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Mont Vernon General Store. Courtesy photo.




Mont Vernon General Store

Where: 10 N. Main St., Mont Vernon
Call: 554-1480
Visit: mvgsnh.com, facebook.com/MontVernonGeneralStore




2015 Best General Store: Mont Vernon General Store
Best Thing We Forgot To Ask About: Honorable Mention

03/26/15
By Allie Ginwala aginwala@hippopress.com



 When Dan Bellemore took over as owner of the Mont Vernon General Store two years ago, he knew exactly what he wanted it to be like. 

“I was on the road for 25 years with my family oil company and Irving, so I’d seen the best and the worst out there,” Bellemore said. 
He decided to make it a general store with a twist and a distinctly New Hampshire feel.
Also described as a “convenience store with a flair,” Mont Vernon General Store carries everything from hammers and batteries to wine and gourmet cheese. 
“This is what I think the general store should be today,” Bellemore said. 
The store also makes gift baskets in toolboxes, tackle boxes, mixing bowls and hat boxes, he said, many of which are filled with local products from Van Otis Chocolates, Granite State Candy Shoppe and Parker House Coffee. Bakery items like pastries, muffins, brownies and whoopie pies are all made onsite, as is a menu full of sandwiches named after famous New Hampshirites, including Adam Sandler, Dean Kamen, Bode Miller and former Gov. John Lynch, as well as Sarah Josepha Hale, author and editor of a women’s magazine in the 1800s, and Goody Cole, the only woman to be convicted of witchcraft in the state. 
“And our newest is the Alex Preston,” Bellemore said, after a quick reminder from store manager Renee Roberts. “We really try, with that, to inspire young people. Just because we’re from a small state, we can [still] become whatever we want.” 
Bellemore wants the store, which has been part of Mont Vernon since 1840, to keep its community relationship strong. 
“It’s great that you know your customers’ names,” he said. 
One example of the store’s involvement with the community are the citations given out by the police to kids who are exhibiting good behavior (wearing a helmet while riding a bike, crossing the street at a crosswalk, etc.), which can be redeemed at the general store for a slush puppie. 
“We are honored and just a little overwhelmed at the support that the store’s had,” he said. “It’s been a great relationship with all of the local communities, and we really feel that.”
 
As seen in the March 26, 2015 issue of the Hippo.





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