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Ruggles & Hunt Expands to Hanover

Nov 21, 2018 02:11PM ● By Kevin
Walpole’s staple brick and mortar shop for all things unique, quirky, and gift related has opened a third location in Hanover in the early days of October. Ruggles & Hunt, located at 15 S. Main St. (most recently, Game, Set, Mat), is actively selling holiday goods and decorations and participating in local events.

Most notably, Ruggles & Hunt is set to participate in two Hanover Area Chamber of Commerce events coming up. First, they are a participating store in the Snowflake Scavenger Hunt, which kicks off on Nov. 23 and ends Dec. 8. Contestants are tasked with finding hidden snowflakes in participating stores in order to solve a puzzle, which can be printed out at the chamber’s website. The grand prize, a package of products and services from participating stores, is worth more than $800.

Next, the Hanover Improvement Society, in conjunction with the chamber, puts on Celebrate the Season 2018 on Dec. 7 and 8. On the first day of the event, Ruggles & Hunt participates by hosting a raffle, donning three items to win: a Johnny Was silk scarf (retail value: $100), a down metallic skirt by Skhoop (size medium, retail value: $150), and a round platter with curshaw gourd by Brattleboro artist Laura Zindel (retail value: $275).

After the holiday season, residents will know the true fate of Ruggles & Hunt’s Hanover location, as owner and proprietress Vicki Gohl signed a short-term lease, ending Jan. 15, according to the “Worth Knowing” section of Daily UV. The current space is almost 2,500 square feet.

The original, Walpole location was opened in 2005 as a result of Gohl’s frustration with the lack of a convenient place to pick up a greeting card, a child’s gift, or a lamp for a guest room, the shop’s official website says.

“Her idea was to create a local resource as unique as the town in which it was situated,” the website continues. “As the shop gained momentum, it became clear that clothes for guys and gals had to be part of the mix. Her goal is to match people with goods that best represent who they are.  Hers is an eclectic offering conceived by a buying mind who was raised in New York City and spent many years doing theatre, film and other visual based activities.”

Then, in 2016, Ruggles & Hunt expanded to Brattleboro, as well as the e-marketplace. Additionally, Gohl and her team donate 10 percent of online purchases to World Connect, an organization that micro-grants to entrepreneurs in order to grow and enhance villages and communities around the world.

Ruggles & Hunt is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. A grand opening event will occur, but the date is still to be decided.

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