Bon Portage General Store

Bon Portage General Store (also known as Crowell General Store, M L Smith General Store & Island View Country Store)

Type of Business: Store

Owners: Thomas Doane Crowell; Everett W. Crowell; St. Clair Shand; Moyle “Jolly” Crowell; Morton Smith; Ricky Smith; Rob & Helena Kaufmann; Darren Perry

Established: 1861

Shut Down: 2008

     The general store in Shag Harbour was open for many years and saw many changes in both name and ownership. Its legacy began in 1861, when Thomas Doane Crowell bought the building from Timothy Connell for ten pounds. Mr. Crowell owned and operated the store from 1861 until his death in 1923. Ownership of the store transferred to Mr. Crowell’s family. They owned it until 1944, before selling it to Everett W. Crowell. Everett owned the store for eleven years, and ownership transferred to his wife upon his death in 1955. Later that year, the store was sold to St. Clair Shand. He and his wife owned the store until 1956 before selling it to a local merchant and former president of the Chapel Hill Historical Society, Moyle “Jolly” Crowell. Jolly and his wife, Viola, owned the store for twenty years before selling it to Morton and Irene Smith. Naturally, it couldn’t be called Crowell General Store, and the name was changed to M L Smith General Store to reflect the new owner. Morton owned the store for almost 30 years before retiring and selling out to Ricky Smith.

Exactly 27 years after Morton had bought the store from Jolly, Ricky purchased it from him. He changed the name to Island View Country Store and ran it for about six years before selling the store to Rob and Helena Kaufmann. The Kaufmanns changed the name of the store to Bon Portage General Store, after a nearby island and the home of author Evelyn Richardson. They ran it for five years before selling it to Darren Perry in 2006. Darren ran the store for about two years before its doors were shut in 2008, after 147 years of business.

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