Ohio City Pizzeria

Ohio City Pizzeria

Opening this Friday (7/19), a revamped Ohio City Pizzeria! OCP has undergone an extensive makeover and will operate as a nonprofit LLC. I got a chance to talk with Brandon Chrostowski, Founder of EDWINS Leadership & Restaurant Institute, and John Litten, Executive Director of the West Side Catholic Center about their partnership and the path to opening their new version of Ohio City Pizzeria for this weeks Small Business Sunday feature.

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Emily Harpel of Art of Sucre

Emily Harpel of Art of Sucre

Inspiration can strike at any moment, especially when Pinterest in involved. How many things have you seen on Pinterest that made you think, “I can do that?” Emily Harpel knows a thing or two about that! A photo on Pinterest of cotton candy wedding favors got Emily thinking as she planned her own wedding. By the time her honeymoon was over she was ready to start her own business, and slowly but surely, Art of Sucre was born. Read on to learn more about this crazy cotton candy business, and how weddings aren’t even at the top of Emily’s list of clients. Plus, she might have witnessed someone's hair catch on fire, but you’ll have to read more to learn about that.

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Laura Ross of Cleveland Vegan

Laura Ross of Cleveland Vegan

Laura Ross and her husband Justin Gorski never imagined owning a vegan catering business that would blossom into a full service scratch kitchen in Lakewood...but it happened! Taking Justin’s kitchen and catering experience and adding in Laura’s communication skills provided just the right recipe (pun intended) for success in Cleveland’s booming restaurant scene. Read more about Laura and Justin's road to opening Cleveland Vegan and their plans for the future of veganism in Cleveland below.

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Jessica Smith of Milo & Me

Jessica Smith of Milo & Me

Combine a love of fashion with a love of dogs and what do you get? Jessica Smith’s Milo & Me, an upscale fashion boutique on Detroit in Lakewood. This dog-friendly boutique is all about finding trendy pieces that'll remain staples in your wardrobe. Don’t be surprised if you stop in and see customers shopping without a furry friend, Jessica works hard to stock her shop with options for dog lovers, and non-lovers alike. I was fortunate enough to be able to bring my dog Cooper in to chat with Jessica and Milo about what it’s like owning a boutique in Lakewood, read on to find out.

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Chris Murphy of Brewella's

Chris Murphy of Brewella's

Chris Murphy and Joe Keppler, co-owners and husbands, knew from the beginning Lakewood would be where they called home and started their small business. Part coffeehouse, part crêperie, and part antique collectible store, Brewella's has become a Lakewood staple and it’s easy to see why. This little café does it all - whether you’re in the mood for something savory, something sweet, something to drink, or something to collect. I sat down with Chris to learn more about their inspiration and vision for Brewella's Coffee, Crepes & Collectibles.

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Charlie Denk of stir studio kitchen

Charlie Denk of stir studio kitchen

Charlie Denk is a mission to fill a void in Cleveland. He wants you to learn a thing or two in the kitchen, but more importantly he wants you to get lost in the experience of having fun with friends and family. stir studio kitchen is set to open in June in Ohio City, and Charlie is excited to be a part of the renaissance of the neighborhood. We chat about what Cleveland is missing, besides a cooking studio of course, the path to starting stir, and more in this week's Small Business Sunday feature!

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Erin Frazee of Heyday Collective

Erin Frazee of Heyday Collective

Choosing and sticking with a career path is hard business, and Erin Frazee has some experience with that. However, when she set her sights on hair, she knew there was no turning back. Gradually she built up a following doing hair in a small studio space in Rocky River, and eventually she knew it was time to expand. Erin’s salon, Heyday Collective, is an oasis in the form of a salon offering microblading, custom color, and Erin’s own style of hand-tied extensions. I sat down with Erin as we discussed the path that led her back to the Cleveland area and into her luxury salon.

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Erin Steidel of Three Dog Bakery

Erin Steidel of Three Dog Bakery

Erin Steidel, of Three Dog Bakery, wanted what all dog owners want - the ability to bring her dogs to work with her. She knew a career change was in her future and franchising a Three Dog Bakery seemed like a great fit. Erin opened her location in Hingetown in January of this year. She keeps busy baking treats and cakes for Cleveland’s pups. Don’t be fooled, Three Dog is more than just a bakery - read on to see all that Erin offers!

