The Wonderful Retro Feel of Dick and Jane’s General Store, Walpole, Mass.


A very colorful section of Dick and Jane's General Store

A very colorful section of Dick and Jane's General Store


EDITOR’S NOTE: DICK AND JANE’S GENERAL STORE IS NO LONGER IN BUSINESS IN WALPOLE, HAVING CLOSED IN NOVEMBER 2010.

Article and photo by Eric H., VisitingNewEngland.com
Dick and Jane’s General Store, at 944 Main St., in Walpole, Mass., recently took over the old PrintWorks building, and transformed it into a handsome, old-fashioned shop with homemade fudge, retro candies, coffee, bagels, muffins rolls, gelato, educational toys and games.

It is simply a beautiful-looking store, fairly large in size and combining modern and old-time architectural and store layout elements that should appeal to all generations. There’s even a huge M&M machine where customers can dispense common and specialty M&Ms, as well as limited seating to enjoy the yummy candy, food and drinks! Three wide-screen televisions reside in separate sections of the store and feature shows from the Food Network, episodes from Seinfeld and classic old-time television like the “Little Rascals.” Wifi is available, too, thus adding a touch of 21st century technology within the nostalgic atmosphere.

Dick and Jane’s is also affiliated with the Candy Boutique International, offering a “sweet” alternative to flower delivery with “designer containers filled with delicious candies and gourmet chocolates from around the world.”

The feeling at Dick and Jane’s is warm and cozy, and the presence of the business already contributes greatly to the Walpole vision of fully returning the luster back to the downtown. Along with beautiful landscaping of the three town commons (one wonderfully dedicated to a fallen Walpole Soldier) and stores like the Quilt Shop, Dee’s Nimble Needles (huge selection of hand knitting yarns), Betro Pharmacy, Fresh Start Bakery, Gypsy Boutique, Secret Haven home furnishing store, Jalapeno’s Grill, Walpole Music and several other quality locally-owned businesses, downtown Walpole is steadily transforming into a “hometown USA” destination. While there is still much work to do in this southwestern Boston suburb of 23,000 people, the addition of Dick and Jane’s General Store brings a wonderful, back-to-another-era presence to a town that is trying hard to potentiate and update its quaint, classic New England feel.

Dick and Jane’s General Store should be a retail store household name to locals in no time, given the commitment to opening a quality, independently-owned store with a product line that should please everyone. Welcome, and thanks for choosing a downtown setting for your business!

Dick and Jane’s General Store
944 Main St.
Walpole, Mass.
Tel. (508) 734-7046

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