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university study ranks cities' walkability; cleveland in top 10

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 12:00am
In a recently released report by the Center for Real Estate and Urban Analysis at George Washington University School of Business in conjunction with Smart Growth America, the 30 largest U.S. cities were ranked by how walkable they are. This is key indicator on how cities are shifting from suburban sprawl to urban infill. ? “The researchers, including Leinberger, first looked at Walkscore heat maps, focusing on areas that scored high. They then looked at areas with significant regional importance, meaning they have at least 1.4 million square feet of office space and more than 340,000 square feet of retail space. They combined these factors to determine areas they call "walkable urban places" or WalkUPs.” But the report doesn’t just evaluate the present; it looks ahead. “Researchers then tried to predict how these areas would grow in the future by looking at trend lines and pricing premiums in rent space, which indicate demand level. For example, demand around train stations in places like Washington, D.C. is so high commercial and residential renters can pay a premium of between 50 and 80 percent, said Emerick Corsi, president of Cleveland-based Forest City Enterprises Real Estate Services. Coming in at No. 10 is Cleveland. “Ohio's largest city hangs on to the bottom spot in the Top 10, but that may change soon. It's set to plummet to No. 24 in the future. Cleveland is one of a handful of older industrial cities where walkability is largely rooted in the past, where a strong city center is walkable while the rest of the surrounding suburban area lacks any kind of walkable urban space.” Read the rest here.

1 million cups, a national entrepreneurial effort, comes to cle

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 12:00am
On Wednesday, June 25, Cleveland will become the 43rd U.S. city to join the 1 Million Cups campaign, a national effort to engage, educate and connect entrepreneurs both locally and nationally -- and eventually internationally. The program, funded by the Kauffman Foundation, is based on the idea that entrepreneurs network and move their ideas forward over one million cups of coffee. “It’s just about creating a community put together by entrepreneurs, for entrepreneurs, across multiple industries,” explains Jose Vasquez, owner of Quez Media Marketing and one of the organizers of the Cleveland chapter.   1 Million Cups Cleveland will host weekly meetings, during which two entrepreneurs each will deliver six-minute presentations followed by 20 minutes of Q&A with the audience. “What can we do for you? is the question to be answered at these weekly engagements,” says Vasquez. “A lot of opportunity can come from the community. This is really about entrepreneurs who need help and advice from the community.”   Vasquez explains that 1 Million Cups is different from other entrepreneurial networking organizations in that it spans multiple industries. “It brings all these communities together,” he says. “It’s really just helping people.”   The goal of 1 Million Cups is to eventually serve as a worldwide networking organization, where entrepreneurs can call upon other entrepreneurs in similar industries for advice and support.   Other Cleveland organizers include Colleen Beyer of Borrow Vintage and Eclectic Rentals; Cole Worley, a co-conductor of StartupBus and GiveCamp volunteer; and Carl Shotwell, a developer and entrepreneur at LeanDogJumpStart and LaunchHouse worked to help make Cleveland a 1 Million Cups City.   Meeting locations will change on a quarterly basis, with the first meetings being held at JumpStart’s offices on June 25th, from 9 to 10 a.m. Vasquez says they are still recruiting entrepreneurs to speak, location sponsors and coffee sponsors. The two entrepreneurial speakers have yet to be announced.  

