadside restaurant with cabins, and slowly grew to eventually include a motel in the 1950s. Through the years, the business became not only a Lake Road icon, but a symbol of the entrepreneurial spirit of its owner.

The business and all traces of it are gone now. Today, Vian’s former location is occupied by the Residence condominium complex (below).

But I hope you’ll join me next time for the rest of my multi-part series in which we travel back in time to revisit a well-remembered piece of Sheffield Lake roadside history.

Vian’s former location, currently home to The Residence

6 comments:

-Alan D Hopewell said...

Up until now,I didn't know what the 6 and 2 in "Route 6 and 2" stood for; thanks, Dan!

Wireless.Phil said...

Alan must be a young man or not from the area?

-Alan D Hopewell said...

Born and raised in Lorain, turned 60 on 23 December.

Dan Brady said...

Happy Belated Birthday, Alan!

Kerry McCullough said...

Doreen Hart, Vian's Granddaughter, has now seen your blog. She is impressed. Hopefully she can give you a little more history if you need.
SO COOL to see this. I learned to ski at Vian's in the 70s. We kept our boat on one of the piers and the hoist was there into the 80s. Had many great times there.
Thanks again Dan for sharing all of this.

Dan Brady said...

Hi Kerry!

Thanks for sharing your reminisce and I’m glad you are enjoying the posts! I hope Doreen and the rest of the family are enjoying the posts as well, and I would be happy to do a follow-up post with any additional information (or corrections) that the family would like to see, as it is their story. ( I met Doreen’s husband in the fall of 2014 when I talked briefly to him in their driveway about their famous Hart signs in Avon Lake on Route 6 and did a post about them.)

Dan