(Plain Press, July 2015) West 25th Street Furnishings at 2104 W. 25ht Street, housed on a corner that has historical ties to the West Side Market, is closing for good at the end of July. Brothers Tom and Alex Feuerman, the business owners, say they have been unable to renew their lease at an affordable price. The landlord, Maron and Company, which now owns all the buildings on W. 25th between Lorain Avenue and Chatham is seeking higher rents, which it believes the area will now support.
While the Cleveland Hostel has committed to renting the upper floors to expand its business, no tenant has yet been announced for the first floor area where West 25th Street Furnishing has displayed its furniture for many years.
The Feuerman brothers purchased the business 36 years ago from its founders Herman Herskovic and Gilbert Rosewater. Tom Feuerman worked at the store for 10 years before the brothers purchased it in 1979. The original store opened sometime in the 1940s just south of Chatham.
In the late 1950s, W. 25th Street Furnishings moved north of Chatham to the corner building that had been recently vacated by the Shalala Grocery (originally Sahley’s Grocery). They later expanded to take the space next door as well, once occupied by Victor Tea Company.
When the Shalala Grocery and its predecessor Sahley’s Grocery were located at 2104 W. 25th at Chatham that corner and indeed all of W. 25th from Lorain to Chatham regularly had the sidewalks covered with fruit and vegetable merchants on days that the West Side Market was open. Prior to the opening of the covered Fruit and Vegetable stands at the West Side Market – the merchants regularly lined the street to sell fruits and vegetables.
A search of the Cleveland Memory Project reveals a 1946 photo from the Cleveland Press Archives of the corner of W. 25th and Chatham with “a crowd of shoppers and produce vendors.” Shoppers went to the West Side Market building for their meat and dairy products, visited the fruit and vegetable merchants on the street, and picked up their dry goods at the grocery store at 2104 W. 25th on the corner of W. 25th and Chatham where W. 25h Street Furnishings is now selling out its stock in to prepare to close for good.