who went where? a rundown of recently filled positions

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 12:00am
Several Cleveland area companies have some new faces on their staffs. Here’s a rundown of who has landed new positions. After 15 years in marketing and public relations in the non-profit entertainment sector, Tom Sarago has launched Spruce, a Lakewood-based, full-service marketing and PR firm. Sarago plans to make his agency a collaborative effort with other Cleveland agencies. “A big goal is to make this a company that grows with other Cleveland PR pros’ input and support,” he says. “Spruce is my company and I am taking the bulk of the risk, but my plan for this is to be something of an agency that is driven by strong PR pros here in Cleveland. I want to engage as many people in Spruce as long as they have something to add to it.”    Brittany Costa joined Engage! Cleveland as its program assistant. Costa is responsible for providing support across the organization’s various program areas. She originally got involved with Engage! Cleveland in 2013 as an events committee member. Costa holds a BS in education and human development from Bowling Green State University. “Through my work at Engage! Cleveland I hope that I am able to influence other young professionals and help them realize what an amazing city we live in,” says Costa. “I am excited to be working for an organization that is aspiring to attract, engage and retain young talent in Cleveland.”  Angie Ferenchak has joined JumpStart’s entrepreneurial talent program as a senior recruiter. After beginning her career in accounting, Ferenchak found her true interest was in recruiting. In her position at JumpStart, she will help companies and organizations identify, attract and retain the right talent to help them grow. Andrew Watterson has been named head of sustainability at KeyBank. In this position, Watterson leads the bank in the development and execution of a sustainability strategy for sustainable growth. He works with the corporate responsibility team and bank leadership. Previously, Watterson was a consultant with BrownFlynn and was chief of sustainability for the City of Cleveland.   Greg Zucca is Cleveland Heights’ new economic development director. Previously, Zucca was a program manager for Cuyahoga County’s Western Reserve Fund, an economic development fund to help rehab industrial sites and attract new business and investment to greater Cleveland. He received his master's degree in urban planning, design and development at CSU’s Levin College of Urban Affairs in 2001. Have a new hire to share? Email Karin with the details and we’ll help spread the word!    

daily press juice bar to open this summer in gordon square arts district

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 12:00am
Jodi Rae Santosuosso grew up in the restaurant business, working in her parents' Italian restaurant. She later moved to California for 10 years, where she grew enamored of the healthy living movement and got into cold-pressed juices. When she returned to Cleveland to join the revitalization of her hometown, she discovered that there weren’t many juice bars in the city, so she decided to launch her own. If all goes as planned, Daily Press, a juice bar and vegan café, will open next month in the Gordon Square Arts District (6604 Detroit Ave.). The cafe will serve cold-pressed juices and vegan menu items that include raw sandwiches, soups and salads. Daily Press will open at 7 a.m., with evening hours yet to be determined. "I want to help people be healthy and feel good, and to make it easy and convenient for people to do that," says Santosuosso. "This is new to Cleveland, but the market is here; people are just not aware of the benefits of juicing this way." Cold-press juicing is different from tossing fruit in a blender and grinding it up, she explains. The heat from a centrifugal juicer can destroy natural enzymes in the drink, making it less nutritious. There are two steps in the cold-pressing process: First, you turn the produce into pulp so that the vitamins and other good stuff stays intact. Second, you put the pulp into a bag and place it in a hydraulic press, where 2,000 pounds of pressure releases all that sweet goodness. "The result is delicious juice that has all kinds of good things for your body," she says. Some of Daily Press's offerings will include the Johnny Apple Manziel (apple, ginger and lemon), Greenest Cleanse (kale, spinach, chard, parsley, cucumber, ginger and turmeric) and Water You Doing? (watermelon). A 16-ounce juice in a glass jar will sell for $7-9. If you bring back the jar, you get $1 off your next juice. The 800-square-foot storefront will have a bar that seats five to six people, additional window seating and some outside tables. There will be Wi-Fi access for anyone who wants to work at the cafe. Santosuosso is looking forward to joining the neighborhood. "I love the neighborhood and the arts district, and Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization was really excited about having me come to this space," she says. "It helped that the neighborhood wants me here." If you're interested in checking out Daily Press before the cafe opens, Santosuosso will be at the Gordon Square Farmers Market for the next few weeks, and she invites you to come by and learn more about juicing.

blazing saddle cycle to open second location in little italy, across from new rising star coffee

