New own­ers plan to bring closed store back to life

Kuwait Times - - BUSINESS -

When it closed ear­lier this year, there was much mourn­ing over The Brick Store, the New Hamp­shire land­mark that claims to be one of the old­est con­tin­u­ously op­er­at­ing gen­eral stores in the coun­try.

No more fudge, penny candy, or smoked meats. No more am­biance of a time gone by. But, a few months af­ter they bought the store at auc­tion, Becky and Scott Mitchell are gear­ing up for its re­open­ing. They’ve had a few set­backs this fall, but vow to open soon. “To us it was just part of the lin­eage up here,” Becky Mitchell said. “We didn’t re­al­ize how peo­ple would stop all sum­mer long, the tour buses, would come from just all over.”

The store in the north­ern town of Bath, a few miles from the Ver­mont bor­der, is thought to have been built in the early 1800s and re­built af­ter a fire in 1824. It’s served as a post of­fice, gath­er­ing place and pres­i­den­tial cam­paign stop. The late singer Patti Page, who lived part of the year in Bath, sold bot­tles of maple syrup at the store that when you un­capped the bot­tle, one of her songs played. In 1985, the store was named to the Na­tional Reg­is­ter of His­toric Places.

But early this year, its long­time own­ers said on Face­book, “We have noth­ing left to give ... fi­nan­cially, emo­tion­ally, or phys­i­cally.” The Mitchells felt they had to save it when it went up for auc­tion in July. — AP

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