2021 Yellow Springs News Merchandise
Jul
28
2021
Village Life
Tom Gray of Tom's Market conjured a table of cake — homemade by his wife, Evelyn — on Christmas morning. (Photo by Audrey Hackett)

Tom Gray of Tom's Market conjured a table of cake — homemade by his wife, Evelyn — on Christmas morning. (Photo by Audrey Hackett)

Fellowship and cake at Tom’s Market

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Tom’s Market was buzzing on Christmas morning. But Yellow Springers weren’t just picking up last-minute items for their holiday dinners. For many, errands took a back seat to fellowship and cake, yes, cake — fresh, fragrant and free, courtesy of owner Tom Gray and his wife, Evelyn. It’s her recipe (secret, of course) and every moist morsel was, according to official News taste-testers, delicious.

Christmas cake at Tom’s is a tradition for villagers like Elizabeth Price, who brought her own mug (coffee, too, was free) and recommended, with a conspiratorial wink, the rum version of the cake. (This reporter was pretty sure she detected rum in the piece she chose at random — honest!) Other villagers were coming to the festive front-of-the-store gathering for the first time, including Alice Robrish, who made a special trip for the cake — no pretense of grocery shopping needed.

From left, Alice Robrish, Santa (aka Lori Askeland) and another cake-seeker enjoyed a Christmas morning chat.

From left, Alice Robrish, Santa (aka Lori Askeland) and another cake-seeker enjoyed a Christmas morning chat.

Tom's Market employee Nichol McNeal brought out the reinforcements.

Tom’s Market employee Nichol McNeal brought out the reinforcements.

Elizabeth Price outside Tom's. Note empty plate.

Elizabeth Price outside Tom’s. Note empty plate.

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