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MADE IN USA I Love You to the Beach and Back Tervis Tumbler I Love You to the Beach and Back Tervis Tumbler
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MADE IN USA I Love You to the Lake and Back Tervis Tumbler  I Love You to the Lake and Back Tervis Tumbler
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I Love You to the Mountains and Back Stainless Steel Tervis Tumbler  I Love You to the Mountains and Back Stainless Steel Tervis Tumbler
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    12 Steps to Staying Young at Heart

    Young at heart is defined by Merriam-Webster as thinking and acting like young people; active and having lots of energy. To get an idea of how we can all stay young at heart, I interviewed several of my favorite people who are no longer in their 20s and 30s, but you certainly can’t tell it when you meet them or enjoy their company for a little while. Here’s what they shared.

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    2019's Top 13 Gift Ideas

    The holidays – it’s a time when lots of questions are asked. How do reindeer fly? How does Santa visit everybody’s house all on one night? And what would be a good thing to get John, Susan, and Beth? While the answers to the first two questions will require a lot of research and debate, Mast Store has the answers to the last question. Here are our top 13 gift ideas for 2019.

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    24 Hours In Asheville, NC

    We at Mast General Store feel so lucky that many of our stores are located right in the middle of vibrant urban settings.  There’s so much to do and see right outside our doors. We’re excited to share a selection of our favorites with you!  

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    24 Hours in Boone, NC

    The mayor of Banner Elk proclaimed on the day the East Tennessee and Western North Carolina Railroad completed its route to Boone, “I can remember when the only way a person could get to Boone was to be born there.” Some 100 years later, it seems that this mountain town is a popular destination for people seeking an escape from the heat, an outdoor adventure that rivals any in the country, or a cultural experience in local Americana music. If you can only spend 24 hours in Boone, here are some recommendations that are right outside the front door of the Mast Store.

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    24 Hours in Greenville, SC

    We at Mast General Store feel so lucky that many of our stores are located right in the middle of vibrant urban settings.  There’s so much to do and see outside the doors of our stores. We’re excited to share a small selection of our favorites with you! This year, we’re offering a series that features a day’s worth of places to enjoy within walking distance of each of our urban Mast Store locations. First up is Greenville, South Carolina. Won’t you join us?

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    24 Hours in Hendersonville, NC

    We at Mast General Store feel so lucky that many of our stores are located right in the middle of vibrant urban settings.  There’s so much to do and see outside the doors of our stores. We’re excited to share a small selection of our favorites with you! This year, we’re offering a series that features a day’s worth of places to enjoy within walking distance of each of our urban Mast Store locations. Over the past few months, we’ve taken a stroll through Greenville, SC HERE and Waynesville, NC HERE. This week, we’re exploring Hendersonville, North Carolina. Won’t you join us?

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    24 hours in Knoxville, TN

    We at Mast General Store feel so lucky that many of our stores are located right in the middle of vibrant urban settings.  There’s so much to do and see right outside our doors. We’re excited to share a selection of our favorites with you! We’re continuing our “24 Hours In…” series in 2017.

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    24 Hours in Valle Crucis, NC

    Local historian John Preston Arthur wrote, “There’s a dreamy spell that hangs over this little valley.” That spell is further magnified during the month of October. With eye-popping visuals – think brightly-colored leaves, cattle quietly grazing in pastures, orange pumpkins peering out from amongst their leafy vines – the curvy road that brings you from Boone or Banner Elk is like a portal that slows time to a more relaxing, almost lazy, pace. To take in all of the activities we’re recommending for this 24 hours, you won’t be able to tarry long.

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    24 Hours in Waynesville, NC

    Waynesville, North Carolina is a beautiful town nestled at the foot of the Smoky Mountains along the Blue Ridge Parkway about 40 minutes south of Asheville. From the vibrant downtown area to the lush surrounding mountains, it's easy to understand why Waynesville has been a tourist destination for centuries.  Just as we did with Greenville, South Carolina in January, we're offering a small selection of our favorite spots to visit within walking distance of Mast Store at 63 North Main Street. Please come along.

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    24 Hours in Winston-Salem

    The city of Winston-Salem is reinventing itself daily. From being a tobacco and textile mecca, the city is now a haven of arts and innovation. Many of the old tobacco factories are being reclaimed and transformed into medical research laboratories, technology hubs, and apartments for people wanting to live amongst the re-emerging downtown vibe. But what if you’re not ready to take the deep dive and move to Winston-Salem? We have recommendations on must stops for spending 24 hours in Camel City that are just a short walk or drive from the front door of the Mast Store.

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    5 Ways to Escape the Winter Blues

    By now you’ve heard the news – the official weather prognosticating groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, emerged from his burrow and saw his shadow, thus, we’ll have six more weeks of winter. That could be the most depressing news you’ve heard in a while, especially if you suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder, also known as SAD. Longer nights, cold temperatures, and gray days all figure into a general feeling of sadness and depression. But, there are steps you can take to reduce its effects. Here are five ways to escape the winter blues.

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    7 Essentials for Back to School

    It seems like back-to-school time comes faster and faster every year. The summer fun has just begun, and then it’s time to pore over checklists and see what still fits in the closet. We’ve put on our thinking caps, inverted and multiplied, and come up with the least common denominator list of essentials that most anyone headed back to class will need.

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    7 Ways to Make Your Socially-Distanced Thanksgiving Notable

    It’s plain to see. This year’s Thanksgiving is going to be very different. Family gatherings are being discouraged, and if you are getting together, it is recommended that meals be enjoyed outside. With resolve and creativity, we can find small things to be thankful for and make this Thanksgiving memorable.

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    9 Valentine's Day Gifts They'll Love

    Warning, warning … Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching. Now’s the time to make your gift selections to surprise your Valentine. We’ve scoured our stores to come up with nine gifts – some traditional and some you may never have considered for Valentine’s Day. We think they’ll connect with what’s important to your loved one and, by extension, to you, too. Let’s get started.

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    Accidental Christmas Traditions

    The holidays are here with all of their pomp and circumstance, parties and decorations, traditions and food. Many of the celebrations around the holidays have their roots in ancient Christian beliefs and pagan festivals. But there are some that are, well, accidental

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    Add to Your Summer Reading List

    There’s nothing like enjoying a good book under a shade tree with a nice breeze blowing or on a warm sandy beach with the sound of waves crashing on the shoreline. Summer reading runs the gamut from bodice rippers and murder mysteries to non-fiction accounts of our times and classics from long ago. We asked our employees to share some of their recommendations to add to your summer reading list.

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    A Few of Our Favorite Hikes

    Do you find yourself staring out the window, daydreaming about being outside enjoying the sunshine, listening to the birds sing, and seeing what wildflowers are in bloom? Well, you are not alone, not by a long shot. When we’re not at work, we’re out enjoying those same things. This week we’ve asked our staff members to share some of their favorite places to hike. Next time you’re in the “neighborhood,” check one of these adventures out.

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    A Gift to Enjoy the Outdoors

    It is often a challenge to find just the right gift for everyone on your list, particularly if you are trying to find something for the outdoor enthusiast. Just a few questions that can be asked in casual conversation can help steer you to a thoughtful and useful gift that will serve him or her for years to come.

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    A Mast Store Gift Guide

    This is the time of year when you hope you have lots of scrap paper handy. Adding names, making notes, scratching out other notes, drawing lines to link thoughts – sometimes your gift list can get confusing! Mast Store hopes to help alleviate some of that confusion with this gift guide to at least get you started. It is broken out into different areas of the store to showcase some of the items we think would be appreciated by your lucky recipient.

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    American Classic Tea Filling Cups for Three Generations

    Seventy years ago, Ruth Campbell Bigelow changed the way we drink tea in the United States. An avid tea connoisseur, Ruth thought tea drinkers, like herself, would enjoy a more zestfully flavored tea. Happening upon a special colonial recipe that called for tea to be blended with orange peel and spices, she decided to try to re-create what she felt sounded like a wonderful idea....

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    An All-American Partnership

    Mt. Airy sock manufacturer, Nester Hosiery, and Mast General Store have led parallel lives since our companies began collaborating in the early 1990s. As family-owned, environmentally-responsible companies that go the extra mile to provide quality products for their communities and beyond, both Mast and Nester are proud of their American roots.

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    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?

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    Ann Clark Cookie Cutters - Just Like Your Grandma Used

    Ann Clark started out with little more than a pig-shaped Christmas ornament and a dream. After years of painting and creating small gifts for her children to give away, she set up shop in her garage and turned a hobby into a business. Armed with a small amount of start-up cash and unbridled enthusiasm, Ann tackled her first trade show. She set up a booth at the Philadelphia Gift Show featuring six cookie cutter designs and several other hand-made crafts and came home with $3,500 in orders. Ann Clark, the person, became Ann Clark, Ltd., the company.

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    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.

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    A Rocker That's Just Right

    If you had a chance to go back in time and listen to your grandma spin an amusing yarn about some local character while she snapped beans as she rocked on the front porch, you'd do it, right? With a Troutman Slat Rocker, you'll be well on the way to making your own treasured stories come alive again. These traditionally-crafted chairs are designed to be heirlooms, so your family folklore can be passed on from generation to generation.

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    Ask Francine - Low Fat Sweet Potato Pie?

    Would you think it's possible to make a good fried sweet potato pie at home that is not loaded with saturated fat?

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    A Sweet Holiday is on the Horizon

    Next to Halloween, Valentine’s Day is probably the next sweetest day for candy. Americans have a penchant for candy. According to the US Census Bureau, more than 1,850 establishments manufactured chocolate and other confectionery products in 2014. From chocolate bars to licorice, the average American eats around 22 pounds of candy each year. But, do you know the story behind your favorite sweets?

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    A Sweet Smelling Success

    Kimberly Masters is not only a world traveler, but a woman who creatively harnesses the tantalizing scents of her journeys in one unusual package – soap!

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    Backyard Birding Made Easy

    Bird watching is full of surprises. Did you realize that chickadees are as fond of peanut butter as your four-year-old… and as prone to squabbling over it as toddlers are? Have you ever watched a cardinal feed a choice seed to his mate?  Listened to the joyous song of a sparrow after a rainstorm?

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    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.

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    Bear Wallow Books – Old-Fashioned Recipes for Modern Times

    University historian, J.S. Collister, found that her research repeatedly turned up recipes, which had been transported over land and sea, by caravan, clipper ship and covered wagon, over thousands of miles and nearly as many years. She discovered that sharing recipes was a long-treasured tradition, enjoyed by many cultures and many generations.

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    Be a Sweetheart in Columbia on February 11 and 12

    On Valentine’s Day, we all want to do something thoughtful for our sweethearts. Why not double up and help someone you don’t even know have a hot, nourishing meal? It’s so easy! This is the 14th year for Be a Sweetheart. The event was founded in 2004 when a need to fill their pantries was communicated by our food security partners. In the beginning, Mast Store matched each pound of candy purchased with our own pound of food. Then, because of the ability of our food banks and food rescue partners to stretch a dollar into more, Mast Store began donating $1 for each pound purchased. It was a natural tie-in to link Valentine’s Day, when many of us do something nice for someone we love, to supporting efforts to feed a desperate need in our communities.

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    Be a Sweetheart in Greenville on February 11 and 12

    On Valentine’s Day, we all want to do something thoughtful for our sweethearts. Why not double up and help someone you don’t even know have a hot, nourishing meal? It’s so easy! This is the 14th year for Be a Sweetheart. The event was founded in 2004 when a need to fill their pantries was communicated by our food security partners. In the beginning, Mast Store matched each pound of candy purchased with our own pound of food. Then, because of the ability of our food banks and food rescue partners to stretch a dollar into more, Mast Store began donating $1 for each pound purchased. It was a natural tie-in to link Valentine’s Day, when many of us do something nice for someone we love, to supporting efforts to feed a desperate need in our communities.

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    Be a Sweetheart in Knoxville on February 11 and 12

    On Valentine’s Day, we all want to do something thoughtful for our sweethearts. Why not double up and help someone you don’t even know have a hot, nourishing meal? It’s so easy! This is the 14th year for Be a Sweetheart. The event was founded in 2004 when a need to fill their pantries was communicated by our food security partners. In the beginning, Mast Store matched each pound of candy purchased with our own pound of food. Then, because of the ability of our food banks and food rescue partners to stretch a dollar into more, Mast Store began donating $1 for each pound purchased. It was a natural tie-in to link Valentine’s Day, when many of us do something nice for someone we love, to supporting efforts to feed a desperate need in our communities.

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    Be a Sweetheart in the High Country on February 11 and 12

    On Valentine’s Day, we all want to do something thoughtful for our sweethearts. Why not double up and help someone you don’t even know have a hot, nourishing meal? It’s so easy! This is the 14th year for Be a Sweetheart. The event was founded in 2004 when a need to fill their pantries was communicated by our food security partners. In the beginning, Mast Store matched each pound of candy purchased with our own pound of food. Then, because of the ability of our food banks and food rescue partners to stretch a dollar into more, Mast Store began donating $1 for each pound purchased. It was a natural tie-in to link Valentine’s Day, when many of us do something nice for someone we love, to supporting efforts to feed a desperate need in our communities.

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    Be a Sweetheart in Western NC on February 11 and 12

    On Valentine’s Day, we all want to do something thoughtful for our sweethearts. Why not double up and help someone you don’t even know have a hot, nourishing meal? It’s so easy! This is the 14th year for Be a Sweetheart. The event was founded in 2004 when a need to fill their pantries was communicated by our food security partners. In the beginning, Mast Store matched each pound of candy purchased with our own pound of food. Then, because of the ability of our food banks and food rescue partners to stretch a dollar into more, Mast Store began donating $1 for each pound purchased. It was a natural tie-in to link Valentine’s Day, when many of us do something nice for someone we love, to supporting efforts to feed a desperate need in our communities.

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    Be a Sweetheart in Winston-Salem on February 11 and 12

    On Valentine’s Day, we all want to do something thoughtful for our sweethearts. Why not double up and help someone you don’t even know have a hot, nourishing meal? It’s so easy! This is the 14th year for Be a Sweetheart. The event was founded in 2004 when a need to fill their pantries was communicated by our food security partners. In the beginning, Mast Store matched each pound of candy purchased with our own pound of food. Then, because of the ability of our food banks and food rescue partners to stretch a dollar into more, Mast Store began donating $1 for each pound purchased. It was a natural tie-in to link Valentine’s Day, when many of us do something nice for someone we love, to supporting efforts to feed a desperate need in our communities.

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    Be a Sweetheart is Coming Up February 10 & 11

    All locations of the Mast Store will be asking guests to Be a Sweetheart on February 10 and 11. On these two days, when you purchase your sweetheart’s favorite candy, we’ll match each pound with a $1 donation to our food security partners.

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    Boone, NC – Outdoor Magazine's Next "Best Town Ever"

    As the birthplace of our first Mast General Store outside of Valle Crucis, we've had a love affair with Boone, North Carolina for centuries. As the home of Appalachian State University (ASU), folks are drawn to this busy college town for more reasons than an exceptional education and exciting athletic events. The surrounding area is one of the country's best destinations for outdoor adventures. Walk across the Mile High Swinging Bridge or scale Linville Peak, the highest peak in the Blue Ridge at Grandfather Mountain. Grab your bike and head to Pisgah National Forest, featuring over 200 miles of exciting trails.

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    Bringing the Family Together for the Holidays

    The holidays can be the most stressful time of the year. All of us create imagined expectations that are often unrealistic, that we push ourselves to achieve, when what we need to do is take a deep breath and relax. When family comes over, are they really coming to critique your housekeeping or to have an enjoyable meal filled with lots of laughter? While we'll agree that everyone wants to keep a perfect house, but for most of us, it's not practical, so hide the clutter in the extra bedroom (we guarantee that it'll be there later), do a quickie vacuum and dust job, and clean the bathrooms.

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    Burt's Bees - An American Journey from Maine to North Carolina

    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 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.

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    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.

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    Canning Your Summer Harvest

    With a national trend toward “back-to-the-land” homesteading, many Americans are growing their own food in their backyards. But what to do with this ample harvest when more food is grown than can be eaten in a single season?  When you run out of neighbors to give it to, canning your extra homegrown produce is the perfect way to enjoy your garden’s bounty all year long.

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    Case Brothers' Collectible Knives - the Pride of Pennsylvania

    W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery Company is an American manufacturer of premium, handcrafted knives that are passed down for generations. Based in Bradford, Pennsylvania, Case’s offerings cover a wide range of product categories, from traditional folding pocket knives and fixed blade sporting knives to limited production commemoratives and collectibles.

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    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.

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    Celebrating Made in USA

    July seems like the perfect time to take a look at items made in the USA. Of course, there are many factors that are considered when adding new products to our shelves, but Mast Store’s buying directive is to look in the local and regional area first, then broaden to national and international sources. Right now, our product mix is 20% Made in the USA, including foods, candy, socks and footwear, home goods, and clothing.

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    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.

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    Celebrating Read Across America Day with The Little Golden Books

    Our country’s literacy initiative, Read Across America Day, is being celebrated on Thursday, March 2nd. In conjunction with this event, The Little Golden Books is celebrating its 75th anniversary throughout 2017.  In addition to honoring the importance of Read Across America, Mast associates share stories about lessons we learned from our favorite Little Golden Books.

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    Celebrating the National Park Service Centennial in 2016

    The National Park Service (NPS) turns 100 on August 25, 2016, and everyone can take part in the celebration! Over the course of this year, we’re going to explore the importance of the NPS, the folks who helped create it, how to Find Your Park in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee, as well as tips and apps that you can use to help make the most of your NPS experience. Please join us as we learn more about and experience first-hand the awesome gift that is, as NPS documentarian Ken Burns lauds it, “America’s Best Idea!”

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    Charlotte Observer Features Original Store

    The Charlotte Observer praised the Original Mast Store as a notable Southeast Excursion in the Living section. Here’s what they had to say:

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    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. 

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    Check Off Your Summer Bucket List

    It’s hard to believe it’s already August, and everyone is talking about back-to-school plans. Even so, there’s still time to check off a few more items on your summer bucket list. Just in case you’ve already completed yours, we have a few suggestions for you to consider adding.

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    Chews Your Favorite Oldies . . .

    Daaaa-gum! They're baaaaack! Beeman's, Black Jack, Clove. Get 'em while we got 'em!

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    Chihuly at Biltmore Estate

    After nearly two years of planning and installation, the collaborative efforts of the Biltmore Estate and renowned American artist Dale Chihuly have resulted in one ambitious glass exhibit, Chihuly at Biltmore. It is the first art exhibition at Biltmore’s gardens and the first garden exhibit of Chihuly in North Carolina. See how these works complement and contrast with the remarkable layout of the grounds designed well over a century ago by revered landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted, whose portrait by John Singer Sargent prominently hangs in “America’s Largest Home.” 

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    Choose & Cut Your Own Christmas Tree This Year

    Thinking about the many Christmas trees I’ve enjoyed throughout the years brings up a host of sweet memories: The earliest trees of my childhood included brass clip-on candle holders. We lit the candles on the tree each evening (my parents were very brave). This tradition was passed down through the generations from our Swedish ancestors. There was the year our newly acquired stray cat took the entire tree down only a half hour after it was fully decorated…

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    Christmas Cheer Then and Now in Winston-Salem

    When Mast Store’s newest old location opened its doors in Winston-Salem this past May, we had the pleasure of meeting a woman with close ties to 516 North Trade Street. In the late 1930s and early 1940s, Barbara Carter’s father worked in the building that boasted one of the largest retail and wholesale companies in the South: Brown-Rogers-Dixson (B-R-D). After her visit to our Mast Store grand opening in the very same building, Mrs. Carter wrote us saying, “It brought back fond childhood memories of my father and mother, both now deceased, bringing us to visit with Santa at the store.”

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    Classic Toys with an Eco Twist

    Green Toys, made in California since 2007, offers an awesome line of classic children’s toys constructed from recycled plastic and other environmentally-friendly materials. This helps reduce fossil fuel use and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improving the overall health and happiness of the planet. How cool is that?

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    Cloud Star Dog Biscuits – Special Treats for Your All-American Pooch

    Cloud Star’s story is a simple one; They started out in a home kitchen more than 15 years ago with a single goal: To make a tasty treat that Samantha, a sweet shepherd mix with a picky palate and some pesky food allergies, could eat and enjoy.

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    Coastal Cotton – Born and Bred in South Alabama

    Born and bred in South Alabama, Coastal Cotton is dedicated to providing premium quality products inspired by a classic uninhibited style. After college, Adam Pickron went to work with his parents as a textile engineer in their clothing factory, making everything from premium jeans to military uniforms. “It was there that I learned the trade of manufacturing clothing from raw fabric to finished goods,” says Adam.

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    Colonel Conk - Made in the USA for the Distinguished Gentleman

    Upon his return from the American Civil War, Colonel Ichabod Conk concocted fine grooming products for the discerning gentleman. He used and sold these items in the New Mexico barbershops he ran with his wife.

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    Colonel Littleton - Fine Goods from the Heart of Tennessee

    How did Colonel Littleton get started? Here’s the story from the Colonel himself: I don’t want to say by accident, but it was a little that way.

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    Columbia Helps Us Share the Warmth

    As we scurry about enjoying the cool days of fall, we all know that colder temperatures are on the way, and many of us are ready to face whatever weather the coming season has to offer. Unfortunately, there are some in our communities who aren’t as prepared. The Mast General Store is partnering with Columbia Sportswear for this year's annual Share the Warmth coat, sweater and blanket collection campaign from now until November 30th.

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    Columbia's Riverbanks Zoo and Garden Celebrates 40 "Wild" Years

    Our friends at Riverbanks have a special announcement to share! Riverbanks Zoo and Garden will release its first pictorial "coffee table" book, a partnership with the University of South Carolina Press, to mark its milestone 40th anniversary on April 25, 2014.

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    Cooking for the New Year

    Here we are about to put another year in the books. How can 365 days pass by so quickly? With the New Year just hours away, it's time to begin preparing to greet the New Year in a traditional way in order to have a full year of good luck. 

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    COOKING FOR THE NEW YEAR

    Reblogging this classic for your culinary pleasure . . .  Here we are about to put another year in the books. How can 365 days pass by so quickly? With the New Year just hours away, it's time to begin preparing to greet the New Year in a traditional way in order to have a full year of good luck. 

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    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.

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    Creating a Tasty Tailgate Party

    Think fall. Think football season. Think TAILGATE PARTY! Tailgating is among the most time-honored American sporting traditions and a delicious one at that. Folks from Mast General Store have gathered their favorite recipes to share with you. Our selection covers the perfect dishes for early to late games, appetizers, entrees, and desserts, too. Are you hungry yet? We sure are!

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    Darn Tough - Made in Vermont For Three Generations

    At the Darn Tough mill, there's a sign that says, “Nobody ever outsourced anything for quality.” The Darn Tough folks share, "When you’re really serious about something you make it yourself. Our socks aren’t produced off shore or out-sourced within the US." And that's not all we love about these socks!

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    Do-Able New Year's Resolutions

    How would you like for your life to look one year from today? Would it look different than it does now? Most folks enjoy positive change and a fresh start, but it can be difficult to implement those things without a plan. The New Year provides the perfect opportunity to resolve to start anew, and it doesn’t have to be joyless or a drudgery. We offer a few “do-able” ideas from a personal perspective to help you approach your 2016 resolutions.

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    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.

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    Dream Green with Paddywax

    Hailing from Nashville, Tennessee, Paddywax has been crafting American-made, artisanal, and eco-friendly candles and soaps for nearly 20 years. They’ve dedicated themselves to creating something lovely for every home and their candles and soaps combine innovative scents and creative designs for every gift-giving occasion.

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    Easy Fall Crafts with Kids

    Summer is slowly giving way to fall, and as the days grow shorter and the weather begins to change, my family enjoys creating homemade decorations to welcome the new season. Each year, we pull out our daughters’ fall-themed creations to decorate the house. The girls love seeing what they’ve made in years past and we all look forward to our tradition of adding a few new decorations to our collection. Here are a few ideas to get you started with your own autumn crafting tradition:

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    Easy Photography Tips for Winter Landscapes

    Long-range views, snowy scenes, and gorgeous sunsets: Winter provides ample opportunity to capture beautiful photos and you don’t have to be an expert photographer or own a lot of expensive equipment to get the perfect shot. This week our Mast Store Photo Stylist, Heather, shares some helpful tips for shooting winter landscapes with your point-and-shoot camera or your cell phone too.

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    Enjoying Garden Goodness

    The time we’ve been anticipating since winter, really, is finally here. Our gardens that were eagerly planned when snow was on the ground are giving us gifts on a daily basis. Squash, tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, beans, cauliflower, broccoli, lettuce, … the list could go on and on. You’ve planned meals using the bounty until you’ve run out of ideas. Well, we have a few more.

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    Enjoying the Mountains in Winter

    Winter is gradually making its grand appearance with sinking temperatures and driving snow. After the wintry mix is plowed and the wind abates, it’s time to head outside for some wintertime exploration. The detail, clarity, and focus across multiple mountain ranges are most spectacular in the deep of winter. Closer views are just as thrilling because the bare trees reveal details on the landscape that are easy to miss when blocked by rich foliage.

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    Enjoying Winter Break with the Family

    Children are counting down the days until Christmas morning, but there’s another countdown happening in homes across the country. Winter break is fast approaching and that means no homework, staying up late, and sleeping in. This extra time together in the middle of the school year provides ample opportunity to turn off the television and dig into some fun family projects and activities. Here is a list of simple ideas you may want to incorporate into your holiday time together:

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    Everyone Knows It's Slinky!

    “What walks down stairs, alone or in pairs and makes a slinkity sound? A spring, a spring, a marvelous thing! Everyone knows it’s Slinky!”

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    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!

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    Exploring the Mountains in Winter

    Winter is gradually making its grand appearance with sinking temperatures and driving snow. After the wintry mix is plowed and the wind abates, it’s time to head outside for some wintertime exploration. The detail, clarity, and focus across multiple mountain ranges are most spectacular in the deep of winter. Closer views are just as thrilling because the bare trees reveal details on the landscape that are easy to miss when blocked by rich foliage.

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    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.

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    Fall Foliage Primer - October 17, 2018

    It's amazing what a few days of cooler weather will do! Here in Week 4 of the Fall Foliage Primer, we are FINALLY seeing a bit of color. All locations are experiencing fall-like temperatures, which are bringing out the leaves' true colors. Festivals, like the Woolly Worm Festival and 50th Anniversary of the Carl Sandburg Home,  and hikes along the Blue Ridge Parkway, on the UNC-Asheville Campus, and at Table Rock Park should be on your itinerary. See what else our reporters have to recommend.

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    Fall Festivities to Fill Your Calendar

    As the tilt of the earth moves us a little farther from the sun, the calendar fills with outdoor festivities to celebrate the fall turning of the leaves, the end of harvest season, and the culinary arts. We’ve searched our communities for festive and fun suggestions to add to your fall itineraries.

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    Fall Foliage Primer - November 1, 2017

    It's Week 6 of the Fall Foliage Primer, and peak colors are in our sights in Waynesville, Asheville, and Hendersonville. We're betting that Greenville and Knoxville are getting ready to hit the mark in just a little bit. The Boone and Valle Crucis area has passed its peak color, but there are splashes here and there that are surprising. In all areas, the hiking and views are great this time of year and there are bazaars and other events that warrant a visit. Read on...

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    Fall Foliage Primer - November 2, 2016

    It's week 6 of the Fall Foliage Primer. The colors are hitting their peak in Hendersonville and are still on the uphill climb in Greenville. Other areas are past peak, BUT with the warm temperatures a lot of color still remains. It is amazing! The weekend will feature some moderating temperatures getting at least down to the seasonal level. Hikes, paddles, and scenic drives abound. See what's in store with a quick click.

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    Fall Foliage Primer - November 6, 2019

    This is the final Fall Foliage Primer of the year. It looks like Knoxville, Greenville, and Hendersonville still have some locations of high color. Other reporting spots - Boone/Valle Crucis, Asheville, and Waynesville - have some spotty color (particularly Oaks, which are in their glory right now, and some Maples). There are still lots of activities to get out and enjoy, too. Check out what our reporters have to suggest as well bid you a fond farewell until next year. 

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    Fall Foliage Primer - November 7, 2018

    It's the seventh installment of the 2018 Fall Foliage Primer and the final report for the season. Many locations are reaching their peak colors now - like Greenville, Asheville, and Hendersonville - and Knoxville is still reaching for its peak. You'll find many events to enjoy in all areas and who knows, you might even start thinking about another kind of tree that stays green all year. 

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    Fall Foliage Primer - November 8, 2017

    Week 7 is the last reporting week for this year's Fall Foliage Primer. As we close the books on the fall color season, Knoxville is just now hitting its peak, as is Greenville. They will enjoy color for a little while longer. Asheville, Waynesville, and Hendersonville are a little past their high color line. There are some pockets of color that will sneak up on you. The Valle Crucis and Boone area are at the beginning of stick season, but that isn't stopping some of the oaks from showing off their true colors. Check the report for some ideas on scenic drives and fun events. Remember, November 11 is Veterans Day.

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    Fall Foliage Primer - November 9, 2016

    This is seventh week of the Fall Foliage Primer. Color is high in Greenville and there's more color in Knoxville than what you'd think. The reporters have put together lots of recommendations both for this week and in the near future weeks. They also bid you farewell until next year.

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    Fall Foliage Primer - October 10, 2018

    It's Week Three for the 2018 Fall Foliage Primer. More color is appearing, but it is appearing slowly. Most areas will have rain through the middle of the week, but the weekend will be great for getting out to local farmers' markets, music festivals, state and national park tours, or a drive along your favorite country road. All locations are filled with abundant color - it's just not from the leaves quite yet. 

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    Fall Foliage Primer - October 11, 2017

    Week three of the primer is seeing a lot more color appearing in the higher and middle elevations. In some reporting locations, the color change really sped up over the weekend. This week is filled with festivals and special events to truly get out and take part in the color change.

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    Fall Foliage Primer - October 12, 2016

    Here we are at the third week of October and more color is beginning to show, but we still have not had a frost. Some areas have had temperatures that dipped down into the 30s, which will get the fall color engine going. This weekend is a great weekend for those looking for Fairs, Festivals, Music, and Arts & Crafts with large festivals happening in all reporting communities. Get out and enjoy!

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    Fall Foliage Primer - October 16, 2019

    It's week four of the Fall Foliage Primer and we're beginning to see some changes. The higher elevations around Boone and Valle Crucis had a light frost earlier in the week. Festivals in all locations abound for the weekend, so there's a lot of things to do. AND, we believe you may begin seeing even more color with the frost being on the pumpkin, so to speak, and the cooler temperatures. Get out and enjoy the beautiful season! 

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    Fall Foliage Primer - October 18, 2017

    Week four is filled with special events, festivals, and fall color. Asheville, Waynesville, and Hendersonville are stretching toward their peak color, while Knoxville and Greenville are still a ways off.  In Valle Crucis and Boone, the color is here and there, with some spots being past peak and others still waiting to begin their final act. Overall, the weather for being outside and enjoying whatever is around the bend is going to be just about perfect everywhere!

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    Fall Foliage Primer - October 19, 2016

    Week four of the Fall Foliage Primer has lots of color in the North Carolina mountains and a smidgen more beginning to appear in the Greenville, SC area. The weather has been unseasonably warm, but this weekend all areas will have decidedly fallish temperatures, which will further hasten the color change. There are still lots of fall events to enjoy and hikes to be experienced. See what our reporters recommend this week.

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    Fall Foliage Primer - October 2, 2019

    This week's second edition of the Fall Foliage Primer finds color appearing in splotches but not big swaths. Some can be seen along the highest ridgelines and some roadways and landscaped areas. Flowers, pumpkins, and vines are also adding to the fall decor. Click on in and find out what our reporters have to suggest for the coming weekend.

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    Fall Foliage Primer - October 23, 2019

    It's week five of the Fall Foliage Primer and the color is beginning to show itself all over. Frost is likely in the Boone/Valle Crucis, Waynesville, and maybe Hendersonville areas later in the week, which will hasten the color change. Temperatures are perfect for leaf viewing, but there may be some showers, so remember your jackets. Check out this week's recommended events and activities. We're sure you'll find some of them to be "spooktacular." 

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    Fall Foliage Primer - October 24, 2018

    It's hard to believe that we are in the final full week of October and the fall colors are just now beginning to appear. In the Valle Crucis/Boone area, this will likely be the best weekend to view the colors. Other areas are still reaching toward their peak. With the colder temperatures, the color change will be speeding up as will the leaf dropping activities. There are still lots of things to see and do, but plan your visits soon. 

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    Fall Foliage Primer - October 25, 2017

    Week 5 of the Fall Foliage Primer is seeing more color in all locations. Yep, hard to believe! Asheville, Waynesville, and Hendersonville are stretching to reach peak color in the near term.  The Boone and Valle Crucis areas have some substantial leaf loss, but reds, oranges, and yellows are still popping up and are pretty prominent (particularly in the lower elevations). Greenville and Knoxville are still waiting for lots of color, but it is appearing slowly. All areas have lots of fun events in store including ghost walks, pumpkin carving, and beautiful hikes.

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    Fall Foliage Primer - October 26, 2016

    Week five of the Fall Foliage Primer still has stunning color in just about every reporting area in North Carolina and South Carolina. That's truly amazing! The highest elevations have reached their peak and are shedding their leaves, which leads to fabulous long-range views. Asheville, Waynesville, and Hendersonville are taking on color and a drive along the Parkway to see what's in front of you and down in the valleys is well worth the time. Greenville and Knoxville are beginning to see more color changes. The weather is going to be GREAT this weekend, so get ready to get outside.

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    Fall Foliage Primer - October 30, 2019

    We are reaching the peak! All locations can safely report that Fall is HERE! Some locations - like Valle Crucis and Boone - are just past peak, but still have pockets of incredible color, while other locations - like Greenville and Knoxville are just beginning to reach their highest color show. And there's lots in between in Waynesville, Asheville, and Hendersonville. It's our favorite time of year! Colder weather is on its way everywhere this week, so no matter where you're visiting, be sure to bring a jacket, a fleece, and a raincoat. The weather this time of year changes quickly. Take a look to see the fun activities to enjoy this week. 

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    Fall Foliage Primer - October 31, 2018

    It's Halloween, and we bet you'll see some colorful characters throughout the day. It's also Week 6 of the Fall Foliage Primer. There is still an amazing amount of color throughout all reporting areas. Asheville, Hendersonville, and Knoxville are still reaching toward their peak colors in this unusual fall. The Boone and Valle Crucis area are beginning to lose leaves, but there are still surprises around many corners. And, you'll still find plenty of fun events to enjoy everywhere. Check it out!

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    Fall Foliage Primer - October 3, 2018

    Week two of the 2018 Fall Foliage Primer finds that someone has pushed the pause button on the colors ... and fall temperatures, too. There are spotty colors in some of the highest elevations of the mountains, but if you know where to look, there's still fall color to be had. Look for events, mushrooms, vines, and the late blooms of summer. Check out what our reporters are recommending this week. 

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    Fall Foliage Primer - October 4, 2017

    Week two of the Fall Foliage Primer is here, but a lot more color is not. Higher elevations around Graveyard Fields or Grandfather Mountain have more color, but in general we are seeing some reds and yellows hanging around with the getting-ready-to-get-started greens. While the leaves an event in themselves, there are many more happenings in our communities that our reporters hope to help you discover.

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    Fall Foliage Primer - October 5, 2016

    The second week of the 2016 Fall Foliage Primer has lots of green prevalent in all reporting areas. But that isn't stopping the colorful fall events to be enjoyed. Reporters have suggested several hikes along the Parkway, a waterfall tour near Hendersonville, and an Albino Skunk Festival. Take a look inside for more details and photos.

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    Fall Foliage Primer - October 9, 2019

    It's week three of the Fall Foliage Primer and it seems that the march to fall color is now marking time in all locations. Everywhere had a cool snap early in the week, with some places having some much-needed rain. Mother Nature's paintbrush is still finding its way into the scenery, just slowly, but there are a number of fun events on the list of things to do. Check out what our reporters recommend for this week. 

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    Fall Foliage Primer - September 25, 2019

    The first edition of the 2019 Fall Foliage Primer is here. While the most prevalent color observed is still green, there are tinges of orange, red, and yellow beginning to be revealed, especially in some of the higher elevations. Plus, some of the best "color" can be found and experienced in many of the wonderful fall festivals that happen in our local communities. Check in to see what our reporters are recommending this week. 

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    Fall Foliage Primer - September 26, 2018

    Welcome to the 2018 Fall Foliage Primer. As in most years, we are starting out mostly green, but surprisingly some color is beginning to appear. Don't let that stop you from visiting, though. All of our communities have a plethora of fun special events to enjoy - from music to food and football to haunted happenings. Read on to see what our reporters are suggesting to enjoy the first full weekend of fall. 

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    Fall Foliage Primer - September 27, 2017

    It's the first report of the fall foliage season. As is to be expected, the most prevalent color is green, but in all reporting areas there is some fall color beginning to show itself. It might be in the blooming of goldenrod and asters or it might be in the sourwoods and dogwoods beginning to show their true colors. Read the full report to get ideas on activites to enjoy during your visit.

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    Fall Foliage Primer - September 28, 2016

    This is the first report for the 2016 Fall Foliage Primer. All reporting locations in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee are reporting spotty color. It's still early, but some moderating and more seasonal temperatures will help begin the journey. Several events of note this week included Tweetsie's Ghost Train, an App State football game, Art in the Park in Asheville, the Pumpkin Patch Express near Waynesville, Art on Main in Hendersonville, and OktoberFest in Greenville.Of course, there are many opportunities for hiking and exploring everywhere!

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    Fall Hike on the Rattlesnake Lodge Trail

    While our thoughts are with our neighbors to the south who received the brunt of this past week’s storms, folks in the Blue Ridge Mountains are drying out and hitting the trails in search of brilliant fall colors.  Some leaves fell with the wind and rain, but the good news is that premature color change and bare trees appear to be a minor issue in Western North Carolina. If you find yourself in the Asheville area in the coming weeks, check out a local’s favorite along the Mountains-to-Sea trail just a hop, skip, and a jump from the Blue Ridge Parkway.

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    Fall Photo Tips

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    Fall Trends Feature Denim & Bold Colors

    Temperatures are moderating a bit after a blistering July. That’s a sure sign that fall is on the way, along with a new wave of fashion trends to embrace the new season. Checking the trends, we’ll see a continuation of some of summer’s general tendencies with a heavy dose of time travel. If you are thinking Back to the Future you’d be in the right decade. Here’s a look at what’s on the runway and what you’ll see featured on our creaking floors.

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    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.

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    Father's Day Favorites

    Just what do you get the man who gives his all? It's a conundrum sometimes to think of the perfect gift for your awesome dad. After all, he's done so much for you over the years, and you want to show how much you appreciate the love, the sacrifice, the joy he has brought to your life. 

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    Fiesta – American's Favorite Dinnerware

    Fiesta was introduced by The Homer Laughlin China Company with great fanfare at the Pittsburgh China & Glass Show in 1936. It was an immediate hit with the public and, by its second year of production, more than one million pieces were produced.

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    Find Your Park in North Carolina

    From the Blue Ridge Parkway and Appalachian Trail in the mountains to the Cape Hatteras and Cape Lookout on the coast, the National Parks in North Carolina are varied in landscape and diverse in beauty.

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    Find Your Park in South Carolina

    Throughout 2016, we’re celebrating the 100th anniversary of the National Park System by exploring the history of the parks, offering ideas about how to Find Your Park in the southeast, as well as tips to help you make the most of your park adventure.

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    Find Your Park in Tennessee

    Throughout 2016, we’re celebrating the 100th anniversary of the National Park System by exploring the history of the parks, offering ideas about how to Find Your Park in the southeast, as well as tips to help you make the most of your park adventure.

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    Fire Prevention Week & Valle Love

    Did you know that October 9th through 15th is Fire Prevention Week? This week, the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) is educating the public about basic, but essential elements of smoke alarm safety. Their theme for 2016 is “Don’t Wait – Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years.” Below you’ll find valuable information about checking your smoke alarms, fire safety preparedness for your family, and information about the upcoming Valle Love event in honor of our friends affected by the Valle Landing Fire.

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    FOOD FOR KIDS 2018 MARKS TEN-YEAR PARTNERSHIP WITH MERRELL FOOTWEAR

    "Have you eaten?" That's the secret code for love and care in many families, but it's a question of real consequence for more people than many realize. That's why Mast Store is partnering with Merrell Footwear and local food agencies to turn the answer to that question into a resounding "yes" in our communities, especially for one of the most vulnerable populations, our children.  

