We’re Chris and Vince, the store’s Proprietors.
We’ve been together since 1995 and we were married in 2004. And with our old dachshund Winnie, we call Mattapoisett home.
We live above the shop, literally. Well, actually, around and above. We found and bought our old house in 1999 when we came down from Boston to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Mattapoisett Inn, which at the time was owned by Chris’ aunt and uncle, Marc & Marlene. And we never looked back.
We fell in love with our home immediately. Not only for the quirks and charm of a 1798 building, but also because of where it’s situated, smack dab in the center of village life, overlooking the hustle and bustle of the town’s waterfront. And equally important, because of the unique work/live aspect of our building – residence and storefront. The Town Wharf General Store has served many uses over the past 200 years. Central to village life, it started off as a carpenter shop servicing the whaling industry at its back door. And over time many other uses have evolved -- dry good’s store, social club, soda fountain, dentist office, bakery, and much more.
There’s something extraordinarily special about this town that leaves residents and visitors alike with a profound sense of place. We’ve travelled near and far and it inevitably comes up where we’re from and we can always count on there being some sort of six degrees of Mattapoisett. It’s a remarkable thing.
Anyone who has strolled the village’s side streets and peeked beyond picket fences into pretty gardens filled with honeysuckle knows what we mean. Or if you’ve walked down to the town wharf on a warm summer night, grabbed and ice cream at the “slip”, and caught up with neighbors who’ve set up lawn chairs on the wharf to wait out the summer heat, you know exactly what we mean. Or maybe you’ve just plunked yourself down on a bench by the boat ramp to experience the communal applause of a Brownell boat splash. The fact of the matter is, there’s something special going on here and we decided we wanted to open a business to complement this special village life.
Out of many late night conversations combined with lots of neighborly input the Town Wharf General Store was born.
We’re part specialty food grocery. Hardware store. Boat provisioner. Coffee shop. Bakery. And more. Need some madras curry? Or pesto? Farmer’s Almanac? How about a loaf of exceptional bread? An award winning VT cheese? Eldridge's Tide & Pilot Book? Some apple smoked bacon? Or maybe you just need some batteries or aspirin? Or a hand made rolling pin? Or Dave’s famous coffee syrup? Looking to play Wiffle ball on Shipyard Park? We’ve got that too.
What excites us about the concept of a general store is the never ending hunt to find new, beautiful, interesting, fun, useful, utilitarian products – high and low – from nostalgic brands to exceptionally crafted materials. When a customer leaves the store we ask them to come back soon because we’ll have something new next week. And that’s our promise. You may not find something you like or need today, but you’re likely to sooner or later. Because we’re going to keep looking for you. It’s the funnest part of our job as proprietors of the Town Wharf General Store – to seek out the most interesting products – for your pantry, your home, your boat and your life.
Thanks for learning more about the Town Wharf General Store.
Be sure to come back soon.
We’ll have something new in stock next week.