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Happy Thanksgiving

happy thanksgiving and hanukkah

Fresh Water is taking a break next week to give our staff time off to celebrate Thanksgiving and Hanukkah. We are grateful for all of our devoted readers and wish you all a wonderful holiday. We'll be back with a new issue December 4.

Playhouse Square - photo Bob Perkoski

celebrate local: five can't-miss events this thanksgiving weekend

After you've celebrated with family and friends and had your feast, enjoy these local shopping events and holiday festivals taking place around town.

Rumi's Market

the diverse language of food: a guide to ethnic markets

Cleveland's ethnic diversity is represented in the city's markets. Replete with dazzling items and intriguing people, they offer a taste of home for newcomers and exotic flavors for the rest of us.

The Cleveland Flea

the cleveland flea thrives as small business incubator

Since its launch 18 months ago, the Flea has helped dozens of new businesses to flourish. Perhaps its greatest success is the tight knit and supportive community of makers that it has cultivated.

november flea guide

home for the holidays: a guide to the november flea

Our friends at the Cleveland Flea created this November market guide full of beautiful imagery showcasing the event's artisan vendors. Check it out, then stop by this weekend for the real thing!

Rising Star Coffee Roasters east side location in Little Italy

east meets west: a new generation of businesses bridging the old divide

Ask a millennial about the east-west divide and their eyebrows usually rise and knit over their black frame glasses. These days, west side shops are popping up on the east side, while east side institutions are making inroads west.

thinkbox

university circle a powerful player in the innovation economy (video)

University Circle Inc.'s recent annual meeting highlighted examples of successful innovation within the district, from Piccadilly Artisan Creamery's liquid nitrogen-fueled ice cream to healthcare startups spinning out of BioEnterprise.

Happy Dog west and east

what do east and west siders want? (reader poll)

As local businesses and institutions seek to establish an east-west presence, which ones would you most like to see cross the river? Take our poll, tell us what you think!

UNIDOS programming chair Sara Gonzalez

forest city resource group aims to unite hispanic workers

UNIDOS is a Hispanic resource group that strives to foster a diverse and welcoming workplace culture. The group aims to be the vehicle to pull in Hispanic talent from colleges and job fairs, a cogent point considering diversity is among Forest City's core values.

Cesar Sandoval of EthnicQuest.com

cleveland must get moving in the race to attract immigrants

According to 2010 census figures, the city's population is just 5 percent foreign-born, less than half the nationwide average. This decade also witnessed our city's population slip below 400,000, a decline that advocates believe can be reversed by attracting newcomers, including immigrants.

Richey Piiparinen

'cluster economy' can create a critical mass of expertise in cleveland

Greater Cleveland's workforce is highly educated, with 17 percent of its workforce boasting a graduate or professional degree. Demographer and urban planner Richey Piiparinen believes Cleveland can take advantage of those big brains through creation of high-density areas of expertise.

East Blvd

east boulevard is a hidden gem among cleveland neighborhoods

Tucked away behind Rockefeller Park lies a historic neighborhood filled with stately, brick homes built at the turn of the last century. It has remained stable despite Glenville's struggles, and now rising interest in University Circle is propelling early signs of growth.

Daniel Gray-Kontar with CSA student Anthony Bennett (standing)

i live here (now): daniel gray-kontar, teacher and artist

Cleveland almost lost native son Daniel Gray-Kontar to California's charms. But this writer, poet, performer and father has come home and into his own as an educator and stalwart youth advocate.

Namaste! One Night for One World

local nonprofit celebrates 40th anniversary of building hope, peace and justice abroad

The Cleveland-based nonprofit International Partners in Mission has worked on projects in more than 40 countries around the world. Last month, it held a weeklong series of events to celebrate its milestone anniversary.

Story Club South Side in Chicago

the art of ordinary life: why storytelling nights are suddenly everywhere

In our hyperconnected, digital age, people hunger for real stories. In Cleveland and across the country, storytelling nights are growing thanks to the popularity of The Moth, This American Life and other programs that elevate life into art.
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