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After opening for business more than two months ago, owners Anita and Bob Gokey held an official ribbon-cutting ceremony today at the new location of Karl's Sausage Kitchen and European Market at 1 Bourbon Street in Peabody.
Peabody Mayor Ted Bettencourt was on hand to welcome the ever-popular, Northern European-styled market and its owners to the Tanner City. The Gokey's purchased Karl's Sausage Kitchen in 2007 from the Engel family - Karl Engel opened the original store just up the road from its last location on Route 1 in 1958.
The iconic sign depicting a seven-foot sausage that caught the attention of countless passing motorists on Route 1 is still a fixture at the business, and is looking as good as ever. The Gokey's were able to refurbish it using $17,000 from the Samuel Adams "Brewing the American Dream" program.
The store also added amenities that were not a part of the old location, including a larger retail space, and a cafe that serves beer, wine, Northern European sandwiches, sausages and weekly German specials.
On Saturday, the Gokeys will be hosting the first annual "Wear Your Dirndl or Lederhosen to Karl's" Day, encouraging customers and European friends to mark the move to the new location by donning traditional German attire.
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