Alumnae Spotlight: Beth Spencer Collins, Owner of Potomac Grocers

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Alumnae Spotlight: Beth Spencer Collins, Owner of Potomac Grocer


Beth Spencer Collins (Class of 1980) knows how important it is to try new things – even if it’s not the career path one had originally planned.  Beth studied early childhood education in college and taught for a while.  Flash forward to now, and Beth co-owns a popular gourmet grocery store with her brother called Potomac Grocer.  The best part?  It’s located just minutes from Holy Child in Potomac Village, an area Holy Child students have become very familiar with through the years.


Potomac Grocer opened four years ago, providing prepared meals, fresh meat, seafood, catering services, and more to customers.  Through the guidance of her brother, who has worked in the seafood industry most of his adult life, Beth found herself learning an entirely new profession.  Now, one of the things she’s most proud of is the relationship she’s built with her customers, who have said walking into Potomac Grocer is like walking into their own kitchen.  The grocery store has also been written up in Bethesda Magazine and the Potomac Almanac several times.


Here’s more from Beth:


How did your Holy Child experience prepare you for your career?


“I think going to an all-girls school really helped shape who I am.  We could be ourselves and we were not afraid to say what was on our minds.  We made friends easily, and I think that is has been helpful in my current position as I’m more outgoing.”


What is your favorite Holy Child memory?  Does a teacher or class stand out to you?


“So many! I reminisced with my three best friends from Holy Child on this question and we decided that being named prom queen stands out as an awesome memory for me.  It was something that was totally unexpected; to be acknowledged by your peers is really something.

Most of my memories are with Mrs. Nem!  She was someone that we could just go and chat with and hang out in the art room with.  She listened to us and gave great advice.”


What is your best piece career of advice for Holy Child students and fellow alumnae?


“Follow your dream, but don’t be afraid to try new things.  Life changes, dreams change and you can really do anything you put your mind to!”


Written by: Liz Palka Minukas, Class of 2004