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    Food for Kids is Food for Thought (and Action)

    The U. S. Department of Agriculture defines food insecurity as “the lack of consistent access to enough food for an active, healthy life.” Merrell Footwear, an active lifestyle brand, joins the Mast Store for the eleventh year in 2019 to provide Food for Kids (October 21-November 3), a cause that supports funding the weekend food efforts in each of Mast Store’s home communities.

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    Friends' Day 2018

    A friend is someone you can call on when you need help, support, or to celebrate a milestone. Each September, the Mast Store celebrates friends in each of its communities that are working to create special places and to positively affect the local economy. On September 8, all Mast Stores will host volunteers from the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, the Friends of the Smokies, the Friends of the Reedy River, Palmetto Conservation Foundation, and Old Salem Museum and Gardens. At the end of the day, each location will donate 10% of the day’s sales to our community partner.

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    Friends' Day in Columbia Salutes the Palmetto Trail

    The Palmetto Trail, a project of the Palmetto Conservation Foundation (PCF), begins in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains at Wahalla and stretches across the state of South Carolina to the Low Country near Charleston. On September 9, the Mast Store in Columbia is hosting volunteers from the PCF and will donate 10% of the day’s sales to help this group’s continuing efforts to conserve South Carolina’s natural and cultural resources and to promote active outdoor recreation on the Palmetto Trail.

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    Friends' Day in Columbia Salutes the Palmetto Trail

    The Palmetto Trail, a project of the Palmetto Conservation Foundation (PCF), begins in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains at Wahalla and stretches across the state of South Carolina to the Low Country near Charleston. On September 9, the Mast Store in Columbia is hosting volunteers from the PCF and will donate 10% of the day’s sales to help this group’s continuing efforts to conserve South Carolina’s natural and cultural resources and to promote active outdoor recreation on the Palmetto Trail.

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    Friends' Day in Knoxville Benefits the Friends of the Smokies

    The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited unit in the National Park Service. On September 9, the Mast Store in Knoxville is hosting volunteers from the Friends of the Smokies (FOTS) and will donate 10% of the day’s sales to help this group’s continuing efforts to preserve and protect this important, beautiful, and biologically diverse park.

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    Friends' Day is September 10

    The Beatles refrain is true, “I get by with a little help from my friends.” On Saturday, September 10, the Mast Store will be hosting Friends in each of its home communities that have the awesome responsibility of taking care of resources that locals and visitors enjoy every day. At the end of the day, each of our store locations will donate 10% of the day’s sales to support our local conservation partners.

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    Friends' Day Is September 9 and Supports the MST

    Saturday, September 9, 2017 is Friends’ Day at Mast General Store. On that day Mast General Store will donate 10% of proceeds from the day’s sales to support local partners. For all of the North Carolina stores the recipient of that support is the Mountains To Sea Trail.

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    Friends of the Reedy River Receives Support on Friends' Day in Greenville

    The Reedy River flows through Downtown Greenville and is inextricably linked to the city’s success.  On September 9, the Mast Store in Greenville is hosting volunteers from the Friends of the Reedy River and will donate 10% of the day’s sales to help this group’s continuing efforts to improve the river’s condition.

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    From the Science Lab to the Trail - Nalgene and the American Dream

    Back in 1949, a Rochester, New York chemist named Emanuel Goldberg developed the first plastic pipette holder. He, along with three workers, began the Nalge Company in a small building at 625 South Goodman Street. For years, Goldberg and his growing team developed the Nalgene line of state-of-the-art polyethylene laboratory equipment: centrifuge bottles, filter units, storage tanks. Obviously, it wasn’t the kind of stuff you toss into your backpack for a weekend in the woods. But there were rumors floating around … stories about scientists taking the smaller, more convenient bottles out of the lab and using them on hikes and excursions.

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    Fulton & Roark Solid Colognes – Made in Winston Salem, NC

    We’re so excited about the upcoming opening of our newest “old” location that we want to share one of our “Mast Favorites” that’s born and bred in Winston-Salem, NC. Fulton & Roark began with a series of solid colognes designed to integrate seamlessly into everyday life. F&R crafts high-quality grooming products specifically built for the way men operate. They believe superior products should make a man’s process of getting ready less complicated and more enjoyable.

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    Fun & Easy Holiday Crafts with Kids

    Your child’s winter break from school will be here before you know it. This break from often an overfilled schedule provides ample opportunity to enjoy working on creative projects together. One of my family’s favorite holiday traditions is making holiday decorations (that we’ll pull out and enjoy year after year) and crafting sweet homemade gifts for friends and family. Below you’ll find a few ideas that are easy for even the youngest artists. Plus, these crafts are so simple that you’ll probably have most of the materials you need already in your home!

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    Fun for Kids

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    Gear Up With Columbia PFG

    Few things in life hit their mark like the Columbia Performance Fishing Gear line. These things come about as close to perfect as you can get without actually catching the fish for you.

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    Get a Head Start on Holiday Happenings

    There’s so much to enjoy in each of our Mast Store communities this holiday season. Many of our favorite events have already begun or kick off right after Thanksgiving. Below are just a few offerings that your family may want to add to your holiday schedule. Consider trying something new this year and it just might become a holiday tradition!

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    Get-Ready-for-Summer Checklist

    We are eagerly waiting for sun and fun! While the April showers mode continues, we’re actively putting together supplies for a summer filled with outings, laughter, and fun. Here’s a list of items with safety and protection at the forefront, so you can focus more on the fun part.

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    Gift Cards for Good

    One of the traditions John and Faye Cooper established as soon as they could afford to after re-opening the Original Mast Store in Valle Crucis was giving back to the community. Over the years, that tradition has grown and now includes organizations and causes in three major categories – human needs, arts and education, and conservation across all our home communities. That tradition is continuing, but this year, we need your help. That's where Gift Cards for Good comes in.

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    Gift Giving Made Easy with Fun Themes

    Do you ever find yourself stumped when selecting thoughtful gifts to give your loved ones during the holiday season? This year, we’ve compiled a list of gift themes to please a variety of folks in your life. We hope this guide will help make your gift selecting (and your recipient’s receiving) a little more creative and a lot more fun.

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    Gifts for All Mom's Moods

    It's time to pay special attention to the woman in your life who loves you unconditionally. No, not Mrs. Buttersworth. Mom!  It's almost Mother's Day! I know, it's LAST-minute time on gifts, but we have you covered. Read on to see our gift ideas for mom in all her moods. 

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    Good to Eat and Easy to Fix

    Well, the holidays are upon us. Everyone's calendars are full of parties, get togethers, and covered dish gatherings. The schedule for family visits is lengthy and covers most of the time between Christmas Eve and Christmas Night. With so many places to go and people to see, it's often not practical to prepare a full meal for your guests. That's where a smattering of hearty appetizers and sweet treats will help tide them over to their next stop.

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    Grab a Bite at the Store

    Back 40 years ago, you couldn't grab a bite to eat in the Valle. It meant a drive to Boone or to Banner Elk or to Mountain City over in Tennessee. That is until John and Faye Cooper decided to open the Mast Store Deli. Sandwiches and soups were served in the back of the store. Here's a little of that story, including a bit of it in Faye's own words.

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    Grandma's Cures for Summer's Bumps & Bruises

    We all enjoy getting outside and taking advantage of the longer daylight hours in the summertime, but an abundance of outdoor activities often leads to the need to give our bodies a little extra TLC. Thankfully, grandma’s old timey cures have withstood the test of time. From soothing sunburns and softening “gardener’s hands” to helping heal cuts and repelling pesky mosquitoes, we offer a few of our favorite cures for summer bumps and bruises: grandma approved! And best yet, all of these cures are made in the USA.

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    Grand-Opening Celebration at Mast General Store in Winston Salem May 15 - 17

    Join us for a humdinger of a Grand-Opening celebration at our newest "old" location in Winston-Salem! If you were there for our ribbon-cutting on Friday, May 8th, you'll know that we're very excited to be your new neighbors at 516 North Trade Street. We have a big weekend planned at Mast Store Winston-Salem and hope you'll make time to stop by and say hello!

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    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!

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    Guide to Fall

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    Holiday Entertaining Made Easy

    My mom is the queen of the holiday spread. She will put before you a feast fit for a king-sized appetite-- and for allowing plenty of leftovers for everyone to take home. This year, I'm looking to impress her with the recipes Mast Store has shared with me and have her take home some of these fan favorites I know she'll love. These are for you, mom, and for everyone looking to whip up holiday entertaining without breaking the bank or a sweat! Bon apetit! 

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    Holiday Festivities are Starting Now

    It’s hard to believe that it’s time to begin thinking about serving up the turkey and trimming the tree, but it is. Holiday celebrations begin this weekend. We’ve pulled together a quick list of parades in each of our communities along with other events you and your family may want to put on your holiday itinerary. Let’s get started.

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    Holiday Happenings

    It’s that time of year again when we bring you tidings of comfort and joy—and all the info on holiday events.  From local parades to meeting Santa himself to all the lights to see, our communities are just brimming with the spirit of the season and good cheer! So, come all ye faithful and find just the holiday events that make your season bright!  Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas, and Happy Holidays from the Mast family to yours!

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    Holiday Survival Training

    Do you know how many accidents happen around the holidays? I don’t either, but I’ve heard it’s a lot. Trees dry as dust, overloaded electrical doohickeys, dinner left unattended until the fire department shows up. The holidays can be dangerous for more reasons than eating too much cheese or hogging the bean dip. So, to keep you from burning more than ye olde Yule log, we’ve got the tips you need to stay safe this holiday season.   

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    Honed in Norwegian Beauty and Practicality

    When you think of Norway, blue fjords snaking among tall mountains, small fishing villages, and making first tracks in new fallen snow all come to mind. Out of this beauty, and the need to feed the family and make a living, came the tradition of Helle Knives.

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    How to Select the Perfect Host GIft

    If you’re planning to attend a holiday party this Christmas season, you have the (sometimes daunting) task of selecting a gift your host is sure to enjoy. Here are a few suggestions that will help you choose a thoughtful gift. We also offer a variety of ideas we hope will bring a smile to your host’s face.

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    Ideas for Enjoying Snow Days

    With another unseasonably mild holiday season behind us, folks in the southeast were very excited to wake up to 6 to 10 inches of fresh fallen snow the first full weekend of the New Year. If your family is anything like mine, we were totally unprepared for the powdery goodness. (My husband chalks it up to wearing shorts from March straight through December in 2016.) Below, you’ll find a few ideas for how to make the most of your next snow day. Our fingers are crossed that we have quite a few more in store this winter…

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    It's Back-to-School Time and You Can Help

    You remember the good ol’ days. As the countdown to the first day of school started, you’d go to the mailbox to see who your homeroom teacher was going to be. Then, the phone lines would light up with  calls from your friends to see if you were in their classes.

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    It's Festival Time!

    The hills, and mountains and towns, are alive with the sound of music ... and the beauty of blooms, the talents of local artists, and delicious wafts of delectable treats. From music to food, popular festivals are happening near you soon. We’re highlighting several in our communities that you won’t want to miss.

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    It's Garden Season

    Gardening is one of the first outdoor adventures of the season. It actually can start way back in January or February when the seed catalogs begin arriving in the mail. Flipping through the pages and dreaming of the summer and fall harvest while the wind and snow whip outside is a favorite winter activity.

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    It's Time to Share the Warmth with Mast Store and Columbia During the Month of November

    You don’t have to be a fan of Game of Thrones to know that winter is coming. It’s in the air, fogging up the window panes and biting at noses and hands. And that means coats and warm accessories are needed in the community. Mast Store is ready to Share the Warmth in all its communities by holding a coat collection now through November 30. 

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    Join the Great American Campout On June 27th

    Childhood summers are marked by memories of biking around town with a pack of friends, listening for the bell of the ice cream truck, staying outside well after the sun sinks in the sky, and catching fireflies in a Mason jar. With the dawn of the Information Age, many children are missing out on traditional summer fun and are glued to their electronic devices instead.  It’s time to boot our children outdoors, so they can benefit from fresh air, green grass, and the carefree joys of a summer spent in nature.

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    Join Us Along the Haywood County Quilt Trail

    Crocuses and daffodils popping up all over the southeast serve as a cheerful reminder that spring is just around the corner. The longer days of sunshine and warmer temperatures always inspire us to get outside and explore something new. This year, we're looking forward to enjoying an urban outdoor adventure along the Haywood County Quilt Trail.

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    Join Us For Friends' Day with Friends of the Reedy River

    The Beatles refrain is true, “I get by with a little help from my friends.” On Saturday, September 10, the Mast Store will be hosting Friends in each of its home communities that have the awesome responsibility of taking care of resources that locals and visitors enjoy every day. At the end of the day, each of our store locations will donate 10% of the day’s sales to support our local conservation partners.

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    Join Us For Friends' Day with Friends of the Smokies

    The Beatles refrain is true, “I get by with a little help from my friends.” On Saturday, September 10, the Mast Store will be hosting Friends in each of its home communities that have the awesome responsibility of taking care of resources that locals and visitors enjoy every day. At the end of the day, each of our store locations will donate 10% of the day’s sales to support our local conservation partners.

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    Join Us For Friends' Day with Old Salem

    The Beatles refrain is true, “I get by with a little help from my friends.” On Saturday, September 10, the Mast Store will be hosting Friends in each of its home communities that have the awesome responsibility of taking care of resources that locals and visitors enjoy every day. At the end of the day, each of our store locations will donate 10% of the day’s sales to support our local conservation partners.

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    Join Us For Friends' Day with the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation

    The Beatles refrain is true, “I get by with a little help from my friends.” On Saturday, September 10, the Mast Store will be hosting Friends in each of its home communities that have the awesome responsibility of taking care of resources that locals and visitors enjoy every day. At the end of the day, each of our store locations will donate 10% of the day’s sales to support our local conservation partners.

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    Join Us For Friends' Day with the Palmetto Conservation Foundation

    The Beatles refrain is true, “I get by with a little help from my friends.” On Saturday, September 10, the Mast Store will be hosting Friends in each of its home communities that have the awesome responsibility of taking care of resources that locals and visitors enjoy every day. At the end of the day, each of our store locations will donate 10% of the day’s sales to support our local conservation partners.

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    J. R. Watkins - Hardworking Products from Minnesota

    Wash and iron; cook and clean; repeat. Such was life for many women in 1868. But times were changing. Elizabeth Blackwell opened the first Women’s Medical College. Louisa May Alcott captured the period’s ideals and values in Little Women. And, hard-working wives and mothers with tired, aching muscles found relief in a new, all-natural liniment manufactured and sold by Joseph Ray Watkins.

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    Just Jump It This Summer

    Did you know that ten minutes of jumping rope is roughly the equivalent of running an eight-minute mile? Also, jumping rope for approximately 10 to 15 minutes is enough to burn off the calories from a candy bar? That’s great exercise!

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    Keeping Good Company with Toad&Co

    If you were to conduct a blind touch test of clothing fabrics in the Outdoor Department at Mast General Store, you may find one brand’s “hand feel” to be exceptionally soft. These super soft clothes made from nearly 100% organic cotton, with recycled polyester, and using environment-friendly dyes are the hallmark of our new line, Toad&Co.

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    Klean Kanteen "Bring Your Own" for Earth Day

    With Earth Day coming up on Wednesday, April 22nd, we are thinking about changes we can make in our everyday lives that will lessen our impact on the environment. Many Mast associates carpool, bike or walk to work… Not only because it’s fun to socialize with co-workers each morning in the car or exercise while we commute, but also because it decreases our carbon footprint. But what if “creative commuting” isn’t an option?  What other small, new shifts in our daily habits can make a big difference in the long-term health of our planet? Klean Kanteen has some ideas they share with their Bring Your Own project. They are inspiring us in a big way.

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    Land Trust Day is Set for June 2

    Mark Twain once said, “Buy land, they’re not making it anymore.” It stands to reason, that if they’re not making it anymore, then we should consider it rare and care for it as a collector’s item, making certain that it will be passed on to a new generation. In a nutshell, that’s what a land trust does, and why we should celebrate their efforts because we all benefit from them.

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    Layering 101

    It’s winter, and we’re all ready for some outdoor, sub-freezing, fun. By now, you’ve probably been told that “layering” is the key to staying warm during winter activities, but what exactly does that mean? The simple answer has always been to dress in layers of clothing that you can easily add or take off as temperatures change but, actually, there is more to consider if you want to be truly comfortable in a wide range of weather conditions.

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    Layering Tips for Wintry Adventures

    When it comes to winter sports like snowshoeing, hiking, skiing, and sledding, layering up is the best way to comfortably enjoy your favorite cold weather activities. Used to maximize comfort, this simple concept is easy to apply when you understand how it works.

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    Leave No Trace Principles Made Easy for Kids

    Last week we learned about the seven basic principles of Leave No Trace (LNT). Familiarize yourself with the LNT essentials by clicking visiting last week's blog entry. This week, we’re exploring easy ways to share these important guidelines with the children in your life. Let’s get started.

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    Leaving After 32 Years, But With Us Forever

    Looking back at 1986, it was a year filled with notable events including the return of Halley’s Comet on its second 20th-century tour through the solar system, the national debut of the Oprah Winfrey Show, and the explosion of the Space Shuttle Challenger just 73 seconds after liftoff. On a much more local level, an employee came to the Mast Store whose work can be seen in EVERY store today and whose influence will be around for a long time to come. Years of sanding, staining, designing, and building are drawing to a close for Ronnie with retirement on the horizon, but as we look around, we’ll see him every day!

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    Let's Ask Francine

    If you subscribe to Mast Store’s Almost Monthly E-mail, you are well acquainted with Francine. She’s corresponded with folks for more than 16 years – almost since the invention of e-mail. Her fans have shared many accomplishments, concerns, and questions over the years. In this week’s blog, Francine answers some questions from her website “Ask Francine” opportunity. Let’s see what she has to say.

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    Let's Ask Francine: How Do You Make Killed Lettuce and Onions?

    Francine loves questions. She writes our Almost Monthly E-mail, which, as the name implies, goes out almost monthly. It starts out like a letter from your favorite aunt with a little update on whatever might be on her mind at the time. Then it goes into events in the stores, new products our buyers are particularly proud of, and community happenings that might just prompt you to plan a trip. Most every time the e-mail goes out, she gets a question or two. This week’s blog includes a couple that she thought might be interesting to share with everyone. Let's get to the questions and her answers.

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    Let's Ask Francine: What Was Happening in Valle Crucis in the 1800s?

    Our Almost Monthly E-mail correspondent gets many questions over the course of the year. Many are answered with a quick e-mail back to the inquirer, but sometimes there are questions that might be of interest to more than one individual. That was the case this week when Francine was asked about what was going on in Valle Crucis in the 1800s. Let’s see …

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    Lodge Cast Iron Cookware Made in Tennessee for Every Generation

    Lodge Manufacturing is one of America's oldest cookware companies in continuous operation. Founded in 1896 by Joseph Lodge, it is still owned and managed by the descendants of the Lodge family. All of the company’s cast iron cookware is produced at the foundry in South Pittsburg, Tennessee. It has been which has been in operation since the company first opened.

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    Loggerhead Apparel Helps its Namesake

    Did you know the Loggerhead Sea Turtle is South Carolina’s state reptile? The Mast Stores in Greenville and Columbia Mast Stores carry a very special South Carolina-based line of clothing that feature this majestic creature. In addition to its superior line of clothing, the state’s own Loggerhead Apparel is dedicated to two different, yet worthy, causes. One is breathing new life back into South Carolina's textile industry. The other is the preservation and protection of the endangered Loggerhead Sea Turtle.

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    Made in NC

    When Our State magazine started looking for a partner for its 2017 Made in NC contest, Mast General Store seemed like a natural fit. “They believe in many of the same things we do,” said Lisa Cooper, president of Mast General Store.

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    Made in NC

    With our roots right here in the Tar Heel state, Mast Store has many connections to local manufacturers, artisans, and crafters. From food to footstools, and everything in between, we've curated quite the collection of homegrown goodness to fill our shelves and serve our customers. 

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    Made in North Carolina - From Dirt to Shirt

    Browsing through our clothes over the past couple of years, you’ve probably run across a new label that reads “Mast Store Private Label Shirts”. With the help of the fine folks at TS Designs, we’ve been able to create a unique line that is made in North Carolina - from dirt to shirt.

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    Made in SC

    South Carolina has given us a lot of great products. You might be surprised what our sister state has in store on our shelves.

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    Made in TN

    Our Tennessee roots have given us many wonderful products over the years. Some of these you'll recognize as THE go-to for the items they create. Mast is proud to work hard to find quality products and manufacturers so we can bring you the best of the best in our local communities. 

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    Making the Most of Apple Season

    Apple picking season is one of the sweetest times of year and we’re fortunate to live in an area that offers quite a few “pick your own” fruit farms and orchards. Here are some tips to help you get the most out of Apple Season – from fun-filled orchard exploration to preparing fall flavored treats at home.

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    Manual Woodworkers Pillows from the Mountains of Western North Carolina

    Manual Woodworkers is based in the mountains of Western North Carolina and calls Hendersonville home – which is also home to one of our Mast Stores. Since its beginnings in 1932, Manual Woodworkers has proven its ability to identify trends in the gift and decorative accessories industry and has been ranked #1 in Home Decor by Gift Beat Magazine. Three generations of this family-owned company operate with a commitment to providing quality, American-made products.

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    Mast Founders Featured in "Capital At Play" Magazine

    When a 31-year-old John Cooper first laid eyes on the Mast General Store back in 1976, he had a vision for his family’s future that involved going back into the past. “I fell in love with the store as soon as I stepped inside,” says Cooper, who had traveled from his home in Florida with a friend to scout out potential real estate. “They literally had to carry me out.”

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    Mast General Store in Roanoke to Hold Ribbon Cutting April 8 - 03-09-2020

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    Mast General Store Places 4th in 100 North Carolina Icons List

    This summer, Our State Magazine published the definitive to-do list of 100 North Carolina Icons. Our State queried writers, readers, photographers, and Facebook friends to share “what makes North Carolina a state unlike any other.” We are thrilled that Mast General Store is ranked as the 4th icon on the list!

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    Mast General Store Projects Opening Date in 2020, 01-30-2019

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    Mast General Store Ribbon Cutting April 8

    Mast General Store in Roanoke to Hold Ribbon Cutting April 8 After much anticipation, the Mast Store announced its opening date this afternoon. The ribbon cutting will be held on Wednesday, April 8. Festivities will begin at 9:15 a.m. with speakers including the Honorable Sherman P. Lea, Sr., mayor of Roanoke and Lisa Cooper, president of Mast General Store. The official opening will be at 10 a.m.

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    Mast General Store to Open its Newest "Old" Location - 06-05-2020

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    MAST GENERAL STORE DIGITAL GIFT CARD

    Instantly receive a gift card via e-mail! Use it online or in-store.

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    Mast Store Brings You the Best Made in USA Products  

    It's time to celebrate the birth of a nation—and we can think of no better time to call out the great selection of products we carry that are made right here in the USA, some not too far from our front doors! That's right. You'll find local items, hand-crafted, bottled, stitched, or hewn right in your area as well as quality goods from across the US. Our Made in USA collection has gotten quite extensive and continues to add more and more fabulous products that we're proud to carry-- and you'll be proud to own.  

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    Mast Store Celebrates Friends' Day September 7, Donates 10% of Sales to Community Partners

    The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines friend as “a favored companion; one that favors or promotes something.” Woodrow Wilson once said, “Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together.” The Mast Store is pleased to count several active community groups among our circle of friends, and on September 7th, we’ll introduce you to some of them and will make a donation to support their efforts.

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    Mast Store Memories: A Look Back at 1980

    What were you doing 40 years ago? The year was 1980, and the country was in the middle of the hostage crisis in Iran, facing a recession, and trying to solve the mystery of who shot J. R. Ewing. That’s the big picture, but what was happening in Valle Crucis, NC? Maybe it was a little magic. We’re stepping into our time machine and turning back the clock for a look at the rebirth of the Mast General Store. 

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    Mast Store's Top 11 Gift Ideas for Mom

    Mother’s Day is a little over a week away, so we know the stress of coming up with something special for your Mom is weighing on you. She is a hard one to find a gift for that’s just right. So, take a few cues from her – what does she like to do, where does she spend a lot of time, is there a gift you can give her to make something easier? Those are just a few of the questions you can ask to come up with the perfect gift, which Mom always taught you should be “thoughtful, useful, or heartfelt.” We think it’s best when they are all three. Here are a few ideas.

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    Mast Store Waynesville's Fascinating Location History Revealed - Part One

    Mast General Store owners, John and Faye Cooper, have been committed to selecting older, often historical buildings, for our store locations from the very beginning. The Original Store in Valle Crucis first opened its doors for business in 1883. The store served as the hub of commerce in the heart of the Valle for decades, but was temporarily closed for several years in the late 1970s. Thankfully, the Cooper’s unique vision led them to reopen the store in 1980, nearly 100 years after Mast General Store was originally built. Since that time, our company’s leadership continues to select older buildings for new store locations. Just like the Original Store, each Mast Store building has its own incredible history. Today, we uncover a Mast Store mystery that’s eluded us for 25 years… the exciting history of the Mast Store in Waynesville, North Carolina.

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    Mast Store Waynesville's Fascinating Location History Revealed - Part Two

    Last week, we dug into the early years of Waynesville’s Mast Store location and the incredible life of the doctor whose home once stood there. To read about Dr. Rogers, his life and home, click HERE. This week, we’re exploring 63 North Main Street as it becomes a place of commerce.

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    May is Sharing Our Shoes Month

    Spring cleaning is taking place in all Mast Store communities. Windows are being scrubbed; the carpet is getting cleaned; and the closets, well, if you haven’t worn it in a while, it’s probably time to say goodbye to it. Take a good look at your shoes. If they have some miles left in them, we can make it easy for you to put some smiles on some local faces.

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    Merrell Food for Kids is October 25 - November 7

    If you could do one thing that would help a child do better in school, have a better outlook on life, and be better able to fight disease, would you do it? Having enough to eat helps with all three of those situations and more. That’s why Mast Store, Merrell Footwear, and food security agencies in Mast Store's home communities are partnering again from October 25-November 7 to provide Food for Kids.

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    Merrell Footwear Supports Food for Kids 2016

    If you could do one thing that would improve a child’s self-esteem, help facilitate better behavior, and increase his or her learning potential, wouldn’t you do it? It’s easy. Just make sure that the child is not hungry. According to Feeding America, 1 in 6 children in the U.S. worry about when they’ll have their next meal.

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    Merrell Footwear Supports Food for Kids 2016 in Columbia

    If you could do one thing that would improve a child’s self-esteem, help facilitate better behavior, and increase his or her learning potential, wouldn’t you do it? It’s easy. Just make sure that the child is not hungry. According to Feeding America, 1 in 6 children in the U.S. worry about when they’ll have their next meal.

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    Merrell Footwear Supports Food for Kids 2016 in Greenville

    If you could do one thing that would improve a child’s self-esteem, help facilitate better behavior, and increase his or her learning potential, wouldn’t you do it? It’s easy. Just make sure that the child is not hungry. According to Feeding America, 1 in 6 children in the U.S. worry about when they’ll have their next meal.

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    Merrell Footwear Supports Food for Kids 2016 in Knoxville

    This is the eighth year that Merrell and Mast General Store are partnering with our community food agencies in support of Food for Kids. They realize how important it is to give a child a good foundation to grow, to learn, and to just be a kid. From October 26th through November 8th, Merrell Footwear will make a donation to fill a backpack with weekend food for each pair of shoes purchased.

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    Merrell Footwear Supports Food for Kids 2016 in the High Country

    If you could do one thing that would improve a child’s self-esteem, help facilitate better behavior, and increase his or her learning potential, wouldn’t you do it? It’s easy. Just make sure that the child is not hungry. According to Feeding America, 1 in 6 children in the U.S. worry about when they’ll have their next meal.

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    Merrell Footwear Supports Food for Kids 2016 in Western NC

    If you could do one thing that would improve a child’s self-esteem, help facilitate better behavior, and increase his or her learning potential, wouldn’t you do it? It’s easy. Just make sure that the child is not hungry. According to Feeding America, 1 in 6 children in the U.S. worry about when they’ll have their next meal.

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    Merrell Footwear Supports Food for Kids 2016 in Winston-Salem

    If you could do one thing that would improve a child’s self-esteem, help facilitate better behavior, and increase his or her learning potential, wouldn’t you do it? It’s easy. Just make sure that the child is not hungry. According to Feeding America, 1 in 6 children in the U.S. worry about when they’ll have their next meal.

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    Mission: Make A Lot of Saw Dust

    Stepping out on the front landing of Mast Store’s worldwide headquarters, you’ll hear what sounds like millions of bees droning away in their hives. On occasion, there’s a decidedly metal sound amongst the whirring, and then it might be followed by a loud crack or two. That’s the sound of a new “old” location coming together. This week we’re taking a look behind the scenes at preparations for opening our store in Roanoke.

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    MoonPies and the South

    There’s a group of local gentlemen, some retired farmers, who have gathered at the potbellied stove of the Original Store every day for the thirty-plus years since the Cooper family reopened the Store. Known as “The Lunch Bunch”, these men talk about the weather, the state of this season’s crops, and to share the same lunch they’ve been enjoying together for over three decades. The essential items of their daily feast: a hunk of bologna cut off the round and a MoonPie for dessert… all washed down with an ice-cold RC Cola from the old fire-engine red Coca-Cola cooler.

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    MusicFest 'n Sugar Grove is July 10-11

    A celebration of Appalachian music and cultural heritage, the Doc & Rosa Lee Watson MusicFest 'N Sugar Grove will take place July 10 and 11, 2015 on the grounds of the Historic Cove Creek High School in Sugar Grove, N.C.

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    Mystery Dish Aids in Holiday Cooking

    This item is a source of curiosity for quite a few folks exploring our home and hearth area of the store. A Mast Store associate shares, “I’m sure to get a great reaction when I show our guests this item and ask them to guess what it is.” Is it a chip and dip tray? Is it used to bake a Bundt or angel food cake?  The answer to these questions is, “Absolutely. But, there’s more!” This handy bowl performs a myriad of functions in the kitchen and just might be the key to helping make your holiday meal preparation a whole lot easier.

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    National Geographic Explorer and Best-selling Author Visits Boone Mast Store

    The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, Mast General Store and Cordura are proud to host National Geographic Explorer and best-selling author Helen Thayer for a free presentation on Wednesday, May 14 in the lecture hall at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts in Downtown Boone. The presentation, “Polar Dream,” begins at 6:30 p.m. A meet and greet reception with light refreshments will be held immediately following the presentation. 

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    National Slow Cooking Month

    January is the perfect time of year to pull out your slow cooker (or Crock-Pot), throw in a combination of ingredients, and let them simmer all day to edible perfection. We’re sharing a few of our favorite mouth-watering, hearty, and super easy one-pot recipes for one of the coldest (and coziest!) months of the year.

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    Neighbors Helping Neighbors

    Waynesville resident, Carl Hughes, is not the kind of fellow who backs down from a serious challenge. As a construction supervisor for Chevron in Angola, Carl was familiar with malaria symptoms, having suffered through it eight times during his many trips abroad. But when his co-worker’s daughter died from the vicious mosquito-borne disease, he was dumbstruck. During a one-month break at home, he resolved to create an insect repellant which would stop the spread of malaria. His research and experimentation led to the creation of Whup-a-Bug.

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    New Year, New You, No Resolutions

    Tabula Rasa. What a wonderful phrase. But it doesn't mean "no worries." It does, however, mean just what we often need-- a blank slate, a reset, a doorway we step through into a brighter, unmarred future. But are we really prepared to fill that slate with resolutions that, even as we make them, ring hollow and loom too large an undertaking?

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    Nine Essential Winter Hiking Tips

    Hiking in winter poses challenges that are very different from hitting the trail all other seasons of the year. Shortened daylight, lower temperatures, and quickly changing conditions may present obstacles, but they are all easy to safely navigate with proper planning. We sat down this week with Dan, one of our resident “hiking experts” at the Mast Store Asheville, for some valuable tips you’ll want to use as you plan your outdoor adventure in the coldest season of the year.

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    Nordicware - American Kitchenware from Minneapolis, Minnesota

    An inspirational American success story, Nordic Ware was founded in 1946 by a determined wife, Dotty, and her resourceful husband Dave, newly back from the second world war. With only $500 in their pockets, a few good ideas and a desire to create a business of their own, a humble kitchenware company was launched from the basement of their home in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In the beginning, Nordic Ware’s product line started out with only a handful of items, all of which were specialty Scandinavian ethnic cookware products—the Rosette iron, Krumkake iron, Platte Panne pan, and the Ebelskiver pan. But times have changed!

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    Not Goodbye, but So Long to Waynesville's General Manager

    In a time when careers are measured in single-digit years, it’s truly something to celebrate when a manager of a retail store started on Day One and is leaving 27 years later. Days spent folding hundreds of sweaters are transcending to days gazing at high peaks in Montana and other places across the globe. No matter where Melanee ends up, it’s going to be just another day in paradise.

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    November 24th is Small Business Saturday!

    Did you know that some of your favorite Mast Store brands are the products of small businesses? That’s right. Mast Store supports local small businesses and artists and prides itself on sharing great products and talent with our customers. For this year’s SBS, we’d like to highlight a few of those wonderful brands that bring us all such great quality products right in our own backyards!

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    November 25 is Small Business Saturday

    Since 2010, the Saturday after Thanksgiving has been recognized as Small Business Saturday. American Express recognized the impact that small businesses have on the economy, towns, and on our individual lives. By shining a light on the businesses we frequent every day and helping us see them in a whole new light, American Express and many neighborhood and municipal advocates are making Small Business Saturday a day of discovery and rediscovery.   Supporting other small businesses is in the ethos of Mast Store. So, in celebration of Small Business Saturday, we’re showcasing some of our favorite small businesses that you’ll find in most every Mast Store.

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    NPS Centennial: All Things Beautiful and Blueberry in Maine

    My husband and I recently went to Acadia National Park for our 5th wedding anniversary. It was the best trip we’ve ever taken. Spectacular views, warm sun, cool breeze, and flowers in abundance… It couldn’t have been more perfect!

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    NPS Centennial: Amazing Beauty Close to Home at Mammoth Cave

    The first field trip went on was in first grade to Tuckaleechee Caverns in Townsend, Tennessee. This trip was the first time I became fascinated by caves and bats. Once I learned about Mammoth Cave from the weekly reader during elementary school, I made a plan to someday visit there. It was interesting to me to know the largest cave system on the planet was less than 200 miles from home. Experts have explored 400 miles of Mammoth Cave, but there’s still much more to explore.  After a little research, I put the cave at the top of my to-do list.

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    NPS Centennial: American Pride at the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island

    The first time I viewed the Statue of Liberty, I was sailing into New York harbor on my way to Montauk, NY. That was nearly three decades ago. We slipped beneath the Verrazano Bridge and there she was. I was awestruck. The next occasion was a fly over nearly a decade later, but the same feeling was evoked. However, it wasn’t until June of this year that I actually visited Lady Liberty in person. I was again awestruck.

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    NPS Centennial: Bikecentennial '76 Memories

    I participated in the Bikecentennial ‘76.  This landmark event consisted of a series of bicycle tours on the TransAmerica Bicycle Trail across the United States in the summer of 1976 in commemoration of the bicentennial of America's Declaration of Independence. Best of all, I was able to enjoy several national parks from the comfort of my bicycle.

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    NPS Centennial: Black Bear Encounters in Shenandoah

    After my husband and I retired from our careers, we lived full time in our RV for two and a half years. During that time, we traveled around the country working in different campgrounds. We worked several summers in Shenandoah National Park as campground hosts for the National Park Service.

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    NPS Centennial: Discovering Desert Beauty in Zion

    The desert offers both magical and mystical beauty. When I’m still, I can see the changes in the color of the landscape, and discover nature I didn’t see at first glance. As I see these things, I hear the desert calling me.

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    NPS Centennial: Endless Exploration on the Blue Ridge Parkway

    My favorite National Park is the Blue Ridge Parkway. It’s wonderful to be able to experience it by car for as little or as long as you'd like. You can take a short drive to refresh your mind when you've got just an hour, or you could spend entire weeks driving and stopping at all the overlooks and park attractions. 

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    NPS Centennial: Exploring the Great Smokies in Tennessee

    I always like to visit the Great Smoky Mountain National Park because it is the most bio-diverse park in the NPS.  With everything from huge, exposed balds and ridge lines to dark and wet coves, the Smokies have it all.  They have just over 800 miles of trails that can give you whatever you want to see while in the woods.  I have been trying to knock out every trail in the Park since I was in college, and I am up to just over 600 miles complete…and don’t want it to end!  For that reason, every trip to the Smokies is my favorite trip.

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    NPS Centennial: Finding Peace in Shenandoah National Park

    Shenandoah National Park is a family favorite and we travel there often. My husband, Eric, and I love it so much that we got married in the park - right off Skyline Drive at Timber Hollow Outlook.  As you see in the photos, I got married in a gray wool suit. I am not very “girly” and it was late November.

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    NPS Centennial: Fun for the Whole Family at Connemara

    My first visit to Connemara was a breezy, blue-skied, late summer day last year. This unique and beautiful National Park offers an astonishing array of activities to enjoy: The opportunity to explore the home of a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, the sweet splendor of a laze-about in open fields with a herd of milking goats, and a gentle trail to Big Glassy with stunning views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Though I’ve enjoyed a wide variety of National Parks over the years, Connemara has easily become a favorite for its diverse offerings that every member of my family will enjoy.

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    NPS Centennial: Getting a Bird's Eye View From Bodie Island Lighthouse

    In late September 2013, I visited the Outer Banks of North Carolina.  One of the highlights of the trip was a stop at Bodie Lighthouse on the Oregon Inlet in Nags Head, NC.  It had recently undergone major renovations that finished at the end of March 2013.  Luckily for me, it was now open for the public to explore the interior of the lighthouse!

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    NPS Centennial: Honeymoon Adventure in the Western National Parks

    For our honeymoon, my wife, Michelle, and I went on a journey westward.  We started in Colorado and looped our way through Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, and Utah visiting friends, family, and National Parks along the way. It was truly an adventure, and a magnificent start to the real adventure that is the rest of our lives.

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    NPS Centennial: Honeymooning in Glacier National Park

    This summer, my wife and I drove 2,210 miles to Glacier National Park in Montana for our honeymoon.  We chose Glacier because we had a friend in Bozeman, Montana that told us about her experience there. After we did some research, we decided that traveling to Glacier National Park would be out perfect honeymoon destination.

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    NPS Centennial: Island Adventures in St. John

    I honestly cannot say what would be my favorite National Park because they’re all wonderfully diverse treasures. I had the unique experience of living on the U.S. Virgin Island of St. John. Did you know that more than half of this stunning island is part of the Virgin Islands National Park?

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    NPS Centennial: Making Family Memories Out West

    I’ve long been a fan of America’s National Parks. This probably began the summer I worked in Yellowstone while I was a college student.  At 21-years-old, visiting Yellowstone was a life altering-experience.  Although I’ve visited quite a few national parks, Yellowstone has remained my favorite.

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    NPS Centennial: Paddling & Birding on the Congaree River

    Growing up in Columbia, South Carolina, I’ve had this somewhat overlooked gem in my backyard my whole life.  My dad loves bird watching, so, as a child, I got to go to the Congaree National Park about four times a year for the seasonal bird counts.

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    NPS Centennial: Running with the Wolves in Yellowstone

    When I was a junior in the biology department at Appalachian State University, I had the wonderful opportunity to travel cross-country throughout the United States, into Mexico and Canada, visiting many state and national parks. Our studies focused on the fauna and flora throughout the U.S. We traveled for 7 weeks.

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    NPS Centennial: Snowy Adventure on the Appalachian Trail

    We had entered the park under clouds and wet, frozen fog. My partner, Turbo, and I left Cosby Knob Shelter around 9:30 a.m., which not exactly an alpine start, and set off into the chilly damp. As we gained in elevation, the snow got deeper and made for slow going. Often, we would fall through the crunchy top layer and sink into deeper soft snow beneath. Then things got interesting…

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    NPS Centennial: The Grand Canyon, an Ethereal Visit

    Zephyr-roughened and patinaed cliffs began to narrow all around.  I watched for the indications of our journey’s end, read where we were in the encyclopedic rocks in my enfeebled way.  Past the friable Tapeats Sandstone, fascinating Vishnu Schist was yards First time reactions differ.  The Grand Canyon.  One of the World’s Wonders.  Stillness pervades my whole self.

