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Hoopers Island Launches Seasonal Retail Operation

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HOOPERS ISLAND OYSTER CO. LAUNCHES SEASONAL RETAIL OPERATION
Announces sale of premium oysters to consumers; unveils commemorative can

Cambridge, MD -- Hoopers Island Oyster Co., a Dorchester County aquaculture business, will open a pop-up store for the holidays in mid-November in Cambridge. It is the first time the company is offering oysters by the dozen and in shucked pints direct to consumers. Shucked oysters are also available in a one-gallon limited edition “Heritage Tin” modeled after the oyster cans used in the 19th and 20th centuries and popular with antique collectors today.

“Since founding Hoopers Island in 2010, we’ve had numerous people ask us where they could purchase both live and shucked oysters,” said Ricky Fitzhugh, Managing Partner. “We know that many people enjoy preparing and serving oysters for Thanksgiving and the winter holidays. The recent opening of our Cambridge sales and manufacturing facility provided the perfect opportunity to make our premium oysters available to local residents.”

The limited edition heritage tin, which contains two pints of Chesapeake Gold oysters, is designed by Cambridge graphic artist Jill Jasuta and features the work of Dorchester artist Michael Rosato,

Hoopers Island Founding Partner Johnny Shockley believes the oyster tin will be a popular hostess gift and holiday present with Eastern Shore residents and visitors.

“We’re proud to celebrate Maryland’s heritage of oystering and canning with this beautiful commemorative tin,” he said. “As we work to revive Dorchester County’s seafood industry and return oysters and jobs to the Chesapeake Bay, we hope consumers will enjoy our oysters on the half shell, fried and in traditional recipes for stew and stuffing.”

Hoopers Island oysters, shucked pints and heritage tins will also be sold in Baltimore at Chef Spike Gjerde’s Parts and Labor Butchery in Remington.

Due to limited availability, orders for the oysters and heritage tins must be placed in advance and picked up at Hoopers Island’s Cambridge facility located off of Route 16 at 837 Chesapeake Drive (Unit B) or in Baltimore at Parts & Labor, 2600 N. Howard Street.

To place an order, call 410-397-3664 or email afitzhugh@hoopersisland.com. Credit card payment only.

Founded by watermen on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Hoopers Island Oyster Co. is providing equipment, product and seed to consumers, growers and conservationists on the Chesapeake Bay and in coastal regions around the world.

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