Danielle DeBoe and Sean Bilovecky, partners in the Dredgers Union are proving that Cleveland downtown retail definitely has a heartbeat. Their 4,000-square-foot store located in the heart of downtown Cleveland is thriving.
After to returning to Cleveland from a stint in LA, DeBoe opened a boutique in the pre-trendy Gordon Square neighborhood in 2007 called Room Service. It sold a fresh mix of old and new items with an emphasis on locally made goods and she curated with the eye of an artist always erring on the side of outstanding design.
A self admitted stress junkie, DeBoe was feeling restless so she launched Made in the 216 in 2008, a shopping event showcasing the work of local designers and artists. She wanted a medium to get the word out that Cleveland was producing furniture, art, clothing and decor on par with places like New York City and Made in the 216 was her vehicle.
The bug hit again when a developer approached her to open a store in downtown Cleveland. She thought of Bilovesky who had spent five years creating his own wholesale, made in the U.S. clothing line, Wrath Arcane. and proposed they partner up for this new venture. He suggested designing a new clothing line for the store as a way to keep the experience authentic and with no middleman they could keep their prices on par with U.S. retailers like Banana Republic or J. Crew. A star was born.
Dredger’s sells a range of items, from locally made lip balm to its own Dredgers Union men’s shirt that’s slim with specially cut armholes for easy movement. More than half the store is devoted to a well curated assortment of apparel and the remainder to accessories, gift items and items for the home.
Shop it, you’ll love it.
Address: Cleveland OH