I was born in 1965 and graduated (finally) from Gloucester High School. I grew up in Ipswich and then Beverly MA. No one in my immediate family fished but I somehow caught the bug. When I was little my mother used to take me to one of the ponds in Ipswich and I would stay there and fish for hours. I even got “hooked” the first time, with a fish hook through my ankle. When my mother came to pick me up that day, off to the hospital we went. Cut cut, right through the hook, and slide it right out, easy as pie. After we moved to Beverly when I was about 9, we lived near the harbor so I could walk down to the docks and fish whenever I wanted. I soon became, and remain to this day, one of the best customers of Al’s Bait and Tackle.
(I have been hooked many times, once even with a tuna hook, which I duck taped over for the rest of the trip until I could cut the hook and get it out. That was the last time I didn’t bring a pair of wire cutters with me out on the boat!)
During high school I worked on my first boat, the Yankee Fleet. They are a charter fishing fleet who do day fishing trips and whale watching. During high school I worked at the fleet, and I also lettered in Cross Country track my senior year. After high school I stayed on with them full time and spent the winters with them in Key West Florida. I did that for a few years and it was quite the experience.
After working for the Fleet for a few years and getting my Captains license, I finally decided to take the plunge and buy my own boat, to work for myself. That is basically all I have ever wanted to do and I am grateful that I have this opportunity to work outside in all kinds of weather.
Along the way I married my wonderful wife Nancy, in 1990, and have 3 awesome kids. Angelica is currently a college student; Joseph is in high school and works with me on the boat during the summers and school breaks, and little Eva Rose is in elementary school.
All my kids and my wife love to fish and we have the best family time doing that. My wife actually has a record for catching a striper in Massachusetts. She has been fishing also since forever with her father, her older brothers, and then with me.
Currently I own the FV Hard Merchandise. She’s a 38 foot, Danielshead solid fiberglass Novi boat. She’s a beauty, and as sturdy as can be.
Mountain Village Buildings – a new addition to the Topsfield Home Show this year brings the reality of affordable “Tiny Home” living.
With minimalist footprints these log homes are perfect for today’s market for small, affordable, quality built structures. These energy efficient and affordable log homes can be fully equipped with appliances and configured to meet the customer’s needs. Our display will allow visitors to envision life in a tiny home. They will be staged with rustic Amish furniture which will also be available for sale. You will be meeting a man by the name of Steven Cleveland – his biography is below.
Steven Cleveland’s Biography
Steven Cleveland from Mountain Village Buildings has been in the building business for approximately 38 years. He has built pole barns, sheds and industrial buildings all across the Mid-West and New England. For over 20 years while building, Steve also ran a successful retail furniture company that was featured at Home Shows and Fairs all over the East Coast.
In 2012, Steve wanted to try something different and started looking at the future of tiny homes. Listening to his friends and his children, he realized that the market did not offer small affordable housing. There are so many young adults just starting up who want a home of their own but can’t afford a large house or don’t want to live for a mortgage as well as retired singles or couples who are trying to downsize and live on a retirement budget while still enjoying their life. Finding a solution became Steve’s passion and he was driven to find a way to make this a reality. He wanted to find a solid, well-built home that would be affordable.
From this dream, Mountain Village Buildings was birthed. The company is located in beautiful Western Massachusetts, where Steve operates his business out of his home but has sheds and outbuildings displayed at 1 West Street in Hatfield, MA. Just recently Steve has acquired his first Log Cabin Tiny Home. This 10’ x 26’ home which will be featured and used as a model at the Topsfield Home Show, is a full log home. It is constructed of 4” X 6” logs, with full insulation under the metal roof and wood floor. At a mere 260 square feet, the home contains both cedar and pine, providing warmth to all who tour the cabin. The home is designed to be trailered to a location and placed on a foundation.
The Tiny Cabin will be available for all show attendees to walk through and tour. Steve will be offering special incentives to any customers who provide a deposit on this beautiful home at the Topsfield show.