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Small Business Saturday Feature: The Country Doctor

by ccrane
Wed, Oct 18th 2017 02:00 pm


If you ever have visited the Village of Lewiston, there is the likelihood that you have stepped foot in The Country Doctor Antiques and Gifts. The store has taken quite the journey over the last 24 years it has been in business, taking residence in three different locations along Center Street. The Country Doctor opened in 1993.  Gretchen Broderick and Toddy St. Laurent wanted to open a store that displayed a number of gifts, collectibles and antique items and the perfect location became available. The location, 500 Center Street (now Northwest Bank) used to be Dr. Selzer's Office. When Broderick and St. Laurent were naming their store, they thought it would be great to connect the doctor's roots with their business. From this, The Country Doctor Antiques and Gifts came to life. After five years in business, The Country Doctor moved to a different location at 756 Center Street, where they remained for 14 years. In 2013 The Country Doctor moved to their current storefront, which is located at 549 Center Street. With the move in 2013, Lynn Stephenson took over ownership and operations from Broderick and St. Laurent.


With Small Business Saturday taking place on November 25th, The Country Doctor is getting prepared for their customers. "Small Business Saturday is so important because it is reminds customers to shop local. We have had customers who have made a tradition of stopping in on Small Business Saturday to purchase their gifts", Stephenson said. For the Country Doctor, Small Business Saturday is also a kick off to the Christmas Holiday Season. "By the time Small Business Saturday arrives, we have all of our Christmas decorations up throughout the shop and our window display is completed for the holiday season" added Stephenson. Shopping for Christmas decorations and other small gifts are the most popular items that customers look for on Small Business Saturday.  


The Country Doctor is offering a different promotion this year to celebrate Small Business Saturday; there will be random gift giveaways throughout the day to a selected number of customers. The Country Doctor is located at 549 Center Street will have special Small Business Saturday hours on November 25th  from 10 am to 6 pm. The store is open year round from 11 am to 5:30 pm, seven days a week. For more information on The Country Doctor you can call 754-2614 or 628-4012 or check out their Facebook page.


Stephenson and the rest of the ladies at The Country Doctor are looking forward to seeing many customers, returning and new, to Small Business Saturday. The big reveal of The Country Doctor's holiday window display is one of Stephenson's favorite parts for that day. "Come see our window display for Christmas, you never know what surprise you will see this year! Most of the d├ęcor you see in the window is always for sale as well." 

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