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by: PHOTO COURTESY: MAIN STREET OC - Chris Spicer, Keith Spicer and Andy Spicer pictured at Spicer Brothers Produce, 508 14th St., Oregon City.Oregon City natural foods store Spicer Brothers Produce is celebrating 25 years in the fruit and vegetable business with a free party to thank the community for their quarter century of loyalty and support.

Owner Keith Spicer opened Spicer Brothers Produce, 508 14th St., on April 28, 1988, and has nurtured the business’ growth as an integral part of Oregon City ever since. He now runs the business in downtown Oregon City with his two sons, “the Spicer Brothers” — Andy and Chris — who were 4 and 2 when the store opened. Spicer was the first business in the neighborhood to reopen after the flood of 1996, and was able to bounce back thanks to the support of their customers.

“The three of us have a great time together running this business,” said Keith Spicer. “It’s more than work; it’s quality family time.”

To celebrate this anniversary on April 27, a Koi Fusion truck will be selling food in the parking lot, with deals on produce inside the store. Ants In The Kitchen, a Portland blues, soul and rock band, will play live music between 1 and 3 p.m. There will be a bounce house for kids and free popcorn for customers. A free raffle will feature drawings for gift cards, fruit baskets, T-shirts and other prizes. Info and samples will be available from other local companies, including Gladstone coffee roaster Happy Rock Coffee, Bob’s Red Mill, Pacific Coast Fruit and more.

“We realized this is a milestone, and our loyal customers should be part of the celebration,” said Chris Spicer. “I’m looking forward to a great crowd, live music at the market, and spending time with customers who have become friends.”

Spicer Brothers Produce is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Find more information at spicerbrothersproduce.com or by calling 503-656-7061.

“Downtown Oregon City is home to a mix of business and entrepreneurs,” said Lloyd Purdy, director of the nonprofit Main Street Oregon City. “Spicer Brothers Produce is a local icon and a great example of a family-run business that continues to grow based upon 25 years of success.”