Richard Calabrese Interview, 2012

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 age, and how his family was spread all over Cleveland as vendors, before coming back together at the West Side Market. He tells stories of how the market was before indoor heating was installed, how Cleveland weather affected their business, the Browns playoff at the market, and the melting pot of Cleveland, which seems to be a re-occurring theme. He then finishes talking about how he feels about the West Side Market Centennial.

Participants: Calabrese, Richard (interviewee) / Halligan-Taylor, Gabriela (interviewer)
Collection: West Side Market
Institutional Repository: Cleveland Regional Oral History Collection

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These interviews, conducted by students as part of a CSU Provost-funded Undergraduate Summer Research Award project led by Drs. Mark Souther and Mark Tebeau, supported commemoration of the West Side Market Centennial in 2012.