Selling everything from cradles to caskets, Mast General Store opened its doors in picturesque Valle Crucis, North Carolina in 1883.
With its creaking hardwood floors and original potbelly stove, this is the kind of place that defines Americana.
Just like a century ago, the store still functions as the community’s post office. Local folk come in each morning for their 5-cent cup of coffee and to chew the fat while playing a game of checkers.
In recent years, Mast General Store has expanded the brand to include 4 additional locations in North Carolina, 2 stores in South Carolina and a shop in Knoxville, Tennessee.
While they don’t sell cradles and caskets anymore, Mast has just about everything else you could possibly want. Woolrich, Columbia, Carhart, Patagonia, Marmot, Chaco, Keen, The North Face and Mountain Hardware are just a few of the clothing and footwear brands they carry.
Each location also stocks home goods, old-fashioned toys, outdoor supplies and kitchen products.
Plus, who can forget The Candy Barrel? Rows and rows of sweets weighed by the pound at the register.
The original Mast General Store in Valle Crucis is on the National Register of Historic Places and is one of the few remaining examples of a genuine functioning general store left in the United States.