We are pleased to offer you a Supper Club Menu on Wednesdays.
LIVE MUSIC: Come down to J.J. Hapgood and groove to the sounds of IYAH Reggae. Live music on Friday, August 19 outside during our popular dinner service. Starts at 6:00 p.m.
Plus you can make it an all-reggae music weekend. The Wailers are playing on Saturday night at the Stratton Mountain Summer Concert Series.
NEW DINNER SERVICE: Come for the music and stay for dinner! Walk-in’s are Welcome. Or Reserve your Table today for our new Dinner Service.
Call 802-824-4800 for more information.
ART EXHIBIT: Join us Sunday, August 21, from 3:30 – 6:00 p.m for the opening of our latest Art Exhibit by Hilary Mills Lambert. Her exhibit is called Animals, Places and Things which was inspired by her journey from California to Vermont and back again.
We’ve been asking ourselves an incredibly important question in the kitchen at J.J. Hapgood lately, “what makes a perfect breakfast sandwich?” The answers have varied from “the bacon must be crisp,” to “it needs to be topped with fresh greens,” or “over-easy eggs, the yoke can’t be too runny, but just runny enough.” After we’ve created hundreds, perhaps even thousands of breakfast sandwiches since we opened, we’ve collectively come to agree on one element in our quest to create the perfect sandwich: it’s all about the biscuit.
With this in mind, we’ve been perfecting how our homemade buttermilk biscuits are made each day. We start with local flour from the Nitty Gritty Grain Company of Vermont. This is a small, family-owned certified organic farming operation that produces some of the most delicious, and sustainably-produced grains. We then add unsalted Cabot butter. The trick is to grate the butter when it’s frozen into the flour and gently toss it together creating the ideal crumbly texture.
Buttermilk is often our preferred choice for the liquid in our biscuits, mainly because it’s consistent and not too fussy. We love Jersey Girl Dairy Buttermilk from Lisa Kaiman in Chester, Vermont. But we’ve also played around with yogurt and really have enjoyed Gamble Gardens Creamery Skyr, an Icelandic-style yogurt that is truly amazing.
The key—after many, many hours of practice—is not handling the dough too much. We fold in the buttermilk or yogurt gently to create layers that rise when baking. Our philosophy is that a biscuit really can’t have too many layers, the more the better.
Rolling out the dough is easy to do with an old cherry rolling pin handmade by Juliette’s grandfather. He had made one for everyone in her family and it has become the workhorse of the J.J. Hapgood kitchen today.
Once the dough is rolled out, the biscuits are cut to be at least 1-inch tall—which amounts to a thick but fluffy biscuit. They are baked in the top half of our oven, allowing them to cook evenly.
The result? Total biscuit bliss. The proof? Well, our customers love them! As the temperatures warm up in Vermont, we’ll soon be tossing in fresh herbs from our garden, such as chives and dill. Sandwiched in between these beautiful biscuits are locally farmed eggs (and yes, not too runny, but just runny enough), locally cured bacon (crispy), or Vermont Smoke & Cure Sausage, Vermont Cheddar cheese and garden fresh spinach. That’s what makes our breakfast sandwiches outstanding.
For a limited time (April 24 – May 22), you can enjoy our breakfast sandwiches with a $1.00 off coupon. Check out the coupon on our Facebook page, in the local papers or mention the ad next time you stop in.
Saving money at J.J. Hapgood General Store and Eatery just got a lot easier. We are pleased to introduce the newest benefits to shopping and dining at J.J. Hapgood, the Club Membership. What started out as a discount pizza club and a coffee club has now morphed into broader customer benefits and more savings on the items folks love. The Club Membership is our way of showing our customers how much we appreciate your business and saying thank you for being a part of what it takes to create a sustainable and healthy business.
We’ve also designed a handy “key card or key tag,” the Club Card which easily attaches to your keyring and can be scanned at the register for maximum savings. Each key card is unique to the Club Member. It connects your unique card through a bar code on the back with your e-mail address or phone number so that we can keep in touch about specials, time changes and special events. If you haven’t picked up your Club Card yet, please stop by to do so today. Keep it handy because you’ll want to present your Club Card at the register as it will expedite the process of bringing up your account or order to receive the savings.
