OHIO CITY -- Cleveland shines yet again!
This time beating out London, Toronto and Seattle for the chance to show off The West Side Market.
More than 200 people are expected to come from all over to attend the 8th International Markets Conference. The extra traffic makes the 100 year anniversary of the market, even greater.
Tom McIntyre works in the market at the family business, Kate's Fish. He believes the market to be a staple in the Ohio City community. "Absolutely the cultural epicenter of this city is right here at the West Side Market," said McIntyre.
Outsiders looking in are seeing the market and its successes as an opportunity to use their city markets to boost economic growth in the area. Brian Geraghty admires it for the role it plays in sustaining an entire neighborhood.
"Its's really an anchor to the community, busy every hour that its open," said Geraghty. It's part of the reason why it was selected to host the 8th International Public Markets Conference.
Soon developers from all over will travel to Ohio City, to learn more about the market. McIntyre is excited that the West Side Market was chosen to host.
He hopes that while visitors are busy figuring out how to duplicate the successes here, back at home, they don't forget what the West Side Market is really all about.
"People who would've never had the chance to meet otherwise sharing recipes tips on how to cook stuff," McIntyre.