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.
Calabrese, Richard (interviewee)
Halligan-Taylor, Gabriela (interviewer)
West Side Market
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"Richard Calabrese Interview, 2012" (2012). Cleveland Regional Oral History Collection. Interview 215001.