Best Cleveland-Minded Entrepreneur

Danielle DeBoe of Room Service/Made in the 216

When Danielle DeBoe decided to start her own business three years ago, she opened the boutique Room Service in Gordon Square — now one of Cleveland's white-hottest neighborhoods. With its growing number of restaurants, bars, stores, arts organizations, and upscale residents, Gordon Square made a perfect fit for her shop, which is stocked with unusual and handcrafted items — many of them locally made — including candles, cards, posters, clothing, and totes. But DeBoe didn't simply make the smart business decision to bask in Gordon Square's heat. She's throwing her own coals on the fire. Twice a year, she organizes Made in the 216, a showcase/sale for local artisans that occupies an empty storefront across from Room Service. It gives her a chance to promote creative folks she doesn't have room for in her 600-square-foot store.

Relocating soon to Ohio City; 216-281-4221, roomservicecleveland.com

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