The town of Westmore and the Barton Area Chamber of Commerce welcome the Willoughby Lake Store to the Center of the Kingdom! Owners Sandy and Jim Towns spent the last 25 years running Carmen’s Travel and living in Lyndonville, VT. Ready for a change, they started looking into purchasing a new small business in places as far away as Arizona and New Mexico. So why did they finally settle on restoring the old general store in Westmore, right in their own backyard? “Well, the price came down. And it felt right. The community needed a store,” says Jim. The community welcomed them with open arms. “The people have been unbelievable,” Sandy says. “We take care of them, and they take care of us.”
The Willoughby Lake Store sells groceries, gas, bait, sporting and ice fishing equipment, high-quality local handcrafted gifts, beer and wine and features a deli with pizza, sandwiches and hot soup. They hope to offer the Lottery within the next few months. Customers enjoy access to WiFi and an ATM. On Saturday, February 23 the Willoughby Lake Store will offer an ice fisherman’s breakfast special: a slice of breakfast pizza and a small coffee for $2.99 plus tax.