The West Side Market (1979 West 25th Street) traces its origins back to 1840; it’s the city’s oldest publicly owned market. The yellow brick market house of today’s West Side Market celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2012. The interior concourse and 137-foot clock tower are city landmarks. Open Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, market stalls offer such items as ropes of bratwurst and sausages, colorful fresh fruits and vegetables, pastas, baked goods, barrels of sauerkraut, and whole smoked pigs.
For your sweet tooth, visit b.a. Sweetie Candy Company Inc. (7480 Brookpark Road). It’s like Willy Wonka’s candy factory on steroids. Claiming an average inventory in excess of 300,000 pounds of candy, b.a. Sweetie offers row upon row of PEZ®, wax lips, chocolate-covered worms and scorpions (yes, they’re real), Hubba Bubba® gum, reams of licorice whips, NECCO Wafers®, and a lot more.
Freelance writer Frances Folsom is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her credits include travel guides; newspaper articles; her blog; and articles for antique, fine art, and crafts magazines.