Cornerstone Market & Deli is a family owned and operated produce market that offers much more than just fruit and vegetables. The lively atmosphere, energetic crew and lavish displays are sure to delight every customer to pass through the doors. The market is run by Nick & Stef Bartolone with the help of family and friends. Nick is the third generation of Bartolones in the produce business.
Carl Bartolone Sr. got involved in produce in the early 1930's under the mentorship of his Uncle Joe. Carl and his Uncle would hand select every piece of fruit and vegetable that they would later sell right off the back of their truck. It was a hard living that required a strong back and the ability to work long, exhausting hours. Once Carl had learned all he could he set out on his own to cut his own path into history.
In 1948 Carl Bartolone started his business that would later be called Carl Bartolone & Sons Wholesale Produce. They provided service to the greater Cleveland area from their headquarters in Garfield Heights, OH. Carl and his wife had seven children, five of which were sons, all anxious to follow in their fathers footsteps. Over the next several years the boys learned from their father all the tools and techniques needed to be successful in the produce business. Even their wives got involved, helping out with the behind the scenes bookkeeping and accounting aspect. While the women worked, their children would all play together and pretend to be produce men like their fathers and Grandfather. As the next generation got older the company had grown into a large fleet of trucks providing fresh produce to most of NorthEast Ohio and as far South as Columbus. Nick and his two younger brothers would spend their afternoons after school helping do whatever they could at the warehouse and learning the business. The families continued to grow and Carl's sons knew they needed to expand.
Larry and Paul Bartolone set out together to start a pair of retail stores now known as Green Farms, with locations in Alliance, Ohio and East Canton, Ohio. Larry and his wife, Tina had three boys all of which acclimated right into the family business. Right out of high school Nick, the oldest son, began delivering produce for his Grandpa's company. Two years later and started at Green Farms under the mentorship of his father and uncle. The retail stores were a new and exciting chapter in the world of produce. They found it to be their true passion. Seeing the faces of the happy customers as they delight in the juiciness of an orange or the sweet aroma of a fresh picked strawberry. Nick, his two brothers and cousins all worked at Green Farms for several years.
Nick married Stefanie in the summer of 2009. They knew that someday they wanted a market of their own. They dreamed of working together and raising their family in the business as well. Larry, Nick's dad, was determined to help make that a reality for them when he found the building that is now Cornerstone Market & Deli. Family and friends worked hard for eight straight months to renovate the store and get it to where it is today. With over 70 years of experience behind them they designed and built that market to best serve the community. The store opened up first with flowers on May 13, 2011 and shortly after the produce market opened up just in time for Memorial Day Weekend with the Deli opening up Forth of July Weekend.
Larry and Nick hand pick every piece of produce daily just as their father and grandfather had done. The Bartolones plan to grow and transform this market to fit the needs of the community. Cornerstone Market & Deli will always strive to put the freshest products on the shelves and offer the best service possible. With their faith in Christ and God given talent in produce this family plans to serve Munroe Falls, and surrounding cities for many years to come. So stop in and enjoy a conversation with our friendly family here at Cornerstone Market. You will surely find someone who is happy to see you and help out in any way. Until then, from our family here at Cornerstone Market, thank you and God Bless!