SHAKER HEIGHTS, Ohio — A brand new program for retail and meals entrepreneurs in northeast Ohio is giving them an opportunity to take their enterprise for a trial run.
What You Want To Know
- Distributors are in a position to lease area at The Nook Neighborhood Originals to promote their merchandise
- It is a part of the Van Aken District’s “Entrepreneurial Initiative Program”
- There’s additionally an “Entrepreneurial Meals Incubator Program” for food-centered entrepreneurs
Tucked away in a nook, on the Van Aken Market Corridor in Shaker Heights close to Cleveland, is The Nook Neighborhood Originals. It is a spot the place upcoming entrepreneurs get to point out off their merchandise.
“The nook idea is to form of mimic a contemporary flea market the place clients can expertise the inspiration that the artists and makers have for the merchandise that they’ve,” mentioned Dave Willett, the proprietor and operator of The Nook Neighborhood Originals.
This month, 17 distributors are showcasing their work at “The Nook” and the merchandise vary from candles to shirts and extra. In accordance with the district’s web site, its purpose is to offer up-and-coming entrepreneurs a possibility to broaden their enterprise. The district additionally has a give attention to serving to entrepreneurs of coloration, ladies, and underrepresented communities.
“It’s our hope that any person takes their product from one or two cabinets right here within the Nook Neighborhood Originals and truly will get a stall right here out there corridor,” mentioned Willett.
Along with the nook retailer, the district has an Entrepreneurial Meals Incubator program. This provides meals entrepreneurs a possibility to promote their items in a market setting. Lately, Cakefully Scrumptious has been the enterprise occupying the meals incubator with a three-day pop-up store promoting specialty desserts. To this point, the pop-up has been successful.
“It has been large. She will’t bake quick sufficient. She’s promoting out so rapidly. I am tremendous excited for her I simply want she might really feel the overwhelming assist that she’s getting,” mentioned Kim Lenor, the sister of Stefanie Lenor who owns Cakefully Scrumptious.
She mentioned that is simply step one towards her sister’s enterprise increasing.
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