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Pair fired up about crabs, festivals

September 12, 2012
  • Thomas Gibson and Charlotte Baker own Firehouse Crabballs, which provides crab balls stuffed with shrimp, fresh-cut fries, veggie burgers and other items appropriate for the venues to which they travel.
By Ric Dugan, Staff Photographer

Name of business: Firehouse Crabballs

Owners: Thomas Gibson and Charlotte Baker

Address: Williamsport

Opening date: Sept. 28, 2011

Products and services: Crab balls stuffed with shrimp, fresh-cut fries, veggie burgers and other items appropriate for the venues to which they travel

Target market: Festivals

How did you get into your business, and what motivated you to start it? Retirement with travel options

Previous business experience: Gibson is assistant chief at the National Institutes of Health Fire Department in Bethesda, Md., and plans to retire in December. He has been a volunteer firefighter for 37 years, in addition to his 23-year professional career, and has prepared food for volunteer fire department fundraisers, and cooked meals at firehouses. Baker retired as an educator with Washington County Public Schools.

Number of employees: Two

Hours: Based on venue

Phone number: 301-988-8022   

Email: firehousecrabballs@yahoo.com

Facebook page: Firehouse Crabballs

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