CLEVELAND — City Goods at Creative Hangars will open this Friday, and it’s a time entrepreneurs have been showcasing their wares for years.
At the corner of West 28 Street and Church Avenue, you’ll see seven shack-like buildings.
In six of the buildings, around four different local businesses display their wares.
Sam Friedman and Liz Painter are the masterminds behind City Goods.
“There are so many different types of people here creating so many different types of products,” Friedman said.
Friedman knows what it takes to get a business up and running. His family business is Chagrin Valley Soap and Salve.
“We’ve worked really hard in Cleveland to have successful retail sales and it’s been tough. We are not finding the place that we can present to the public that is affordable for a small brand. We can’t figure out how to afford permanent staff for a store like that when we’re busy running our business and making our products,” he said. “For years I have been trying to figure out how to remove those major obstacles.”
He believes that City Goods is the solution to remove those barriers. The idea is that each entrepreneur and each brand, sharing a space, also share the cost of its operation.
“They could share rent, they could share utilities and cost, they could share things like staff. The monetary commitment then drops a lot for everyone. Everyone is paying a small piece of the pie to get great retail,” Friedman said.
From Cleveland clothing, one-of-a-kind art, a record store, skin care and bath items, to woodworking, handmade lighting and more,
Marissa Wilson is the founder of Capsoul, a luggage brand for creative professionals. She sells a bag that can be worn in four ways. The Cleveland Heights native returned home from Los Angeles when the pandemic hit and began building the brand.
“Previously I was just going to different events, different pop-ups, which is stressful, being able to have a dedicated space where I can set up shop and direct people, it’s a complete game changer,” he said.
Scott Hudson is the owner of the Cleveland Rocket E3 clothing company. He echoed Wilson’s sentiment.
“When COVID hit, I lost my job, so my side hustle became my main hustle. This is kind of the next evolution of my brand and business. I have done the weekend markets in my tent, I do online sales, but I have never had my own retail space that I can call my own,” he said.
The largest building in the group is where Friedman’s bar will be, appropriately named the Hangar. Proceeds from the bar will go to support small business owners in the clustered community.
“We take all those other hard mechanisms of owning a retail store, from lawyers, insurance, lawn care that would also have to be included in the rent and we take them out of the equation and that is what we are using this bar as a mechanism of support to deal with all that,” he said.
Wilson said it’s an opportunity like no other.
“I never thought I would have a commercial space so early in my trip, so I wouldn’t have to worry about things like utilities, the idea of building everything, made it so much more feasible for a small brand,” he said. he said she.
Kumar Arora’s clothing and lifestyle brand Ilthy is also preparing to open a store.
“Entrepreneurship is hard, in and of itself, but being able to build something in your backyard with a group of friends makes things easier,” he said.
City Goods retail stores will be open Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The Hangar Bar is open from 4 pm to 11 pm during the week and runs until midnight on the weekends. It is closed on Mondays.