Our family store has been an integral part of who I am since my siblings and I were born. Growing up, we loved to work at the store. Grandma and Grandpa would teach us age appropriate jobs. Most kids my age enjoyed playing make believe games like cowboys and Indians, teacher and students, or playing grocery store. I never realized just how cool it was to be able to play store with a real live grocery store at my disposal. One of our favorite jobs was pricing the cans. One would get an ink tin and a stamp with a price. As things go, we would stamp anything that we could, which didn't go over too well with Grandpa! If we did a good job, we were certain to get ice cream.
As I got a bit older and had mastered the basics of reading and writing in grade school, I used to answer the phone and take the home delivery orders for my Grandpa. After writing down the orders, I went and filled them and packed them for delivery. When the truck wasn't too full, Grandpa would let us ride with him to deliver. Of course, that meant we had to ride in the back of the truck because there was only one seat up front. We sat on the wheel wells or the floor and bounced around and laughed. Imagine how that would go over today with no seats or seat belts!
My teenage years in high school introduced me to my least favorite job, cashiering. Someone yelled at me once and frightened me and I didn't like it. Being in the front at the cash register, however, did have its good moments as you got to see everyone coming in or leaving the store. One day when I was a junior in high school, I was standing at the cash register and a very handsome young man came in. He was polite but not interested in talking to me. He was looking for my two cousins who also worked there…
Long story short, that handsome young man and I have been very happily married for 37 years. We have five children, all of whom have worked at the family business: Mark, Peter, Andy, Bridget and Jacquie. Today Andy, Bridget & Jacquie are the future of our family business, the fourth generation. I’m proud of them and I am proud of our entire Prisco-Guzauskas family. Ninety years is indeed quite an accomplishment. Thanks grandma and grandpa, mom and dad for all that you did for us. And thanks to all of you great customers who have been our neighbors and supporters all these years. We could never have made it without you.
Beth (Prisco) Guzauskas