Made Cleveland: Nourishing Community Fundraiser

Made Cleveland: Nourishing Community Fundraiser

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$5,065.00 raised of $30,000.00 goal

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This project will be most successful if you help us raise $30,000.00 goal by March 08, 2024 23:55 (Eastern Time (US & Canada))

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Hello North East Ohio! I’m Ash O'Connor, Founder of Made Cleveland. We are a community market featuring local, quality goods. We are starting this fundraiser to help us get our plans for expanding our grocery section across the finish line! 
   Made Cleveland has been serving the region and elevating the voices of local creators since April 2020. Yep. That’s right! We started our business at the beginning of the pandemic - and on purpose!
   The original plan was to launch our online platform closer to the holidays of 2020, but the universe had other plans. The pandemic forced many businesses and events to shudder, so as a way to assist those that would be losing out on revenue from all the market cancellations, we decided to accelerate our timeline.
   Last year, in June of 2022, just two years, a dozen markets, and three pop ups after launch, the doors to our first brick and mortar shop opened in the heart of Coventry Village. Coventry Village was a natural choice for us because of the rich artistic history, strong sense of community, and diverse neighborhoods in which it’s situated.
    The goal of this space was essentially to create a little box store. For us, this means offering all the same things you’d find in a big box store, but just sold by independent entrepreneurs. These are things like apparel, stationary, health & beauty items, home goods, jewelry, accessories, cleaning products, pet goods, and of course GROCERIES!
   Cleveland Heights, much like many cities in the greater Cleveland region, experience some fun challenges in the way of access to fresh, healthy grocery options. There are many people that do not have personal vehicles and rely on either walking or public transportation to be able to access their grocery needs. We’ve recently lost one grocery store, and some of the other nearby options don’t have great choices in the way of fresh produce and healthy choices which has forced people to have to travel greater distances to get the food they need.
   Over the past several months we’ve heard the community and experienced for ourselves how necessary a grocery store that offers fresh, healthy, sustainable food choices is in this area. Our goal was always to include this robust line, and once again, we’re accelerating our timeline to meet the needs of our community.
This space will include a cooler & freezer area for dairy/dairy alternatives, ice cream, pasta, proteins, and beyond! There will also be a grab and go section for salads, sandwiches, breakfast, pastries, breads, and plenty of options for all dietary considerations / allergies.
   A huge check box for us is sustainability. With this in mind, there will be a bulk section to purchase as much or as little as you’d like in the way of locally milled flour, grains, legumes, coffee, tea, spices, olive oil, vinegar, sweets, and the list goes on! The best part is the majority of these items will be sourced from Ohio, but a handful may come from outside the state. Any of these 'not as local' offerings will be ordered through a local non-profit food hub doing the good work of supporting regional farmers and food artisans for the past six years. That's right! The Oberlin Food Hub
   We've also started to bring back the refill shop for better access to clean, sustainable products like hand soap, dish soap, multi purpose cleaner, health & beauty products, and beyond! We're excited to curate an even bigger, badder selection of items to help you along your sustainability efforts, no matter where you are in your journey! 
  We’ve already started to build a seating area, and will be increasing the capacity so you can grab a bite or a beverage, work in a fun creative space, take in some live music, poetry readings, and beyond!
   Be sure to follow us on social media and sign up for our mailing list to be kept up to date on the progress as we approach our grand reveal! Thank you for your support in bringing this much needed resource to the community. So grateful to be a part of Coventry Village!

 

$2 - Raffle Ticket

We're rallying the community to do a group paint by numbers in the store! This will be such a fun experience and will make a great addition to any home, office, playroom, or beyond! Keep an eye on social media so you can see what you'll be raffling for! There will be two paintings we're creating and we'll be drawing a different name for each!

Reward valued at: Priceless

Date ready for pick up: 3/15/24


$5 - Name in Mural

We can't wait to unveil a new in-store mural in January and it will include the best part of Made Cleveland... YOU! Without the support we receive from people like you, we wouldn't be able to accomplish what we're doing. There's no better way to show our appreciation than making you front and center and including your name in the flagship artwork in our vestibule!


Date available: by March 15, 2024


$10 - Framable Thank You Card

We'll be creating a personalized thank you card. And it doubles as ART! There will be a print of the mural found in the event space (back area) at our shop! You'll be able to frame this and hang it on your wall to remind yourself how amazing you are for helping to make the community a tastier place!

Includes: Thank you card & Name on Mural
Date Available: by January 31, 2024


$15 - Made Cleveland Chocolate Bar

Let's face it, community support is sweet, but chocolate is sweeter! It's always ok to reward yourself for helping to bring local, sustainable sustenance to the region! You'll receive a three oz chocolate bar made by The Bom Parties! They've been making delicious chocolate truffles and other confections in the region for decades!