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    NPS Centennial: Treasures Abound at Cape Lookout National Seashore

    Cape Lookout National Seashore includes a Visitor Center on the Mainland at Harker’s Island, North Carolina, as well as Shackleford Banks and North and South Core Banks. You can reach the Cape Lookout Lighthouse and Shackleford by ferry (from Beaufort or Harker’s Island), or if you are adventurous, by paddling out on a kayak.

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    NPS Centennial: Wildlife Encounters in Rocky Mountain National Park

    “Whoa, what is that?” I screamed with excitement. “It’s an elk,” my friend Cathy responded.  I had never seen such a creature.  It was amazing, and what made it even more amazing was the beautiful alpine tundra on which the elk and its counterparts were standing.  We had made it…Rocky Mountain National Park. This place was not like anything I had ever seen or experienced before.

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    Old-Fashioned Fun

    When we were kids, summers seemed to stretch out forever, like the taffy we pulled or like the distance to the peaks of the hazy mountains we call home. There was so much fun to be had in cricks and mud puddles, on crawdad hunts or special-ops Hide-and-Seek missions. Whatever we played, we played hard until Dark Thirty … or when mom called us in. For many of us, in generations that we remember as the good old days, the world was our playground—outside was its own resort, the living room was a fort, and when we got together to play … watch out, world. 

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    Old-Fashioned Spring Cleaning

    No one deep-cleaned like my grandma. She would gather her good old reliables, her trusted cleaning supplies she’d used since they were invented probably, and with her patented elbow grease and will power, she’d refresh, restore, and renew the whole house in one day.

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    Old-Fashioned Summer Games to Share with Your Children

    Do you remember those lazy, endless summer days of childhood? A whole afternoon was spent skipping rocks in the creek. You’d lie in the grass, pull a blade, and fashion a horn by pressing your thumbs tightly together. Chalk drawn hopscotch boards colored neighborhood sidewalks in green, pink, and blue.

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    Old Mill of Guilford Established in North Carolina in 1767

    The historic Old Mill of Guilford was founded in North Carolina on Beaver Creek (near Winston-Salem) in 1767 to grind grain for the early settlers of what is now Guilford County. Today, this fully-operational, water-powered grist mill continues to produce all-natural, stone-ground, whole grain foods, just as it has for nearly 250 years.

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    On the Cutting Edge

    Do you carry a knife? What kind is it – traditional, like a “grandpa” pocket knife, or more modern with open assist and a clip? If you spend much time in the Mast Store knife shop, you’ll find that a simple question can open the door to a million and one possibilities. Purchasing a knife is a personal experience, much like choosing a purse for a woman or a wallet for a man. When you visit the Knife Shop at the Original Mast Store in Valle Crucis or the knife collections in any Mast Store location, you’ll want to consider the answers to three basic questions: What is your budget? How will you be using your knife? Do you prefer a folding or a fixed blade?

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    Order Confirmation

    Thanks you for your trust and your business. We'll begin processing your order in just a jiffy. When it arrives in the store and is ready for pickup, you’ll receive an e-mail from that location. In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns regarding your order, please contact our friendly staff at Mast Store Online by calling 1-866-367-6278 or just click here to send them an e-mail.

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    Packing Light for Summer Travel

    Whether you’re flying with your family on a big trip across the country or going on a quick weekend road trip to the beach, smart travelers like to pack light. Not only does it make packing easier, but it makes finding what you need when you reach your destination easy, too.

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    Past and Present are Closely Linked at the Mast Store in Greenville

    Leafing through a stack of old black-and-white photographs of the building that now houses Mast Store Greenville, it’s fun to imagine what it felt like to shop at 111 North Main Street during the mid-20th century. A member of our Mast Store family fills in the blanks with her vivid memories of a beautiful and bustling store full of people and goods making the history of this lovely brick-walled building come to life. How does she know the nuances of this special place? Mary Alice Shand, a youthful 80-years-old, began her career in this very same building in 1951 at the tender age of 16.

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    Patagonia Clothing & Accessories

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    Your Persona Personal Shopper

    Struggling to come up with gifts for those certain individuals on your list? We’ve curated some gifts to suit many personalities in your gifting circle. Read the descriptions, then refer to your list. We bet you’ll see some of these personas that need a check mark by their names. Find them below with our recommendations!

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    Planning Your Trip for a Spectacular Fall Leafing Season

    “Autumn seemed to arrive suddenly that year. The morning of the first September was crisp and golden as an apple,” J. K. Rowling once mused. Local fall foliage predictors are echoing the same sentiment.  Due to drier than usual spring and summer seasons, we're anticipating this year’s color to be more spectacular than we've experienced in many years. Your friends at Mast General Store and the Fall Foliage Primer hope to help you get the most out of your leafing tour this year.

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    Planting by the Moon and by the Signs

    Whether or not you believe that your destiny is governed by the stars, you probably know which astrological sign you were born under, right? Astrology is just an amusement to most of us these days, but to our ancestors, natural astrology was important in predicting seasonal events and weather. Well-informed planters used the position of the sun, moon and the constellations to manage their livestock and crops.

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    Please Take Your Seats – The Show is About to Begin

    Perhaps a better directive would be “please begin planning your itineraries and booking your reservations; the show is about to begin.” As the calendar continues its march to the fall equinox, the anticipation of the changing of the leaves builds. Will this be a good fall color season? How will the recent hurricane affect the leaves? Just what happens to make the leaves change anyway? The answers to these questions will vary depending upon who you ask, where you live, and the types of trees in the general area. To get a better handle on an answer that is applicable for the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains, we contacted Dr. Howard Neufeld at Appalachian State University.

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    Pointer Brands - Over 100 Years of Style and Character from Bristol, Tennessee

    The legacy of Pointer Brands begins with L.C. King. At age 12, L.C. began working at for his uncle's general goods store and four years later, he joined his brother in the wholesale dry goods business. A salesman there for 25 years, L.C. decided to strike out on his own and develop a clothing line that reflected his love of the outdoors.

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    Prepping Your Garden for Spring Planting

    I’ve been planning my 2019 garden “grow-list” since summer. Been mulling over varieties I loved, waffling on giving poor-show plants a second chance or not, and basically mapping out 2019 in my garden-crowded head … and dreaming.  Because that’s what we gardeners do. Dream. A lot. 

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    Press Release: Mast Store Now Interviewing for Full-Time & Part-Time Positions - 01-23-20

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    Putting Your Garden to Bed

    A good cleanup in the fall is well worth your while for a healthy, vital garden next spring. Get started by pulling up vegetable plants such as tomatoes, squashes, peas, and beans. Compost the disease-free ones; put sickly or blighted ones on the burn pile or discard away from the garden. Pull up and put away garden stakes and tomato cages. Don’t forget to clean up dead or declining annuals... and remember marigolds, calendulas and zinnias are easy to grow next year, from the seeds you save.

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    Putting Your Garden to Bed

    A good cleanup in the fall is well worth your while for a healthy, vital garden next spring. Get started by pulling up vegetable plants such as tomatoes, squashes, peas, and beans. Compost the disease-free ones; put sickly or blighted ones on the burn pile or discard away from the garden. Pull up and put away garden stakes and tomato cages.  Don’t forget to clean up dead or declining annuals... and remember marigolds, calendulas and zinnias are easy to grow next year, from the seeds you save.

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    QMT - Hand-Tuned Windchimes Made in Virginia

    QMT Windchimes originated in the Florida craft show circuit in the early 1980s. Mike Throne camped in the back of his van and traveled to craft shows selling different products, including wind chimes from a local producer. When his source for chimes dried up, Mike began to build his own handmade wind chimes, with an eye toward quality and continually improving his designs.

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    Rainbow Sandals

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    Remembering the Valle with Blanche Hodges Kohnle - Part One

    Last year, a beautiful, petite, and cheerful 96-year-old woman and her son stopped by the Mast Store in Asheville and visited with us for a while. Many Mast guests with rich histories and even richer stories pass through our doors every day, but this guest was particularly special because she holds the keys to the history of our beloved Valle. Valle Crucis – the birthplace of Mast General Store.

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    Remembering the Valle with Blanche Hodges Kohnle - Part Two

    Reflecting on her own childhood, Blanche describes her dad, Clingman Hodges, as “the greatest musician”. He mastered the banjo, mandolin, and auto harp . Each morning, he’d awaken the children for school and their mother’s fresh made biscuit breakfast by picking a cheerful tune on the banjo.

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    Resolve to Make 2017 a Year of Giving

    There’s that moment each year after all of the gifts are unwrapped and the last of our Christmas dinner leftovers have been put away that I find myself alone in our living room. “The children are nestled all snug in their beds,” the multi-colored tree lights bounce off the hardwood floor in a cheerful rainbow, and I’m flanked by a snoozing dog and cat, thinking to myself, “Is Christmas over already?” Within days, I’m preparing for the new year and am faced with a new set of questions: “What will 2017 look like?” “How and where will I invest my time in the New Year?”

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    Rosebud Salve – A Family Favorite Since 1892

    The original Rosebud Salve is still prepared the same way as when it hit the shelves in 1892. Like Cloverine Salve, this old-time ointment was sold door to door - the typical distribution method for remedies at the turn of the 20th century.

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    Safely Scrub-A-Dub-Dub with American Made SallyeAnder Soaps

    The SallyeAnder Soaps story started 30 years ago when the creators’ infant son couldn’t tolerate the bath products on the market. Everything the couple tried irritated his skin, and so the Minetto, NY natives decided to make their own gentle and natural soap for their son. The results were spectacular for them, as well as many other families, and the soap rapidly gained in popularity. A few years later, the couple quit their day jobs, and started SallyeAnder Soaps, selling their American-made, all-natural soaps across the globe.

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    Salem Baking from Winston Salem, NC to Your Door

    Coveted ingredients. Classic recipes. Crafted with care. These are the hallmarks of the Old World Moravian baking tradition, a celebration of pure and cherished flavors. Since 1930, Salem Baking Company has proudly carried on this tradition, because they believe using only the finest and essential ingredients is still the best way to convey the naturally vivid flavors in everything they bake.

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    Saving the Last of the Harvest

    Fall finally made it, and with that, it’s time to pick over the tomatoes, beans, peppers, and whatever else you might have lingering in your gardens one last time. You’ll want to savor what you can as it’s fresh off the vine, but what do you do with the excess? We have a few ideas.

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    Savoring the Journey with Frank and Peggy

    We all want to invest our lives in the things we love. For Frank and Peggy, their great love in life, in addition to each other, is exploring the outdoors together.

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    Savoring the Last Days of Summer

    You know the summer is coming to a close when the sunflowers start to droop in the heat of the noonday sun. Checking in with a large field of cheery sunflowers near the Mast Store World Wide Headquarters, it’s clear from the sleepy blooms that summer is ever so slowly fading. Before we get back into the swing of another school year, here are a few of our favorite ways to enjoy the last days of summer.

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    Shake Off the Winter Blues!

    Taking a break and focusing on what makes us happy every now and then is vital to our well-being, mentally and physically. And that can look like many things, but there are a few tried and true ways we know to beat the winter blues— taking time for self-care, enjoying some comfort food, and having a little bit of fun. 

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    Share the Warmth with Mast Store and Columbia

    There’s a decided chill to the temperatures, so Winter is just around the corner. Mast Store is helping Share the Warmth in all its communities by holding a coat collection now through November 30. Columbia Sportswear, Mast Store’s vendor partner, is making a donation of new coats, jackets, and fleeces to keep the chill away, too.

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    Shipping Information

    SHIPPING INFORMATION Mast General Store offers several options for receiving your order including shipping by FedEx and USPS as well as in-store pickup.

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    Simple & Delicious Holiday Appetizer Recipes

    This past weekend, dear friends of ours invited us to a “12 Appetizers of Christmas” party. Each of the families that were invited brought an appetizer to share. Guests brought sweet and savory dishes that made for a delicious and very celebratory feast. Below, you’ll find a few simple recipes from our Mast Store family that you might want to share at your next family gathering or party with friends this holiday season.

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    Sizzling Summer Entertaining

    Summer means enjoying more time outside playing, relaxing, and spending time with friends and family. It also means it's time for easy-breezy summer fare. With fresh fruits and veggies in abundance and loads of simple summer recipes, you'll have this backyard entertaining thing down pat. And we can help. We're sharing our favorite simple and sizzling summer recipes for your culinary delight. Trust us, these are gold! 

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    Smart Travelers Get a Head Start on Fall Weekends in the Mountains

    Gardens are bearing the last of their summer gifts. Children awaken early for hours filled with learning. The length of sunlight shortens with each passing day. Some mornings there’s a familiar crisp scent in the air reminding us that fall is fast approaching. Knowing this beloved season is quickly come and gone, it’s never too early to plan your autumn excursion to the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains.

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    Smartwool - From the Colorado Rockies to You

    The SmartWool story started on a rugged Colorado ski slope with the belief that toes didn’t have to be cold. One simple pair of Merino socks challenged the conventional wisdom and forever changed the way outdoor enthusiasts looked at their feet. It’s not just about the Merino, though. It’s what Smartwool does with it that makes their product different. For over 20 years, they've been pushing the boundaries of Merino to create smarter, more capable products from head to toe.

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    Sock Monkeyin' Around

    LaVerna arrived for work in the Home and Hearth Department at the Asheville Store one morning and watched carefully as a woman casually walked through the store with two companions.

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    Some of Our Favorite Urban Hikes

    In casual conversation, when someone mentions they are going for a hike, our mind quickly envisions a narrow path winding through tall trees and rhododendron thickets. But, there can be different kinds of hikes – ones that take you through the city, around town, and even through time. Greenville, Asheville, and Waynesville are home to urban adventures that families and historians will enjoy.

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    "Southeast Discovery" and the Southern Way of Life

    In March of 2012, Southeast Discovery, "The Retirement and Second Home Blog", wrote an article exploring the richness of Mast General Store - our history, values, people, and the things we care about. Here's a snippet of their post. Click through at the bottom to read more.

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    Southern Fried Cotton Clothing & Accessories

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    Southland in the Springtime

    It’s been said that “there’s something about the southland in the springtime.” New baby goats are arriving weekly at the Carl Sandburg National Historic Site in Flat Rock, NC. A pair of house finches who crafted a tidy nest on my porch weeks ago are now awaiting the arrival of their 5 chicks. The cherry blossom tree in the front yard is heavy with pink blooms. Everywhere you look, new life is bursting forth as winter transitions into spring.  Our Mast Store communities are also celebrating the season with activities the whole family will enjoy. Below is an offering of a few of the many events we’re looking forward to enjoying this April.

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    Spend the Night Under the Stars

    So, when was the last time you spent the night under the stars? Can you remember roasting marshmallows and making s’mores? What about spinning ghost stories by the glow of the campfire? If it’s hard to remember, then we’d like for you to mark your calendars for the National Wildlife Federation’s Great American Campout. Since 2005, the fourth Saturday in June has been celebrated with tents in backyards and a public campsites. Won’t you take the pledge?

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    Spooner Creek from Milwaukee to You

    Spooner Creek is the artwork of Michael Macone expressed in clay. He has been making pottery for over 30 years, and his work is featured in collections around the world. Michael’s mother was an artist and encouraged his gift at an early age. She taught him to oil paint in 4th grade. He always kept busy with art and sold his first paintings to neighbors and family friends.

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    Spring Birding Made Easy

    Some folks consider birding the best scavenger hunt available to mankind.  Last year, we explored Backyard Birding Made Easy. This year, we’re going to apply those principles to birding in the great outdoors. In celebration of the National Parks System’s 100th year, we’ve included a few tips on where to seek out and how to successfully identify birds in the woods and along the trail in a National Park nearest you.

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    Spring Cleaning, But Outside

    Warmer temperatures beckon us all to shake off the winter blues, put on a light jacket, and head outside. The call of spring is a primal urge to celebrate the end of the long nights and short days, to be outside again feeling the warmth of the sun, to begin anew. In this season of renewal, many of our local partners need your help to welcome residents and visitors who are also experiencing the whispers calling them to explore.

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    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.

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    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! 

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    Stanley – Loved By Generations

    Though it’s made great strides in mass appeal over the past decade, the vacuum steel bottle is not a new product. Well over 100 years ago, a Massachusetts man, William Stanley, invented this ingenious bottle. With over 100 patents to his name, Stanley was a major inventor during the golden age of electric development. Thanks to this prolific engineer, we have the pleasure of enjoying our cold drinks staying cold and our hot beverages remaining piping hot due to Stanley’s ingenious all-steel vacuum bottles.

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    Stop By and See Us Along America's Favorite Drive

    Late Summer is a magnificent time of year to enjoy the Blue Ridge Parkway. In fact, you could string together a trip through the mountains, soak in their beauty and rich history, and also find time to meander into your favorite Mast General Store at many stops along the Parkway.

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    Summer Road Trip With the Furry Children

    Taking the family for a summer road trip oftentimes includes the furry children. Kennels and pet sitters are costly and no one wants to leave the four-legged family members out of the fun. Your friends at Mast General Store are here to offer some tips that will help make your summer adventure a safe and enjoyable one for the furriest members of your family.

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    Sweet Hearts for Sweethearts Day: Mast Store's 2019 Hunger Campaign Enjoys 16th Year

    This year’s Be a Sweetheart campaign runs February 9th & 10th. All Mast Store locations will ask guests to open up their sweet hearts and help us make a sizeable donation to our food security partners. For each pound of candy purchased, Mast Store will donate a $1. Thus, we are encouraging guests to scoop up a traditional, sweet gift of candy for the sweethearts in their lives this Valentine’s Day and help us give back to our communities in heartwarming and meaningful ways.

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    Sweetness Made in Savannah

    Ted Dennard is the founder, president, and head beekeeper for Savannah Bee Company. An elderly beekeeper, Roy Hightower, sparked young Ted’s journey in the magical world of bees and honey, and it’s been 35 years of it ever since.

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    Tervis - America's Favorite Tumbler

    Let’s take a little trip back in time. It’s 1946. Detroit. Engineers Frank Cotter and G. Howlett Davis hit on something big: they harness the natural insulating powers of air to create a permanently sealed, double-walled tumbler. Finally, a way to keep hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold. This outstanding innovation changed the drinkware industry forever.

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    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.

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    The Autumnal Rumpus is Upon Us

    Beginning with a few random leaves on your lawn in early to mid-September, October cascades into a brilliant wash of color, flaming our hills and valleys with hues we can only dream of creating with a paintbrush. Enter Mother Nature, the master artist. Her palette of reds, golds, greens, and russets creates quite a spectacle, and the changing fall foliage never fails to delight us.

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    The Holidays Revisited

    For my family, the holiday season isn’t complete without a reading of Dylan Thomas’ “A Child’s Christmas In Wales”. Everyone’s favorite ornament on the tree is a wide-mouthed Santa who, when you squeeze his cheeks, offers a chocolate kiss. And each stocking gets a beautiful, large navel orange in the bottom of the toe, just like my Swedish cousins have done for generations.

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    The Mast Store Knife Shop Celebrates its Grand Opening at the Original Store

    This Father’s Day weekend, we’re celebrating an exciting new addition at Mast General Store. The Knife Shop is re-energizing what was once a feed/potato-grading room in the Original Store. This upcoming weekend officially marks the Knife Shop Grand Opening in Valle Crucis, with three days of events that will surely delight the dads, as well as knife enthusiasts, in your life.

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    Therefore Be It Resolved, the New Year is Here

    Have you ever wondered where the practice of making New Year’s Resolutions started? According to History.com, it’s a practice that’s at least 4,000 years old. The Babylonians made promises to the gods to pay their debts and to return items they had borrowed to curry favor. The Romans changed the calendar to start the New Year in January, named for the god Janus, who had two faces – one looking into the past and the other focused on the future. 

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    There's Going to Be an Eclipse - August 21, 2017

    The most anticipated event of the century is happening on Monday, August 21. For the first time in almost a century, a total eclipse of the sun will sweep across the United States from the coast of Oregon to the coast of South Carolina. Astronomers and serial eclipsers are heading to the Path of Totality, a 70-mile wide band where the moon’s shadow will totally block the sun.

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    Therm-a-Rest – Invented By Seattle Engineers

    The year was 1971. Seattle aerospace giant, Boeing, announced its largest layoff in company history, resulting in 50,000 people losing their jobs. So devastating was the impact on the local population, that a now infamous billboard near the SeaTac airport read, “Will the last person leaving Seattle, please turn out the lights?”

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    The Secret to Giving the Perfect Gift

    Last week we explored “How to Select the Perfect Host Gift." This week we offer shopping tips for all the other wonderful people in your life… from your family member, who seems to already have one of everything, to that special someone, who sometimes leaves you stumped. We’ve checked in with our Mast Store gift-giving experts to help unravel the mystery of finding the perfect gift for just about anyone on your Christmas list.

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    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.

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    This Place is Deeply Rooted on Sacred Ground

    Sitting on a wide wrap-around porch lined with rocking chairs, gazing out over open fields and gardens just beginning to be planted, a certain calm falls over you. A gentle breeze wafts hints of what’s for supper, and the general quiet provides ample opportunity for reflection or for spirited conversation. The Valle Crucis Conference Center is a long-time hub in the community and a place where individuals and groups seeking to reconnect, center, or grow from near and far find a sanctuary.

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    Tilley Hats: A Friend for a Lifetime

    Alex Tilley, the founder of Tilley Hats, became frustrated when he couldn’t find a good sailing hat. He decided to oversee the making of some proper hats for himself and other Toronto sailors. He wanted the hat to float, stay on, not to shrink, last indefinitely, and look good. He didn’t realize that such a thing was considered impossible.

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    Tips for Photographing Wildflowers

    Poet Alice Oswald said about the season: "Spring, when the earth tilts closer to the sun, runs a strict timetable of flowers." As the earth is renewing itself, many of us are finding more time to spend outside. One of those is Heather, the Mast Store photographer. When she ventures out on hikes, she loves to capture wildflower beauty she encounters along the way. This week's blog features some of her tips to help improve your photography. 

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    Top 13 Gifts Under $25

    Whether your family caps gift values, you're secret Santa-ing, or you're looking to get quality gifts without breaking the bank, Mast Store has a baker's dozen of our top sellers under $25 that will still have you holding steady in your spot as #1 gift-giver . . . and we tacked on our top 5 that are just a few dollars more in case you want to stretch that budge a bit. 

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    Top 7 Valentine's Day Gifts!

    Love is in the air! But unless you want it to be even colder this Valentine's Day, that love better be in a nice gift bag too. Don't worry, though, we got you. We've compiled our top 7 choices for treating your sweetheart to a special gift that's sure to please-- and keep the cold at bay.

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    Top 8 Things You'll Need for Perfect Front Porch Sittin'

    Sitting on the front porch is as iconic as a white picket fence— and it’s just as much a part of the American dream too.  A dream we are lulled into by listening to the sounds of cicada and crickets, drowsily watching the night lit up by lightning bugs and filtered moonlight, and rocking back and forth to the rhythm of times gone by.

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    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.

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    Trending for Fall

    The calendar may say summer, but fall is the word of the day. New arrivals for the upcoming season are arriving daily. As trends do, everything old is new again. Many of this fall’s fashion trends are remakes of styles from a not-too-distant past. Mast Store’s fashion sense tends to embrace the classics because you can never go wrong there. But you will see some of the trends represented in our fashion and footwear departments. Let’s have a look.

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    Try Nanny's Sour Cream Pie This Thanksgiving

    If you’ve ever been to Mast Store Hendersonville or enjoyed reading the Fall Foliage Primer over the years, you’re probably familiar with the smiling face below. Janet retired from Mast Store a few years ago and was an invaluable part of our family for over 17 years. Her beautiful autumn photos and leaf gazing updates kept visitors to Western North Carolina abreast of the changing mountain colors in the Hendersonville area year after year.

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    Upcoming Events You Won't Want to Miss

    Sometimes during the winter, you need an excuse or a gentle nudge to pull yourself away from the comfortable couch. We’ve come up with a few events happening in Mast Store communities that may be just the ticket for you.

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    Upcoming Fall Events in Area State & National Parks

    The Indian Summer we’ve been experiencing in the southeast is slowly coming to an end. As we continue to celebrate this Centennial Year of the National Parks, we offer a few suggestions for fall events for the whole family in these beautiful places. Our State and National Parks offer much to enjoy and explore the first weekend in October.

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    Valuable Advice for Incoming College Freshmen

    Embarking on a college career is an exciting, and often daunting, venture. Few folks forget the mixed emotions we felt as we prepared for our freshman year in higher education. As the new school year edges ever closer, we’ve reached out to our Mast Store associates for their best advice for incoming college freshmen. Our contributors attended universities, as well as technical and community colleges.  From college seniors, newer college graduates, and those who've completed their education a few years ago or many decades ago, we hope you or someone you love will benefit from their words of wisdom.

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    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.

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    Volunteering in the National Parks

    Throughout 2016, we’re celebrating the 100th anniversary of the National Park System by exploring the history of the parks, offering ideas about how to Find Your Park in the southeast, as well as tips to help you make the most of your park adventure.

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    We Arrived on April 30, 1980

    On a cool spring day in 1980, April 30 to be exact, a young family arrived in the mountains of North Carolina. After a long drive from Florida in a UHaul and a pickup truck, they were about to begin their lives' work in an old general store. In this short video blog, you'll hear what their first impressions in Faye's own words.  

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    We Can Do This

    Mast Store believes in recycling. And recycling on a grand scale - that’s why we have homes in historic buildings along bustling Main Streets in vibrant downtowns. We recycle internally, too, like using the back sides of our white paper for accounting forms or documents that will remain in-house. But we know we can do better … and we want to help others do better, too. That’s why we spent an afternoon at the Watauga County Recycling Center – to learn the best practices to keep the recycle loop looping.

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    We're Celebrating 16 years of Land Trust Day on June 1st!

    John Muir said, “Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.” That sentiment is even truer today in our fast-paced, stressed-out, move-move-move world. We need, we require, the healing touch of nature for mind, body, and soul. But not everyone has access to green spaces and undeveloped land.  

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    We're In This Together

    General stores have always been there for their communities. Now, we need everyone to be there for all.

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    What's In Style for Spring 2018

    We believe the cold weather is mostly behind us now, so we can actively look ahead to freshening up our wardrobes with new colors, patterns, and designs. While you won’t see any of the extreme fashions that wandered down the runway in New York, you will see many of the trends that are inspired by cutting-edge designers.

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    What's It Like at a Photo Shoot?

    Mast Store’s ads have changed over the years. From the text-only representations from the 1920s and 1940s to the image-rich digital and print advertisements you see today, they are still tasked with communicating a message and sharing our values. We’re going to pull back the curtain, just a little, to give you a glimpse of what happens at a photo shoot.

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    White Mountain Puzzles – A Family Tradition Made in Vermont

    In 1978, the same year that Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream was founded in Vermont, two entrepreneurs in New Hampshire started a small poster company that evolved into White Mountain Puzzles.

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    Winkler Knives - Made in Boone, NC

    Master Bladesmith Daniel Winkler and his longtime partner/wife Sheath Maker Karen Shook own and operate Winkler Knives. Daniel Winkler has been making knives and axes since he was in high school and has evolved into one the nation’s top knife makers. His handiwork is in use by police, firefighters and special operations units across the world. They have been featured in movies, such as LAST OF THE MOHICANS, on television, and written about in numerous publications. Your first impression may be, now that’s an expensive knife, but let’s take a look at why.

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    Winter Layering Tips - Part Two

    Last week, we explored the basics of layering to help you stay warm and dry in winter weather. This is the most important place to start because a warm core sends blood to the rest of your body and helps keep your extremities warmer, too. This week, we offer a few tried and true tips for pant layers in addition to ways to protect your neck, face, fingers, and feet.

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    Woolrich, Woven True, Then & Now

    Woolrich has an incredible, storied history and has long been a favorite of Mast General Store. This heritage brand has been synonymous with quality outdoor clothing for over 185 years.  Fifty-three years before the Original Mast Store opened our doors in Valle Crucis, North Carolina, Woolrich's founder, John Rich, constructed his first woolen mill in Pennsylvania in 1830. The history that unfolded in tandem with the growth of Rich's woolen mill is an incredible story with deep American roots.

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    Your Dog is Looking Forward to Spring, Too

    Just like you, your dog is eager for the coming of spring. He or she is dreaming of long walks and hiking adventures to discover new places and activities. They probably need to work their way up to that longer adventure, too. Let’s see what to do.

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    Pomp & Parade, Bonfires & Illuminations

    Fireworks of a sort have always been a part of 4th of July celebrations, beginning with mock funerals of King George III to celebrate the birth of independence. On July 4, 1777, ships at the docks in Philadelphia fired cannons in a 13-gun salute. Here's a list of colorful and booming celebrations for 2022.

  • Blog (Friday, June 24, 2022)
    Rock-A-Bye, Camper, Under Treetops

    The Great American Campout takes place Friday, June 24 – Saturday, June 25. Sponsored by the National Wildlife Federation, the event is designed to connect campers of all stripes across the country with nature, wildlife, and each other.

  • Blog (Friday, June 10, 2022)
    Forests, Fairies, Fish, and Pinball: Fun with the Family in Hendersonville

    Hendersonville may be nicknamed “The City of Four Seasons,” but this picturesque mountain town especially stands out in the summertime. With kid-friendly attractions, top-notch restaurants to suit all tastes, and charming accommodations within walking distance of downtown, it makes the ideal destination for a family weekend getaway.

  • Blog (Monday, May 16, 2022)
    What's in a Land Trust?

    Land trusts are non-profit organizations that work with landowners and other associations to help save our land heritage, create open spaces, protect wetlands and wildlife habitats, and provide recreational opportunities for everyone. On June 4, all Mast Store locations will host representatives from a community land trust partner. To support the important work that they do, each store will donate 20% of that day’s sales to its partner conservancy.

  • Blog (Friday, May 13, 2022)
    It's Wedding Season

    Weddings are big events bringing together members of two families to celebrate their union into one bigger family. There’s usually a ceremony, probably some drama, good food, maybe a little drink, and stacks of gifts. We’ve pulled together several thoughtful gifts that are perfect for any couple requesting your presence at their nuptials.

  • Blog (Monday, May 9, 2022)
    Workin' for Livin'

    If you’re a child of the ‘80s, you might remember “Workin’ for a Livin’,” a song by Huey Lewis and the News that paid tribute to the work-a-day folks that keep our lives moving forward. The same sentiment can be applied to the work of land trusts – they are workin’ for OUR livin’.

  • Blog (Friday, April 29, 2022)
    Everyone Should Hug a Tree for History, Health, and Happiness

    Today is Arbor Day, and we’re celebrating the beauty and symbolism trees lend to our world. Take a look at this tree-themed trivia from across our region. We hope the facts will inspire you to hug a tree or, especially, plant one in honor of all that trees do for us and our environment! 

  • Blog (Wednesday, April 20, 2022)
    Thinking Outside the Bin - Part 2

    The good news is that our recycling trend has improved in the United States over the past several decades. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, Americans recycled less than 10 percent of their household waste in 1980. In its most recent data from 2018, the EPA found that we now recycle slightly more than 32% of it.

  • Blog (Wednesday, April 20, 2022)
    Thinking Outside the Bin - Part 1

    Recycling is a comprehensive process. Many of us are familiar with the basic “3 R’s” that describe it: Recycle, Reduce, Reuse.

  • Blog (Wednesday, March 30, 2022)
    Energizing the Virtuous Cycle 

    The virtuous cycle is a series of events that tends toward equilibrium. It reinforces itself through a feedback loop to grow, expand, and increase its effectiveness. As it relates to recycling, we must be willing to buy recycled goods to create demand for recycled items, which makes the manufacturing of recycled goods desirable. 

  • Blog (Friday, March 11, 2022)
    A City on Track

    If you’ve never been to Roanoke, Virginia, you wouldn’t realize just how much a railroad defines the city. Series of rail lines consolidate and cut through the northern edge of downtown. They span east and west across the mountain valley where Roanoke lies. The same rail that built the city into the place it is today will carry those stories along the track into its future and, at the same time, bring new stories along the way. 

  • Blog (Friday, February 25, 2022)
    Main Street Mouse Hunt

    A key to a mysterious quest lies within the Greenville Mast General Store. It’s a treasure map of sorts. Only the treasure is likely not what you’d expect. Instead of gold, jewels, or ancient artifacts, on this journey, everyone is searching for mice. 

  • Blog (Tuesday, February 1, 2022)
    A Sweet Valentine's Feast: Mast Store's "Be a Sweetheart" Enters 19th Year

    For 19 years now, Mast Store has matched each pound of bulk candy purchased during its Be a Sweetheart event with a $1 donation to our food security partners. A dollar purchases 3, 5, 7, even 10 hearty meals for someone experiencing food insecurity. This Valentine's Day, show your love on many levels - to your sweetheart and to the local community. 

  • Blog (Friday, January 21, 2022)
    A Hot Spot to Gather

    We’ve all said the phrase, “If these walls could talk, what stories they would tell.” That could be said about many places and perhaps the walls themselves – think about Russia’s famous Amber Room if it’s ever found. Much closer to home, we started wondering about the iconic centerpiece of the Front Room at the Original Mast General Store. Just what is the story of the pot-bellied stove?

  • Blog (Wednesday, January 5, 2022)
    A Little Sweet History

    Twenty-five years ago, on January 9, 1997, the Candy Barrel officially became a part of the Mast General Store. This is the backstory of how it happened. 

  • Blog (Thursday, December 23, 2021)
    Accidental Christmas Traditions

    The holidays are here with all of their pomp and circumstance, parties and decorations, traditions and food. Many of the celebrations around the holidays have their roots in ancient Christian beliefs and pagan festivals. But there are some that are, well, accidental.

  • Blog (Wednesday, December 1, 2021)
    Share the Warmth Throughout the Month of December

    The hustle and bustle of the holiday season are upon us. As we bundle up to ward off the sting of the winter winds, we realize how truly fortunate we are to have a warm coat and hat. Some of our neighbors aren’t quite as lucky. This year is the 17th anniversary of our Share the Warmth Coat Campaign sponsored by Columbia Sportswear.

  • Blog (Monday, November 15, 2021)
    Comfortable Fall Colors at Winter's Doorstep

    Famously hot Columbia is just right for fall color enjoyment. The steamy temperatures of summer are a distant memory and snowflakes are nowhere to be found on the itinerary. While the fall colors may not be as readily evident, there are beautiful places to get fully immersed in autumn’s glory.

  • Blog (Monday, November 8, 2021)
    Holiday Planning Guide

    It’s the most wonderful time of the year … and it’s the most hectic time of the year, too. Gifts to buy, boxes to wrap, meals to cook, rooms to decorate, cards to write – the list could go on and on. Outside the general lists are the special occasions and events not to miss. We’ve collected several of them in one spot to make it easier to add them to your calendars.

  • Blog (Monday, November 8, 2021)
    A Tale of Twin Cities

    Intricate stars twinkle from cottage doorways, behind the opaque attic windows of bakeries and blacksmith shops, under the arched ceiling of a covered wooden footbridge, and amidst the remnants of crimson and gold foliage lining cobblestone sidewalks. Today, Moravian stars are found throughout Winston-Salem and are welcome harbingers of the holiday season.

  • Blog (Monday, November 1, 2021)
    Fall in the Magic City

    Beautiful fall colors in the mountains make it a season of magic, especially in Roanoke. Known as the Magic City in the late 1800s because of its incredible growth linked to the railroad, the city is still the star of the Blue Ridge with outdoor adventure around every turn along with dining and entertainment opportunities to fill every itinerary.

  • Blog (Monday, October 25, 2021)
    Halloween Happenings

    They say that Halloween is the spookiest time of the year. Legend warns it’s when the veil between our world and the afterworld is thin and spirits can easily pass from one side to another. We don’t know about that, but we do know it’s one of the “funnest” times of the year. Check out these family-friendly events in our local communities.

  • Blog (Monday, October 18, 2021)
    Harvest Season Getaway in Hendo

    The arrival of railroads in the western part of North Carolina was a lifeline for farmers and loggers. They also opened up these once-isolated communities to travelers and adventurers from the lowcountry, the piedmont, and even places in the nearby foothills. 

  • Blog (Friday, October 15, 2021)
    Walk, Hike, Run, and Give – Food for Kids

    Did you know that one in four kids within parts of Mast Store’s region don’t have access to adequate nutrition?... Or that $1 can provide as many as ten meals for a family that struggles to feed their children on a daily basis?... Or that this year, through its annual Food for Kids campaign, Mast General Store is donating $15 for every pair of Merrells sold to a food bank in your community to feed children?

  • Blog (Monday, October 11, 2021)
    Wonderful Waynesville

    The seat of Haywood County, Waynesville, sits at the Gateway to the Smokies. It is surrounded by the Pisgah National Forest and skirted by the Blue Ridge Parkway. Needless to say, if you are up for adventure, this small town is close to it all, even if your definition of adventure means exploring art galleries, enjoying tasty cuisine, or sampling local brews.

  • Blog (Monday, October 4, 2021)
    We Know You'll Fall for Greenville

    Greenville, South Carolina, is a city that has undergone a recent and oh-so-familiar “downtown revitalization.” While these city projects have varying degrees of success, in Greenville’s case, the revitalization has blossomed into a full-fledged revival. There is much to love about this beautiful city, especially in the fall. 

  • Blog (Monday, September 27, 2021)
    Autumn in Asheville

    Asheville, North Carolina, has been a haven for travelers since the 1800s. The beautiful colors of fall beckon visitors from far and near, but there’s much more to do than just wander about in an expansive real-life Monet painting. Prepare for an expansive itinerary, too.

  • Blog (Monday, September 20, 2021)
    High Color in the High Country

    The fall season officially arrives this week. While it is often bittersweet – summer is so hard to say goodbye to - but autumn is full of beauty, activities, and seasonal flavors that our reluctance is soon overcome with excitement. The High Country is where our heart is, and it's where a fall itinerary can be filled as quick as a blink.

  • Blog (Tuesday, September 14, 2021)
    Fall-Themed Adventures in Knoxville

    It’s beginning to feel and look a lot like fall – cooler temperatures, clearer skies, and pumpkins, lots of pumpkins. While it’s sad to see summer drawing to a close, it’s always exciting to see what fall has to offer. Here are a few ideas to help you Fall for Knoxville over the next several weeks. 

  • Blog (Friday, September 3, 2021)
    Friends Day is September 11 in all Locations

    Mast Store’s Friends Day returns on September 11 with new partners and old friends alike. This day of giving recognizes organizations that work in each of our hometowns to activate volunteers around beautiful community assets which contribute to residents’ quality of life and the economic viability of the region. Mast will donate 10% of the day's sales to our partners.

  • Blog (Tuesday, August 17, 2021)
    Knoxville Store Celebrates 15 Years on Gay Street

    Turn back the clock 15 years. Downtown Knoxville was a completely different place – devoid of people strolling the sidewalks with coffee cups in hand, cars waiting for other cars to pull out of parking spaces, or restaurants open on the 4th of July. So much has changed since August 17, 2006.

  • Blog (Monday, July 26, 2021)
    11 Must Haves for Back to School

    It’s difficult to believe, but it’s back-to-school time already. We know back-to-school shopping is going to be particularly difficult this year because of shortages, but this is a time to think creatively to find substitutes and perhaps items that students didn’t know they needed for school.  

  • Blog (Thursday, July 1, 2021)
    America, Made out of Many

    The Fourth of July is the perfect time not only to celebrate but also to reflect on what makes us American. We’re a unique people – to say the least – and among the best of our traits is that we’re a diverse people represented by the familiar but too often forgotten motto, “E pluribus unum.” Out of many, one.

  • Blog (Tuesday, June 15, 2021)
    Wandering into Roanoke's Way Back When

    Guess what. We opened our newest “old” location during the height of the pandemic. We were asking ourselves, “Have we gone mad?” There were so many hurdles to jump and challenges to overcome, but we had a great staff and everything was in place and ready. And it’s been open for a year now.

  • Blog (Thursday, May 27, 2021)
    5 Reasons to Love a Land Trust

    We know you have questions about land trusts: What are they? How do they work? Where are they located? Who can help with their work? What’s in it for me? All good questions, especially that last one because there’s something in their work for all of us! 

  • Blog (Monday, May 24, 2021)
    Celebrating 10 Years in the Real Southern Hot Spot

    The heart of any city is its downtown, where restaurants, boutiques, lawyers, hair salons, theaters, and many more enjoy the bustling hum of commerce. On May 25, 2011, Main Street welcomed an unconventional new retailer to its growing chorus of Downtown Columbia institutions when the Mast General Store opened its doors.  

