‘We’re really proud of it’: NS couple carry on family tradition by selling fresh seafood in Lunenburg
LUNENBURG, NS – In the heart of Old Town Lunenburg, you’ll find Kelly and Jason Conrad’s boutique filled with fresh seafood and family tradition.
“I’m a fourth-generation Lunenburger,” says Kelly Conrad, co-owner of the store. “My grandfather and my great-grandfather were both ship captains. “
The husband and wife duo opened up Dory Mates Seafood Store three years ago, after noticing that something was missing in the city: a place to buy fresh seafood.
A tradition which, according to Kelly, has faded over the years.
“Before you knew it, you couldn’t buy fresh seafood in Lunenburg,” she explains. “I saw this for years working in the restaurant industry, so we decided to open a fish market because (sic) you couldn’t buy fresh fish. I sent all of our restaurant customers to buy fresh fish from the supermarket and it didn’t make sense.
Dory Mates Seafood Store serves a variety of local produce, some of which is caught off Lunenburg by Jason and every now and then Kelly goes fishing.
“I make lobster, mackerel and herring,” says Jason. “The herring that we use to make our Solomon Gundy, which is very popular. But it’s cod, tusk, swordfish, tuna, halibut, snow bucket, Jonah crab, and if you have special request, we can even try to get it.
The Conrads say they can’t wait to have customers in the store again. At the moment, they only do curbside pickup.
Before the start of the pandemic, the couple also organized events. However, next week they will be resuming their port-side lobster boils, in partnership with Lightship Brewing Co. in Lunenburg, while following public health protocols.
“We’re really proud of it,” says Kelly. “With our ancestors, and keep it alive here in Lunenburg, by offering fresh local produce mostly from sustainable sources.”
The company offers a new take on an old tradition, founded on love and passion for the local fishing industry.
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