Includes: Chocolate Bar, Name on Mural, Raffle Ticket

Date Available: By March 15, 2024


$25 - Made Cleveland Mug

We've designed a limited edition mug specifically for this Kickstarter Campaign! It will be perfect to use for any of the teas, drinking chocolates, and of course COFFEES! that we'll be carrying in our shop. We currently have 5 coffee brands on rotation in our shop and are excited to expand that and our teas as well!

Includes: Mug, Thank you card, Name on Mural

Date Available: By April 15, 2024


$35 - Made Cleveland Tote Bag

You'll definitely need something new to put all of your groceries in! This limited edition tote will be a great way make sure you get your new favorites to your table in style! It can fit an imperial boat load of local products, is washable and, of course, reusable! We definitely want to continue to move towards more sustainable packaging and this is a good first step!

Includes: Tote, Thank you Card, Name on Mural

Date Available: by April 15, 2024

$50 - T-Shirt & Tie Dye Kit

This limited edition tee will be paired with a DIY tie dye kit to make your own one-of-a-kind creation! We'll have a dedicated day to do the craft together (date TBA) so you can learn some fun techniques for how to accomplish the look you desire. Fret not! If you're unable to make the date, we'll have a fun DIY video online to walk you through the steps!

Includes: T-Shirt, Tie Dye kit, Thank You Card, Name on Mural

Date Available: By April 15, 2024

$75 - Contributor Plaque

Commemorate your place in history as a contributor to help nourish our community. We’re partnering with a local vendor to create beautiful slate plaques that can be mounted on the wall, rested on the mantle, or placed anywhere you’d like to be reminded of your assistance in making this goal a reality!

Includes: Slate Plaque, Thank You Card, & Name on Mural

Date Available: By April 15, 2024

$100 - Two (2) Meal Kits (Each meal kit feeds four (4))

After a long day at work, the last thing you want to do is pick what to cook for dinner. Let us help make some decisions for you! We’ll curate two dinners with all the ingredients you’ll need plus recipe cards and instructions! We can accommodate all dietary preferences and allergies! We’ll be sure to send you a quick questionnaire so we can gather all relevant information!

Includes: 2 Family Meal Kits, Tote Bag, Thank You Card, Name on Mural

Available by: May 31, 2024

$250 - VIP Grand Opening Party

Every grand endeavor deserves a grand event! And this is slated to be just that! The evening will have plenty of snacks and refreshments created and offered by vendors found in our shop. There will be live music, entertainment, activities, and beyond! It will be a great way to sample treats, meet people from the community, and celebrate the new addition to the neighborhood!

Includes: 2 VIP Tickets, Surprise Goodie Bag, Thank you card, name on mural

Date: Date TBD (If you are unavailable for the date, we will save you all the goodies and extend a gift certificate!)

$500 - Private Shopping + VIP Grand Opening Ticket

Enjoy a private evening for yourself! If you’re feeling generous you can totally invite a partner in crime. You’ll get a $250 shopping voucher, a dedicated team member, and the store all to yourself for two whole hours after closing! Snacks and refreshments provided so you’ll have plenty of stamina for some heavy duty shopping.

Includes: 2 VIP Grand Opening Party Tickets, 2 Hour Shopping Spree, Thank you card, Name on mural

Dates available: VIP Party (TBD), Shopping TBD IN 2024 (You can choose your own date! We just need 2 weeks notice)


$1000 - Private Dinner In Store + VIP Grand Opening Ticket

Enjoy a private evening for yourself and whoever your favorite person is currently! (I mean everyone will know they’re your favorite after you invite them so we should probably just be honest about it…) A surprise chef will prepare a 3-Course meal for two with beverage pairing and some other surprises. This meal can be prepared with any dietary & allergy consideration in mind.

You’ll also get a $250 shopping voucher, a dedicated team member, and the store all to yourself for two whole hours after closing! Snacks and refreshments provided so you’ll have plenty of stamina for some heavy duty shopping.

Includes: 2 VIP Grand Opening Party Tickets, surprise goodie bag at VIP event, 2 Hour Shopping Spree, Thank you card, Name on mural

Dates available: VIP Party (TBD), Shopping TBD IN 2024 (You can choose your own date! We just need 2 weeks notice)

By we’ve set this item to be available by pick up only. Our store is located at 1807 Coventry Rd, Cleveland Heights, OH 44118.

Each item has a different lead time so be sure to read the item descriptions above to learn more!

If you would like to request shipping please be sure to make arrangements before placing your order(s). You can email [email protected] to inquire! 

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