West Side Market Welcomes 8 New Small Business Retailers; Helps Other Entrepreneurs Expand

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Addition diversifies customer offerings and reaches 94 percent retailer occupancy  

CLEVELAND – The West Side Market, an anchor in Cleveland’s vibrant food scene, welcomes eight new small business retailers. Businesses are all locally-based, and offer an array of selections, ranging from local and international produce, to classic candies and southern cuisine. The addition of new, returning and expanding businesses brings the market to 94 percent occupancy with only 10 of the 178 retail spaces available. The increase is a notable shift due in part to the market’s focus on diversifying customer’s shopping options.

“The West Side Market has been a thriving part of the Cleveland shopping experience for 104 years,” said Mayor Frank G. Jackson. “I want to welcome the eight newest entrepreneurs to join the Market this year; you are now a part of our city's living history.”

Cleveland’s historic B.A. Sweetie, the largest candy store in America is opening its first offsite location in Northeast Ohio in more than 25 years, Sweeties Candies. The store opens on Friday, September 15. 

  • Piccadilly Artisan Creamery returns to Ohio City with its unique flavors of  frozen yogurt made with liquid nitrogen
  • Ora Bells, the market’s first African American family-owned business – offering homestyle southern cuisine
  • Prince Produce offers conventional and organic produce
  • Avant Gardens, a local mushroom farm specializing in fresh-picked oyster and gourmet cultivated mushrooms
  • English Treats, offering desserts and snacks imported from Britain 
  • Matthew Produce offering a variety of Asian and conventional fruits and vegetables
  • Lakewood Plant offering a variety of house and office plants

In addition to new retailers, current businesses have expanded: Rooted in Cleveland, offering gourmet teas and coffees, opened a new retail space in July offering apples from local orchards; Maple Valley Sugar Bush, which offers maple syrup products, opened a second retail space in June offering honey-based products; Campbell’s Popcorn expands and brings back Grandma Campbell offering cupcakes and baked goods. Avant Gardens which opened in June is also opening a new retail space in October to offer international produce. Narrin Spices is expanding with Narrin International on Friday, September 15 to offer an array of international canned and packaged foods.   

The market has also attracted new entrepreneurs focused on preserving existing market business and products. Johnny Hot Dog, now under new ownership, is reflective of the market’s cultural diversity. It is an American food business previously owned by a Lebanese family and now operated by a Ukrainian family. OOOH Fudge is also under new ownership, offering a variety of house-made fudge, as is Jacob Oasis, offering prepared Mediterranean dishes. 

“Each retailer is authentically Cleveland and fits well into our mission to continuously diversify vendors and products,” said West Side Market Manager Felicia Hall. “The West Side Market is one of the few food-focused historic markets in America, and as a 104-year-old institution we’re always seeking new ways to contribute to our city’s food scene.”

The Market and vendors are working together to cultivate new retailers, increase marketing, enhance operations and customer shopping experiences.

The West Side Market is open Mondays & Wednesdays from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Fridays & Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The market is closed Tuesdays and Thursdays. 

About the West Side Market

The West Side Market,  owned and operated by the City of Cleveland, is located in the city’s vibrant Ohio City neighborhood. It is home to more than 100 vendors offering an array of artisan meats, local and sustainable fresh produce, cheeses, prepared foods, bakery items and international fare. As Cleveland’s oldest continuously operating public-owned market, the complex is an anchor in Cleveland’s vibrant food scene. The national historic landmark welcomes more than 1 million visitors per year and is lauded as the “Best Food Lovers Market” by Bon Appetit and “One of the Great Places in America” by the American Planning Association. Since opening in 1912, the West Side Market remains largely unchanged and continues offering an authentic Cleveland food experience.

For more information, visit www.westsidemarket.org; www.facebook.com/WestSideMarket; www.twitter.com/WestSideMarket; and www.instagram/westsidemarket.  

About the City of Cleveland 

The City of Cleveland is committed to improving the quality of life for its residents by strengthening neighborhoods, delivering superior services, embracing diversity and making Cleveland a desirable, safe city in which to live, work, play, and do business. For more information on the City of Cleveland, visit online at www.city.cleveland.oh.us, Twitter at @cityofcleveland or Facebook at www.facebook.com/cityofcleveland