Chilmark General Store in its present form has been under the leadership of husband and wife owners Joel Glickman and Jennifer LoRusso since 2011. Their love of good simple food and the island drew them here permanently after spending many years visiting family in Chilmark.
Jennifer graduated from Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in Industrial Design. She went on to have a successful career in the design industry for 15 years. She began her career in high-end industrial design firms in Milan and New York and later headed up design teams at the corporate headquarters of retailers: Target & Pottery Barn. Joel, a graduate from Brown University spent time working for the New York City Parks Department leading the community garden program. His interest in sustainable landscape design and development led him to work for sustainable landscape, planning and development firms on the west coast.
Jennifer and Joel’s first partnership began in Brooklyn, New York where they owned a design and manufacturing company for several years. After living in Brooklyn, Minneapolis, and San Francisco for various career moves their shared love of good food and the outdoors led them to take over the store lease in 2011 to make Chilmark their home.
Initially Jennifer and Joel drew upon their early experiences working in kitchens and gourmet shops in their high school and college jobs as well their retail, wholesale, and entrepreneurial experience from their varied careers. Now in their sixth year of business each season the focus is on improving every part of the store experience.