Entrepreneurs + Innovators

Something to Tweet about: Little Birdie Wine Nest to inhabit old West Creek Tavern space in Parma
For as long as she can remember, Robin Keenan has been driving past the hilly intersection of Broadview Road and Ridgewood Drive and envisioning what could be. In 2022, the Parma native's dream will come to fruition as she takes over the property for a brand-new 8,500-square-foot facility for her business, Little Birdie Wine Nest.
Spicing things up: Restauranteur Bebenroth is reinventing take out with Keep the Change Collective
After a dark year and making the decision to close Spice Kitchen + Bar, culinary innovator and restauranteur Ben Bebenroth has reinvented the takeout scene with Keep The Change Kitchen Collective.
In the bag: Pope’s Kitchen launches new line of cocktail pouches this weekend
Food entrepreneur Clark Pope is launching a new line of cocktail pouches in three flavors this summer. 
Blanket statement: Picnic Party Cleveland brings the picnic trend to The Land
Over the last year, picnics have come back in a big way—thanks to the ability to gather safely in an open-air setting. With the "New York Times" hailing the trend and bespoke picnic companies popping up around the country, Kelly Testa decided to give Cleveland a seat at the proverbial table by launching Picnic Party Cleveland.
Team players: Cleveland Innovation District is a group effort for local healthcare investment
By working together as a team in the Cleveland Innovation District, the five big local healthcare providers and educators can bring jobs, investment, and breakthrough technologies to the region. 
Wardrobe Replay brings a fresh approach to secondhand shopping to Collinwood
What’s old is new again at 774 E. 185th St., where Antoinette Teasley has set up shop as Wardrobe Replay.
Let the good times roll: Funny Bus CLE gets in gear for May launch
Led by local comedians, Funny Bus CLE combines laughs and local lore for a lively tour of the city’s core—starting at Collision Bend in the Flats with a halfway stopping point at Merwin’s Wharf.
Food for Thought: JCU student entrepreneurs create food buggy to feed the homeless
Students in John Carroll University's entrepreneurial program are feeding hungry customers while also feeding the homeless with their new food buggy concept.
Level up: JumpStart’s Small Business Impact Program has the tools to grow your business
JumpStart's Small Business Impact Program provide entrepreneurs with the tools they need to grow, thrive, and take their businesses to the next level.
The heat is on: Local inventor creates action game Scorch Injector
Freelance graphic designer Matt Larsen spent quarantine developing Scorch Injector, a spicy action game app with a food lover's twist.
Welcome to the dollhouse: This CLE single mom is reimagining the classic toy with Play Maysie
For Kayla Lupean, a Christmas night brainstorm has turned into the gift that keeps on giving. 
BrewBoat CLE is riding the wave of success into its 2021 season
The last year hasn’t exactly been smooth sailing for many businesses, but BrewBoat CLE is dropping its proverbial anchor in the Cuyahoga River by doubling the size of its fleet and more than tripling the number of staff members.
High School principal’s Black literacy initiative wins Accelerate civic pitch competition

John Marshall principal Sara Kidner wants to improve literacy and promote teaching as a future career field among young Black males with paid internships for Black high school students to read to younger students.

Thinking outside of the (cookie) box: Girl Scouts get innovative during pandemic

Cleveland-area Girl Scout troops are getting creative in making socially distanced cookie sales this yearsetting up drive-through booths, printing door hangers with online QR codes, and even selling online.

Civic visionaries to pitch ideas at seventh annual Accelerate: Citizens Make Change
The Cleveland Leadership Center's seventh annual Accelerate civic pitch competition begins next week, with ideas from 31 presenters.
On the rise: Mapleside Farms owner Greg Clement launches outRise app for adventures near and far
Greg Clement's outRise app invites users to find, create, and share life's experiences—whether they're in one's own backyard or on the other side of the world. 
Food withdrawal: GO Buddha makes plant-based eating as easy as going to the ATM
Joshua Ingraham is blending his background in functional medicine and his culinary skills to serve vegan snacks and meals 24/7 at a self-serve  kiosk in his GO Buddha restaurant. 
Dirty Bird ghost kitchen takes flight during opening weekend in Van Aken District
Hunter Harlor thought he would ease into opening Dirty Bird ghost kitchen in Michael's Genuine last week, but the smoked and Nashville hot chicken offerings proved to be a popular option for diners, and opening week was a hit. 
Pour Cleveland’s Charlie Eisenstat: International coffee purveyor
When the coronavirus hit,  Pour Cleveland owner Charlie Eisenstat decided to close his downtown coffee shop and shift to a new business model—an online roast-to-order coffee program featuring some of the world's best coffee roasters.
Ohio City Farm has fresh produce and herbs in mind for holiday gift giving
Ohio City Farm is already selling its 2021 CSAs, as well as bundles of dried herbs, after repeated requests from those who want to give the produce packages as holiday gifts.