Since opening its doors in the late 1900s, the Hildebrandt Building in Ohio City has been a chameleon of commerce. What started out as a meat-processing plant has evolved over the last seven years into a tight-knit community of more than 40 local artists and entrepreneurs. "It's very similar to a college campus," says fourth-generation owner Bill Hildebrandt. "Everyone seems to be working for a common cause." Here's a syllabus of some vendors you'll find inside.
Michael J. Mikula
The building's natural light and expansive workspace was a good fit for glass craftsman Michael J. Mikula, who installed a 16-square-foot furnace inside his studio. Mikula spends more than 40 hours a week working on his tall, colorful structures inspired by mid-20th-century architecture. "Designers in this period utilized and celebrated craftsmanship and ornament as important components," says Mikula. "I am drawn to the optimistic nature of that era." mikulaglass.com
Get revved up at this membership-driven motorcycle workshop where customers are the mechanics. Since opening in March, Skidmark has offered workshops and access to fabricating equipment and hand tools. "I wanted to provide a space for people who don't necessarily know how to do everything, but can get together, ask questions and build this totally organic community," says owner Brian Schaffran. skidmarkgarage.com
Storer Meat Co.
A competitor of Hildebrandt Provision Co. when Storer began in 1967, this family-owned business recently relocated its Clinton Avenue operations here and will utilize Hildebrandt's vacant meat coolers. Look for Eastern European recipes, such as smoked cottage ham and Slovenian sausages. "My father started bringing me into the shop when I was 14," says Bob Gutwein, president of Storer Meat Co. "This company is a family legacy." fivestarbrandmeats.com
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