Worth Knowing: New Pop-up store in Woodstock!

Kinda looks like he'd be a nice guy to work for.

Don't you want to work for this guy?

People say the future of all of the empty retail space in our towns may be pop-up stores and temporary art galleries. Maybe there's something to that. Last month a pop-up store opened in Hanover - Ruggles & Hunt. And now there's a pop-up store in Woodstock - the Vermont Horse Country Store located at 20 Central Street. 

The Vermont Horse Country Store pop-up in Woodstock is the offspring of The Vermont Country Horse Store located in South Woodstock, Vermont. Laura Spittle originally opened the store as High Brook Horse & Harness in 1985 and changed the name to The Vermont Horse Country Store around 2000 to better reflect what the store represented. It carries “Everything for horses and the people who love them.” The main store is a full service tack and saddlery shop located at 5331 South Road (Route 106), right next door to Green Mountain Horse Association. In addition to "horse gear", the store carries a lot of practical, country clothing and footwear as well as books, toys, jewelry, housewares and anything else that could possibly interest a horse lover. The store also has an “equine gallery” featuring original art and crafts from local artists and artisans as well as interesting antiques, collectibles and ephemera. The Vermont Horse Country Store is open every day during its "season" - from May 1 to November 1. After November 1, the store is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday as well as Monday holidays and school vacations.

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The pop-up location on Central Street has offerings to please shoppers other than just equestrians. It's got clothing that is definitely not limited to the barn and a fine selection of paintings. It carries a lot of owner Spittle's favorite clothing and footwear, including Dansko clogs which were originally brought to the American market by one of Spittle's customers who wore them in her barn and thought her riding friends would appreciate the backs that kept dirt and bedding out. Now Dansko clogs are ubiquitous.  The pop-up also carries a large selection of Breyer horses, which this writer is particularly nostalgic about since she collected them as a child.

And the pop-up location has some great clothing for the Upper Valley, including very reasonably priced oilskin coats from Jaeger and flannel shirts from the Outback Trading Company.

It's worth swinging by to take a look.

The Vermont Country Store is open on Thursday through Monday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and on Tuesday and Wednesday from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. During the weekend of November 2nd, 3rd and 4th, The Vermont Horse Country Store will be celebrating the change of seasons with a sale in both the South Woodstock and Woodstock locations. The South Woodstock location will offer end of season specials on everything horse people need and the pop up shop will celebrate the official start of the holiday season with specials and sales on clothing and gifts so it’s a perfect chance to come see what they do and get some early holiday ideas. 

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