Must Visit Ohio: The West Side Market

 The West Side Market is so much a part of Cleveland’s landscape that I am always shocked to find native Clevelanders that haven’t visited.

The West Side Market has 2 sides, on one side there is fresh produce and on the other meats, pastries, perogies (a nod to Cleveland’s Polish population) and prepared foods.

The food and people are so diverse that you can make a day of people watching. The market also allows the sampling of foods so that you don’t necessarily have to commit if it isn’t appealing to your taste buds.

What lead me to the West Side Market this time is that it’s been about 2 months since I’ve eaten meat and I was feeling tempted so I went to the market determined to find an interesting variety of vegetables and it didn’t disappoint.

I ate a Jicama (which is a Mexican yam bean that proports to help prevent cancer), cactus and mango salad, that because of the acidic base I’d suggest eating as a dip or pairing with sharp cheese. Still it was a taste adventure.

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The architecture is simply amazing.

Next time you’re in the neighborhood, come on down to the Market.

The schedule: CLOSED: The West Side Market is closed on the “T” days as my mom used to say.

OPEN: Monday and Wednesday 7 am – 4 pm; Thurday and Friday 7 am – 6 pm and Saturday and Sunday 12 pm – 6 pm

NOTE: There is now a parking fee which hasn’t always been present but the first 2 hours are free!

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Interview with Ohio’s Own Actress- Heather Rich

Lights, Camera, Action

When I asked to interview Heather Rich, I had no idea that she is a somewhat seasoned actress that is very compelling while at work.

Heather Rich has come up against many obstacles that she has overcome, but has shattered stereotypes along the way. She grew up in a single parent household in which she is 1 of 4. Her mother always worked 3 jobs to care for the family and battled stage 4 cancer. Can you imagine the responsibilities that came along with that as a young child? Still Heather persevered.

I was pleasantly surprised to learn that Heather began exploring theater while in the 5th grade and won the lead role as Peter Pan! Her determination has lead her to act in at least 8 roles, the most current role as “Lyric” of the stage play and movie “Jason’s Lyric; In addition she is also seen in the YouTube series “Upstairs”  Episode 102 around mark 06:20. The role is charming, romantic and we get to see her act vulnerably as well. I couldn’t stop smiling.

To contact Heather you can reach her here on FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM and watch her work on YOUTUBE.

Heather so graciously answered my interview questions:

Q1: How do you prepare for roles:

A: I turn all of my lines into a song; for character development I study the person I am assigned to emulate their voice, movement and style.

Q2: What kind of actor would you describe yourself as:

A: Well rounded, emotional

Q3: Is the competition for roles high in Ohio?

A: Very high, competition is good, makes a person better, and want to work harder.

Heather does not currently have an agent but is open to representation.

 

Interview with Ohio’s Philanthropist – Tawanda Angela

Tawanda Angela @angela_watchesovrme has figured out her mission.

While taking care of a family, being a student, and donating, Tawanda Angela is focused on improving the lives of others through philanthropy.

One of her goals has always been to give back to the community. In fact, she has organized an event in which she is using her own time and resources to make bag lunches for children in the Buckeye area. The date of this event is Saturday April 14th., eventually Tawanda would like to extend her hospitality to battered women and children by giving them personal products for hygiene. What a beautiful spirit and heart full of love that benefits the Cleveland area!

UPDATE DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER THE EVENT IS BEING MOVED TO FRIDAY APRIL 13TH. THAT SHOULDN’T STOP YOU FROM DONATING!

You too can extend your love by donating.

Get to know Tawanda a little better with her answers to my interview questions:

Q1: Who is the most influential person in your life?

A: Tawanda Angela cites her older sister because of her tenacity and family structure.

Q2. How do you balance family and school while still having time to organize a drive?

 For this budding philantrophist God, and family helps her to have a clear mind.

Q3. Encouraging words to offer the youth?