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 12:00am
Wondering why there are no bike shops between Ohio City and Cleveland Heights, despite the rise in bike commuting in and around University Circle? Well, soon there will be. Blazing Saddle Cycle, the edgy bike shop that opened a few years ago in the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood, has inked a deal to open a second location in Little Italy. This newest outpost will be at the intersection of Murray Hill and Edgehill roads, across from the new Rising Star coffee. Both of these hotspots are set to open later this year. Co-owner Travis Peebles, who founded the bike shop with fellow bike guru James Rychak, says the seed was planted in his head when Greenhouse Tavern chef Jonathon Sawyer stopped by the west side shop and complained about the lack of bike shops in University Circle. The next day, Peebles took a ride over there and discovered a "For Rent" sign during his first pass through the neighborhood. He knew instantly that the location was a winner. "We knew two years ago that this neighborhood needed a bike shop, but at that time, we were just getting settled into the west side," says Peebles. "People would bring it up to us, and we'd often fantasize about it. Then, when Sawyer planted the seed, we said, 'Let’s go see what we can find.'" "There’s so much potential over here, I'm almost a little bit nervous," he says, adding that the duo has taken on a third partner to keep up with their double-digit growth. "I'm not sure I can wrap my head around how busy we could possibly be when however many thousands of students come back in August. The corner of Edgehill and Murray Hill is the busiest bike intersection in the city." Despite his trepidations about being able to handle the business that might walk through the door when Blazing Saddle opens on August 1, Peebles is psyched about the space. It's 700 square feet and has "as much character" as the west side shop, he says, which in its former life was a 100-year-old hardware store with beat-up wood floors and a vintage facade. The owners are doing the build-out themselves, using many finishes and furnishings salvaged from the former Theresa's restaurant across the street, which is where Rising Star will open. "The neighborhood is great," Peebles says. "People are so, so positive about us moving into the area. We can't work for 15 minutes without someone coming by." The new location (2190 Murray Hill Rd.) will carry the same types of bikes as the original, but the owners might add some new lines as well. They'll continue to do "custom restorations of quality used bikes," bringing sturdy classics from the ‘70s back to life. And repairs will remain a staple, too. "We want to make sure we cater to everybody." Recently, the neighborhood has seen investment in bike infrastructure, including new bike lanes on Edgehill Road. Peebles and Rychak are banking on the growth of the cycling community in University Circle, Cleveland Heights and points beyond. Although Peebles acknowledges the need for outside help to manage his company's growth, the partners have built their entire business pretty much on their own with no bank loans. "The fewer institutions we can involve, the better," he quips.

all-natural applesauce start-up something both 'mothers and kids love'

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 12:00am
Ethan M. Holmes learned how to make applesauce from his grandfather at a young age. By the time he was 15, he had mastered the recipe and decided to go into business with it. “I looked at the market and saw an opportunity,” says Holmes. “I looked at other applesauces and they were all made with corn syrup and artificial flavoring.”   Holmes Mouthwatering Applesauce makes an all-natural product in plain and cinnamon varieties. “My goal was to take all the stuff out of it and make something mothers and kids love,” Holmes explains. “The only ingredients are apples, pears and apple cider.”   Today, at age 20, Holmes sells his applesauce at farmers’ markets, area events and through his website. He is in talks with local grocery stores and is joining the Cleveland Culinary Launch and Kitchen.   Recently, Holmes gave out samples of his sauce at Entrovation. The attendees voted the company one of the top five at the event, earning Holmes the chance to pitch his applesauce company to a panel of judges at the Innovative Entrepreneur of The Year Competition. Holmes took home $500 from the event, tying for third place.   Holmes is using the money to cover the Culinary Launch fees and inventory. “We are on our way this upcoming month to producing our first run in their facility,” Holmes says of his move to the Culinary Launch. “This will help us create a large amount of product and educate us in the licenses and procedures needed to be in retail markets.”   Holmes donates 10 percent of his profits toward fighting childhood obesity.  

who's hiring in cle: great lakes brewing, jumpstart, onosys...

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 12:00am
Welcome to the latest edition of Who’s Hiring in Cleveland?   There are plenty of good jobs to be had in Cleveland. This is the latest installment in a regular series of posts in which we feature companies that are hiring, what those employers are looking for, and how to apply. Thunder::Tech has seven open positions, including three internships, two developers, an operations administrative specialist and a graphic designer. Check out the job descriptions and apply here.   ONOSYS, the leader in mobile and online restaurant ordering software, has a number of open positions: web designer/interface developer; senior and mid-level .NET web developers; menu process specialist; and client support specialist. ONOSYS offers a fast-paced environment with room for growth and great benefits.   Great Lakes Brewing Company has four open positions: Procurement supervisorpart-time hostsupply chain planning analyst; and a part-time line cook. Apply here.   JumpStart, which partners with community leaders to spark the growth of new entrepreneurial companies, has three open positions: Data analyst, programmer and salesforce.com administrator; and traffic and program specialist in the marketing department. Interested candidates must register with JumpStart to apply for these jobs.   Ohio City Incorporated needs an executive director to guide the community development corporation as it implements its recently adopted 2014-2016 strategic vision. The director will be responsible for strategy, resource development, financial management, governance, leadership, staff management and fulfillment of the organizational mission. To apply send cover letter, resume, three to five references and a writing sample to Michael Graham.   Have hiring news you’d like to share? Email Karin at Fresh Water Cleveland and send us this information or career links!

