The Fundy-Acadia Region is largely rural, with low population densities. This is a large factor in its appeal, but also necessitated for most of its history, the establishment of the "general store." General stores were a blend of department stores and discount stores, carrying staples, necessities, and a few luxury items all at country prices. Country and farmers markets, meanwhile, tended to carry fresh produce, as well as pickled and preserved food, in addition to crafts. Unlike elsewhere in both countries, this type of shopping experience has not been completely displaced by the big box stores of urban and suburban centers. Below you will find some featured General stores as well as newer convenience stores where you can still shop at your leisure and find (almost) everything you could need!
S. L. Wadsworth & Son of Eastport, known as both the Nation’s oldest ship chandlery and Maine’s oldest retail business, has just entered its third century of operation. Founded in 1818 by Samuel Wadsworth, the business continues to be operated by the 6th generation of the same family that has called Eastport home since the beginning of the 19th century.
For over 300 years the Wadsworth family has been an integral part of the founding and building of America. The clan is descended from two of the pilgrims that arrived on the ship Lyon. The grandparents of the present generation were dear friends of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt who were also customers of S. L. Wadsworth & Son. Two US Naval Vessels were named for members of the Wadsworth family, and the mother of the present generation christened the USS Peleg Wadsworth launched at South Portland in 1943.
Located on the waterfront in the center of Eastport's old Downtown Historic District, people no longer come in to purchase harpoons or whale oil, but they do come for the same quality of service and product that has been offered for the past 190 years. They also come for the history and nostalgia that comes with passing through the front door. Today they leave with marine items, hardware, nautical gifts and a fresh memory of speaking with the present generation of Wadsworths.
Barbour's General Store is a museum and tourist HUB in Saint John, New Brunswick. It is an authentic 19th-century general store building, preserved and used to recreate a Victorian-era educational experience for visitors. It is located at the intersection of King Street and Prince William Street in the Trinity Royal Historic Preservation Area in the city's uptown. On August 22, 2015 the shop was re-opened to the public as a functioning business and local information centre.
The museum was founded in 1967. The store itself was originally built in the mid-1800s, in northern New Brunswick. It operated as a general store from the 1860s to the 1940s. The building was relocated to Saint John in the late 1960s, and was towed down the Saint John River. The preservation of the building, and the recreation of the general store with historic artifacts, was funded by the G.E. Barbour Company, for which it is now named.
The idea for the museum came to local businessman Ralph Brenan, who worked for G.E. Barbour. He was dismayed to discover that his granddaughter did not know what coal was, or many other common items from his own childhood. He sought to remedy the lack of awareness of local history for his granddaughter and other children of the area by establishing a museum in the centre of Saint John.
The general store is recreated with historic artifacts that would have been seen on the shelves of a local shop of the era. Goods such as clothing, shoes, hats, preserved tobacco, medicines, household items such as tools, lamps, boardgames and irons are on display, as well as local items such as Surprise Soap, made in the nearby town of St. Stephen, and Crosby's molasses, made in Saint John. There are also traditional items for sale, such as barley candy and dulse (edible seaweed harvested locally). (from Wikipedia)
A great little store with more than just groceries, featuring staples, fresh produce, crafts and gifts for locals and visitors alike.
Not just a typical discount store, the Grand Manan Dollar Store carries a wide variety of supplies for camping, hiking, biking and cooking out in addition to gifts, souvenirs and clothing. Everything from toothpaste and soap to swimming trunks and t-shirts. If you've forgotten something on your trip, you'll find it here!