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Marblehead market celebrates 70 years

The Shube family, from left, Doug, Carol, and George are celebrating the 70th birthday of their store, Shubie's in Marblehead. (Spenser R. Hasak)

MARBLEHEAD — With wine, spirits and cheese and food specialties, George Shube, the owner of Shubie’s Marketplace, said his store is a fun stop.

“It’s a candy store for big kids,” he said.

This weekend the shop is celebrating its 70th anniversary. Lots has changed since Shube’s father bought a liquor license in 1948.

“There’s a lot to be said about the cliched Main Street USA,” he said. “It’s a shame that places like that are fading out, but it’s alive and well here.”

For their celebration on Friday, Shubie has constructed a giant tent in their parking lot filled with 12 wine tables, more than 80 different wines, cheeses, and hors d’oeuvres.

For Doug Shube, the white tent recalls memories of the celebrations the store had in the past when he was a child, but this time he organized the festivities.

“They’ve done so many of them so I wanted to take the reins for this one,” Doug Shube said. “The staff is excited, our customers are excited, it’s really been a great team effort.”

Just like events in the past, the Shubes are partnering with Friends of the Marblehead Public Schools. Proceeds from the festivities will go to Friends of the Marblehead Public Schools.

“We love the organization,” George Shube said. “I can’t imagine any kid going through the schools that hasn’t been touched somehow by their programs.”

Doug Shube said they’re not just a store, but a family.

“This event really represents that and our relationship with the community,” he said.

The fun continues Saturday for customers with most of the store’s items for sale at 20 percent off throughout the day.

“It just makes it a lot of fun,” George Shube said. “We’re just really fortunate and count our blessings that community supports us. I’m the luckiest guy in the world.”

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