Charlie Eisenstat of Pour Cleveland

One thing Charlie Eisenstat, the owner of Pour Cleveland, knows for sure is that this year is the Browns’ year. Oh, did you think we were going to say he knows a lot about coffee? Yeah, that too! Self-taught coffee enthusiast Charlie is hard at work bringing exotic coffee to Cleveland for locals and visitors to try. Charlie talks about finding his passion for coffee, how you can get involved in learning more about coffee (hint: it’s free), and more in this week’s Small Business Sunday feature!

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Dan Margagliotti - The Bar Maker

I met Dan Margagliotti through a co-worker, and I had a great time chatting with him about his business, TheBarMaker. For 13 years, Dan has been building custom bars, joking that if he can’t serve a drink on it, he’s not building it. So how do you get into the business of building custom bars and where do you even begin to design something from scratch for a client? Read this week’s Small Business Sunday feature to find out!

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Luke Brevoort of Bookhouse Brewing

I can definitely relate to Luke Brevoort and his business partner Vaughn Stewart of Bookhouse Brewing, because I, too, always have to be working on a new project. Unfortunately, I’ve yet to start a brewery ;) This week I chatted with Luke about starting a brewery in Cleveland, the history of Bookhouse’s location, and exactly why the books on their shelves are color-coded. If you, too, want to learn more about Bookhouse - keep reading this week’s Small Business Sunday feature!

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Danielle Weiler of Northeast Ohio Family Fun

As a 20-something with no kids, I was getting request for kid friendly ideas quite frequently and I wanted to make sure I was providing Bucket List level suggestions. A quick google search led me to Northeast Ohio Family Fun, and I was hooked. One look at Northeast Ohio Family Fun and it’s easy to see that Danielle Weiler and I are on the same page, which is why I think we connected so quickly. I chatted with Danielle about Northeast Ohio Family Fun and her favorites for this weeks Small Business Sunday feature!

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Travis Howe of Fat T's Cookies

Travis Howe was once on a mission to make enough extra cash to afford his gym membership. Now he's the one-man-show behind Fat T’s Cookies, and he wouldn’t want it any other way. His mission is to provide unique cookies to his customers that’ll bring smiles to their faces. Read about how Travis turned this small idea into the business it is now in this week's Small Business Sunday feature.

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Leann DiPaola of Wild Cactus

Inspired by her college days spent thrifting out in the hot Arizona desert, Leann DiPaola decided to start Wild Cactus Vintage, an online vintage shop. Eventually, she found her way back to Cleveland to open a storefront stocked with both modern clothing and thrifted pieces on W 25th in Ohio City. Read our interview with Leann to learn more about how she opened her store while flying back and forth across the country and how her travels have inspired her taste.

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Eric Huber of Lake Erie Pet Food Co.

Lately, pet food has been a controversial topic. How do you know what you should and shouldn’t be feeding your pet? Eric Huber set out to find a better way to feed his dogs after considering the current state of the pet food industry. Lake Erie Pet Food Co. was born out of a desire to provide great locally-made pet food to consumers in a convenient fashion. Originally started as an e-commerce business appearing at local farmers markets, Lake Erie Pet Food Co. now has a storefront in Ohio City dedicated to spreading the word about their high-quality food. So how does a Mechanical Engineer start a pet food business? Read this week's Small Business Sunday feature to find out! 

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Renee Dreshaj of Green Opal Salon

How do you set your salon apart from the next? Renee Dreshaj of Green Opal Salon has it figured out. Green Opal is 95% sustainable, making sure to produce the least amount of waste as possible. Renee talks about getting to this point, making sure the name of the salon met her needs, and more in this week's Small Business Sunday feature.

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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

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 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

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 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 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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Liz Ferro of Girls with Sole

When a traumatic event happens to you as a child, it can be extremely hard to find the strength and courage to work past it and believe in yourself. Liz Ferro, of Girls With Sole, experienced this hardship firsthand when she was younger. She turned to exercise and realized it filled a missing void in her life.

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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, 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

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

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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