Here’s the Club Membership benefits that you can start to enjoy today with your new Club Card:
- Discounts on Pizza Club Night (Wednesdays). The Club Membership gives you a discount on the base pizzas on Pizza Club Night. Toppings are not discounted.
- Save big on coffee! A 15% discount on all of your small or large coffee purchases. If you are dining in the store, you may have one refill with your Club Card.
- More savings to come. We will be adding additional benefits and clubs such as Kombucha, etc. as we are able.
- Quick, pop-up style discounts. We’ll offer spur-of-the moment discounts and savings that only our Club Members can take advantage of.
So, come get your Club Card today. And, again, thank you. We appreciate your loyalty and understanding as we grow. If you have questions or feedback on the new Club Membership benefits, email us at Club@JJHapgood.com.
Juliette & Tim Britton
There’s no doubt that it’s special day for any business when a person as famous as Paul McCartney walks through the doors. But in actuality, J.J. Hapgood’s connection to the famous Beatle began long before the store was rebuilt and revitalized by current owners, Juliette and Tim Britton.
The Store’s logo including J.J. Hapgood himself, two robins and the detailed ribbon that adorns everything that is a J.J. Hapgood brand was designed by a famous artist and family friend to Juliette, David Larkham. David is well-known for his creations of album covers, concert graphics and posters for Paul McCartney, Elton John, Rolling Stones, David Bowie, and many more musicians. We caught up with David from his home in London to find out what intrigued him about the store, and his inspiration for the artwork.
J.J. Hapgood: What about the J.J. Hapgood project—the identity, the store, etc.— appealed to you?
David Larkham: Firstly, it was a chance to work with Juliette, who I knew from California – and also because I had visited Peru back in the early 80’s and, indeed, had checked out the old J.J. Hapgood store at the time. So, I was familiar with some of the history and feel of the place.
J.J. Hapgood: As you dug into the history of the store and the man, J.J. Hapgood, what struck you as interesting that lead to how you developed the identity?
David Larkham: The dig into history made me aware of the whole tradition of the store and its relevance and importance to the community of Peru itself. While Juliette was looking for an image of old “J.J.Hapgood” himself, I produced a fair amount of approaches – typographical, some with added flowers or wheat or bird motifs – and it was a matter of narrowing down options until we were going in a direction that Juliette and Tim felt was right. Having grown up in Peru, Juliette considered it important that there was a thread between the store of 1829 and what she envisioned for the store of the 21st Century.
And we achieved that ‘thread’ by basing the typography on the same old hand-drawn “J.J.Hapgood” lettering that was used in the 19th century signage. Once we had that, other elements like the scroll, the New England robins – and the occasional use of old “J.J’s” image – that all fell into place around the type. So… while I could have come up with all sorts of ‘modern’, funky yet hip approaches – the eventual ‘down home’ feel was something that struck a note with Juliette and Tim, and was something they felt would resonate with the local community too.
J.J. Hapgood: What do you draw on for your design inspiration? Is there anything in particular that inspired you on this project?
David Larkham: Design inspiration varies from job to job; art college teaches “form, fashion and function” – so if a job seems to demand something ultra-modern with futuristic typography and color – then that’s the way to go. If it’s a more earthy, home-spun product and project, then your thinking follows that sort of path. With the J.J.Hapgood store identity, my inspirations were the history, the old existing hand-drawn type – and the vision and drive of store-owner Juliette.
J.J. Hapgood: What design projects are you most proud of?
David Larkham: I’m actually quite proud of most of my work, since I feel that – if you’ve done your job right – then each is a success in it’s own way. My early work was mostly entertainment business, and obviously star names catch the eye – but I’ve also served up restaurant design and retail detail, directed corporate I.D., computer software packaging, cruise and travel, jewelry, financial literature, movie, theater and live event advertising. So… however glamorous or low-key – if things have gone right, then you’re pleased that it fits the bill. And I was also particularly happy with the work for the J.J. Hapgood General Store.
