About Us

In 1946 when Alfred Lee Stickle came home from serving his country he purchased the Ben Franklin Store in Rhinebeck New York. He renamed it A.L. Stickle and history was born. A few years later he purchased property at 13 East Market Street and built a new building to house the business. After many many years AL offered the business which had become a historic landmark to his Grandson Matthew.
In 1998 Matt and his newlywed wife Leah learned the Biz from AL and his wife Jan. In the fall of 1999 Alfred Lee Stickle passed away. He is survived by his wife Janice, two sons Donald Stickle, Richard Stickle and a daughter Karen Stickle and many grand and great grand kids.
To this day the store still operates the way AL taught the business to Matt and Leah. Everything is priced by hand, orders are all done in simple notebooks, and you will receive a friendly hello when you walk in the door. You may even spot Matt and Leah's young boys behind the counter learning the ropes or see Matt's parents Richard and Donna running things so Matt can have a day off. And yes Jan still comes in once a week to make sure the kids are doing things right. Thanks for continuing to make this store so very special!

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