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Cambridge's Route 50 Businesses Looking to Connect More to City

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Route 50 in Cambridge. (Photo: WBOC) Route 50 in Cambridge. (Photo: WBOC)
CAMBRIDGE, Md.- Although millions of cars pass through the busy Route 50 corridor in Cambridge, especially during the summer months, visitors are not the only customers these businesses are looking for.  They are looking for ways to connect to Cambridge and its downtown businesses.

Eric Ploeg is cooking up the hotdogs at his restaurant "Hot Spot" on Route 50, but not very many of them are going to locals.  He says although he is near Cambridge, he doesn't get too many customers who aren't on their way to and from Ocean City.

"A lot of our regulars seem to come from out of the area, a lot of which seem to stop every time they are going up and down Route 50. Unfortunately, sometimes it's only three or four times a year," said Ploeg.

So Ploeg and many other business owners on 50 are trying to pull more from the local community.  Greg Scott, owner of E.S. Hubbert's hardware store, said he's started to cross promote with some of the downtown businesses.

"About three weeks ago we had a promotion here with Paul's Subs in town where if you bought a Weber grill from here, you got a $25 gift certificate," said Scott.

And it's not the first time he's done such a promotion.  But still, he thinks Route 50 businesses and downtown could do more to connect.

"If we have somebody come in here looking for a particular item we know is specialized downtown, restaurants, we send them there.  We want them to shop locally here in Dorchester County and Cambridge," said Scott.

Doug Turner, owner of Downtown Frame of Mine in Cambridge, said the main street businesses are only too happy to reciprocate, but they need to know what businesses on 50 are open to partnering up.

"We need to know who they are, what they have to offer, and where they are located.  So when someone comes in and says 'I'm itching for a hotdog' or something a restaurant down here may not offer as well, maybe there is a specialty out there," said Turner.

Cambridge's economic development department says they are looking at ways to help the Route 50 businesses thrive and connect, maybe even the possibility of creating an entity similar to Cambridge Main Street for those gateway business owners.
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