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“What a long, strange trip it’s been”: Beachland reopens tavern, sets sights on future arts campus

After surviving the last 15 months of the Covid-19 pandemic through grit, hustle and grassroots community support, the Beachland Ballroom and Tavern has finally completely reopened and is selling individual tickets for shows. Now, longtime owners Cindy Barber and Mark Leddy are hoping to use federal relief funding to stabilize their business and begin to realize their newly-congealing dream of creating an arts campus on Waterloo Road in North Collinwood.

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The big corporate rescue and the America that’s too small to save

On a recent Thursday evening in downtown Chagrin Falls, a Cleveland suburb named for a picturesque cascade in a nearby river, little was amiss: Diners in loafers and sundresses dropped off their BMWs and Alfa Romeos with valets before positioning themselves on patios at prudently spaced tables. Teens ranged around manicured parks taking selfies, while well-groomed women dipped in and out of The Artful Yarn, A Bit of Skirt, and other boho boutiques, cryo spas and vintage home goods stores.

Minority-owned businesses struggle to get help during Covid-19, but local resources are helping to fill the gap

Waverly Willis recently took out a tape measure at his home. The black entrepreneur, who owns two Urban Kutz barbershop locations in Cudell and Old Brooklyn, wasn’t trying to measure his mangy hair or beard which he let grow during the Covid-19 shutdown; rather, he was trying to size up the stack of unpaid bills on his desk.

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