Kelsick Market under new ownership

- Posted on Mar 13, 2019 - 12:38 PM

Photo: Beth Haskell, left, recently sold Kelsick Specialty Market to Yorktown native Paige Drewry, right. Haskell founded the business and ran it for nearly 30 years.

Beth Haskell, left, recently sold Kelsick Specialty Market to Yorktown native Paige Drewry, right. Haskell founded the business and ran it for nearly 30 years.

Kelsick Specialty Market on Gloucester’s Main Street is now under new ownership. Beth Haskell, who founded and owned the business for nearly 30 years, sold it to Yorktown native Paige Drewry, it was announced Tuesday.

Drewry, 23, always knew she wanted to open her own business, but was waiting for the right sign and the right opportunity, according to a release. “A natural-born foodie, I’ve worked in food service, studied culinary arts and business and traveled throughout Europe studying wine,” she said. “I felt called to Kelsick Specialty Market and just know that I’m supposed to be here, in this community, ushering the market into its next chapter.”

Haskell, who is retiring, plans to remain in Gloucester and fondly recalls her years owning Kelsick. “It has been an incredible adventure serving the community from our kitchen and shelves for so many years,” she said. “I made incredible friends, memories with so many, and had some of the best times of my life.”

Haskell said Drewry echoes her excitement in running the business. “Paige is bringing in that same level of excitement to serve, along with some exciting fresh ideas, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to see her take the reins of Kelsick Specialty Market,” she added. 

While attending York High School, Drewry spent her junior and senior years in the New Horizons Culinary Studies program. Having fallen in love with food and the culinary arts, she attended Johnson & Wales where she studied culinary arts, food service management, business and marketing, and wine, the release stated.

“I did a wine internship and studies abroad in Germany where I was fortunate to try more than 500 different wines, visit 15 different vineyards, and really hone my appreciation and love of wine,” Drewry said. 

She learned about the opportunity to purchase Kelsick last year from her father. “At first, I was unsure,” she said. “I had started a photography business, focusing a lot on food photography, and was working events at my church. Then I came up and met with Beth, did a walk through, and I knew it was perfect.”

She said the loves the fact that Kelsick offers local, healthy, organic foods. Over the coming months, she plans to spend a lot of time getting to know members of the community, customers and the operations of the store.

“I’m excited to build it up and put my own special touch on it and make it my own place,” Drewry said. “We have some plans for right away and have some plans down the road.”

The name Kelsick will remain. “We have to keep the name,” she added. “There is 25 years of history here and I want to honor that. The community here is so unique and the people so very loyal. I’m delighted to become a part of it all.”