SHAFTSBURY — Despite continuous maintenance setbacks, the Shaftsbury Country Store & Cafe at 972 Route 7A continues to operate.

The 166-year-old building is giving business owner Stephanie Hockett some plumbing, electrical and refrigeration issues and she has had to unexpectedly shut down shop for a day or two at a time over the past two weeks.

"Every week something keeps on hitting us and I don't want people to think that health code or food is a problem. It's just maintenance problems at the store," she said. "We just want people to know that we're still here and we're trying to get the kinks worked out."

Until the beginning of the year, the store was closed since March 28 of 2014. The building was purchased by Valerie Gray-Shemeth on Dec. 23 for $72,500. The new business officially opened on May 24. Hockett said she was under the assumption upon becoming manager that everything worked.

In the last two weeks the septic tank overflowed, all coolers shut down for two days in a row, and electrical wiring turned out to be incorrect.

"People see us open one day and closed the next day. I don't want them to think we're not reliable," she said. "The building is 166 years old and we've put in as much work as we possibly could and still can. We're here, we're still good."


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The store is open 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturdays and closed on Sundays. In lieu of inconsistency, Hockett has a $8.99 pizza special for Tuesday as well as sports day for Yankee and Red Sox sandwiches.

"We're just trying to get over the hiccups and stay open for everybody," she said.

Stay up to date with daily specials and maintenance progress on the Shaftsbury Country Store & Cafe Facebook page.

Building owner Gray-Shemeth did not respond for comment by press time.

— Makayla-Courtney McGeeney can be reached at (802)-447-7567, ext. 118.