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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Becca Gordon of Stella and Shay

Becca Gordon of Stella and Shay

It’s a pretty big secret, but Stella and Shay owner Becca Gordon didn’t want to move to Cleveland. At all. Now, she’s a testament to how Cleveland reels you in. Originally set to be a small nail studio where Becca could grow her own brand, Stella and Shay has transformed to be a complete “Beauty Bar,” with two locations in Cleveland and a definite cult following. I would know, I’m one of them! So how did a Erie, Pennsylvania girl find herself owning two Salons in Cleveland?

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Ann LoParo of Annie's Signature Sweets

Ann LoParo of Annie's Signature Sweets

The one thing that stands out about Ann LoParo of Annie’s Signature Sweets is how relatable she is. Take one look at her Instagram page and you’ll see her in the middle of a group of people, headband and all, ready to teach the attendees of her classes. Whether she's in the kitchen or out to dinner she wants you to recognize her for her. There are no manicured nails here - just a passionate pastry chef ready to satisfy your sweet tooth and teach you a few things along the way!

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Vicki Kortis of Cleveland Cookie Dough Co.

Vicki Kortis of Cleveland Cookie Dough Co.

Kismet made me message Vicki Kortis from Cleveland Cookie Dough about four months ago, asking if she’d participate in a giveaway. It was the first time I’d asked local business for anything, and I was terrified no one would respond to me. Instead, Vicki opened her cookie dough filled arms and hasn’t stopped supporting The Cleveland Bucket List since.

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Debbie Brink of Pure Enchantment

Debbie Brink of Pure Enchantment

Take one step into Pure Enchantment and you're instantly transformed. From the calming scent of lavender and oatmeal to all of the soft and inviting products sitting on the shelves, you just want to relax. Owner, Debbie Brink, has spent over 15 years perfecting Pure Enchantment, helping you find relaxation and a pure (and local) way to soothe your skin. I sat down to talk with Debbie and could just feel the passion behind everything she does at Pure Enchantment.

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Brianna Jones of Lush & Lovely Floristry

Brianna Jones of Lush & Lovely Floristry

Honestly, just talking to Brianna Jones brings a smile to your face, which translates well to her Floral shop, Lush & Lovely Floristry. Brianna wasn’t sure what she wanted to do with her future, so she started experimenting with flowers from local grocery stores on a suggestion from a friend. The rest, as they say, is history! Today, Lush & Lovely, located in Ohio City, specializes in hand-tied bouquets using American grown flowers. We loved speaking with Brianna and hope you enjoy her story below.

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Ashley Weingart of Perfectly Imperfect Produce

Ashley Weingart of Perfectly Imperfect Produce

Six billion pounds of produce are wasted due to “imperfections.” Supermarkets reject fruits and veggies that are unique in size, shape or color to meet consumer demand for perfection. That’s where Ashley Weingart & Perfectly Imperfect Produce come in. PIP’s mission is to reduce food waste and improve healthy food access for all.

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