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AsiaTown/StClair Superior

Asian Town Center - Photo Bob Perkoski
Asian Town Center - Photo Bob Perkoski
Some 30,000 Asian-Americans call Cuyahoga County home, making it one of the larger ethnic populations in Cleveland. Loosely bordered by St. Clair and Payne avenues and E. 30th and 40th streets, AsiaTown is where many Chinese Americans call home -- but so too do recent arrivals from Korea, Vietnam and Thailand. Not surprisingly, the neighborhood boasts a full suite of Asian-owned businesses, shops and markets. Ethnic food fans make almost daily excursions here for the city's finest dim sum, pho, and Korean barbecue. Adventurous home cooks frequent the numerous groceries for hard-to-find imported ingredients.

But Asian immigrants aren't the only folks who call StClair-Superior home. Attracted by affordable rents, newly converted live-work space, and a wonderful array of retail and services, artists continue to make this up-and-coming district their home. So, too, do scrappy start-ups, who carve out interesting work environments out of the old warehouse stock that is so readily available. Among those businesses are technology companies, recording studios and design shops.

AsiaTown/StClair Superior Features

putting art at the heart of neighborhood redevelopment

Artists are often the first to move into urban neighborhoods, and also the first to move out when rents escalate. Yet in the post-recession landscape, many communities are working with artists to transform blight, engage residents and reimagine their neighborhoods.

from bust to boom: how the city's brand is on the rise, within our borders and beyond

There has been a flood of new businesses that tout the city through an assortment of Cleveland-themed apparel and products or by integrating the city name right into the company’s branding. Many point to the recent recession as the dawn of this entrepreneurial movement, which coincided with a newfound pride of place.

now schooling: cooking up a solution to the growing culinary talent gap

As our restaurant scene continues to thrive, local chefs and owners increasingly are finding it difficult to fill all open positions. Institutions in town, including an accredited culinary school, have their merits, say local restaurateurs, but they also have a way to go before they reach the point where they'll plug the culinary talent gap.  

rediscovering your hometown? there's an app for that

Sometimes, even the most adventurous resident can grow a little too comfortable living in the same city after a while. But one can always find something new to discover if we just dig a little deeper. Lucky for us, a number of smartphone apps will help the explorer in all of us get reacquainted with the city we call home.

fresh water managing editor pens cleveland guidebook for visitors, residents

It's been four and a half years since the first edition of "Moon Handbooks: Cleveland" was published. Considering all that has taken place in Cleveland during that time, author and Fresh Water managing editor Douglas Trattner says that for the second edition, which was released this week, he went back to the starting gate.
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AsiaTown/StClair Superior Founders

ann king

ann king

City: AsiaTown/StClair Superior

Meet Ann King, founder of BORROW Rentals, a custom rental house for unique furniture and accessories in Cleveland with four employees. 

matt wilhelm

matt wilhelm

City: AsiaTown/StClair Superior

Meet Matt Wilhelm, founder of enCompass Group in Tyler Village.

David Allen Moss

David Allen Moss

City: AsiaTown/StClair Superior

David Allen Moss is the Founder of MossMedia, a Cleveland-based collaborative of creative and technical talent that specializes in brand strategy, content creation, interactive design, and media production.

Bob Schmidt

Bob Schmidt

City: AsiaTown/StClair Superior

Bob Schmidt is the founder of Orbital Research, whose core technologies are aerodynamic controls and microdevices for the aerospace, defense, transportation, medical, and wind turbine industries.

Johnny Wu

Johnny Wu

City: AsiaTown/StClair Superior

Meet Johnny Wu, founder of Media Design Imaging (MDI), a branding and video production firm.

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