Star­bucks cuts rib­bon at Cam­bridge Mar­ket­place

Dorchester Star - - FRONT PAGE - By JACK RODGERS jrodgers@ches­pub.com

— A rib­bon­cut­ting cer­e­mony was held for the grand open­ing of a Star­bucks lo­ca­tion at the Cam­bridge Mar­ket­place, Wed­nes­day, Oct. 31.

Mem­bers of the Dorch­ester Cham­ber of Com­merce, along with mem­bers of Fairchild Prop­er­ties and leg­isla­tive rep­re­sen­ta­tives all were present for the open­ing of the Star­bucks, which in­cluded free cof­fee and treats.

The Star­bucks sits on the cam­pus of a pro­posed 50,000-square-foot, two-story Univer­sity of Mary­land Shore Med­i­cal Pav­il­ion at Cam­bridge hos­pi­tal. The pro­posed fa­cil­ity would boast a num­ber of out­pa­tient ser­vices in spe­cial­ties, in­clud­ing car­di­ol­ogy, di­a­betes, gas­troen­terol­ogy and gen­eral surgery.

The fa­cil­ity would be com­plete with 18 pri­vate emer­gency treat­ment rooms, two bed re­sus­ci­ta­tion/crit­i­cal care suites, three be­hav­ioral health rooms and 10 pri­vate short-stay ob­ser­va­tion beds. Ad­di­tion­ally, the med­i­cal pav­il­ion would of­fer an am­bu­la­tory surgery cen­ter, out­pa­tient re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ser­vices, car­dio-pul­monary re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and more.

Sen. Ad­die Eck­hart, R-37_ Mid-Shore, spoke briefly dur­ing the rib­bon cut­ting cer-

emony and said the busi­ness’ Col­lege Achieve­ment Plan will help pro­vide col­lege ed­u­ca­tions for 50 em­ploy­ees. She also said she was pleased to have so many peo­ple in at­ten­dance for the rib­bon cut­ting cer­e­mony.

“We’re de­lighted to have y’all here, ... We will be putting kids to school, ... so come work here for 20 hours a week and you go to school free and come out with a de­gree,” Eck­hart said.

Cam­bridge Mayor Vic­to­ria Jack­son-Stan­ley said the Star­bucks means a lot to the com­mu­nity.

“We have been wait­ing for Star­bucks and Char­lie Fairchild and his team, the part­ner­ship of Star­bucks has brought that re­vi­tal­iza­tion that we’ve been work­ing on one or­ga­ni­za­tion, one busi­ness at a time,” Vic­to­ria Jack­son-Stan­ley said. “But now we are mov­ing for­ward with such en­ergy — I’m very ex­cited.”

Also un­veiled within the Cam­bridge Mar­ket­place was the fi­nal mu­ral painted by Michael Rosato ti­tled, “Marsh Song.” The mu­ral cap­tures the nat­u­ral pro­gres­sion of sea­sons, and fea­tures wood ducks tak­ing flight from a body of wa­ter.

“It was re­ally a joy. Dorch­ester of­fers so much with the marsh and the songs of the marsh, you just have to drive down to get in­spired and that was the back­ground of this,” Rosato said. “It’s so much fun paint­ing at this scale.”

The mu­ral also has spe­cial mean­ing to Fairchild Prop­er­ties Pres­i­dent Char­lie Fairchild. A hum­ming­bird painted on the mu­ral rep­re­sents Fairchild’s wife, Sue. La­dy­bugs, Fairchild’s grand­chil­dren. A white perch on the mu­ral rep­re­sents one of Fairchild’s grand­chil­dren’s first catch, along with with wood ducks be­ing cho­sen by one of Fairchild’s hunt­ing guides.

“There’s a lot to it, there’s a story and there’s a song,” Fairchild said. “There’s lit­tle piece of my fam­ily all through­out this.”

PHOTO BY JACK RODGERS

Dorch­ester Cham­ber of Com­merce mem­bers and Star­bucks of­fi­cials pose in front of the new store Wed­nes­day Oct. 31.

PHOTO BY JACK RODGERS

Char­lie Fairchild, left, and Michael Rosato pull the cover off the fi­nal por­tion of the Marsh Song mu­ral at the Cam­bridge Mar­ket­place, Wed­nes­day, Oct. 31.

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