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Art House Inc. (photo credit: arthouseinc.org)

There is something to be said for businesses that have a bigger purpose than revenue. It is human nature to want to help cancer stricken children, adults stricken by illness, support research, save helpless animals or just encourage a healthy lifestyle. But, it takes a special group to strives to make a difference. Cleveland is fortunate to have businesses that care for their community. These Cleveland businesses are taking a stand and giving back.

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Blush Boutique 
1783 Coventry Road
Cleveland Heights, OH 44118
(216) 721-5319

Blush Boutique is a hip women’s store that not only specializes in making women beautiful on the outside but also in the inside by supporting breast cancer. Blush Boutique hosts an annual “Passion for Pink” event that donates a percentage of the daily sales. During this special event, Blush offers makeup tips, makeovers and more. The money raised is donated to Gathering Place, a non-profit organization that provides support to not only the cancer stricken patients but also families.

Art House, Inc.
3119 Dension Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44109
(216) 398-8556

The Art House, a non-profit organization is geared toward the community and making sure all the residents have access to art studios and a nice place to display their creations. Art House will host its Annual Fundraiser on May 11 to help generate operational funds to ensure the facility can continue to operate without cutting programs or services. This year’s focus will be birdhouses. The center will offer free presentations, workshops and support to residents and students. Support the arts and see what Art House offers.

Parma Animal Shelter
6260 State Road
Parma, OH 44134
(440) 885-8014

Parma Animal Shelter offers a safe haven to hundreds of abandoned, neglected and sick animals. The shelter is a non-profit organization that runs off donations and with the help of many volunteers. Its goal is to find healthy and loving homes for the displaced pets. The center provides medical care to ensure the health of the animal. Parma Animal Shelter has year-round fundraising efforts from bake sales to adopt-a-pet-thon. Its efforts to find homes are unlimited and involves an incredible amount of selfless dedicated work from volunteers. So, if you want a baked good, check these guys out!

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14515 Madison Ave.
Lakewood,OH 44107
(216) 521-7746

Spin is an independently owned bike shop that strives to make the Cleveland area a healthier environment by encourages fitness. Its experienced staff offers advise regarding bike specifications, tire needs, and other product needs. Join groups with similar interest by joining one of its many clubs. Spin encourages healthy living one peddle push at a time.

Dunn Hardware
5144 Wilson Mills Road
Richmond Heights, OH 44143
(440) 720-0301

Dunn Hardware is an independently owned by Abby Stadlin and is a franchise of Ace Hardware. Being a part of a larger company, causes of the community are important and encouraged. Over its 40 years in business, Dunn has donated thousands to area soccer teams, t-ball teams and many more area organizations. Dunn also donates a percentage of its sales to organizations such as Children’s Miracle Network, American Red Cross Natural Disaster Relief Fund, and have organized community foundations such as Fleet Blanket Club, which provided “no sew” blankets to area hospitals. Dunn Hardware strives to make the lives of its residents the best possible.

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Danielle Coots has been writing since 1996. She has published short stories and articles in many publications. Danielle loves being active in the community and providing quality information regarding current and upcoming events in the Cleveland area. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.