More than a Market

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Mario (left) and Alphonso Izzo, c. 1970. Photo courtesy of Louis Mario Izzo.

The Izzo family’s hospitality extended beyond the store to picnics at the beach in good weather or to the family bocce court in inclement weather. Picnics on Sunday afternoons at Sand Bar State Park with extended family and friends were a tradition. After serving the after-Mass customers, they closed the store around 1:00 p.m. and headed to the beach in the Champlain Islands north of Burlington.

Sand Bar State Park, c. 1950. Courtesy Vermont State Archives.