Cleveland Retail Commission
Creating a vibrant downtown shopping experience!
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Creating a vibrant downtown shopping experience!

Cleveland Retail Commission
is a 501(c) non-profit economic development corporation that encourages and strengthens garment retailing in downtown Cleveland.  As a community development initiative, the Cleveland Retail Commission receives legal support from the Kramer Community Development Law Clinic of Case Western Reserve University's School of Law.

Cleveland Retail Commission
functions as a community development organization that connects architects, developers, entrepreneurs, governments and realtors with potential downtown retailers.

Mission and Goal
To create a shopping experience that enhances the vibrancy of downtown Cleveland.  A proposed "Retail Triangle" will be created as CRC encourages and strengthens;

·         garment retailing·         garment manufacture·         garment fashion design, merchandising,
and entrepreneurism


The Cleveland Fashion Institute (CFI)
was the forerunner to the Cleveland Retail Commission (CRC). 
Cleveland Fashion Institute was founded in 1938 and was designed to promote the Cleveland garment industry. 
CFI was an economic catalyst for the development of garment manufacturing and retailing.  CFI used fashion shows and tours
of retailers and manufacturers to showcase Cleveland's
garment district.

CFI leadership met with retail buyers and industry leaders throughout the United States.  They invited major market executives to Cleveland and created business for Cleveland's apparel industry.  CFI was formed with the help of the Cleveland Chamber of Commerce.  Much as its forerunner, the CRC promotes Cleveland retail development, commerce, supportive programs and related events.  This, we believe, will help to make Cleveland a better place to live, work, shop and visit.


Day-to-day operations are made possible by civic, corporate and individual memberships.


Project support is made possible by civic organizations, government initiatives, foundations, and corporate sponsors. 

Favorite Quote
Make no little plans. They have no magic to stir men's blood and probably will not themselves be realized.
Daniel Burnham, American Architect

Mr. Burnham designed Cleveland's downtown public park known as
The Mall.  A comprehensive plan at a time in which civic leaders made bold moves and Cleveland was... a shining city on a Great Lake. 

Creating a vibrant downtown shopping experience!

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