On the new CNBC reality TV show Cleveland Hustles (produced by LeBron James) entrepreneurs try to woo local investor Alan Glazen. In the season premiere episode, a bagel company and a hair salon compete against each other for a brick-and-mortar spot in Cleveland’s Gordon Square Arts District. They’re judged on how well they create and manage one-day pop-up stores.
For 35 years, Cleveland native Glazen ran his own advertising and video production company, Glazen Creative Studios. After retiring from advertising, he started investing in taverns, cafes and restaurants in Cleveland including ABC the Tavern, XYZ the Tavern, Viaduct Lounge and Erie Island Coffee Co. In January 2016, he founded GlazenUrban, a private community development corporation. Cleveland Hustles airs Wednesdays at 10pm on CNBC.