6632 Main Street, Gloucester, VA 23061
Fine wines, gourmet foods, and sumptuous gifts. Is there a better-sounding trio in the English language? If you’re like us and feel the answer is a big “No,” then head over to Kelsick Specialty Market in Virginia’s historic Gloucester Main Street Village.
Guided by the steady hand of founder Beth Haskell, Kelsick Market served the good people of the Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck for since 1988 with their specially-curated collections of gourmet products and ingredients, kitchen accessories, and prepared foods.
With the emergence of an able and enthusiastic entrepreneur, however, Haskell retired from the retail gig in late 2018 and sold the Market to area-local Paige Drewry – who was all of 23 years old. Said Drewery at the time, “[I’m] a natural-born foodie, I’ve worked in food service, studied culinary arts and business, and traveled throughout Europe studying wine. I [feel] 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 agreed, and with good reason.
Drewry’s commitment to food goes back several years, even for a youngster like her. Poo-pooing the usual high school pursuits, Drewry spent her junior and senior years in a culinary studies program, followed by college at Johnson & Wales where she studied culinary arts, food service management, business, marketing, and wine (yes, you can do that).
Originally, she planned to pursue a career as a master sommelier, though Drewey switched gears when the Kelsick Market opportunity came along. In her mind, it was everything she loved – food, wine, being close to home, and a chance to support local farmers. It was the chance of a lifetime, and she took it.
These days, Drewry continues the Kelsick tradition of providing a superb selection of foodstuffs and kitchen supplies to the area’s discerning customers – foodies and regular folk alike. Aside from specialty cheeses, meats, antipasti, breads, and sweets, Kelsick offers catering services, gift basket curation, and yes, craft beer and wine tasting evenings.
Don’t want to cook tonight? Try Kelsick’s grab-and-go homemade prepared soups, pasta dishes, and desserts. Even better, sign up online for Kelsick’s Monthly Entrée Menu for prepared meals throughout the month. It’s like the big-name meal kit services, but with minimal preparation and maximum taste. Go with the Honey-Garlic Pork Loin, Chicken and Wild Rice Soup, or a Prosciutto and Goat Cheese Pizza for game night. There’s no minimum meal order, and many entrées can be prepared gluten-free.
But enough about food — let’s talk wine. Given Drewry’s background, it comes as no surprise that she takes special pride in offering a large selection of fine wines from around the globe, many of which cannot be found at local grocery or wine stores. Fancy a flute of Petillant Blanc after a hard week? If bubbly isn’t your cup of tea, the knowledgeable staff at Kelsick will help you find that perfect Pinot Noir (or other varietal) to keep the stress away.
For those who prefer their poison a little more hops-y, Kelsick offers a vast selection of craft beers and meads. Did we mention the hard ciders? They’ve got those, too.
Finally, with all that good food lying around, you wouldn’t want Fido to feel left out. Rest assured, Kelsick has recently started carrying raw meat pet food to make him feel special, too.
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