The Times - Serving Waitsburg, Dayton and the Touchet Valley

By Tracy Thompson
the Times 

Dayton Mercantile and Waitsburg Grocery work hard to maintain products and services during the COVID-19 pandemic

Owners of both local businesses express gratitude to their customers and employees


April 30, 2020

Lane Gwinn

Kaz Ravenwolf Pennington, from Waitsburg Grocery, helping customers on a Tuesday afternoon. Waitsburg Grocery and its employees are committed to keeping Waitsburg safe and healthy by practicing social distancing and disinfecting shared surfaces.

Grocery stores and their employees have become front-line services in these stay-at-home times. The Waitsburg Grocery Store on Main Street has been busy during the quarantine. Supply-chain challenges, stocking products customers are used to, and increased delivery and curbside service has required long work weeks from owner Jamie McMillen-Smit.

One of her first supply issues involved the price of eggs, which at one point reached three dollars a dozen while McMillen-Smit's cost was $3.21 a dozen. McMillen-Smit noted she "couldn't bring myself to charge over $3 a dozen." After working with da...

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