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La Placita Cleveland 2018 began its 4th season on June 9th

 

La Prensa Photos by Mychal Lilly

 

CLEVELAND: La Villa Hispana’s, Clark-Fulton neighborhood hosts the 4rd Annual La Placita summer series of its open-air markets on three Saturdays this summer.

 

This year, La Placita was held on June 9th, with additional events on July 14th and August 18th, 2018. La Placita (the marketplace) is an open-air pop-up summer market land festival located at the intersection of Clark Avenue and West 25th in the US Bank lot.

 

Included in the June event was live music by Chakai Manta, Gozadera, and Grupo Kawakan, Latin dance lessons by VIVA Dance, and performances by Julia De Burgos Cultural Arts Center.

 

The Latino-themed mercado, or market, is one of many efforts to ignite La Villa Hispana, a community redevelopment project in the Clark-Fulton neighborhood of Cleveland’s West Side. This project promotes the neighborhood’s Latino culture as a community identity by creating a destination that fosters economic development in the Clark-Fulton neighborhood.

 

Eventually La Placita will evolve into a permanent indoor, year-round operation that houses micro-retail businesses; a permanent mercado within La Villa Hispana.

 

La Placita events include:

·         Live entertainment;

·         Traditional food experiences;

·         Artisan vendors;

·         Experiential arts and culture programming.

 

Completely unique in Northeast Ohio, La Placita Cleveland is a destination for shoppers seeking Latino goods; it serves as one of the hubs of Latino culture in Cleveland. This free, family-friendly event promotes entrepreneurship by serving as an incubator to grow permanent businesses in a micro-retail mercado.

 

“La Placita is a grassroots neighborhood initiative where culture and commerce intersect. It is a new and exciting cultural experience that all families can enjoy while supporting local vendors offering food and goods,” explained Jenice Contreras, Executive Director of the Hispanic Business Center.

 

Sponsors include: Ward 14 Councilwoman Jasmin Santana, Dollar Bank, Dominion, Tri-C, Forest City Realty Trust, Steel Valley Federal Credit Union, Cleveland Clinic, Third Federal, Horizon Education Centers, Neighborhood Family Practice, The Centers for Family & Children, and Encompass Ohio Realty.

 

For more information, visit our website at www.hbcenter.org or call us at 216.281.4422 or 216.548.3026 on the date of the event. 

 

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