job satisfaction: employee perks pay off with loyal staff that works as hard as they play

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 12:00am
Everybody has those days when they just don’t feel like going to work. But some employers offer perks that make coming to work a little less painful. From all-you-can-eat snack bars to pursuing outside interests on company time -- and free beer! -- these companies help make coming to the office a little easier to swallow.

amid growing debate, west side market's new manager makes customer outreach a priority

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 12:00am
As the West Side Market’s new manager, Amanda Dempsey is stepping in at a time when the treasured public market is receiving unprecedented attention -- both good and unwanted. But throughout it all, she says, the focus must remain on the bond between the century-old icon and the city that embraces it.

eastman reading garden installation prompts reflection on urban environment

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 12:00am
Cleveland Public Library's Eastman Reading Garden once again will be transformed with public art this summer, as Mexican artist Ivan Juarez has recently completed the fifth temporary installation of the See Also program. The work, entitled Drawing Lines, features custom-built steel shapes threaded together with rope. The pieces are intended to be functional spaces in which visitors can sit and read, have lunch or talk, but they also are intended to inspire reflection on our relationship with the urban environment.   "I am an architect who combines architecture with other disciplines, in this case landscape and art," Juarez explained during a recent visit to the garden. "I wanted visitors to be able to go inside and see different views and layers of the city." According to the website of LAND Studio, the organization that coordinates the program, "Juárez brings a global perspective and a new interpretation of the space that imaginatively frames views of the garden’s natural beauty." The site explains the meaning behind the installation: "A continuous thread moves across new and existing elements in the garden to filter the natural light and create new passages and spaces to gather and reflect. At the same time, the installation’s architecture is being broken apart. Its walls are transparent. Anyone can explore the installation, discovering new spaces, shadows, and frames. Similarly, Cleveland Public Library strives for greater openness and access for all, keeping its place as a community anchor with engaged learning and diverse programming." About 20,000 feet of rope was used to create the installation, along with custom-built frames. The rope was provided by Samsel Supply in the Flats. Drawing Lines will be illuminated during AHA!, a festival of lights that will take place August 8-10 during the Gay Games. The purpose of the festival is to highlight the transformation of downtown, local artists and public artwork.

cleveland shakes off the rust thanks to influx of educated, young new residents

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 12:00am
In this Forbes article written by Joel Kotkin titled “Shaking Off The Rust: Cleveland Workforce Gets Younger And Smarter Between 2000 and 2012,” Kotkin examines the growing trend of a younger, well-educated generation shying away from expensive “coast cities” to instead take up residence in the Rust Belt, especially Cleveland.    “The Cleveland metro area logged a net gain of about 60,000 people 25 and over with a college degree while losing a net 70,000 of those without a bachelor’s, according to a recent report from Cleveland State University. The number of newcomers aged 25 to 34 increased by 23 percent from 2006 to 2012, with an 11 percent increase from 2011 to 2012 alone. Most revealingly, half of these people came from other states. When it comes to net migration, Atlanta, Detroit, and Pittsburgh were the biggest feeders for those arriving with a bachelor’s degree, while Chicago, Manhattan, Brooklyn and Pittsburgh sent the most net migrants with a graduate or professional degree.”   Kotkin goes on to explain the changing demographic of Clevelanders from past perceptions.   “The picture of Cleveland that emerges from the Cleveland State University study is a very different one from that to which we are accustomed. Rather than a metro area left behind by the information revolution, Cleveland boasts an increasingly youthful workforce that is among the better educated in the nation. In 2009. notes University of Pittsburgh economist Chris Briem, some 15% of Cleveland’s workforce between 25 and 34 has a graduate degree, ranking the area seventh in the nation, ahead of such “brain centers” as Chicago, Austin and Seattle. Old Clevelanders as a whole will remain undereducated, but likely not the next generation.”’   Read the rest of the good news here.

