In 1938, a Polish immigrant named John Matuskey opened a small grocery store on Fort Smallwood Road. As the Riviera Beach community grew, he opened a larger store across the street with a restaurant and bar, as well as grocery, hardware, clothing and toy stores.
Matuskey’s Corner, as it was affectionately known, became more than the typical corner grocery store. It became the community gathering center, where family celebrations occurred and neighbors caught up with news.
Growing up in the 1940s through ‘70s around the Beach meant swimming in the Patapsco River, playing in pick-up baseball games, fishing and crabbing in Rock Creek, and of course, going to Matuskey’s for ice cream.
Although the city has the word beach in its name, there are not many beaches in the area. However, one will find their state parks captivating and worth the commute.
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