Ocean City Today

Salt Air Services grocery shops for locals, vacationers

By Kara Hallissey | Jul 06, 2017
Heather Marinelli poses for a picture with a large grocery order in downtown Ocean City on Monday afternoon. She owns Salt Air Services, a local grocery delivery company.

(July 7, 2017) Residents strapped for time or vacationers looking to spend their precious moments on relaxation may want to utilize Salt Air Services, a local grocery delivery company owned by Heather Marinelli.

She shops for desired groceries using a form completed by the client and delivers the items to homes, rentals or hotel rooms before putting them away.

“The last thing you want to do is battle traffic and stand in line at a grocery store,” Marinelli said. “A lot of clients have been families with small children.”

Services are available in Ocean City and Ocean Pines in addition to Fenwick Island, Bethany Beach, Ocean View, Millville and Selbyville in Delaware. Salt Air Services also offers a locals discount.

“Other towns in the area will be considered on a case-by-case basis,” Marinelli said. “I would love to develop this into a year-round business. My goal is catering to local retirees, working and newborn moms. I remember being a newborn mom myself and it was tough.”

Grocery shopping lists are filled out online and broken down into 18 categories including canned food, fruits, vegetables, breakfast, meat, seafood, sauces, household, frozen, bakery, deli, beverages, toiletries, snacks, child items and others.

In addition, the grocery form has a note section, which gives clients space to list specifics, preferences and special requests.

“The goal is to make it as easy to use as possible with the grocery form,” Marinelli said. “If someone in the family has a gluten allergy, make sure to list it. People work all year to come down on vacation and I want them to spend as much time with their family and friends as possible.”

As a Selbyville resident, Marinelli is closest to Harris Teeter and Food Lion grocery stores, but she is more than happy to accommodate preferences.

Marinelli intends to make the interaction personable by leaving her name and phone number for future services or questions along with a handwritten note during deliveries. Clients are also given a copy of the grocery bill and an invoice from Salt Air Services with a breakdown of all charges.

Residents and vacationers are asked to place orders 48 hours in advance.

“People work hard all year to have a limited vacation and spend time with their kids on the beach,” Marinelli said. “They shouldn’t have to worry about packing up the kids, heading to the grocery store and then unloading everything. It is easily half of your day, when you could be doing something else.”

In the beginning of May, Salt Air Services came to fruition after Marinelli was talking to her neighbor, who has friends from out of town and they utilized a shopping service at a local grocery store.

“We all have children and people do not want to spend their whole day in Ocean City traffic when someone can deliver their groceries to the door,” Marinelli said. “With Ocean City being the resort town it is, I thought it would be a great service and much needed in the area.”

The goal was to launch Ocean Air Services on Memorial Day weekend after getting a license and insurance in addition to creating a logo and designing the website.

“My first client was the week after Memorial Day,” Marinelli said. “Fortunately, I live here year-round and know how special it is. If I can help make the most of their time while they are here, I am more than happy to.”

Visit www.saltairservices.com to fill out a grocery shopping list for services or call 302-228-0800 and search “Salt Air Services” on Facebook for more information.

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