A West Side Market vendor will open on Wednesday for the first time since the fire on Jan. 30.
CLEVELAND - Customers flocked to the West Side Market on Monday when it reopened for the first time since a fire damaged the historic landmark.
"It's so fun to see everybody and they're so excited," said Wellington resident Tina Biltz, who stopped by the market for the first time in more than 20 years to show her kids.
"I like it. It was the fire that brought me here, all of the hype. So I thought I'd come up and check it out," said Akron resident Annie Graham, who had never visited the Market before Monday.
Vendors said there was four times the number of people than on a normal day, but the President's Day holiday helped business even more. There were shoulder-to-shoulder crowds in nearly every aisle and long lines at most booths.
"It was just wild today," said Diane Dever, a market vendor. "Everybody took their time, they were patient and it was just absolutely fantastic."
"Today was unbelievable," said Rob Pilch of Vera's Bakery at the market. "It was as busy as Christmas."
Vendors said they saw many familiar faces, but served many newcomers too.
"Everybody came out, supported us, it was really nice," Dever said.
"It's just a fun place to come," said Mike Kaplinger, a Boston resident who grew up in the Cleveland area and came to the Market Monday while visiting family. Kaplinger fondly remembers visiting the market as a child.
"I always ended up getting a special treat, whether it was a dessert, a pastry or a pepperoni stick with my dad," Kaplinger said.
Vendors said they're grateful for a new beginning and eager to watch the market thrive again.
"Words can't explain how thankful we are for what's happened today," said Tom Kearns, a vendor at the market.
The market is open Monday and Wednesday from 7a.m. to 4 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
A meat vendor reopens at the West Side Market Wednesday after the fire that started at his stand.
Sebastian's Meats, one of the indoor stalls damaged in the West Side Market fire last January, reopened Wednesday morning at 7 a.m.
A mob of people Saturday at Cleveland's West Side Market - took part in a cash mob for the first Saturday the market was open since a fire shut down part of it for a few weeks.
Customers flocked to the West Side Market on Monday when it reopened for the first time since a fire damaged the historic landmark.
Visitors can expect to see a clean-as-can-be facility after the January fire.
West Side Market vendors spent Wednesday cleaning, baking and prepping ahead of the market's scheduled reopening on Monday.
President's Day will be a big day at the West Side Market as the Cleveland landmark gets set to reopen.
Cleanup has been completed on the West Side Market, and while the building is deemed structurally safe, the cause of the fire remains undetermined.
The company hired to handle clean-up at Cleveland's West Side Market will be done on Tuesday, but there is still more work before it can reopen.