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Ohio City - Photo Bob Perkoski
Ohio City - Photo Bob Perkoski
Necessity compelled early Clevelanders to live close to their food source; desire is what's driving today's urban pioneers.

Just shy of a century old, the West Side Market still has the power to nourish an entire corner of the city. As Cleveland continues its path toward culinary nirvana, Ohio City is providing much of the steam. Dubbed the Market District, the area surrounding the West Side Market continues to add new bars, restaurants, cafes and even a brewery to those that already exist.

One of Cleveland's oldest neighborhoods, this densely populated settlement features brick-paved lanes, restored 19th-century homes, and nearly all of Cleveland's B&Bs. Inhabited both by urban hipsters and grizzled old-timers, it is not uncommon to hear the cockle-doodle-do of a neighbor's yard bird.

The folks at Cottage Living magazine loved their visit to Ohio City so much, they selected it as one of their "Top 10 Cottage Communities."

Ohio City Features

putting art at the heart of neighborhood redevelopment

Artists are often the first to move into urban neighborhoods, and also the first to move out when rents escalate. Yet in the post-recession landscape, many communities are working with artists to transform blight, engage residents and reimagine their neighborhoods.

from bust to boom: how the city's brand is on the rise, within our borders and beyond

There has been a flood of new businesses that tout the city through an assortment of Cleveland-themed apparel and products or by integrating the city name right into the company’s branding. Many point to the recent recession as the dawn of this entrepreneurial movement, which coincided with a newfound pride of place.

amid growing debate, west side market's new manager makes customer outreach a priority

As the West Side Market’s new manager, Amanda Dempsey is stepping in at a time when the treasured public market is receiving unprecedented attention -- both good and unwanted. But throughout it all, she says, the focus must remain on the bond between the century-old icon and the city that embraces it.

job satisfaction: employee perks pay off with loyal staff that works as hard as they play

Everybody has those days when they just don’t feel like going to work. But some employers offer perks that make coming to work a little less painful. From all-you-can-eat snack bars to pursuing outside interests on company time -- and free beer! -- these companies help make coming to the office a little easier to swallow.

now schooling: cooking up a solution to the growing culinary talent gap

As our restaurant scene continues to thrive, local chefs and owners increasingly are finding it difficult to fill all open positions. Institutions in town, including an accredited culinary school, have their merits, say local restaurateurs, but they also have a way to go before they reach the point where they'll plug the culinary talent gap.  
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Ohio City Founders

doug bell

doug bell

City: Ohio City

Meet Doug Bell, co-founder of Global Prairie, an organization with 20 employees in Cleveland.that has a simple idea: Do great work for clients so that Global Prairie can do good work in the world. 

terry frick

terry frick

City: Ohio City

Meet Terry Frick, founder of  Frickaccio’s Pizza Market in the West Side Market and Fairview. Frickaccio’s is the maker of the Famous Pizza Bagel, better known as the Pizagle.

scott maloney

scott maloney

City: Ohio City

Meet Scott Maloney, founder of K2M Design, a high-growth entrepreneurial architecture firm with 38 employees.

sam kinkopf

sam kinkopf

City: Ohio City

Meet Sam Kinkopf, founder of Frisson Media.

emmett mcdermott

emmett mcdermott

City: Ohio City

Meet Emmett McDermott, founder of 12five9, a web design firm in Ohio City.

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