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The Country Store in Petersham, a Timeless New England Landmark Since 1843, Makes a Comeback


Petersham Country Store in Petersham, Massachusetts
Petersham Country Store.

by Eric J. Hurwitz. Article updated on Dec. 31, 2016.

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The Country Store in Petersham in Petersham, Mass., might not be one of those country stores offering everything under the sun, but it does radiate an authenticity and welcoming nature that few other stores of this kind can match.

The location certainly helps -- right across from one of New England's most beautiful Massachusetts town greens -- but this north central Massachusetts country store stands quite nicely on its own with a grocery store featuring foods mostly made or sourced locally, baked goods and frozen treats, a restaurant, Vermont cheese and a modest selection of nice gifts. 

Discovering this local treasure with the exterior Greek Revival architecture and interior classic country store appearance surely satiates the quest for a classic New England county store travel experience, but what makes it even more heartwarming is what happened the past few years.  After serving the community since 1843, the Petersham Country Store sadly closed in 2012. A strong community resolve, however, stopped this landmark from becoming a faded memory as the East Quabbin Landtrust purchased the building in 2013 and reopened it in 2014 under the management of Ari and Jeanneane Pugliese.

Petersham Country Store interior, Petersham, MassachusettsThe Country Store in Petersham has come back to life mightily with a steady customer base, a clear pride of ownership and an innate spirit that not only originates from its storied history but through a community that holds tradition and local businesses in the highest regard.

It's not just another cute country store, however, with wood floors, tin tiles and antiques strategically placed for ambiance. Management clearly know that just getting by on the past is well, a thing of the past, and thus, has also committed itself to 21st century preferences. They know that lunch meats with no nitrates, healthy-looking local produce and gluten free sandwiches will please the health conscious crowds while baked hoods, frozen treats, huge burritos and homemade pizza attract comfort food fans.

While customers come and go at a leisurely pace to shop for groceries, other wisely prefer to further delay leaving this charming spot by dining in one of the two cozy dining rooms towards the back. It's the perfect place for conversation or reading the paper over a cup of coffee or to dine on a hearty sandwich like this delicious ham panini with just about everything locally sourced...

Ham panini from the Petersham Country Store in Petersham,  Massachusetts.

The staff is super helpful, and shows a certain humbleness with a heavy dose of authentic gratitude that is rare in today's "me first" world. Even by country store standards -- where ownership tend to generally focus more on the customer -- The Country Store at Petersham seems even that more welcoming.

So, welcome back to the other "anchor" of the Petersham central district where the return of a revered country store goes hand-in-hand with the stunningly scenic town common. Sunny days are here again in downtown Petersham!

Petersham Town Common, Petersham, Massachusetts
Petersham Town Common with the Country Store right behind it.

The Country Store in Petersham is located at 2 North Main St. in Petersham MA. Tel. (978) 724-2000

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