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Community recognizes Frenchtown staple Charlie Dobbins

Posted at 6:27 PM, Dec 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-24 18:27:16-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Tallahassee's Frenchtown is filled with rich history.

A family is paying tribute to their father who in the 70s owned a market in the area and even started what's now known as the Soul Santa event.

In the 1970s Super X Food Market stood right here and served hundreds of people in the Frenchtown community.

On Tuesday, owner Charlie Dobbins was recognized as a staple in Frenchtown history.

Dobbins, now 83-years-old and retired, owned the market for over 30 years.

The market employed minorities in the area that would not have been allowed to work other places in town.

Dobbins' daughter says the market was more than a place to shop.

"The market means everything it means seeing people that look like us with decent jobs saying that you can do it," said Margaret Dobbins Franklin. "We had the meat market manager there, we had cashiers there, we had stock boys there, we had medicine people there. We had people from all walks of life that came into that store."

Franklin says this was the perfect time to honor him following the Soul Santa event.

In the 70s, Soul Santa was originally called Big Red and would give gifts out of his shopping cart.

Those here shared memories of the market and what it means to them.

Members from the City Commission were also in attendance to commemorate Frenchtown's legacy.