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Tony Kost of Terrestrial Brewing Company

Tony Kost of Terrestrial Brewing Company

The first thing I noticed about Tony Kost is that his email signature doesn’t say ‘General Manager,’ instead it says, “Generally Managing,” and once I met him in person it all clicked. Tony has the personality you want in your local bartender. His vision to help grow Terrestrial Brewing Company into more than just your average neighborhood bar is alive and well. Terrestrial is the place to go when you want above average service from a bartender who’ll definitely remember you the next time you stop in. Read more to how Tony ended up generally managing Terrestrial & it’s host of dog-centric events.

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Teressa Doaty of Paws Play

Teressa Doaty of Paws Play

I met with Teressa Doaty, owner of Paws Play, at a Local Girl Gang event in November. I’m glad I finally got a chance to check out Paws Play and learn more about the business and Teressa. When I first entered the space I was greeted by Teressa’s dog Alayna for whom the business is named after. On my tour of the facilities I was super impressed by the cleanliness of the space, and how well thought out the design is. Plus! I got there early enough to experience the spa music and aromatherapy for myself… these pups are spoiled! Read on to learn more about Teressa’s journey to starting Paws Play.

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Nicole Dzurko of Revival Body Care

Nicole Dzurko of Revival Body Care

Nicole Dzurko, owner of Revival Body Care, is on a mission to make you rethink your current body care routine. As a mom of three, she had always been conscious of what she and her daughters ate, but it wasn’t until she started investigating what they were putting on their skin that she decided a new change needed to be made. Her collection of all natural Skin, Lip and Hair Care products are created using only Organic, Fair Trade, 100% vegan ingredients. Starting in her home kitchen, she has taken her endeavor all the way to a Lakewood storefront. Read about Nicole’s journey into the skin care world below.

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Jackie Walsh of Hope Yoga Studio

Jackie Walsh of Hope Yoga Studio

Jackie Walsh is no stranger to grief, she’s experienced more than her fair share, but she’s never let it stop her (for too long). A trip to “just get out of Cleveland,” with her sisters lead to two months of yoga training in Bali. Jackie never intended to teach with her certification, she just found it gave her the space to find peace. She soon began to realize that she wanted to offer her all-inclusive yoga style to her hometown of Fairview Park. Jackie’s mission is to be a friendly place for people to feel welcome, not only in the space, but also in their own bodies. Whether you’ve practiced yoga for years, or have never stepped foot on a mat, you’ll feel at hOMe at Hope Yoga Studio. Read on to learn more about Jackie and Hope Yoga Studio.

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Kate Horne of Lovely Paperie & Babycakes

Kate Horne of Lovely Paperie & Babycakes

Kate Horne is the owner and founder of Lovely Paperie & Gifts and Babycakes Children’s Boutique in Rocky River, Ohio. As a native of Cleveland, Kate followed her heart as a change of location and career led her to opening what is now the number one gift shop in Cleveland (as voted by Cleveland Magazine). I met up with Kate to find out exactly what inspired her into opening Lovely, and how she got to where she is today.

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Dan Gifford of Lakewood Plant Company

Dan Gifford of Lakewood Plant Company

Dan Gifford, the owner of Lakewood Plant Company, grew his plant shop out of a need to find something to support his vocational program for adults with disabilities. LPC has become a space to give participants in the vocational program a place to work within the community. As LPC grows, Dan hopes to continue to find new ways to involve the community. Read more about Dan and LPC below.

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Lindsay Smith of Flight Cleveland

Lindsay Smith of Flight Cleveland

What do you get when you take a solo female entrepreneur and combine with wine? Flight Cleveland! Lindsay Smith took an idea from a trip to Bordeaux with friends and turned it into a wine bar in Gordon Square, perfect for wine nerds and newbies alike. Flight Cleveland offers 29 wines on tap, 12 different wine flights, and more than 400 bottles of wine on their  shelves. So how did Lindsay come up with this idea and single-handedly transform it into the bar you can visit today? Read on to find out.

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Emily Roggenburk

Emily Roggenburk

You might know Emily Roggenburk because you’ve seen her aerial photos of the Cavs Championship parade, you are one of her 13,000 Instagram followers, or have seen her clothing designs around Cleveland (Cleveland AF, anyone?). I'd been looking forward to meeting her for some time because I knew her from all of the above. I enjoyed taking a peek into who Emily Roggenburk is outside of social media. Read on to learn about how she found her start, defines success, and looks to the future.

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