When Ash O'Connor, founder of Made Cleveland, contacted me last year to ask if I'd like to be a part of a new business she was starting featuring locally made products, I didn't hesitate. Her idea for a pop-up shop of products made by local artisans seemed right on time. And, I certainly wanted to be a part of this, not only as a vendor, but as a customer.
The shop is located in the Coventry neighborhood of Cleveland in a bright space with floor to ceiling windows which is perfect, especially during cloudy days. Ash has personally curated the collection of artisan made products beautifully on shelves, bins and racks in the shop--each is unique and special and she can share the story of each product and the maker.
What's so terrific about Made Cleveland is that I've gotten to know many of the local makers who have products in the shop. Before the pandemic, we'd see each other at local events like farmers markets. It's a certain kind of camaraderie that I've truly missed this past year. Ash helped bring us together in one place.
If you haven't had an opportunity to shop Made Cleveland, stop by the shop on Coventry Road, Wednesday to Sunday from 12-5PM. You can also shop online at www.madecleveland.com. Great gift ideas!
Pat Bennett is the founder and President of Pat's Granola, a Cleveland based food 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
Rittman Orchards and Farm Market www.rittmanorchards.com
Cleveland Hopkins International Airport www.clevelandairport.com
Locle Box www.loclebox.com
Market Wagon Northeast Ohio www.marketwagon.com
Made Cleveland www.madecleveland.com
Mister Brisket www.misterbrisket.com
Nature's Oasis Lakewood www.naturesoasis.com
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