Money Talks

Lindsay Darby is half of Kickstart Accounting. Two years ago Lindsay, along with her business partner Danielle Hayden, signed the paperwork to incorporate as a full service outsourced accounting services firm.... which means that small businesses who don't have a financial team in-house can come to these ladies to work on bookkeeping, payroll, taxes, forecasting, financial reporting and strategic planning. "We focus on the numbers so you can get back to running your business."... because someone has to!

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The Best Kept Secret in Cleveland is Found in Slavic Village

Local history buffs, rejoice! The Cleveland Flea is kicking-off a new series of shows and one-day shopping experiences focused on the lesser-known gems in our history-rich city. We're calling this suite of experiences our Treasure Hunter series. The inaugural event in this string of adventures is Local Union: a wedding planning party + market. The February 25 show is hosted in Cleveland's historic Slavic Village neighborhood at The Slovenian National Home... better known as "The Nash".

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A Wedding Story: Josh + Dabney

Nowadays you mostly hear of strangers meeting and falling in love over the internet, but not Dabney and Joshua. The two strangers first got acquainted when Dabney (from Pittsburgh) was visiting downtown Cleveland and met Josh (local to Cleveland) on a girls weekend trip. Josh drove to visit Dabney in her home city the following weekend... and the two married on April 30, 2016. Does it get more romantic than that? The answer is no, it does not get any more romantic than that.

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A Wedding Story: Bobby & Danielle

If you've been to the Flea recently, you probably already know Bobby and Danielle. The couple, who run The Circle Craft–a jewelry business focusing on hand-carved and cast brass wearables–can be found at Tyler Village selling their products when they're not working their day jobs in the medical device industry (Bobby) and education(Danielle). It's hard to not love a family business. The crafty couple's September 2016 wedding in Newbury was reflective of the pair's handmade talents, with nearly every facet of their best day ever featuring a DIY element.

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A Wedding Story: Charlie + Tommy

Meet Charlie Olivo and Tommy Chesnes (C + T FOREVER!). If you couldn't tell by the looks on their faces, they're totally in love. The interior designer and architect are in the process of planning their own wedding after seven years of togetherness. While their October wedding creeps closer by the second, we have a feeling that these two polished men have it all under control.

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Get Smart about Intellectual Property

Did you have a great time at our veteran vendor panel on January 18? So did we! That's why we've already scheduled our next event at Old City Libations! Featuring our on-site intellectual property expert, Nick Gingo –partner at Renner Otto–we'll discuss what you should know about protecting your small business against intellectual property theft, borrowing ideas vs. stealing ideas, and "the gray area" surrounding many cases of current newsworthy IP theft stories.

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The Season of Giving

The Cleveland Flea is more than just a market. We are a community of makers, treasure hunters, and culinary creators who come together to create interesting experiences for our neighbors throughout the city of Cleveland. If you've been to an event, you know that the energy of it all is infectious. So often we hear "I wish I could be a part of this!" We've put together a guide of how you can help The Cleveland Flea, as well as the non-profit communities that support the growth and success of the Cleveland area as a whole.

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Maker Series: Nikki Lundberg of Odyssey and Oddities

Cleveland is gifted with some of the most gorgeous geological sites that a big city can offer. Glacier-cut grooves are now home to the Cleveland Metroparks, where locals can pass the hours enjoying the rock formations and the colorful visuals of sedimentary layers. Dappled with trees, the area is referred to as the "Emerald Necklace". We can't say for sure, but we like to think that Nikki Lundberg–creator of Odyssey and Oddities' stone-heavy jewelry collection–is inspired by the natural cues. With an accessory line known for its geological diversity, Odyssey and Oddities assembles jewelry featuring stones tumbled in-house, statement necklaces composed of vintage beads and brass, and raw materials that Elizabeth Taylor would die for. For a peek into Nikki's studio practices, as well as hints at the future of the business, read on!

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Maker Series: Elissa Hastings and Caleb Skelton of Wild Foot Studio

One of the greatest parts of running your own business is the ability to do things your own way. You are your own boss, you run the time clock, and best of all... you decide how to do the things you do. In the case of Elissa Hastings and Caleb Skelton of Wild Foot Studio, that means making your own tools and developing new techniques. The new business owners find happiness in creating without a guidebook and learning from each other. Get more of a glimpse into what studio time with Elissa and Caleb is like in our Maker Series below.

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Maker Series: Sam Friedman of Chagrin Valley Soap & Salve

Growing a company is a challenge, particularly when it comes to staffing small businesses. Trust is always an issue when hiring-on employees who may or may not step-up to the unique challenges of working in the environment of a small business. So why not work with those you know best... family. Primarily a family-run business, Chagrin Valley Soap & Salve was started by a woman looking for ways to heal members of her own household, and has grown into it's current state over the course of less than two decades! For more insight into how Chagrin Valley Soap & Salve has cultivated their small, family-run business into a national brand, read on!

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Maker Series: Karla Furrer of Bella Studio

A maker is a creator, a trendsetter, and molder of minds–regardless of their occupation. Karla Furrer has held the title in one way or another throughout her life... and has recently reentered the creative world as owner and handmade brand architect at Bella Studio. The former teacher, current mother, and now handbag/jewelry/textile designer has covered the gamut of creative influence. Insight into Karla's business processes, as well as immediate goals and community engagements, are shared with us in our Maker Series interview below.

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