Saving Scheele's Market

Photo by Leslie Kamrad
When asked: "Who will be shopping at Scheele's from now on?," everyone raised their hands!
When asked: "Who will be shopping at Scheele's from now on?," everyone raised their hands!

The party program listed numerous donors including the Haagen-Dazs store in Georgetown which provided and served ice cream cones (Photo by: Leslie Kamrad) The party program listed numerous donors including the Haagen-Dazs store in Georgetown which provided and served ice cream cones

Georgetowners love their unique village - this was clear when neighbors and friends joined together to celebrate the historic market known as Scheele's at the corner of 29th and Dumbarton Street on Thursday evening June 21 with a block party despite the record breaking heat that day.

Scheele's Market has served the community for the past 118 years and when the building was purchased last year, neighbors were concerned about the fate of the market. A community group, Friends of Scheele's, was formed to help preserve the store and successfully arranged for a recorded covenant which legally requires that the store remain a grocery for the next 15 years even if sold to a new owner.

Mike Peabody welcomes neighbors and friends for the buffet dinner with fond memories of appreciation for Mr. and Mrs. Kye Lee (Photo by: Leslie Kamrad) Mike Peabody welcomes neighbors and friends for the buffet dinner with fond memories of appreciation for Mr. and Mrs. Kye Lee

The block party celebrated affectionately Mr. and Mrs. Kye Lee who have served the community for the past 20 years and have touched many lives in the neighborhood, as well as warmly welcomed the new store operator they found, Mr. Dongjuk Kim.  29th Street was closed to traffic to allow for tables, chairs and a buffet dinner to be set up in front of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church across from the market.

Mike Peabody introduces the new operator of Scheele's, Mr. Dongjuk Kim. (Photo by: Leslie Kamrad) Mike Peabody introduces the new operator of Scheele's, Mr. Dongjuk Kim.

Mike Peabody, co-chair with Marilyn Melkonian, organized the block party to show appreciation for the Lees and to raise the funds needed for the store improvements and the recorded covenant, which almost reached the goal of $70,000 needed by June 30th (for those interested in contributing, please contact Mike Peabody at 2811 Dumbarton Street NW).

The buffet dinner included Stachowski sausages from their new deli store on 28th Street (Photo by: Leslie Kamrad) The buffet dinner included Stachowski sausages from their new deli store on 28th Street

During the party, the crowd joyously sang verses by Sidney Lawrence about the history of the Scheele's Market - may it serve the community for another 100 years!

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Jerry A. McCoy

Could someone please donate a copy of the "party program" to the Peabody Room at the Georgetown Neighborhood Library? Simply leave it in an envelope for Jerry McCoy at the circulation desk if Peabody is not open. Thank you!

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