Plain Township’s Showalter Seafood Market is a family affair

Showalter Seafood Market and Takeaway opened last August. For nearly a year, the market has been selling a variety of fresh fish, fried fish and side dishes in Plain Township.

Set back from the street on Whipple Avenue NW behind Grinder’s Above & Beyond, the market is a bit tricky to find, but that didn’t hinder business. The storefront, with a red and white sign depicting a lighthouse and large photos of seafood, welcomes customers for take-out orders.

Open the doors and you’re greeted by bright blue walls with fish and water themed decor and crates full of fresh fish.

I caught up with manager Devonna Cutts to learn more about the Seafood Market. Owned by Cutts’ mother, Renee Jones-Showalter, Showalter’s Seafood Market and Carryout is a family business.

The idea for the market came after seeing a need in the community.

“My mom was trying to think of another source of income and she wanted to do something the community needed,” Cutts said. “So with a lot of research, here we are.”

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Just before he was in business for a year, Cutts said people are finding Showalter’s and business is picking up.

“It certainly picked up a lot. More and more people know us by word of mouth and social networks. As a new company in the midst of all that’s going on economically, I think we’re doing good,” Cutts said.

The Showalter Seafood and Takeout Market offers fresh fish and seafood such as halibut, red snapper, salmon, catfish, perch, walleye, shrimp, clams and oysters. Cutts said they would also fry fish and shrimp. Also on the menu are sides including coleslaw, fried okra, fresh cut fries, hush puppies, tater tots, onion rings and rolls.

Many items on the menu have specific names, such as “Rob & Dee’s Famous” Ocean Perch, “Arlene and Van’s Kicking” Shrimp Basket, and “Grandma Kay’s” Whiting Dinner, all of which are named after the family. Grandparents, uncles, aunts and other family members are honored with menu items named after them.

Cutts said some of the most popular items on Showalter’s menu are walleye, salmon, cod, catfish, raw shrimp, clams and oysters.

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Looking for something to try? Cutts recommends the orange roughy or a walleye sandwich. “I can’t go wrong with either one,” Cutts said.

When asked what she likes best about the business, Cutts said meeting new people and when customers call or return to let her know they’re happy with their purchase.

Describing a day at the market, Cutts said it was “a lot of prep work, from icing the deal to ordering produce from vendors. It is certainly a lot of daily work to ensure that we serve our customers with the best that we can offer. »

The market sources seafood from a few distributors, including Euclid Fish Company, Blue Ribbon Meats & Seafood, and most recently, Sherwood Food Distributors.

“We get deliveries three to four days a week, so if you need it, nine times out of 10 we can get it,” Cutts said. “Our plan is to be around for a long time to serve Stark County with fresh fish and great customer service.”

Showalter’s Seafood Market and Carryout is located at 3110 Whipple Ave. NW in Plain Township and is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, with last hot food orders taken at 4:45 p.m. The kitchen closes at 5 p.m. To order, call 330-639-4215. See the full menu at Showalter’s Seafood Market and Carryout’s Facebook page.

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