A virtual feast for the senses awaits you the moment you enter Hack & Livery in Hopkinton. This “general” store is packed with all manner of goodies and surprises, all artfully arranged and displayed around every corner. The historic building, originally a real hack and livery and then a boarding house, oozes charm to complement its wares. Owners Doug and Peggy Yattaw have been the shopkeepers since 1977. “We try to be many things to many people,” says Doug. “We reinvent ourselves every five or so years to keep up with our customers’ interests and needs.”
The front counter alone is a literal treat, stocked with a huge variety of candies assembled in an array of glass jars. Small toys line the front ready for some impromptu fun for the little ones and there is a large section of toys and games to boot. There are lotions and potions from Crabtree & Evelyn and elegant soaps by Michael Design Works. The women’s clothing section holds casual shirts to business suits in fine fabrics. A vast choice of scents awaits your nose in the extensive stock of Yankee Candles.
Collectibles include Disney, Painted Ponies and Willow Tree figurines. There are character piggy banks and rooster bowls. Specialty sodas, funky socks, garden décor and jewelry are among the finds as well as tableware, mugs, coasters and so many quirky items that it will take more than one visit to see them all.
Wherever you turn in the store – there it is: that sense of joy that comes with finding just the perfect thing.
Hack & Livery
1006 Main Street Hopkinton