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    Ora Bell's Southern Cuisine Now Open at the West Side Market

    The Robinson family, consisting of Sharon, Terry and their daughter Ajhia (and grandson Alijah on left), recently opened up their own vendor stand, “Ora Bell’s Southern Cuisine” at the West Side Market. The family business is a tribute to Terry’s mother (who passed three years ago) and her locally-renown cooking. Ora Bell was used to tending to a crowd with a family of 16 children to feed. As the pastor’s wife, she was also known to open the doors of the church and cook for the community. Hers truly was soul food/comfort food which you can now have for yourself.
     
    The family first presented their business plan to the Department of Economic Development at the “Meet the Lenders” event early 2016 at Cleveland State University. They have, for the past two years, been operating a hotdog stand in Euclid, Ohio but it was their shared dream to move up in the food service market by increasing their sales and offering a greater selection of food items. A greater selection of food items is now what they offer. Their unique offering includes Southern-style wings in a variety of flavors (garlic and Parmesan) as well as deserts such as sweet potato pie and pound cakes. Their menu also includes greens, mac and cheese, banana pudding, meatloaf and more.
     
    The Robinsons received a Neighborhood Retail Assistance Program loan from the City of Cleveland to assist them with their food stand at the West Wide Market. The loan helped them to buy the needed machinery and equipment to operate the 60ft stand, including point of sale equipment, and signage to market their new family business. Up to $3,000 of this loan can be forgiven with proof and documentation of green/sustainable and energy efficient initiatives.
     
    Ora Bell’s will create at least two full-time jobs for the City of Cleveland.