About Templeton General:
Templeton General was founded in January of 2014 by Massachusetts native and retail maven, Laura Sabolefski. The origin of the name pays homage to history—40 years prior, Sabolefski’s parents moved to a small town in Central Massachusetts with three kids in tow to open a shop of their own. The Templeton Country Store was a community gathering place full of every day staples: a one-stop-shop for your morning paper and a cup of coffee, plus some groceries, animal feed, penny candy and comic books.
The modern Templeton General offers a twist on your everyday necessities. A gift and curiosities shop, Templeton offers the finest in housewares, textiles, bath products and artful goods, with an emphasis on savvy design and quality. The shop is located in the Fort Point neighborhood of Boston, in the former textile warehouse district, now known as the Innovation District.
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Originally from Templeton, Massachusetts (a small town 60 miles west of Boston), Laura Sabolefski grew up learning the ins-and-outs of her parents’ general store, deli and ice cream shop. After graduating from UMass Amherst with a degree in Plant and Soil Sciences, Laura gained over 20 years of retail experience working in a greenhouse, then acting as general manager, buyer, and merchandiser for beloved independent shops Black Ink (Boston & Cambridge), and The Gardener (Berkeley, California). After a fun stint as owner/coordinator of The Pop-Up Shop in Berkeley, Laura was inspired to return to the east coast to open Templeton General.
When she’s not juggling product or operating as boss-lady at the shop, Laura can be found cultivating her love of fiber crafts, making fresh jams and working in the garden.