Staple & Fancy sails away

Staple & Fancy co-owner Gwen Tanner, at left, chats with customer Jeanne Irwin of Shelburne before closing the store this month.

Staple & Fancy co-owner Gwen Tanner, at left, chats with customer Jeanne Irwin of Shelburne before closing the store this month.

by Sheri Duff

After 15 months as purveyors of kitchen essentials in the heart of Shelburne village, Staple & Fancy proprietress Gwen Tanner and her husband, Jamie Deale, will return to South Port, N. C. because “we miss the smell of the ocean.” A final email from the kitchen company boasts, “The ocean is where I belong.”

“Although I will miss Vermont terribly, especially how everyone is so down to earth, we are looking forward to warm weather sailing. Plus my husband is from Vermont, so we will return. We actually spent our honeymoon here,” Tanner informed.

For those who will miss the local kitchen aficionados there is good news. Essex chef Courtney Contos will open Chef Contos Kitchen & Store, a new culinary business featuring a retail space and cooking and gardening classes, in the former Staple & Fancy space in early April.

By that time Tanner and Deale will be living large in North Carolina. “The first warm weather sailing race will take place April 13,” she enthused. “And we are certainly looking forward to that.”

Bon voyage Staple & Fancy, bon voyage.

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