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Posted 3/24/10 (Wed)
Providing service to the community
Open house celebrates new grocery store
By CHERYL ODDEN, BHG News Service
Nearly two years ago, a fire destroyed a vacant building in Drake. The blaze was a dual tragedy. Even though the adjoining Main Street business, D & M Family Market, was spared, the store’s merchandise was not.
Citing heavy smoke damage, Diane Kolschefsky explained, “We lost our entire inventory.” The easy solution might have been to collect the insurance settlement and lock the doors. For Diane and her husband Mark, both Drake area natives, that wasn’t an option.
“We knew Drake needed to have a grocery store,” Diane said.
They weren’t the only ones who felt strongly that the community needed a grocery store.
Diane credits Dave Rosel, the city’s mayor, for playing a key role in assuring that the couple could re-open their business. According to Diane, Rosel pursued a number of grants that were used to help finance the city-owned structure that houses the “new” D & M Family Market.
Rosel noted that two USDA Rural Business Enterprise Grants provided nearly half the funds for the structure. An additional grant, from Minot’s Magic Fund, was used to purchase equipment.
The 50 x 80’ building is located across the street from the Kolschefsky’s former grocery store. From the street, the building might not look like a typical grocery store. Step inside and all that changes. The store is stocked with a variety of merchandise that includes the basics as well as specialty items.
Customers are treated to goodies such as fresh baked bread, buns and rolls. Noting the popularity of one such item, Diane said, “Caramel rolls are usually gone as soon as they are out of the pan.”
Helen Rieniets, a faithful shopper, has another favorite. “The donuts – in the morning they smell so good you have to buy them!”
While they store doesn’t feature an elaborate display of baked goods, Diane said she welcomes special orders. She added, “We can whip up a birthday cake on request.” Need a fruit basket or a meat and cheese tray? No problem. Just ask and they will be prepared.
Diane, who describes herself as owner/manager, is also the store’s butcher. In addition to cutting meat and grinding fresh hamburger, she offers her customers homemade bologna and smoked sausage.