Entrepreneurs + Innovators

Stir it up: Take ice cream, mix it with breakfast cereal and other goodies, and you have Remixx
Vicki and Steve Kotris were all set to open their unique ice cream bar, a spinoff of their Cleveland Cookie Dough, when COVID-19 delayed their opening last spring. Now, they have finally opened the doors to Remixx Ice Cream + Cereal Bar at Clifton Corners.
Hikia "Coco" Dixon is creating a creative labyrinth inside the 5th Street Arcades
Inventive entrepreneur Hikia “Coco” Dixon is taking 5th Street Arcades by storm with her two shops. Now, she's taken over 20,000 square feet in the Arcades to provide affordable studio space for entrepreneurs of color. 
Triple cream heaven: Marchant Manor Cheese plans to open shop doors by the holidays
A year after securing a storefront on Lee Road in Cleveland Heights, Kandice Marchant is nearing completion of Marchant Manor Cheese Shop—with high hopes to be open for the winter holidays.
Access to adventure: Lakewood couple launches store with secondhand outdoor retail, nature workshops
The Cleveland Outpost's mission is to make outdoor adventure attainable for everyone. The new store offers used equipment, workshops, and other programs to eliminate the barriers to enjoying everything Cleveland's trails and shores have to offer.
Test tube retail: Van Aken District launches program for retail and food entrepreneurs
The Van Aken District's Entrepreneurial Initiatives program allows both food and retail entrepreneurs to take their businesses for a test run before deciding to open their own bricks-and-mortar establishments.
Cleveland is the nation's least connected city. This Bolivian transplant wants to change that.
Rolando Alvarez is kicking down doors to the knowledge of the world—the Internet. After working to bring high-speed Internet to rural villages in his native Bolivia, Alvarez's mission now is to connect more than 27,000 households around Cleveland in tandem with DigitalC.
Crafting cure-all: Entrepreneur develops kit to relieve coronavirus boredom and stress
Lora DiFranco enjoys activities that help her slow down and unplug. In fact, she's created an entire line of products—including her new collage kits—to help her customers occupy their minds during the pandemic. 
Gordon Green brings modern elegance, safe wedding protocol, to historic Detroit Shoreway building
Despite the coronavirus pandemic, earlier this month Gordon Green was able to open its events center in the renovated century-old Berger building and allow brides and grooms to save their dates.
Get MSPIRED: MAGNET attracts would-be entrepreneurs through annual pitch contest
MAGNET's annual MSPIRE pitch competition invites entrepreneurs to present their products for the chance to win cash prizes and assistance in bringing their inventions to market. 
Taking it in stride: Two Old Brooklyn businesses re-invent, re-think, and come out on top
Even during the coronavirus pandemic, Old Brooklyn Community Development Corporation looks out for its small businesses. Thanks to grants offered by OBCDC, Old Brooklyn Cheese and Coffee, Coffee, Coffee have been able to pivot and thrive during tough times.
Meet six Fresh Innovators who are using their grit to make Cleveland great
They're creative. They're courageous. They're resilient. They're the Fresh Innovators, a group of talented professionals making a difference locally. The Cleveland Leadership Center and FreshWater Cleveland will salute the group virtually with Spark 2020: Grit to Great, the center's annual leadership symposium, tomorrow, Thursday, Sept. 3.
Job matchmaker: Spruce marketing firm founder launches job board for freelancers and nonprofits
Tom Sarago founded Trialogue to pair nonprofit organizations with freelancers who can fill contract job needs.
Personal party: private book browsings, paired with pizza and wine, are popular at Visible Voice
Looking out for the health and safety of both his staff and customers, Visible Voice Books owner Dave Ferrante is booking private book-browsing events through this fall.
Pay it forward: Polish Village stages summer cash mob to prompt spending in Parma
As Parma small businesses began to suffer in the pandemic, Polish Village Parma stepped in this summer to organize a COVID-19 cash mob—offering raffle tickets for every $10 spent in neighborhood stores.
Fresh Innovators to be recognized for innovative impacts at virtual Spark: Grit to Great symposium
The Cleveland Leadership Center in September will honor six innovators during the Spark 2020: Grit to Great leadership symposium. These six people accomplish amazing feats while often going unnoticed.
Business Unusual: Local manufacturers adapt, preserve jobs, and carry on during pandemic
When the coronavirus brought everyday life to a screeching halt and area hospitals worried they would run out of PPE, several Northeast Ohio manufacturers and other businesses stepped up to adapt their processes, save jobs, and make what was needed.
Crunching for a cause: A mother launches granola business to keep her family healthy
In an effort to find a healthy snack for her three children, Amy Witzigreuter mastered the art of making a tasty, easy-to-digest granola. Two years after launching Witzi's Raw Granola, customers throughout Ohio can't stop eating the five varieties she cranks out of her St. Clair Superior neighborhood kitchen.
Fast Forward Fund helps Gordon Square businesses make it through pandemic strains
Small businesses in Gordon Square, like Superelectric Pinball Parlor and Maelstrom Collaborative Arts, are adapting their models during the COVID-19 pandemic, thanks to money from Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization's Fast Forward Fund.
Let the good vibes roll: Saucy Brew Works woos investors and opens two new locations

Exponential growth in the middle of a pandemic? Taking a new Ohio City beer garden from concept to completion in the span of three weeks? These may seem like Herculean feats, but Saucy Brew Works seems to have found the secret sauce for success.

Happy campers: This savvy Cleveland Heights teen is helping save summer camp for local kids
When local day camps began cancelling sessions this summer, one young entrepreneur took it upon herself to bring camp to the kids in her Cleveland Heights neighborhood with Kamp Kate.