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Alex Rindskopf owner of Strange Cycle

Motorcycle dreams part two: stranger wheels

In this — the second in an unexpected three-part series that takes a closer look at motorcycle dreams, Cleveland style — we meet a man who's jumped head first into the local custom bike scene in the strangest way.

Alan Glazen, Kenny Compton of Fox 8, Steve Millard and Jeff Kipp

Sparking a 'Chain Reaction' between business and community

Inspired by CNBC's Cleveland Hustles, Cleveland Chain Reaction aims to keep the economic development wave going with up to $1 million invested in five new businesses — all in one neighborhood.

Viktor Schreckengost working on O’Neill in the studio.

CLE classic: Viktor Schreckengost combined form, function and beauty

A sculptor, ceramicist, industrial designer and Cleveland Institute of Art professor, Viktor Schreckengost's legacy continues to live out loud throughout Northeast Ohio and beyond.

Chef Eric Rogers

Local Chef fires up brand, gives back to communities

From Cajun-Creole eats to fresh juices, chef entrepreneur Eric Rogers is taking his "Fix" brand to the next level and beyond while keeping it all in the 216.

Owner Debbie Brink of Pure Enchantment

Local: seven all natural beauty product lines

Beard balms, sugar scrubs, essential oils and bath bombs — that's just for starters in this go-to roundup of handcrafted personal care products developed, made and sold in Northeast Ohio.  

Old City Libations

Cleveland insider: the real story behind Old City Libations

While Cleveland Hustles rocked the little screen, what played out behind the scenes as Old City Libations rose in Gordon Square was a story long in the making and not always soft as soda pop.  

Tracey Halvorsen and Amy Goldberg at graduation 1993

A look back: two CIA grads reflect on their time in Cleveland – a 'well made place'

Two Cleveland Institute of Art graduates took the lessons they learned in the 216, became pioneers in web design and now helm one of Inc.'s fastest growing companies.

Slavic Village Recovery Project - after image

Cleveland insider: a clear solution in the war against blight

Ridding the city streets of zombies—long abandoned vacant properties—has become one local entrepreneur's ongoing battle. His fiercest weapon is a product that literally changes the face of foreclosure.

Jumar Newell of LaunchArts

From minding the ledgers to urban farming: The Dealership is where businesses go to grow

Fresh Water pulled into the funky co-working space on Lee Road and met up with four of the resident businesses to get their stories and hear about what motivates and excites them.

CIA associate professor, Douglas Paige observing nature's design in the Metorparks

Biomimicry: nature meets industrial design at CIA

Cleveland Institute of Art professor Doug Paige is showing students how to take a page out of Mother Nature's playbook when it comes to industrial design.

Lisa Marie Reed owner of Garden of Flavor (left) and Ha San juicing wheatgrass

Local entrepreneurs find the clean and green side of healthy eats

These local food entrepreneurs have found the sweet spot between 'clean-labeling' and good taste. The results are flavored with success.

La Placita

La Villa Hispana: an economic and cultural Latino hub

Years in the making, plans for La Villa Hispana – a center celebrating Latino heritage and commerce in the Clark Fulton neighborhood – will be unveiled next month at a City Planning Commission meeting.

Artur Fulan, Gustavo Nogueira, Carla Batista and Matt Quinn of Ipanema Market

Ipanema Market to offer up imports, a taste of Brazil on Larchmere

With the help of local Brazilian community members, the owners of Batuqui are set to open Ipanema Market, featuring Brazilian and Portuguese imports amid seasonal products from area farmers, butchers, and cheese makers.

Luke Visnic of Drew Anderson of Cleveland Kraut

From bones to 'buch: Culinary Kitchen launches local success

In just three years, the Cleveland Culinary Launch and Kitchen has produced a wealth of successful food businesses, some of which have outgrown the incubator and moved on to their own locations.

Indian Head Chief Shaka Zulu from New Orleans performs at the Rock Hall reception

Forward Cities convenes in Cleveland

Last week in Cleveland, some 200 Forward Cities attendees from across the nation explored strategies that foster entrepreneurship and social innovation in minority communities.
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