Ribbon Cutting for Grand Reopening Marks 10-Year Anniversary for Local Business Owner

Contact: Nance Pretto

(Lusby, Md) – Dunkin Donuts and Baskin Robbins of Lusby celebrated its grand reopening and 10-year anniversary on August 30, 2016 with a ribbon cutting with the assistance and participation of the Board of Calvert County Commissioners, the Department of Economic Development and Calvary Bible Church.

“I was so excited to celebrate this proud moment with so many of our loyal customers, fellow local business owners, community leaders, various representatives from different organizations, elected officials and family” said store owner Nance Pretto. “My 10-year-old son — who was only months old when we opened the store — did the honors and cut the ribbon. That was special! But my favorite moment was the store blessing prayer by Pastor Simmons.”

The Lusby store received a complete facelift – with new equipment, chairs, tables, lighting, digital menu boards, counters, millwork, wall coverings, artwork, and exterior signage. Ribbon cutting attendees and well-wishers who stopped by included representatives from, The Calvert County Board of Commissioners, The Lusby Business Association, The Calvert County Chamber of Commerce, The Minority Business Alliance, Calvert County Department of Economic Development, Lusby Architectural Review Board, Concerned Black Men of Calvert County, U.S. Small Business Administration, Calvert County NAACP, Calvert County Public School Board, Concerned Black Women of Calvert County, Calvert County Government, Small Business Development Center, Southern Maryland Minority Chamber of Commerce and many more.

“I am also thankful for the numerous congratulatory calls and emails I received from individuals who were unable to attend today but still showed their support. The amount of support I am receiving is truly humbling” said Nance Pretto. “I feel so fortunate to have served the community for the past 10 years and look forward to many more years.”

In the summer of 2006, Nance Pretto along with Kelvin Simmons opened the first and still the only Dunkin Donuts in Calvert County. Through the years Dunkin Donuts & Baskin Robbins of Lusby has made it its mission to make a positive impact in the community. As a result they have generously donated to a wide range of charitable organizations and causes including but not limited to the Boys & Girls Club, Southern Pines Senior Center, Calvert Optimist Club, Calvert County Public Schools, The Calverton School, Calvert County Department of Social Services, Big Brothers & Big Sisters, Girl Scouts of America, Calvert County’s Sheriff Department, Solomons’ Volunteer Fire Department, Concerned Black Women of Calvert County, The Judy Center, Calvert County Parks & Recreation, American Red Cross, Barstow Acres’s Childrens Center, Make-A-Wish Foundation, National Night Out, Calvert County Parks & Rec, Karsyn’s Karnival, Well Wishes for Dalton, Chesapeake Golf Course, Calvert Career Center, Asbury Solomons Island, United Way of Calvert, Calvert County Health Department, Calvert County Mentoring Program, Friends of Calvert Hospice, SMILE, New Direction Community Theater, Calvert County Public Libraries, Chesapeake Church, Crossroad Christian Church, Greater Mount Zion, and countless other local churches, schools and/or non-profit organizations and/or causes.

The local business owner has also shown an unquestionable commitment to the local business community by unselfishly giving thousands of volunteer hours over the past 10 years by serving on numerous boards/groups in Calvert: including but not limited to the Calvert County Economic Development Commission (13 years) and the Lusby Architectural Review Board (8 years); and the Lusby Business Association (which she founded in 2009) to help businesses in the county.
The Lusby business owner has also been responsible for mentoring and employing hundreds of Calvert residents. As a result of the store’s years of service and commitment to the county, it has been recognized
by various county and state entities for its “commitment to improving the lives within our community” via its community partnerships and employment programs in Calvert. Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins of Lusby Maryland is proud to be locally owned and operated.