CLEVELAND - Here is what is trending in Cleveland in 2014.
1. BIKE CRAZE: “We’ve seen a lot of growth, but I really just expect it to get noticeably bigger," said Alex Nosse.
The owner of Joy Machine’s Bike Shop in Ohio City knows a thing or two about the growing movement in Cleveland. But while the number of people riding two wheels continues to grow, in 2014 it’s going to look a little different. Forget “made in China;” now you can ride a bike made right around the corner.
“It’s pretty hard to find that in a bike shop, generally. Not just in Cleveland, but anywhere," said Nosse.
And Rust Belt Welding in Ohio City is definitely leading this trend. Lou Erste is one of the co-owners at Rust Belt. And while he's been making bike frames for awhile, it wasn't until recently that one of their bikes was in a store: Joy Machine's Bike Shop. But for these two owners, it’s just the beginning.
“A perfect marriage of the cycling movement taking off and the buy local movement," said Nosse. But you better act fast.
“Once the spring rolls around, those bikes will not be sitting on the shelves very long," added Erste.
2. COFFEE & TEA: It's energizing the local economy, and the locals. “You’re just seeing an influx of small businesses, especially local businesses. I think it really fits the city,” said Charlie Eisenstat of his new coffee shop Pour Cleveland. And he's not the only one; a bunch of those new local businesses are specializing in coffee and tea.
“I think people are generally pretty excited," said the Pour Cleveland owner.
Pour Cleveland found its niche with pour-over coffee, which "allows us to individually brew each cup to order, so we’re not batch brewing," explained Eisenstat.
Maybe make that coffee a decaf so you can slow down and soak in the amazing changes happening in our city.
3. RETAIL ON THE RUN: “We’re going to pop up in places all over Northeast Ohio, with really unique artists," said artist, Deby Cowdin. She's talking about “Renegade Artists,” a new idea to come out of the “pop-up shop” movement sweeping across Cleveland.
“I shop local, I shop small businesses and I think people are getting more that way," said Cowdin.
No doubt that’s the case as Clevelanders turn out by the thousands every month to pop up events like the Cleveland Flea. Artist Lisa Hamilton explained the draw, saying, “At pop-ups, it’s not the same thing all the time.”
And for Jackee Clark, also an artist, “It just feels like home.” It’s a feeling we just can’t seem to get enough of.
“People are just sick of the big box stores," added Clark. And it’s definitely going to be trending even more in the New Year.
“People want a local feel, people want something that’s handmade, something that’s made with love," Hamilton said.
FOR MORE OF HOW TO DO 2014 WATCH "THE LIST" ON DEC. 18 AT 8:30 PM ON WEWS.