Since the fall of 2013 these businesses have opened, reopened, or expanded in Cleveland, including Adaj Boutique, Crossfit Unrated, Crustaceans, Delta Meat Market, Delta Dairy, Dollar Dream, Lenny’s Sub Shop, Rabo AgriFinance, Sakura, Sassifraz, Sweet’s BBQ and TFP Financial Services.
"I think it says a whole lot about Cleveland. This is more growth than any period in my life whether it's downtown businesses, the Grammy, or homes. There was another home being built near my own this morning. Cleveland is as vibrant as it's ever been in the history. We've got some great things comings and a lot of people working hard to make it the great place it is," said Cleveland Mayor Billy Nowell.
Work is currently underway for several businesses that will open in the near future including Krystal, Little Tokyo, Papa John’s and Pasquale’s.
"I think it means that our economy is fairly stable. This shows a progress of growth for the city. Local people are willing to invest in the local economy," said Brett Moorman, director of Cleveland community development.
The Western Plaza Shopping Center on Sunflower Road is currently being renovated and will house a bowling alley in addition to other businesses. An art studio and office space, Gallery 228, will open soon on Court Street in downtown Cleveland.
A downtown warehouse is also being renovated to house a 24-office complex on Cotton Row and construction will begin on the Grammy Museum this summer.
Nowell also said he believes these new businesses and the upcoming Grammy Museum will only enhance tourism.
"I'm positive it will help tourism and I think once we get the Grammy built, and have these tourists coming our way, it will only enhance the present businesses and the ones being built right now. Most of them are local and it shows everybody does believe in the path we've taken in Cleveland and we're doing it the right way. This is a town that will be good for years to come," said Nowell.