CLEVELAND -- Lifelong Clevelander and Entrepreneur Charles Stack was convinced that if he created StartMart, the start-up companies would come.
On Tuesday, StartMart launched with five start-ups already working out of the 35,000 square foot entrepreneurial hub. There's room for about two dozen companies to move in, connect people, ideas and resources and grow a business in the CLE.
Stack modeled StartMart after other hubs in cities like Washington D.C., Chicago, New York and San Francisco.
Now it's taking root and growing great start-up companies from the entire second floor of the Terminal Tower.
"This is the first time it's been done in Cleveland," said Stack.
StartMart is where creative ideas are brainstormed for start-up companies to soar.
Start-up means companies that are hiring, not firing.
Start-up also means new jobs.
"And this is a start-up factory," said Stack.
"You're seeing 99 percent occupancy millennials downtown. People want to live downtown, and they want to work downtown," said Stack.
People like Katy Baumbach, who works with Remesh, one of StartMart's start-ups that's already taken root at Tower City.
"It allows us to interact with all different types of entrepreneurs and start-ups, and we can get ideas from other companies," said Baumbach.
Stack points out, "But they work in a different way. They're not working for one company for life. They're working on one project, one job changing quickly, remixing and that's what this facility enables them to do."
Remesh is coming back to the CLE from New York.
"We're bringing back what we've learned to Cleveland, where we've started. There's nothing like coming home," said Baumbach.
Same goes for Jeremy Handel, who founded Handelabra games.
"We actually did consider going out to the West Coast for a little while, but we came back," said Handel.
"Just the vibe and how things have changed over the last few years, Cleveland is more than a city. It's an attitude," said Baumbach.
In July 2016, Stack will be closing StartMart to Clevelanders to lay out the welcome mat for the RNC.
"It's the perfect, quieter space to work, that's fully outfitted with room for about 300 Republicans," said Stack.
It's the first of its kind in Cleveland, and it's part of the unmistakable city on the rise vibe of the CLE that will come in handy when the RNC comes to town.