  • Blog (Monday, April 19, 2021)
    Celebrating our Mother on Earth Day 2021

    Earth Day 2021 marks the 51st observance of this day set aside to reflect upon our home planet. April 22 was originally selected as the date to invite student participation. It was a day between spring break and final exams when young people could come together to learn more about their, OUR, impact in our “living room.” 

  • Blog (Monday, April 5, 2021)
    Celebrating 30 Years Along Waynesville's Main Street

    April 13, 1991, was a big day for Waynesville and the Mast General Store. As the doors swung open, so started a journey for the town and for the Store that is filled with long-term relationships and maybe a little bit of magic. This year, Mast Store celebrates being a part of the Waynesville community for 30 years.

  • Blog (Monday, March 29, 2021)
    From Brown-Rogers-Dixson to Mast Store in Winston-Salem

    When you go to your local downtown, do you ever stop to think of the events that transpired there? Downtowns are gathering places, the heart of the community, and where history happens and can be observed in the small events of every day. Let’s take a look at the interesting history of the Mast Store’s building in Winston-Salem.

  • Blog (Friday, March 12, 2021)
    A Harvest of History in Winston-Salem

    If you are walking just about anywhere in Downtown Winston-Salem, you are in the midst of history. In some locations, it is pretty obvious, like Old Salem, but in others, we need to dig just a little bit deeper. Nonetheless, North Carolina’s fifth-largest city has a lot to crow about.  

  • Blog (Sunday, March 7, 2021)
    The Last Days of Winter Hiking

    The winter months are not just for curling up with a good book in front a crackling fire. They are great for hitting the trails. Your favorite trails will show you new views. It’s a great time to discover new trails, too, when there aren’t as many hikers out and about. Here are a few of our favorite winter hiking spots that make us say, “Don’t hibernate, getting outside in the winter is great!” 

  • Blog (Tuesday, February 23, 2021)
    Mast Stores are Open for Business

    “The rumors of my death are greatly exaggerated.” You may be acquainted with this quote that is widely – and inaccurately - attributed to Mark Twain. Apparently, it is also being used in reference to some locations of the Mast Store. Well, we are here to report that the rumors of our closing and going out of business are, indeed, greatly exaggerated. 

  • Blog (Monday, February 1, 2021)
    5 Reasons to Give Chocolate on Valentine's Day

    Which came first – Valentine's Day or chocolate? And why is chocolate such a popular gift on Valentine's Day? Candy, and chocolate, in particular, is so popular that purchases of chocolate total over 58 million pounds during Valentine's week alone. Now that's A LOT of chocolate!

  • Blog (Friday, January 22, 2021)
    Five Ways to Beat the Winter Blues

    Five weeks of winter in the books and seven more to go. Longer nights, cold temperatures, and gray days all figure into a general feeling of sadness and depression. But, there are steps you can take to reduce its effects. Here are five ways to escape the winter blues.

  • Blog (Monday, January 11, 2021)
    It's Not Selfish to Take Care of Yourself

    The New Year is here. Are you still keeping your New Year's Resolutions? If you're like most of us, probably not. But, let's think about something that is important for your family, your friends, and your co-workers. It's self-care. You did read that correctly; self-care is important to others. Let's take a look.  

  • Blog (Tuesday, December 29, 2020)
    Cooking to Welcome the New Year

    Here we are about to put another year in the books. How can 365 days pass by so quickly? Wait, we're referring to 2020; it couldn't pass fast enough! With the New Year just hours away, it's time to take steps toward a year filled with good luck.  

  • Blog (Friday, December 18, 2020)
    Christmas Cheer Then and Now in Winston-Salem

    When Mast Store’s newest old location opened its doors in Winston-Salem in May of 2015, we had the pleasure of meeting a woman with close ties to 516 North Trade Street. Her father worked in the building that boasted one of the largest retail and wholesale companies in the South: Brown-Rogers-Dixson (B-R-D). Originally posted 12/2/2015

  • Blog (Monday, November 16, 2020)
    7 Ways to Make Your Socially-Distanced Thanksgiving Notable

    It’s plain to see. This year’s Thanksgiving is going to be very different. Family gatherings are being discouraged, and if you are getting together, it is recommended that meals be enjoyed outside. With resolve and creativity, we can find small things to be thankful for and make this Thanksgiving memorable.

  • Blog (Wednesday, June 10, 2020)
    Summer Camp at Home

    You've mastered being a teacher. Now it's time to pick up a different mantle – camp counselor. Whether you're “hosting” a day camp, overnight camp, or just a weekend experience camp, this blog has ideas for “programming” to keep your campers engaged and happy.

  • Blog (Thursday, April 30, 2020)
    We Arrived on April 30, 1980

    On a cool spring day in 1980, April 30 to be exact, a young family arrived in the mountains of North Carolina. After a long drive from Florida in a UHaul and a pickup truck, they were about to begin their lives' work in an old general store. In this short video blog, you'll hear what their first impressions in Faye's own words.  

  • Blog (Wednesday, April 22, 2020)
    Boredom Buster #3

    Who's ready for another diversion or two? By now, our new routines are, well, routine. Get up, make coffee, fix breakfast, send the students to school in one corner of the living room, and set up the office on the kitchen table. This week's Boredom Busters will revisit a skill that many of us have let slip in the days of GPS, offer up a few podcasts, and send a jigsaw puzzle or two your way.

  • Blog (Tuesday, April 14, 2020)
    Grab a Bite at the Store

    Back 40 years ago, you couldn't grab a bite to eat in the Valle. It meant a drive to Boone or to Banner Elk or to Mountain City over in Tennessee. That is until John and Faye Cooper decided to open the Mast Store Deli. Sandwiches and soups were served in the back of the store. Here's a little of that story, including a bit of it in Faye's own words.

  • Blog (Thursday, April 9, 2020)
    Mast Store Memories: A Look Back at 1980

    What were you doing 40 years ago? The year was 1980, and the country was in the middle of the hostage crisis in Iran, facing a recession, and trying to solve the mystery of who shot J. R. Ewing. That’s the big picture, but what was happening in Valle Crucis, NC? Maybe it was a little magic. We’re stepping into our time machine and turning back the clock for a look at the rebirth of the Mast General Store. 

  • Blog (Wednesday, April 8, 2020)
    Boredom Buster #2

    We hope everyone enjoyed a little yoga, fixed a nice extra special meal one night, and then threw down at a big dance party. We are all wearing lots of hats these days – from small business CEO and the school's head master to the top chef and building custodian. That means its even more challenging to get everything done and to have a little spare time for fun. This week we have a few more suggestions to shake up your stay-at-home routine with activities and a movie night.

  • Blog (Wednesday, April 1, 2020)
    Boredom Buster #1

    If the situation was different, we would all be excited to spend time at home. We are all in this together, and we’ll make it through it with creativity and grace. We’ll be offering a few ideas to break up the boredom and routine while you’re spending more time at home for the next few weeks. Let’s get started! 

  • Blog (Thursday, March 26, 2020)
    Gift Cards for Good

    One of the traditions John and Faye Cooper established as soon as they could afford to after re-opening the Original Mast Store in Valle Crucis was giving back to the community. Over the years, that tradition has grown and now includes organizations and causes in three major categories – human needs, arts and education, and conservation across all our home communities. That tradition is continuing, but this year, we need your help. That's where Gift Cards for Good comes in.

  • Blog (Friday, March 20, 2020)
    We're In This Together

    General stores have always been there for their communities. Now, we need everyone to be there for all.

  • Blog (Wednesday, February 19, 2020)
    Grandma's Must Have Beauty Products

    Do you remember visiting your grandma's house and getting a cut or a scrape? She knew just what to do to help. If you looked in grandma's pocketbook, we bet you'd find a whole arsenal of beauty and health supplies to keep her looking great from sun up to sundown. And they had other uses above and beyond outward health and beauty. It just so happens that many of grandma's go-tos are popular today, too!

  • Blog (Wednesday, January 29, 2020)
    Be a Sweetheart at Mast Store February 8 & 9

    This year’s Be a Sweetheart campaign runs February 8th and 9th. For 17 years, sweethearts have doubled their gift giving by embracing the greater community in their expression of love. For each pound of candy purchased on these two days, Mast Store will donate $1 to a food security partner.

  • Blog (Wednesday, January 22, 2020)
    9 Valentine's Day Gifts They'll Love

    Warning, warning … Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching. Now’s the time to make your gift selections to surprise your Valentine. We’ve scoured our stores to come up with nine gifts – some traditional and some you may never have considered for Valentine’s Day. We think they’ll connect with what’s important to your loved one and, by extension, to you, too. Let’s get started.

  • Blog (Thursday, December 26, 2019)
    Therefore Be It Resolved, the New Year is Here

    Have you ever wondered where the practice of making New Year’s Resolutions started? According to History.com, it’s a practice that’s at least 4,000 years old. The Babylonians made promises to the gods to pay their debts and to return items they had borrowed to curry favor. The Romans changed the calendar to start the New Year in January, named for the god Janus, who had two faces – one looking into the past and the other focused on the future. 

  • Blog (Wednesday, December 4, 2019)
    2019's Top 13 Gift Ideas

    The holidays – it’s a time when lots of questions are asked. How do reindeer fly? How does Santa visit everybody’s house all on one night? And what would be a good thing to get John, Susan, and Beth? While the answers to the first two questions will require a lot of research and debate, Mast Store has the answers to the last question. Here are our top 13 gift ideas for 2019.

  • Blog (Wednesday, November 6, 2019)
    Fall Foliage Primer - November 6, 2019

    This is the final Fall Foliage Primer of the year. It looks like Knoxville, Greenville, and Hendersonville still have some locations of high color. Other reporting spots - Boone/Valle Crucis, Asheville, and Waynesville - have some spotty color (particularly Oaks, which are in their glory right now, and some Maples). There are still lots of activities to get out and enjoy, too. Check out what our reporters have to suggest as well bid you a fond farewell until next year. 

  • Blog (Monday, November 4, 2019)
    Check Your Closets and Share the Warmth

    There is a Japanese proverb that says, “One kind word can warm three winter months.” If a kind word can be so powerful, what can a kind action do? Colder weather is on the way, so coats, hats, and gloves are needed to be ready for it. During the month of November, Mast Store and Columbia Sportswear are partnering for the fifteenth time to Share the Warmth Coat Collection in our home communities

  • Blog (Wednesday, October 30, 2019)
    Fall Foliage Primer - October 30, 2019

    We are reaching the peak! All locations can safely report that Fall is HERE! Some locations - like Valle Crucis and Boone - are just past peak, but still have pockets of incredible color, while other locations - like Greenville and Knoxville are just beginning to reach their highest color show. And there's lots in between in Waynesville, Asheville, and Hendersonville. It's our favorite time of year! Colder weather is on its way everywhere this week, so no matter where you're visiting, be sure to bring a jacket, a fleece, and a raincoat. The weather this time of year changes quickly. Take a look to see the fun activities to enjoy this week. 

  • Blog (Wednesday, October 23, 2019)
    Fall Foliage Primer - October 23, 2019

    It's week five of the Fall Foliage Primer and the color is beginning to show itself all over. Frost is likely in the Boone/Valle Crucis, Waynesville, and maybe Hendersonville areas later in the week, which will hasten the color change. Temperatures are perfect for leaf viewing, but there may be some showers, so remember your jackets. Check out this week's recommended events and activities. We're sure you'll find some of them to be "spooktacular." 

  • Blog (Friday, October 18, 2019)
    Food for Kids is Food for Thought (and Action)

    The U. S. Department of Agriculture defines food insecurity as “the lack of consistent access to enough food for an active, healthy life.” Merrell Footwear, an active lifestyle brand, joins the Mast Store for the eleventh year in 2019 to provide Food for Kids (October 21-November 3), a cause that supports funding the weekend food efforts in each of Mast Store’s home communities.

  • Blog (Wednesday, October 16, 2019)
    Fall Foliage Primer - October 16, 2019

    It's week four of the Fall Foliage Primer and we're beginning to see some changes. The higher elevations around Boone and Valle Crucis had a light frost earlier in the week. Festivals in all locations abound for the weekend, so there's a lot of things to do. AND, we believe you may begin seeing even more color with the frost being on the pumpkin, so to speak, and the cooler temperatures. Get out and enjoy the beautiful season! 

  • Blog (Wednesday, October 9, 2019)
    Fall Foliage Primer - October 9, 2019

    It's week three of the Fall Foliage Primer and it seems that the march to fall color is now marking time in all locations. Everywhere had a cool snap early in the week, with some places having some much-needed rain. Mother Nature's paintbrush is still finding its way into the scenery, just slowly, but there are a number of fun events on the list of things to do. Check out what our reporters recommend for this week. 

  • Blog (Wednesday, October 2, 2019)
    Saving the Last of the Harvest

    Fall finally made it, and with that, it’s time to pick over the tomatoes, beans, peppers, and whatever else you might have lingering in your gardens one last time. You’ll want to savor what you can as it’s fresh off the vine, but what do you do with the excess? We have a few ideas.

  • Blog (Wednesday, October 2, 2019)
    Fall Foliage Primer - October 2, 2019

    This week's second edition of the Fall Foliage Primer finds color appearing in splotches but not big swaths. Some can be seen along the highest ridgelines and some roadways and landscaped areas. Flowers, pumpkins, and vines are also adding to the fall decor. Click on in and find out what our reporters have to suggest for the coming weekend.

  • Blog (Wednesday, September 25, 2019)
    Fall Foliage Primer - September 25, 2019

    The first edition of the 2019 Fall Foliage Primer is here. While the most prevalent color observed is still green, there are tinges of orange, red, and yellow beginning to be revealed, especially in some of the higher elevations. Plus, some of the best "color" can be found and experienced in many of the wonderful fall festivals that happen in our local communities. Check in to see what our reporters are recommending this week. 

  • Blog (Wednesday, September 18, 2019)
    Fall Festivities to Fill Your Calendar

    As the tilt of the earth moves us a little farther from the sun, the calendar fills with outdoor festivities to celebrate the fall turning of the leaves, the end of harvest season, and the culinary arts. We’ve searched our communities for festive and fun suggestions to add to your fall itineraries.

  • Blog (Wednesday, September 11, 2019)
    We Can Do This

    Mast Store believes in recycling. And recycling on a grand scale - that’s why we have homes in historic buildings along bustling Main Streets in vibrant downtowns. We recycle internally, too, like using the back sides of our white paper for accounting forms or documents that will remain in-house. But we know we can do better … and we want to help others do better, too. That’s why we spent an afternoon at the Watauga County Recycling Center – to learn the best practices to keep the recycle loop looping.

  • Blog (Wednesday, September 4, 2019)
    Hot Trends for Cool Fall Days

    It’s hard to believe that it’s time to make the closet changeover from summer to fall. If you choose carefully among last year’s trending styles, you can update your look by adding a few key items from this year’s emerging course. Let’s get started.

  • Blog (Wednesday, August 28, 2019)
    Mast Store Celebrates Friends' Day September 7, Donates 10% of Sales to Community Partners

    The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines friend as “a favored companion; one that favors or promotes something.” Woodrow Wilson once said, “Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together.” The Mast Store is pleased to count several active community groups among our circle of friends, and on September 7th, we’ll introduce you to some of them and will make a donation to support their efforts.

  • Blog (Wednesday, August 21, 2019)
    Mission: Make A Lot of Saw Dust

    Stepping out on the front landing of Mast Store’s worldwide headquarters, you’ll hear what sounds like millions of bees droning away in their hives. On occasion, there’s a decidedly metal sound amongst the whirring, and then it might be followed by a loud crack or two. That’s the sound of a new “old” location coming together. This week we’re taking a look behind the scenes at preparations for opening our store in Roanoke.

  • Blog (Wednesday, August 7, 2019)
    7 Essentials for Back to School

    It seems like back-to-school time comes faster and faster every year. The summer fun has just begun, and then it’s time to pore over checklists and see what still fits in the closet. We’ve put on our thinking caps, inverted and multiplied, and come up with the least common denominator list of essentials that most anyone headed back to class will need.

  • Blog (Wednesday, July 31, 2019)
    Sizzling Summer Entertaining

    Summer means enjoying more time outside playing, relaxing, and spending time with friends and family. It also means it's time for easy-breezy summer fare. With fresh fruits and veggies in abundance and loads of simple summer recipes, you'll have this backyard entertaining thing down pat. And we can help. We're sharing our favorite simple and sizzling summer recipes for your culinary delight. Trust us, these are gold! 

  • Blog (Wednesday, July 24, 2019)
    Made in SC

    South Carolina has given us a lot of great products. You might be surprised what our sister state has in store on our shelves.

  • Blog (Wednesday, July 17, 2019)
    Made in TN

    Our Tennessee roots have given us many wonderful products over the years. Some of these you'll recognize as THE go-to for the items they create. Mast is proud to work hard to find quality products and manufacturers so we can bring you the best of the best in our local communities. 

  • Blog (Wednesday, July 10, 2019)
    Made in NC

    With our roots right here in the Tar Heel state, Mast Store has many connections to local manufacturers, artisans, and crafters. From food to footstools, and everything in between, we've curated quite the collection of homegrown goodness to fill our shelves and serve our customers. 

  • Blog (Wednesday, July 3, 2019)
    Mast Store Brings You the Best Made in USA Products  

    It's time to celebrate the birth of a nation—and we can think of no better time to call out the great selection of products we carry that are made right here in the USA, some not too far from our front doors! That's right. You'll find local items, hand-crafted, bottled, stitched, or hewn right in your area as well as quality goods from across the US. Our Made in USA collection has gotten quite extensive and continues to add more and more fabulous products that we're proud to carry-- and you'll be proud to own.  

  • Blog (Wednesday, June 19, 2019)
    Summer Reads

    For many of us, summer is our vacation time, time away from the hustle and bustle, time to relax, time to dig in to that TBR (To Be Read, for those who don't have one piled three miles high) stack and read all the delicious books we've just been itching to devour. To help you choose some great reads this summer, we asked our employees what they will be reading and shared that with you here. Whether you're looking for a steamy escape, an engrossing whodunit, or a thought-provoking nonfiction piece, our recommendations offer a little something for everyone. So, take a gander at what we're reading, and maybe you'll find something to add to your own TBR pile this summer! 

  • Blog (Wednesday, June 12, 2019)
    A Few of Our Favorite Hikes

    Do you find yourself staring out the window, daydreaming about being outside enjoying the sunshine, listening to the birds sing, and seeing what wildflowers are in bloom? Well, you are not alone, not by a long shot. When we’re not at work, we’re out enjoying those same things. This week we’ve asked our staff members to share some of their favorite places to hike. Next time you’re in the “neighborhood,” check one of these adventures out.

  • Blog (Wednesday, June 5, 2019)
    Father's Day Favorites

    Just what do you get the man who gives his all? It's a conundrum sometimes to think of the perfect gift for your awesome dad. After all, he's done so much for you over the years, and you want to show how much you appreciate the love, the sacrifice, the joy he has brought to your life. 

  • Blog (Wednesday, May 29, 2019)
    Old-Fashioned Fun

    When we were kids, summers seemed to stretch out forever, like the taffy we pulled or like the distance to the peaks of the hazy mountains we call home. There was so much fun to be had in cricks and mud puddles, on crawdad hunts or special-ops Hide-and-Seek missions. Whatever we played, we played hard until Dark Thirty … or when mom called us in. For many of us, in generations that we remember as the good old days, the world was our playground—outside was its own resort, the living room was a fort, and when we got together to play … watch out, world. 

  • Blog (Wednesday, May 22, 2019)
    This Place is Deeply Rooted on Sacred Ground

    Sitting on a wide wrap-around porch lined with rocking chairs, gazing out over open fields and gardens just beginning to be planted, a certain calm falls over you. A gentle breeze wafts hints of what’s for supper, and the general quiet provides ample opportunity for reflection or for spirited conversation. The Valle Crucis Conference Center is a long-time hub in the community and a place where individuals and groups seeking to reconnect, center, or grow from near and far find a sanctuary.

  • Blog (Wednesday, May 8, 2019)
    Gifts for All Mom's Moods

    It's time to pay special attention to the woman in your life who loves you unconditionally. No, not Mrs. Buttersworth. Mom!  It's almost Mother's Day! I know, it's LAST-minute time on gifts, but we have you covered. Read on to see our gift ideas for mom in all her moods. 

  • Blog (Wednesday, May 1, 2019)
    Put the Shoe on the Other's Foot

    During the month of May, Mast asks that you join us as we reach out into our communities and fill a need: shoes.  

  • Blog (Wednesday, April 24, 2019)
    It's Festival Time!

    The hills, and mountains and towns, are alive with the sound of music ... and the beauty of blooms, the talents of local artists, and delicious wafts of delectable treats. From music to food, popular festivals are happening near you soon. We’re highlighting several in our communities that you won’t want to miss.

  • Blog (Wednesday, April 17, 2019)
    All Day, Every Day, Earth Day

    With Earth Day approaching, we are turning our attention to what we need to be looking at every day. What can I do today to lessen my impact on the earth? After all, it is the only one we have AND the only place you can find chocolate. As it turns out, there’s a lot we all can do, and there are many considerations our vendors are working into their business practices too.

  • Blog (Wednesday, April 10, 2019)
    We Are Not Alone

    “In nature, nothing exists alone.” — Rachel Carson, 1962 Our world is changing. Maybe there was a boat leaving Middle Earth that we missed. But you don’t need Galadriel to tell you that mankind is having an effect on the planet. And despite chilling warnings and obvious struggles around us as Nature fights to survive humanity, we continue to pollute and punish the earth and, as a direct result, ourselves.

  • Blog (Wednesday, April 3, 2019)
    Old-Fashioned Spring Cleaning

    No one deep-cleaned like my grandma. She would gather her good old reliables, her trusted cleaning supplies she’d used since they were invented probably, and with her patented elbow grease and will power, she’d refresh, restore, and renew the whole house in one day.

  • Blog (Wednesday, March 20, 2019)
    Prepping Your Garden for Spring Planting

    I’ve been planning my 2019 garden “grow-list” since summer. Been mulling over varieties I loved, waffling on giving poor-show plants a second chance or not, and basically mapping out 2019 in my garden-crowded head … and dreaming.  Because that’s what we gardeners do. Dream. A lot. 

  • Blog (Wednesday, March 6, 2019)
    Spring Cleaning, But Outside

    Warmer temperatures beckon us all to shake off the winter blues, put on a light jacket, and head outside. The call of spring is a primal urge to celebrate the end of the long nights and short days, to be outside again feeling the warmth of the sun, to begin anew. In this season of renewal, many of our local partners need your help to welcome residents and visitors who are also experiencing the whispers calling them to explore.

  • Blog (Wednesday, February 27, 2019)
    Top 8 Things You'll Need for Perfect Front Porch Sittin'

    Sitting on the front porch is as iconic as a white picket fence— and it’s just as much a part of the American dream too.  A dream we are lulled into by listening to the sounds of cicada and crickets, drowsily watching the night lit up by lightning bugs and filtered moonlight, and rocking back and forth to the rhythm of times gone by.

  • Blog (Wednesday, February 20, 2019)
    Shake Off the Winter Blues!

    Taking a break and focusing on what makes us happy every now and then is vital to our well-being, mentally and physically. And that can look like many things, but there are a few tried and true ways we know to beat the winter blues— taking time for self-care, enjoying some comfort food, and having a little bit of fun. 

  • Blog (Wednesday, February 13, 2019)
    Enjoy a Snow Day!

    Cold winter days don't mean you have to stay inside. There’s a whole new world dressed in glistening white to discover. There are winter activities for you to enjoy no matter your activity level or expertise. If you can walk, there’s something for you. So, head over to your closet and pull out those layers; we’re going to make a plan to make snow days the best days! But, you better hurry, there’s only about four or five more weeks to enjoy a good “snow day.” Read on for ways to enjoy a winter wonderland.

  • Blog (Wednesday, February 6, 2019)
    Top 7 Valentine's Day Gifts!

    Love is in the air! But unless you want it to be even colder this Valentine's Day, that love better be in a nice gift bag too. Don't worry, though, we got you. We've compiled our top 7 choices for treating your sweetheart to a special gift that's sure to please-- and keep the cold at bay.

  • Blog (Wednesday, January 30, 2019)
    Sweet Hearts for Sweethearts Day: Mast Store's 2019 Hunger Campaign Enjoys 16th Year

    This year’s Be a Sweetheart campaign runs February 9th & 10th. All Mast Store locations will ask guests to open up their sweet hearts and help us make a sizeable donation to our food security partners. For each pound of candy purchased, Mast Store will donate a $1. Thus, we are encouraging guests to scoop up a traditional, sweet gift of candy for the sweethearts in their lives this Valentine’s Day and help us give back to our communities in heartwarming and meaningful ways.

  • Blog (Wednesday, January 23, 2019)
    Leaving After 32 Years, But With Us Forever

    Looking back at 1986, it was a year filled with notable events including the return of Halley’s Comet on its second 20th-century tour through the solar system, the national debut of the Oprah Winfrey Show, and the explosion of the Space Shuttle Challenger just 73 seconds after liftoff. On a much more local level, an employee came to the Mast Store whose work can be seen in EVERY store today and whose influence will be around for a long time to come. Years of sanding, staining, designing, and building are drawing to a close for Ronnie with retirement on the horizon, but as we look around, we’ll see him every day!

  • Blog (Wednesday, January 9, 2019)
    Chews Your Favorite Oldies . . .

    Daaaa-gum! They're baaaaack! Beeman's, Black Jack, Clove. Get 'em while we got 'em!

  • Blog (Wednesday, January 2, 2019)
    New Year, New You, No Resolutions

    Tabula Rasa. What a wonderful phrase. But it doesn't mean "no worries." It does, however, mean just what we often need-- a blank slate, a reset, a doorway we step through into a brighter, unmarred future. But are we really prepared to fill that slate with resolutions that, even as we make them, ring hollow and loom too large an undertaking?

  • Blog (Wednesday, December 26, 2018)
    COOKING FOR THE NEW YEAR

    Reblogging this classic for your culinary pleasure . . .  Here we are about to put another year in the books. How can 365 days pass by so quickly? With the New Year just hours away, it's time to begin preparing to greet the New Year in a traditional way in order to have a full year of good luck. 

  • Blog (Wednesday, December 19, 2018)
    Holiday Survival Training

    Do you know how many accidents happen around the holidays? I don’t either, but I’ve heard it’s a lot. Trees dry as dust, overloaded electrical doohickeys, dinner left unattended until the fire department shows up. The holidays can be dangerous for more reasons than eating too much cheese or hogging the bean dip. So, to keep you from burning more than ye olde Yule log, we’ve got the tips you need to stay safe this holiday season.   

  • Blog (Wednesday, December 12, 2018)
    Holiday Entertaining Made Easy

    My mom is the queen of the holiday spread. She will put before you a feast fit for a king-sized appetite-- and for allowing plenty of leftovers for everyone to take home. This year, I'm looking to impress her with the recipes Mast Store has shared with me and have her take home some of these fan favorites I know she'll love. These are for you, mom, and for everyone looking to whip up holiday entertaining without breaking the bank or a sweat! Bon apetit! 

  • Blog (Tuesday, December 4, 2018)
    Top 13 Gifts Under $25

    Whether your family caps gift values, you're secret Santa-ing, or you're looking to get quality gifts without breaking the bank, Mast Store has a baker's dozen of our top sellers under $25 that will still have you holding steady in your spot as #1 gift-giver . . . and we tacked on our top 5 that are just a few dollars more in case you want to stretch that budge a bit. 

  • Blog (Wednesday, November 28, 2018)
    Your Persona Personal Shopper

    Struggling to come up with gifts for those certain individuals on your list? We’ve curated some gifts to suit many personalities in your gifting circle. Read the descriptions, then refer to your list. We bet you’ll see some of these personas that need a check mark by their names. Find them below with our recommendations!

  • Blog (Wednesday, November 21, 2018)
    November 24th is Small Business Saturday!

    Did you know that some of your favorite Mast Store brands are the products of small businesses? That’s right. Mast Store supports local small businesses and artists and prides itself on sharing great products and talent with our customers. For this year’s SBS, we’d like to highlight a few of those wonderful brands that bring us all such great quality products right in our own backyards!

  • Blog (Wednesday, November 14, 2018)
    Holiday Happenings

    It’s that time of year again when we bring you tidings of comfort and joy—and all the info on holiday events.  From local parades to meeting Santa himself to all the lights to see, our communities are just brimming with the spirit of the season and good cheer! So, come all ye faithful and find just the holiday events that make your season bright!  Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas, and Happy Holidays from the Mast family to yours!

  • Blog (Wednesday, November 7, 2018)
    Fall Foliage Primer - November 7, 2018

    It's the seventh installment of the 2018 Fall Foliage Primer and the final report for the season. Many locations are reaching their peak colors now - like Greenville, Asheville, and Hendersonville - and Knoxville is still reaching for its peak. You'll find many events to enjoy in all areas and who knows, you might even start thinking about another kind of tree that stays green all year. 

  • Blog (Friday, November 2, 2018)
    It's Time to Share the Warmth with Mast Store and Columbia During the Month of November

    You don’t have to be a fan of Game of Thrones to know that winter is coming. It’s in the air, fogging up the window panes and biting at noses and hands. And that means coats and warm accessories are needed in the community. Mast Store is ready to Share the Warmth in all its communities by holding a coat collection now through November 30. 

  • Blog (Wednesday, October 31, 2018)
    Fall Foliage Primer - October 31, 2018

    It's Halloween, and we bet you'll see some colorful characters throughout the day. It's also Week 6 of the Fall Foliage Primer. There is still an amazing amount of color throughout all reporting areas. Asheville, Hendersonville, and Knoxville are still reaching toward their peak colors in this unusual fall. The Boone and Valle Crucis area are beginning to lose leaves, but there are still surprises around many corners. And, you'll still find plenty of fun events to enjoy everywhere. Check it out!

  • Blog (Wednesday, October 24, 2018)
    Fall Foliage Primer - October 24, 2018

    It's hard to believe that we are in the final full week of October and the fall colors are just now beginning to appear. In the Valle Crucis/Boone area, this will likely be the best weekend to view the colors. Other areas are still reaching toward their peak. With the colder temperatures, the color change will be speeding up as will the leaf dropping activities. There are still lots of things to see and do, but plan your visits soon. 

  • Blog (Wednesday, October 24, 2018)
    These Old Boards Have Seen A Lot

    A few weeks ago, we celebrated the 135th anniversary of a legend – the Original Mast Store in Valle Crucis. We played old-timey games; we sampled apple butter; we listened to some good music. But have you ever wondered what the building itself thinks of all the people who travel out Broadstone Road and Highway 194 for a visit. Well, we did too, so we asked.

  • Blog (Wednesday, October 17, 2018)
    Fall Foliage Primer - October 17, 2018

    It's amazing what a few days of cooler weather will do! Here in Week 4 of the Fall Foliage Primer, we are FINALLY seeing a bit of color. All locations are experiencing fall-like temperatures, which are bringing out the leaves' true colors. Festivals, like the Woolly Worm Festival and 50th Anniversary of the Carl Sandburg Home,  and hikes along the Blue Ridge Parkway, on the UNC-Asheville Campus, and at Table Rock Park should be on your itinerary. See what else our reporters have to recommend.

  • Blog (Wednesday, October 10, 2018)
    FOOD FOR KIDS 2018 MARKS TEN-YEAR PARTNERSHIP WITH MERRELL FOOTWEAR

    "Have you eaten?" That's the secret code for love and care in many families, but it's a question of real consequence for more people than many realize. That's why Mast Store is partnering with Merrell Footwear and local food agencies to turn the answer to that question into a resounding "yes" in our communities, especially for one of the most vulnerable populations, our children.  

  • Blog (Wednesday, October 10, 2018)
    Fall Foliage Primer - October 10, 2018

    It's Week Three for the 2018 Fall Foliage Primer. More color is appearing, but it is appearing slowly. Most areas will have rain through the middle of the week, but the weekend will be great for getting out to local farmers' markets, music festivals, state and national park tours, or a drive along your favorite country road. All locations are filled with abundant color - it's just not from the leaves quite yet. 

  • Blog (Wednesday, October 3, 2018)
    Fall Foliage Primer - October 3, 2018

    Week two of the 2018 Fall Foliage Primer finds that someone has pushed the pause button on the colors ... and fall temperatures, too. There are spotty colors in some of the highest elevations of the mountains, but if you know where to look, there's still fall color to be had. Look for events, mushrooms, vines, and the late blooms of summer. Check out what our reporters are recommending this week. 

  • Blog (Wednesday, September 26, 2018)
    On the Cutting Edge

    Do you carry a knife? What kind is it – traditional, like a “grandpa” pocket knife, or more modern with open assist and a clip? If you spend much time in the Mast Store knife shop, you’ll find that a simple question can open the door to a million and one possibilities. Purchasing a knife is a personal experience, much like choosing a purse for a woman or a wallet for a man. When you visit the Knife Shop at the Original Mast Store in Valle Crucis or the knife collections in any Mast Store location, you’ll want to consider the answers to three basic questions: What is your budget? How will you be using your knife? Do you prefer a folding or a fixed blade?

  • Blog (Wednesday, September 26, 2018)
    Fall Foliage Primer - September 26, 2018

    Welcome to the 2018 Fall Foliage Primer. As in most years, we are starting out mostly green, but surprisingly some color is beginning to appear. Don't let that stop you from visiting, though. All of our communities have a plethora of fun special events to enjoy - from music to food and football to haunted happenings. Read on to see what our reporters are suggesting to enjoy the first full weekend of fall. 

  • Blog (Wednesday, September 19, 2018)
    Tastes of the Season: Fall Farmers' Markets

    Fall is here! The bridge between summer and fall is full of delicious possibilities: the last heirloom tomatoes and sweet corn linger, pears and sweet potatoes start to arrive, and more apples than you can name can all be found at your local farmers’ market.

  • Blog (Wednesday, September 5, 2018)
    Friends' Day 2018

    A friend is someone you can call on when you need help, support, or to celebrate a milestone. Each September, the Mast Store celebrates friends in each of its communities that are working to create special places and to positively affect the local economy. On September 8, all Mast Stores will host volunteers from the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, the Friends of the Smokies, the Friends of the Reedy River, Palmetto Conservation Foundation, and Old Salem Museum and Gardens. At the end of the day, each location will donate 10% of the day’s sales to our community partner.

  • Blog (Wednesday, August 29, 2018)
    Chihuly at Biltmore Estate

    After nearly two years of planning and installation, the collaborative efforts of the Biltmore Estate and renowned American artist Dale Chihuly have resulted in one ambitious glass exhibit, Chihuly at Biltmore. It is the first art exhibition at Biltmore’s gardens and the first garden exhibit of Chihuly in North Carolina. See how these works complement and contrast with the remarkable layout of the grounds designed well over a century ago by revered landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted, whose portrait by John Singer Sargent prominently hangs in “America’s Largest Home.” 

  • Blog (Wednesday, August 22, 2018)
    24 Hours in Boone, NC

    The mayor of Banner Elk proclaimed on the day the East Tennessee and Western North Carolina Railroad completed its route to Boone, “I can remember when the only way a person could get to Boone was to be born there.” Some 100 years later, it seems that this mountain town is a popular destination for people seeking an escape from the heat, an outdoor adventure that rivals any in the country, or a cultural experience in local Americana music. If you can only spend 24 hours in Boone, here are some recommendations that are right outside the front door of the Mast Store.

  • Blog (Wednesday, August 15, 2018)
    Let's Ask Francine: How Do You Make Killed Lettuce and Onions?

    Francine loves questions. She writes our Almost Monthly E-mail, which, as the name implies, goes out almost monthly. It starts out like a letter from your favorite aunt with a little update on whatever might be on her mind at the time. Then it goes into events in the stores, new products our buyers are particularly proud of, and community happenings that might just prompt you to plan a trip. Most every time the e-mail goes out, she gets a question or two. This week’s blog includes a couple that she thought might be interesting to share with everyone. Let's get to the questions and her answers.

  • Blog (Wednesday, August 8, 2018)
    Fall Trends Feature Denim & Bold Colors

    Temperatures are moderating a bit after a blistering July. That’s a sure sign that fall is on the way, along with a new wave of fashion trends to embrace the new season. Checking the trends, we’ll see a continuation of some of summer’s general tendencies with a heavy dose of time travel. If you are thinking Back to the Future you’d be in the right decade. Here’s a look at what’s on the runway and what you’ll see featured on our creaking floors.

  • Blog (Wednesday, July 25, 2018)
    What's It Like at a Photo Shoot?

    Mast Store’s ads have changed over the years. From the text-only representations from the 1920s and 1940s to the image-rich digital and print advertisements you see today, they are still tasked with communicating a message and sharing our values. We’re going to pull back the curtain, just a little, to give you a glimpse of what happens at a photo shoot.

  • Blog (Wednesday, July 18, 2018)
    We're KEEN on That!

    According to the MacMillan Dictionary, to be “keen” on something is to be interested in something and enjoying it, especially an activity that you do often. This year, we are keen on helping KEEN celebrate its 15th year of innovation and adventures. As a brand born to get people outdoors, KEEN started its journey by asking “Can a sandal also protect your toes?” In 2003, the answer was a resounding “yes,” and the KEEN Newport was born. Millions of adventures later, KEEN is taking its business to new heights with UNEEK options and an ever-expanding line of shoes to allow you to lead the hybrid life.

  • Blog (Wednesday, July 11, 2018)
    Celebrating Made in USA

    July seems like the perfect time to take a look at items made in the USA. Of course, there are many factors that are considered when adding new products to our shelves, but Mast Store’s buying directive is to look in the local and regional area first, then broaden to national and international sources. Right now, our product mix is 20% Made in the USA, including foods, candy, socks and footwear, home goods, and clothing.

  • Blog (Wednesday, June 27, 2018)
    A Look Back at Summers Past

    You should always take time out for a little fun, no matter what your age. As a result of a conversation just recently, it occurred to us that the definition of fun can change over time. What’s fun for a 10-year-old today might be considered some sort of punishment for a 10-year-old a generation or two back. This blog grew out of that conversation and a question that was asked on your blog writer’s Facebook page. We’re turning back the clock to see what was fun 30, 40, 50, and more years ago. It’s the memories of summer and those days when time moved so slowly we wished some of it away.

  • Blog (Wednesday, June 20, 2018)
    Spend the Night Under the Stars

    So, when was the last time you spent the night under the stars? Can you remember roasting marshmallows and making s’mores? What about spinning ghost stories by the glow of the campfire? If it’s hard to remember, then we’d like for you to mark your calendars for the National Wildlife Federation’s Great American Campout. Since 2005, the fourth Saturday in June has been celebrated with tents in backyards and a public campsites. Won’t you take the pledge?

  • Blog (Wednesday, June 13, 2018)
    Some of Our Favorite Urban Hikes

    In casual conversation, when someone mentions they are going for a hike, our mind quickly envisions a narrow path winding through tall trees and rhododendron thickets. But, there can be different kinds of hikes – ones that take you through the city, around town, and even through time. Greenville, Asheville, and Waynesville are home to urban adventures that families and historians will enjoy.

  • Blog (Wednesday, June 6, 2018)
    Winkler Knives - Made in Boone, NC

    Master Bladesmith Daniel Winkler and his longtime partner/wife Sheath Maker Karen Shook own and operate Winkler Knives. Daniel Winkler has been making knives and axes since he was in high school and has evolved into one the nation’s top knife makers. His handiwork is in use by police, firefighters and special operations units across the world. They have been featured in movies, such as LAST OF THE MOHICANS, on television, and written about in numerous publications. Your first impression may be, now that’s an expensive knife, but let’s take a look at why.

  • Blog (Wednesday, May 30, 2018)
    Gear Up With Columbia PFG

    Few things in life hit their mark like the Columbia Performance Fishing Gear line. These things come about as close to perfect as you can get without actually catching the fish for you.

  • Blog (Wednesday, May 23, 2018)
    Land Trust Day is Set for June 2

    Mark Twain once said, “Buy land, they’re not making it anymore.” It stands to reason, that if they’re not making it anymore, then we should consider it rare and care for it as a collector’s item, making certain that it will be passed on to a new generation. In a nutshell, that’s what a land trust does, and why we should celebrate their efforts because we all benefit from them.

  • Blog (Wednesday, May 16, 2018)
    Add to Your Summer Reading List

    There’s nothing like enjoying a good book under a shade tree with a nice breeze blowing or on a warm sandy beach with the sound of waves crashing on the shoreline. Summer reading runs the gamut from bodice rippers and murder mysteries to non-fiction accounts of our times and classics from long ago. We asked our employees to share some of their recommendations to add to your summer reading list.

