Makers and Wizard of Oddz in Tremont

Video footage by Jasmine Conkle

by Elisabeth Weems

On Friday, April 8th, the Tremont neighborhood held its monthly ArtWalk (now Walkabout Tremont) to showcase and celebrate local art and artists. Residents and visitors enjoyed pop-up shops, delicious dining and the grand opening of two unique boutiques in one building: Jennifer Marks’ Makers, and Megan Baechle’s The Wizard of Oddz. The Tremonster had the chance to interview both entrepreneurs during the grand opening of their sister shops.

Jennifer Marks, owner of Makers

Tremonster:  How does your partnership with the Wizard of Oddz aid in the development of both of these boutiques – and what does it mean to have each other’s support?

Marks: I was in Bad Girl Ventures* and met a lot of really amazing women.  As women entrepreneurs, we have an uphill battle:  our access to funds, our access to patrons…we really struggle.  We’re here to support each other, and what I found out was these amazing, amazing women have these great business ideas, but they’re being steered toward three-year leases – very expensive leases – triple net terms, and things like that.  We were very fortunate to be able to offer a space for another female entrepreneur who is starting her venture, which was Megan and Wizard of Oddz.  We’re here.  We’re invested in the community.  We want to work with the community – we do fundraisers and we donate to the local charities – that’s what is important to me.  At the end of the day, I need to feel good about what I’m doing. Continue reading

Tremont General Store Garden Center Opens

Video by TremonsterTV

by Meg Hadzinsky

We all know the DNA of Tremont and what makes it so appealing to residents and visitors in the Cleveland area. Tremont’s walkability, diversity, rich culture, world-class restaurants and now the Tremont General Store are factors that set this unique neighborhood apart. On the corner of Professor and Jefferson, Tremont residents can find the newly opened Tremont General Store, where purveyor Kevin Kubovcik has stocked the shelves with products residents will love and appreciate. Continue reading