Location: Townsend, MA
The Settle Shop is located on Main Street (Rt. 119) in West Townsend, Massachusetts. It is actually two stores: an unfinished furniture store (419 Main Street) and a gift shop (422 Main Street).
It has been owned by the Cadrette family since its start 50 years ago. The gift shop began in their garage. It sold various little crafts and wooden items, perhaps including items from Al's little furniture factory in Lunenburg called Page and Gleason.
In the 1970s it was co-owned by Albert Cadrette and his partner Edward B. Whitten. Al and Ed had been partners in many entrepreneurial ventures, starting with selling Christmas trees together.
During those years in the early 1970s it employed almost every member of Edward's family. Holly and Becky could be found at the gift shop. Becky might be wrapping gifts or making bows. Millie would be behind the desk at the furniture store. Ted would be in the back making furniture. Maybe Edward P. was there too, perhaps working on dollhouse furniture?
Edward B. was probably over at the nearby Space:Old Brick Store. Grandchildren T.D. and Chris might be earning a dime by vaccuming the carpets at the gift shop. More likely, the were running around with Tony Cadrette and his sisters looking for trouble. Sometimes they played by the stream behind the furniture store.
See the Settle Shop's website.
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