In 1946 Alfred Lee Stickle bought a Ben Franklin variety store business located in what is now the entrance to the Rhinebeck Savings Bank parking lot. When a nearby grocery store was destroyed by fire he bought the property and had a new building constructed. In 1951 A.L. Stickles Variety Store, the Market Street treasure Rhinebeck has come to know and love, opened its doors for business. Fifty-seven years later it’s one of a handful of variety stores that have endured. What is the secret? “Well, we own the building, that’s a big thing”, said Al’s grandson, Matt, who currently runs the business.