Last week, one of Cleveland’s historical treasures burned. The West Side Market on West 25th was one of those landmarks that I was told I absolutely HAD to visit when I first moved here 5 years ago. Since then, I’ve had the pleasure of shopping, sampling and moving about the busy stalls, interacting with sellers of just about anything you could imagine. There’s an energy there that rejuvenates me every time. When you dine at many of the restaurants within Ohio City, you know that what’s on the menu has come from the market. It’s great to know that the produce, fish and meat you’re getting is fresh and that you’re helping to support the local economy.The West Side Market represents a vital part of Cleveland as well as its heritage; many of the vendors are third and fourth generation.
And it will come back ~ the cafe just announced its reopening but it will be a few weeks before the entire market is back to full function. Many surrounding businesses that depend on the market for their livelihood have stepped up to the plate to offer their support.
You can get involved by purchasing a t-shirt or contributing directly to The Market Vendor Relief Fund.
Another way you can help is by keeping an eye out for announcements about the grand reopening in the news; on Facebook and Twitter and make sure to go back to visit and shop.
Helping those in need can always make us feel good. And with Valentine’s Day coming up, sharing the love can make helping that much sweeter.