Cleveland: Market re-opening cheers neighborhood

7:57 PM, Feb 18, 2013   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- It was a very lonely three weeks for Cynthia Deering while the West Side Market was closed.

She owns a vintage clothing store on West 25th Street near the market.

"I did not know how much we relied on the market. The past three weeks were so slow. You know we had no tourists," she said.

Photos: West Side Market reopens

Many Ohio City merchants depend on West Side Market customers coming to visit them. The neighborhood has drawn lots of new artisan business operators, especially with connections to food.

Many tourists come because they've seen the market featured by celebrity chefs on food and travel networks.

"If Ohio City is the body, the West Side Market is the heart of the community...the West Side Market puts Cleveland on the map. It puts Ohio City on the map," said Eric Wobser, of Ohio City Inc.

There's been $32 million of recent or planned investment in stores, restaurants and housing in the community.

Visitor Jack Schron said, "To see all these pockets of revitalization going on, it's just a resurgence."

Michael Spear shot pictures on his phone to send to his friends all over the country on Facebook.

"This is kind of a hot spot in the city. It's connecting the dots," he said.

The tourists returned to Deering's clothing shop.

Leyla Gillet is from Virginia. She purchased some jewelry and considers the market a jewel of Cleveland.

"I love the history here...That was the one thing we came down here to do," she said.


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