When warm weather finally decides to grace Cleveland, people love to hit up art and maker fairs. Seeing local artists all gathered in one place gives you a chance to pick up one-of-a-kind items, from the practical to decorative. It’s one of the easiest and most fun ways to “shop local”.
Enter the era of COVID-19. Now those big Summer art events that many looked forward to visiting were cancelled, one by one. Not only is it a disappointment for the public, but many artists that rely on the income made at shows are now left scrambling. But starting this Saturday, a new website is launching that will become an online marketplace for a wide variety of Cleveland craftspeople.
Made Cleveland will open its virtual doors this Saturday, May 30. A self-described “multi-vendor marketplace featuring a hyper-local focus with international appeal” the cleanly-designed site will initially feature over 70 vendors, and be organized by both artist and genre. Additionally, you can hone your product searches by art medium, size, gift possibilities, and even the best room in the house for placement.
Unlike a lot of other sites with multiple vendors that require individual purchases for each seller, Made Cleveland allows for everything to go in the same shopping cart for one cash-out.
The site is the brainchild of Ash O’Connor, who teamed up with Deanna Dionne of Cleveland Street Glass to create and program the website. Although it was a project in the works before the coronavirus hit, O’Connor was spurred on to make her concept a reality when the extent of the “new normal” was becoming apparent.
With the launch of Made Cleveland, O’Connor is hoping the online store will provide an easy way for people to find their newest favorite local artisans.