A Dream, a Drive, a Vision...The Story Behind Blue Crab Bay Co.

In 1985, a young woman named Pamela Barefoot had a dream — to move to Virginia’s isolated Eastern Shore and survive with her creativity. The rural coastal peninsula, bounded by the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, offered a blank canvas for entrepreneurial opportunity, inspiring Pam to start her own business. Driving around the back roads, she envisioned items such as spice blends for clam and crab, two seafood species prevalent in the Chesapeake. Setting up shop on the table in her farmhouse kitchen, she mixed seasonings and dreamed of other specialties that would embrace the flavors of the region. 

Today, under the new ownership of Maryland native Elizabeth Lankford, the Eastern Shore-based business continues to market the Blue Crab Bay Co.® brand, which features award-winners such as Sting Ray® Bloody Mary Mixer with Clam Juice; coastal themed snacks such as Barnacles®; seafood seasonings; and fishnet-wrapped gift packs. The company is the exclusive importer and distributor of Blue Crab Stoneware by Dovis Designs©, which features kitchenware, dinnerware, and serveware with a striking hand-painted blue crab motif. 

The dream that started on a back road in 1985 became a reality — and under Lankford's direction, will continue to thrive as an Eastern Shore brand.

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