Comptroller recognizes Baker’s Liquors
CHESTER — Maryland State Comptroller Peter Franchot stopped by Baker’s Liquors in Chester Friday afternoon, Aug. 19, to pay tribute to Wheeler and Holly Baker as longtime successful small business owners in Queen Anne’s County. Franchot found Baker as he normally appears at work, wheeling a hand-truck outside with a smile on his face helping customers load merchandise they purchased into their vehicles.
Franchot then gathered the Baker’s and store clientele in the front of the store for a brief but meaningful presentation.
The two share a history. Franchot and Baker were both elected to the House of Delegates in 1990, and both served on the House Appropriations Committee as freshman delegates. Franchot said, “I learned quickly that Wheeler is a man of integrity”.
Franchot presented a formal Certificate of Recognition, that read: “Awarded to Baker’s Liquors: In recognition of your successful family-owned and operated business and for you contributions to the local community since 1971. With sincere appreciation for your strong commitment to providing a great selection and friendly customer service, as well as your support of community initiatives, best wishes for continued growth, success and prosperity.”
Queen Anne’s County Commission President Mark Anderson was also present. He added, “Wheeler has demonstrated over and over that he cares especially for people in the community who cannot care for themselves,” referring to Baker’s leadership as a board member since 1979 with Chesterwye, located in Grasonville.
Chesterwye is a facility for adults with developmental disabilities that offer programs with lifeskills training to assist those adults in become contributing citizens. Baker is currently the chairman of Chesterwye Foundation.
Franchot also presented the Bakers with his symbolic gold coin, representing excellence across the state as recognized by the comptroller, a tradition started by the late Louis Goldstein, former comptroller. However, Goldstein presented manufactured wooden coins.
Of the recognition, Baker said, “It was very kind of him to do this, to recognize our team here at the store. You know, you don’t do this business by yourself!”
Last month, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan stopped by the store as Baker had expressed, “I’d like to meet him — I like what he’s been doing throughout the state.” Hogan heard about it and obliged his request.
Maryland State Comptroller Peter Franchot, center, presents a Certificate of Recognition to Baker’s Liquors in Chester. From left are Queen Anne’s County Commission President Mark Anderson, Holly Baker, Franchot, Wheeler Baker and Queen Anne’s County Sheriff Gary Hofmann.
This coin presented by State Comptroller Peter Franchot to those in the state, “In Recognition of Excellence, Service & Sacrifice.” It was presented to Wheeler and Holly Baker of Chester for their successful management of Baker’s Liquors since 1971.
The flip side of the Comptroller’s honorary coin of recognition.