- July 12, 2017
- An Interview with a Tree
Capturing the oral history of our parents and grandparents can be an interesting adventure. Posing questions at the supper table during family holiday gatherings reveals life's highs and lows, which are often related with humor once the elation and the sting have had a chance to fade. It’s how we learn more about who we are and where we came from as people. But have you ever thought about interviewing a tree?
- June 28, 2017
- Celebrating Made in America
The rumor on the street is that nothing is made in the USA any longer. In actuality, there is still a lot of manufacturing happening within the states. It accounts for about 36% of the nation’s gross national product, according to an article in MarketWatch from 2016. Manufacturing in some quarters is on the upswing, particularly if the product is highly regulated or requires specialized training to produce.
- June 21, 2017
- Burt's Bees - Life Lessons from the Bee Man
In the summer of 1984, Maine artist Roxanne Quimby, was trying to thumb a ride home. Eventually, a bright yellow Datsun pickup truck pulled over, and Roxanne instantly recognized Burt Shavitz, a local fellow whose beard was almost as well-known as his roadside honey stand. Burt and Roxanne hit it off. Before long, Roxanne was making candles in his 8-x-8 turkey coop with unused wax from Burt's beehives. They made $200 at their first craft fair; within a year, they'd make $20,000. It was a pretty fantastic beginning, but it was just the beginning all the same.
- June 13, 2017
- Chasing the Catawba Rhododendron in the Blue Ridge Mountains
Mid to late June ushers in one of the most celebrated months in the Blue Ridge Mountains: the Catawba Rhododendron blooming season. The bees buzz with delight, drinking in the flower’s nutritious nectar. The famed rhododendron’s splashes of hot pink create a stunning landscape against a backdrop of mountainsides draped in early summer green.
- June 6, 2017
- Vital Travel Tip: Always Pack a Carry-On Bag
Throughout the months of May and June, the traditional beginning of travel season, we're sharing travel stories from our employees along with travel tips and tricks learned along the way. This week, our Mast Store webmaster shares vital tips for smart travelers.
- May 30, 2017
- Celebrate Land Trust Day 2017
Land Trust Day at Mast Store is celebrating its fifteenth year on Saturday, June 3rd. We are honored to host this friend-raising day for the land trust organizations in each of our communities to visit with our guests, educate people on what land trusts do, and to garner support both in our local communities and in the home communities of our visitors.
- May 23, 2017
- Don't Suffer from Travel Paralysis
Throughout the month of May, the traditional beginning of travel season, we're sharing travel stories from our employees along with travel tips and tricks learned along the way. This week, we’re talking about overcoming travel paralysis.
- May 23, 2017
- Bagpipes & Roadrunners in Arizona with Fox
Throughout the month of May, the traditional beginning of travel season, we're sharing travel stories from our employees along with travel tips and tricks learned along the way. This week, we’re exploring the Great American Desert with Fox.
- May 22, 2017
- Answer the S.O.S Call – Sharing Our Shoes
Mast General Store is sending out an S.O.S. in the form of a shoe drive, Sharing Our Shoes. During the month of May, Mast encourages the community to search their closets for shoes they no longer need and to drop them off at the store nearest you. The collection drive runs through May 31st, but many locations accept donations all year.
- May 17, 2017
- Travel Smart With These Eco Friendly Tips
As we continue celebrating travel season throughout the month of May, we’re thinking about creative and earth-friendly approaches to transportation: cycling, walking, and carpooling. You’ll also find some helpful tips on how to become a more eco-friendly driver.
- May 10, 2017
- Exploring the United Kingdom with Elizabeth
This May, the traditional beginning of travel season, we're sharing travel stories from our employees along with travel tips and tricks learned along the way. Last week, we explored a variety of traveling tips with Deb. This week, we’re learning about the many benefits of hostelling with Elizabeth.
- May 3, 2017
- Expert Tips to Kick Off Travel Season
Last August, Mast Store's blogs featured our employees' stories about their favorite visit to a National Park in celebration of the National Park Service Centennial. This May, the traditional beginning of travel season, we're sharing travel stories from our employees along with travel tips and tricks learned along the way. Please join us!
- April 26, 2017
- Farmers' Market Season Is Here
We’re giddy with excitement that the 2017 farmers’ market season is open! There’s no better place to meet the hardworking folks who grow and harvest our region’s delicious bounty. Enjoy tastings, live music, and connect with new and old friends along the way. This week's blog features a few of our favorite farmers’ markets across our Mast Store communities and a few tips for when you decide to visit.
- April 19, 2017
- Ways to Celebrate Earth Day
As the famous philosopher, Voltaire, said, “no snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible,” yet where would the avalanche be without each snowflake? From picking up litter in your neighborhood to making the switch to reusable shopping bags, these seemingly small habits can combine to have a powerful effect. With Earth Day coming up on Saturday, April 22nd, we’re thinking about changes we can make to reduce our impact on the environment. Earth Day is the perfect time to form a new habit.
- April 13, 2017
- Spring Happenings in our Mast Store Communities
The beauty of spring is cascading from South Carolina’s midlands to the mountains of Western North Carolina and Eastern Tennessee. We’re excited to go outside, soak in the sunshine, and enjoy the glorious new blooms!
- April 3, 2017
- The Sherpa Standard: All things, in all ways, are tied together.
On Friday, March 31st, the Mast Store in Asheville hosted a special event with Sherpa Adventure Gear, celebrating Nepalese food, culture, and the history of the Sherpa people.
- March 29, 2017
- Spring Crafting with Kids
Welcome the new season by enjoying some fun and simple craft projects with the children in your life. From rainsticks and tissue paper trees to racing rainbows and string Easter eggs, these ideas are festive and easy for every member of your family.
- March 22, 2017
- Celebrating Nepalese Culture at the Mast Store in Asheville
The Sherpa Adventure Gear line is a new addition to Mast Store’s offerings in the Outdoor Department. The brand is a living memorial to the high-altitude climbers who have assisted individuals, like Sir Edmund Hilary, and groups in their ascent of Mount Everest and other peaks in the Himalayas.
- March 15, 2017
- Creating a Container Garden for Vegetables, Herbs, and Flowers
Container gardening has rapidly gained in popularity over the past decade. Not only is it more convenient for smaller dwellings, but containers make it easier for you to control water, soil, sun exposure, and fertilizer. but containers make it easier for you to control water, soil, sun exposure, and fertilizer.
- March 8, 2017
- Growing Your First Vegetable Garden
Have you always wanted to grow your own vegetables, but didn’t know how to get started? Now is the time to start planning your garden, so you can yield a bountiful summer harvest. Below, we offer a simple list to help make your first garden a successful (and delicious) one!