I stepped into the past last weekend on a visit to the Vermont Country Store in Weston, Vermont. This store was established in 1946 by the Orton Family. Who says a family cannot run a business together? Here is one success story that is sure to change that myth. Vrest Orton was the son of a Vermont shopkeeper but had a passion for writing. He moved to New York City to become a successful writer. Eventually, he returned to Vermont in the early 1930's to start his own printing company, The Countryman's Press, in Weston.
He never wanted to be a businessman but life has its twists and Vrest fell in love with MIldred Wilcox, a graduate student of the Rutland Business School. I would have very much liked to have met this loving and powerfully directed couple because they knew by combining their skills they could create a legacy for their family. Vrest brought his unique style of words and design to both the store and the catalog and Mildred added the organization and focus.
What made their business grow and grow however was their huge hearts and dedication to maintain a warm and friendly environment with quality products. Mildred even began serving lunches to her customers, being a fine cook of natural and wholegrain foods. Today the family still runs the store and catalog business while continuing the excellent service. If you think a product (they carry everything from A to Z) went extinct, just check out The Vermont Country Store and they will be sure to have it. You will be 100% satisfied. Guaranteed!
What I found most appealing in the store was the perfume department ( every scent had a story behind it) and the Scale Museum. Below I will give a two minute tour.
|JoAnne knew every perfume and its story.|
|Princess Diana's favorite perfume was the Bluebell - sweet fresh and filled with the scent of English Bluebell flowers.|
|ma griffe - Somewhere over the Rainbow. Launched in 1946, a Judy Garland favorite.|
|Only two words can describe this lovely scent, Audrey Hepburn.|
|Wind song stays on your mind.|
Enjoy the museum. I must say though the scales were far more impressive in person.