  • Blog (Wednesday, May 9, 2018)
    May is Sharing Our Shoes Month

    Spring cleaning is taking place in all Mast Store communities. Windows are being scrubbed; the carpet is getting cleaned; and the closets, well, if you haven’t worn it in a while, it’s probably time to say goodbye to it. Take a good look at your shoes. If they have some miles left in them, we can make it easy for you to put some smiles on some local faces.

  • Blog (Wednesday, May 2, 2018)
    Mast Store's Top 11 Gift Ideas for Mom

    Mother’s Day is a little over a week away, so we know the stress of coming up with something special for your Mom is weighing on you. She is a hard one to find a gift for that’s just right. So, take a few cues from her – what does she like to do, where does she spend a lot of time, is there a gift you can give her to make something easier? Those are just a few of the questions you can ask to come up with the perfect gift, which Mom always taught you should be “thoughtful, useful, or heartfelt.” We think it’s best when they are all three. Here are a few ideas.

  • Blog (Wednesday, April 25, 2018)
    Get-Ready-for-Summer Checklist

    We are eagerly waiting for sun and fun! While the April showers mode continues, we’re actively putting together supplies for a summer filled with outings, laughter, and fun. Here’s a list of items with safety and protection at the forefront, so you can focus more on the fun part.

  • Blog (Wednesday, April 18, 2018)
    Mast Store Celebrates Earth Day Every Day

    When the Earth Day movement started on April 22, 1970, no one knew exactly what was going to happen. Organizing protests and demonstrations relied mostly on word of mouth or passing out leaflets. The actions taken that day included teach-ins, where you could go to learn more about how everyday activities were impacting the planet, trash pick ups, and commuting using people power instead of cars. Listening to the raised voices at schools, on nature walks, and at public gatherings lead to laws and guidelines that cleared the air around Los Angeles of its infamous smog and cleaned up the Cuyahoga River from its days of burning because it was so polluted to an ecosystem that supports many wildlife species. To help do our part, the Mast Store is taking steps to reduce its impact on the earth.

  • Blog (Wednesday, April 11, 2018)
    What's In Style for Spring 2018

    We believe the cold weather is mostly behind us now, so we can actively look ahead to freshening up our wardrobes with new colors, patterns, and designs. While you won’t see any of the extreme fashions that wandered down the runway in New York, you will see many of the trends that are inspired by cutting-edge designers.

  • Blog (Wednesday, April 4, 2018)
    Tips for Photographing Wildflowers

    Poet Alice Oswald said about the season: "Spring, when the earth tilts closer to the sun, runs a strict timetable of flowers." As the earth is renewing itself, many of us are finding more time to spend outside. One of those is Heather, the Mast Store photographer. When she ventures out on hikes, she loves to capture wildflower beauty she encounters along the way. This week's blog features some of her tips to help improve your photography. 

  • Blog (Wednesday, March 21, 2018)
    Your Dog is Looking Forward to Spring, Too

    Just like you, your dog is eager for the coming of spring. He or she is dreaming of long walks and hiking adventures to discover new places and activities. They probably need to work their way up to that longer adventure, too. Let’s see what to do.

  • Blog (Wednesday, March 14, 2018)
    24 Hours in Winston-Salem

    The city of Winston-Salem is reinventing itself daily. From being a tobacco and textile mecca, the city is now a haven of arts and innovation. Many of the old tobacco factories are being reclaimed and transformed into medical research laboratories, technology hubs, and apartments for people wanting to live amongst the re-emerging downtown vibe. But what if you’re not ready to take the deep dive and move to Winston-Salem? We have recommendations on must stops for spending 24 hours in Camel City that are just a short walk or drive from the front door of the Mast Store.

  • Blog (Wednesday, March 7, 2018)
    Planting by the Moon and by the Signs

    Whether or not you believe that your destiny is governed by the stars, you probably know which astrological sign you were born under, right? Astrology is just an amusement to most of us these days, but to our ancestors, natural astrology was important in predicting seasonal events and weather. Well-informed planters used the position of the sun, moon and the constellations to manage their livestock and crops.

  • Blog (Wednesday, February 28, 2018)
    Not Goodbye, but So Long to Waynesville's General Manager

    In a time when careers are measured in single-digit years, it’s truly something to celebrate when a manager of a retail store started on Day One and is leaving 27 years later. Days spent folding hundreds of sweaters are transcending to days gazing at high peaks in Montana and other places across the globe. No matter where Melanee ends up, it’s going to be just another day in paradise.

  • Blog (Wednesday, February 21, 2018)
    Let's Ask Francine: What Was Happening in Valle Crucis in the 1800s?

    Our Almost Monthly E-mail correspondent gets many questions over the course of the year. Many are answered with a quick e-mail back to the inquirer, but sometimes there are questions that might be of interest to more than one individual. That was the case this week when Francine was asked about what was going on in Valle Crucis in the 1800s. Let’s see …

  • Blog (Wednesday, February 14, 2018)
    5 Ways to Escape the Winter Blues

    By now you’ve heard the news – the official weather prognosticating groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, emerged from his burrow and saw his shadow, thus, we’ll have six more weeks of winter. That could be the most depressing news you’ve heard in a while, especially if you suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder, also known as SAD. Longer nights, cold temperatures, and gray days all figure into a general feeling of sadness and depression. But, there are steps you can take to reduce its effects. Here are five ways to escape the winter blues.

  • Blog (Sunday, February 4, 2018)
    Be a Sweetheart is Coming Up February 10 & 11

    All locations of the Mast Store will be asking guests to Be a Sweetheart on February 10 and 11. On these two days, when you purchase your sweetheart’s favorite candy, we’ll match each pound with a $1 donation to our food security partners.

  • Blog (Wednesday, January 31, 2018)
    A Sweet Holiday is on the Horizon

    Next to Halloween, Valentine’s Day is probably the next sweetest day for candy. Americans have a penchant for candy. According to the US Census Bureau, more than 1,850 establishments manufactured chocolate and other confectionery products in 2014. From chocolate bars to licorice, the average American eats around 22 pounds of candy each year. But, do you know the story behind your favorite sweets?

  • Blog (Wednesday, January 24, 2018)
    Upcoming Events You Won't Want to Miss

    Sometimes during the winter, you need an excuse or a gentle nudge to pull yourself away from the comfortable couch. We’ve come up with a few events happening in Mast Store communities that may be just the ticket for you.

  • Blog (Wednesday, January 17, 2018)
    Do Your Feet Hurt?

    Ask any builder. They will tell you how important it is to have a good foundation on which to build your house. That’s exactly what your feet are for the rest of your body, so it is important to make sure your foundation is as sturdy and healthy as it can be. Superfeet helps maintain healthy feet and may mitigate some maladies to make everyday life more enjoyable. Making your feet “super” is quite easy.

  • Blog (Wednesday, January 10, 2018)
    12 Steps to Staying Young at Heart

    Young at heart is defined by Merriam-Webster as thinking and acting like young people; active and having lots of energy. To get an idea of how we can all stay young at heart, I interviewed several of my favorite people who are no longer in their 20s and 30s, but you certainly can’t tell it when you meet them or enjoy their company for a little while. Here’s what they shared.

  • Blog (Wednesday, January 3, 2018)
    Layering 101

    It’s winter, and we’re all ready for some outdoor, sub-freezing, fun. By now, you’ve probably been told that “layering” is the key to staying warm during winter activities, but what exactly does that mean? The simple answer has always been to dress in layers of clothing that you can easily add or take off as temperatures change but, actually, there is more to consider if you want to be truly comfortable in a wide range of weather conditions.

  • Blog (Wednesday, December 27, 2017)
    Here Comes the New Year

    Out with the old and in with the new – 2018 is just a few days away. Many celebrations are planned to bid farewell to 2017 and to embrace all that the New Year has to offer. The roots for some of the celebrations are as old as the hills, so to speak.

  • Blog (Wednesday, November 29, 2017)
    A Mast Store Gift Guide

    This is the time of year when you hope you have lots of scrap paper handy. Adding names, making notes, scratching out other notes, drawing lines to link thoughts – sometimes your gift list can get confusing! Mast Store hopes to help alleviate some of that confusion with this gift guide to at least get you started. It is broken out into different areas of the store to showcase some of the items we think would be appreciated by your lucky recipient.

  • Blog (Friday, November 24, 2017)
    November 25 is Small Business Saturday

    Since 2010, the Saturday after Thanksgiving has been recognized as Small Business Saturday. American Express recognized the impact that small businesses have on the economy, towns, and on our individual lives. By shining a light on the businesses we frequent every day and helping us see them in a whole new light, American Express and many neighborhood and municipal advocates are making Small Business Saturday a day of discovery and rediscovery.   Supporting other small businesses is in the ethos of Mast Store. So, in celebration of Small Business Saturday, we’re showcasing some of our favorite small businesses that you’ll find in most every Mast Store.

  • Blog (Thursday, November 16, 2017)
    Holiday Festivities are Starting Now

    It’s hard to believe that it’s time to begin thinking about serving up the turkey and trimming the tree, but it is. Holiday celebrations begin this weekend. We’ve pulled together a quick list of parades in each of our communities along with other events you and your family may want to put on your holiday itinerary. Let’s get started.

  • Blog (Wednesday, November 8, 2017)
    Share the Warmth with Mast Store and Columbia

    There’s a decided chill to the temperatures, so Winter is just around the corner. Mast Store is helping Share the Warmth in all its communities by holding a coat collection now through November 30. Columbia Sportswear, Mast Store’s vendor partner, is making a donation of new coats, jackets, and fleeces to keep the chill away, too.

  • Blog (Wednesday, November 8, 2017)
    Fall Foliage Primer - November 8, 2017

    Week 7 is the last reporting week for this year's Fall Foliage Primer. As we close the books on the fall color season, Knoxville is just now hitting its peak, as is Greenville. They will enjoy color for a little while longer. Asheville, Waynesville, and Hendersonville are a little past their high color line. There are some pockets of color that will sneak up on you. The Valle Crucis and Boone area are at the beginning of stick season, but that isn't stopping some of the oaks from showing off their true colors. Check the report for some ideas on scenic drives and fun events. Remember, November 11 is Veterans Day.

  • Blog (Wednesday, November 1, 2017)
    Fall Foliage Primer - November 1, 2017

    It's Week 6 of the Fall Foliage Primer, and peak colors are in our sights in Waynesville, Asheville, and Hendersonville. We're betting that Greenville and Knoxville are getting ready to hit the mark in just a little bit. The Boone and Valle Crucis area has passed its peak color, but there are splashes here and there that are surprising. In all areas, the hiking and views are great this time of year and there are bazaars and other events that warrant a visit. Read on...

  • Blog (Wednesday, October 25, 2017)
    Merrell Food for Kids is October 25 - November 7

    If you could do one thing that would help a child do better in school, have a better outlook on life, and be better able to fight disease, would you do it? Having enough to eat helps with all three of those situations and more. That’s why Mast Store, Merrell Footwear, and food security agencies in Mast Store's home communities are partnering again from October 25-November 7 to provide Food for Kids.

  • Blog (Wednesday, October 25, 2017)
    Fall Foliage Primer - October 25, 2017

    Week 5 of the Fall Foliage Primer is seeing more color in all locations. Yep, hard to believe! Asheville, Waynesville, and Hendersonville are stretching to reach peak color in the near term.  The Boone and Valle Crucis areas have some substantial leaf loss, but reds, oranges, and yellows are still popping up and are pretty prominent (particularly in the lower elevations). Greenville and Knoxville are still waiting for lots of color, but it is appearing slowly. All areas have lots of fun events in store including ghost walks, pumpkin carving, and beautiful hikes.

  • Blog (Wednesday, October 18, 2017)
    Putting Your Garden to Bed

    A good cleanup in the fall is well worth your while for a healthy, vital garden next spring. Get started by pulling up vegetable plants such as tomatoes, squashes, peas, and beans. Compost the disease-free ones; put sickly or blighted ones on the burn pile or discard away from the garden. Pull up and put away garden stakes and tomato cages.  Don’t forget to clean up dead or declining annuals... and remember marigolds, calendulas and zinnias are easy to grow next year, from the seeds you save.

  • Blog (Wednesday, October 18, 2017)
    Fall Foliage Primer - October 18, 2017

    Week four is filled with special events, festivals, and fall color. Asheville, Waynesville, and Hendersonville are stretching toward their peak color, while Knoxville and Greenville are still a ways off.  In Valle Crucis and Boone, the color is here and there, with some spots being past peak and others still waiting to begin their final act. Overall, the weather for being outside and enjoying whatever is around the bend is going to be just about perfect everywhere!

  • Blog (Wednesday, October 11, 2017)
    24 Hours in Valle Crucis, NC

    Local historian John Preston Arthur wrote, “There’s a dreamy spell that hangs over this little valley.” That spell is further magnified during the month of October. With eye-popping visuals – think brightly-colored leaves, cattle quietly grazing in pastures, orange pumpkins peering out from amongst their leafy vines – the curvy road that brings you from Boone or Banner Elk is like a portal that slows time to a more relaxing, almost lazy, pace. To take in all of the activities we’re recommending for this 24 hours, you won’t be able to tarry long.

  • Blog (Wednesday, October 11, 2017)
    Fall Foliage Primer - October 11, 2017

    Week three of the primer is seeing a lot more color appearing in the higher and middle elevations. In some reporting locations, the color change really sped up over the weekend. This week is filled with festivals and special events to truly get out and take part in the color change.

  • Blog (Wednesday, October 4, 2017)
    Made in NC

    When Our State magazine started looking for a partner for its 2017 Made in NC contest, Mast General Store seemed like a natural fit. “They believe in many of the same things we do,” said Lisa Cooper, president of Mast General Store.

  • Blog (Wednesday, October 4, 2017)
    Fall Foliage Primer - October 4, 2017

    Week two of the Fall Foliage Primer is here, but a lot more color is not. Higher elevations around Graveyard Fields or Grandfather Mountain have more color, but in general we are seeing some reds and yellows hanging around with the getting-ready-to-get-started greens. While the leaves an event in themselves, there are many more happenings in our communities that our reporters hope to help you discover.

  • Blog (Wednesday, September 27, 2017)
    Fall Foliage Primer - September 27, 2017

    It's the first report of the fall foliage season. As is to be expected, the most prevalent color is green, but in all reporting areas there is some fall color beginning to show itself. It might be in the blooming of goldenrod and asters or it might be in the sourwoods and dogwoods beginning to show their true colors. Read the full report to get ideas on activites to enjoy during your visit.

  • Blog (Wednesday, September 20, 2017)
    Let's Ask Francine

    If you subscribe to Mast Store’s Almost Monthly E-mail, you are well acquainted with Francine. She’s corresponded with folks for more than 16 years – almost since the invention of e-mail. Her fans have shared many accomplishments, concerns, and questions over the years. In this week’s blog, Francine answers some questions from her website “Ask Francine” opportunity. Let’s see what she has to say.

  • Blog (Wednesday, September 13, 2017)
    Please Take Your Seats – The Show is About to Begin

    Perhaps a better directive would be “please begin planning your itineraries and booking your reservations; the show is about to begin.” As the calendar continues its march to the fall equinox, the anticipation of the changing of the leaves builds. Will this be a good fall color season? How will the recent hurricane affect the leaves? Just what happens to make the leaves change anyway? The answers to these questions will vary depending upon who you ask, where you live, and the types of trees in the general area. To get a better handle on an answer that is applicable for the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains, we contacted Dr. Howard Neufeld at Appalachian State University.

  • Blog (Tuesday, September 5, 2017)
    Friends' Day in Columbia Salutes the Palmetto Trail

    The Palmetto Trail, a project of the Palmetto Conservation Foundation (PCF), begins in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains at Wahalla and stretches across the state of South Carolina to the Low Country near Charleston. On September 9, the Mast Store in Columbia is hosting volunteers from the PCF and will donate 10% of the day’s sales to help this group’s continuing efforts to conserve South Carolina’s natural and cultural resources and to promote active outdoor recreation on the Palmetto Trail.

  • Blog (Tuesday, September 5, 2017)
    Friends' Day in Knoxville Benefits the Friends of the Smokies

    The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited unit in the National Park Service. On September 9, the Mast Store in Knoxville is hosting volunteers from the Friends of the Smokies (FOTS) and will donate 10% of the day’s sales to help this group’s continuing efforts to preserve and protect this important, beautiful, and biologically diverse park.

  • Blog (Monday, September 4, 2017)
    Friends' Day Is September 9 and Supports the MST

    Saturday, September 9, 2017 is Friends’ Day at Mast General Store. On that day Mast General Store will donate 10% of proceeds from the day’s sales to support local partners. For all of the North Carolina stores the recipient of that support is the Mountains To Sea Trail.

  • Blog (Sunday, September 3, 2017)
    Friends of the Reedy River Receives Support on Friends' Day in Greenville

    The Reedy River flows through Downtown Greenville and is inextricably linked to the city’s success.  On September 9, the Mast Store in Greenville is hosting volunteers from the Friends of the Reedy River and will donate 10% of the day’s sales to help this group’s continuing efforts to improve the river’s condition.

  • Blog (Thursday, August 24, 2017)
    Trending for Fall

    The calendar may say summer, but fall is the word of the day. New arrivals for the upcoming season are arriving daily. As trends do, everything old is new again. Many of this fall’s fashion trends are remakes of styles from a not-too-distant past. Mast Store’s fashion sense tends to embrace the classics because you can never go wrong there. But you will see some of the trends represented in our fashion and footwear departments. Let’s have a look.

  • Blog (Tuesday, August 15, 2017)
    Check Off Your Summer Bucket List

    It’s hard to believe it’s already August, and everyone is talking about back-to-school plans. Even so, there’s still time to check off a few more items on your summer bucket list. Just in case you’ve already completed yours, we have a few suggestions for you to consider adding.

  • Blog (Tuesday, August 8, 2017)
    There's Going to Be an Eclipse - August 21, 2017

    The most anticipated event of the century is happening on Monday, August 21. For the first time in almost a century, a total eclipse of the sun will sweep across the United States from the coast of Oregon to the coast of South Carolina. Astronomers and serial eclipsers are heading to the Path of Totality, a 70-mile wide band where the moon’s shadow will totally block the sun.

  • Blog (Wednesday, August 2, 2017)
    It's Back-to-School Time and You Can Help

    You remember the good ol’ days. As the countdown to the first day of school started, you’d go to the mailbox to see who your homeroom teacher was going to be. Then, the phone lines would light up with  calls from your friends to see if you were in their classes.

  • Blog (Wednesday, July 26, 2017)
    Enjoying Garden Goodness

    The time we’ve been anticipating since winter, really, is finally here. Our gardens that were eagerly planned when snow was on the ground are giving us gifts on a daily basis. Squash, tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, beans, cauliflower, broccoli, lettuce, … the list could go on and on. You’ve planned meals using the bounty until you’ve run out of ideas. Well, we have a few more.

  • Blog (Wednesday, July 19, 2017)
    Summer's #1 Treat

    If you had to guess what the top indulgence is for the summer months, we bet that you’d get it without extra guesses. That’s right, ice cream! In 1984, President Ronald Reagan designated the third Sunday in July as National Ice Cream Day, which should be observed with all appropriate ceremonies and activities.

  • Blog (Wednesday, 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?

  • Blog (Wednesday, 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.

  • Blog (Wednesday, 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.

  • Blog (Tuesday, 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. 

  • Blog (Tuesday, 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.

  • Blog (Tuesday, 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.

  • Blog (Tuesday, 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.

  • Blog (Tuesday, 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.

  • Blog (Monday, 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.

  • Blog (Wednesday, 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.

  • Blog (Wednesday, 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.

  • Blog (Wednesday, 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!

  • Blog (Wednesday, 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.

  • Blog (Wednesday, 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. 

  • Blog (Thursday, 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! 

  • Blog (Monday, 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.

  • Blog (Wednesday, 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.

  • Blog (Wednesday, 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.

  • Blog (Wednesday, 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.

  • Blog (Wednesday, 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!

  • Blog (Wednesday, March 1, 2017)
    Celebrating Read Across America Day with The Little Golden Books

    Our country’s literacy initiative, Read Across America Day, is being celebrated on Thursday, March 2nd. In conjunction with this event, The Little Golden Books is celebrating its 75th anniversary throughout 2017.  In addition to honoring the importance of Read Across America, Mast associates share stories about lessons we learned from our favorite Little Golden Books.

  • Blog (Wednesday, February 22, 2017)
    Leave No Trace Principles Made Easy for Kids

    Last week we learned about the seven basic principles of Leave No Trace (LNT). Familiarize yourself with the LNT essentials by clicking visiting last week's blog entry. This week, we’re exploring easy ways to share these important guidelines with the children in your life. Let’s get started.

  • Blog (Wednesday, February 15, 2017)
    Leave No Trace Made Easy

    If you’ve been to a Girl Scouts or Boy Scouts meeting, attended a wilderness summer camp, or participated in the Great American Backyard Campout, you may already be familiar with the principles of Leave No Trace (LNT). These valuable principles aren’t just useful in the woods, they can be applied in every environment. This week, we’re exploring Leave No Trace so our collective small steps can lead to big changes in the natural world (and in ourselves)!

  • Blog (Monday, February 6, 2017)
    Be a Sweetheart in Winston-Salem on February 11 and 12

    On Valentine’s Day, we all want to do something thoughtful for our sweethearts. Why not double up and help someone you don’t even know have a hot, nourishing meal? It’s so easy! This is the 14th year for Be a Sweetheart. The event was founded in 2004 when a need to fill their pantries was communicated by our food security partners. In the beginning, Mast Store matched each pound of candy purchased with our own pound of food. Then, because of the ability of our food banks and food rescue partners to stretch a dollar into more, Mast Store began donating $1 for each pound purchased. It was a natural tie-in to link Valentine’s Day, when many of us do something nice for someone we love, to supporting efforts to feed a desperate need in our communities.

  • Blog (Monday, February 6, 2017)
    Be a Sweetheart in Columbia on February 11 and 12

    On Valentine’s Day, we all want to do something thoughtful for our sweethearts. Why not double up and help someone you don’t even know have a hot, nourishing meal? It’s so easy! This is the 14th year for Be a Sweetheart. The event was founded in 2004 when a need to fill their pantries was communicated by our food security partners. In the beginning, Mast Store matched each pound of candy purchased with our own pound of food. Then, because of the ability of our food banks and food rescue partners to stretch a dollar into more, Mast Store began donating $1 for each pound purchased. It was a natural tie-in to link Valentine’s Day, when many of us do something nice for someone we love, to supporting efforts to feed a desperate need in our communities.

  • Blog (Monday, February 6, 2017)
    Be a Sweetheart in Greenville on February 11 and 12

    On Valentine’s Day, we all want to do something thoughtful for our sweethearts. Why not double up and help someone you don’t even know have a hot, nourishing meal? It’s so easy! This is the 14th year for Be a Sweetheart. The event was founded in 2004 when a need to fill their pantries was communicated by our food security partners. In the beginning, Mast Store matched each pound of candy purchased with our own pound of food. Then, because of the ability of our food banks and food rescue partners to stretch a dollar into more, Mast Store began donating $1 for each pound purchased. It was a natural tie-in to link Valentine’s Day, when many of us do something nice for someone we love, to supporting efforts to feed a desperate need in our communities.

  • Blog (Monday, February 6, 2017)
    Be a Sweetheart in the High Country on February 11 and 12

    On Valentine’s Day, we all want to do something thoughtful for our sweethearts. Why not double up and help someone you don’t even know have a hot, nourishing meal? It’s so easy! This is the 14th year for Be a Sweetheart. The event was founded in 2004 when a need to fill their pantries was communicated by our food security partners. In the beginning, Mast Store matched each pound of candy purchased with our own pound of food. Then, because of the ability of our food banks and food rescue partners to stretch a dollar into more, Mast Store began donating $1 for each pound purchased. It was a natural tie-in to link Valentine’s Day, when many of us do something nice for someone we love, to supporting efforts to feed a desperate need in our communities.

  • Blog (Thursday, February 2, 2017)
    Be a Sweetheart in Western NC on February 11 and 12

    On Valentine’s Day, we all want to do something thoughtful for our sweethearts. Why not double up and help someone you don’t even know have a hot, nourishing meal? It’s so easy! This is the 14th year for Be a Sweetheart. The event was founded in 2004 when a need to fill their pantries was communicated by our food security partners. In the beginning, Mast Store matched each pound of candy purchased with our own pound of food. Then, because of the ability of our food banks and food rescue partners to stretch a dollar into more, Mast Store began donating $1 for each pound purchased. It was a natural tie-in to link Valentine’s Day, when many of us do something nice for someone we love, to supporting efforts to feed a desperate need in our communities.

  • Blog (Wednesday, February 1, 2017)
    Enjoying the Mountains in Winter

    Winter is gradually making its grand appearance with sinking temperatures and driving snow. After the wintry mix is plowed and the wind abates, it’s time to head outside for some wintertime exploration. The detail, clarity, and focus across multiple mountain ranges are most spectacular in the deep of winter. Closer views are just as thrilling because the bare trees reveal details on the landscape that are easy to miss when blocked by rich foliage.

  • Blog (Wednesday, February 1, 2017)
    Be a Sweetheart in Knoxville on February 11 and 12

    On Valentine’s Day, we all want to do something thoughtful for our sweethearts. Why not double up and help someone you don’t even know have a hot, nourishing meal? It’s so easy! This is the 14th year for Be a Sweetheart. The event was founded in 2004 when a need to fill their pantries was communicated by our food security partners. In the beginning, Mast Store matched each pound of candy purchased with our own pound of food. Then, because of the ability of our food banks and food rescue partners to stretch a dollar into more, Mast Store began donating $1 for each pound purchased. It was a natural tie-in to link Valentine’s Day, when many of us do something nice for someone we love, to supporting efforts to feed a desperate need in our communities.

  • Blog (Wednesday, January 25, 2017)
    Winter Layering Tips - Part Two

    Last week, we explored the basics of layering to help you stay warm and dry in winter weather. This is the most important place to start because a warm core sends blood to the rest of your body and helps keep your extremities warmer, too. This week, we offer a few tried and true tips for pant layers in addition to ways to protect your neck, face, fingers, and feet.

  • Blog (Wednesday, January 18, 2017)
    Layering Tips for Wintry Adventures

    When it comes to winter sports like snowshoeing, hiking, skiing, and sledding, layering up is the best way to comfortably enjoy your favorite cold weather activities. Used to maximize comfort, this simple concept is easy to apply when you understand how it works.

  • Blog (Wednesday, January 11, 2017)
    Ideas for Enjoying Snow Days

    With another unseasonably mild holiday season behind us, folks in the southeast were very excited to wake up to 6 to 10 inches of fresh fallen snow the first full weekend of the New Year. If your family is anything like mine, we were totally unprepared for the powdery goodness. (My husband chalks it up to wearing shorts from March straight through December in 2016.) Below, you’ll find a few ideas for how to make the most of your next snow day. Our fingers are crossed that we have quite a few more in store this winter…

  • Blog (Wednesday, January 4, 2017)
    24 hours in Knoxville, TN

    We at Mast General Store feel so lucky that many of our stores are located right in the middle of vibrant urban settings.  There’s so much to do and see right outside our doors. We’re excited to share a selection of our favorites with you! We’re continuing our “24 Hours In…” series in 2017.

  • Blog (Tuesday, December 27, 2016)
    Resolve to Make 2017 a Year of Giving

    There’s that moment each year after all of the gifts are unwrapped and the last of our Christmas dinner leftovers have been put away that I find myself alone in our living room. “The children are nestled all snug in their beds,” the multi-colored tree lights bounce off the hardwood floor in a cheerful rainbow, and I’m flanked by a snoozing dog and cat, thinking to myself, “Is Christmas over already?” Within days, I’m preparing for the new year and am faced with a new set of questions: “What will 2017 look like?” “How and where will I invest my time in the New Year?”

  • Blog (Monday, December 19, 2016)
    Gift Giving Made Easy with Fun Themes

    Do you ever find yourself stumped when selecting thoughtful gifts to give your loved ones during the holiday season? This year, we’ve compiled a list of gift themes to please a variety of folks in your life. We hope this guide will help make your gift selecting (and your recipient’s receiving) a little more creative and a lot more fun.

  • Blog (Wednesday, December 14, 2016)
    Simple & Delicious Holiday Appetizer Recipes

    This past weekend, dear friends of ours invited us to a “12 Appetizers of Christmas” party. Each of the families that were invited brought an appetizer to share. Guests brought sweet and savory dishes that made for a delicious and very celebratory feast. Below, you’ll find a few simple recipes from our Mast Store family that you might want to share at your next family gathering or party with friends this holiday season.

  • Blog (Wednesday, December 7, 2016)
    Fun & Easy Holiday Crafts with Kids

    Your child’s winter break from school will be here before you know it. This break from often an overfilled schedule provides ample opportunity to enjoy working on creative projects together. One of my family’s favorite holiday traditions is making holiday decorations (that we’ll pull out and enjoy year after year) and crafting sweet homemade gifts for friends and family. Below you’ll find a few ideas that are easy for even the youngest artists. Plus, these crafts are so simple that you’ll probably have most of the materials you need already in your home!

  • Blog (Thursday, December 1, 2016)
    Choose & Cut Your Own Christmas Tree This Year

    Thinking about the many Christmas trees I’ve enjoyed throughout the years brings up a host of sweet memories: The earliest trees of my childhood included brass clip-on candle holders. We lit the candles on the tree each evening (my parents were very brave). This tradition was passed down through the generations from our Swedish ancestors. There was the year our newly acquired stray cat took the entire tree down only a half hour after it was fully decorated…

  • Blog (Monday, November 21, 2016)
    Get a Head Start on Holiday Happenings

    There’s so much to enjoy in each of our Mast Store communities this holiday season. Many of our favorite events have already begun or kick off right after Thanksgiving. Below are just a few offerings that your family may want to add to your holiday schedule. Consider trying something new this year and it just might become a holiday tradition!

  • Blog (Wednesday, November 9, 2016)
    Columbia Helps Us Share the Warmth

    As we scurry about enjoying the cool days of fall, we all know that colder temperatures are on the way, and many of us are ready to face whatever weather the coming season has to offer. Unfortunately, there are some in our communities who aren’t as prepared. The Mast General Store is partnering with Columbia Sportswear for this year's annual Share the Warmth coat, sweater and blanket collection campaign from now until November 30th.

  • Blog (Wednesday, November 9, 2016)
    Fall Foliage Primer - November 9, 2016

    This is seventh week of the Fall Foliage Primer. Color is high in Greenville and there's more color in Knoxville than what you'd think. The reporters have put together lots of recommendations both for this week and in the near future weeks. They also bid you farewell until next year.

  • Blog (Tuesday, November 8, 2016)
    Merrell Footwear Supports Food for Kids 2016 in Knoxville

    This is the eighth year that Merrell and Mast General Store are partnering with our community food agencies in support of Food for Kids. They realize how important it is to give a child a good foundation to grow, to learn, and to just be a kid. From October 26th through November 8th, Merrell Footwear will make a donation to fill a backpack with weekend food for each pair of shoes purchased.

  • Blog (Wednesday, November 2, 2016)
    Merrell Footwear Supports Food for Kids 2016 in Winston-Salem

    If you could do one thing that would improve a child’s self-esteem, help facilitate better behavior, and increase his or her learning potential, wouldn’t you do it? It’s easy. Just make sure that the child is not hungry. According to Feeding America, 1 in 6 children in the U.S. worry about when they’ll have their next meal.

  • Blog (Wednesday, November 2, 2016)
    Fall Foliage Primer - November 2, 2016

    It's week 6 of the Fall Foliage Primer. The colors are hitting their peak in Hendersonville and are still on the uphill climb in Greenville. Other areas are past peak, BUT with the warm temperatures a lot of color still remains. It is amazing! The weekend will feature some moderating temperatures getting at least down to the seasonal level. Hikes, paddles, and scenic drives abound. See what's in store with a quick click.

  • Blog (Wednesday, October 26, 2016)
    Fall Foliage Primer - October 26, 2016

    Week five of the Fall Foliage Primer still has stunning color in just about every reporting area in North Carolina and South Carolina. That's truly amazing! The highest elevations have reached their peak and are shedding their leaves, which leads to fabulous long-range views. Asheville, Waynesville, and Hendersonville are taking on color and a drive along the Parkway to see what's in front of you and down in the valleys is well worth the time. Greenville and Knoxville are beginning to see more color changes. The weather is going to be GREAT this weekend, so get ready to get outside.

  • Blog (Monday, October 24, 2016)
    Merrell Footwear Supports Food for Kids 2016 in the High Country

    If you could do one thing that would improve a child’s self-esteem, help facilitate better behavior, and increase his or her learning potential, wouldn’t you do it? It’s easy. Just make sure that the child is not hungry. According to Feeding America, 1 in 6 children in the U.S. worry about when they’ll have their next meal.

  • Blog (Monday, October 24, 2016)
    Merrell Footwear Supports Food for Kids 2016 in Western NC

    If you could do one thing that would improve a child’s self-esteem, help facilitate better behavior, and increase his or her learning potential, wouldn’t you do it? It’s easy. Just make sure that the child is not hungry. According to Feeding America, 1 in 6 children in the U.S. worry about when they’ll have their next meal.

  • Blog (Monday, October 24, 2016)
    Merrell Footwear Supports Food for Kids 2016 in Greenville

    If you could do one thing that would improve a child’s self-esteem, help facilitate better behavior, and increase his or her learning potential, wouldn’t you do it? It’s easy. Just make sure that the child is not hungry. According to Feeding America, 1 in 6 children in the U.S. worry about when they’ll have their next meal.

  • Blog (Monday, October 24, 2016)
    Merrell Footwear Supports Food for Kids 2016 in Columbia

    If you could do one thing that would improve a child’s self-esteem, help facilitate better behavior, and increase his or her learning potential, wouldn’t you do it? It’s easy. Just make sure that the child is not hungry. According to Feeding America, 1 in 6 children in the U.S. worry about when they’ll have their next meal.

  • Blog (Wednesday, October 19, 2016)
    Fall Foliage Primer - October 19, 2016

    Week four of the Fall Foliage Primer has lots of color in the North Carolina mountains and a smidgen more beginning to appear in the Greenville, SC area. The weather has been unseasonably warm, but this weekend all areas will have decidedly fallish temperatures, which will further hasten the color change. There are still lots of fall events to enjoy and hikes to be experienced. See what our reporters recommend this week.

  • Blog (Monday, October 17, 2016)
    Merrell Footwear Supports Food for Kids 2016

    If you could do one thing that would improve a child’s self-esteem, help facilitate better behavior, and increase his or her learning potential, wouldn’t you do it? It’s easy. Just make sure that the child is not hungry. According to Feeding America, 1 in 6 children in the U.S. worry about when they’ll have their next meal.

  • Blog (Wednesday, October 12, 2016)
    Fall Foliage Primer - October 12, 2016

    Here we are at the third week of October and more color is beginning to show, but we still have not had a frost. Some areas have had temperatures that dipped down into the 30s, which will get the fall color engine going. This weekend is a great weekend for those looking for Fairs, Festivals, Music, and Arts & Crafts with large festivals happening in all reporting communities. Get out and enjoy!

  • Blog (Wednesday, October 12, 2016)
    Fire Prevention Week & Valle Love

    Did you know that October 9th through 15th is Fire Prevention Week? This week, the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) is educating the public about basic, but essential elements of smoke alarm safety. Their theme for 2016 is “Don’t Wait – Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years.” Below you’ll find valuable information about checking your smoke alarms, fire safety preparedness for your family, and information about the upcoming Valle Love event in honor of our friends affected by the Valle Landing Fire.

  • Blog (Wednesday, October 5, 2016)
    Stanley – Loved By Generations

    Though it’s made great strides in mass appeal over the past decade, the vacuum steel bottle is not a new product. Well over 100 years ago, a Massachusetts man, William Stanley, invented this ingenious bottle. With over 100 patents to his name, Stanley was a major inventor during the golden age of electric development. Thanks to this prolific engineer, we have the pleasure of enjoying our cold drinks staying cold and our hot beverages remaining piping hot due to Stanley’s ingenious all-steel vacuum bottles.

  • Blog (Wednesday, October 5, 2016)
    Fall Foliage Primer - October 5, 2016

    The second week of the 2016 Fall Foliage Primer has lots of green prevalent in all reporting areas. But that isn't stopping the colorful fall events to be enjoyed. Reporters have suggested several hikes along the Parkway, a waterfall tour near Hendersonville, and an Albino Skunk Festival. Take a look inside for more details and photos.

  • Blog (Wednesday, September 28, 2016)
    Fall Foliage Primer - September 28, 2016

    This is the first report for the 2016 Fall Foliage Primer. All reporting locations in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee are reporting spotty color. It's still early, but some moderating and more seasonal temperatures will help begin the journey. Several events of note this week included Tweetsie's Ghost Train, an App State football game, Art in the Park in Asheville, the Pumpkin Patch Express near Waynesville, Art on Main in Hendersonville, and OktoberFest in Greenville.Of course, there are many opportunities for hiking and exploring everywhere!

  • Blog (Wednesday, September 28, 2016)
    Upcoming Fall Events in Area State & National Parks

    The Indian Summer we’ve been experiencing in the southeast is slowly coming to an end. As we continue to celebrate this Centennial Year of the National Parks, we offer a few suggestions for fall events for the whole family in these beautiful places. Our State and National Parks offer much to enjoy and explore the first weekend in October.

  • Blog (Wednesday, September 21, 2016)
    Easy Fall Crafts with Kids

    Summer is slowly giving way to fall, and as the days grow shorter and the weather begins to change, my family enjoys creating homemade decorations to welcome the new season. Each year, we pull out our daughters’ fall-themed creations to decorate the house. The girls love seeing what they’ve made in years past and we all look forward to our tradition of adding a few new decorations to our collection. Here are a few ideas to get you started with your own autumn crafting tradition:

  • Blog (Wednesday, September 14, 2016)
    24 Hours In Asheville, NC

    We at Mast General Store feel so lucky that many of our stores are located right in the middle of vibrant urban settings.  There’s so much to do and see right outside our doors. We’re excited to share a selection of our favorites with you!  

  • Blog (Thursday, September 8, 2016)
    Join Us For Friends' Day with the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation

    The Beatles refrain is true, “I get by with a little help from my friends.” On Saturday, September 10, the Mast Store will be hosting Friends in each of its home communities that have the awesome responsibility of taking care of resources that locals and visitors enjoy every day. At the end of the day, each of our store locations will donate 10% of the day’s sales to support our local conservation partners.

  • Blog (Wednesday, September 7, 2016)
    Join Us For Friends' Day with Friends of the Smokies

    The Beatles refrain is true, “I get by with a little help from my friends.” On Saturday, September 10, the Mast Store will be hosting Friends in each of its home communities that have the awesome responsibility of taking care of resources that locals and visitors enjoy every day. At the end of the day, each of our store locations will donate 10% of the day’s sales to support our local conservation partners.

  • Blog (Tuesday, September 6, 2016)
    Join Us For Friends' Day with the Palmetto Conservation Foundation

    The Beatles refrain is true, “I get by with a little help from my friends.” On Saturday, September 10, the Mast Store will be hosting Friends in each of its home communities that have the awesome responsibility of taking care of resources that locals and visitors enjoy every day. At the end of the day, each of our store locations will donate 10% of the day’s sales to support our local conservation partners.

  • Blog (Monday, September 5, 2016)
    Join Us For Friends' Day with Old Salem

    The Beatles refrain is true, “I get by with a little help from my friends.” On Saturday, September 10, the Mast Store will be hosting Friends in each of its home communities that have the awesome responsibility of taking care of resources that locals and visitors enjoy every day. At the end of the day, each of our store locations will donate 10% of the day’s sales to support our local conservation partners.

  • Blog (Monday, September 5, 2016)
    Join Us For Friends' Day with Friends of the Reedy River

    The Beatles refrain is true, “I get by with a little help from my friends.” On Saturday, September 10, the Mast Store will be hosting Friends in each of its home communities that have the awesome responsibility of taking care of resources that locals and visitors enjoy every day. At the end of the day, each of our store locations will donate 10% of the day’s sales to support our local conservation partners.

  • Blog (Sunday, September 4, 2016)
    Friends' Day is September 10

    The Beatles refrain is true, “I get by with a little help from my friends.” On Saturday, September 10, the Mast Store will be hosting Friends in each of its home communities that have the awesome responsibility of taking care of resources that locals and visitors enjoy every day. At the end of the day, each of our store locations will donate 10% of the day’s sales to support our local conservation partners.

