J.J. Hapgood General Store is a purveyor of basic and specialty provisions, produce, local meat and dairy, Vermont cheeses, charcuterie, fine wine & craft beer, fine chocolates, penny candy and hard to find gift items. We serve up authentic wood-fired pizzas, handcrafted to go and take out meals, and other dishes created from high quality ingredients daily.
Located in the heart of historic Peru village in the southwest corner of Vermont, we are a two-hour drive from Saratoga Springs, NY, the Berkshires and about three hours from Boston.
Historically, J.J. Hapgood has been the longest continuously-running general store in the state. Owner Juliette Britton, who grew up in Peru, along with her husband Tim, revived the beloved grocery, eatery and community gathering space in 2013.
J.J. Hapgood maintains the look and feel of the old store and is outfitted with artifacts from the original store and from the local community.
The Brittons added a custom wood-fired oven built by artisan Peter Moore, a gallery space, beautiful marble outdoor patio and a rabbit and mushroom wallpapered bar area. The impeccably curated interior of the store, cafe’ and bar area (as well as the patio) are a unique setting that is perfectly suited for private parties and special events. The entire property is available for just such occasions.
History of The Store
In 2004 Juliette Britton returned to her hometown of Peru, Vermont to raise a family with her husband Tim. They saw an opportunity to serve the community by reopening the dormant general store in the center of town. Prior to a brief closure, J.J. Hapgood was the longest continuously-running general store in Vermont. Juliette and her family rebuilt the historic establishment and added a café, custom wood-fired oven, and outdoor patio. The store is once again a community fixture where locals can gather for live music, attend an art opening or catch-up with friends over a good meal. J.J. Hapgood has become a gem and destination in Southern Vermont. The move Baby Boom was set in Peru, Vermont and in the old store in 1987. In February 2015, Paul McCartney dined with them making famous their Margherita Pizza.