Our Story


Jack Carter had a vision to create a retail store front that offered an eclectic mix of goods all found in the heart of Historic Waterbury. Jack had a background in retail and window displays when he lived in NYC so he wanted to bring this knowledge and expertise into our downtown for a new shopping experience. Jack and Ted Schutheis ran the Emporium until 2013 when they sold it to Larry and Kathy Murphy and their daughter Kate Ruggles. 


Prior to owning the Emporium Larry and Kathy Murphy,  long term residents of Waterbury Center, owned Resort Maps (now Discovery Map) a publishing advertising company that curates tourist maps located in Waitsfield, Vermont.  Larry and Kathy worked together as business owners for over 30 years and wanted to incorporate a new career path that included their daughter Kate. 

Kate has a B.S. degree in Interior Design and has brought her flair for design and color into the Emporium making it a fun and inviting place to shop. Kate and her husband Danny are parents to three children, Reece, Sadie and Nellie.  

The Stowe Street Emporium strives to offer a fun and unique shopping experience focused on affordable gifts, clothing and Vermont Products. We invite you to come shop with us and experience all the Emporium has to offer.