City Goods opens at Creative Hangars on Friday, featuring 20 local businesses

CLEVELAND – City Goods will open at Creative Hangars on Friday, a moment years in the making for entrepreneurs displaying their products.

At the corner of West 28 Street and Church Avenue, you’ll see seven hut-like buildings.

In six of the buildings, about four different local companies display their wares.

Sam Friedman and Liz Pinter are the masterminds behind City Goods.

“There are many different types of people here who make different types of products,” Friedman said.

Friedman knows what it takes to start a business. His family company is Chagrin Valley Soap and Salve.

“We in Cleveland have tried so hard to have a successful retail business and it has been hard. We don’t find where we can offer to the public at affordable prices for a small brand. We can’t figure out how to provide permanent staff for a store like this when we are busy running our business and making our products.” “For years I’ve been trying to figure out how to eliminate those major obstacles.”

He believes City Goods is the solution to removing these barriers. The idea is that as every entrepreneur and every brand share a space, they also share the cost of running it.

“They can share rent, they can share utilities and cost, they can share things like employees. Then the cash commitment drops a lot for everyone. Everyone pays a small piece of the pie for some excellent retail products,” Friedman said.

From Cleveland clothing, unique art, record store, skincare and bathroom needs, to woodworking, craft lighting and more,

Marisa Wilson is the founder of Capsoul, a luggage brand for creative professionals. Sells a bag that can be worn four ways. The Cleveland Heights native came home from Los Angeles when the pandemic hit and started building the brand.

“Previously I would just go to different events, different popups, which is stressful, and being able to have a dedicated space where I can create a store and direct people to it is a complete game changer,” she said.

Scott Hudson is the owner of the clothing company Rocket E3 in Cleveland. Echo Wilson’s feelings.

“When COVID happened I lost my job, so my side hustle became my main hustle. This is kind of the next evolution for my brand and business. I’ve been doing weekend markets in my tent, doing online sales but never having my own retail space that I can connect to” .

The largest building in the group is where the Friedman Bar, aptly named Hangar, will be. The profits from the ribbon will go towards supporting small business owners in the cluster community.

“We’ve taken all those other difficult mechanics of owning a retail store, from lawyers to insurance, to taking care of the gardens that also have to be stacked in rent and we’ve taken that out of the equation and that’s what we’re using this bar as a supportive mechanism to deal with all of those.”

Wilson said it was an opportunity like no other.

“I never thought I’d have a retail space so early in my trip, so that I wouldn’t have to worry about things like utilities, and the idea of ​​setting up everything, it just made it more achievable for a small brand,” he said.

Kumar Arora’s clothing and lifestyle brand, Elthe, is also gearing up to open a store.

“Entrepreneurship is hard on its own,” he said, “but being able to build something in your own backyard with a group of friends makes things easier,” he said.

City Goods retail stores are open Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Hangar Bar is open from 4pm to 11pm during the week and extends until midnight on weekends. It is closed on Mondays.

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