Connelly Rice
Karin Connelly Rice

Stories by: Karin Connelly Rice

Karin Connelly Rice enjoys telling people's stories, whether it's a promising startup or a life's passion. Over the past 20 years she has reported on the local business community for publications such as Inside Business and Cleveland Magazine. She was editor of the Rocky River/Lakewood edition of In the Neighborhood and was a reporter and photographer for the Amherst News-Times. At Fresh Water she enjoys telling the stories of Clevelanders who are shaping and embracing the business and research climate in Cleveland.
Virtually unstoppable: How Peachtree VA transforms businesses
Executive assistants topped the list of most in-demand job titles for remote and freelance work in 2022. So John McKenna tapped into that need and started Peachtree VA—offering virtual assistants who can work remotely for businesses located anywhere.
Home for good: Several groups unite to build an all-union Habitat house for mother of six
Habitat for Humanity, trade union members and organizations, and city officials celebrated the completion of a Buckeye-Woodhill neighborhood home to a working mother of six.
History lessons: NEO students compete in regional History Day, 66 to go on to state event
Area students presented projects in the Region 3 Ohio History Day at the Cleveland History Center to share their thoughts, research, and interpretations around the 2023 theme “Frontiers in History: People, Places, Ideas."
Cleveland Museum of Natural History awarded nearly $800,000 to preserve fossil collection
The Cleveland Museum of Natural History was awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation that will help preserve its huge fossil collection as part of the museum's ongoing $150 million transformation project.
Cleveland Cinematheque moves off-site, shows premiers, restored classics, tributes
Cleveland Cinematheque will show some classics and debuts this month, as it also travels to the Capitol Theatre and Wizbang! Theatre during minor work on its usual home, the Peter B. Lewis Theater.
Forks and knives out: Cleveland Restaurant Week starts Monday
Cleveland Independents' annual Cleveland Restaurant Week runs Monday, March 6 through Sunday, March 18, with 70 local restaurants offering prix fixe menus and cocktail specials over the next two weeks.
Elvis is in the building: StoneWater hosts award-winning Elvis impersonator this weekend
Put on your blue suede shoes this Saturday night and get ready to shake, rattle & roll at the Venue at Stonewater, when Elvis impersonator entertains gues at its first Dinner & a Show event, featuring a meal fit for The King.
Sharing the love: Kids’ Book Bank founder shifts focus to supplying resources to those in need
Kids' Book Bank founder Judy Payne was hit with a notion in early 2021 that she should use her good fortune and resources to help Cleveland's changemakers make life better for others. By 2022, she had opened Goods Bank NEO—a place where nonprofits can "shop" for the resources their clients need most.
Anchors Away! Brite Winter celebrates the Cuyahoga, Lake Erie with winter festival
Brite Winter this weekend will chase those winter blues away with live music, art installments by volunteers with Ingenuity Cleveland, and food trucks along the Cuyahoga River on the Flats West Bank.
Time lost: ‘They Have Landed’ taken to the trash
Local artist Loren Naji created his time capsule sculpture "They Have Landed" in 2011, and invited community members to place their mementos inside. The capsule has been at the W. 25th Street Rapid Stop, awaiting its 2050 opening, when construction crews tossed it in a dumpster. 
Fresh ideas: 32 teams to present at 2023 Accelerate pitch, Teen Accelerate added this year
Entrepreneurs next week will pitch their business ideas at Cleveland Leadership Center's ninth annual Accelerate: Citizens Make Change, and this year teams of high school students with the Young Entrepreneurs Institute will also make their elevator pitches at the event.
Doubling down: Jill Vedaa and Jessica Parkinson adding two eateries to Salt+ family
Salt+ owners Jill Vedaa and Jessica Parkison always knew they wanted to open at least two additional restaurants. The right opportunities came back-to-back. In March they will open Poppy in Larchmere and in September open Evelyn in the Detroit Shoreway.
OCA Cleveland documentary on Cleveland’s Chinese Americans to air on WKYC Sunday
WKYC Channel 3 - Cleveland this weekend will air the broadcast premiere of "The History of Cleveland’s Chinatown—An Oral History of Chinese Americans in Cleveland,” made by local filmmaker Johnny K. Wu and his team with OCA Greater Cleveland.
A better place: Northwest Neighborhoods CDC creating a master plan for equitable, affordable living
Since last fall, Northwest Neighborhoods CDC has been talking to area residents and businesses. The information will help form a strategic master plan to make the near west side an equitable, affordable, and attractive place to live, work, and play. 
Right at home: French-inspired café welcomes guests to a cozy, relaxing experience
Jennie Doran and Andrew Worm are living their passions—they've created a beautiful, comfortable space where guests feel at home at The Judith.
Love Where You Are: Groundswell Fest celebrates movement, wellness, self-care
This weekend, Harness Collective will host Groundswell Festa day-long celebration of movement featuring workout sessions, self-care stations, a vendor village, and live music.
Greater Cleveland Partnership launches initiative to bridge IT talent and equity gap
The Greater Cleveland Partnership is creating a sustainable, equitable ecosystem of technology jobs that bridges the IT talent and equity gap with its Talent Accelerator initiative. The first five apprentices signed letters of acceptance with their sponsors  on Tuesday.
EDWINS founder spends birthday serving food in Ukraine, living in war, getting James Beard nod
EDWINS Leadership & Restaurant Institute founder Brandon Chrostowski celebrated his birthday this week by traveling to Ukraine, where he cooked and served food, delivered seeds, produce, and supplies, and learned he's been nominated for a James Beard Award.
Acting it out: Y-Haven Theatre Project launches 24th production with Cleveland Public Theatre
A group with the YMCA of Greater Cleveland's Y-Haven Theatre Project will take the Cleveland Public Theatre stage this weekend to present "In Our Wake"—a play based on the actors' own true stories of recovery. 
Together We Shine: Colorful mural celebrates Playhouse Square’s 100th anniversary theme
A vibrant 106-foot mural now brightens the KeyBank Concourse between the Playhouse Square parking garages and the theaters—celebrating 100 years of the theater district and representing the light we all shine on our community.