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Ohio City

West Side Market - Photo Bob Perkoski

No Cleveland community, perhaps, is evolving as quickly as Ohio City. In the blink of an eye, residents have watched W. 25th transform from a partially developed neighborhood main street to a bona fide entertainment district filled to the gills with bars, restaurants and shops. Anchored by the 100-year-old West Side Market, this near-west community has always been food-focused, but joining those farm-to-table bistros, urban farm plots and farmers markets are most of the city’s new craft breweries. Epicenter for the so-called hipster movement, Ohio City is walkable, bike-friendly and diverse, making it a natural choice for today’s makers and artisans who are cobbling together a livelihood one flea market at a time. 

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SOUP Cleveland

SOUP's on: meal-based micro-grant program for creative projects takes root in cleveland

Based on the dinner-party model, Cleveland SOUP provides financial support for innovative, locally based initiatives that touch on sustainability, public art and diversity. As garnering funds can often be one of the tallest hurdles for independent upstarts, SOUP has helped offset those costs in more than 60 cities.

Republican National Covention in Tampa

reps from prior convention host cities offer tips on how best to leverage the big show

Tampa Bay successfully hosted the Republicans in 2012, and Denver hosted the Democrats four years before that. Fresh Water decided to reach out to representatives from each city to see if our fair city could glean some best practices on how to pull off a successful -- and inclusive -- convention.

A Beer Four All Seasons

how local is your beer? craft brewers increasingly employing local, seasonal ingredients

Despite our obsession with locally brewed craft beer, many of the ingredients that go into those suds are anything but local. But that is quickly changing as area brewmasters increasingly seek out ways to tap into the local ‘farm-to-pint’ movement by adding more and more fresh ingredients.

Gay Games 2014

while sports are fun, gay games will leave a positive legacy long after closing ceremony

As the 2014 Gay Games play out with eclectic events all over town, it becomes clear how they will leave a lasting positive effect on the host city of Cleveland. Uniting beneath a banner of inclusion, collaboration and unity, participants and sponsors establish a spirit that will endure long after the lights have dimmed and the last athlete has left the track.

The Forty-O-Five Place

as the number of visitors to cleveland rises, so too does the number of local airbnb hosts

As the number of travelers with their sights set on Cleveland rises, so too does the number of entrepreneurs willing to rent those visitors a place to crash via Airbnb. From a spare room in one’s home to the entire home itself, the number of available short-term rentals in the area is spiking. 
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Ohio City Founders

jeff battershell

jeff battershell

City: Lakewood

Meet Jeff Battershell, founder of Keepin’ it Fresh, an embroidered product company that focuses on water conservation and the brewery industry.

doug bell

doug bell

City: Ohio City

Meet Doug Bell, co-founder of Global Prairie, an organization with 20 employees in Cleveland.that has a simple idea: Do great work for clients so that Global Prairie can do good work in the world. 

terry frick

terry frick

City: Ohio City

Meet Terry Frick, founder of  Frickaccio’s Pizza Market in the West Side Market and Fairview. Frickaccio’s is the maker of the Famous Pizza Bagel, better known as the Pizagle.

scott maloney

scott maloney

City: Ohio City

Meet Scott Maloney, founder of K2M Design, a high-growth entrepreneurial architecture firm with 38 employees.

sam kinkopf

sam kinkopf

City: Ohio City

Meet Sam Kinkopf, founder of Frisson Media.

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