President Obama pays a visit to the West Side Market.

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Standing outside of Artisan Bridal at West 28th and Bridge Avenue, you immediately know you are not in for the usual “Bridal Industry Machine” experience.

The lovely facade offers a glimpse of what lies inside, an interior reminiscent of an earlier time of specialty shops and fashion boutiques. Upon entering, you are greeted warmly by shop owner and garment designer Heidi Korkosz, who welcomes you into an artistic, serene and inviting space. A framed wedding photograph of Heidi’s parents Margaret and Wolfgang Ligoke sits on a vintage table along with artisan made jewelry, upcycled vintage brooches paired with silk flowers, and lovely purses made from vintage Kimono Fabrics.

Letter from the Director

Cleveland lost a future champion on February 27th with the passing of Joe Quandt, a student at Cornell’s College of Architecture, Art & Planning. More importantly, I lost a dear friend and someone who will continue to inspire me and hold a special place in my heart. Joe was my first intern at Ohio City Inc. I was in the middle of restructuring our entire office, which led to a mostly new staff, new strategic plan and new name for the organization. Joe walked in during the middle of this reorganization process, which must have been a daunting situation for a high school student. However, his talent and passion made him an instant asset to the organization.

There’s good news coming out of the Ohio Development Services Agency for hopeful residents of Cleveland’s hippest neighborhood. The state office announced $35.9 million worth of state historic preservation tax credits in December last year, a chunk of which will be used in conjunction with federal historic tax credits to bring three new Ohio City residential projects to life: The Jay Hotel, 3000 Bridge Avenue and Ohio City Apartments.

Developers Rick Foran, Damon Tasseff and Tom Gillespie are looking to fill the neighborhood’s need for market rate apartments by rehabilitating vacant properties – all within a short walk from the heart of the neighborhood, the Market District.

Cleveland’s 2nd District Police Commander Keith Sulzer is fed up with the number of burglaries and car break-ins in the District – 2091 reported burglaries and 469 car break-ins in 2012 – and he’s taking matters into his own hands in order to help you do something about it.

“Every morning I come in and read my brevity reports and feel sick to my stomach because I see people getting victimized that don’t have to be, so I decided that we are going to do all we can to help people have the tools to avoid becoming victims,” said Sulzer. “My goal is to kick these criminals out of the neighborhood, and making it harder for them to score is a good way to do that.”

Commander Sulzer is kicking off 2013 by launching a safety initiative focused on helping people protect themselves. The initiative includes a multi-faceted approach to increasing safety by getting the word out to residents and businesses about what they can do.

The name Cleveland Vibrator might evoke a chortle or knitted brow depending on where a person's mind is. In reality, anyone who's ever tapped powdered sugar through a sieve to dust their beignets, shaken salt on a steak or flicked the side of a funnel to dislodge an obstruction has employed the same concept that industrial vibration uses.

The Vibra-Might, Cleveland Vibrator's signature pneumatic piston vibrator, jiggles, shakes and jostles on a much larger scale. Whether it's shaking feed grain out of a giant hopper to satiate a herd of hungry cows, or jostling tiny plastic medical staples into shipping containers, the Vibra-Might keeps products moving.

"Anywhere that there’s bulk material being touched, processed, handled, or packed," says Vice President Craig Macklin, "we’ll be there as an integral part of making that happen for lower cost, or just ensuring that people's production lines are up and running."

To write our book about The West Side Market, we spent two years digging into historical records, reading newspaper articles that spanned more than a century, and interviewing hundreds of people. We stumbled upon many little known facts but just as often we found inconsistencies, errors and bits of misinformation that had become accepted Market lore. So here, we do our best to debunk some of the most common myths and set the record straight.

The Market was once a train station?