The store, located at 598 Rising Sun Road, opened under Benjamin family ownership on Thanksgiving Day, 1955. Sisters-in-law Irene and Dot Benjamin took over an existing business, borrowing $10,000 to do it. Irene died in 1993, Dot Benjamin is mostly retired and Lovelace, Irene Benjamin's granddaughter, operates the store.
Most years, it's still open Thanksgiving morning. The store only closes one full day a year - Christmas.
Lovelace began working at the store while she was still in high school.
"I'd come in after school and stock shelves, although I wasn't paid for it," she said.
After graduating, she worked for duPont as a secretary. When her twin sons were born, she took a couple of years off. When the boys were a bit older, she came back to the store. That was 40 years ago.
In addition to food items, the store stocks a range of sports memorabilia for Baltimore and Philadelphia teams.
"When the Ravens or the Orioles are doing well, we do well. When they're not, we don't sell as much of their stuff," Lovelace said.
There is also a section of memorabilia for Philadelphia's professional baseball, football, basketball, and ice hockey teams.
NASCAR items, a big seller a decade ago, have become less popular, she said.
The owners pride themselves in keeping older brands and products in stock.
"We still have bubble gum cigars, Red Hots [a cinnamon candy], and other things like that," she said. The store also stocks baseball and football cards.
"And we keep the pages kids need to put their cards in," Lovelace said.
Seasonal items are also popular.
"Right now, we have pumpkins and mums. In December, we'll get Christmas trees," she said.
The store relies on a cadre of faithful customers.
"They know we have what they need, and they know we'll get it for them if we don't have it," Lovelace said.
The store's employees celebrate the holidays with them and their friends.
This past weekend, they hosted half a hundred trick or treaters. "Most are our customers' children. Many of the parents came here to trick or treat when they were younger," Lovelace said.
She still wears the same costume - a fake knife sticking through her head - and still takes photos of each trick or treater who comes in.
"I get the pictures printed out and the kids and their families will pull them down off the wall [and take them home] in the next couple of weeks," she said.
But there are people who only discover the store after hearing about it from family or friends.
"They'll taste a good tomato and ask 'where'd you get that'," she said. "That's how they find out about us. About every week, someone comes in who has never been here before. Sometimes, I think we're the best kept secret around."
The store also has about half a dozen stools where regulars sit to drink coffee, talk, and check their lottery cards.
"We're a local store and we like to take care of our customers," Lovelace said.