CLEVELAND -- As the efforts to clean and repair the West Side Market move forward, so do area businesses in their effort to help vendors displaced by the fire.
Much of the Market remains closed. The cleaning company working on the inside where the fire started says they are ahead of schedule and hope to have their portion completed by Monday.
After that, the Health Department has to re-inspect everything and then the West Side Market should be cleared to re-open.
As the power washing and the scrubbing go on inside the West Side Market, Denise Kahwagi wants to start baking and selling again.
Her stand is called Cake Royale. She's been selling sweets here for 8 years, and she's just 8 days away from one of her biggest days of the year -- Valentine's Day.
It would break Denise's heart to miss this holiday, but it warms her heart to know that area businesses are helping them recover.
Next door, the Market Garden Brewery is raising money for the recovery. They started selling their newly named beer called "West Side Market Recovery lager," and the sales are pouring in. More than $3,000 has been raised to date.
Life is slowly getting back to normal. The produce section is open and the West Side Café is serving up those breakfast and lunch specials.
But thanks to the cleaning and the giving, Denise, who is so ready to make those cakes again, is touched by all the sweetness of her customers and neighbors.
More fundraisers to help the West Side Market: http://www.wkyc.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=281269