In 1935, Fred Jaworski stood behind the counter of his small meat stand in the old Newburg Market. Jaworski Meats was born, another ethnic market amongst the dozens in Slavic Village. But through the years, his modest meat stand became the Grande Dame of the Polish meat market Cleveland Ohio, its success a product of Fred’s most important ingredients: hard work, dedication to his customers and, of course, family. Fred’s wife Dorothy and their son Mark quickly became integral parts to Jaworski Meats and have worked there for as long as they can remember. The market has always been regarded as a part of our family. Three generations of nephews, sons and daughters have worked within the venerable walls of Jaworski Meats.
In 1996, Fred wore his unmistakable paper butcher hat for the final time, when he passed away in March of that year. To the community, Fred was known simply as “The Kielbasa King.” To his family, he was a husband, a father and a papa. It is in all of these images that Fred’s heritage lives— today Jaworski Meats is owned and operated by Mark Jaworski, the Kielbasa Kid. Mark continues to operate on his father’s principles and our establishment is more than proud to meat the needs of the greater Cleveland community, continuing in the family tradition. Mark’s nephew, Adam, works full-time at the market alongside his uncle. And of course, Dorothy, still going strong, continues full-time at Jaworski’s, too. You’ll see her making Kielbasa, standing over the cranky mixer, steeping the ground pork in spices consistent with the age-old family recipe.