aeroscena introduces its aromatherapy products to the medical community

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 12:00am
It’s a proven fact that certain smells can produce different effects. Aeroscena is introducing aromatherapy to clinical settings around the world to help with nausea and anxiety associated with doing to the doctor. The company makes Ascents, which provide aromatherapy to help with a variety needs – calm, energize, focus, sleep, curb and nausea.   “The original idea was, lots of people like aromatherapy,” explains Aeroscena CEO and founder Mark Kohoot.  “We looked at the research and there are lots of applications.”   Kohoot is now finding a market for Ascents in hospitals and dentists’ offices. Most recently he partnered with Patterson Dental, one of the largest distributors of dental equipment. Ascents calm is now being placed in dental offices around the region to reduce patient anxiety.   “We put it in waiting rooms and it dials back anxiety and makes for a better experience,” explains Kohoot, who adds that vanilla has a calming effect while lavender has an enzyme that prompts sleepiness.   A major Cleveland hospital is putting Ascents in its ICUs as part of an FDA validation study Kohoot is conducting. “We are going to measure the reduction of stress and anxiety on patients, visitors and the nurses and staff who work ICU,” says Kohoot. “This is a great development because it puts us on the path of being the first aromatherapy company to make a sanctioned FDA claim by the end of next year.”   Ascents nausea formula is being used in Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. and is showing great promise in post-operative nausea cases.   Meanwhile, Kohoot just sealed a deal with a Chinese distributor to sell Ascents. The deal should generate about $1.5 million in annual revenue. “We've been testing for about nine months and the Chinese consumers seem to love it, buying all of the Ascents from the pilot sale test,” says Kohoot. “Every formula has sold evenly, so we haven't been able to detect any significant favorite.”   These deals all come on the heels of a $400,000 capital investment campaign, bringing Aeroscena capital raise to $1 million in four years.   “We are very pleased that the medical and dental communities, patients and the investment community have all validated our vision of inhalation therapy being an excellent new solution for patient care,” says Kohoot. “The demand for Aeroscena's production and the expanding applications have exceeded our most optimistic goals from last year, and put us on a fast track to major expansion.”   Locally, Ascents are available at Nature’s BinWhole Foods and Cleveland Clinic Wellness Store. With business booming, Kohoot plans to add at least two people to his current staff of five.

global cle takes its show on the road in hopes of attracting talent

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 12:00am
Global Cleveland will take its Talent Attraction Campaign on the road to Washington D.C. in the hopes of enticing people to relocate to Cleveland. On June 26, leaders from Cleveland will travel to our nation’s capital to share the many employment opportunities in our region. Attendees also will hear about the exciting things happening in Cleveland like the thriving arts and culture scene coupled with our low cost of living. “We’re very excited to take Global Cleveland on the road to show the rest of the country -- and really, the world -- what we’re capable of and what’s attractive about Cleveland,” says Joy Roller, President of Global Cleveland. The Talent Attraction Campaign will promote its principal tool, the online portal at globalcleveland.org that can orient job seekers toward all of the offerings that Cleveland provides. The organization is billing it as a one-stop-shop about Cleveland. In addition to highlighting the newly launched portal, the event also will focus on its virtual job fair that runs June 23-27. Local companies across many sectors have posted opportunities and Global Cleveland is working to spread the word about the job fair outside of Cleveland in hopes of attracting more people to the region. The event organizers are looking to Clevelanders to alert those they know in the D.C. area to this event to help drive attendance. If you know someone in the D.C. area, forward them this invitation to help spread the good news.   ?

time out calls cleveland 'a road trip for food lovers'

