6 Ways To Connect

1
Find handmade goods.
Use the Maker Town™ app as a directory to discover over 600 places where you can shop for handcrafted items in Northeast Ohio. Click through to shop directly with all types of makers, knowing your action supports the regional economy.
2
Be part of a movement.
When you connect with the Maker Town™ community, you're validating small business artisans as a sector worthy of support and attention. We write articles, pitch media stories, and create partnerships that spotlight the arts entrepreneurs behind the handmade movement.
3
Meet the local makers.
Experience the Maker Town™ Market, Cleveland's newest outdoor shopping event located in the Hingetown neighborhood. Stumble upon all types of handmade art, jewelry, home accents, fashion, wellness products, pet items and gifts you never knew existed here!
4
Promote your events.
Make your next exhibit or pop-up more visible to thousands of art lovers across Northeast Ohio when you promote it on the Maker Town™ app. Buy an image ad for the filters screen or the events screen and we'll also promote it through our Facebook and Instagram accounts!
5
Highlight your business.
As a subscriber to the Maker Town™ app, your maker business can purchase our "Row Takeover" feature that allows your product images to be clustered together with your company name and prominently positioned at the top of the app's images feed.
6
Expand your knowledge.
Register for the Maker Town™ BOOST Business Workshop and move past feeling overwhelmed about all the digital technology needed to run your business, and move into feeling empowered. Taught by veteran artist and Maker Town™ founder, Susie Frazier.

Our Vision

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™ tools exist to help it thrive.

Q + A

How can I start using the Maker Town™ app?
Download the Maker Town app to your mobile device or tablet through the app stores on Apple and Google Play. It's FREE for all users to access.
Am I able to shop for products directly on the app?
No. The Maker Town app is not a commerce platform in which sales take place. It’s a directory app that shows you, at a glance, what types of handmade products/services are available in your area and links you to the maker places of business where you can access them.
How do I put my maker business on the app?
Click on the JOIN US tab within this web site and follow the instructions to become a subscriber. From there, your business profile will be created, and you'll have access to several benefits that can help make your business more visible to locals in your area.
What is the Maker Town™ Market and how can I be a vendor there?
It's Northeast Ohio's newest urban pop-up that takes place within Cleveland's Hingetown neighborhood on the 5.6 acre outdoor site of Saucy Brew Works, called Vibe Garden. To begin your application process, click on the MARKET tab within this web site and following the instructions.
Does Maker Town support maker businesses outside of greater Cleveland?
Currently, the Maker Town app features businesses located in Northeast Ohio. Our vision is to expand to include the makers of Columbus, Ohio next, then eventually to other markets beyond. If you're a Columbus maker and would like to be added to our growing database, please email us at info@MakerTownUSA.com.
Can I advertise my event or brand to the users of the Maker Town™ app?
Yes! We offer several a la carte advertising options within the app for short or long term periods, which also include exposure through our social media accounts. Please email info@MakerTownUSA.com for details on how we can create more visibility for your next event or shopping special.
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About the Founder

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.