After spending the summer pitching their businesses
to investors in the Cleveland Chain Reaction
project, Fox 8’s morning show, Kickin’ It With Kenny
announced this morning the six winning companies that will set up shop in the Slavic Village
The economic development project is a cooperative effort between Cleveland Neighborhood Progress
. The winners were chosen by five investors from a group of 10 finalists
named in July from an initial group of 24 businesses.
The five investors—Fred Geis, owner of Hemingway Development
; Andrew Jackson, owner of Elsons International
; Lillian Kuri with the Cleveland Foundation
; Justin Miller, owner of CleanLife Energy
; and Claudia Young, owner of Citizen Pie
—have each pledged a minimum of $130,000 toward a $1 million investment in Slavic Village.
Young is investing in two companies, Lina Wines LLC
and Metro Croissants
. Both will receive an investment, and the two companies are currently seeking one Slavic Village location for shared production and retail space.
Miller has selected Midwest Basics, a clothing manufacturer, while Geis and Jackson are partnering to invest in Sides to Go BBQ
. The fast-casual BBQ operation will locate its food commissary in Slavic Village.
The Cleveland Foundation is investing in Holmes Mouthwatering Applesauce
and Baby Munch
. These two companies will share a production facility.
Fox 8 will air updates on the businesses’ growth over the next few months during Kickin' It with Kenny morning news broadcasts. In December, a program documenting this entire economic development project will also air on Fox 8.