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Feature Story Come Together & Thrive Mural, on the House of Swing Jazz Club Building (Fall 2019)

Comeback kids: Local retailers prepare to reopen amid coronavirus concerns

Even though Ohio's stay-at-home order is lifted, suburban small business owners struggle with the pros and cons of re-opening and keeping their customers safe.

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Summer fun at home: Summer arts camps go virtual with programming

Institutions and schools are closed to the public right now, but many Cuyahoga Arts & Culture arts organizations are taking their summer programming online to enrich kids during their time off from school.

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I scream, you scream, the entire Sage family screams for their Busy Bee Ice Cream shop

After Lainey Sage spent five years earning extra cash by working in a Brook Park ice cream shop, the entire Sage family decided to buy the building and launch into their own ice cream endeavor with Busy Bee Ice Cream Co.

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Get outside, Cleveland. But remember you’re not the only one there

Kathleen Osborne revels in the beauty of the unofficial start to  Summer in Cleveland, while also reminding us to follow safety protocols.

Street Level Made Cleveland is ready to launch with approximately 70 local vendors on board.

Local love: Made Cleveland takes the flea market shopping experience online

If Etsy and the Yellow Pages had a baby, it might look like Made Cleveland. Set to launch this Saturday, May 23, Made Cleveland is an online e-commerce hub and directory featuring local artists and makers — and is ready to fill in the gaps and meet demand in the absence of in-person markets this season.


Breaking Ground Kudo Box is free delivery of boxed locally-made goodies that employers can send to their employees to show support during a stressful time.

Kudos to you: Lunch Owl pivots from lunch deliveries to goody boxes for employees working at home

With offices shutting down during the COVID-19 pandemic, Lunch Owl owner Scott Himmel create a new business, Kudo Box,  to honor employees working from home with locally-made goodies.

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Easy riders: CycleBar to re-open with state-of-the-art air purifier to keep riders safe from COVID

CycleBar in Beachwood is one of the first fitness centers in Northeast Ohio to install a state-of-the-art hydroperoxide air purifying system—making owner Joe Purton confident his members will be safe when he re-opens in June.  

Breaking Ground The tables are spaced at least six feet apart at The Fairmount, and guests were spaced out on the patio that normally seats about 85 but has been reduced to 60.

Culinary Crisis: The Fairmount's Jake Orosz breathes easy after Friday’s patio reopening

The Fiarmount owner Jake Ororsz has used the restaurant shutdown order to hone his takeout operations and tweak the food and drink menus in anticipation of reopening. Now, Orosz says he's ready to take on any battle in the war on the coronavirus.

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Who's Hiring in #CLE: Cleveland Clinic, T.D. Security, RTA, Nestle, and more

Need a job? Check out the latest edition of FreshWater Cleveland's “Who’s Hiring” series, where we feature growing companies with open positions, what they’re looking for, and how to apply.

Street Level Some vendors say they are confident a temporary close was the right thing to do after Governor Mike DeWine’s March 23rd stay at home order.

It’s business as usual for most West Side Market vendors, as rent relief eases pain

West Side Market vendors share their stories of weathering the coronavirus and fighting to stay open as business is slowly picking up.

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Little Africa Collaborative brings food and nutrition education to Cleveland’s food deserts

The Little Africa Food Collaborative has the mission to feed and educate the residents in Cleveland's food deserts. With recent grant money, the group is closer to opening co-op grocery stores in neighborhoods like Hough-Fairfax and Central-Kinsman.

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Debunking presumed fears and limitations in our kids

Columnist Kathleen Osborne marvels at how well her college-aged daughter handles the challenges life throws at her, even while deconstructing childhood bedroom bunk beds.

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Popcorn and a movie: Cleveland Cinemas has you covered with curbside snacks for its streaming films

Order your popcorn and other movie-watching snacks for curbside pickup at most Cleveland Cinemas movie theaters, then download an on-demand film for viewing at home.

Breaking Ground Temper Us in Fire, is the newest mural created by artists Bob Peck and R!ch Cihlar who paint together under the name “Don’t Panic!”.

Artists paint mural to boost morale as Cleveland begins COVID-19 recovery

Graffiti artist Bob Peck and graphic pop artist Rich Cihlar collaborate on a mural depicting a phoenix rising from the ashes as Cleveland starts to open for business amid the coronavirus.

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Culinary Crisis: Luna Bakery’s Bridget Thibeault searches for bright spots during a pandemic

Bridget Thibeault, owner of Luna Bakery and Cafe, shares her story of building her business over the past 10 years and the anxieties of making it through the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Clean Sweep: Annual RiverSweep practices social distancing, promotes neighborhood cleanups

Canalway Partners organizers encourage people to clean up their own neighborhoods in honor of this year's RiverSweep.

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When setting goals, give yourself some grace

Kathleen Osborne marvels at how quarantine can be so unproductive.

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The last leg: Crews resume work on the final stage of Towpath Trail extension

The last leg of the Towpath Trail, due to be completed next year, pays homage to Cleveland's role in the Civil War, industrial,  and railroad histories at nearly every turn.

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#PeopleofCLE: Dustin and Paloma, helping the frontline one donut at a time

Nothing lifts someone's spirits better than donuts. So Dustin and Paloma Goldberg, owners of Goldie's Donuts, decided to donate and dozen donuts to area hospital workers for every dozen their customers buy.

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Just shoot it: Local photographer turns his Cleveland images into Zoom backgrounds

Local photographer Andy Lash wanted to spice up his Zoom meetings. So, he took his photos of iconic Cleveland locales and created Zoom backgrounds. Now he's sharing them with you.

Breaking Ground Karen Small, chef and owner of The Flying Fig

Culinary Crisis: Chef Karen Small’s Flying Fig opens for business as she ponders the future

Flying Fig owner and executive chef Karen Small feels the pain local restaurants have gone through with the COVID-19 shutdown, but is trying to learn some long-term lessons on the journey back to success.

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Bottoms up! Couple starts nonprofit cocktail delivery business to aid frontline workers

Dave Ocker and Kyah Fernandez lost their restaurant jobs after COVID-19 hit. But saw it as an opportunity to start a nonprofit cocktail delivery company that benefits first responders on the frontline.

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Free Stamp: All things free to do while social distancing in the #CLE for May 2020Powered by Cuyahoga Arts & Culture

The best things in life are free, indeed, and this special edition of our "Free Stamp" feature rounds up some free activities to do during Ohio’s Safe at Home order that get our "stamp" of approval. Got a free event you want us to include? Drop us a line here. This feature is powered by Cuyahoga Arts & Culture. Also visit their site for additional free events.  


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A helping hand, not a handout: Ohio offers resources for offenders returning to their communities

One-third of the 6,000 prisoners released each year will return to jail. Across the state, organizations and nonprofits are trying to change that.


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Sustainable Cleveland Projects: Cuyahoga County residents take part in many environmental projects. We've plotted the locations of 25 of them into a map that you can click on, with the help of Sustainable Cleveland.
 
 

FreshFaces podcast: Our brand-new podcast spotlights Cleveland's changemakers and trailblazers. Check out our first two episodes featuring Steph Buda of Kids of 216 and Tom Gill of Urban Community School, and don't miss future installments heading your way soon.

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