Photograph Courtesy Krystle Gaiser
Over-the-Rhine’s revival has kick-started the success of other Cincinnati neighborhoods, many of which now have new locally-owned restaurants and shops, flea markets, and farmer’s markets. This year, WestSide Market joined this trend by having its first pop-up event in downtown Cheviot on May 5.
Krystle and Cory Gaiser, owners of Gaiser Bee Company and founders of WestSide Market, started the event with the hope of instilling a passion for supporting local businesses on the west side of Cincinnati. The market is one part flea, one part farmer’s market, and features local vendors with products ranging from jewelry and soap to bagels and cupcakes.
On June 2, the most recent pop-up, the market featured 90 such vendors, and the Gaisers say they are always looking for applications from new businesses.
WestSide Market isn’t just about shopping: In May, Pure Barre Cincinnati West kicked off the market by leading a free, hour-long fitness class. In June, Body Alive opened the event with a free Bounce! class. The theme of introducing people to local fitness studios by hosting free classes is something that Krystle hopes to continue at upcoming events.
WestSide Market will continue to pop up on the first Saturday of each month through September in downtown Cheviot, near N.Y.P.D Pizza. The Gaisers are hoping that the event can thrive off the momentum of the movement to buy local. “Places like OTR thrive off of shopping and supporting local businesses,” Krystle says. “People support local, which allows businesses to succeed, which in turn creates more jobs for the community. This cycle,” she says, “hasn’t been tapped into on the west side of town.” But she hopes WestSide Market can change that.
WestSide Market, July 7, downtown Cheviot, westsidemarketcincy.com