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Hot Day at the Market

Friday, July 6, 2012 at 5:10 PM

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Cleveland's West Side Market was jammed with shoppers, Friday afternoon. ideastream's David C. Barnett brings us the tale of two vendors peddling their wares on a very hot day.

John Ibrahim was smiling as he waited on customers at Mario’s Produce.  For one thing, he was standing in the shade.  And it didn’t hurt that he was selling watermelons to some eager customers.

JOHN IBRAHIM: Once it gets warm out like this, we sell watermelons and cantaloupes like crazy.

A few steps away, sales weren’t so good for Raymond Jacobs.

RAY JACOBS: “Help the homeless!”

Ray Jacobs’ pitch is familiar to regular Market shoppers.  Nearly 70, Jacobs has been selling the local homeless newspaper --- the Cleveland Street Chronicle --- for years.

RAY JACOBS: It’s bad today.  Nobody likes stopping when it’s really hot.  They don’t like stopping when it’s raining.  But, when it’s cold, we do better.

Not much chance of cold weather in the near term.  The National Weather Service is predicting another day in the mid-90s Saturday, before a cold front from Canada is due to take temperatures down into the lower 80s for most of next week.


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