CRAFTSBURY, Vt. – Inside the Craftsbury General Store on a weekday afternoon, you can find Emily Maclure behind the counter serving pizza, sandwiches and other lunch to customers. The Orleans native was living in Los Angeles a few years ago when she says she knew she had to come home.
“Just kind-of waiting for the right thing to come along, and this store came on the market and I’d kind-of fallen in love with Craftsbury,” she says.
So she moved back to Vermont in 2012 and dove into the business.
“Didn’t have a background in owning a store, so I really just had to turn to the public to get a sense of what they wanted,” she says.
What they wanted, she says, was to keep their dollars local. She says a recent survey done by the town showed about 70 percent of people felt supporting the local food movement was important. But she also knew the favorite brand names had to stay.