The Corner: Neighborhood Originals

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.

Pat’s Granola

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 at The Corner

Beautiful clothing and accessories from Nagada Clothing

Nepali Artisans

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. 

We Love Our Customers

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

The Corner in Shaker Heights, OH

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 and is also available at several Northeast Ohio businesses including:

Troubadour Coffee Roasters

Sports and Spine Physical Therapy

Local Flavors Shoppe

Cleveland Hopkins International Airport

Locle Box

Made Cleveland

Mister Brisket

Nature's Oasis Lakewood

Happy Cows Group Share Happy Cows Group Share 

The Corner at The Van Aken District The Corner at The Van Aken District

Sweet Bean Candies Sweet Bean Candies


Listen to Pat's story:

Food Founders Podcast or CLE Foodcast

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