201205may_012 Although he certainly could rest on his laurels after giving his life to his family, his business, and his town for more than 60 years, Stan still comes into the store several days a week to help out.

Bonnie, Stan’s wife of 52 years and a well-known Orleans historian, is the dedicated keeper of old family albums, boxes of newspaper stories, and store correspondence through the decades. On the wall of the conference room are large fading portraits of Aaron and Mary. Bonnie shares stories about Aaron, noting that he eventually became so successful that he developed an enormous building to house a series of businesses at a Main Street location known as the “Snow Block.”

“Aaron built this huge structure in 1884—it was one of the largest buildings on the Cape at the time,” says Bonnie, pointing out the Snow Block in old photo albums. “The building had apartments, a gymnasium where they had town basketball games, roller skating events, and dances—there was even a shooting range in the attic. They sometimes held town meetings there.”

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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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