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The Brewster General Store

Warm memories, quality goods & community spirit, November/December Cape Cod Life |

Missy and George Boyd have committed their careers to preserving the Cape’s precious past while maintaining the modern marvel that is the Brewster General Store, which celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2016. In addition to two stories full of creative toys, household goods, and novelty items, the well known store on Route 6A boasts a working peanut roaster and an old-fashioned coal stove where folks gather to play checkers during the winter months.

A coin-operated nickelodeon near the entrance inspires customers of all ages to swing and sway to ragtime tunes. “It lights people’s souls,” says Missy. “Some people dance to it.” Before they were owners, the Boyds enjoyed the magical response the nickelodeon inspired from patrons, and in 1986 they bought the store.

A visit here is a return to a simpler time when Cape cottages were filled with families playing board games, piecing together puzzles, and assembling kites. Maintaining a quaint atmosphere while remaining current with the purchase of hundreds of new items each year requires a level of attention and dedication that may be incomprehensible to anyone working less than an 80-hour week. The store is open daily throughout the year, and the Boyds are always on hand.

George, who is retired from a finance job on Wall Street, calls the store “a work of living art.” The couple spends each winter selecting as wide a variety of creative gifts as possible. Their eye for the original is evident throughout the store as shelves are stocked with vintage 1960s lunch boxes, balloon-powered bathtub boats, lobster claw potholders and other items, all geared to a family audience. “It’s a family show,” Missy says. “There’s no doubt about it.”

Sara’s favorite purchase: a framed illustration of Robert Louis Stevenson’s “The Land of Counterpane” from an antique edition of A Child’s Garden of Verses.

1935 Main Street (Route 6A), Brewster • • 508-896-3744

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