Caroline Kapp

ADDISON COUNTY — We, two Middlebury College students, set off on a mission: 16 country stores, 408 miles, one week. Our wild, cross-county expedition was motivated by a slew of questions: Why have multiple Vermont country stores closed across the state in recent years? What is the future of country stores? What makes a store, a country store? We interviewed the owners at each store to uncover their challenges, triumphs and everything in between. These traditional mainstays of Vermont life come in all different shapes, sizes and colors, with personalities as unique as the enthusiastic and...
Over the last decade, Vermont has lost many of its small country stores. The Addison Independent visited some that remain to find out what makes them special — and how they are evolving. Read more in our article by Caroline Kapp and Nora Peachin.

Caroline Kapp and Nora Peachin visited many of Vermont's country, general and village stores to find out what makes them special — and how they are evolving. Read their companion article here. ADDISON FOUR CORNERS STORE ADDISON — The Addison Four Corners Store is a land of temptation. If the table of homemade chocolates when you enter the door doesn’t make you immediately stop in your tracks to fill up a bag, the cider doughnuts (made fresh daily) will certainly do the trick. These treats were all part of the updates made by current owner Terri Glidden and her husband, Herbert. Terri...

STORE MANAGERS PAMELA Martin (left) and Natacha Liuzzi (right) pictured in front of Kiss the Cook cooking supply shop in downtown Middlebury, right before one of their weekly cooking demonstrations. Independent photo/Nora Peachin
MIDDLEBURY — When Natacha Liuzzi was in high school, she got kicked out of Home Ec class for being a bit of a know-it-all. After growing up watching her mother and grandmother cook, Liuzzi was a little too advanced in the kitchen for her high school classmates. Today, Liuzzi brings the same love of cooking that got her booted out of class to her job at Kiss the Cook in downtown Middlebury. Liuzzi has worked alongside fellow employee Pamela Martin since she started in 2017. Martin has been with the store since it opened. Brandon residents will be happy to see that while their kitchen store may...

CAMPERS AT HANCOCK’S Camp Killooleet have a variety of physical activities during their seven to eight weeks of camp. Photo courtesy of Camp Killooleet
HANCOCK — Whoever was going to marry Kate Seeger knew that they weren't just getting her, they also had to be ready to take on a hundred or so 9-14 year old kids and 300 acres in the Green Mountains every summer. Kate and tiny Hancock’s Camp Killooleet were a package deal. Luckily, Seeger found the perfect partner-in-crime (partner-in-camp?) in Dean Spencer, and the two have been happily directing the summer camp for almost 30 years. Kate represents the second generation of Seegers to run the camp. The camp was founded in 1927 by Margaret Bartlett and Toni Taylor. Kate’s parents, John and...

STRAWBERRY DESERTS BRING smiles to the faces of David and Cora Waag and their grandkids Zoey and Justin at the Shoreham Strawberry Festival this past Thursday. Independent photo/Nora Peachin
SHOREHAM — No one is really sure how long the Shoreham Strawberry Festival has been going on. Guesses of half a dozen folks we asked ranged from 15 to 50 years. But one thing is for sure, lots of strawberry-filled smiles greeted my friend Nora and me as we walked into the basement of the Shoreham Congregational Church last Thursday for the annual celebration of the juicy red fruit.  Community members of all ages gathered around tables draped in red-and-white-checkered tablecloths to fill up on strawberry shortcake, pie and other tasty treats (all topped with heaps of whipped cream and ice...

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