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The Gazette

October 14, 2006 René and Jean-Charles D’Aoust may not have deliberately intended to preserve a chunk of Quebec’s commercial heritage. But that’s exactly what they did by not modernizing their business. The brothers, who inherited the Ste. Anne de Bellevue landmark store known as G. D’Aoust & Cie, from their father, didn’t even change the wooden […]

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The Chronicle

Chronicle 1996 Brenda O’Farrell Then and Now, not everything changes with time Ninety-six years after it opened for business on Ste-Anne St. in Ste.Anne de Bellevue, D’Aoust’s store remains one of the most unique and recognized businesses in the town. Built in 1900, the two-story brick building was Guisolphe D’Aoust’s second store in Ste-Anne.  His […]

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The Gazette

By Ann Carroll 1992 THE STORE THAT NEVER CHANGES Some people shop at G. D’Aoust’s department store at 73 Ste. Anne St. just for the pleasure of seeing money change hands. Tourists and local residents wander in daily to crane their necks at the store’s unique 1924 Lamson cash carrier device. The elaborate system of […]

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The Chronicle

July 26th, 1989 By Craig McKee   A WORLD OF OLD AND NEW IN STE-ANNE Its sunny Wednesday afternoon in Ste .Anne de Bellevue as René D’Aoust takes money from a customer who’s found a pair of shoes to his liking. The customer gets more for his money than just the shoes, however. He gets […]

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La Presse

Dimanche 6 novembre 1988 Guy Pinard LE MAGASIN GÉNÉRAL D’AOUST L’architecture est, disons-le, banale. Les petites rues qui l’entourent n’ont rien d’extraordinaire pour une ville comme Ste Anne de Bellevue.  Son environnement commercial ne soulève aucune émotion particulière. Et pire encore, la documentation n’abonde pas, bien au contraire. Pourtant, le magasin général (aujourd’hui, on préfère […]

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The Gazette

By Susan Semenak November 16 1985 ALL IN THE FAMILY Family business have soul. Wander through an old family-run shop and feel the warmth and devotion that made it what it is. Most start out as wistful endeavors, nurtured over the years until they’re thriving reflections of the people and traditions that built them. Each generation of […]

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Le Temps de Vivre

Octobre 1979 Pierre Paquette/Pierre Dulude CE MAGASIN GÉNÉRAL EXISTE ENCORE Lorsque vous sortez de votre entourage, de votre ville ou de votre village, il vous faut de toute nécessité l’aide d’un guide si vous voulez absorber rapidement des années, des siècles parfois, de progrès. Et, si vous passez par Ste Anne de Bellevue, vous ne […]

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News & Chronicle

Friday, December 28, 1973 By Evlyn Light A PEEK INTO THE PAST WITH FOUNDER’S SONS … Yes – A Peek into the past would bring us to the opening, 73 years ago, of a general store on Ste. Anne Street in Ste. Anne de Bellevue, with Guisolphe D’Aoust at the helm!  This was the place […]

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The Gazette

March 11, 1971 Story by Gazette reporter Joy Guild WHEN YOU BUY IN THIS STORE, YOU GET A BIT OF THE PAST FREE Suppose you had a shopping list comprising of: anti-freeze for your automobile and a bit for a horse’s mouth, a Swiss cheese fondue set and an old-fashioned bean pot, a pair of […]

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