  • Blog (Wednesday, August 31, 2016)
    NPS Centennial: Fun for the Whole Family at Connemara

    My first visit to Connemara was a breezy, blue-skied, late summer day last year. This unique and beautiful National Park offers an astonishing array of activities to enjoy: The opportunity to explore the home of a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, the sweet splendor of a laze-about in open fields with a herd of milking goats, and a gentle trail to Big Glassy with stunning views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Though I’ve enjoyed a wide variety of National Parks over the years, Connemara has easily become a favorite for its diverse offerings that every member of my family will enjoy.

  • Blog (Tuesday, August 30, 2016)
    NPS Centennial: Snowy Adventure on the Appalachian Trail

    We had entered the park under clouds and wet, frozen fog. My partner, Turbo, and I left Cosby Knob Shelter around 9:30 a.m., which not exactly an alpine start, and set off into the chilly damp. As we gained in elevation, the snow got deeper and made for slow going. Often, we would fall through the crunchy top layer and sink into deeper soft snow beneath. Then things got interesting…

  • Blog (Monday, August 29, 2016)
    NPS Centennial: Black Bear Encounters in Shenandoah

    After my husband and I retired from our careers, we lived full time in our RV for two and a half years. During that time, we traveled around the country working in different campgrounds. We worked several summers in Shenandoah National Park as campground hosts for the National Park Service.

  • Blog (Sunday, August 28, 2016)
    NPS Centennial: Discovering Desert Beauty in Zion

    The desert offers both magical and mystical beauty. When I’m still, I can see the changes in the color of the landscape, and discover nature I didn’t see at first glance. As I see these things, I hear the desert calling me.

  • Blog (Friday, August 26, 2016)
    NPS Centennial: Amazing Beauty Close to Home at Mammoth Cave

    The first field trip went on was in first grade to Tuckaleechee Caverns in Townsend, Tennessee. This trip was the first time I became fascinated by caves and bats. Once I learned about Mammoth Cave from the weekly reader during elementary school, I made a plan to someday visit there. It was interesting to me to know the largest cave system on the planet was less than 200 miles from home. Experts have explored 400 miles of Mammoth Cave, but there’s still much more to explore.  After a little research, I put the cave at the top of my to-do list.

  • Blog (Thursday, August 25, 2016)
    NPS Centennial: Island Adventures in St. John

    I honestly cannot say what would be my favorite National Park because they’re all wonderfully diverse treasures. I had the unique experience of living on the U.S. Virgin Island of St. John. Did you know that more than half of this stunning island is part of the Virgin Islands National Park?

  • Blog (Wednesday, August 24, 2016)
    NPS Centennial: Making Family Memories Out West

    I’ve long been a fan of America’s National Parks. This probably began the summer I worked in Yellowstone while I was a college student.  At 21-years-old, visiting Yellowstone was a life altering-experience.  Although I’ve visited quite a few national parks, Yellowstone has remained my favorite.

  • Blog (Monday, August 22, 2016)
    NPS Centennial: Getting a Bird's Eye View From Bodie Island Lighthouse

    In late September 2013, I visited the Outer Banks of North Carolina.  One of the highlights of the trip was a stop at Bodie Lighthouse on the Oregon Inlet in Nags Head, NC.  It had recently undergone major renovations that finished at the end of March 2013.  Luckily for me, it was now open for the public to explore the interior of the lighthouse!

  • Blog (Sunday, August 21, 2016)
    NPS Centennial: Running with the Wolves in Yellowstone

    When I was a junior in the biology department at Appalachian State University, I had the wonderful opportunity to travel cross-country throughout the United States, into Mexico and Canada, visiting many state and national parks. Our studies focused on the fauna and flora throughout the U.S. We traveled for 7 weeks.

  • Blog (Friday, August 19, 2016)
    NPS Centennial: Paddling & Birding on the Congaree River

    Growing up in Columbia, South Carolina, I’ve had this somewhat overlooked gem in my backyard my whole life.  My dad loves bird watching, so, as a child, I got to go to the Congaree National Park about four times a year for the seasonal bird counts.

  • Blog (Wednesday, August 17, 2016)
    NPS Centennial: Exploring the Great Smokies in Tennessee

    I always like to visit the Great Smoky Mountain National Park because it is the most bio-diverse park in the NPS.  With everything from huge, exposed balds and ridge lines to dark and wet coves, the Smokies have it all.  They have just over 800 miles of trails that can give you whatever you want to see while in the woods.  I have been trying to knock out every trail in the Park since I was in college, and I am up to just over 600 miles complete…and don’t want it to end!  For that reason, every trip to the Smokies is my favorite trip.

  • Blog (Tuesday, August 16, 2016)
    NPS Centennial: The Grand Canyon, an Ethereal Visit

    Zephyr-roughened and patinaed cliffs began to narrow all around.  I watched for the indications of our journey’s end, read where we were in the encyclopedic rocks in my enfeebled way.  Past the friable Tapeats Sandstone, fascinating Vishnu Schist was yards First time reactions differ.  The Grand Canyon.  One of the World’s Wonders.  Stillness pervades my whole self.

  • Blog (Monday, August 15, 2016)
    NPS Centennial: Bikecentennial '76 Memories

    I participated in the Bikecentennial ‘76.  This landmark event consisted of a series of bicycle tours on the TransAmerica Bicycle Trail across the United States in the summer of 1976 in commemoration of the bicentennial of America's Declaration of Independence. Best of all, I was able to enjoy several national parks from the comfort of my bicycle.

  • Blog (Sunday, August 14, 2016)
    NPS Centennial: Wildlife Encounters in Rocky Mountain National Park

    “Whoa, what is that?” I screamed with excitement. “It’s an elk,” my friend Cathy responded.  I had never seen such a creature.  It was amazing, and what made it even more amazing was the beautiful alpine tundra on which the elk and its counterparts were standing.  We had made it…Rocky Mountain National Park. This place was not like anything I had ever seen or experienced before.

  • Blog (Friday, August 12, 2016)
    NPS Centennial: Honeymooning in Glacier National Park

    This summer, my wife and I drove 2,210 miles to Glacier National Park in Montana for our honeymoon.  We chose Glacier because we had a friend in Bozeman, Montana that told us about her experience there. After we did some research, we decided that traveling to Glacier National Park would be out perfect honeymoon destination.

  • Blog (Wednesday, August 10, 2016)
    NPS Centennial: All Things Beautiful and Blueberry in Maine

    My husband and I recently went to Acadia National Park for our 5th wedding anniversary. It was the best trip we’ve ever taken. Spectacular views, warm sun, cool breeze, and flowers in abundance… It couldn’t have been more perfect!

  • Blog (Monday, August 8, 2016)
    NPS Centennial: Endless Exploration on the Blue Ridge Parkway

    My favorite National Park is the Blue Ridge Parkway. It’s wonderful to be able to experience it by car for as little or as long as you'd like. You can take a short drive to refresh your mind when you've got just an hour, or you could spend entire weeks driving and stopping at all the overlooks and park attractions. 

  • Blog (Sunday, August 7, 2016)
    NPS Centennial: Treasures Abound at Cape Lookout National Seashore

    Cape Lookout National Seashore includes a Visitor Center on the Mainland at Harker’s Island, North Carolina, as well as Shackleford Banks and North and South Core Banks. You can reach the Cape Lookout Lighthouse and Shackleford by ferry (from Beaufort or Harker’s Island), or if you are adventurous, by paddling out on a kayak.

  • Blog (Friday, August 5, 2016)
    NPS Centennial: American Pride at the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island

    The first time I viewed the Statue of Liberty, I was sailing into New York harbor on my way to Montauk, NY. That was nearly three decades ago. We slipped beneath the Verrazano Bridge and there she was. I was awestruck. The next occasion was a fly over nearly a decade later, but the same feeling was evoked. However, it wasn’t until June of this year that I actually visited Lady Liberty in person. I was again awestruck.

  • Blog (Wednesday, August 3, 2016)
    NPS Centennial: Finding Peace in Shenandoah National Park

    Shenandoah National Park is a family favorite and we travel there often. My husband, Eric, and I love it so much that we got married in the park - right off Skyline Drive at Timber Hollow Outlook.  As you see in the photos, I got married in a gray wool suit. I am not very “girly” and it was late November.

  • Blog (Monday, August 1, 2016)
    NPS Centennial: Honeymoon Adventure in the Western National Parks

    For our honeymoon, my wife, Michelle, and I went on a journey westward.  We started in Colorado and looped our way through Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, and Utah visiting friends, family, and National Parks along the way. It was truly an adventure, and a magnificent start to the real adventure that is the rest of our lives.

  • Blog (Wednesday, July 27, 2016)
    Valuable Advice for Incoming College Freshmen

    Embarking on a college career is an exciting, and often daunting, venture. Few folks forget the mixed emotions we felt as we prepared for our freshman year in higher education. As the new school year edges ever closer, we’ve reached out to our Mast Store associates for their best advice for incoming college freshmen. Our contributors attended universities, as well as technical and community colleges.  From college seniors, newer college graduates, and those who've completed their education a few years ago or many decades ago, we hope you or someone you love will benefit from their words of wisdom.

  • Blog (Thursday, July 7, 2016)
    Grandma's Cures for Summer's Bumps & Bruises

    We all enjoy getting outside and taking advantage of the longer daylight hours in the summertime, but an abundance of outdoor activities often leads to the need to give our bodies a little extra TLC. Thankfully, grandma’s old timey cures have withstood the test of time. From soothing sunburns and softening “gardener’s hands” to helping heal cuts and repelling pesky mosquitoes, we offer a few of our favorite cures for summer bumps and bruises: grandma approved! And best yet, all of these cures are made in the USA.

  • Blog (Tuesday, June 21, 2016)
    Volunteering in the National Parks

    Throughout 2016, we’re celebrating the 100th anniversary of the National Park System by exploring the history of the parks, offering ideas about how to Find Your Park in the southeast, as well as tips to help you make the most of your park adventure.

  • Blog (Tuesday, June 14, 2016)
    The Mast Store Knife Shop Celebrates its Grand Opening at the Original Store

    This Father’s Day weekend, we’re celebrating an exciting new addition at Mast General Store. The Knife Shop is re-energizing what was once a feed/potato-grading room in the Original Store. This upcoming weekend officially marks the Knife Shop Grand Opening in Valle Crucis, with three days of events that will surely delight the dads, as well as knife enthusiasts, in your life.

  • Blog (Wednesday, May 25, 2016)
    24 Hours in Hendersonville, NC

    We at Mast General Store feel so lucky that many of our stores are located right in the middle of vibrant urban settings.  There’s so much to do and see outside the doors of our stores. We’re excited to share a small selection of our favorites with you! This year, we’re offering a series that features a day’s worth of places to enjoy within walking distance of each of our urban Mast Store locations. Over the past few months, we’ve taken a stroll through Greenville, SC HERE and Waynesville, NC HERE. This week, we’re exploring Hendersonville, North Carolina. Won’t you join us?

  • Blog (Tuesday, May 10, 2016)
    Find Your Park in Tennessee

    Throughout 2016, we’re celebrating the 100th anniversary of the National Park System by exploring the history of the parks, offering ideas about how to Find Your Park in the southeast, as well as tips to help you make the most of your park adventure.

  • Blog (Wednesday, April 13, 2016)
    Southland in the Springtime

    It’s been said that “there’s something about the southland in the springtime.” New baby goats are arriving weekly at the Carl Sandburg National Historic Site in Flat Rock, NC. A pair of house finches who crafted a tidy nest on my porch weeks ago are now awaiting the arrival of their 5 chicks. The cherry blossom tree in the front yard is heavy with pink blooms. Everywhere you look, new life is bursting forth as winter transitions into spring.  Our Mast Store communities are also celebrating the season with activities the whole family will enjoy. Below is an offering of a few of the many events we’re looking forward to enjoying this April.

  • Blog (Wednesday, April 6, 2016)
    Find Your Park in South Carolina

    Throughout 2016, we’re celebrating the 100th anniversary of the National Park System by exploring the history of the parks, offering ideas about how to Find Your Park in the southeast, as well as tips to help you make the most of your park adventure.

  • Blog (Tuesday, March 22, 2016)
    Mast Store Waynesville's Fascinating Location History Revealed - Part Two

    Last week, we dug into the early years of Waynesville’s Mast Store location and the incredible life of the doctor whose home once stood there. To read about Dr. Rogers, his life and home, click HERE. This week, we’re exploring 63 North Main Street as it becomes a place of commerce.

  • Blog (Thursday, March 17, 2016)
    Mast Store Waynesville's Fascinating Location History Revealed - Part One

    Mast General Store owners, John and Faye Cooper, have been committed to selecting older, often historical buildings, for our store locations from the very beginning. The Original Store in Valle Crucis first opened its doors for business in 1883. The store served as the hub of commerce in the heart of the Valle for decades, but was temporarily closed for several years in the late 1970s. Thankfully, the Cooper’s unique vision led them to reopen the store in 1980, nearly 100 years after Mast General Store was originally built. Since that time, our company’s leadership continues to select older buildings for new store locations. Just like the Original Store, each Mast Store building has its own incredible history. Today, we uncover a Mast Store mystery that’s eluded us for 25 years… the exciting history of the Mast Store in Waynesville, North Carolina.

  • Blog (Wednesday, March 9, 2016)
    Spring Birding Made Easy

    Some folks consider birding the best scavenger hunt available to mankind.  Last year, we explored Backyard Birding Made Easy. This year, we’re going to apply those principles to birding in the great outdoors. In celebration of the National Parks System’s 100th year, we’ve included a few tips on where to seek out and how to successfully identify birds in the woods and along the trail in a National Park nearest you.

  • Blog (Wednesday, March 2, 2016)
    24 Hours in Waynesville, NC

    Waynesville, North Carolina is a beautiful town nestled at the foot of the Smoky Mountains along the Blue Ridge Parkway about 40 minutes south of Asheville. From the vibrant downtown area to the lush surrounding mountains, it's easy to understand why Waynesville has been a tourist destination for centuries.  Just as we did with Greenville, South Carolina in January, we're offering a small selection of our favorite spots to visit within walking distance of Mast Store at 63 North Main Street. Please come along.

  • Blog (Wednesday, February 17, 2016)
    Charlotte Observer Features Original Store

    The Charlotte Observer praised the Original Mast Store as a notable Southeast Excursion in the Living section. Here’s what they had to say:

  • Blog (Wednesday, February 3, 2016)
    Find Your Park in North Carolina

    From the Blue Ridge Parkway and Appalachian Trail in the mountains to the Cape Hatteras and Cape Lookout on the coast, the National Parks in North Carolina are varied in landscape and diverse in beauty.

  • Blog (Wednesday, January 27, 2016)
    Past and Present are Closely Linked at the Mast Store in Greenville

    Leafing through a stack of old black-and-white photographs of the building that now houses Mast Store Greenville, it’s fun to imagine what it felt like to shop at 111 North Main Street during the mid-20th century. A member of our Mast Store family fills in the blanks with her vivid memories of a beautiful and bustling store full of people and goods making the history of this lovely brick-walled building come to life. How does she know the nuances of this special place? Mary Alice Shand, a youthful 80-years-old, began her career in this very same building in 1951 at the tender age of 16.

  • Blog (Wednesday, January 20, 2016)
    24 Hours in Greenville, SC

    We at Mast General Store feel so lucky that many of our stores are located right in the middle of vibrant urban settings.  There’s so much to do and see outside the doors of our stores. We’re excited to share a small selection of our favorites with you! This year, we’re offering a series that features a day’s worth of places to enjoy within walking distance of each of our urban Mast Store locations. First up is Greenville, South Carolina. Won’t you join us?

  • Blog (Tuesday, January 12, 2016)
    National Slow Cooking Month

    January is the perfect time of year to pull out your slow cooker (or Crock-Pot), throw in a combination of ingredients, and let them simmer all day to edible perfection. We’re sharing a few of our favorite mouth-watering, hearty, and super easy one-pot recipes for one of the coldest (and coziest!) months of the year.

  • Blog (Wednesday, January 6, 2016)
    Celebrating the National Park Service Centennial in 2016

    The National Park Service (NPS) turns 100 on August 25, 2016, and everyone can take part in the celebration! Over the course of this year, we’re going to explore the importance of the NPS, the folks who helped create it, how to Find Your Park in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee, as well as tips and apps that you can use to help make the most of your NPS experience. Please join us as we learn more about and experience first-hand the awesome gift that is, as NPS documentarian Ken Burns lauds it, “America’s Best Idea!”

  • Blog (Tuesday, December 29, 2015)
    Do-Able New Year's Resolutions

    How would you like for your life to look one year from today? Would it look different than it does now? Most folks enjoy positive change and a fresh start, but it can be difficult to implement those things without a plan. The New Year provides the perfect opportunity to resolve to start anew, and it doesn’t have to be joyless or a drudgery. We offer a few “do-able” ideas from a personal perspective to help you approach your 2016 resolutions.

  • Blog (Tuesday, December 22, 2015)
    Enjoying Winter Break with the Family

    Children are counting down the days until Christmas morning, but there’s another countdown happening in homes across the country. Winter break is fast approaching and that means no homework, staying up late, and sleeping in. This extra time together in the middle of the school year provides ample opportunity to turn off the television and dig into some fun family projects and activities. Here is a list of simple ideas you may want to incorporate into your holiday time together:

  • Blog (Tuesday, December 15, 2015)
    The Secret to Giving the Perfect Gift

    Last week we explored “How to Select the Perfect Host Gift." This week we offer shopping tips for all the other wonderful people in your life… from your family member, who seems to already have one of everything, to that special someone, who sometimes leaves you stumped. We’ve checked in with our Mast Store gift-giving experts to help unravel the mystery of finding the perfect gift for just about anyone on your Christmas list.

  • Blog (Wednesday, December 9, 2015)
    How to Select the Perfect Host GIft

    If you’re planning to attend a holiday party this Christmas season, you have the (sometimes daunting) task of selecting a gift your host is sure to enjoy. Here are a few suggestions that will help you choose a thoughtful gift. We also offer a variety of ideas we hope will bring a smile to your host’s face.

  • Blog (Wednesday, December 2, 2015)
    Christmas Cheer Then and Now in Winston-Salem

    When Mast Store’s newest old location opened its doors in Winston-Salem this past May, we had the pleasure of meeting a woman with close ties to 516 North Trade Street. In the late 1930s and early 1940s, Barbara Carter’s father worked in the building that boasted one of the largest retail and wholesale companies in the South: Brown-Rogers-Dixson (B-R-D). After her visit to our Mast Store grand opening in the very same building, Mrs. Carter wrote us saying, “It brought back fond childhood memories of my father and mother, both now deceased, bringing us to visit with Santa at the store.”

  • Blog (Monday, November 23, 2015)
    Mystery Dish Aids in Holiday Cooking

    This item is a source of curiosity for quite a few folks exploring our home and hearth area of the store. A Mast Store associate shares, “I’m sure to get a great reaction when I show our guests this item and ask them to guess what it is.” Is it a chip and dip tray? Is it used to bake a Bundt or angel food cake?  The answer to these questions is, “Absolutely. But, there’s more!” This handy bowl performs a myriad of functions in the kitchen and just might be the key to helping make your holiday meal preparation a whole lot easier.

  • Blog (Monday, November 16, 2015)
    Try Nanny's Sour Cream Pie This Thanksgiving

    If you’ve ever been to Mast Store Hendersonville or enjoyed reading the Fall Foliage Primer over the years, you’re probably familiar with the smiling face below. Janet retired from Mast Store a few years ago and was an invaluable part of our family for over 17 years. Her beautiful autumn photos and leaf gazing updates kept visitors to Western North Carolina abreast of the changing mountain colors in the Hendersonville area year after year.

  • Blog (Thursday, October 15, 2015)
    Woolrich, Woven True, Then & Now

    Woolrich has an incredible, storied history and has long been a favorite of Mast General Store. This heritage brand has been synonymous with quality outdoor clothing for over 185 years.  Fifty-three years before the Original Mast Store opened our doors in Valle Crucis, North Carolina, Woolrich's founder, John Rich, constructed his first woolen mill in Pennsylvania in 1830. The history that unfolded in tandem with the growth of Rich's woolen mill is an incredible story with deep American roots.

  • Blog (Tuesday, October 6, 2015)
    Fall Hike on the Rattlesnake Lodge Trail

    While our thoughts are with our neighbors to the south who received the brunt of this past week’s storms, folks in the Blue Ridge Mountains are drying out and hitting the trails in search of brilliant fall colors.  Some leaves fell with the wind and rain, but the good news is that premature color change and bare trees appear to be a minor issue in Western North Carolina. If you find yourself in the Asheville area in the coming weeks, check out a local’s favorite along the Mountains-to-Sea trail just a hop, skip, and a jump from the Blue Ridge Parkway.

  • Blog (Wednesday, September 30, 2015)
    The Autumnal Rumpus is Upon Us

    Beginning with a few random leaves on your lawn in early to mid-September, October cascades into a brilliant wash of color, flaming our hills and valleys with hues we can only dream of creating with a paintbrush. Enter Mother Nature, the master artist. Her palette of reds, golds, greens, and russets creates quite a spectacle, and the changing fall foliage never fails to delight us.

  • Blog (Thursday, September 17, 2015)
    Planning Your Trip for a Spectacular Fall Leafing Season

    “Autumn seemed to arrive suddenly that year. The morning of the first September was crisp and golden as an apple,” J. K. Rowling once mused. Local fall foliage predictors are echoing the same sentiment.  Due to drier than usual spring and summer seasons, we're anticipating this year’s color to be more spectacular than we've experienced in many years. Your friends at Mast General Store and the Fall Foliage Primer hope to help you get the most out of your leafing tour this year.

  • Blog (Thursday, September 10, 2015)
    Farm to Feet Socks

    We’re proud to introduce our new favorite All-American product! Farm To Feet takes the statement “Made in the USA” seriously. From the Merino wool sheared from US-raised sheep to the packaging that helps tell the story, it's all made right here.

  • Blog (Tuesday, September 1, 2015)
    Creating a Tasty Tailgate Party

    Think fall. Think football season. Think TAILGATE PARTY! Tailgating is among the most time-honored American sporting traditions and a delicious one at that. Folks from Mast General Store have gathered their favorite recipes to share with you. Our selection covers the perfect dishes for early to late games, appetizers, entrees, and desserts, too. Are you hungry yet? We sure are!

  • Blog (Thursday, August 27, 2015)
    Stop By and See Us Along America's Favorite Drive

    Late Summer is a magnificent time of year to enjoy the Blue Ridge Parkway. In fact, you could string together a trip through the mountains, soak in their beauty and rich history, and also find time to meander into your favorite Mast General Store at many stops along the Parkway.

  • Blog (Thursday, August 20, 2015)
    Farmers' Market to Table

    “By ten o'clock, the sidewalk along Vine Street looks like the Fourth of July parade. Mama minds the cash box while Daddy and Mitch go to haul more tomatoes and peppers from the truck. The basket of beans is almost empty, so I fill it up again,” reflects Paul Brett Johnson his children’s book “Farmers' Market.”

  • Blog (Thursday, August 13, 2015)
    Every Step a Legacy

    Over a century and a half ago, and twenty years before Mast General Store opened our doors in Western North Carolina, a storied American manufacturer was founded in Marlborough, Massachusetts. Two men contributed $150 each to the development of what has become the oldest continuously operated shoe company in the United States. This is the story of Frye boots.

  • Blog (Thursday, August 6, 2015)
    Savoring the Last Days of Summer

    You know the summer is coming to a close when the sunflowers start to droop in the heat of the noonday sun. Checking in with a large field of cheery sunflowers near the Mast Store World Wide Headquarters, it’s clear from the sleepy blooms that summer is ever so slowly fading. Before we get back into the swing of another school year, here are a few of our favorite ways to enjoy the last days of summer.

  • Blog (Sunday, August 2, 2015)
    Oh My Squash!

    The summer harvest season is in full swing! And if your garden is like ours, you have enough squash to feed everyone in the community. So, if your garden gives you squash, you make squash everything! 

  • Blog (Friday, July 31, 2015)
    Dream Green with Paddywax

    Hailing from Nashville, Tennessee, Paddywax has been crafting American-made, artisanal, and eco-friendly candles and soaps for nearly 20 years. They’ve dedicated themselves to creating something lovely for every home and their candles and soaps combine innovative scents and creative designs for every gift-giving occasion.

  • Blog (Thursday, July 30, 2015)
    Salem Baking from Winston Salem, NC to Your Door

    Coveted ingredients. Classic recipes. Crafted with care. These are the hallmarks of the Old World Moravian baking tradition, a celebration of pure and cherished flavors. Since 1930, Salem Baking Company has proudly carried on this tradition, because they believe using only the finest and essential ingredients is still the best way to convey the naturally vivid flavors in everything they bake.

  • Blog (Tuesday, July 28, 2015)
    QMT - Hand-Tuned Windchimes Made in Virginia

    QMT Windchimes originated in the Florida craft show circuit in the early 1980s. Mike Throne camped in the back of his van and traveled to craft shows selling different products, including wind chimes from a local producer. When his source for chimes dried up, Mike began to build his own handmade wind chimes, with an eye toward quality and continually improving his designs.

  • Blog (Monday, July 27, 2015)
    Burt's Bees - An American Journey from Maine to North Carolina

    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 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.

  • Blog (Sunday, July 26, 2015)
    Darn Tough - Made in Vermont For Three Generations

    At the Darn Tough mill, there's a sign that says, “Nobody ever outsourced anything for quality.” The Darn Tough folks share, "When you’re really serious about something you make it yourself. Our socks aren’t produced off shore or out-sourced within the US." And that's not all we love about these socks!

  • Blog (Saturday, July 25, 2015)
    Colonel Littleton - Fine Goods from the Heart of Tennessee

    How did Colonel Littleton get started? Here’s the story from the Colonel himself: I don’t want to say by accident, but it was a little that way.

  • Blog (Friday, July 24, 2015)
    Ann Clark Cookie Cutters - Just Like Your Grandma Used

    Ann Clark started out with little more than a pig-shaped Christmas ornament and a dream. After years of painting and creating small gifts for her children to give away, she set up shop in her garage and turned a hobby into a business. Armed with a small amount of start-up cash and unbridled enthusiasm, Ann tackled her first trade show. She set up a booth at the Philadelphia Gift Show featuring six cookie cutter designs and several other hand-made crafts and came home with $3,500 in orders. Ann Clark, the person, became Ann Clark, Ltd., the company.

  • Blog (Thursday, July 23, 2015)
    Tervis - America's Favorite Tumbler

    Let’s take a little trip back in time. It’s 1946. Detroit. Engineers Frank Cotter and G. Howlett Davis hit on something big: they harness the natural insulating powers of air to create a permanently sealed, double-walled tumbler. Finally, a way to keep hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold. This outstanding innovation changed the drinkware industry forever.

  • Blog (Tuesday, July 21, 2015)
    Colonel Conk - Made in the USA for the Distinguished Gentleman

    Upon his return from the American Civil War, Colonel Ichabod Conk concocted fine grooming products for the discerning gentleman. He used and sold these items in the New Mexico barbershops he ran with his wife.

  • Blog (Tuesday, July 21, 2015)
    From the Science Lab to the Trail - Nalgene and the American Dream

    Back in 1949, a Rochester, New York chemist named Emanuel Goldberg developed the first plastic pipette holder. He, along with three workers, began the Nalge Company in a small building at 625 South Goodman Street. For years, Goldberg and his growing team developed the Nalgene line of state-of-the-art polyethylene laboratory equipment: centrifuge bottles, filter units, storage tanks. Obviously, it wasn’t the kind of stuff you toss into your backpack for a weekend in the woods. But there were rumors floating around … stories about scientists taking the smaller, more convenient bottles out of the lab and using them on hikes and excursions.

  • Blog (Monday, July 20, 2015)
    Everyone Knows It's Slinky!

    “What walks down stairs, alone or in pairs and makes a slinkity sound? A spring, a spring, a marvelous thing! Everyone knows it’s Slinky!”

  • Blog (Monday, July 20, 2015)
    Nordicware - American Kitchenware from Minneapolis, Minnesota

    An inspirational American success story, Nordic Ware was founded in 1946 by a determined wife, Dotty, and her resourceful husband Dave, newly back from the second world war. With only $500 in their pockets, a few good ideas and a desire to create a business of their own, a humble kitchenware company was launched from the basement of their home in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In the beginning, Nordic Ware’s product line started out with only a handful of items, all of which were specialty Scandinavian ethnic cookware products—the Rosette iron, Krumkake iron, Platte Panne pan, and the Ebelskiver pan. But times have changed!

  • Blog (Sunday, July 19, 2015)
    Just Jump It This Summer

    Did you know that ten minutes of jumping rope is roughly the equivalent of running an eight-minute mile? Also, jumping rope for approximately 10 to 15 minutes is enough to burn off the calories from a candy bar? That’s great exercise!

  • Blog (Saturday, July 18, 2015)
    J. R. Watkins - Hardworking Products from Minnesota

    Wash and iron; cook and clean; repeat. Such was life for many women in 1868. But times were changing. Elizabeth Blackwell opened the first Women’s Medical College. Louisa May Alcott captured the period’s ideals and values in Little Women. And, hard-working wives and mothers with tired, aching muscles found relief in a new, all-natural liniment manufactured and sold by Joseph Ray Watkins.

  • Blog (Friday, July 17, 2015)
    Sweetness Made in Savannah

    Ted Dennard is the founder, president, and head beekeeper for Savannah Bee Company. An elderly beekeeper, Roy Hightower, sparked young Ted’s journey in the magical world of bees and honey, and it’s been 35 years of it ever since.

  • Blog (Thursday, July 16, 2015)
    Smartwool - From the Colorado Rockies to You

    The SmartWool story started on a rugged Colorado ski slope with the belief that toes didn’t have to be cold. One simple pair of Merino socks challenged the conventional wisdom and forever changed the way outdoor enthusiasts looked at their feet. It’s not just about the Merino, though. It’s what Smartwool does with it that makes their product different. For over 20 years, they've been pushing the boundaries of Merino to create smarter, more capable products from head to toe.

  • Blog (Wednesday, July 15, 2015)
    Old Mill of Guilford Established in North Carolina in 1767

    The historic Old Mill of Guilford was founded in North Carolina on Beaver Creek (near Winston-Salem) in 1767 to grind grain for the early settlers of what is now Guilford County. Today, this fully-operational, water-powered grist mill continues to produce all-natural, stone-ground, whole grain foods, just as it has for nearly 250 years.

  • Blog (Tuesday, July 14, 2015)
    Pointer Brands - Over 100 Years of Style and Character from Bristol, Tennessee

    The legacy of Pointer Brands begins with L.C. King. At age 12, L.C. began working at for his uncle's general goods store and four years later, he joined his brother in the wholesale dry goods business. A salesman there for 25 years, L.C. decided to strike out on his own and develop a clothing line that reflected his love of the outdoors.

  • Blog (Monday, July 13, 2015)
    American Classic Tea Filling Cups for Three Generations

    Seventy years ago, Ruth Campbell Bigelow changed the way we drink tea in the United States. An avid tea connoisseur, Ruth thought tea drinkers, like herself, would enjoy a more zestfully flavored tea. Happening upon a special colonial recipe that called for tea to be blended with orange peel and spices, she decided to try to re-create what she felt sounded like a wonderful idea....

  • Blog (Sunday, July 12, 2015)
    Lodge Cast Iron Cookware Made in Tennessee for Every Generation

    Lodge Manufacturing is one of America's oldest cookware companies in continuous operation. Founded in 1896 by Joseph Lodge, it is still owned and managed by the descendants of the Lodge family. All of the company’s cast iron cookware is produced at the foundry in South Pittsburg, Tennessee. It has been which has been in operation since the company first opened.

  • Blog (Saturday, July 11, 2015)
    Manual Woodworkers Pillows from the Mountains of Western North Carolina

    Manual Woodworkers is based in the mountains of Western North Carolina and calls Hendersonville home – which is also home to one of our Mast Stores. Since its beginnings in 1932, Manual Woodworkers has proven its ability to identify trends in the gift and decorative accessories industry and has been ranked #1 in Home Decor by Gift Beat Magazine. Three generations of this family-owned company operate with a commitment to providing quality, American-made products.

  • Blog (Friday, July 10, 2015)
    Spooner Creek from Milwaukee to You

    Spooner Creek is the artwork of Michael Macone expressed in clay. He has been making pottery for over 30 years, and his work is featured in collections around the world. Michael’s mother was an artist and encouraged his gift at an early age. She taught him to oil paint in 4th grade. He always kept busy with art and sold his first paintings to neighbors and family friends.

  • Blog (Thursday, July 9, 2015)
    Cloud Star Dog Biscuits – Special Treats for Your All-American Pooch

    Cloud Star’s story is a simple one; They started out in a home kitchen more than 15 years ago with a single goal: To make a tasty treat that Samantha, a sweet shepherd mix with a picky palate and some pesky food allergies, could eat and enjoy.

  • Blog (Wednesday, July 8, 2015)
    White Mountain Puzzles – A Family Tradition Made in Vermont

    In 1978, the same year that Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream was founded in Vermont, two entrepreneurs in New Hampshire started a small poster company that evolved into White Mountain Puzzles.

  • Blog (Tuesday, July 7, 2015)
    A Rocker That's Just Right

    If you had a chance to go back in time and listen to your grandma spin an amusing yarn about some local character while she snapped beans as she rocked on the front porch, you'd do it, right? With a Troutman Slat Rocker, you'll be well on the way to making your own treasured stories come alive again. These traditionally-crafted chairs are designed to be heirlooms, so your family folklore can be passed on from generation to generation.

  • Blog (Monday, July 6, 2015)
    Rosebud Salve – A Family Favorite Since 1892

    The original Rosebud Salve is still prepared the same way as when it hit the shelves in 1892. Like Cloverine Salve, this old-time ointment was sold door to door - the typical distribution method for remedies at the turn of the 20th century.

  • Blog (Sunday, July 5, 2015)
    Coastal Cotton – Born and Bred in South Alabama

    Born and bred in South Alabama, Coastal Cotton is dedicated to providing premium quality products inspired by a classic uninhibited style. After college, Adam Pickron went to work with his parents as a textile engineer in their clothing factory, making everything from premium jeans to military uniforms. “It was there that I learned the trade of manufacturing clothing from raw fabric to finished goods,” says Adam.

  • Blog (Saturday, July 4, 2015)
    Fiesta – American's Favorite Dinnerware

    Fiesta was introduced by The Homer Laughlin China Company with great fanfare at the Pittsburgh China & Glass Show in 1936. It was an immediate hit with the public and, by its second year of production, more than one million pieces were produced.

  • Blog (Friday, July 3, 2015)
    Classic Toys with an Eco Twist

    Green Toys, made in California since 2007, offers an awesome line of classic children’s toys constructed from recycled plastic and other environmentally-friendly materials. This helps reduce fossil fuel use and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improving the overall health and happiness of the planet. How cool is that?

  • Blog (Thursday, July 2, 2015)
    Therm-a-Rest – Invented By Seattle Engineers

    The year was 1971. Seattle aerospace giant, Boeing, announced its largest layoff in company history, resulting in 50,000 people losing their jobs. So devastating was the impact on the local population, that a now infamous billboard near the SeaTac airport read, “Will the last person leaving Seattle, please turn out the lights?”

  • Blog (Wednesday, July 1, 2015)
    Case Brothers' Collectible Knives - the Pride of Pennsylvania

    W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery Company is an American manufacturer of premium, handcrafted knives that are passed down for generations. Based in Bradford, Pennsylvania, Case’s offerings cover a wide range of product categories, from traditional folding pocket knives and fixed blade sporting knives to limited production commemoratives and collectibles.

  • Blog (Monday, June 29, 2015)
    MusicFest 'n Sugar Grove is July 10-11

    A celebration of Appalachian music and cultural heritage, the Doc & Rosa Lee Watson MusicFest 'N Sugar Grove will take place July 10 and 11, 2015 on the grounds of the Historic Cove Creek High School in Sugar Grove, N.C.

  • Blog (Thursday, June 25, 2015)
    Join the Great American Campout On June 27th

    Childhood summers are marked by memories of biking around town with a pack of friends, listening for the bell of the ice cream truck, staying outside well after the sun sinks in the sky, and catching fireflies in a Mason jar. With the dawn of the Information Age, many children are missing out on traditional summer fun and are glued to their electronic devices instead.  It’s time to boot our children outdoors, so they can benefit from fresh air, green grass, and the carefree joys of a summer spent in nature.

  • Blog (Wednesday, June 17, 2015)
    Honed in Norwegian Beauty and Practicality

    When you think of Norway, blue fjords snaking among tall mountains, small fishing villages, and making first tracks in new fallen snow all come to mind. Out of this beauty, and the need to feed the family and make a living, came the tradition of Helle Knives.

  • Blog (Wednesday, June 10, 2015)
    Bear Wallow Books – Old-Fashioned Recipes for Modern Times

    University historian, J.S. Collister, found that her research repeatedly turned up recipes, which had been transported over land and sea, by caravan, clipper ship and covered wagon, over thousands of miles and nearly as many years. She discovered that sharing recipes was a long-treasured tradition, enjoyed by many cultures and many generations.

  • Blog (Thursday, May 14, 2015)
    Grand-Opening Celebration at Mast General Store in Winston Salem May 15 - 17

    Join us for a humdinger of a Grand-Opening celebration at our newest "old" location in Winston-Salem! If you were there for our ribbon-cutting on Friday, May 8th, you'll know that we're very excited to be your new neighbors at 516 North Trade Street. We have a big weekend planned at Mast Store Winston-Salem and hope you'll make time to stop by and say hello!

  • Blog (Wednesday, May 6, 2015)
    Boone, NC – Outdoor Magazine's Next "Best Town Ever"

    As the birthplace of our first Mast General Store outside of Valle Crucis, we've had a love affair with Boone, North Carolina for centuries. As the home of Appalachian State University (ASU), folks are drawn to this busy college town for more reasons than an exceptional education and exciting athletic events. The surrounding area is one of the country's best destinations for outdoor adventures. Walk across the Mile High Swinging Bridge or scale Linville Peak, the highest peak in the Blue Ridge at Grandfather Mountain. Grab your bike and head to Pisgah National Forest, featuring over 200 miles of exciting trails.

  • Blog (Thursday, April 30, 2015)
    Fulton & Roark Solid Colognes – Made in Winston Salem, NC

    We’re so excited about the upcoming opening of our newest “old” location that we want to share one of our “Mast Favorites” that’s born and bred in Winston-Salem, NC. Fulton & Roark began with a series of solid colognes designed to integrate seamlessly into everyday life. F&R crafts high-quality grooming products specifically built for the way men operate. They believe superior products should make a man’s process of getting ready less complicated and more enjoyable.

  • Blog (Friday, April 24, 2015)
    It's Garden Season

    Gardening is one of the first outdoor adventures of the season. It actually can start way back in January or February when the seed catalogs begin arriving in the mail. Flipping through the pages and dreaming of the summer and fall harvest while the wind and snow whip outside is a favorite winter activity.

  • Blog (Wednesday, April 15, 2015)
    Klean Kanteen "Bring Your Own" for Earth Day

    With Earth Day coming up on Wednesday, April 22nd, we are thinking about changes we can make in our everyday lives that will lessen our impact on the environment. Many Mast associates carpool, bike or walk to work… Not only because it’s fun to socialize with co-workers each morning in the car or exercise while we commute, but also because it decreases our carbon footprint. But what if “creative commuting” isn’t an option?  What other small, new shifts in our daily habits can make a big difference in the long-term health of our planet? Klean Kanteen has some ideas they share with their Bring Your Own project. They are inspiring us in a big way.

  • Blog (Wednesday, April 8, 2015)
    Tilley Hats: A Friend for a Lifetime

    Alex Tilley, the founder of Tilley Hats, became frustrated when he couldn’t find a good sailing hat. He decided to oversee the making of some proper hats for himself and other Toronto sailors. He wanted the hat to float, stay on, not to shrink, last indefinitely, and look good. He didn’t realize that such a thing was considered impossible.

  • Blog (Wednesday, March 18, 2015)
    Join Us Along the Haywood County Quilt Trail

    Crocuses and daffodils popping up all over the southeast serve as a cheerful reminder that spring is just around the corner. The longer days of sunshine and warmer temperatures always inspire us to get outside and explore something new. This year, we're looking forward to enjoying an urban outdoor adventure along the Haywood County Quilt Trail.

  • Blog (Thursday, March 12, 2015)
    Keeping Good Company with Toad&Co

    If you were to conduct a blind touch test of clothing fabrics in the Outdoor Department at Mast General Store, you may find one brand’s “hand feel” to be exceptionally soft. These super soft clothes made from nearly 100% organic cotton, with recycled polyester, and using environment-friendly dyes are the hallmark of our new line, Toad&Co.

