Cantini’s Village Market Award
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Cantini’s Village Market Award

Auditor David Thomas Awards Cantini’s Village Market Excellence in Measurement Award

Rock Creek- Ashtabula County Auditor David Thomas along with Auditor staff member Jim Varckette delivered a surprise to a staple in the Rock Creek and Roaming Shores Community. Mr. Richard Cantini, owner and operator of Cantini’s Village Market, received the 2022 Excellence in Measurement Award from the Auditor’s Office.

“Accuracy in measuring is more than just making sure your scales are correct and your gas pump is accurate, it is a commitment to best practice and quality with all service to the customers,” said Auditor Thomas. “We are excited for Cantini’s in their the continued success in business and service to the community.”

Richard Cantini is the second generation owner of the Rock Creek market. His parents opened the market in 1978 seeing a need for food, gas, and other staples in the Rock Creek and Roaming Shores area. For 44 years Richard and his family have operated and delivered goods to the area and are excited for the future.

“We’re making improvements and are always reinvesting into the store,” said Richard Cantini. “Really honored by this.”

 Thomas commented that many of the previous recipients of the Excellence in Measurement Award have been locally owned mom and pop stores including Richcreek Gas in Pierpont, Cherry Valley Processing, and Tony Orlando’s Market in North Kingsville.

“It definitely seems that the family owned businesses like Cantini’s takes great care and really devotes themselves to their business and customers,” shared Paige O’Hara, Richard Cantini’s fiancé.

The Auditor’s Excellence in Weights and Measures award recognizes the stations, companies, and local entities tested by the Auditor’s Office which goes above and beyond in quality and service for weights and measures.

“We started this award to recognize and thank the businesses that go above and beyond for their customers and the accuracy of their scales, pumps, and other methods of measurement,” shared Auditor Thomas.

Cantini’s Village Market is known for their beer and wine selection, baked goods, deli, and general grocery services to the Rock Creek and Roaming Shores area in addition to their gasoline pumps.

Richard’s son, Sage Cantini, recently expanded the family business with his father to Conneaut. They opened Shoreline Beverage in 2021 on Lake Road in Conneaut making large improvements to the store, beer and wine selection, and grocery offerings.

The Weights & Measures Program managed by the Auditor’s Office is responsible for testing and inspecting commercial weighing and measuring devices such as scales, gasoline pumps, scanners etc., the state assists in the testing and inspection of vehicle scales, fuel meters (fuel oil, gasoline and LP gas) and packaged consumer goods. Jim Varckette has served as the Certified Weights and Measurers Inspector for Ashtabula County for 30 years.

“Richard and the staff have always been great to work with when we check their scales and pumps, never any issues,” explained Auditor staff member Jim Varckette. “You can tell they take a lot of pride in their work.”

“Jim does a tremendous job looking out for our residents and protecting their interests,” stated Auditor Thomas. “A quality Weights & Measures Program saves the average household $300.00 per year.” Ashtabula County has 1,400 Retail Motor Fuel Dispensers inspected yearly in addition to 401 Scales and 165 Establishments which are checked once a year by Jim Varckette.

(Pictured is Auditor Weights and Measures Staff Member Jim Varckette, Paige O’Hara, Richard Cantini, Auditor David Thomas.

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