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Van Aken District Launches Program for Retail and Food Entrepreneurs


This weekend Lenor will give Cakefully Delicious a trial run as a bricks-and-mortar shop when she runs a pop-up shop in a stall at Van Aken District’s Market Hall, 3441 Tuttle Road in Shaker Heights, as part of the District’s Food Incubator program.

“I’m just doing it this weekend to try it out,” she says. “If it works out, I’m looking to do it permanently.”That’s exactly what officials at the District want in those who join the Van Aken Entrepreneurial Initiatives program, which includes the food entrepreneur incubator program and a retail program for makers. Megan O’Donnell, marketing and events manager for the District, says they the food incubator launched outdoors this summer with food entrepreneurs selling creations like barbecue, cake pops, and popsicles.

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