Formed in the summer of 2015, the Neighbor Up Wealth Collective
(NUWC) is a group of Neighbor Up members who own small, home-based businesses in the Greater University Circle area, which includes East Cleveland and the Central, Fairfax, Glenville, Hough, Little Italy and University Circle neighborhoods of Cleveland.
Each month we come together over dinner to reconnect, recharge and refocus collective efforts. Members hear about business opportunities, learn from subject matter experts and share best practices.
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Neighbor Up Wealth Collective Members
Jessica Kayse – Souls Repurpose
Souls Repurpose is jewelry repurposed from roofing flash, washers, tubing, copper, silver, and some natural stones. Souls Repurpose is a journey towards a purpose; transforming everyday materials into bold jewelry for the fearless soul. Currently, Souls Repurpose can be bought online at SoulsRepurpose.com, the American Greetings gift store, and Do or Dye Hair Salon. Also check out the website for information about upcoming shows!
Betsy Ann & Renaldo Gates – Simply Betsy
After losing their parents, employment and finally their home, Betsy Ann and Renaldo Gates started trusting and pursuing their dreams. Participating in local art gatherings and selling at Northeast Ohio’s largest farmers market, and Cleveland’s longest running street fair. With the support of the local community assuring them that the soap they created was Awesome! They started the entrepreneurial journey with only one thing in mind SUCCESS! Simply Betsy Company manufactures all natural vegan soaps. Handcrafted free from chemicals and safe for your entire family even your pets to experience! Simply Betsy Company can be found on line at SIMPLYBETSYCOMPANY.COM IT’S NOT JUST SOAP IT’S AN EXPERIENCE!
Philena Seldon – Kulture Collection
The Kulture Collection exists as a way to connect people of African descent with their histories. Tagged as Afro. Boho. Chic., Kulture Collection is a fair trade, sustainable, fashion company mixing urban America with the colors and fabrics of Africa. The Kulture Collection is a line of clothing and accessories that serves as a bridge home. Follow Kulture Collection on Facebook at facebook.com/KultureCollection/ to find out more about upcoming shows and opportunities to shop!
Jacqueline Xavier – Black Butterflies
The Black Butterflies apparel company is supporting women who are repurposing their lives after suffering from trauma, homelessness, addiction and mental health challenges. Proceeds from the sale of upcycled products and garments will help provide a sustainable income for women and their families.
Linda Mitchum – Mo Bite Products
Mo Bite Products serves vegan soul food. They are a family business, with their own farm, providing their customers with mostly organic, farm to table food. They also sell their own baked goods, produce straight out of their garden! Mo Bite Products believes that you can eat what you crave, and still eat vegan. Check out MoBiteProducts.com for a menu, and information regarding shows, ordering, and catering!
Ajah Hales – Golden Goddess Cosmetics
Golden Goddess Cosmetics does not make up and they do not cover up; they introduce women to the best version of themselves. Golden Goddess Cosmetics firmly believes that women should love themselves all the time, not only when they have make up on. The products they sell: hair care, skin care, and self-care, are made from all natural, food grade materials. They are so safe that you could eat them. Find Golden Goddess Cosmetics at etsy.com/shop/GoldenGoddessStore.
Christopher Smith – Roads Ahead, Et Al
Roads Ahead et al. is a clothing line that wants you to be you. They design and create clothing that can show out creative ideas while allowing others to do the same. Roads Ahead is all about the roads we take to make our dreams come true. It is in that spirit that Roads Ahead et al. works to design clothing that encourages and supports people that are pursuing their drams. Follow Roads Ahead et al. on Facebook (facebook.com/RoadsAhead/) or check out their site: RoadsAheadEtAl.com.
Ego Adigwe – Som Di Mma Elegance, 11702 Buckeye Road
Som Di Mma Elegance is a family-run business that has been in Cleveland for 25 years in many different locations, including some time in Tower City. Selling authentic African clothing, fabrics, and accessories, Som Di Mma’s shop is filled from the floor up with beautiful products that everyone must check out!
LaShunda Lee – Super Queen Kettle Corn and Lemonade
Fun and tasty, salty and sweet. Super Queen Kettle Corn and Lemonade is exactly what it sounds like: delicious kettle corn, in flavors like jalapeño, caramel, cherry, and cheese, and thirst quenching lemonade in strawberry, peach, raspberry, and mango, to wash it down with. Don’t forget to check out the signature flavor of lemonade: Strahbango, a mix of all the flavors together!
Gwen Garth – Kings and Queens of Art
The Kings and Queens of Art is a diverse collective of 137 local artists. The founder, Gwen Garth, an artist herself. The Kings and Queens of Art works to support artists of all disciplines by providing shows, space to create and display their art, and opportunities to teach. Kings and Queens of Art is currently looking for a new place to serve as a studio and gallery so stay tuned to the NeighborUp Wealth Collective Facebook page to find out more information.
D’Angelo Knuckles – The Fish Spot
The Fish Spot is the next level. What started out as fresh cut chili cheese fries, evolved to fish dinners, and is now the best place to get hot and fresh fish sandwiches. Watch the NeighborUp Wealth Collective Facebook for more information about when and where you can catch yourself some fresh sandwiches from The Fish Spot. You won’t want to miss it!