The city of Asheville is the hub of Western North Carolina. It is filled with one of the largest concentrations of Art Deco buildings in the United States. Overall, the city has many architectural styles that work together like a patchwork quilt.
The Mast Store in Asheville was built in the 1940s and was home to Fain's Thrift Store, which was owned by Belk-Hudson of Asheville. The original Fain's terrazzo inlaid tile is preserved in the front thresholds of the store.
While Fain's and the community of Asheville did not figure large in the Civil Rights protests in the 1960s, there was a sit in at the lunch counter that was located downstairs in the building.
Many people in Asheville have shared fond memories of having a meal at the lunch counter and then getting to ride the mechanical horse as a treat.
Later, the store was home to Southerland's, which carried items for leisure life like hot tubs and home accessories.
The Mast Store in Asheville opened in 1999.