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crainscleveland.com — Brent Wesley is known around Northeast Ohio for his hustle. He started Akron Honey Co. in June 2013 and gained a lot of local notoriety after appearing on CNBC's reality business show "Cleveland Hustles" in 2016. On the show, he turned down a $100,000 investment because he still needed to figure out where he wanted his company to go. Since then, Wesley has steered the company in a new direction. "At the end of the show, that kind of marked the beginning of something else for us," he said.
crainscleveland.com — Pearl Coffee was just a dream for Nicholas Economou, who studied the art of coffee roasting in Egypt before setting up shop in Akron in 1919. But what started as a dream has endured for nearly 100 years and three generations — and is finding new avenues of growth. Pearl's current owner, Johnna Economou (Nicholas' granddaughter), said the company's focus on a consistent roast, quality beans and customer service are still at the center of its business.
crainscleveland.com — Food trucks are again lining up in downtown Akron throughout the summer for the city's Cascade Cucina event on Wednesdays. While that no doubt brings delight to food lovers and the business operators alike, street events only tell part of the story as an increasing number of mobile food operations see private events as a big source of income.