Charlie’s Homemade Pizza and Edibles Selected as 2017 Outstanding Sylvania Area Small Business

–by Jennifer Ruple

Charlie’s Homemade Pizza and Edibles
6600 W. Sylvania Ave.

From left: Laurie Weaver; Steve Weaver; Cindy Weaver; Braxton Weaver; Steve Weaver Jr.; Jennifer Ruple, of Sylvania AdVantage and Boomers & Beyond; Tara Sibert, manager of the Sylvania branch of GenoaBank; and Marty Sutter, president and CEO of GenoaBank.

Congratulations to Charlie’s Homemade Pizza and Edibles for receiving the most community votes in the We Love Sylvania Area Small Businesses campaign, sponsored by the Sylvania AdVantage and GenoaBank. A reception was held to honor business owners Laurie, Steve and Steve Weaver Jr. at the Sylvania branch of GenoaBank on May 10.

Laurie, Steve and Steve Weaver Jr. are the owners of
Charlie’s Homemade Pizza and Edibles.

Owners since 2010: Steve Weaver and Steve Weaver Jr.
Year established: 1996

For the father and son duo of Steve Weaver and Steve Weaver Jr., Charlie’s is all about giving their customers a great dining experience. The restaurant is a family affair with Weaver as front of house manager, Weaver Jr. as Chef, and mom Laurie as head server. “We are a true family run, locally owned business, and my job is to make sure the customer is happy and the food is right when it walks out the door,” said Weaver.

What makes your business unique?
Charlie’s Homemade Pizza, a multi-year trophy winner at the annual Pizza Palooza competition, took First Place in the People’s Choice category and Second Place in the Judge’s Choice category in 2016. “Our pizza is like no other. When you ask for a topping, you get a topping,” laughed Weaver. “We make everything from scratch. Our Alfredo sauce, pesto sauce, our lasagna – they’re all freshly made. Our veggies are very fresh and are from local suppliers. In the summer, we go to the farm and pick our own. It’s the little things we choose to do those other restaurants don’t,” he added.

Who or what inspired you to create your business?
“Ultimately my dad inspired me. Being involved in a family business was something I always wanted to experience myself. My goal is to see the business grow in an environment in which people enjoy coming to. We want folks to leave with a smile on their faces and full stomachs.”

Charlie’s is a popular go-to for donations and fundraisers. “We support our local schools by hosting fundraising events where we donate a portion of our sales. We also cater many events for community organizations and donate gift certificates for special events and golf outings. It’s imperative to us to be involved in the local community, and we look forward to serving it for years to come,” explained Weaver.

What is your definition of success?
“Of course, you always want your business to grow. As my former supervisor once said, ‘You either grow or you go,’” said Weaver. “But at the end of the night, when you see a bunch of people having fun, having a good meal and enjoying their evening, that is success.”