Fount, Cleveland fine leather handbag maker, closes Gordon Square store and moves to Crocker Park

WESTLAKE, Ohio — Fount, the Cleveland-based leather goods company featured in ‘Cleveland Hustles,’ is moving from its original Gordon Square store to a new space in Crocker Park.

“Due to all the new styles we have planned for the coming year, we have unfortunately overrun our beloved Gordon Square store,” owners Phillip and Jackie Wachter said in a statement. post on instagram and in an email to customers. “And while it’s hard to say goodbye to one of Cleveland’s best neighborhoods, we can’t wait to share our new space with you.”

Fount was founded in 2014, and its collection of fine leather handbags and accessories quickly became popular items at the Cleveland Flea. The business received a boost in 2016 when it won an opportunity on “Cleveland Hustles,” the LeBron James-produced reality series that airs on CNBC, to open its first brick-and-mortar store on Detroit Ave. in the Gordon Square Arts District. . Since then, the brand has expanded its product range, acquired a certain cachet locally and beyond, and acquired a loyal clientele. In 2021, the couple opened a second Cleveland-area location in Pinecrest in Orange, though it’s currently closed for renovations.

“Fount embodies quality and community, two things that have made Stark Enterprises a fan of this local brand from day one,” said Lidia Saluan Richani, Crocker Park’s executive vice president of rentals, in a statement. hurry. “We worked with them from the start to find the right location to support their continued expansion and we couldn’t be happier to welcome them to our Crocker Park family of stores and restaurants.

The new Crocker Park space is larger than the Gordon Square store, which will allow the business to grow in terms of being able to display and stock more products. The store is slated to open in the summer and will be located a stone’s throw from Trader Joe’s and Lululemon in the space formerly occupied by t-shirt retailer Homage, which closed recently.

The Gordon Square store is expected to close in June or July.

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