As a city of Cleveland utility, Cleveland Public Power regularly cites buying local as an advantage to potential customers. “During our discussions with community members we regularly tell them an investment in CPP is an investment in Cleveland,” said Shelley M. Shockley, marketing manager.
With that philosophy in mind, we were intrigued last month when Carl Baldesare of “The Keep It Local Project” said, “If everybody in Cuyahoga County spends $100 locally this holiday season, it will bring over $100 million back to the local community,” during a newscast on Small Business Saturday.
This information fed our desire to continue that movement and encourage our customers and reader to shop local this holiday season and beyond.
First up is CLE Clothing Company, a boutique specializing in everything Cleveland! The venture began when two lifelong friends – a graphic designer and an entrepreneur joined forces and bought a printing press in 2008 and has grown into an online “wear-house” and brick and mortar locations in two of Cleveland’s thriving neighborhoods – E. 4th St. in downtown and the Waterloo Arts District in Collinwood.
One of the unique features of these stores is the collaborative nature of the business. While the CLE Clothing line is the signature item, the stores also carry jewelry, accessories, and furniture all locally sourced by Cleveland artisans.
As you shop over the next nine days keep them in mind as we reinvest in the city of Cleveland!