Two weeks ago Worth Knowing reported that Farmhouse Pottery will be opening a new Hanover location in October. Well today we're reporting that another new store is coming to Hanover. Ruggles & Hunt is busy preparing the 2,486 square foot space at 15 South Main Street that was occupied most recently by Game, Set, Mat. Ruggles & Hunt hopes to open next week.
Proprietress Vicki Gohl opened the first Ruggles & Hunt in Walpole, NH in 2005. Gohl was frustrated by the fact that she had to drive at least half an hour to buy a greeting card, a children’s birthday present, a non-grocery store soap, a lamp for the guest room or a pair of "socks with attitude." When she opened Ruggles & Hunt, she carried all of the above items and soon added an eclectic mix of men's and women's clothing, as well as decorative housewares and many things that defy simple description. Gohl's store has been in the same location in Walpole ever since and she opened a store in Brattleboro in 2016.
The Ruggles & Hunt website describes the store as follows: "Ruggles is not a typical shop in any way: it is a flirt, a laugh and a blare of color. Most everything you will find in the displays is practical, hysterical or beautiful – rather like the amazing people who work there."
When the opportunity to test the Upper Valley market by way of a short-term lease presented itself, Gohl jumped on it. She is eager to introduce her shop to a new market and looks forward to meeting her fellow merchants. The first order of business, however, is putting several coats of new paint on the floor and walls at the new space.
Stay tuned to learn when Ruggles & Hunt will be open.
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