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The Social Hub of the Neighborhood is Found at The Warren Store

By Elisha Neubauer

If there's one thing you can say for The Warren Store, it's that there is pretty much something for everyone. Good thing, because that's exactly what Carol Lippincott had in mind when she first opened the doors in the quaint location that once held a small hardware store. The Warren Store launched back in the early 1900's, when Roy Long bought it and ran the store until 1969. It has since gone on to change hands a few times and has developed quite a following; giving it the nickname 'almost world famous.'

The two-story wonderland contains several unique shops within the building- including a deli, bakery, craft beer & wine, clothing, fashion accessories, home décor, and toys. Literally, something for everyone. How do they handle having so much going on at one time? "It can be crazy having so many different departments but that's what country stores do- provide our customer with a broad range of the expected and unexpected," states current Manager, Jack Garvin. "It's a pleasant problem." He goes on, stating, "That's why Yankee magazine calls us 'The best one stop shopping in Vermont!'"

There's one thing that can be said for sure, there is always something new and exciting with this many departments in one place. "Our bakery and deli are constantly coming up with new things but are mindful of keeping favorites like our Mexican food every Thursday and the bakery's pizza every Friday," explains Garvin.

Giving us an example, he says, "We are currently creating a new sandwich with local greens and apples, local maple syrup infused cheese and local bacon." In addition to the ever-changing menu in the deli, Garvin tells us that Lori, who is in charge of purchases, really excels at selecting fun and functional clothing and accessories for upstairs.

"Downstairs we've been getting all kinds of incredible hot sauces and our friends at Laughing Moon Chocolate put together a Warren Store Dark Chocolate Bar," he tells us. "We're very excited to be carrying many hard to get artisanal Vermont beers which continue to explode onto the national brew scene."

As their long-term standing shows, the community has embraced The Warren Store with open arms. In fact, the country store has become quite the social hub of the Mad River Valley area. "Our customers expect what they have come to appreciate but want the element of surprise and new stuff as well," Garvin says. He then tells us that he feels the need to reciprocate this appreciation and therefore he donates to many local organizations and causes. As he says, before we end our conversation, "It's neighbor helping neighbor!"

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Elisha Neubauer is a freelance editor, ghostwriter, book reviewer, and author. She is...

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