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Cater & Benfield Grocers


Yesterday, circa 1906, the building on Pleasant Street (nearest the Custom House and Post Office) was the home of Cater & Benfield, high grade grocers. The had three stores, two of which were at No. 2 and No. 4 Pleasant Street. Their advertisement claims " ... All that is reliable and desirable in staple and fancy groceries are carried, including leading brands of flour, unsurpassed canned goods, table delicacies and bottled condiments, farm and dairy products, fancy biscuits and crackers, choice teas, coffees, and spices. Select fancy groceries, breakfast foods and prime fresh and cured meats are special features."


Today, there is a new building and it is No. 10 Pleasant Street. On the left side of No. 10 is Me & Ollie's Cafè. They claim, "It is the bread that makes the sandwich, and it's Me & Ollie's bread that makes our sandwich. Our challenge: find the best stuff to put on the best bread. First we select the best meats, like premium oven-roasted turkey, prime-cut roast beef, albacore tuna, and all white chicken breast. We then strolled through the garden and picked the freshest leaf lettuce, red onions, and alfalfa sprouts. Next stop, our homemade spreads like sun-dried tomato mayonnaise, olive tapanade, and horseradish house dressing. Finally, the best part ... we pile it all on our bread."

On the right side of No. 10 is Stonewall Kitchens, Creators of Specialty Foods.. Jonathan King and Tim Stott say in their brochure, "This year marks the tenth anniversary of Stonewall Kitchen. A decade ago we set up our three-foot square card table at the local farmers market displaying proudly the few dozens items we had finished hand labeling just hours before. We could not have imagined the breadth of the journey we were about to begin.

We have taken our inspiration from two of our favorite ways to entertain - brunch and Maine lobster dinner ... whether it's a summertime brunch in your garden or a family cookout, you are sure to find enticing ideas ..."


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