  • Blog (Wednesday, March 4, 2015)
    Remembering the Valle with Blanche Hodges Kohnle - Part Two

    Reflecting on her own childhood, Blanche describes her dad, Clingman Hodges, as “the greatest musician”. He mastered the banjo, mandolin, and auto harp . Each morning, he’d awaken the children for school and their mother’s fresh made biscuit breakfast by picking a cheerful tune on the banjo.

  • Blog (Tuesday, February 24, 2015)
    Remembering the Valle with Blanche Hodges Kohnle - Part One

    Last year, a beautiful, petite, and cheerful 96-year-old woman and her son stopped by the Mast Store in Asheville and visited with us for a while. Many Mast guests with rich histories and even richer stories pass through our doors every day, but this guest was particularly special because she holds the keys to the history of our beloved Valle. Valle Crucis – the birthplace of Mast General Store.

  • Blog (Monday, February 16, 2015)
    Easy Photography Tips for Winter Landscapes

    Long-range views, snowy scenes, and gorgeous sunsets: Winter provides ample opportunity to capture beautiful photos and you don’t have to be an expert photographer or own a lot of expensive equipment to get the perfect shot. This week our Mast Store Photo Stylist, Heather, shares some helpful tips for shooting winter landscapes with your point-and-shoot camera or your cell phone too.

  • Blog (Friday, February 6, 2015)
    Nine Essential Winter Hiking Tips

    Hiking in winter poses challenges that are very different from hitting the trail all other seasons of the year. Shortened daylight, lower temperatures, and quickly changing conditions may present obstacles, but they are all easy to safely navigate with proper planning. We sat down this week with Dan, one of our resident “hiking experts” at the Mast Store Asheville, for some valuable tips you’ll want to use as you plan your outdoor adventure in the coldest season of the year.

  • Blog (Wednesday, January 28, 2015)
    Exploring the Mountains in Winter

    Winter is gradually making its grand appearance with sinking temperatures and driving snow. After the wintry mix is plowed and the wind abates, it’s time to head outside for some wintertime exploration. The detail, clarity, and focus across multiple mountain ranges are most spectacular in the deep of winter. Closer views are just as thrilling because the bare trees reveal details on the landscape that are easy to miss when blocked by rich foliage.

  • Blog (Tuesday, January 20, 2015)
    Sock Monkeyin' Around

    LaVerna arrived for work in the Home and Hearth Department at the Asheville Store one morning and watched carefully as a woman casually walked through the store with two companions.

  • Blog (Monday, January 12, 2015)
    The Holidays Revisited

    For my family, the holiday season isn’t complete without a reading of Dylan Thomas’ “A Child’s Christmas In Wales”. Everyone’s favorite ornament on the tree is a wide-mouthed Santa who, when you squeeze his cheeks, offers a chocolate kiss. And each stocking gets a beautiful, large navel orange in the bottom of the toe, just like my Swedish cousins have done for generations.

  • Blog (Tuesday, December 30, 2014)
    Cooking for the New Year

    Here we are about to put another year in the books. How can 365 days pass by so quickly? With the New Year just hours away, it's time to begin preparing to greet the New Year in a traditional way in order to have a full year of good luck. 

  • Blog (Tuesday, December 23, 2014)
    Accidental Christmas Traditions

    The holidays are here with all of their pomp and circumstance, parties and decorations, traditions and food. Many of the celebrations around the holidays have their roots in ancient Christian beliefs and pagan festivals. But there are some that are, well, accidental

  • Blog (Thursday, December 18, 2014)
    Good to Eat and Easy to Fix

    Well, the holidays are upon us. Everyone's calendars are full of parties, get togethers, and covered dish gatherings. The schedule for family visits is lengthy and covers most of the time between Christmas Eve and Christmas Night. With so many places to go and people to see, it's often not practical to prepare a full meal for your guests. That's where a smattering of hearty appetizers and sweet treats will help tide them over to their next stop.

  • Blog (Monday, December 8, 2014)
    A Gift to Enjoy the Outdoors

    It is often a challenge to find just the right gift for everyone on your list, particularly if you are trying to find something for the outdoor enthusiast. Just a few questions that can be asked in casual conversation can help steer you to a thoughtful and useful gift that will serve him or her for years to come.

  • Blog (Wednesday, November 26, 2014)
    Bringing the Family Together for the Holidays

    The holidays can be the most stressful time of the year. All of us create imagined expectations that are often unrealistic, that we push ourselves to achieve, when what we need to do is take a deep breath and relax. When family comes over, are they really coming to critique your housekeeping or to have an enjoyable meal filled with lots of laughter? While we'll agree that everyone wants to keep a perfect house, but for most of us, it's not practical, so hide the clutter in the extra bedroom (we guarantee that it'll be there later), do a quickie vacuum and dust job, and clean the bathrooms.

  • Blog (Thursday, October 23, 2014)
    Safely Scrub-A-Dub-Dub with American Made SallyeAnder Soaps

    The SallyeAnder Soaps story started 30 years ago when the creators’ infant son couldn’t tolerate the bath products on the market. Everything the couple tried irritated his skin, and so the Minetto, NY natives decided to make their own gentle and natural soap for their son. The results were spectacular for them, as well as many other families, and the soap rapidly gained in popularity. A few years later, the couple quit their day jobs, and started SallyeAnder Soaps, selling their American-made, all-natural soaps across the globe.

  • Blog (Monday, October 6, 2014)
    Smart Travelers Get a Head Start on Fall Weekends in the Mountains

    Gardens are bearing the last of their summer gifts. Children awaken early for hours filled with learning. The length of sunlight shortens with each passing day. Some mornings there’s a familiar crisp scent in the air reminding us that fall is fast approaching. Knowing this beloved season is quickly come and gone, it’s never too early to plan your autumn excursion to the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains.

  • Blog (Friday, September 26, 2014)
    Putting Your Garden to Bed

    A good cleanup in the fall is well worth your while for a healthy, vital garden next spring. Get started by pulling up vegetable plants such as tomatoes, squashes, peas, and beans. Compost the disease-free ones; put sickly or blighted ones on the burn pile or discard away from the garden. Pull up and put away garden stakes and tomato cages. Don’t forget to clean up dead or declining annuals... and remember marigolds, calendulas and zinnias are easy to grow next year, from the seeds you save.

  • Blog (Monday, September 15, 2014)
    Making the Most of Apple Season

    Apple picking season is one of the sweetest times of year and we’re fortunate to live in an area that offers quite a few “pick your own” fruit farms and orchards. Here are some tips to help you get the most out of Apple Season – from fun-filled orchard exploration to preparing fall flavored treats at home.

  • Blog (Monday, September 1, 2014)
    Canning Your Summer Harvest

    With a national trend toward “back-to-the-land” homesteading, many Americans are growing their own food in their backyards. But what to do with this ample harvest when more food is grown than can be eaten in a single season?  When you run out of neighbors to give it to, canning your extra homegrown produce is the perfect way to enjoy your garden’s bounty all year long.

  • Blog (Friday, August 22, 2014)
    Neighbors Helping Neighbors

    Waynesville resident, Carl Hughes, is not the kind of fellow who backs down from a serious challenge. As a construction supervisor for Chevron in Angola, Carl was familiar with malaria symptoms, having suffered through it eight times during his many trips abroad. But when his co-worker’s daughter died from the vicious mosquito-borne disease, he was dumbstruck. During a one-month break at home, he resolved to create an insect repellant which would stop the spread of malaria. His research and experimentation led to the creation of Whup-a-Bug.

  • Blog (Friday, August 8, 2014)
    Ask Francine - Low Fat Sweet Potato Pie?

    Would you think it's possible to make a good fried sweet potato pie at home that is not loaded with saturated fat?

  • Blog (Thursday, August 7, 2014)
    MoonPies and the South

    There’s a group of local gentlemen, some retired farmers, who have gathered at the potbellied stove of the Original Store every day for the thirty-plus years since the Cooper family reopened the Store. Known as “The Lunch Bunch”, these men talk about the weather, the state of this season’s crops, and to share the same lunch they’ve been enjoying together for over three decades. The essential items of their daily feast: a hunk of bologna cut off the round and a MoonPie for dessert… all washed down with an ice-cold RC Cola from the old fire-engine red Coca-Cola cooler.

  • Blog (Friday, July 25, 2014)
    Made in North Carolina - From Dirt to Shirt

    Browsing through our clothes over the past couple of years, you’ve probably run across a new label that reads “Mast Store Private Label Shirts”. With the help of the fine folks at TS Designs, we’ve been able to create a unique line that is made in North Carolina - from dirt to shirt.

  • Blog (Friday, July 18, 2014)
    A Sweet Smelling Success

    Kimberly Masters is not only a world traveler, but a woman who creatively harnesses the tantalizing scents of her journeys in one unusual package – soap!

  • Blog (Friday, July 11, 2014)
    An All-American Partnership

    Mt. Airy sock manufacturer, Nester Hosiery, and Mast General Store have led parallel lives since our companies began collaborating in the early 1990s. As family-owned, environmentally-responsible companies that go the extra mile to provide quality products for their communities and beyond, both Mast and Nester are proud of their American roots.

  • Blog (Thursday, July 3, 2014)
    A Bounty of Summer Flavor

    When the mercury rises, nothing’s better than fresh summer produce. A couple of great dishes and a cool breeze make a hot, lazy day just about perfect. Grilling makes mealtime a summer event. Expand your repertoire by grilling veggies like corn on the cob, zucchini, or create a shish kebab. Rubs and marinades are just as tasty on veggies as on your burger!

  • Blog (Thursday, June 26, 2014)
    Packing Light for Summer Travel

    Whether you’re flying with your family on a big trip across the country or going on a quick weekend road trip to the beach, smart travelers like to pack light. Not only does it make packing easier, but it makes finding what you need when you reach your destination easy, too.

  • Blog (Friday, June 13, 2014)
    Summer Road Trip With the Furry Children

    Taking the family for a summer road trip oftentimes includes the furry children. Kennels and pet sitters are costly and no one wants to leave the four-legged family members out of the fun. Your friends at Mast General Store are here to offer some tips that will help make your summer adventure a safe and enjoyable one for the furriest members of your family.

  • Blog (Monday, June 9, 2014)
    Savoring the Journey with Frank and Peggy

    We all want to invest our lives in the things we love. For Frank and Peggy, their great love in life, in addition to each other, is exploring the outdoors together.

  • Blog (Friday, June 6, 2014)
    National Geographic Explorer and Best-selling Author Visits Boone Mast Store

    The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, Mast General Store and Cordura are proud to host National Geographic Explorer and best-selling author Helen Thayer for a free presentation on Wednesday, May 14 in the lecture hall at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts in Downtown Boone. The presentation, “Polar Dream,” begins at 6:30 p.m. A meet and greet reception with light refreshments will be held immediately following the presentation. 

  • Blog (Thursday, May 22, 2014)
    What Mast Means to You

    This past June, one of our new Facebook friends asked us an excellent question. We posed her question to our 25,000 “friends on the internet” and were mightily touched by their answers. This blog captures what happened. 

  • Blog (Thursday, May 15, 2014)
    Old-Fashioned Summer Games to Share with Your Children

    Do you remember those lazy, endless summer days of childhood? A whole afternoon was spent skipping rocks in the creek. You’d lie in the grass, pull a blade, and fashion a horn by pressing your thumbs tightly together. Chalk drawn hopscotch boards colored neighborhood sidewalks in green, pink, and blue.

  • Blog (Saturday, May 10, 2014)
    Mast Founders Featured in "Capital At Play" Magazine

    When a 31-year-old John Cooper first laid eyes on the Mast General Store back in 1976, he had a vision for his family’s future that involved going back into the past. “I fell in love with the store as soon as I stepped inside,” says Cooper, who had traveled from his home in Florida with a friend to scout out potential real estate. “They literally had to carry me out.”

  • Blog (Friday, May 2, 2014)
    Loggerhead Apparel Helps its Namesake

    Did you know the Loggerhead Sea Turtle is South Carolina’s state reptile? The Mast Stores in Greenville and Columbia Mast Stores carry a very special South Carolina-based line of clothing that feature this majestic creature. In addition to its superior line of clothing, the state’s own Loggerhead Apparel is dedicated to two different, yet worthy, causes. One is breathing new life back into South Carolina's textile industry. The other is the preservation and protection of the endangered Loggerhead Sea Turtle.

  • Blog (Wednesday, April 30, 2014)
    Mast General Store Places 4th in 100 North Carolina Icons List

    This summer, Our State Magazine published the definitive to-do list of 100 North Carolina Icons. Our State queried writers, readers, photographers, and Facebook friends to share “what makes North Carolina a state unlike any other.” We are thrilled that Mast General Store is ranked as the 4th icon on the list!

  • Blog (Tuesday, April 8, 2014)
    Columbia's Riverbanks Zoo and Garden Celebrates 40 "Wild" Years

    Our friends at Riverbanks have a special announcement to share! Riverbanks Zoo and Garden will release its first pictorial "coffee table" book, a partnership with the University of South Carolina Press, to mark its milestone 40th anniversary on April 25, 2014.

  • Blog (Thursday, March 27, 2014)
    "Southeast Discovery" and the Southern Way of Life

    In March of 2012, Southeast Discovery, "The Retirement and Second Home Blog", wrote an article exploring the richness of Mast General Store - our history, values, people, and the things we care about. Here's a snippet of their post. Click through at the bottom to read more.

  • Blog (Friday, March 14, 2014)
    Backyard Birding Made Easy

    Bird watching is full of surprises. Did you realize that chickadees are as fond of peanut butter as your four-year-old… and as prone to squabbling over it as toddlers are? Have you ever watched a cardinal feed a choice seed to his mate?  Listened to the joyous song of a sparrow after a rainstorm?

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    Friends' Day in Columbia Salutes the Palmetto Trail

    The Palmetto Trail, a project of the Palmetto Conservation Foundation (PCF), begins in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains at Wahalla and stretches across the state of South Carolina to the Low Country near Charleston. On September 9, the Mast Store in Columbia is hosting volunteers from the PCF and will donate 10% of the day’s sales to help this group’s continuing efforts to conserve South Carolina’s natural and cultural resources and to promote active outdoor recreation on the Palmetto Trail.

  • Event (Jul 28, 2017)
    Music in the Valle: Letters to Abigail

  • Event (Aug 3, 2017)
    Mountain Dance & Folk Festival

  • Event (Aug 4, 2017)
    Music in the Valle: Maureen Renihan

  • Event (Aug 4, 2017)
    August Music at Original and Annex

    Mast General Store, Annex, Valle Crucis

  • Event (Aug 5, 2017)
    Original and Annex Music

  • Event (Aug 6, 2017)
    Original and Annex Music

  • Event (Aug 11, 2017)
    Music in the Valle: Dashboard Hula Boys

  • Event (Aug 12, 2017)
    Pawmetto Lifeline: About Our Wellness Clinic

  • Event (Aug 12, 2017)
    Watauga County Farmers Market

  • Event (Aug 18, 2017)
    Music in the Valle: Zoe & Cloyd

  • Event (Aug 18, 2017)
    Our Fake Event

  • Event (Aug 18, 2017)
    Gallery Hop: Downtown Hendersonville & Flat Rock

  • Event (Aug 19, 2017)
    Cocky Visits the Mast Store!

  • Event (Aug 19, 2017)
    Grandfather Mountain Camera Clinic

  • Event (Aug 21, 2017)
    Celebrate the Eclipse!

  • Event (Aug 21, 2017)
    Solar Eclipse Hours: Closed 2:15 pm - 3:00 pm

  • Event (Aug 23, 2017)
    Market Square Farmers Market

  • Event (Aug 24, 2017)
    Haywood County Fair

  • Event (Aug 24, 2017)
    Dogs' Night Out

  • Event (Aug 24, 2017)
    Haywood County Fair Bingo Night

  • Event (Aug 25, 2017)
    Music in the Valle: Carolina Ramble Review

  • Event (Aug 25, 2017)
    Book Signing: The Harvest Baker

  • Event (Aug 26, 2017)
    Cowbelle Classic

  • Event (Aug 26, 2017)
    Book Signing: The Harvest Baker

  • Event (Aug 26, 2017)
    Smokey & the UT Cheer Squad

  • Event (Aug 31, 2017)
    Summer Harvest Festival

  • Event (Aug 31, 2017)
    Triad Music Festival

  • Event (Aug 31, 2017)
    Old-Time Jam Sessions

  • Event (Sep 1, 2017)
    Smoky Mountain Folk Festival

  • Event (Sep 1, 2017)
    Music in the Valle: Brooks Forsyth

  • Event (Sep 1, 2017)
    First Friday Gallery Hop

  • Event (Sep 1, 2017)
    NC Apple Festival

  • Event (Sep 1, 2017)
    Art After Dark!

  • Event (Sep 1, 2017)
    First Friday: Downtown Boone

  • Event (Sep 2, 2017)
    Songs of the Working Man and Woman

  • Event (Sep 2, 2017)
    Shindig on the Green

  • Event (Sep 2, 2017)
    SARG: Shelter Animal Rescue Group

  • Event (Sep 2, 2017)
    September: Original Store and Annex Music

  • Event (Sep 6, 2017)
    Tribute to the King: Donny Edwards Live

  • Event (Sep 7, 2017)
    Bookmarks 2017 Festival

  • Event (Sep 7, 2017)
    First Thursday: Post-Timey String Band

  • Event (Sep 8, 2017)
    NC Mountain State Fair

  • Event (Sep 8, 2017)
    Tennessee Valley Fair

  • Event (Sep 8, 2017)
    Cherokee Blue Ridge Run

  • Event (Sep 8, 2017)
    Music in the Valle: Grits & Soul

  • Event (Sep 9, 2017)
    Kidfest at Grandfather Mountain

  • Event (Sep 9, 2017)
    Grandparents Day Weekend Special

  • Event (Sep 9, 2017)
    Friends Day!

  • Event (Sep 9, 2017)
    Home & Garden Show

  • Event (Sep 9, 2017)
    Art in the Park

  • Event (Sep 9, 2017)
    Community Headwaters Festival

  • Event (Sep 9, 2017)
    International Village Food & Music Festival

  • Event (Sep 9, 2017)
    Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley

  • Event (Sep 9, 2017)
    ASU vs Savannah State Tigers

  • Event (Sep 13, 2017)
    Book Signing: Sharyn McCrumb

  • Event (Sep 16, 2017)
    Block Party

  • Event (Sep 16, 2017)
    47th Annual Girl Scout Day

  • Event (Sep 16, 2017)
    Jubilee Festival

  • Event (Sep 16, 2017)
    Elk Knob: Skins & Skulls

  • Event (Sep 16, 2017)
    Book Signing: The South in Color

  • Event (Sep 16, 2017)
    9th Annual Flock to the Rock

  • Event (Sep 16, 2017)
    Patrick Elswick, Thru-Hiker

  • Event (Sep 16, 2017)
    Small Breed Rescue of East TN

  • Event (Sep 16, 2017)
    Benefit Banquet: Hunters for the Hungry

  • Event (Sep 19, 2017)
    Mary Chapin Carpenter at the Bijou

  • Event (Sep 20, 2017)
    Fall Homeschool Day

  • Event (Sep 21, 2017)
    Euphoria Greenville

  • Event (Sep 21, 2017)
    Veterans Day Festival

  • Event (Sep 22, 2017)
    Beauty of the Night Hike

  • Event (Sep 22, 2017)
    Riverbanks Zoofari

  • Event (Sep 22, 2017)
    Ghost Train Halloween Festival

  • Event (Sep 22, 2017)
    Donna the Buffalo

  • Event (Sep 23, 2017)
    ASU vs. Wake Forest

  • Event (Sep 23, 2017)
    Rooster Run 5K

  • Event (Sep 23, 2017)
    Upstate Forever Preservation Ride

  • Event (Sep 23, 2017)
    Sampling: McMasters Hawg Sauce

  • Event (Sep 23, 2017)
    Art Gone Wild!

  • Event (Sep 23, 2017)
    The Kingston Trio

  • Event (Sep 26, 2017)
    CMA Chamber Music on Main

  • Event (Sep 27, 2017)
    New Fall Foliage Primer Post

  • Event (Sep 27, 2017)
    Rhiannon Giddens

  • Event (Sep 28, 2017)
    Loaves and Fishes: Rock Out Hunger

  • Event (Sep 29, 2017)
    Play: Three Sisters

  • Event (Sep 30, 2017)
    Sunrise Hike

  • Event (Sep 30, 2017)
    Sampling: Matlin Farms Dog Treats

  • Event (Sep 30, 2017)
    Sampling: Stonewall Kitchen

  • Event (Oct 1, 2017)
    Chimney Rock Fall Photo Contest

  • Event (Oct 1, 2017)
    October Music at the Original Store

  • Event (Oct 1, 2017)
    Music at the Annex

  • Event (Oct 1, 2017)
    Colors of Grandfather: Guided Walks

    Linville, NC Grandfather Mountain

  • Event (Oct 1, 2017)
    Green Thumb Gala

  • Event (Oct 2, 2017)
    Doggin' It - Food Truck at the Annex

  • Event (Oct 3, 2017)
    Music: From the Highlands to the High Country

  • Event (Oct 3, 2017)
    Senior Day at Zoo Knoxville

  • Event (Oct 3, 2017)
    105th Annual Cherokee Indian Fair

  • Event (Oct 5, 2017)
    Dwight Rose: Fall Watercolor Workshop

  • Event (Oct 5, 2017)
    First Thursday Music: Jellyroll & Delicious Dish

  • Event (Oct 5, 2017)
    Sam Bush at the Bijou

  • Event (Oct 6, 2017)
    Annual Tent Sale

  • Event (Oct 6, 2017)
    Tennessee Fall Homecoming

  • Event (Oct 6, 2017)
    The Great Pumpkin Patch Express

  • Event (Oct 6, 2017)
    Dogs' Night Out

  • Event (Oct 6, 2017)
    Daniel Boo (Kid Friendly Haunted Trail)

  • Event (Oct 6, 2017)
    Harvest Farm Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch: Family Movie Night

  • Event (Oct 7, 2017)
    Food Trucks in the Valle!

    Location Venue

  • Event (Oct 7, 2017)
    Home: Gamecocks vs Razorbacks

  • Event (Oct 7, 2017)
    Bluegrass Hither and Yonder: Shadowgrass and Strictly Clean & Decent

  • Event (Oct 7, 2017)
    Still We Rise: Celebrating 30 Years of Song

  • Event (Oct 7, 2017)
    October Art in the Park

  • Event (Oct 7, 2017)
    Our State Made in NC Awards Celebration

  • Event (Oct 7, 2017)
    October Music at the Annex

  • Event (Oct 7, 2017)
    Home: ASU vs New Mexico State

  • Event (Oct 8, 2017)
    Boone Heritage Festival

  • Event (Oct 10, 2017)
    Presentation and Book Signing: Sharyn McCrumb

  • Event (Oct 11, 2017)
    South Carolina State Fair

    Columbia State Fairgrounds

  • Event (Oct 12, 2017)
    BOO! at the Zoo

  • Event (Oct 13, 2017)
    Fall for Greenville

  • Event (Oct 13, 2017)
    Tent Sale at the Annex

  • Event (Oct 13, 2017)
    Music at the Annex: Jeb Wooley

  • Event (Oct 13, 2017)
    A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

  • Event (Oct 14, 2017)
    Specially Crafted Songs and Tunes: with Trevor McKenzie & Friends

  • Event (Oct 14, 2017)
    Oktoberfest at Sugar Mountain

  • Event (Oct 14, 2017)
    Church Street Art & Craft Show

  • Event (Oct 14, 2017)
    Home: Tennessee Vols vs Gamecocks

  • Event (Oct 14, 2017)
    Scout Day at Old Salem

  • Event (Oct 14, 2017)
    Old Salem Harvest Day

  • Event (Oct 14, 2017)
    Sampling: McMasters Hawg Sauce

  • Event (Oct 14, 2017)
    Home: Furman vs. VMI Keydets

  • Event (Oct 17, 2017)
    House Mountain Volunteer Day

  • Event (Oct 19, 2017)
    WNC Fall Harvest Days

  • Event (Oct 19, 2017)
    Blue Prints and Bow Ties Live Auction and Gala

  • Event (Oct 19, 2017)
    Attack of the Cheesy Horror Movies

    Kaleideum Planetarium, Winston-Salem

  • Event (Oct 20, 2017)
    Waynesville Tent Sale

  • Event (Oct 20, 2017)
    Ranger Andy Sicard

  • Event (Oct 21, 2017)
    Apple Harvest Festival

  • Event (Oct 21, 2017)
    Valle Country Fair

  • Event (Oct 21, 2017)
    Palmetto Animal Assisted Life Services

  • Event (Oct 21, 2017)
    Coffee with the Curator: Impressions of the Land

    Blowing Rock Art & History Museum

  • Event (Oct 21, 2017)
    Homecoming: Furman vs Mercer Bears

  • Event (Oct 21, 2017)
    Home: ASU vs Coastal Carolina

  • Event (Oct 22, 2017)
    John Peterson at the Annex

  • Event (Oct 25, 2017)
    Food for Kids with Merrell Footwear

  • Event (Oct 26, 2017)
    Legacy Parks Night at Balter

  • Event (Oct 26, 2017)
    The Civil War in Western North Carolina

    Blowing Rock Art & History Museum

  • Event (Oct 27, 2017)
    Legends and Lanterns Halloween Tours

  • Event (Oct 28, 2017)
    Beary Scary Halloween

  • Event (Oct 28, 2017)
    Home: Deacons vs Louisville

  • Event (Oct 28, 2017)
    Home: Gamecocks vs Vanderbilt Commodores

  • Event (Oct 28, 2017)
    Hunger & Health Coalition Masquerade Ball

  • Event (Oct 29, 2017)
    Trick or Treat in Old Salem

  • Event (Oct 31, 2017)
    Treats on the Street

  • Event (Oct 31, 2017)
    Halloween Face Painting

  • Event (Nov 1, 2017)
    Disney on Ice: Reach for the Stars

  • Event (Nov 3, 2017)
    Christmas at Biltmore

  • Event (Nov 3, 2017)
    Made in Tennessee Night!

    Mast General Store, Knoxville

  • Event (Nov 4, 2017)
    Home: Tennessee Vols vs Golden Eagles

  • Event (Nov 4, 2017)
    November 2017 Programs - Elk Knob

    Elk Knob State Park

  • Event (Nov 4, 2017)
    Fall Girl Scout Day

  • Event (Nov 4, 2017)
    November Music at the Original Store

    Original Store, Valle Crucis

  • Event (Nov 5, 2017)
    Shutterbugs Nature Photography Workshop

    Chimney Rock Park

  • Event (Nov 5, 2017)
    Book Signing: Lisa Ray

  • Event (Nov 8, 2017)
    Veterans Day Special

  • Event (Nov 10, 2017)
    The Polar Express Train

  • Event (Nov 10, 2017)
    Veteran's Day Parade

  • Event (Nov 11, 2017)
    Fall Boy Scout Day

  • Event (Nov 11, 2017)
    Music: Tom Pillion

    Mast Store Annex, Valle Crucis

  • Event (Nov 12, 2017)
    BBQ & Bluegrass: An Afternoon of Family Fun

    Bramblewood, Camden, SC

  • Event (Nov 12, 2017)
    Music: Tom Pillion

    Mast Store Annex, Valle Crucis

  • Event (Nov 14, 2017)
    Red, White and Bluegrass Jam

    Harvest House, Boone

  • Event (Nov 17, 2017)
    Winter Lights at NC Arboretum

  • Event (Nov 18, 2017)
    Turkey Strut 5K Walk/Run

  • Event (Nov 18, 2017)
    Book Signing Nov 18: The Christmas Donkey

    Mast General Store, Greenville

  • Event (Nov 22, 2017)
    Holiday Lights on the River

    Saluda Shoals Park, Columbia

  • Event (Nov 23, 2017)
    Closed for Thanksgiving Day with Our Families

  • Event (Nov 24, 2017)
    Annex - Nov 24-25 - 9 am - 6 pm

  • Event (Nov 24, 2017)
    Boone - Nov 24-25 - 9 am - 8 pm

  • Event (Nov 24, 2017)
    Greenville - Nov 24-25 - 9 am-9 pm

  • Event (Nov 24, 2017)
    Original Store - Nov 24-25 - 7 am - 6:30 pm

  • Event (Nov 24, 2017)
    Hendersonville - Nov 24-25 - 9 am-8 pm

  • Event (Nov 24, 2017)
    Asheville - Nov 24-25 - 9 am-9 pm

  • Event (Nov 24, 2017)
    Waynesville - Nov 24-25: 9 am-8 pm

  • Event (Nov 24, 2017)
    Santa Visits the Boone Store

    Mast General Store, Boone

  • Event (Nov 24, 2017)
    Elf on the Shelf Adventure Begins!

    Downtown Knoxville

  • Event (Nov 24, 2017)
    Columbia - Nov 24-25 - 9 am-9 pm

  • Event (Nov 24, 2017)
    Knoxville - Nov 24-25 - 9 am - 9 pm

  • Event (Nov 24, 2017)
    WS - Nov 24-25 - 9 am - 9 pm

  • Event (Nov 24, 2017)
    Black Friday: Santa Visits the Original Store

    Original Mast General Store, Valle Crucis

  • Event (Nov 24, 2017)
    Family Animal Encounters

  • Event (Nov 25, 2017)
    Celtic Christmas

  • Event (Nov 25, 2017)
    Flat Rock Playhouse Christmas Spectacular

    Flat Rock Playhouse

  • Event (Nov 25, 2017)
    Old Timey Christmas at the Curb Market

  • Event (Nov 25, 2017)
    Brothers in the Wind Toy Run

  • Event (Nov 25, 2017)
    Annual Thanksgiving Kiln Opening

    Traditions Pottery Studio, Lenoir

  • Event (Nov 25, 2017)
    Holiday Concert and Craft

    Blowing Rock Art & History Museum

  • Event (Nov 26, 2017)
    Greenville - Nov 26 - 11 am-6 pm

  • Event (Nov 26, 2017)
    Original Store - Nov 26 - 11 am - 6 pm

  • Event (Nov 26, 2017)
    Hendersonville - Nov 26 - Noon - 6 pm

  • Event (Nov 26, 2017)
    Waynesville - Nov 26: Noon-6 pm

  • Event (Nov 26, 2017)
    Asheville - Nov 26 - 11 am-6 pm

  • Event (Nov 26, 2017)
    Annex - Nov 26 - 11 am - 6 pm

  • Event (Nov 26, 2017)
    Boone Nov 26 - 11 am-6 pm

  • Event (Nov 26, 2017)
    WS - Nov 26 - 11 am - 6 pm

  • Event (Nov 26, 2017)
    Knoxville - Nov 26 - 11 am - 6 pm

  • Event (Nov 26, 2017)
    Columbia - Nov 26 - 11 am - 6 pm

  • Event (Nov 27, 2017)
    Columbia - Nov 27-29 - 10 am - 6 pm

  • Event (Nov 27, 2017)
    Knoxville - Nov 27-29 - 10 am -6 pm

  • Event (Nov 27, 2017)
    WS - Nov 27-29 - 10 am - 6 pm

  • Event (Nov 27, 2017)
    Boone - Nov 27-30 - 10 am-6 pm

  • Event (Nov 27, 2017)
    Original Store - Nov 27 - Dec 2 - 7 am - 6:30 pm

  • Event (Nov 27, 2017)
    Annex - Nov 27 - Dec 2 - 10 am - 6 pm

  • Event (Nov 27, 2017)
    Asheville - Nov 27-29 - 10 am-6 pm

  • Event (Nov 27, 2017)
    Waynesville - Nov 27-30 - 10 am-6 pm

  • Event (Nov 27, 2017)
    Hendersonville - Nov 27-30 - 10 am-6 pm

  • Event (Nov 27, 2017)
    Greenville - Nov 27-30 - 10 am-6 pm

  • Event (Nov 29, 2017)
    UCB Ice on Main

    Village Green, Greenville

  • Event (Nov 30, 2017)
    Knoxville Holiday Canstruction

    Knoxville Convention Center

  • Event (Nov 30, 2017)
    WYN Festival of Trees

    Chetola Resort, Blowing Rock

  • Event (Nov 30, 2017)
    WS - Nov 30 - 10 am - 8 pm

  • Event (Nov 30, 2017)
    Knoxville - Nov 30 - 10 am - 9 pm

  • Event (Nov 30, 2017)
    Columbia Nov 30, Dec 1 - 10 am - 8 pm

  • Event (Nov 30, 2017)
    Asheville - Nov 30 & Dec 1 - 10 am-9 pm

  • Event (Nov 30, 2017)
    Roper Mountain Holiday Lights

    Roper Mountain Science Center, Greenville

  • Event (Dec 1, 2017)
    St. Francis Festival of Trees

    Downtown Hotels, Greenville

  • Event (Dec 1, 2017)
    Black Nativity: A Soul-Stirring Rendition of the Christmas Story

    Arts Council Theatre, Winston-Salem, NC

  • Event (Dec 1, 2017)
    Holidays on Ice!

    Market Square, Knoxville

  • Event (Dec 1, 2017)
    Main Street Ice!

    Boyd Plaza, Columbia

  • Event (Dec 1, 2017)
    Knoxville - Dec 1 - 10 am - 10 pm

  • Event (Dec 1, 2017)
    WS - Dec 1-2 - 10 am - 9 pm

  • Event (Dec 1, 2017)
    See Santa & Mrs. Claus at the Store

    Mast General Store, Winston-Salem

  • Event (Dec 1, 2017)
    Waynesville - Dec 1 - 10 am-7 pm

  • Event (Dec 1, 2017)
    Greenville - Dec 1-2 - 10 am-9 pm

  • Event (Dec 1, 2017)
    Hendersonville - Dec 1-2 - 10 am-8 pm

  • Event (Dec 1, 2017)
    Boone - Dec 1-2 - 10 am-8 pm

  • Event (Dec 1, 2017)
    Holly Days

  • Event (Dec 1, 2017)
    Tweetsie Christmas!

  • Event (Dec 1, 2017)
    Lights and Luminaries

  • Event (Dec 2, 2017)
    Waynesville - Dec 2 - 10 am-8 pm

  • Event (Dec 2, 2017)
    Asheville - Dec 2 - 10 am-9 pm

  • Event (Dec 2, 2017)
    Knoxville - Dec 2 - 10 am - 9 pm

  • Event (Dec 2, 2017)
    Market Square Holiday Market

    Market Square, Knoxville

  • Event (Dec 2, 2017)
    Appalachian Ballet: The Nutcracker

    Knoxville Civic Auditorium & Coliseum

  • Event (Dec 2, 2017)
    Santa at the Greenville Store!

    Mast General Store, Greenville

  • Event (Dec 2, 2017)
    December 2017 Music at Original Store

    Mast General Store, Valle Crucis

  • Event (Dec 2, 2017)
    Meet and Greet: Boneless Chuck

    Mast General Store, Greenville

  • Event (Dec 2, 2017)
    Weekends with Santa at the Original Store

    Original Mast Store, Valle Crucis

  • Event (Dec 2, 2017)
    Hendersonville Christmas Parade

    Main Street, Five Points, Hendersonville

  • Event (Dec 2, 2017)
    Columbia - Dec 2 - 9 am - 8 pm

  • Event (Dec 2, 2017)
    Book Signing Dec 2: The Christmas Donkey

    Mast General Store, Greenville

  • Event (Dec 2, 2017)
    Weekend Visits with Santa at the Boone Store

    Mast General Store, Boone

  • Event (Dec 2, 2017)
    Santa Cotton Store Visit

  • Event (Dec 3, 2017)
    Boone - Dec 3 - 11 am-6 pm

  • Event (Dec 3, 2017)
    Original Store - Dec 3 - Noon - 6 pm

  • Event (Dec 3, 2017)
    Asheville - Dec 3 - Noon - 6pm

  • Event (Dec 3, 2017)
    Waynesville - Dec 3 - Noon - 6 pm

  • Event (Dec 3, 2017)
    Hendersonville - Dec 3 - Noon - 6 pm

  • Event (Dec 3, 2017)
    Annex - Dec 3 - 11 am - 6 pm

  • Event (Dec 3, 2017)
    Greenville - Dec 3 - Noon - 6 pm

  • Event (Dec 3, 2017)
    Knoxville - Dec 3 - Noon - 6 pm

  • Event (Dec 3, 2017)
    WS - Dec 3 - 11 am - 6 pm

  • Event (Dec 3, 2017)
    Columbia - Dec 3 - Noon - 6 pm

  • Event (Dec 4, 2017)
    Columbia - Dec 4-6 - 10 am - 7 pm

  • Event (Dec 4, 2017)
    Greenville - Dec 4-7 - 10 am-6 pm

  • Event (Dec 4, 2017)
    Knoxville - Dec 4-6 - 10 am - 6 pm

  • Event (Dec 4, 2017)
    WS - Dec 4-6 - 10 am - 6 pm

  • Event (Dec 4, 2017)
    Hendersonville - Dec 4-7 - 10 am - 6 pm

  • Event (Dec 4, 2017)
    Waynesville - Dec 4-7 - 10 am-6 pm

  • Event (Dec 4, 2017)
    Asheville - Dec 4-6 - 10 am-6 pm

  • Event (Dec 4, 2017)
    Original Store - Dec 4-9 - 7 am - 6:30 pm

  • Event (Dec 4, 2017)
    Annex Hours - Dec 4-9 - 10 am - 6 pm

  • Event (Dec 4, 2017)
    Boone - Dec 4-7 - 10 am-6 pm

  • Event (Dec 4, 2017)
    Waynesville Christmas Parade

  • Event (Dec 6, 2017)
    Tannenberg Organ Recital Series

  • Event (Dec 7, 2017)
    Asheville - Dec 7-9 - 10 am-9 pm

  • Event (Dec 7, 2017)
    WS - Dec 7 - 10 am - 8 pm

  • Event (Dec 7, 2017)
    Columbia - Dec 7-8 - 10 am - 8 pm

  • Event (Dec 7, 2017)
    Knoxville - Dec 7-9 - 10 am - 9 pm

  • Event (Dec 7, 2017)
    Mr. and Mrs. Santa at the Store

    Mast General Store, Winston-Salem

  • Event (Dec 7, 2017)
    December 2017 - Food Trucks in the Valle

    Food Trucks, Mast Store Annex, Valle Crucis

  • Event (Dec 7, 2017)
    First Thursday: Santa Cotton

  • Event (Dec 7, 2017)
    First Thursday Music: The Witness Marks

    Mast General Store, Columbia

  • Event (Dec 8, 2017)
    Greenville - Dec 8-9 - 10 am-9 pm

  • Event (Dec 8, 2017)
    WS - Dec 8-9 - 10 am - 9 pm

  • Event (Dec 8, 2017)
    Boone - Dec 8-9 - 10 am-8 pm

  • Event (Dec 8, 2017)
    Waynesville - Dec 8 - 10 am-7 pm

  • Event (Dec 8, 2017)
    Hendersonville - Dec 8-9 - 10 am - 8 pm

  • Event (Dec 8, 2017)
    Fridays with Santa at the Annex

    Mast Store Annex, Valle Crucis

  • Event (Dec 8, 2017)
    Holiday Stroll

    Downtown, Blowing Rock

  • Event (Dec 9, 2017)
    Waynesville - Dec 9 - 10 am-9 pm

  • Event (Dec 9, 2017)
    A Night Before Christmas

  • Event (Dec 9, 2017)
    Downtown Boone Christmas Parade

  • Event (Dec 9, 2017)
    Columbia - Dec 9 - 9 am - 8 pm

  • Event (Dec 9, 2017)
    Santa on the Chimney!

