Everyone knew Martin. Especially if you were a student at Case Western Reserve University’s law or social work school, both of which were barely 100 yards from the Barking Spider. Sadly, Martin died this past week after a long illness. You can read more about Martin and the Spider (especially check out the Coventry Village News piece which has wonderful photos of Martin):
It opened in 1986, and I arrived in Cleveland in 1988 to attend those graduate schools. The Spider was a big part of my life for the four years I spent in school, and beyond. So many memories, embraceable cheap wine hangovers included. I hope – and I really do think – Martin realized just what an unique and memorable place he’d created. May he be of blessed memory and best to all his loved ones.