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Ohio City

West Side Market - Photo Bob Perkoski

No Cleveland community, perhaps, is evolving as quickly as Ohio City. In the blink of an eye, residents have watched W. 25th transform from a partially developed neighborhood main street to a bona fide entertainment district filled to the gills with bars, restaurants and shops. Anchored by the 100-year-old West Side Market, this near-west community has always been food-focused, but joining those farm-to-table bistros, urban farm plots and farmers markets are most of the city’s new craft breweries. Epicenter for the so-called hipster movement, Ohio City is walkable, bike-friendly and diverse, making it a natural choice for today’s makers and artisans who are cobbling together a livelihood one flea market at a time. 

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View of the city from Riverbed along the planned Lake Link Trail

the flats are back: five big and small projects reshaping the city's oldest neighborhood

After a decade of standing still, the Flats are on the move. Check out some of the newest developments changing this mixed-use neighborhood, from the Lake Link Trail to plans for a new boathouse on the Cuyahoga River.

Justin Carson, Sam McNulty and Justin Beretelone riding on Zagster in Ohio City

wheels up: bike share plan aiming to make inroads throughout cleveland

When it comes to the new Zagster bike share system, the excitement is only just beginning. Three more stations are being rolled out before the end of October, a crowdfunding campaign is underway, and organizers say the system could expand further in the spring.

Zev Siegl (center) with John Johnson and Kim Jenkins of Rising Star

visit to cleveland 'lit my fire,' says starbucks co-founder

Zev Siegl came to Cleveland last week to speak to early-stage and student entrepreneurs at Bizdom and Blackstone Launchpad. Fresh Water gave him a tour and asked him about a lifetime of working with startups.

Artist Dana Depew at HGR

secondhand to first rate: 10 upcycling shops worth checking out

Cleveland is full of hole-in-the-wall second hand stores. From vintage two-wheelers to hulking industrial-age machines and bins of repurposed art supplies, we take you on a tour of the coolest trash-to-treasure finds in the city.  

SOUP Cleveland

SOUP's on: meal-based micro-grant program for creative projects takes root in cleveland

Based on the dinner-party model, Cleveland SOUP provides financial support for innovative, locally based initiatives that touch on sustainability, public art and diversity. As garnering funds can often be one of the tallest hurdles for independent upstarts, SOUP has helped offset those costs in more than 60 cities.
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Ohio City Founders

jeff battershell

jeff battershell

City: Lakewood

Meet Jeff Battershell, founder of Keepin’ it Fresh, an embroidered product company that focuses on water conservation and the brewery industry.

doug bell

doug bell

City: Ohio City

Meet Doug Bell, co-founder of Global Prairie, an organization with 20 employees in Cleveland.that has a simple idea: Do great work for clients so that Global Prairie can do good work in the world. 

terry frick

terry frick

City: Ohio City

Meet Terry Frick, founder of  Frickaccio’s Pizza Market in the West Side Market and Fairview. Frickaccio’s is the maker of the Famous Pizza Bagel, better known as the Pizagle.

scott maloney

scott maloney

City: Ohio City

Meet Scott Maloney, founder of K2M Design, a high-growth entrepreneurial architecture firm with 38 employees.

sam kinkopf

sam kinkopf

City: Ohio City

Meet Sam Kinkopf, founder of Frisson Media.

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