Sunday, August 19, 2012

Blue Crab Bay Review & *Giveaway*

Blue Crab Bay Company  offers an exceptional array of  all the things that remind of you of the seashore! From seasonings to gourmet food, this company has it all!

The Story Behind Blue Bay Crab Company
(as seen on their website)

In 1984, a young woman named Pamela Barefoot had a dream — to move to Virginia’s isolated Eastern Shore and survive with her creativity. The rural coastal peninsula, bounded by the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, offered a blank canvas for entrepreneurial opportunity, inspiring Pam to start her own business. Driving around the back roads in 1985, she envisioned items such as spice blends for clam and crab, two seafood species prevalent in the Chesapeake.
Setting up shop on the table in her farmhouse kitchen, she mixed seasonings and dreamed of other specialties that would embrace the flavors of the region. The “blank canvas” began filling in with all sorts of possibilities and new dreams, including the creation of local jobs, raising awareness of the region’s natural resources, and getting her new homeland on the map. Not long after she began, she rented space above a waterfront restaurant and immediately experienced a devastating fire. She moved her fledgling business back home. Then Hurricane Gloria hit, causing significant damage.
Undaunted by the setbacks, Pam, with her usual dogged determination, became more intent on realizing her vision. In 1986, she entered a contest in a national women’s magazine and wrote: “I envision someday having a multi-faceted operation … including mail order, wholesale regional foods, corporate gifts and a retail shop.” Her entry netted an award of $ 7,500 and major national publicity.
Business steadily increased, and like the Blue Crab of its logo, the company experienced several moltings. Pam’s hard work paid off: In 1999, she was named Virginia’s Small Business Person of the Year, and in 2003 the U.S. Small Business Administration tapped her as one of the nation’s Outstanding Women Entrepreneurs.
Today, her Bay Beyond Inc., a Virginia certified Small, Women & Minority Owned business enterprise, markets the Blue Crab Bay Co.® brand, which features award-winners such as Sting Ray® Bloody Mary Mixer with Clam Juice; coastal themed snacks such as Barnacles® and Dune Buggies®; seasonings; seafood dip kits; and fishnet-wrapped gift packs. Product expansions include Blue Crab Stoneware by Dovis Designs©, which features kitchenware, dinnerware, and serveware with a striking hand-painted blue crab motif; Bay Beyond® gourmet shelf-stable imported crabmeat; and Inner Ocean® nautical glycerin soaps, handmade with seaweed harvested from the Shore’s pristine marshes. Hard work and innovation at Blue Crab Bay Co. continue to be recognized. In 2011, the company received the prestigious Chairman’s Award at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business Tayloe Murphy Resilience Awards.
The dream that started on a back road has become a reality — jobs have been created, products are shipped internationally, and the Eastern Shore is finally on the map.

I received two adorable and high quality bowls:

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Photo property of Blue Crab Bay, used for demonstrative purposes only. No copyright infringement intended.

Not only are they extremely cute, but they are made to last. I used these bowls as "serving bowls" when I had company over for dinner. I received a lot of compliments on them, and even had someone ask me where I got them from. I quickly referred them to the Blue Crab Bay company website so that they could check out all the goodies for themself.
One lucky winner is going to receive one of the same bowls I did.
I did not receive any financial compensation for this review. I did, however, receive free product for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own.

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25 comments:

  1. Their products are perfect for my Cajun table! I love the Blue Glass Condiment Bowl with Crab and crab accessories.

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  2. These Blue Crab dishes are beautiful!
    bethelderton59 at gmail dot com

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  3. Thanks you for the opportunity to win. loriagalbraith at gmail dot com

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  4. blog post http://lorisplace.blogspot.ca/2012/08/blue-crab-bay-review-giveaway.html
    loriagalbraith at gmail dot com

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  5. Love their mugs, they have a nice big handle, I hate it when mugs have little handles you can barely grab onto.

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  6. I love so many things. My husband would love their seasonings. We live on the coast and love to try new things. All of their spices would be fun to try! Rita Spratlen rjspratlen@gmail.com

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  7. They have a lot of great things on their site. Thanks for the giveaway. Rita Spratlen rjspratlen@gmail.com

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  8. Button is at http://rj7777.blogspot.com/
    I blogged about this giveaway at http://rj7777.blogspot.com/2012/08/blog-post_991.html
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  9. I love all their Blue Crab Stoneware. I'd love to get the Blue Crab Mug w/Beach Blend Coffee.I might have to go buy that mug. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

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  10. Thanks for the chamce to win! I hope you have a good week :)

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  11. The Ultimate Crab Gift Pack would be awesome!

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  12. Thanks for the great giveaway! Please keep 'em coming! :)

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  13. like the coastal tongs

    hebb dot julie at gmail dot com

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  14. My favorite is the Ultimate Crab Gift Pack!

    annemarie562000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  15. I love Maryland blue crabs. In fact I was born in Silver Spring, MD right near Chesapeake Bay!

    Jesselyn A/Jesstinger
    jessterlyn(at)aol(dot)com

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  16. Thanks for the giveaway! I love their soups! They taste so yummy! I love the recipes they offer as well

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  17. Blue Crab dishes

    bethhoppe@hotmail.com

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  18. thanks for the awesome giveaway

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  19. I would love to win these for my MIL. She would be crazy for them!

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  20. Cool giveaway! Thank You So Much for the chance to win!

    Fiona N

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  21. Love to try the Sea Salt Nuts
    ncjeepster@aol.com

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