(June 13, 2014) The 67th Street TownCenter welcomed The Market to its storefronts on Memorial Day, bringing fresh-brewed coffee, local produce and seafood straight from the docks to Ocean City’s mid-town shoppers.
The Market features three local businesses —Point Break Espresso from 44th Street in Ocean City, Martin Fish Company based on the docks of West Ocean City and Berlin Organics from its farm on Route 611 — in one spot.
“We sell everything that’s fresh,” said Patti Miller, who owns the mid-town shopping center with her husband Peck. “Because what’s sold comes from local companies, you know what you’re getting.”
The idea for The Market has been in the works since the 67th Street center launched almost a year ago with shops such as Sweet Frog Premium Frozen Yogurt, Ron Jon Surf Shop, Atlantic Gold jewelers and the Longboard Café.
A coffee shop was always part of the plan, Miller said. Then came Martin Fish Company, which opened in the spot last fall.
“They were so excited that they didn’t even wait for the whole market to be built,” Miller said. “People were really, really wishing that we had a fresh fish market somewhere mid-town.”
“It was a good way to get our product up to the North Ocean City residents,” agreed Ginger Martin, marketer for the seafood company. “We have a lot of residents in Fenwick and North Ocean City that drive all the way to our West Ocean City market.”
Now customers can find the same fresh seafood at the mid-town location, including fresh fillets of local mahi mahi, tuna, swordfish, and mako as well as fresh scallops, clams and oysters.
“It’s the same products they can get from our other store in West Ocean City,” Martin said. And as a family-run business since 1958, “we’re as local as you can get,” she said.
“Our thinking was, ‘This makes the start of a great market,’” Miller said and when Berlin Organics joined the mix this spring, The Market was complete.
The local, organic farm opened its Juice Shack with a mix of healthy, fresh juices and smoothies as well as local produce, eggs and honey for sale.
“It’s just so popular,” Miller said.
Point Break Espresso has taken over as The Market’s coffee shop offering hot and frozen drinks alongside New York-style bagels made fresh daily. The booth plans to serve desserts in the near future, Miller said.
Though The Market opened just a few weeks ago, word has been spreading, she said.
“People were so excited the first weekend that they were taking photos of each counter and sending pictures to their friends,“ she said. “It’s really neat to see.”
Beyond the fresh seafood, produce and cups of coffee, The Market also offers indoor and outdoor seating with views of the bayside lagoon.
“It has a great atmosphere,” Miller said. “It’s very different for Ocean City and you can see the excitement in the first customers’ faces.”
The Market marks the 67th Street Town Center’s 10th store, filling its storefronts, although the Millers have plans to add on to the center’s lagoon-side, she said.
“We’ve just been met with a lot of excitement,” Miller said. “It continues to get busier and busier.”
Visit The Market seven days a week starting at 7 a.m., when Point Break Espresso begins serving its fresh-brewed coffee. Berlin Organics Juice Shack opens at 9 a.m. followed by Martin Seafood Company, which operates from 12-7 p.m. daily. Point Break stays open until 10 p.m. daily for customers to get a cup after dinner.
For more information on the 67th Street mid-town Boardwalk, visit www.octowncenter.com.