Mass Reggie’s Beef
Reggie (Reginald Delahaye) was one of the premier businessmen in
Spring Village. His Beef
Shop has been the oldest supplier of fresh meat to the village since the
1950’s. It is still going strong today. Although the shop has
been rebuilt. The original location is the same. It continues to fulfill
its primary mission and is still the only Beef shop within a 10 mile radius.
Throughout the years the Butchery has been passed down second-generation to his
son Wally Delahaye who caries on the tradition as
primary Butcher for the community.
As simple as this may sound, the
beef shop is quite significant, in that it has not only serves the Village but
also other outside communities as well. These are those existing in the Spring
Gardens-Red Hills and above regions.
The women on donkeys shown in
this picture are from those areas. They usually stop on the way back from
selling their produce in Old Harbor to
purchase meat supplies on their way home. This has been a long-standing custom
for these folks and underscores the importance of the Butchery to the
area. The shop on the left belongs to
the “Sony Mighty” family, another of the large Spring Village
families. Though much smaller, has also been in existence for many years. To
the left of the Mighty shop (not shown in this picture) is the location of the
famous “Mighty Plum Tree”, one of the largest and most bountiful plumb trees in
the Village. One cannot help but drool as they pass by the tree laden with ripe
juicy plumbs. The only trouble is that the yard is always filled with angry
dogs (such a turn-off).
This picture not only shows a
partial side view of the Beef Shop but a view of “Down the road” often referred
to a “Bottom Pipe”. Bottom Pipe got its name because it is the second Canal. It
is located at the end of this street and not visible within this picture. The
shop on the left is Miss Ester’s cook shop and has served as one of the primary
cooks shops in the Village.