The Ripcho family, of the Lorain Avenue photo studio, opened Needs Cleveland last October with the goal of helping Cleveland's neediest families. Their strategy: Make everything free. At Needs Cleveland, which is open just four hours per week, the only rule is that folks limit themselves to five items per family member. Otherwise there are no restrictions. It's just a way for the family to help out and address a glaring need they saw in a town where so many people live in poverty. Despite some cool new developments and shops around the region, Needs Cleveland is hands down the most innovative, and the best, new concept.
7710 Lorain Ave., needscleveland.org.