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Sunday, July 29, 2007

Frisbee's Market

Frisbee's Market at Kittery Point is the oldest family-owned store in the United States.
Established in 1828, this old-fashioned grocery -- with wood floors, tin ceilings, and signs from the 1940s advertising smoked knuckles for 37 cents a pound -- is run by the sixth generation of the Frisbee family, whose Kittery roots date to the late 1700s.
The store has evolved with time, changing from a warehouse-style business in the early 1800s to a full-service grocery store. In the 1950s, Frank Frisbee II, a fifth-generation owner, wanted to give the store a more modern look, so he sold many of its older fixtures and furnishings.

"He got rid of all the old stuff and made it look very supermarkety, which was his dream," recalled Frisbee's son, Frank Frisbee III, who now owns the business with his sister, Cindy Frisbee. "That was the trend back then, and nobody even wanted the old stuff, either. So he dumped the old cash register, the scales, and the coffee grinder. Now he knows they were valuable and would have liked to have hung onto them." [Link]
[Photo credit: Dry Goods by jandazza]


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