New Brooklin General Store a welcome addition

The newly opened Brooklin General Store boasts a front porch where customers can sit a spell and catch up and other features of the original store built around 1872. PHOTO BY JENNIFER OSBORN

A brighter, sparkling Brooklin General Store opened June 1, saving residents from having to travel to Sedgwick or Blue Hill for forgotten gallons of milk or loaves of bread.

The store was completely rebuilt, although the layout is similar to the original circa 1872 structure.

Brooklin General occupies the same footprint but seems more spacious thanks to a higher ceiling and windows at the top of the walls, said store manager Kristyn LaPlante.

The gas pumps are operating and the shelves are stocked.

Brooklin General Store employee Don Sheehan and co-owner Lorinda Toscas navigate the new cash register on opening day.

“We’re really trying to make it a true general store,” said one of the co-owners, Lorinda Toscas.

LaPlante added, “We have a ton of general merchandise.”

The items include an extensive wine collection, numerous varieties of beer and soft drinks, as well as the aforementioned jugs of milk.

LaPlante said a special cooler is arriving next week to house “bubbly” and rosé wine as well as gourmet cheeses.

But, shoppers also can buy a rainsuit, bug repellant, mackerel fishing supplies and car air fresheners.

Ready-to-eat sandwiches — both breakfast and lunch — are available. A pizza oven was due to be installed.

“We have breakfast, lunch, pastries, coffee, cookies,” Toscas said. “We have muffins and sticky buns.”

Brooklin Candy Co.’s bits and shards of seaglass candy are among the treats and locally produced specialty products for sale.

Local purveyors are represented as well, including bags of Bucklyn Coffee and Brooklin Candy Co. chocolates and sea glass candy.

Hot coffee to go is available, but if you’d like to stay and chat, there are four tables with chairs. There’s also a bench outside on an expansive porch.

Customers have given the new store a thumbs-up.

“I absolutely love it,” said Paige Morse of Brooklin, who stopped in to get cold drinks with her daughter after school Monday. “It was worth the wait.”

If there’s an item you’d like the store to carry, alert the staff.

The store is open daily. Normal operating hours are 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. On Sundays, the store will be open morning to evening but not as long.

News Reporter Jennifer Osborn covers news and features on the Blue Hill Peninsula and Deer Isle-Stonington. She welcomes tips and story ideas. She also writes the Gone Shopping column. Email Jennifer with your suggestions at [email protected] or call 667-2576.