Thursday, November 18, 2010

Cleveland Shops That Pop

It's a little kept secret that the Cleveland area is in hard financial times.  Cleveland has half the population it that is once had, big businesses have closed or moved away and almost 10% of the population is searching for work.  It also seems as if a Wal-Mart has landed on every corner which in turn has hurt local small businesses trying to stay afloat.  It's been hard times for many Northeast Ohio households.  With all of this, there is a light at the end of the tunnel this holiday gift buying season.

Luckily, Cleveland is full of talented and passionate people.  Pop-up shops are "popping" up in a couple of locations that where once homes to empty retail spaces.  There are two shops that have an opening this weekend.

Trinity Episcopal Cathedral is home of Cafe AhRoma and 10,000 Villages but starting on Friday at 5pm it will also be a place to buy handmade items made locally.  The Pop-Up Gift Shop will be located between the popular cafe and store.  It will feature 35 plus local artists that specialize in sustainable or recycled art.
You can visit the opening reception Friday, November 19 5pm - 9pm.  Store hours will be Thursdays-Fridays 10am-7pm & Saturdays-Sundays 10am-5pm (closed on Thanksgiving).  The Pop-Up Gift Shop is located at 2242 Euclid Avenue at Trinity Commons, Cleveland, OH 44115.

Do you like cute, out of this world handmade gifts?  Well if you do, the ladies from the Cleveland Craft Coalition have got it covered.  They have teamed up with River Color Studios to open a handmade shop in an empty retail spot that is attached to the popular yarn store.  The Cleveland Craft Coalition Handmade Holiday Shoppe will have their grand opening Friday at 6pm - 9pm.  From there on after the Holiday Shoppe's hours will coincide with the River Color Studio's hours.  The Cleveland Craft Coalition Handmade Holiday Shoppe is located at 1387 Sloane Ave. Lakewood, OH 44107.

Buy local, buy handmade this holiday season.

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