Saving a 171-year-old general store

Above: Helen Mitchell standing with Glen and Rachel Gaetano, the brand new owners of Barlow's, a general store that has been operating continuously in Treadwell for 171 years. Photo by Cheryl Petersen.

Cheryl Petersen, a reporter who writes for the Delaware County Times, was on hand for the sale of Barlow's, Treadwell's venerable local grocery store, on January 6. She sent us the photo of the handoff, which we've posted above.

Petersen tells us that Helen and Joe Mitchell, who have operated the store since 1991, are retiring. After a long search, the Mitchells had given up looking for a buyer for the property, which has been running continuously as a general store since 1841. At the last minute, Glen and Rachel Gaetano stepped in to buy the store and keep it open.

To see more of Cheryl's story, check out the Delaware County Times.