Retro Retail

A modern general store that’s brimming with repurposed treasures

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et down off your horse and buggy and step into Westcott Mercantile, a modern general store stuffed with unique gifts and furniture, and where the penny candy is just one example of the nostalgia on offer. Owner Mary Westcott Thomajan and general manager Lynne Czamanske sell a mix of old and new here, from masculine-smelling candles in old soup cans called Man Cans to ’50s Pyrex to vintage cameras to “flowers” (above) made out of salvaged materials. Behind the store is a secret garden of antique trunks, reclaimed tractor parts, and cool vintage wooden shoe molds from a Massachusetts shoe factory. Leccese

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Belmont was formed from pieces of neighboring Watertown, Waltham, and Arlington in 1859, but Cambridge claimed a chunk of it back 20 years later in a dispute over the licensing of a slaughterhouse on Fresh Pond that Cambridge feared would pollute its drinking water. Yeah, they’ve pretty much always been environmentalists in Cambridge.

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