"A one-stop shop for local Cleveland makers"
The idea for Made Cleveland was hatched in November of 2019 when Ash O’Connor was looking for locally made items she could purchase online to send to friends and family. The search to find regional vendors without a brick and mortar location was a fun challenge. There were markets scheduled for the holidays, some of which didn’t include a list of their vendors. Etsy had the ability to search by region - but only if you typed in a product first. “Wouldn’t it be great to have a one stop online shop for local Cleveland makers?!” And thus Made Cleveland was conceived.
Made Cleveland makes it easy to support our denizen culture-creators by providing a one-stop-shop for Clevelanders to find and purchase unique products from talented, regional artists and crafters. This online marketplace is essentially a hybrid of the best Etsy and Yellow Pages have to offer, with a hyper-local, community-minded focus.
We have a hyper-local focus– with an international appeal. Let's show the world what Cleveland has to offer.
Deanna Dionne has been creating brands since 2008. Most notably Cleveland Street Glass– where she makes jewelry from found auto glass– which resulted in her being named Most Interesting Person and Best of Cle by Cleveland Magazine. Deanna discovered design through HTML and CSS, while teaching herself website design in the early internet days. She moved to Cleveland for affordable art space, and allows her interest in material, light, color, and balance to drive her art practice.
Ash O’Connor has long been an advocate for locally made goods, small businesses, community, and sustainability. In her past lives she’s been a bartender, a bookkeeper, an operations manager for manufacturing, managed a hyper-local newspaper, fixed flutes and clarinets, and even hitchhiked across the country. She is nothing if not fearless, and an advocate for those that are bold enough to try something new and different.