Vermont Country Store,The Vermont Country Store, among the state’s top visitor destinations, is open for business. Both of its stores in Vermont, at Weston and Rockingham, were spared the destruction from Irene and are easily accessible from all major routes. However, other busineses in the same communities were not as fortunate and many lost their homes to rushing water.The national news showed images of devastation to Vermont but thanks to the herculean efforts of so many Vermonters and kind folks from other states we are happy to report that the clean up is well under way and visitors are returning. The response and the concern continue to be overwhelming and is a reminder that the inherent goodness in people is wonderful. The hardest hit communities are working together to get back to normal as soon as possible, to be ready to welcome the millions from across the country to enjoy the spectacular fall foliage that Vermont offers. In fact, most of the Inns, B&Bs and attractions that leaf peepers enjoy are open as well.Eliot Orton, proprietor of The Vermont Country Store, points out some essential truths about Vermont and Vermonters. He said, ‘Vermont is open for business. The Vermont Country Store is open for business. And while we’ve been blessed to have been spared the worst of Irene, make no mistake ‘ these are a people and a community that won’t give up. In fact, we are all committed, more than ever, to make this fall’s visitor experience better than ever.’Visitors can use www.VisitVT.com(link is external) as a resource for real-time information on everything related to visiting Vermont in addition to links, FB pages, Twitter and Text feeds to allied/partner resources including destinations, status of roads and highways and more.Open for Business: Proprietors of The Vermont Country Store, standing outside their flagship store in Weston, Vt., were spared the wrath of Tropical Storm Irene and are ready to welcome visitors. Pictured (from left) are Eliot, Lyman, Cabot and Gardner Orton. (Photo: Business Wire)About The Vermont Country StoreIn 1946, Vrest and Ellen Orton printed their first catalogue’just 12 pages and 36 products’and mailed it to the folks on their Christmas card list and sixty-five years later continues to be Orton family owned. As Purveyors of The Practical and Hard to Find, The Vermont Country Store operates as a multichannel merchant through its mailed catalogs, e-commerce web site and two retail stores in Weston and Rockingham, Vermont. For more information, please visit www.VermontCountryStore.com(link is external).