From Issue Three of the Gear Patrol Magazine.
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A hundred years ago, every Main Street in America had its general store. These small, often family-run outfits sold everyday essentials — pantry provisions, home goods, booze — to blue-collar Americans who had nowhere else to shop. But towns got bigger, or they grew hollow. And most of these pastoral storefronts lost out to big-box emporiums like Walmart or Amazon.

In places like the Hudson Valley, however, where residents place a premium on nostalgia and the simple life, the spirit of the general store carries on. The region’s eclectically stocked boutiques still specialize in local, handmade goods for everyday life. More importantly, they preserve an increasingly rare trait in modern retail: a sense of place.

Kitchen

Everything in its Right Place
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Andrew Molleur Gradient Mise en Place Bowls $80
Black Creek Mercantile Blackline Kitchen Spoons $120
Silk & Willow Indigo Dip-Dyed Napkins $30

Food

From Hot Sauce to Syrup
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Poor Devil Pepper Co. Green Gypsy Hot Sauce $7
Honeybrook Farms Honey $10
Crown Maple Bourbon Barrel Aged Maple Syrup $20
BjornQorn Sun-Popped Popcorn $4

Drink

Cider Central
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Aaron Burr Cidery Scrumpy in the Gunks Cider $20
Sundström Cider Sponti $20
The Hudson Standard Catskill Masala Bitters $20

Home

Soap, Wax and Paper
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Hudson Made Scullery Soap $17
Cold Spring Apothecary No. 75 Candle $45
Upstate Diary $20
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A version of this story appears in Issue Three of the Gear Patrol Magazine, 320 pages of stories, reports, interviews and original photography from five distinct locations around the world. Subscribe Now: $39