What happens when you gather a group of creative and talented artisans in one space? Simply beautiful things happen! Welcome to The Corner in The Van Aken District in Shaker Heights, OH. This entrepreneurial venture is a collaboration of over 70 local makers who are able to sell their products while gaining exposure to the retail market sales channel.
The Corner is staffed by the actual makers seven days a week. It’s a collegial arrangement where vendors help each other by selling their products. As a small business, I’ve gained exposure to new customers and have been able to introduce shoppers to excellent locally made products. People are curious about the makers and being a host at The Corner allows us to meet and greet locals and visitors who are shopping, eating or just strolling in The Van Aken District.
Beautiful clothing and accessories from Nagada Clothing
Handcrafted items from Nepali Artisans
What’s been most encouraging to me are the diverse array of talented makers who live and create in Northeast Ohio. The level of enthusiasm and willingness to help those who are exploring becoming “retail ready” is also a way to mentor and encourage new business owners. We are fortunate to have three experienced retail executives, Dave, Steve and Toni who share their expertise and guide the operation.
Me and Pat Isenstadt, owner of Vintage Visions Cards
Becki Dina of Sugar Arts Bakehouse
We exchange messages back and forth over a dedicated app. It also lets us schedule ourselves to host a shift during a month, or let us know when stock needs refreshing or a customer has a question about a product.
Customers have told me they were surprised about the number of so many exceptional vendors and are glad to be able to buy products that are made locally. Repeat customers return monthly to see what’s new (vendors rotate) and to shop from brands they’ve come to love. It's always easy to spot a "regular" as they scope out what's new and fun.
Some of the beautiful jewelry from local artisans
Scarves and shawls from FOCHA
Carole Anthony of Diversified Funk
Cristina Bruce Kaiser of Piccolino Designs
The Corner is located inside The Van Aken District Market Hall. Stop by and meet our makers!
- Mon-Fri 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Saturday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Sunday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Pat Bennett is the founder and President of Pat's Granola, a Cleveland based food and lifestyle company.
Pat's Granola is sold online at www.patsgranola.com and is also available at several Northeast Ohio businesses including:
Troubadour Coffee Roasters www.troubadourcoffeeroasters.com
Sports and Spine Physical Therapy www.sportspine.com
Local Flavors Shoppe www.localflavors.net
Cleveland Hopkins International Airport www.clevelandairport.com
Locle Box www.loclebox.com
Made Cleveland www.madecleveland.com
Mister Brisket www.misterbrisket.com
Nature's Oasis Lakewood www.naturesoasis.com
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