The Times West Virginian

September 15, 2013

Hermosilla family starts deli market with twist

By Jessica Borders
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — The Hermosilla family has started a unique, specialty business — a deli market with a twist.

On Sept. 6, Hermosilla’s Deli Market opened on Fairmont’s East Side at 919 Morgantown Ave., in the building where Subway was formerly located.

The business is run by Dennis and Patty Hermosilla and their son Nick Hermosilla and daughters Dominica Hermosilla and Ali Gross. Ali’s husband, Chris Gross, and son, Aidan Gross, also help out.

“This is a whole family affair,” Dennis said.

Customers can stop by this stand-alone deli market to get all the meats and cheeses they need. The shop carries grocery and grab-and-go items as well as jar goods.

Dennis said the store features high-quality Amish meats and cheeses from Troyer Cheese Co., located in Millersburg, Ohio, and good, imported Italian meats and cheeses from different Italian markets in Pittsburgh, Pa. Hermosilla’s Deli Market also has shelves full of items from Troyer’s jar product line, called Amish Wedding, such as pickles, relish, beans, barbecue sauce, jam, beets, salsa, asparagus, garlic and more.

In addition, Hermosilla’s Deli Market makes fresh signature sandwiches, including regular Italian, Amish cold cut, deluxe Italian, Kiki’s salami with peppers and sauce, and kickin’ roast beef. People can build their own sandwiches by marking off what they want on an order sheet. An olive and salad bar is available, too.

Family recipes from Dennis’ mother Frances Hermosilla, or Kiki, who has a sandwich named after her at the store, and his late grandmother Angelina Alessio are used to make peppers and sauce, pepper rings and mustard.

Dennis previously spent 30 years teaching and coaching in Marion County schools. After he retired, he catered for five years out of the Fairmont Elks Lodge, where he said he made wonderful friends and gained some great experience.

When the timing was right, he focused his efforts on opening a deli market, which is something he had always wanted to do. If the business can be maintained in Fairmont, he hopes to see his family keep it going for many years.

The first Hermosilla’s Market was opened by Dennis’ grandparents Joe and Jessie Hermosilla on Jackson Street in Fairmont and later moved to Adams Street. It stayed in business for at least 50 years.

Dennis said his family has been instrumental in getting the new business up and running, and he could have never done it without them. They spent about two months, with the help of friends, putting in new flooring in the back work area, painting, upgrading the restrooms, and adding new equipment.

The business stayed very busy during its first week of operation, Dennis said. He strives to keep the prices low and has gotten great feedback from people in Fairmont about the quality of the products offered.

“Our customers have been terrific,” he said.

The store takes suggestions and will try to do special orders if customers are looking for specific products. The Hermosilla family talks every evening about how to make improvements to the shop, and they plan to introduce new items in the future.

Hermosilla’s Deli Market is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Email Jessica Borders at jborders@timeswv.com or follow her on Twitter @JBordersTWV.