Simmons Center Market celebrates 80th anniversary
CAMBRIDGE — Simmons Center Market welcomed a crowd of more than 200 people to celebrate the business’ 80th anniversary on Thursday, Sept. 7.
In conjunction with the Dorchester Chamber of Commerce, a business-after-hours event was held Thursday evening with light refreshments, free samples, and special sales. The staff and family, including owner and operator Ricky Travers and his wife Rosi, were there to greet guests.
A representative from Herr’s passed out free bags of chips, representatives from Chesapeake Bay Roasting Company brewed up their coffee for free samples, and Nice Farms brought their ice cream truck to hand out 80 free scoops to celebrate Center Market’s 80 years.
All weekend, Herr’s chips and 2-liter Pepsi products were only 80 cents, and Chesapeake Bay Roasting Company Coffee was for sale at $10 per can.
The team from Center Market remarked in a Facebook post that, though they may not always be able to compete with prices at stores such as Walmart, they provide so much more in the form of customer ser vice, freshness, and personalized attention that big box stores cannot offer.
“It’s a blessing to be able to carry on the trade and do what
my grandfather did,” Travers said. “In today’s world, it’s a tough time to be in business, period, but to be an independent small business like this is even tougher.”
Center Market offers grocery delivery service to those unable to shop, fresh and local produce, hand-cut meats, fresh flowers, and made-to-order gift baskets suitable for any occasion.
As fall approaches, the gift shop is ready with all sorts of decor, and mums are available for your garden.
“We have to be very much niche-driven. We sell wholesale meat and produce to local restaurants, and we’re still doing fresh-cut meats that you can’t go into Walmart and other places to get,” Travers said. “We make all of our deli salads fresh, in-house. We stress local products. We sell local milk, local cheese, local yogurt, local ice cream, local coffee, local produce, and more. That’s really what people want. As long as we can give them what they want, that’s what it’s about.”
Citations were presented by Maryland Sen. Addie Eckardt, R-37_Mid-Shore; Del. Johnny Mautz, R-37BTalbot; and Chris Adams, R-37B-Wicomico; City Commissioners Dave Cannon and LaShon Foster on behalf of the City of Cambridge; Melissa Kelly on behalf of U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen; and Len Foxwell on behalf of Comptroller Peter Franchot.
“You all are an anchor in our community with a long tradition of family, friends, and community,” Eckardt said.
On behalf of the Simmons Center Market family, Travers thanked the patrons, employees, suppliers, and all those who have supported the business over the years.
Maryland Comptroller’s Chief of Staff Len Foxwell presented a proclamation to the Simmons family on Thursday, Sept. 7, on behalf of Comptroller Peter Franchot.
Old newspaper clippings and photos documenting the 80 years of Simmons Center Market were displayed at the anniversary celebration.
Just a sampling of the fall and halloween decor available at the Simmons Center Market gift shop.
Chesapeake Bay Roasting Company brewed up some free samples for guests to try. Their coffee is sold by the can at Simmons Center Market.
The gift and garden shops at Simmons Center Market are ready for fall with decor and mums.
A new sign adorns the storefront window at Simmons Center Market to commemorate 80 years of business.