Cherrywood Businesses Unite!

(Cross-posted from the Fall 2014 Flea)

Cherrywood Business CouncilThe stars aligned this fall and the Cherrywood Business Council (aka CherryBiz) was born. After dreaming of this group for over a year, two good kicks finally made it happen: Caitlin Alexander organized the impressive group of neighborhood artists participating in the East Austin Studio Tour, and the City’s new Project Manager for Economic Redevelopment, Nicole Klepadlo, reached out to CNA. The City is working to help neighborhood merchants groups get organized, and she’s provided valuable advice.

Cara Fealy Choate (3701 Design) and I (JPM Media) have come up with a list of 119 (and counting!) Cherrywood-based businesses, including 24 on Manor Rd, a handful on E. 38 ½ St., and a metric ton of home-based businesses, entrepreneurs and creative professionals. We’ve created a CherryBiz listserv and Facebook group, and held our first meeting on Monday, Oct. 20.  The Council’s goal is to provide networking and educational opportunities for members through monthly happy hours. The first happy hour will be held on November 18 at Thunderbird Coffee.

CherryBiz is proud to support neighborhood artists by organizing the Cherrywood E.A.S.T. kickoff party at in.gredients on Wednesday, November 12, 8-10 p.m. The party is cosponsored by the Chula League and Cherrywood Neighborhood Association, and there will be complementary snacks and drink specials. We hope you can join us there to celebrate the amazing artists working in our neighborhood and plan your stops during the two weekends of the tour!

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