We believe that every local dollar counts toward a more vibrant economy, where makers and artists can earn a living as entrepreneurs sharing their handmade products to nearby consumers.
We believe that if buying local were as simple as shopping Amazon, more people would choose craft over convenience.
We believe that mobile technology can unlock exciting new ways to build more connection and community between makers and local customers.
We believe a localized maker movement is alive and growing within hundreds of cities across America. The Maker Town platform exists to help it thrive.
The Maker Town™ app was created by Susie Frazier, a pioneering artist, author and entrepreneur, whose innovative products and projects have brought attention to Cleveland’s art scene for the past 23 years.
In 2005, Susie launched Cleveland’s very first printed gallery guide and produced it for three years in partnership with Cleveland Magazine, who continued distributing it through 2012. Susie was also the founder of Sparx City Hop, a nationally recognized program that showcases artists, arts retailers and arts festivals in order to drive more commerce in the Downtown Cleveland area. The program is now in its 18th year and is run by the Downtown Cleveland Alliance.
Susie currently operates a retail showroom inside 78th Street Studios, where her ongoing marketing efforts have been credited with raising the visibility of the popular THIRD FRIDAY art walks. Susie’s studio can be found through the Maker Town app (of course!) and at her website susiefrazier.com.