It’s Almost Father’s Day: Give Local, Give with Heart

It’s Almost Father’s Day: Give Local, Give with Heart

Father’s Day is just around the corner.  Like Mother’s Day, it has a way of sneaking up on us. If we aren’t careful, we could find ourselves waking up in a panic on June 16, giftless.

Calm down! There’s still ample time to shop for the men you want to honor on Father’s Day, and we’ve done some of the hard work for you with our Father’s Day list of gifts that give back to the community. So relax and read on:

For the guy who likes clothes that make a statement:

It’s Almost Father’s Day: Give Local, Give with HeartRefresh Collective, located in Cleveland’s Gordon Square Neighborhood, is a hip hop makers space for clothing, music, and purpose. Refresh is a “501(c)(3) non-profit organization that exists to serve by REFRESHING the HEART of the CITY through creative arts and youth development. Students young and old grow in creativity, confidence, and character while collaborating for a healthier community,” boasts their creator, Dee Jay Doc. Participants in the Refresh program, which includes a hip hop leadership camp, are eligible for training and employment in the Fresh Force workforce development program.  Employees learn in-house screen printing and work together to create the Fresh Gear Clothing line. The shirts are hand printed at the studio and can be purchased online at the  Refresh Collective gear shop or at the studio during events.

The man who appreciates a close shave with a good razor will love this:

It’s Almost Father’s Day: Give Local, Give with HeartSTEM Handmade Soap is a small soap company with two locations in Lakewood and Shaker Heights, Ohio. Their premium artesian soaps are handcrafted using 100% all natural ingredients. You can visit their stores in person or shop online. They offer a men’s line that includes a great shave kit, a pottery shave bowl designed to be hand-held, shave soap for a slick moisturizing shave, and a shave brush to create a thick, lasting foam for a close, comfortable shave. These are just a few of the appealing options in their men’s line.  STEM donates 5% of their proceeds to Clean the World, which celebrates and promotes good hygiene by collecting, recycling and distributing soap to help fight preventable diseases. Nothing goes to waste at STEM: all of their soap scraps are donated to the homeless in Cleveland, most recently thirty pounds of leftover soap to Family Promise of Cleveland.

Sweet tooth? A taste for sandwiches and bbq? We have that covered:

Bloom Bakery, launched in 2016 as a Towards Employment social venture, prepares people who have faced employment barriers to build a career in culinary arts, creating meaningful career opportunities as well as producing exceptional handcrafted baked goods.  “Bloom provides culinary training and transitional jobs that are the first step along someone’s journey to a career in culinary arts,” shares Brook Hodge, Marketing and Digital Content Coordinator for Towards Employment and Bloom Bakery.  Stop in and grab a gift certificate for some tasty baked goods, or head to the Public Square location to stock him up on bread, rolls and desserts—all HALF OFF from 2:30pm to 5:30pm every weekday. You can even treat him to the July signature chef series that will focus on sandwiches and barbeque (more information about this event is located on Bloom’s website).

Does one of the loves of his life have two wheels and a loud roar? Check this out:

Skidmark Garage, located at 5401 Hamilton Avenue in Cleveland, offers a “no-collar community that thrives on helping each other out, getting dirty, jamming tunes, and riding,” says owner Brian Schafrann.  If your guy has a motorcycle, Skidmark is his kind of place. They offer different levels of membership for use of space and tools.  You can gift him with an hour, a month, or even a year to tinker around on his bike and hang with new buddies.  If storage space is an issue for him, Skidmark also offers motorcycle storage at just $2 a day. He doesn’t own a bike but is still a gear head at heart? Consider making a donation to Skidmark Motogo project. Motogo is a mobile shop class that travels throughout the greater Cleveland area, offering a class on wheels. Their trailer brings all the supplies needed to disassemble and repair a motorcycle right to the schools — a huge cost-savings for schools with small budgets.

Everybody loves a fine meal:

Give Local, Give with HeartEdwins Leadership and Restaurant Institute, a 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2007, offers a high-end French dining experience in Shaker Square. Edwins gives formerly incarcerated men and women a foundation in the culinary and hospitality industry while providing a support network necessary for their long-term success. Their mission is three-fold: to teach a skilled and in-demand trade in the culinary arts, empower willing minds through a passion for hospitality management, and prepare students for a successful transition home. Christopher Keeney, Director Of Development at Edwins, tells us that “of the 302 Edwins graduates, only 3 have returned to prison; further, 95% have found culinary employment after leaving Edwins.”  In December of 2018, Edwins expanded and added Edwins Butcher Shop, run by Edwins alumni and current Institute students. Thinking about cooking Dad a meal? Edwins Butcher Shop is offering a mouth-watering Father’s Day Special. Call ahead to order the $49.00 package that includes one slab of St. Louis pork ribs, two pounds of chicken wings and several other tantalizing types of meat.  Check their website for more information about this special. You can also spoil him with a restaurant gift certificate.

Mornings are hard. Help him face the day with a good cuppa Joe:

Six Shooter Coffee is a Cleveland-proud, small-batch roaster. They aim to foster a community that values quality by spreading coffee knowledge and culture. Their beans are carefully sourced, providing coffee-drinkers with consciously roasted coffee that provides a unique flavor, perfect for fueling an active lifestyle. Their cafe is located in Cleveland’s Waterloo Arts district and offers coffee, kombucha, a full drink menu, and an array of locally baked goods that would put a smile on anyone’s face.  Six Shooter recently paired with Bloom Bakery as a part of their signature chef series and is donating 2% of all sales to Towards Employment. Owner Pete Brown is excited to be a part of “empowering people who are returning from incarceration.” Stop in to buy a Father’s Day cup of coffee in the comfortable cafe; perhaps you’ll leave with a gift of a Six Shooter sticker or sweatshirt. You can also find coffee and other gift possibilities for purchase online.

Our list is incomplete, of course, but you get the idea!

The men we love–whether fathers, grandfathers, uncles, sons, or mentors–they’re all special and all unique. This year, let’s celebrate them with gifts that give back. Happy Father’s Day shopping!

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