JJ Hapgood Gains a New Life
After being shuttered for almost five years, J.J. Hapgood General Store in Peru, Vt. is open again for business. New owners Juliette and Tim Britton completely rebuilt the store, which sits in Peru’s historic center. It now includes a hand-built wood oven by artisan Peter Moore, tables and benches constructed from local sugar maple and custom cabinets designed by local artists. The pair is excited to welcome locals and tourists to the store to eat, shop or just grab a coffee and chat over the upcoming busy holiday and winter ski season. J.J. Hapgood General Store was the longest continuously-running general store in Vermont until it closed four years ago. Over its 150-year stretch, it served the town of Peru, a tiny village in the southwestern part of the state, by providing locals with a place to congregate and pick up necessities. “It became really clear to me and to Tim that the thing we really accomplished in rebuilding this space is restoring the store’s historical function—giving the community back its gathering space.”
The wood-fired eatery will be helmed by Albert Sabatini, a farmer and chef who joins J.J. Hapgood from Pennsylvania’s Pendle Hill. The daily-changing menu includes wood-fired pizzas and focaccia, Vermont charcuterie and local cheese boards that are perfect for the après ski crowd. J.J. Hapgood General Store and Eatery will be open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and for après ski. Learn more about the store and keep up to date with the latest information at www.JJHapgood.com or by following the store on Facebook. You can reach the store at 802-824-4800.