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This is Buzzy's Country Store blog designed to keep you apprised of what's going on at the Store. Buzzy's is a general store located in St. Mary's County, Southern Maryland near Pt. Lookout State Park. Buzzy and Jean Ridgell purchased the Store from Jean's father Harry Raley in 1953. Buzzy operated it until his passing in 2009. His son J. Scott Ridgell is the current owner.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Ruke's Smith Island - Closed

From https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rukes-Seafood-Deck-on-Smith-Island/208174822568620?sk=photos_stream
Here's another country store/restaurant that probably won't fare as well long term as did Coolidge's Cilley Store (previous post) - Ruke's on Smith Island.  It is now closed and it doesn't sound like there are any plans to try and keep it going (click here.)  Always makes me a little sad when I see stories like this about an old business shutting down.  Excerpts from linked article follow:
 
The grill went cold last month. The Store, now known as Ruke's Seafood Deck, named for Dize's husband, Ruthman "Ruke" Dize, closed permanently after nearly a century as a business in the island village of Ewell.
Locals and visitors have lost a landmark and a piece of island lore.

Also in the article, the Store's history is dicussed:

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