For Cleveland native and entrepreneur Darrell Solomon opening a new Aircuts & Day Spa at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport is a dream come true. On July 15, officials and guests cut the ribbon on this first Launch Pad operator's new barber shop and spa at CLE. This innovative program gives local startups and small business owners a unique opportunity to operate a business in one of the region's most dynamic retail environments.
Launch Pad operators receive 12-month leases for a unit or kiosk in one of the airport's busiest concourses along with training, sales and marketing support. Mr. Solomon's concept was selected following a formal review process last year. Locally, he is known for his famous cuts and grooming services at Tarbloodersports Barber Shop. Fraport USA's Launch Pad program was piloted at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, where it is in its second year and has four local operators.