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  • Subject is exactly "West Side Market"
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Rebecca Kempton provides an impassioned account on the importance of residential involvement in the stabilization and revitalization of a neighborhood. Kempton has been involved in her local neighborhood of Clark-Fulton for decades. During this interview, she describes many of the challenges and rewards she has experienced while working toward…

In this 2005 interview, William Merriman, a deacon at St. Patrick's Church on Bridge Avenue on the near west side of Cleveland, discusses his involvement with the Ohio City community since beginning to do volunteer work at St. Patrick's in 1969. Mr. Merriman exhibits a wealth of knowledge about the development of Ohio City as an independent city…

Margaret Hostelley shares her memories growing up in Cleveland, including trips to the West Side Market and other near west side businesses, family ties to Saint Wendelin Parish, visits downtown and to Euclid Beach Park, and changes in the Ohio City and West Park neighborhoods.

Judy Khoury is of Middle Eastern decent and operates a stand that sells traditional Middle Eastern cuisine. Khoury has operated a stand at the West Side Market since 1999 and in this interview she describes how she became a vendor at the market along with detailing what it has been like running one of the first "prepared food" stands to open at the…

In this 2012 interview, Terry Frick describes her journey at the West Side Market. Beginning at the market in the 1970s, Frick found herself at the famous "pizza bagel" stand. She tells stories of her first beginnings, Ohio City, and briefly describes Whiskey Island, her favorite Cleveland spot. She ends with expressing what it means to her being…

Sopheap Heng is a Cambodian-American who operates the only Asian food stand at the West Side Market. In this interview she describes several aspects of her personal life, her work experience at the Market, and the community of vendors that operate stands within its confines.

Jeff Campbell is the owner of Campbell's Sweets Factory and began operating a stand at the West Side Market around 2000. In this interview he describes the business that he runs, some of his experiences at the market, and what the location means to the city of Cleveland. Of particular interest is his discussion of the meat vendors and the mentality…

Larry Vistein in this 2012 interview talks about his experience at the West Side Market owning a beef stand. He worked under his father growing up as a cooler boy, and now owns the business. He talks about the changes both in the West Side Market and in the surrounding neighborhood. He also talks about how his business works: where he gets his…

Tony Pinzone's family came to the United States from Italy around 1910 and has been operating stands there since at least the 1920s. He has worked at the Market since he was a teenager and in this interview describes some of the experiences that he has had at the Market, what his opinions about the current state of the Market and surrounding Ohio…

In this 2012 interview, fruit vendor Richard Calabrese speaks about his life at the West Side Market. He briefly describes how his grandmother started the business as an Italian immigrant, and how immigration influenced how the West Side Market operated and still operates today. Calabrese describes going to the market with his family at a young…

Terry Leu discusses his early memories of the market, how he got involved with Rolston Poultry, and what he predicts for the future of his business.

In this 2012 interview, Gordon Fernengel talks about owning a beef and pork stand at the West Side Market. His grandfather owned two meat stores outside the market and then bought a stand in 1922. The stand was passed on to his father and then to him. He explains how his father taught him to pick out beef and butcher it. He also relates how the…

Theresa White, in this 2012 interview, relates her experiences at the market from growing up as a customer to becoming a stand owner. She came with her grandmother as a child, then worked at the market in her teens for several stands. She worked as a butcher for Rolston Poultry, then went on to have her own poultry stand. From there she began her…

In this 2012 interview, Denise Kahwegi talks about the bakery stand, Cake Royale, owned by herself and her husband. She talks about how they got their business started and how they came to the West Side Market from Texas. She discusses what she loves about the market. She explains how their business works, and how the market has played a role in…