Starbucks cuts ribbon at Cambridge Marketplace
— 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.”
Dorchester Chamber of Commerce members and Starbucks officials pose in front of the new store Wednesday Oct. 31.
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.