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Look who's minding the store...

The West Street Market opened in the 1980s. It was owned successively by the McGarries, Frank LaPenna, Andy and Nancy Crestelli, and most recently by David and Heather Atherton. With that said, the market has been a keystone in the Proctor landscape regardless who is helping behind the counter. It is centrally located and a genuine convenience for residents who prefer not to make the long drive to the West Rutland or Rutland area for needed items.

Joining Jackson behind the counter on various days are Deana Burnham and Jeff Anderson of Proctor, Megan Gangone of Pittsford, and Celia Lisananti and Maureen Ketcham.

Even with a good location and loyal customers, you have to possess the right kind of temperament to make a go of it in Vermont's general-store business. And after just a week behind the counter, it appears that Rachel Jackson has exactly what it takes to succeed-a love of community, an eagle eye for local business, and a good old-fashioned commitment to personal, customer service.

Check it out: West Street Market in Proctor is open for winter hours Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Thursday, 7 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday, 7 a.m.-9 p..m., Saturday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sunday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Telephone: 802-459-3322.

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