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May 17, 2017 THE BEACON 5B Collins purchases meat block used in 1970s By Beth Scott COSHOCTON - Gary Collins, owner of Collin’s Meat and Food Market, LLC on Kenilworth Avenue, who is known as “The Meat Man”, recently purchased a meat block that he used in 1973 when he worked after school at Young’s IGA. “I cut meat on that thing when I was 17,” he said. “That’s why I bought it. It’s a sentimental thing. The first time I cut meat on it since I was 17 was last Friday (May 5).” Collins started at Young’s IGA in 1973 when he was 16 years old carrying groceries. The only time he was back in the meat room was on Friday nights when he would help clean up. But that changed when Dick Selders, manager of Young’s IGA in Coshocton, asked him if he would like to learn how to cut meat. He started cutting meat when he was 17 and got his journeyman’s license when he was 17 and 1/2 years old. In 1976, Collins was transferred to Wooster and worked at the north and the south store for Young’s IGA. In 1978, he returned to Coshocton County when Ron Boyer called from Boyer’s IGA in Warsaw and asked if he would manage the meat department for that store. On Jan. 1, 1980, Selders purchased the Sanitary Meat Market on Main Street and Collins ran it for him for six months before purchasing the business on July 14, Beth Scott | Beacon 1980. He called the store Collin’s Sanitary Meat Market. Gary Collins, owner of Collin’s Meat and Food Market, LLC, cuts meat on the same meat block he used when he was 17 He was in business on Main Street for 12 years until and working at Young’s IGA. he purchased the former Shaheen’s Meat Market on Kenilworth Avenue on May 27, 1992. Collins opened Collin’s Meat and Food Market, LLC on July 14, 1992. The meat block was originally at Young’s IGA and then him on WTNS when he was only 4 years old. “I worked on Main Street from 8:30 to 5:30 and then at Brook’s IGA, which bought out Young’s, and then The store is open on Sunday from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. and would come out here and worked until 1 or 2:00 in the was sold to Miller’s dad, Steve during the auction. It has Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. and we morning,” he said. “I did that for six months. My dad been at Roscoe General Store ever since. can be reached at 740-622-4625. In addition to being helped me renovate the store. He got to see me open it. Collin’s Meat and Food Market, LLC is the last grocery known as “The Meat Man”, Collins originated the econ- omy meat bundles. He is also known for his comment at He was really excited about it. He died in March of 1993. store of its kind in Coshocton. Collins has had the help the end of all of his commercials, “Keep smiling.” My mom helped me. She helped me on Main Street of his family to support the business for the last almost when I first started. Then she helped me here until she 37 years including not only his parents, but his wife couldn’t work anymore. She died in 2006.” Toby and his son Sean, who used to do commercials for A couple of months ago, Collins received a call from Chad Miller of the Roscoe General Store. He said he had the meat block from Young’s IGA that was purchased when the items were auctioned. He had two that were used at Young’s and Collin’s purchased one. Miller used them at the general store to display items. “I put that slab of meat on there and I was like, wow,” said Collins. “I haven’t seen them (the meat blocks) As a leading provider of home health services, our team of since back in the late 70s.” Happiness. Your Happiness Your Health. Health Your Your professionals at Health Services of Coshocton takes pride in serving the area’s needs with the skill of a professional and the compassion of a family member. Our array of services includes: • Skilled Nursing • Therapies (Physical, Occupational, and Speech) • Personal Care and Homemaker Services • Respite Services • Medication Reminders Proud to serve the people of Coshocton and surrounding communities since 1896! Specializing in Custom Design, Etching and Carving of Fine Memorials Granite • Marble • Bronze • Mausoleums • Cemetery Lettering & Cleaning 740.622.5833 1132 Cemetery Drive • Coshocton, Ohio • e-mail: Serving Coshocton, Holmes, Muskingum, and Tuscarawas Counties. Contact us today! 0070_040517 740-622-7406 Home Your Home . Your