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 12:00am
In a Time Out Chicago feature titled, “Road trips for food-lovers: Cleveland,” writer Rebecca Skoch offer road-trippers a quick itinerary for food-focused visitors to our fair city. “With a mix of old school restaurants and ambitious chefs, the Ohio city is an up-and-coming culinary destination,” she writes. “Cleveland's restaurant and bar scene has been gaining momentum over the past few years. Celebrity chefs like Michael Symon of Lola and Lolita have taken the lead in championing local dining, and long-standing favorites are finally gaining the recognition they deserve.” “Here are a few places not to miss during a summer weekend on the shores of Lake Erie.” Among the places highlighted in the piece are Flying Fig, West Side Market, Sokolowski's, Greenhouse Tavern and Porco Lounge.   Read the rest here. ?

developer purchases southworth building, plans 18 new downtown apts

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 12:00am
Developer Rich Cicerchi of Cicerchi Development Company was scouting for an investment opportunity downtown when he met Matt Howells, owner of the Park Building and the Southworth Building. The two developers stayed in touch, and Cicerchi later purchased the vacant Southworth building from Howells. Now he plans to convert it to 18 high-end apartments that will add to downtown's rental housing boom. Cicerchi's interest in downtown goes back to when he was a kid. "I remember going downtown with my dad,” he says. “I'd grab his big hand in my two little hands and he'd swing me from one sidewalk line to the next, having a good old time. He was twice my height, and I'd look past him at all the big buildings, all the activity and people. That's what got me enamored with downtown." Cicerchi, who is primarily a residential developer, watched downtown's decline and resurgence and decided that he wanted to be a part of the efforts to improve Cleveland's urban core. In 2006, he purchased the Krouse building on East Fourth Street and converted it to apartments. The Southworth Building is located at 2013 Ontario, across from Tower City and the casino. Built in 1850, the four-story building will be converted to nine one-bedroom and nine two-bedroom apartments. The plans call for an atrium to be constructed in the center of the building to bring in natural light, Cicerchi says. On the lower level, there are two retail spaces that house a Subway and an Indian restaurant. Parking will be a short distance away in the May Company garage. Perhaps the coolest feature, other than the suites themselves, will be the roof deck overlooking Public Square and downtown. Cicerchi plans to preserve the building's historic features wherever he can, including refinishing existing wood floors that can be salvaged. High-end features likely will include granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. The suites will have a lofted look, with exposed spiral ductwork and high ceilings. One bedrooms will be about 750 square feet, two bedrooms about 1,100 square feet. The building also will boast many green, energy-efficient features. Tri-State Capital will soon provide financing for the $4 million project. The first suites should be completed by early 2015, the developer says. "I always look at properties with the eyes of potential," says Cicerchi. "I saw a great way to add more downtown living and integrate it with the downtown community."

cle metroparks zoo opens new circle of wildlife carousel in time for summer

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 12:00am
The new Circle of Wildlife carousel at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo features 64 animals hand-carved by Carousel Works in Mansfield, Ohio, and grouped according to their natural environment. The carousel opened a few weeks ago just in time for the busy summer season. "The response has been extremely exciting," says Zoo Director Chris Kuhar. "Folks are amazed by the carousel, which is extremely large and very beautiful, as well as the murals. Then there's the story that it was carved just down the road in Mansfield, by one of the world leaders in the creation of wood carousels." Single ride tickets for the carousel are $3 ($2.50 for Zoo Society members). All-day ride passes are available for $8 ($6 for members). Directly adjacent to the carousel is the brand new Nature Discovery Ridge play area, which features natural habitats of rocks, water and trees where kids can play. There also are new restroom facilities, concession stands, picnic shelters and an observation deck at Nature Discovery Ridge. The pavilion is available for rent, and the Metroparks is planning to build an events center called Stillwater Place adjacent to the carousel, which can be rented for weddings and other events.  Carousel Works created eight custom animals that don't appear on any of its other carousels, including an Anatolian shepherd, lynx, ocelot and ring-tailed lemur. The animals and their habitats were selected by zoo conservation staff. "This project is all about connecting the dots between people, animals and habitat," says Kuhar. "All of the animals on the carousel either have a conservation or education component. They're either animals in the collection or they're animals we support in conservation and education projects." The project also features a number of historic sculptures of endangered bird species by local artist Viktor Schreckengost. The sculptures were repurposed from another project. ?