Officials welcome first Launch Pad operator to Cleveland Hopkins International Airport

Local barber Darrell Solomon’s new Aircuts & Day Spa opens in Concourse C

For Cleveland native and entrepreneur Darrell Solomon, opening a new Aircuts & Day Spa at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport is a dream come true. On Monday, July 15, officials and invited 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 his Tarbloodersports Barber Shop on St. Clair Avenue.

The grand opening festivities included a ribbon- and cake-cutting ceremony with remarks by City of Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson; Cleveland Hopkins International Airport Director Robert Kennedy; Ben Zandi, President and CEO of Fraport USA; and Aircuts & Day Spa Founder
Darrell Solomon. There were also giveaways and spa treats for passengers throughout the day.

Fraport USA’s Launch Pad program was piloted at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport and is in its second year there with four local operators. The program is designed to empower local entrepreneurs to jumpstart their business and succeed in the airport retail environment.

About Fraport USA®

Fraport USA is the developer and manager of the retail, food and beverage operations at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, Pittsburgh International Airport, JetBlue’s Terminal 5 at John F. Kennedy International Airport, and Nashville International Airport. A leading airport concessions model in North America, Fraport USA projects rank among the highest for per-passenger spending and consistently receive accolades for innovation and customer service. For information, visit Fraport USA is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fraport AG Frankfurt Airport Services Worldwide, the global airport company based in Frankfurt, Germany. For information about Fraport AG, visit