A: “Take nothing for granted because anyone or anything could be taken away, stay determined and give back.”

Q4. What can others donate to improve the outcome of the event?

A: Money.

Find out the times and dates of her drive, also feel free to donate by following her INSTAGRAM @angela_watchesovrme or @tee_angela984

The Mean Girls wear Prada Episode #3 “Dry Snitching” #labelmeposh

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This particular person is a fulfiller, started the same day I did. Which is why despite the fact that she’s not full-time, I think she deserves an honorable mention.

She’s introduced to me by the supervisor as an equal, I take a breath of consolation because, at last someone I can identify with. I mean she’s a bit unkempt with a scarf on her head and attitude on her sleeve, but maybe she’s not so mean.

During the task we are assigned walkie talkie’s, which I am not a fan of, being a woman of a certain age it feels like an ankle bracelet,  and it wasn’t offered so I didn’t ask nor assume one. I mean, I did not even play with them when I was young. They are practical in their use, they come in handy if the supervisor or manager wants to send you home early or to assert any other kind of authority. So, I’m not opposed to them, I just simply was  not offered one.

After the introduction the supervisor goes off to do something for no more than about 1 minute. My counterpart leans in and inquires in my ear; in a whisper regarding the location of MY walkie talkie since she has been attached to one right away. I tell her that I wasn’t given one and neither do I want one in an equivalent tone, she responds that she hates me her exact words were “I don’t know you and I already hate you.” I don’t like the word hate because it’s so strong, but I chuckle just a little because I mean she doesn’t know me, so she can’t be serious right!?! These kids. That’s my mindset.

The supervisor returns- No longer then 5 seconds later and I am not exaggerating; my counterpart looks away from me and looks DEAD in the supervisor’s face and states “don’t you think she needs a walkie talkie?” My mouth must have dropped 10 inches to the floor I was so shocked, but I gave a corporate chuckle and blew it off.

To this day I still don’t have a walkie talkie perhaps because my supervisor doesn’t have to look for me, she knows that I am doing my job. Besides this I don’t trust the counterpart because she’s done and said some other questionable things.

Anyway that’s it for today. I have another jewelry snob part coming up. You won’t believe the snarkiness of it all.

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The Mean Girls wear Prada Mean Girl #2 #labelmeposh “Customer Dealings with the Jewelry Snobs”

As mentioned in my initial blog entitled the same I am employed seasonal at a well known luxury department store. I am a web fulfiller; I hate the term “picker” because I am a person of color and well, I don’t like the connotation.

In any event I have to fulfill customers’ orders at this particular counter as well. The maker of these pieces owns a very expensive luxury jewelry line and when I fulfill there is a lengthy process that I have to go through that involves wrapping the package just so, but only if the order is over a certain amount and during and after this process I am not allowed to take the order off of the counter.

As stated, I am all about the customer, they are my main concern.

Enter Mean Girl #2

I go to the counter and ask her can she find a particular piece for me. (Let’s rewind) Before I needed her I ask her are there a lot of customers and she tells me yes and begins to explain that her customers hate coming to her due to the fact that she makes so much commission and she is spending all of their hard earned money (of course the customers are saying this in jest because they still come and I took it as such) But in the back of the mind I thought to myself how much she must be overly concerned about sales; back to the issue- the time is ticking for me to fulfill; the clock counts down and the piece that the customer is waiting for to add to their collection or their loved ones’ could go unfilled I was on 32 mins.  I ask the mean girl to help me to find the piece. In the interim an employee who is on break walks up to purchase. She states that she will be with me in 2 mins and that she has a customer.  I look at her and blatantly state “you have a customer (pause) that’s also an employee?” to which I tell her o.k. and walk off to come back. 23 mins left to fulfill for my customer that’s on the web.

