A great place to come for delicious take-out in Jericho, VT! Featuring hearty PIZZAS, local BURGERS, hand-cut FRIES, POUTINE, Boar’s Head SUBS and SANDWICHES, and so much more! Check out our ORDER FOOD ONLINE page for our full menu!
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ALSO SERVING FRESH AQUA VITEA KOMBUCHA !
FILL UP A KOMBUCHA GROWLER @ OUR FILLING STATION!
Since 1807, this historic Vermont country store has served as the hub of Jericho Center, Vermont – THE HOME OF WILSON “SNOWFLAKE” BENTLEY. We are a true Vermont “Country” store REGISTERED AS A STATE HISTORIC SITE, with groceries, gourmet deli, working post office, Vermont gifts, full line of beer & wine, and much more! we’re not just a store…we’re a shopping experience! Walk through our door and step back in time. As you wander our aisles, relics of the past are on display – old ice boxes, vintage Coca Cola cooler, pickle barrels, CHECKERBOARDS, old-fashion post office boxes, century-old signs and advertisements, and much more!
~A BRIEF HISTORY~
Jericho Center Country Store was founded in 1807 as Blackman’s Store, by Pliny Blackman. Blackman’s store originally offered a few staple groceries such as flour, sugar, rum, gin, and molasses. He obtained his goods by traveling to Winooski, then via raft up Lake Champlain to the St. Lawrence River, then north to Montreal where he bartered for the goods he would resell at his store.
The store changed hands a few times over the next century, most notably to the Jordan Brothers. They took over the store in the late 1800s and ran it for more than three decades. The original store building burned in the late 19th century and was rebuilt as a larger, two-story structure. The structure remains as it is today, with a few changes.
Gerry and Lil Desso took ownership of the store in the late 1960s, christened it Desso’s General Store, and established themselves as two of the most beloved people in town. For three decades Jerry and Lil could be seen stocking their shelves and manning the cash register everyday. Their busy store was packed full of groceries, animal feed, hardware, and toys, and in a time devoid of big boxed stores, their store prospered. Desso’s Store was truly the mecca of Jericho Center, and townspeople today cherish their memories of going into Desso’s, finding almost anything they needed (after some searching), and raiding the .25 cent drawers for curious and delightful treasures. Today, the Dessos are still cherished in Jericho Center. A children’s book, The Storekeeper, by local author Tracey Campbell Pearson, is based on Desso’s General Store.
The St. Amour family bought the store in 2002 and continue to run the store and serve the community of Jericho Center to this day. The store has been featured in The Burlington Free Press, Seven Days, the Essex Reporter, Vermont Life Magazine, and the independent Vermont film, Shout It Out.