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On Cape Cod mornings in weather fair or foul, you might see 79-year-old Stan Snow rowing his boat on Orleans’ Town Cove. Just like his great grandfather, Aaron Snow, who often sailed up and down the East Coast in search of the best products for the family’s famous store, Stan knows the importance of sticking to things. 

For 125 years, the Snow family has provided Cape Codders with goods and services, from the 1880s when Aaron sold coal, grain, lumber, and other necessities from a wharf on Town Cove until today, when the current generation of Snows manages a sprawling Orleans company. In 2012, Snow’s Home and Garden includes a 40,000-square-foot general merchandise store, a thriving online store on, and a growing business supplying oil and gas for energy needs to customers from Dennis to Truro. 

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Susan Dewey is the associate publisher and editor of Cape Cod LIFE, Cape Cod HOME, and Cape Cod ART. She lives in Centerville on Cape Cod and enjoys gardening, sailing, walking on the beach, gallery hopping, cooking with fresh seafood, and exploring Cape Cod and the Islands from shore to shore.

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