General stores represent the best of Maine’s hodgepodge of values, selling everything from hunting and fishing gear to hardware, fully loaded sandwiches, and farm-fresh produce, often in a no-frills setting.
Town Landing Market | Falmouth
Located in a historic 1880 building, Town Landing Market is a local hub for fresh produce and groceries, with a front porch that provides a relaxing spot to while away a spring day. The newly redesigned kitchen offers comfort foods, house-made baked goods, and classic deli fare, including thick meat sandwiches, chowders, and pizzas along with crabmeat and lobster rolls.
New Gloucester Village Store | New Gloucester
Originally selling hardware, food, and penny candy, the New Gloucester Village Store now features both a small market offering homemade breads and local goods and a small restaurant that serves sandwiches and wood-fired brick-oven pizza with dough made from scratch.
Hussey’s General Store | Windsor
Open since 1923, Hussey’s General Store has been outfitting generations of Mainers with life’s necessities and more, including the guns, wedding gowns, and cold beer advertised on the sign outside the store.
Sheepscot General | Whitefield
Located in a converted dairy barn, Sheepscot General stocks its shelves with local products, many of which are made at its adjacent farm. The store and cafe also functions as a community gathering space, with weekly drumming circles, open-mic nights, and yoga classes as well as special events such as book release parties and brunches.
Way Way Store | Saco
On the outskirts of Saco, the Way Way Store is a nostalgia trip, its shelves lined with memorabilia and penny candy. Staff serve Gifford’s ice cream from a take-out window, and the shop’s original 1940s gas pumps decorate the quaint patio.
Day’s Store | Belgrade Lakes
In the Belgrade Lakes region, Day’s Store is a favorite of locals and passing tourists, who come in to stock up on deli meats, paper products, and toiletries, and fill up their gas tanks at the single pump outside.