August 11, 2021
It’s about time we’re “on the map”! All joking aside, it’s humbling to be recognized.
I started working at Mike’s Pool Street Market when I was 16. When the previous owner was ready to sell, I’d just turned 20. I knew I wanted to buy the store so I went to the Bank and found out what I needed to do to make it happen. About a year later when I was 21, I started Pool Street Market on my own.
Looking back, it didn’t seem like a big deal at the time. When I think about it now, I realize just how momentous it really is. I don’t know what advice I’d give a 20 year old who was thinking of doing what I did. I knew I loved what I was doing and it just felt right. I’m so grateful everything fell into place and I was able to work through my twenties and thirties.
Being a “lobster roll landmark” is exciting. We have our regulars, and then we have our seasonal regulars. We also have the first timers. I think what’s worked best for us is keeping it simple, affordable and customizable. You can build your lobster roll however you like. We have four sizes available, but really any size is a treat. It’s a bonus that our rolls come from our friends at another local landmark. Reilly’s Bakery.
I still remember the first order and the $10 bill used to pay for it. Every day since has been the same, but also different. We’ve been fortunate to have our family work and stick by us through the years.
I’m not exactly sure what’s next, but it’s been a fulfilling journey. I know wholeheartedly that the challenging moments, and more importantly the joyful ones, have made it all worth it.
- Crystal Davis Vachon, Pool Street Market