Under its habitual offender program, the Ohio Department of Taxation has shut down Blum’s Party Goods at 14437 Cedar Road in South Euclid for nonpayment of taxes.
A public notice has been posted on the inside of the front door announcing the status.
“Vendor license 18-111303 is under suspension,” the notice reads. “ARCS Supply LLC DBA: Blum’s Party Center is prohibited from making retail sales at 14437 Cedar Road, Cleveland, OH 44121 on or after November 13, 2020.”
In addition, a typed note from the business appears below the notice.
“Due to COVID-19 and a significant drop to sales, we fell behind on some tax payments,” the note reads. “We are working diligently to solve this issue, and hopefully will reopen in a couple of days. Thank you for your patience and continuous support. We need you now more than ever!”
Shimi Aloni of University Heights bought the business Oct. 18, 2017.
He said he hopes to reopen within the next several days, depending on when fund transfers clear.
“With (coronavirus), we lost all commercial business. Shuls usually buy from us, schools, city halls, we don’t have that anymore because of (coronavirus),” Aloni told the Cleveland Jewish News Nov. 18. “We’re really looking for the community to you know step in and help us because you know we have a smaller amount of money. The cake is much smaller and I need to figure out how to distribute it, and of course my employees come first. I have to pay my employees, and I have to pay my vendors because if I don’t pay the vendors, you know, I’m not going to get merchandise. So it’s like, who do you pay first? ... It’s really tough on small businesses.”
Gary Gudmundson, communications director for the Ohio Department of Taxation, said Blum’s was behind on both sales tax and withholding for school district income tax.
Aloni said he does not owe school district income tax because all of his employees live within Cuyahoga County.
“When they do come into compliance, they will be allowed to remove the sign and reopen for business,” Gudmundson said, adding the state does not take action against businesses that “happen to miss a month.”