I come back to get my item and there is another salesman there who is eager to help, while he’s getting my item together mean girl #2 expresses in front of the other salesman how rude she thinks I am. To which I reply and tell her that I think she was rude. She attempts to explain that although the person was an employee that they still are a customer. I replied o.k. (guilty conscience)? She should have had one, just because a customer is not standing next to me does not make them less of a customer. She continues the condescending speech in front of the other employee and reiterates that I can do it myself. I mentioned in the previous blog that I was thrown on the floor without procedural do’s and don’ts. 15 mins left to fulfill the order. I had no idea I could do it myself. Meanwhile the gentleman is wrapping the piece for me and I try to stop him because mean girl #2 is so adamant about me helping myself, however,  he explains he is going to continue helping, so that the process can go smoother and in the process acknowledges my uncomfortable demeanor and assures me that if no one teaches me how am I to know. He is a grade A employee. Mean girl #2 is still talking.

At this point I am fed up with her tone and I look her dead in the face and remind her that she’s already stated twice that I was rude and how I could do it myself. I told her in a firm but confident manner that she didn’t have to repeat herself any longer. To which she concedes.

It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it, stop treating me like a “picker” and treat me like a web fulfiller an equal because that’s what I am.

Oh yes, I have a mean girl # 3.. although not as bad she’s a bit of a habitual liar. Stay tuned.

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Louis Vuitton Cherie Pumps for the not so basic 9-5 business worker. #labelmeposh

I love business wear. It gives us the opportunity to express our style in a conservative yet visually appealing way. I don’t mind dressing up for work, I actually like it although the slant these days is more toward casual, even in offices.

This blog though, happens to be for the not so basic, POSH chic.

Enter the stylish, smart and sexy Louis Vuitton Cherie pump. The height (2.6) is perfect for movement.

PROS:

They don’t hurt the feet and are a good height for walking the halls at work. The logo embossed leather is durable and the color is mainly a neutral brown, the back half is black patent leather.

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CON:

The only con is that there is leather on the bottom which is a bummer because the leather is soft so they scratch SUPER easy; reminiscent of the wear that plagues Christian Louboutins, all I did was a little modeling for my YOUTUBE video and they’re scuffed with that being said I am presently on the look out for shoe pads for the bottom to prevent this. Minor issue for the look.

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Facebook Freaks

FREAK: A person who is obsessed with or unusually enthusiastic about a specific interest.

Some people need to have a Xanax and take a seat.

Facebook is not that serious, but it is a platform.  Depending upon how you view it, Facebook can be used for good or bad. I myself am far from perfect, I’ve been known to commit a couple of faux pas. In contrast some people post serious knowledge for your mind . Those are the posts that I enjoy reading, but then there are those that can be quite frivolous and downright demeaning. Point. I came across a poster that referred to women and men as animals by stating about the women “they are in heat” and that the men were dogs! One of his supporters added to the disrespect and called women who have multiple children “Pez dispensers” See what I mean? Judge for yourself and tell me what kind of Facebook Folk you enjoy interacting with or are just plain irritating.

  • DRAMA ALERT: Every time this person posts they are talking about the drama that is happening in their lives or even worse, someone else’s life.
  • THE AWAKENED: These are the type that appear online to have it all together and are so enlightened, but YOU KNOW it’s different.
  • THE SCHOLAR (LESS): Does not have a degree in sight but is always trying to be philosophical.
  • THE ARTIST: The wind is blowing, what new venture will they be getting into?
  • THE KNOW IT ALL: No use in getting into a discussion on their page because they know EVERYTHING and if you don’t agree, they will stalk or @ you until you do.
  • THE INSPIRATIONAL : Even in the wee hours of the morning they want to do better and in exchange want that for you.
  • THE JESTER: Well they are just funny, unpredictable and oftentimes harmless.
  • CONTROVERSY: Either their race or gender is superior.

What type of person are you? Who did you enjoy interacting with? Who do you hit that unfollow button for? What type of person would you add to the list?

I’d love to read and respond to your comments.

XOXO, Kanesha

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