Cross Street Market

Jacques Kelly: Remembering a festive Cross Street Christmas

Jacques Kelly: Remembering a festive Cross Street Christmas

The idea of imparting a “retro” look for the planned renovation of the Cross Street Market on Light Street, announced this week by developer Caves Valley Partners, makes me smile.

I witnessed the 1950s, when the “new” market — the current structure — opened after a fire claimed the older, wooden facility.

In those days my tour guide on trips to the market was my grandmother, Mary Louise Bosse Kelly, who was born and lived at 17 Poultney St., half a block from the market.

She seemed to know everybody and was a beloved neighborhood figure. That she handed out tin after tin of her paper-thin Christmas cookies no doubt cemented those warm feelings.

The market, like...

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