On Broad Street in Waverly, N.Y., sits Ted Clark’s Busy Market – a family-owned grocery store with roots that run deep in the Valley community. In 1932, at the height of the Great Depression, the market opened its doors as a one-room shop on the main floor of Ed Clark’s family home. Ed’s children, Ted and Kitty, worked with their father selling household staples such as flour, sugar and coffee. The Clarks’ neighbors and friends appreciated the family’s friendly, personal service and the market became an integral part of the Valley community. Today, its third-generation owners, siblings Tim Clark and Kathy Clark-Mourhess, carry on that tradition of service in the market that bears their father’s name.
The Clark family and Ted Clark’s Busy Market are dedicated to improving the community they hold so dear and contribute to local charities such as Guthrie. “Guthrie is vital to our community, but sometimes it’s easy to take for granted that we have such excellent care available,” Tim said. “We are so fortunate to have Guthrie here,” Kathy noted, “and we’re happy to support their work.”
In addition to their business and personal giving, the Clarks willingly share their business expertise and lend their entrepreneurial spirit to fundraising efforts such as Guthrie’s annual Golf for Hospice tournament — an event for which Tim Clark has been a driving force along with Staci and Steve Covey. Having just completed its 13th year, the tournament has raised a staggering $400,000 for Guthrie Hospice.