**updated November 29, 2017

“If we don’t have it, you don’t need it.” That’s pretty much the slogan for country stores in Vermont, where you can find long underwear, fishing bait, penny candy, coffee, sandwiches, honey, and good conversation all under one roof.

Vermont general stores have been an integral part of the state’s  landscape for more than a century. With dozens of small, independently owned stores across the state, each one offers a unique atmosphere and a story all its own.  Of course, the most famous one is the Vermont Country Store in Weston. But here are 12 more old school and upscale general stores also worth stopping for in Vermont.

Willey’s Store in Greensboro

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Willey’s in Greensboro

In the heart of Greensboro is Willey’s Store, which sells everything from craft beer and Boar’s Head deli meat to tote bags and hiking shoes. The store was started by Burt Willey in 1900 and it’s been a family business for five generations. (7 Breezy Ave, Greensboro; www.facebook.com/willeys.store)

H.N. Williams in Dorset

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H.N. Williams in Dorset

H.N. Williams on Route 30 has it all: coffee, sandwiches, garden tools, pet food, worms, crawlers, mud boots, and hunting coats. Family owned and operated since 1840, the store is also home to the outdoor Dorset Farmers’ Market every Sunday between May and October. (2732 Route 30 Dorset; www.hnwilliams.com)

Floyds’ General Store in Randolph Center

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Floyds’ General Store in Randolph Center

Floyds’ General Store sells veterinarian supplies, groceries, maple syrup, deli sandwiches, and offers dry cleaning. Established in 1843, the store is no-frills and has a timeless feel. It’s the kind of place where you can stop by and chat with the locals. (2964 VT Route 66, Randolph Center; http://vaics.org/stores)

J.J. Hapgood in Peru

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Inside at J.J. Hapgood in Peru

The J.J. Hapgood General Store and Eatery, which first opened 150 years ago, was once the longest-running general store in Vermont before closing in 2009. After reopening in 2013 under new ownership, the store is where you will find wine, beer, cheese, charcuterie, oven wood-fired pizza, ski hats, toys, and more. Don’t miss the store’s impressive dinner menu, which offers table service and an outstanding menu. (305 Main Street, Peru; http://jjhapgood.com)

Buxton’s Store in Orwell

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Buxton’s Store in Orwell

In the southern reaches of Addison County is the little town of Orwell and the home of Buxton’s Store. Established in the early 1900s, Buxton’s is a classic Vermont general store that sells fishing and hunting licenses, groceries, coffee, and snacks. It’s also a big game reporting station. (499 Main Street, Orwell; http://www.vaics.org/stores)

Dan and Whit’s in Norwich

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Dan and Whit’s in Norwich

This beloved local landmark, which dates back to 1890, has everything you need: cheese, apples, gasoline, and lightbulbs. Located in the heart of Norwich and right next to the Norwich Inn, Dan and Whit’s official motto actually is “If We Don’t Have It, You Don’t Need It.” (319 Main Street, Norwich; 802-649-1602; danandwhitsonline.com)

Barnard General Store

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Barnard General Store

Established in 1832, the Barnard General Store is one of the oldest in the state. Inside, you’ll find everything from fresh coffee to sandwiches to ice cream. Located near the shore of Silver Lake, the store made headlines a few years ago when it closed for business until local fundraising efforts helped rescue the store in 2013. (6134 VT Route 12, Barnard; www.facebook.com/barnardgeneralstore)

The Country Store on Main in Stowe

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Courtesy photo/Country Store on Main

This upscale country store, which opened on Route 100 in 2016, sells tableware, bedding, rugs, pottery, specialty foods, and more. Built in the 1920s, it was known as Lackey’s Variety Store for over 50 years.  Stop by the next time you’re in town to say hello. (109 Main Street, Stowe; www.countrystorevt.com)

Original General Store in Pittsfield

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Original General Store

Along Route 100 north of Killington is the Original General Store—the kind of place where you want to visit again and again. The store sells coffee, smoothies, snacks, wine, beer, as well as burgers, BLTs, and pancakes.  Outback is The Backroom, a tiny restaurant that seats 20 people in a communal dining setting from November to June. (3963 Route 100, Pittsfield; www.vermontsoriginalstore.com)

Spear’s Corner Store in East Charlotte

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Facebook/Spears Corner Store

Walking into Spear’s Corner Store feels as if you’re stepping into someone’s home.  It has a cozy, unassuming, and friendly vibe—nothing fancy and completely authentic. Located near the corner of Spear Street and Hinesburg Road (but named after shop owner Carrie Spear), the store is also a stone’s throw from where the town holds its annual fall tractor parade. (20 Jackson Hill Road, East Charlotte; www.facebook.com/Spears-Corner-Store)

Warren Store

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Flickr/The Warren Store

Back in 1970, an old hardware store was transformed into a funky country store on the banks of the Mad River. For more than 45 years, the Warren Store has been the heart of Warren Village (and center stage for the Warren July 4th Parade). The two-story general store sells everything from egg sandwiches and trail mix to baby clothing and stylish jewelry. (284 Main Street, Warren; www.warrenstore.com)

Putney General Store

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Putney General Store

Lyssa Papazian never pictured herself running a country store. But when the Putney General Store closed in December 2016, she stepped in to help reopen the business and manage operations. Lyssa, a historic preservation consultant and Putney Historical Society board member, manages the store with fellow historical society board member Betsy MacIsaac. The two have been running the store since it reopened in May 2017 and are committed to managing it for at least a year until another tenant is found to take over the store.  (4 Kimball Hill, Putney; www.putneygeneralstore.com.)

What are your favorite country stores in Vermont?

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