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
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
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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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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