J.J. Hapgood: What design projects are you most famous for…. Especially ones that include the store’s famous visitor, Sir Paul McCartney?
David Larkham: As mentioned – it’s the star names that catch the eye; for Paul McCartney it was the album cover for “Pipes of Peace,” but I did a lot of other work for him – single sleeves like the “Say, Say, Say” duet with Michael Jackson, as well as posters and much else for various projects that he had going on. I’m also known for almost all of Elton John’s LP covers during his most successful years – including award winning album sleeves for “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” and “Captain Fantastic and The Brown Dirt Cowboy”. There’s been a lot else for the likes of David Bowie, Neil Diamond, Bob Dylan, Genesis, Rolling Stones, Phil Collins, Steely Dan, Van Morrison, Iron Maiden, Celine Dion and too much to mention really. But I hope you get the picture.
To learn more about David Larkham and his bevy of incredible work check out the Album Cover Hall of Fame interview with him from 2014. We are so appreciative of the work that David did to bring the identity of the Store to life. It’s no doubt that J.J. Hapgood himself would have been proud of these unique and humbling connections.
If you have spent anytime in Vermont during the winter, you know that January can be a seriously cold month. However, we’ve always taken the approach that just because it’s cold, we can still enjoy the beautiful place that we have chosen to live and work in. That means we find opportunities to enjoy winter in all its various temperatures—and embrace bundling up!
Something that always helps to ease the winter chill is a little bit of comfort food. Our signature wood-fire pizzas, a delicious bowl of homemade chili or piping hot beef stew made with local beef, are just a few of our favorites that regularly make their way into our Daily Specials.
With this affection for comfort food in mind, we’ve taken a break from the special dinners that were so successful during the holidays and created new menu offerings on the After 3 Menu that are sure to make everyone feel cozy and ready to battle the frigid temps another day.
Our handmade meatballs made from local pork, lamb and beef simmer in a savory brown sauce served in a skillet after baking in the wood-fire oven. These flavorful morsels are served atop crostini that we bake in-house.
Cheeses from Spring Brook Farm and Woodcock Farm are artfully combined with Vermont Smoke and Cure’s summer sausage and pepperoni in our new Cheese & Charcuterie Board. Or dive into a bubbling, creamy Spinach and Artichoke Dip that is sure to warm you from the inside-out.
In addition to the menu changes, we’ve also enjoyed working with our regular customers as we have transitioned to table service. Offering table service has enabled us to manage the busiest times with much more ease—for both the kitchen and for customers. It’s also allowed our local shoppers to be able to make a quick stop into the store for milk or a cup of coffee, and not get caught in a long line at the register. This change is a direct result of feedback that we’ve gotten over the last year and we truly appreciate everyone’s patience and kindness as we’ve worked out the kinks. Overall, dining customers, shoppers and our staff couldn’t be more pleased with the changes.
With new menu offerings that focus on what we do best—comfort food—while also adding new services for our customers and keeping the same friendly and accessible vibe that we have built the store on, that’s what is keeping us warm this January!
The wood fired pizzas at J.J. Hapgood are probably one of the top reasons that folks find their way to Peru. We make the dough every morning using Vermont-grown and milled certified organic wheat from the Nitty Gritty Grain Company. Our pizzas are baked to order in a custom-built wood-burning oven designed by master mason Peter Moore.
Our creative pizzas are known for their unique and high-quality toppings of local produce, meat and cheeses. But we need your help! We’d love to create a signature 1-Year Anniversary Celebration Pizza to commemorate this amazing milestone. We’ll add a pizza to our menu from a recipe imagined by our wonderful customers, friends and community members. Plus, the culinary talent behind this winning recipe will also receive a $25 gift card to the store. So let’s get started.
Send your Wood Fire Pizza recipe or topping suggestions to Pizza@JJHapgood.com, send us a recipe on Facebook, or stop into J.J. Hapgood and tell us in person! We’d love to hear all of the delicious recipe combinations you can think of. Thanks from all of us at J.J. Hapgood for making our first year in business an incredible journey. Cheers, here comes 2015!