We love our country stores in Vermont, and why wouldn’t we? They have everything a resident need, as well as providing the niche market of local goods that draw in tourism which the Green Mountain State heavily relies on. For those who grew up here, walking into these stores brings us back to a place from our childhood where we would go to buy butter, mail a letter and get a new pair of gloves all in one stop. Thankfully, the country stores have remained true to their roots and still offer the one stop shopping that we have grown to love.
Let’s take a virtual stroll and and check out some of the charming general stores that are still running in Vermont, keeping us rooted to all that we hold near and dear to our hearts. Be sure to add any general stores that you love so we can share our 802 love!
1. Original General Store - 3963 Route 100, Pittsfield
The General Store has something for everyone. Delicious breakfasts, wonderful sandwiches, excellent pizza (the crust is simply amazing!) and the best hamburger patties we have ever grilled (with bakery-fresh buns). It is a daily stop if you're in the area.
2. Shaw's General Store - 54 Main St., Stowe
This is a lovely place to shop in downtown Stowe to look for a gift, or buy something for yourself or family. They have a good selection of shoes, boots and slippers, ladies and men's clothing, outdoor gear, gifts and nic-nacks, all with reasonable prices.
3. Singleton's General Store - 356 Main Street, Proctorsville
Wiskey - Guns - Ammo. Their sign says it all. It is an old-school general store that has a great butcher shop, smoked meats and fish, good cheeses, basic supplies, clothing, shoes, guns and booze. Perhaps not the safest combination...
4. Dan & Whit's General Store - 319 Main St., (Exit 13 off Interstate 91), Norwich
Groceries, sandwiches, hardware, coffee, pastry , gas ,local bulletin board and directions. One stop shopping for most anything you need. If they don't have it, you don't need it.
5. FH Gillingham & Sons General Store - 151 Elm Street, Woodstock
This is the prototypical American general store. Offerings range from bacon to clothing to candles to eggs. It still looks the same as it did 100 years ago and is in the heart of the old historic town center.
6. Barnard General Store - 6134 Route 12, Barnard
Great place to stop and relax, buy snacks, get gas, or just sit and have a cold drink and talk with friends.
7. H.N. Williams General Store - 2732 Route 30, Dorset
H.N. General store in Woodstock is definitely worth a trip. It has just a little bit of everything. Fishing stuff, food stuff, trinkets, toys, beer and wine and always a very nice staff. It's just fun to walk around to all the rooms and check out the goodies in each one.
8. J. J. Hapgood General Store and Eatery - 305 Main Street, Peru
This restaurant/general store has it all. Terrific fresh and tasty food to eat in or take out.
9. The Warren Store - 284 Main Street, Warren
The Warren Store is a great spot to grab a healthy unique lunch or just about anything. Neat gifts and a large variety. Be sure to hit upstairs too for nice fashion items and Vermont made gifts.
10. Hero's Welcome - 3537 U.S. Rte 2, North Hero
They've got it all...if it ain't there, you won't need it until you cross back over I-89...also, if you're hungry, they've got a deli that is reasonable, gasoline if you're low, and beer if you're craving a local craft beer.
11. Willey's Store - 7 Breezy Ave, Greensboro
This is one of Vermont's largest and oldest family owned country stores. You can buy yoga pants upstairs or a screwdriver in the hardware dept. They have pasture raised meats and dairy and a great wine selection as well as local beers and cheeses.
12. Shelburne Country Store - 29 Falls Rd., Shelburne
Step back in time at the Shelburne Country Store. There is penny candy, fudge, and a large assortment of Vermont products. There are seven rooms in this store that range from clothing, to kitchen supplies, to toys, and more.
13. Teago General Store - Pomfret Rd, South Pomfre
Belmont makes a picturesque setting, and this friendly little store is the icing on the cake. They have a good selection of classic candy bars and their lunch items will melt in your mouth.
14. Pierce's Store - 2658 Northam Rd., Shrewsbury
Pierce's Store is slightly off the beaten path, but well worth a visit. It's been a general store for over 150 years and is now owned by the Vermont Land Trust and staffed by volunteers. It offers casual meals, pastries, etc. as well as stocking essentials for locals and visitors. You truly feel as though you've taken a step back in time.
15. Bridgewater Corners Country Store - 5680 US Route 4, Bridgewater Corners
This charming store is always clean as a whistle and offers everything from food to wine to everyday needs.
Where do you like to go to get your local Vermont essentials? Be sure to like this post if you’ve been to any of these stores, as we love to support our local economy. Let’s stimulate local businesses by adding your favorite shops and sharing!