SPACES Monster Drawing Rally 04.16.16

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During the 6th annual Monster Drawing Rally, SPACES will turn artists’ private studio practices into public performance. Over 100 of Cleveland’s freshest artists will create new artworks on the spot, with materials provided by SPACES. When the drawings are completed, they will be hung on the walls for purchase at $75 each.

A family-friendly fundraising event, we’ll also have the Li’l Monster & Teen Wolf Drawing Rally, where families can make their own drawings with provided materials and hang them on the walls of the SPACES gallery.

$5 ticket includes admission to the Monster Drawing Rally; participation in the Li’l Monster Drawing Rally for kids, and Teen Wolf Drawing Rally for bigger kids; non-stop tunes by djMcLovin; cash bar; yummy food provided by the TOUCH Supper Truck; and a spin on the Blick Art Materials Prize Wheel. We’ll also have a raffle for incredible prizes from some of Cleveland’s most exciting merchants.


Happy 5th Birthday Wood-Lee!!

Today is a very special day ! Wood-Lee International Art Handler is now 5 years old. When Woody and I decided to brand the art handling portion of our business we really did not know what to expect. Art Handling has always been a part of Berea Moving but we wanted to tell the world that we “are” an art handling company. And so it is born “Wood-Lee” Thank-you to our amazing team and our wonderful customers for all of your trust.logo_wood_lee_lrg


An interview with Lisa Holly, President of Berea Moving & Storage and Wood-Lee International Art Handler

Just how do you stay in business for over 50 years? Tune in to this podcast with our very own Lisa Holly who talks about the twists and turns of small business survival, how to master the art of networking and mapping your way on the yellow brick road.

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Girls’ Club: Women Take Charge in Male Dominated Industries


In American Express‘s 2013 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report, Ohio’s 259,600 companies helmed by women earn the state the ranking of ninth in the nation. Per the US Census Bureau, nearly 30,000 of those female-led firms are here in Cuyahoga County.

While women gravitate to all sectors of the business community, there is something particularly satisfying about a lady boss in a machine shop or other nontraditional field. After all, there’s a little love for Rosie the Riveter in all of us. Fresh Water sat down with some lady leaders in places where you don’t usually find them to get an insider’s glimpse of this unique Cleveland girls’ club.

Say Berea Moving and it’s likely to evoke an image of burly men in thick coveralls pushing two-wheeled dollies.

You’ll probably spot that activity at the company, which is located in the Puritas Longmeade neighborhood. After all, Berea handles its share of conventional moving jobs. But they also handle unusual items such as Janis Joplin’s Porsche, a 2,000-pound pizza oven, cell phone towers and the personal effects of the country’s military personnel as they move from place to place. And all of this activity takes place under the watchful eye of President and CEO Lisa Holly, who sticks close to the action.

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Women Who Achieve

When Ardella “Dell” Melton established Berea Moving & Storage in 1961, she didn’t anticipate that the company would one day serve high-profile clients including the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Cleveland Orchestra and NASA. Dell was simply focused on starting a profitable business in a male-dominated industry.

She enlisted the help of her husband, Willard Melton Sr., a Cleveland police officer who moonlighted at Berea Moving, and their children, Lisa and Willard Jr. (Woody). Business was steady but not always profitable for the company, which evolved from residential-only to military and commercial moves. In 1997, Dell filed bankruptcy. The family worked hard to pay back the company’s debt, but had not yet succeeded when Dell passed away in 2006. With no succession plan in place, the company’s future lay in the hands of Dell’s daughter, Lisa Holly.

“I was inspired by my mother’s drive to build this business yet I knew I needed buy-in from every employee if we were going to make a go of this. I asked the question ‘Quit or fight?’ We decided unanimously to fight. It was a defining moment for all of us,” Lisa shares.

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