Maker Series: Erica Montejo of Tiny Erica Jewelry

Hobbyist turned professional jeweler Erica Montejo took the big leap and left her day job in August of 2016 to entirely focus on her small business, Tiny Erica Jewelry. Erica’s pieces start with a refined geometric metalwork foundation and pair those designs with elegant stone accents. Propelled by a family of supportive artists, Tiny Erica Jewelry shows no signs of slowing down. Learn more about how the maker has polished her process in our Maker Series interview below.

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DIY Rosemary Simple Syrup

A long time bar staple, simple syrup has recently made it’s way into more kitchens as craft cocktail popularity has grown. But don’t be mistaken… mixology hasn’t cornered the market on this easy sweetener. Simple syrup is the primary ingredient in authentic sweet tea, and is probably a better choice of sweetener for your latte than whatever is hiding in that Sweet-n-Low packet.

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Maker Series: Amy Cornelius of Glam & Grace

Local cosmetics craftswoman Amy Cornelius, creator of Glam & Grace, knows a few things about color. You’d agree if you’ve ever made a purchase from her booth. All season long Amy’s handmade cosmetics give The Cleveland Flea a glow, and social media followers noticed, launching her solopreneur side hustle into a big deal business. Now her paraben free and cruelty free handcrafted cosmetics in on-trend colors are the highlight of events. Read on for insight into how Amy grew small batch cosmetics company in our Maker Series interview below.

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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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