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La Placita in La Villa Hispana is a Hispanic themed market that launched in May 2015. La Placita (the marketplace) is a pop-up open-air market near the intersection of Clark Avenue and West 25th Street. The objective of the project is to promote the neighborhood’s Hispanic culture as a community identity by creating a destination that fosters economic development in the Clark-Fulton neighborhood. Ideally La Placita will evolve into a permanent indoor, year-round operation that houses micro-retail businesses; a permanent Mercado within La Villa Hispana.

Monthly events that include:

** Live entertainment

** Traditional food experiences

** Artisan vendors

La Placita is a destination for shoppers seeking Latino goods, serving as a hub of Hispanic culture for the entire city of Cleveland, and completely unique in Northeast Ohio. It is also promoting entrepreneurship by serving as an incubator to grow permanent businesses in a micro-retail Mercado.

Benefits of the Project

The project will impact the residents of the targeted community by:

* Creating opportunities for small businesses to grow

*Eliminating economic barriers

*Drawing merchants from the immediate area as well as around Northeast Ohio

*Creating a robust retail district

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The primary partners involved in La Placita are:

The Hispanic Business Center, which seeks to provide educational and developmental support for the economic and business growth and advancement of the Hispanic Community in Northeast Ohio

The Hispanic Alliance, Inc., whose mission is to integrate the Hispanic/Latino community by uniting, supporting, and strengthening Alliance members in Greater Cleveland and Northern Ohio, as well as further the social, educational, and economic development of the Hispanic/Latino community through advocacy, leadership development and the formation of strategic partnerships.

The Stockyard, Clark-Fulton & Brooklyn Centre Community Development Office, which assists in facilitating the collaboration between residents, stakeholders and community partners, supporting neighborhood based initiatives that improve the quality of life for everyone in the Stockyard, Clark-Fulton and Brooklyn Centre neighborhoods of Cleveland Ohio.



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