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Two Laurel, Maryland twin sisters have started a first-of-its-kind business in the region — a crab delivery service.

The young entrepreneurs, Rae and La Middleton, say they have spent each day for the last six months turning trying times into success.

The Middletons both lost their jobs in March during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We have our culinary degrees and we have been in that world but we got let go in March.”

One day, the sisters were at brunch when they craved crabs. But, not just any crabs.

“We wanted crabs delivered but realized no one in the area delivers” said La.

 

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After putting their heads together, Rae and La decided to take matters into their own hands and launch R and L Crab Company.

“We went home that day and started making flyers,” La said. “We were shocked to get our very first order that day.”

Rae explained what makes the company unique.

“We deliver everything ourselves, we cook everything ourselves, and when we have 20 orders, we split it amongst the two of us.”

The sisters say they never reheat, every delivery is cooked-to-order and delivered within 30 minutes.

 

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As Maryland’s crab season approaches, Rae and La are preparing to be extremely busy.

“It’s exciting, it’s exciting,” Rae said. “We are trying to expand.”

As of now, they are using a concept called a “ghost kitchen,” where they hop from restaurant to restaurant cooking crabs before they make deliveries.

“It’s terrifying to start a business and then on top of that during a pandemic, what are we thinking, who do we think we are?”

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Learning as they go, they are now writing a book to inspire others to start a business.

“We made a lot of mistakes and are still learning as we go but I can say I know how to start a business and it may not be a traditional way but I don’t think there’s a traditional way to do anything.”

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