Driving along America’s highways, you may come across some odd combinations of retail outlets. On old Route 40, just west of Middletown, MD stands a shop in front of which hangs a sign that reads, “Rudy’s Cold Beer and Welding. The little shop that stands half way between the towns of Winchester and Berryville along Route 7 East, however, is far and away the most unusual in its combination of services.
Situated on the right side of Route 7 lies the Oak Hill Grocery although if you read the fine print on the sign they’re a little more than a grocery store. Yes, if you read that sign carefully, you’ll see that this quaint little establishment is actually a grocery store/adult video and novelty store. You don’t see that combination very often, and by “very often,” I mean never–except on Route 7 between Winchester and Berryville.
I’ve travelled past Oak Hill Grocery numerous times now in the past year and finally decided that I had to find out exactly what a grocery/adult video store looks like. Manager Tina Geary is extremely friendly and bade me look around to my heart’s content. As a grocery store, Oak Hill makes a great adult video and novelty store. In the corner to the right of the door, stand four shelves, each about three feet long and none very deep. One shelf is home to a few cans of Campbell’s Soup. Another shelf houses a few bags of chips, although the chips share some space with (I kid you not) Hustler Trading Cards. Boy, and I thought getting a Cal Ripken Rookie was cool. Anyway, once I had checked out the grocery aisles–aisle–shelf, Tina urged me to inspect the rest of the store, which I did although I covered my eyes. I had to look through my fingers in order to navigate the multiple rooms and numerous aisles of this section of Oak Hill Grocery.
I know many of you might be a bit reserved about visiting a place such as Oak Hill Grocery, but now you can put your minds at ease for I have investigated for you and you need not stop by. On the other hand, if you like old-fashioned friendly service–and you’re out of soup, then stop in and tell Tina I sent you.