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    Sounds like heaven. How are the elementary schools?
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    Default Re: Own a Grocery/Post Office in Ripton VT

    Just wait until your kids are college age and then send them to Middlebury down the hill.
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    ff 5 years...
    here is Jorn " livin' large on $18k a year in Vt.."

    "Jorn, When does this cheese go on sale? I don't need it til next week..."

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    The other cool thing about that store is that it's right on Middlebury Gap. Go out your front door and you're in the middle of the climb - two miles up and two miles down.

    Have to say, though, I never stop at that store, either in a car or on my bike.

    Elementary school? There's one within walking distance of that store. Pretty nice one, actually.

    There's some good gravel riding there too. One dirt road connects Middlebury Gap to Lincoln Gap - it was part of the LAMB fondo a few years ago.

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    Velocipede HQ NE. All the pickled eggs you can eat.
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    We stayed just over the mountain from there at Texas Falls one summer while my wife did Breadloaf and another around the mountain in Bristol. Nice place. Dynamite for a cyclist or fly fisherman. I loved it and did nothing but cycle, fly fish, and read. Couldn’t pay me to live there year round though.

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    It takes an interesting range of skills to make a place like that successful.

    My sister's lived in a small town in Maine for over 15 years so a few days ago I sent her the link to the NYT story. One of her comments was that often when that sort of store changes hands the buyers don't realize what's really involved and how hard it is to make it all work. She says she's seen it happen countless times on the Maine mid-coast. That might be even more likely given the circulation this will see due to the NYT piece.

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    There is a nice grocery like this in Orient NY out on the eastern end of the North Fork of Long Island. We used to stop in for lunch when out on rides there. They were making the transition between ownership, and the menu had some new items, so of course everyone had to ask "How's that hummus sandwich?" and then go ahead and order the tuna & Swiss on rye as per usual. Also the store becomes a fixed point in the day to day irregularities of life. An older gentleman came in once while we were there, and after saying hi to the owner said, "I'm looking for my lawnmower. Any ideas where it is?" And the owner said, "At the Joneses' house." And the guy said thanks and left, I presume to go get his lawnmower from the Joneses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by j44ke View Post
    Just wait until your kids are college age and then send them to Middlebury down the hill.
    There goes your $18k/year, huh?

    But hey, sure!
    This sounds exactly like a dream.
    Logic and all.
    GO!

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    Logic?
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    real estate is cheap in that area, we were actually pretty darn close (even put in some offers) on a house right by there. It was bigger than we could handle for a reno project (doing it ourselves) but it came with beautiful land and a sugar shack.

    I've been thinking about what I could do if my partners job ever went mobile (mine wont). This could be the calling. Hard commute by bike though with a few choices of gap roads over the green mountains.
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    Quote Originally Posted by j44ke View Post
    Logic?
    I'm sorry!
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    Default Re: Own a Grocery/Post Office in Ripton VT

    Here's one I go by all the time with the same setup: https://www.scenicbywayrealty.com/re...boom-NY-13450/



    As for the finances of it, whoever took it over wouldn't be the first person to buy themselves a good job. I have to imagine there are plenty of bike shop owners doing something similar.

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    Looks like cigarettes, candy, nuts and soda are the staples.

    I like all the exclamation! points in the description!
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    Quote Originally Posted by j44ke View Post
    Looks like cigarettes, candy, nuts and soda are the staples.

    I like all the exclamation! points in the description!
    Middlebury it is not.

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    lottery tickets i bet also play a big part...
    bring people in all the time to throw away their ss $$.

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    Quote Originally Posted by caleb View Post
    Here's one I go by all the time with the same setup: https://www.scenicbywayrealty.com/re...boom-NY-13450/



    As for the finances of it, whoever took it over wouldn't be the first person to buy themselves a good job. I have to imagine there are plenty of bike shop owners doing something similar.
    Nice, but they spelled ICE incorrectly on the machine.

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    BOB spelled backwards is BOB.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveP View Post
    lottery tickets i bet also play a big part...
    bring people in all the time to throw away their ss $$.
    Lottery tickets, milk, ice and bait.
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