Have you ever wanted to create the perfect box of Cleveland items to send as a gift? CLE Pack has your back! Their customized gift boxes are packed with fun Cleveland-themed items that give people the perfect taste of your hometown.
Let’s hear from Igor of CLE Pack and then get to the giveaway…
1. Tell me about CLE Pack. How did you get started?
The idea has been brewing in my head for the past four years after seeing a very similar business in Baltimore. I love Cleveland and idea of promoting the city while supporting local businesses.
The most rewarding thing about these early days of CLE Pack is connecting with local entrepreneurs and artists who share my love for the city. I think this common interest will develop into lifelong friendships in many cases. Ultimately, CLE Pack is a way to build and grow our community which what sets it apart from my past business ventures. This is my first time pursuing a passion project and I am very excited about that!
2. What are some of your most popular items?
Without a doubt the most popular item is the Bertman Ball Park Mustard. So far it’s been added to about 85% of all orders. A close second is the Ohio Maple Syrup followed by Sweet Moses Cleveland milk chocolate bar. We offer a variety of food and inedible products. The food items are far more popular, which makes sense because those flavors are so nostalgic for us. They bring to mind comfort, family, home, and warm memories.
Our goal is to support and promote local businesses and the city of Cleveland so we are constantly seeking to expand our selection. Today, for example we added chocolate bars made by Fear’s Confections in Lakewood. If you’re a local entrepreneur and think you have a product that fits our mission feel free to reach out 🙂
3. Where can we buy CLE Pack products?
Currently we offer our products through our website: https://www.clepack.com/. Please check it out, we are adding new products all the time!
4. Tell me your Cleveland story. What do you love about the city? Favorite places to go, things to do?
This is my favorite part of the interview! I actually moved to Cleveland from Ukraine in 1996 when I was ten years old. I am not a native Clevelander, but I am proud to call Cleveland my home.
I think Cleveland has such a wonderful and unique personality. We have amazing restaurants, world class museums, and the peace and beauty of many great parks right outside our doorsteps. I’m also certain that the city has a bright future. There are many ambitious people here with a like mind to improve the city while preserving the culture that makes it special. Those changes have been fun to watch over the years and give us all something to look forward to.
5.) What’s next for CLE Pack?
To be honest, I have so many ideas for the business that I don’t know where to begin! We are super excited to be offering wedding packs in the near future. A couple will be able to create a completely customizable pack with their picture and choice of design. If you’re going to be planning a wedding in the coming months, be sure to check back! Similarly, custom corporate packs that allow businesses to create packs with their logos and designs.
Ultimately, I would love to build CLE Pack into one of those brands that come to mind when people think of Cleveland. One of the best things I have realized about Ohio is that it is a place where all things are possible through hard work, creativity, and community. 🙂
What a cool company and an amazing story of someone moving to Cleveland and falling in love with our town!
Now, to the giveaway. You can win a CLE Pack 7-item box filled with their most popular 7 items: Bertman Ball Park Mustard, Sweet Moses Cleveland Bar, Ohio Pure Maple Syrup, Cleveland Map Tote Bag, Ohio Crafted Key Chain, Campbell’s Caramel Corn, Browns Can Holder, and a Cleveland Postcard.
Here’s how to enter (you can do one, two, or all three entries, just leave a separate comment here for each):
1. Leave a comment here telling me which CLE Pack item you would most want included in your own CLE Pack.
2. Visit CLE Pack and Why CLE? on Facebook and leave a comment here letting me know you visited both pages.
3. Follow @cle_pack and @whycle on Instagram and leave a comment here letting me know you’re following both.
The giveaway will close on Saturday, December 22 at 11:59pm and the winner will be notified the following day. Good luck!