  • Event (Dec 9, 2017)
    Cookbook Signing: Ken Haedrich's The Harvest Baker

  • Event (Dec 9, 2017)
    Book Signing: Melinda Long

    Mast General Store, Columbia

  • Event (Dec 9, 2017)
    Santa Days at the Knoxville Store

  • Event (Dec 9, 2017)
    Christmas Parade at Cherokee

  • Event (Dec 9, 2017)
    Carriage Rides

    Historic Downtown Hendersonville

  • Event (Dec 10, 2017)
    Columbia - Dec 10 - Noon - 6 pm

  • Event (Dec 10, 2017)
    WS - Dec 10 - 11 am -6 pm

  • Event (Dec 10, 2017)
    Greenville - Dec 10 - Noon - 6 pm

  • Event (Dec 10, 2017)
    Knoxville - Dec 10 - Noon - 6 pm

  • Event (Dec 10, 2017)
    Original Store - Dec 10 - Noon - 6 pm

  • Event (Dec 10, 2017)
    Annex - Dec 10 - 11 am - 6 pm

  • Event (Dec 10, 2017)
    Boone - Dec 10 - 11 am-6 pm

  • Event (Dec 10, 2017)
    Hendersonville - Dec 10 - Noon - 6 pm

  • Event (Dec 10, 2017)
    Waynesville - Dec 10 - Noon - 6 pm

  • Event (Dec 10, 2017)
    Asheville - Dec 10 - Noon - 6 pm

  • Event (Dec 10, 2017)
    Food Sampling: Mast Store Provisioners

    Mast General Store, Greenville

  • Event (Dec 11, 2017)
    Knoxville - Dec 11-16 - 10 am - 9 pm

  • Event (Dec 11, 2017)
    Greenville - Dec 11-14 - 10 am-7 pm

  • Event (Dec 11, 2017)
    Columbia - Dec 11-15 - 10 am - 8 pm

  • Event (Dec 11, 2017)
    WS - Dec 11-13 - 10 am - 7 pm

  • Event (Dec 11, 2017)
    Asheville - Dec 11-13 - 10 am-7 pm

  • Event (Dec 11, 2017)
    Waynesville - Dec 11-14 - 10 am-6 pm

  • Event (Dec 11, 2017)
    Original Store - Dec 11-15 - 7 am - 6:30 pm

  • Event (Dec 11, 2017)
    Annex - Dec 11-16 - 10 am - 6 pm

  • Event (Dec 11, 2017)
    Hendersonville - Dec 11-14 - 10 am - 6 pm

  • Event (Dec 11, 2017)
    Boone - Dec 11-14 - 10 am-7 pm

  • Event (Dec 13, 2017)
    Twelve Days of Christmas

  • Event (Dec 14, 2017)
    An Appalachian Christmas

  • Event (Dec 14, 2017)
    Asheville - Dec 14-16 - 10 am-9 pm

  • Event (Dec 14, 2017)
    WS - Dec 14 - 10 am - 8 pm

  • Event (Dec 14, 2017)
    Book Signing: At Home in the Heart of the Horseshoe

    Mast General Store, Columbia

  • Event (Dec 15, 2017)
    Holiday Festival of Lights

    The Cove in Concord Park

  • Event (Dec 15, 2017)
    Live Radio Play: It's a Wonderful Life

    The Little Theatre of Winston-Salem

  • Event (Dec 15, 2017)
    December Music at the Annex!

    Mast Store Annex, Valle Crucis

  • Event (Dec 15, 2017)
    WS - Dec 15-16 - 10 am - 9 pm

  • Event (Dec 15, 2017)
    Greenville - Dec 15-16 - 10 am-9 pm

  • Event (Dec 15, 2017)
    Waynesville - Dec 15 - 10 am-7 pm

  • Event (Dec 15, 2017)
    Hendersonville - December 15-16 - 10 am - 8 pm

  • Event (Dec 15, 2017)
    Boone - Dec 15-16 - 10 am-8 pm

  • Event (Dec 16, 2017)
    Original Store - Dec 16 - 7 am - 7 pm

  • Event (Dec 16, 2017)
    Waynesville - Dec 16 - 10 am-8 pm

  • Event (Dec 16, 2017)
    Columbia - Dec 16 - 9 am - 9 pm

  • Event (Dec 17, 2017)
    Columbia - Dec 17 - 11 am - 6 pm

  • Event (Dec 17, 2017)
    WS - Dec 17 - 11 am - 6 pm

  • Event (Dec 17, 2017)
    Greenville - Dec 17 - Noon - 6 pm

  • Event (Dec 17, 2017)
    Knoxville - Dec 17 - Noon - 6 pm

  • Event (Dec 17, 2017)
    Waynesville - Dec 17 - Noon - 6 pm

  • Event (Dec 17, 2017)
    Asheville - Dec 17 - 11 am-6 pm

  • Event (Dec 17, 2017)
    Original Store - Dec 17 - Noon - 6 pm

  • Event (Dec 17, 2017)
    Annex Hours - Dec 17 - 11 am - 6 pm

  • Event (Dec 17, 2017)
    Hendersonville - Dec 17 - Noon - 6 pm

  • Event (Dec 17, 2017)
    Boone - Dec 17 - 11 am-6 pm

  • Event (Dec 17, 2017)
    A Swannanoa Solstice

  • Event (Dec 17, 2017)
    Pet Treat Tasting: Miss Bee Haven Honey Bones

    Mast General Store, Greenville

  • Event (Dec 18, 2017)
    Original Hours - Dec 18-23 - 7 am-6:30 pm

  • Event (Dec 18, 2017)
    Annex Hours - Dec 18-23 - 10 am-6 pm

  • Event (Dec 18, 2017)
    Hendersonville - Dec 18-23 - 10 am - 8 pm

  • Event (Dec 18, 2017)
    Asheville - Dec 18-20 - 10 am-7 pm

  • Event (Dec 18, 2017)
    Waynesville - Dec 18-22 - 10 am-7 pm

  • Event (Dec 18, 2017)
    Boone - Dec 18-21 - 10 am-7 pm

  • Event (Dec 18, 2017)
    Knoxville - Dec 18-23 - 10 am - 9 pm

  • Event (Dec 18, 2017)
    Greenville - Dec 18-21 - 10 am - 8 pm

  • Event (Dec 18, 2017)
    WS - Dec 18-20 - 10 am - 9 pm

  • Event (Dec 18, 2017)
    Columbia - Dec 18-22 - 10 am 9 pm

  • Event (Dec 21, 2017)
    WS - Dec 21-23 - 10 am - 9 pm

  • Event (Dec 21, 2017)
    Asheville - Dec 21-23 - 10 am-9 pm

  • Event (Dec 22, 2017)
    Boone - Dec 22-23 - 10 am-8 pm

  • Event (Dec 22, 2017)
    Greenville - Dec 22-23 - 10 am - 9 pm

  • Event (Dec 23, 2017)
    Columbia - Dec 23 - 9 am - 9 pm

  • Event (Dec 23, 2017)
    Waynesville - Dec 23 - 10 am-8 pm

  • Event (Dec 24, 2017)
    Waynesville - Dec 24 - 11 am-4 pm

  • Event (Dec 24, 2017)
    Asheville - Dec 24 - 11 am-4 pm

  • Event (Dec 24, 2017)
    Hendersonville - Dec 24 - Noon - 4 pm

  • Event (Dec 24, 2017)
    Original/Annex Hours - Dec 24 - 11 am-4 pm

  • Event (Dec 24, 2017)
    Boone - Dec 24 - 11 am-4 pm

  • Event (Dec 24, 2017)
    Columbia - Dec 24 - 10 am - 4 pm

  • Event (Dec 24, 2017)
    WS - Dec 24 - 11 am - 4 pm

  • Event (Dec 24, 2017)
    Greenville - Dec 24 - Noon - 4 pm

  • Event (Dec 24, 2017)
    Knoxville - Dec 24 - Noon - 4 pm

  • Event (Dec 25, 2017)
    Stores Closed Today

  • Event (Dec 26, 2017)
    Original Hours - Dec 26-30 - 7 am-6:30 pm

  • Event (Dec 26, 2017)
    Annex Hours - Dec 26-30 - 10 am-6 pm

  • Event (Dec 26, 2017)
    Hendersonville - Dec 26-30 - 10 am-6 pm

  • Event (Dec 26, 2017)
    Asheville - Dec 26-27 - 10 am-6 pm

  • Event (Dec 26, 2017)
    Waynesville - Dec 26-30 - 10 am-6 pm

  • Event (Dec 26, 2017)
    Boone - Dec 26-28 - 10 am-6 pm

  • Event (Dec 26, 2017)
    Knoxville - Dec 26-27 - 10 am - 6 pm

  • Event (Dec 26, 2017)
    Greenville - Dec 26-28 - 10 am - 6 pm

  • Event (Dec 26, 2017)
    WS - Dec 26-27 - 10 am - 6 pm

  • Event (Dec 26, 2017)
    Columbia - Dec 26-27 - 10 am - 6 pm

  • Event (Dec 27, 2017)
    Old Time Music Jams at Ransom

    Ransom Coffee Bar and Restaurant, Boone

  • Event (Dec 28, 2017)
    Columbia - Dec 28 - 10 am - 8 pm

  • Event (Dec 28, 2017)
    WS - Dec 28-30 - 10 am - 8 pm

  • Event (Dec 28, 2017)
    Knoxville - Dec 28-30 - 10 am - 9 pm

  • Event (Dec 28, 2017)
    Asheville - Dec 28-30 - 10 am-9 pm

  • Event (Dec 28, 2017)
    Jones House Weekly Jam Sessions

    Jones House, downtown Boone

  • Event (Dec 29, 2017)
    Columbia - Dec 29 - 10 am - 8 pm

  • Event (Dec 29, 2017)
    Greenville - Dec 29-30 - 10 am - 9 pm

  • Event (Dec 29, 2017)
    Boone - Dec 29-30 - 10 am-8 pm

  • Event (Dec 30, 2017)
    Columbia - Dec 30 - 9 am - 8 pm

  • Event (Dec 31, 2017)
    Greenville - Dec 31 - Noon - 5 pm

  • Event (Dec 31, 2017)
    Knoxville - Dec 31 - Noon - 5 pm

  • Event (Dec 31, 2017)
    WS - Dec 31 - 11 am - 5 pm

  • Event (Dec 31, 2017)
    Columbia - Dec 31 - Noon - 5 pm

  • Event (Dec 31, 2017)
    Boone - Dec 31 - 11 am-6 pm

  • Event (Dec 31, 2017)
    Waynesville - Dec 31 - Noon - 5 pm

  • Event (Dec 31, 2017)
    Hendersonville - Dec 31 - Noon - 5 pm

  • Event (Dec 31, 2017)
    Original & Annex Hours - Dec 31 - 11 am-5 pm

  • Event (Dec 31, 2017)
    Asheville - Dec 31 - Noon - 5 pm

  • Event (Jan 1, 2018)
    Stores Closed Today - Happy New Year

  • Event (Jan 1, 2018)
    Winter Wonders Photo Contest

    Chimney Rock Park

  • Event (Jan 1, 2018)
    New Year's Sunrise Event

    Grandfather Mountain, Linville

  • Event (Jan 2, 2018)
    Columbia - Jan 2-3 - 10 am - 6 pm

  • Event (Jan 2, 2018)
    WS - Jan 2-3 - 10 am - 6 pm

  • Event (Jan 2, 2018)
    Knoxville - Jan 2-3 - 10 am - 6 pm

  • Event (Jan 2, 2018)
    Greenville - Jan 2-4 - 10 am - 6 pm

  • Event (Jan 2, 2018)
    Hendersonville - Jan 2-6 - 10 am-6 pm

  • Event (Jan 2, 2018)
    Original Hours - Jan 2-6 - 7 am-6:30 pm

  • Event (Jan 2, 2018)
    Annex Hours - Jan 2-6 - 10 am-6 pm

  • Event (Jan 2, 2018)
    Asheville - Jan 2-4 - 10 am-6 pm

  • Event (Jan 2, 2018)
    Waynesville - Jan 2-6 - 10 am-6 pm

  • Event (Jan 2, 2018)
    Boone - Jan 2-4 - 10 am-6 pm

  • Event (Jan 2, 2018)
    Free Admission to B.R.A.H.M.

    Blowing Rock Art and History Museum

  • Event (Jan 4, 2018)
    WS - Jan 4-6 - 10 am - 8 pm

  • Event (Jan 4, 2018)
    Columbia - Jan 4-5 - 10 am - 8 pm

  • Event (Jan 4, 2018)
    Knoxville - Jan 4-6 - 10 am - 9 pm

  • Event (Jan 4, 2018)
    January Food Trucks in the Valle

    Mast Store Annex, Valle Crucis

  • Event (Jan 4, 2018)
    First Thursday Music: Sam & Rob

    Mast Store, Columbia

  • Event (Jan 4, 2018)
    First Thursday

    Main Street, Columbia

  • Event (Jan 5, 2018)
    DADA First Friday Gallery Hop 2018

    Downtown Winston-Salem

  • Event (Jan 5, 2018)
    Greenville - Jan 5-6 - 10 am - 9 pm

  • Event (Jan 5, 2018)
    Boone - Jan 5-6 - 10 am-8 pm

  • Event (Jan 5, 2018)
    Asheville - Jan 5-6 - 10 am-9 pm

  • Event (Jan 5, 2018)
    Free Fridays 2018

    Riverbanks Zoo & Garden, Columbia

  • Event (Jan 6, 2018)
    Columbia - Jan 6 - 9 am - 8 pm

  • Event (Jan 6, 2018)
    Music in the Original Store - January

    Original Store, Valle Crucis

  • Event (Jan 7, 2018)
    Columbia - Jan 7 - Noon - 6 pm

  • Event (Jan 7, 2018)
    Knoxville - Jan 7 - Noon - 6 pm

  • Event (Jan 7, 2018)
    WS - Jan 7 - 11 am - 6 pm

  • Event (Jan 7, 2018)
    Greenville - Jan 7 - Noon - 6 pm

  • Event (Jan 7, 2018)
    Asheville - Jan 7 - Noon-6 pm

  • Event (Jan 7, 2018)
    Waynesville - Jan 7 - Noon - 6 pm

  • Event (Jan 7, 2018)
    Hendersonville - Jan 7 - Noon - 6 pm

  • Event (Jan 7, 2018)
    Original & Annex Hours - Jan 1 - Noon-6pm

  • Event (Jan 7, 2018)
    Boone - Jan 7 - 11 am-6 pm

  • Event (Jan 11, 2018)
    Restaurant Week Columbia

    All over Columbia, SC

  • Event (Jan 11, 2018)
    Restaurant Week South Carolina

    Greenville

  • Event (Jan 12, 2018)
    Kroger Zoo Discount Days

    Knoxville Zoo

  • Event (Jan 12, 2018)
    Play: The Bald Soprano

    HART Theatre, Waynesville

  • Event (Jan 13, 2018)
    Soda City Market

    1500 Block, Main Street, Columbia

  • Event (Jan 14, 2018)
    Marx Brothers: A Night at the Opera

    Red Cinemas, Greensboro

  • Event (Jan 20, 2018)
    Asheville Hot Chocolate 5K/10K and Kids' Races

    Dickson Elementary School, Asheville

  • Event (Jan 20, 2018)
    7th Annual Slow Food Seed Swap

    Old Salem Visitor Center

  • Event (Jan 20, 2018)
    Stargazing with Kaleideum

    Kaleideum Planetarium, Winston-Salem

  • Event (Jan 25, 2018)
    Winterfest!

    Blowing Rock

  • Event (Jan 25, 2018)
    The Return: A Spectacular Beatles Tribute

    Greenville Little Theatre

  • Event (Jan 25, 2018)
    2018 Fringe Arts Festival

    Contemporary Dance Theatre, Asheville

  • Event (Jan 26, 2018)
    Play: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare

    HART Theatre, Waynesville

  • Event (Jan 27, 2018)
    Ballet: A Midsummer Night's Dream

    Koger Center for the Arts, Columbia

  • Event (Jan 27, 2018)
    Chocolatefest 2018

    Knoxville Convention Center

  • Event (Jan 28, 2018)
    The Great Cardboard Box Derby

    Beech Mountain Resort,

  • Event (Jan 31, 2018)
    Original Store Hours January 31

    Original Store, Valle Crucis

  • Event (Feb 1, 2018)
    Steep Canyon Rangers at the Bijou

    Bijou Theatre, Knoxville

  • Event (Feb 2, 2018)
    Knoxville First Friday

    Downtown Knoxville

  • Event (Feb 2, 2018)
    First Friday Art Crawl - Boone

    downtown Boone

  • Event (Feb 2, 2018)
    First Fridays in Greenville

    Greenville

  • Event (Feb 3, 2018)
    February Music at the Original Store

    Original Mast Store, Valle Crucis

  • Event (Feb 3, 2018)
    Chautauqua History Alive: George Washington

    Wade Hampton HS Auditorium, Greenville

  • Event (Feb 5, 2018)
    All Creatures Great and Small

    Warehouse Theatre, Greenville

  • Event (Feb 5, 2018)
    Hidden Figures: Author, Margo Lee Shetterly

    Wait Chapel, Wake Forest University

  • Event (Feb 9, 2018)
    Orchids at Riverbanks

    Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, Columbia

  • Event (Feb 9, 2018)
    Night at the Museum

    Asheville Museum of Science

  • Event (Feb 9, 2018)
    Play: Twelfth Night

    H.A.R.T. Theatre, Waynesville

  • Event (Feb 9, 2018)
    Music: Socks in the Frying Pan

    Diana Wortham Theatre, Asheville

  • Event (Feb 10, 2018)
    Second Saturday at SECCA

    SECCA, Winston-Salem, NC

  • Event (Feb 10, 2018)
    24 Hour Play Festival

    Greenville Little Theatre

  • Event (Feb 11, 2018)
    Asheville Mardi Gras Parade

    Downtown Asheville

  • Event (Feb 14, 2018)
    Broadway in Columbia: Cabaret

    Koger Center, Columbia

  • Event (Feb 14, 2018)
    Play: Our Town

    Hanes Brands Theatre, Winston-Salem

  • Event (Feb 16, 2018)
    Bluegrass First Class Festival

    Crowne Plaza, Asheville

  • Event (Feb 20, 2018)
    RAIN - A Tribute to the Beatles

    Peace Center, Greenville

  • Event (Feb 22, 2018)
    Charlotte's Web

    Greenville Little Theatre

  • Event (Feb 23, 2018)
    Play: Women and War

    H.A.R.T. Theatre, Waynesville

  • Event (Feb 24, 2018)
    Mardi Growl Cajun Crawl

    Downtown Knoxville

  • Event (Feb 27, 2018)
    Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy

    Schaefer Center, Boone

  • Event (Mar 1, 2018)
    Presentation: Spring Hikes on the Parkway

    Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center, Asheville

  • Event (Mar 1, 2018)
    March 2018 Music at Mast

    Mast General Store, Columbia

  • Event (Mar 2, 2018)
    The Wizard of Oz

    Tennessee Theatre, Knoxville

  • Event (Mar 2, 2018)
    Spring 2018 Craftsmen's Classic Festival

    SC State Fairgrounds

  • Event (Mar 3, 2018)
    29th Annual Earlewood Classic

    Earlewood Park, Columbia

  • Event (Mar 3, 2018)
    March Music at the Original Store

    Original Store, Valle Crucis

  • Event (Mar 3, 2018)
    The Young Irelanders

    Flat Rock Playhouse

  • Event (Mar 9, 2018)
    Carolina Classic Home & Garden Show

    State Fairgrounds, Columbia

  • Event (Mar 9, 2018)
    Outta Space Circus Extravaganza

    Clayton Performing Arts Center, Knoxville

  • Event (Mar 9, 2018)
    Play: Twelfth Night

    HART Theatre, Waynesville

  • Event (Mar 9, 2018)
    Ragtime! The Musical

    Greenville Little Theatre

  • Event (Mar 10, 2018)
    Madagascar - A Musical Adventure JR.

    HART Theatre

  • Event (Mar 14, 2018)
    Science Alive!

    Old Salem Historic District

  • Event (Mar 15, 2018)
    Hendersonville Restaurant Week

    Hendersonville

  • Event (Mar 15, 2018)
    Bark to the Park Registration Event

    Mast General Store, Columbia

  • Event (Mar 15, 2018)
    Downtown Alive!

    NOMA Square, Greenville

  • Event (Mar 16, 2018)
    Shamrock Fest!

    Market Square, Knoxville

  • Event (Mar 16, 2018)
    Vintage Market Days at WNC Ag Center

    WNC Agricultural Center, Fletcher, NC

  • Event (Mar 16, 2018)
    Greenville Heritage Main Street Fridays

    NOMA Square, downtown Greenville

  • Event (Mar 16, 2018)
    Daddy-Daughter Butterfly Dance

    Kaleideum Downtown, Winston-Salem

  • Event (Mar 16, 2018)
    Golden Dragon Acrobats

    Schaefer Center, Boone

  • Event (Mar 17, 2018)
    St. Pat's in Five Points

    Five Points, Columbia

  • Event (Mar 17, 2018)
    St. Patrick's Day Dash and Bash

    Fluor Field, Greenville

  • Event (Mar 20, 2018)
    Biltmore Blooms

    Biltmore Estate

  • Event (Mar 20, 2018)
    Celtic Woman: Homecoming Tour

    Koger Center for the Arts, Columbia

  • Event (Mar 22, 2018)
    Big Ears Music Festival

    Knoxville

  • Event (Mar 22, 2018)
    Spring Arts Alive in Salem

    Old Salem Historic District

  • Event (Mar 23, 2018)
    Banff Mountain Film Festival

    Schaefer Center, Boone

  • Event (Mar 23, 2018)
    Play: Mass Appeal

    H.A.R.T. Theatre, Waynesville

  • Event (Mar 24, 2018)
    Meltdown Games

    Appalachian Ski Mountain, Blowing Rock

  • Event (Mar 24, 2018)
    WNC Orchid Festival

    North Carolina Arboretum

  • Event (Mar 24, 2018)
    Tartan Day South: Highland Games & Festival

    Historic Columbia Speedway

  • Event (Mar 24, 2018)
    Nature Park GooseChase

    Lake Conestee Nature Park

  • Event (Mar 24, 2018)
    Sampling: Spring Shortbread Cookies

    Mast General Store, Winston-Salem

  • Event (Mar 24, 2018)
    Community Easter Egg Drop

    Sunset Park, Greenville

  • Event (Mar 25, 2018)
    Think Pink 5k

    SC State House, Columbia

  • Event (Mar 25, 2018)
    Arts & Crafts with Klutz Junior

    Mast Store, Columbia

  • Event (Mar 25, 2018)
    Shoot 'n' Shuck with Congaree Land Trust

    Palmetto Outdoors Shooting Facility

  • Event (Mar 26, 2018)
    Banff Mountain Film Festival

    Bijou Theatre, Knoxville

  • Event (Mar 28, 2018)
    2018 Dogwood Arts Festival

    Knoxville, Tennessee

  • Event (Mar 30, 2018)
    PEANUTS Easter Beagle Express

    Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, Bryson City

  • Event (Mar 30, 2018)
    Music: Home Free

    Tennessee Theatre, Knoxville

  • Event (Mar 31, 2018)
    Annual Festival: All About Herbs

    Lexington County Museum

  • Event (Mar 31, 2018)
    PAALS: Palmetto Animal Assisted Life Services

    Mast General Store, Columbia

  • Event (Mar 31, 2018)
    Tasting: Black Mountain Chocolate

    Mast General Store, Winston-Salem

  • Event (Mar 31, 2018)
    Easter on the Green

    Pack Square Park, Asheville

  • Event (Apr 3, 2018)
    Broadway in Columbia: Motown - The Musical

    Koger Center, Columbia

  • Event (Apr 5, 2018)
    The Music of Bob Seger

    Flat Rock Playhouse

  • Event (Apr 5, 2018)
    First Thursday Music: Liver Puddin'

    Mast General Store, Columbia

  • Event (Apr 6, 2018)
    Rhythm 'n' Blooms Festival

    Jackson Avenue, Knoxville

  • Event (Apr 6, 2018)
    Tweetsie Opening Day!

    Tweetsie Railroad, Blowing Rock

  • Event (Apr 6, 2018)
    Junior Diabetes Research Fund Event

    Mast General Store, Knoxville

  • Event (Apr 6, 2018)
    Township Auditorium: The Avett Brothers

    Township Auditorium, Columbia

  • Event (Apr 7, 2018)
    April Music at the Original Store

    Original Mast Store, Valle Crucis

  • Event (Apr 7, 2018)
    Take a Hike Earth Day 5k Run/Walk

  • Event (Apr 7, 2018)
    Cobblestone Farmers Market

  • Event (Apr 7, 2018)
    29th Annual Ijams River Rescue

    Ijams Nature Center

  • Event (Apr 7, 2018)
    SC 1st Annual Taco Festival

    Historic Columbia Speedway, Cayce

  • Event (Apr 7, 2018)
    Fireflies Baseball Benefit: for Columbia Museum of Art

    Columbia Fireflies

  • Event (Apr 8, 2018)
    2018 Tour for Life

    Boone Mall

  • Event (Apr 12, 2018)
    2018 Indie Grits Festival

    Nickelodeon Theatre, Columbia

  • Event (Apr 13, 2018)
    Hats in Bloom!

    Knoxville Botanical Garden

  • Event (Apr 13, 2018)
    Columbia - Dogs Night Out!

    Mast Store Columbia

  • Event (Apr 13, 2018)
    Play: Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike

    Brevard

  • Event (Apr 14, 2018)
    Bark to the Park 2018

    Finlay Park, Columbia

  • Event (Apr 14, 2018)
    Party for the Planet

    Greenville Zoo

  • Event (Apr 14, 2018)
    Cherokee Heritage Day

    Museum of the Cherokee Indian, Cherokee, NC

  • Event (Apr 15, 2018)
    Skins & Skulls at Elk Knob

    Elk Knob State Park

  • Event (Apr 15, 2018)
    H.A.L.T. Adoption Event

  • Event (Apr 17, 2018)
    Mystic Chords of Memory: The Civil War

    Tennessee Theatre, Knoxville

  • Event (Apr 19, 2018)
    River Run International Film Festival

    Winston-Salem

  • Event (Apr 20, 2018)
    Cider, Wine and Dine Weekend

    Henderson County

  • Event (Apr 20, 2018)
    April Wildflower Walks

    Elk Knob State Park

  • Event (Apr 21, 2018)
    Watauga Riverkeeper "Big Sweep"

    Valle Crucis

  • Event (Apr 21, 2018)
    Knoxville Zoo Party for the Planet!

    Knoxville Zoo

  • Event (Apr 21, 2018)
    Piedmont Earth Day Fair 2018

    Winston-Salem Fairgrounds

  • Event (Apr 21, 2018)
    Earth Day at Chimney Rock

    Chimney Rock State Park

  • Event (Apr 22, 2018)
    Employee for a Day Sale!

    Mast General Store

  • Event (Apr 22, 2018)
    Boone Birding Festival 2018

    Valle Crucis Community Park

  • Event (Apr 22, 2018)
    Open Streets Columbia

    Devine Street, Columbia

  • Event (Apr 26, 2018)
    MerleFest 2018

    Wilkes Community College, North Wilkesboro

  • Event (Apr 26, 2018)
    Cornbread & Collard Greens Blues Festival

    Commerce Park, Fountain Inn

  • Event (Apr 26, 2018)
    Game and Garden: Spring Feast 2018

    Congaree Land Trust, Columbia

  • Event (Apr 27, 2018)
    Sparkleberry Country Fair

    Columbia, South Carolina

  • Event (Apr 27, 2018)
    Wine Tasting at Riverbanks

    Riverbanks Zoo and Garden

  • Event (Apr 28, 2018)
    Mother Earth News Fair

    WNC Ag Center Fairgrounds, Fletcher, NC

  • Event (Apr 28, 2018)
    Cultivating Community: Tour of Gardens 2018

    Winston-Salem

  • Event (Apr 28, 2018)
    19th Annual EarthFest Celebration

    Knoxville Botanical Garden

  • Event (Apr 28, 2018)
    Book Reading: Wild About Manners

    Mast General Store, Knoxville

  • Event (Apr 28, 2018)
    Outdoor Learning: Natural Pigments

    Elk Knob State Park

  • Event (May 1, 2018)
    Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

    Tennessee Theatre, Knoxville

  • Event (May 2, 2018)
    Market Square Wednesday Farmers Market

    Market Square, Knoxville

  • Event (May 3, 2018)
    First Thursday Music: Stillhouse

    Mast General Store, Columbia

  • Event (May 3, 2018)
    Variety Concerts on the Square!

    Market Square, Knoxville

  • Event (May 4, 2018)
    7th Annual Spring Plant Sale

    Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum

  • Event (May 4, 2018)
    First Friday Music: Slim Pickens

    Mast General Store, Waynesville

  • Event (May 4, 2018)
    Community Spotlight Night: Elite Canine

    Mast General Store, Winston-Salem

  • Event (May 4, 2018)
    Mud, Sweat, and Cheers! at Valle Crucis School

    Valle Crucis School

  • Event (May 4, 2018)
    Blue Ridge Fest!

    Blue Ridge Electric Co-op, Pickens, SC

  • Event (May 4, 2018)
    Ladies Night: Self Care

    Mast Store Knoxville

  • Event (May 4, 2018)
    Art After Dark 2018

    Downtown Waynesville

  • Event (May 5, 2018)
    TD Saturday Market 2018

    Main Street at McBee Avenue, Greenville

  • Event (May 5, 2018)
    Saturday Farmers Market

    Market Square, Knoxville

  • Event (May 5, 2018)
    Spring 2018 Boy Scout Day & Campout

    Chimney Rock Park

  • Event (May 5, 2018)
    Reedy River Duck Derby 2018

    Falls Park, Greenville

  • Event (May 5, 2018)
    Mother's Day Portraits with Donna Landau

    Mast Store, Greenville

  • Event (May 5, 2018)
    May Music at the Original Store!

    Original Mast Store

  • Event (May 5, 2018)
    Great American Songbook

    UUF of Hendersonville, 2021 Kanuga Road

  • Event (May 8, 2018)
    Get Out More Tour - Boone - 2018

    Mast Store, Boone

  • Event (May 11, 2018)
    Artisphere 2018

    Downtown Greenville

  • Event (May 11, 2018)
    Cruise the Smokies Spring Rod Run

    Cherokee Fairgrounds

  • Event (May 11, 2018)
    Savannah Bee Company Demo Day

    Mast General Store, Greenville

  • Event (May 11, 2018)
    Bear Footin' 2018 Bear Reveal

    Hendersonville

  • Event (May 11, 2018)
    Twilight in the Garden: Zootopia

    Riverbanks Zoo and Garden

  • Event (May 12, 2018)
    Mother's Day Weekend Special

    Chimney Rock State Park

  • Event (May 12, 2018)
    Triad Dog Games

    Winston-Salem Fairgrounds

  • Event (May 12, 2018)
    Rosewood Crawfish Festival

    Rosewood Drive, Columbia

  • Event (May 15, 2018)
    Get Out More Tour - Knoxville - 2018

    Mast Store, Knoxville

  • Event (May 17, 2018)
    2018 Greenville Greek Festival

    St. George's Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Greenville

  • Event (May 18, 2018)
    Mutts Gone Nuts

    Flat Rock Playhouse

  • Event (May 18, 2018)
    Book Signing: Have You Filled Your Bucket Today?

    Mast General Store, Valle Crucis

  • Event (May 19, 2018)
    Spring 2018 Girl Scout Day & Campout

    Chimney Rock Park

  • Event (May 19, 2018)
    Children's Festival of Reading

    World's Fair Park, Knoxville

  • Event (May 19, 2018)
    Tennessee Medieval Faire

    Harriman, Tennessee

  • Event (May 19, 2018)
    Cherokee Customer Celebration

    Cherokee Welcome Center

  • Event (May 19, 2018)
    Book Signing: Carol McCloud's "Have You Filled Your Bucket Today?"

    Mast General Store, Boone

  • Event (May 19, 2018)
    Book Signing: Have You Filled Your Bucket Today?

    Mast General Store, Boone

  • Event (May 19, 2018)
    Quick Draw!

    Laurel Country Club, Waynesville

  • Event (May 20, 2018)
    Open Streets Knoxville 2018

    Knoxville

  • Event (May 21, 2018)
    Story Time at Mast

    Mast General Store, Winston-Salem

  • Event (May 25, 2018)
    Greenville Scottish Games 2018

    Furman University, Greenville

  • Event (May 25, 2018)
    CLUE: The Musical

    Flat Rock Playhouse

  • Event (May 25, 2018)
    2018 Season: Music in the Valle

    Valle Crucis Community Park

  • Event (May 26, 2018)
    Memorial Day Annex Music: Tom Pillion

    Mast Store Annex

  • Event (May 26, 2018)
    Memorial Day Weekend Family Fun

    Chimney Rock Park

  • Event (May 26, 2018)
    Winston-Salem Cycling Classic: Gears and Guitars Festival

    Bailey Park, Winston-Salem

  • Event (May 26, 2018)
    Memorial Day Salute - Cane Mill Road

    Harvest House, Boone

  • Event (May 26, 2018)
    Garden Jubilee

    Historic Downtown Hendersonville, NC

  • Event (May 26, 2018)
    May - Art in the Park

    Park Avenue, Blowing Rock

  • Event (May 26, 2018)
    FidoFest: the Annex is going to the Dogs!

    Mast Store Annex

  • Event (May 26, 2018)
    David Holt and the Lightning Bolts

    Tweetsie Railroad, Blowing Rock

  • Event (May 26, 2018)
    May Block Party

    Main Street, Waynesville

  • Event (May 26, 2018)
    Kids on Main!

    Downtown Waynesville

  • Event (May 31, 2018)
    Annex Hours - May 31 - 10:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

  • Event (May 31, 2018)
    15th Annual Cherokee Gourd Artists' Gathering

    Cherokee Fairgrounds

  • Event (May 31, 2018)
    Take It Outside Series: Water Quality

    Valle Crucis Park

  • Event (Jun 1, 2018)
    Chill Out at IceVenture!

    Kaleideum North, Winston-Salem

  • Event (Jun 1, 2018)
    June Community Spotlight Night

    Mast General Store, Winston-Salem

  • Event (Jun 2, 2018)
    Land Trust Day 2018

    Mast General Store

  • Event (Jun 2, 2018)
    Xterra Knoxville Trail Run

    Knoxville Urban Wilderness

  • Event (Jun 2, 2018)
    Air Fair

    WNC Air Museum, Hendersonville

  • Event (Jun 2, 2018)
    June Music at the Original Store

    Mast General Store, Valle Crucis

  • Event (Jun 3, 2018)
    Baby Goat Day with Red Clay Soap

    Mast General Store, Greenville

  • Event (Jun 4, 2018)
    Monday Night Live!

    Visitor Center Stage, Hendersonville

  • Event (Jun 7, 2018)
    14th Annual Twin City Ribfest

    Winston-Salem

  • Event (Jun 7, 2018)
    Charity Horse Show: American Saddlebred Division

    Tate Show Grounds, Blowing Rock

  • Event (Jun 7, 2018)
    First Thursday Music: River Baby Bathwater Revival

    Mast General Store

  • Event (Jun 7, 2018)
    Take It Outside Series: Dogs on the Trail

    Valle Crucis Park

  • Event (Jun 8, 2018)
    Southern Guitar Festival & Competition

    Columbia

  • Event (Jun 8, 2018)
    Day Out with Thomas the Tank Engine

    Tweetsie Railroad, Blowing Rock

  • Event (Jun 8, 2018)
    Twilight in the Garden: Paddington 2

    Riverbanks Zoo and Garden

  • Event (Jun 8, 2018)
    Music on Main Street

    Visitor Center Stage, Hendersonville

  • Event (Jun 9, 2018)
    Get Outdoors Day at Chimney Rock Park

    Chimney Rock Park

  • Event (Jun 9, 2018)
    21st Annual Cherokee Voices Festival

    Museum of the Cherokee Indian

  • Event (Jun 9, 2018)
    Pets on the Porch!

    Mast Store Waynesville

  • Event (Jun 9, 2018)
    National Get Outdoors Day

    Chimney Rock State Park

  • Event (Jun 9, 2018)
    Lonesome Valle Ramblers at the Annex

    Mast Store Annex

  • Event (Jun 9, 2018)
    Summer on Liberty!

    Intersection, 6th and Liberty

  • Event (Jun 13, 2018)
    Animals' Birthday Party

    Grandfather Mountain, Linville

  • Event (Jun 14, 2018)
    Take It Outside Series: Trail Safety, Basic First Aid

    Valle Crucis Park

  • Event (Jun 15, 2018)
    History Alive Chautauqua Festival 2018

    Greenville Area

  • Event (Jun 15, 2018)
    High Country Toast: Valle Crucis

    Valle Crucis Community Park

  • Event (Jun 15, 2018)
    Friday Night High Country Toast

    Valle Crucis Community Park

  • Event (Jun 16, 2018)
    Father's Day 2018 Weekend Special

    Chimney Rock Park

  • Event (Jun 16, 2018)
    Watauga County Farmer's Market

    Horn in the West Drive, Boone

  • Event (Jun 16, 2018)
    Summer Art in the Park

    Pack Square, Asheville

  • Event (Jun 16, 2018)
    June - Art in the Park

    Downtown Blowing Rock

  • Event (Jun 16, 2018)
    Jimmy Pineda at the Annex

    Mast Store Annex

  • Event (Jun 16, 2018)
    Big Kahuna Wing Festival

    World's Fair Park, Knoxville

  • Event (Jun 16, 2018)
    Saturday Night High Country Toast

    Appalachian Ski Mountain, Blowing Rock

  • Event (Jun 16, 2018)
    High Country Toast: Appalachian Ski Mountain

    Appalachian Ski Mountain, Blowing Rock

  • Event (Jun 17, 2018)
    Hendersonville Swing Band

    UUF of Hendersonville

  • Event (Jun 21, 2018)
    USA Cycling National Championships

    Knoxville

  • Event (Jun 21, 2018)
    Kuumba Festival

    Downtown Knoxville

  • Event (Jun 21, 2018)
    The Family That Plays Together Stays Together

    Harvest House, Boone

  • Event (Jun 21, 2018)
    Take It Outside: Birding with Curtis Smalling

    Valle Crucis Park

  • Event (Jun 22, 2018)
    Horn in the West Outdoor Drama

    Horn in the West Drive, Boone

  • Event (Jun 23, 2018)
    27th Annual Antique & Vintage Show

    Main Street, Hendersonville

  • Event (Jun 23, 2018)
    Korner's Folly Family Fun Day

    Korner's Folly, Kernersville

  • Event (Jun 23, 2018)
    Hola Asheville Festival

    Pack Square, Asheville

  • Event (Jun 24, 2018)
    94th Annual Singing on the Mountain

    MacRae Meadows, Boone

  • Event (Jun 25, 2018)
    Make-It Mondays

    Mast Store Columbia

  • Event (Jun 28, 2018)
    Coffee and Chocolate Tasting

    Mast General Store, Winston-Salem

  • Event (Jun 28, 2018)
    Take It Outside Series: Plant Identification with Dr. Stewart Skeate

    Valle Crucis Park

  • Event (Jun 29, 2018)
    2018 Mountain Street Dances

    Historic Courthouse, Waynesville

  • Event (Jun 30, 2018)
    An Appalachian Summer Festival

    Appalachian State University Campus

  • Event (Jun 30, 2018)
    The Lonesome Valle Ramblers at the Annex

    Mast Store Annex

  • Event (Jun 30, 2018)
    Great American Backyard Campout 2018

    Elk Knob State Park

  • Event (Jun 30, 2018)
    June-July Shindig on the Green

    Pack Square Park, Asheville

  • Event (Jul 2, 2018)
    Balsam Range in Concert

    Lake Junaluska

  • Event (Jul 4, 2018)
    Lexington County Peach Festival

    Gilbert Community Park

  • Event (Jul 4, 2018)
    4th of July in Downtown Asheville

    Downtown Asheville

  • Event (Jul 4, 2018)
    Festival on the Fourth

    World's Fair Park, Knoxville

  • Event (Jul 4, 2018)
    GSMR: Independence Day Freedom Train

    Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, Bryson City

  • Event (Jul 4, 2018)
    Mountain Home Music: Grass and Brass

    Blowing Rock School Auditorium

  • Event (Jul 4, 2018)
    Bluegrass and Brass Concert

    Blowing Rock Auditorium

  • Event (Jul 4, 2018)
    Tweetsie Fireworks Extravaganza

  • Event (Jul 5, 2018)
    Upstate Shakespeare Festival 2018

    Falls Park, Greenville

  • Event (Jul 6, 2018)
    Broadway on the Rock

    Flat Rock Playhouse

  • Event (Jul 6, 2018)
    July First Friday Music at Mast

    Mast General Store, Waynesville

  • Event (Jul 7, 2018)
    Cool Summer Nights at Tweetsie

    Tweetsie Railroad, Boone

  • Event (Jul 7, 2018)
    July Music at the Original Store

    Original Store, Valle Crucis

  • Event (Jul 9, 2018)
    100th Anniversary Season Street Dances!

    Visitor Center Stage, Hendersonville

  • Event (Jul 10, 2018)
    Mountain Home Music: Old-Time Jamboree

    Harvest House, Boone

  • Event (Jul 12, 2018)
    63rd Annual Highland Games

    MacRae Meadows, Grandfather Mountain, Linville

  • Event (Jul 13, 2018)
    Spongebob SquarePants & Patrick Star

    Tweetsie Railroad, Blowing Rock

  • Event (Jul 13, 2018)
    Twilight in the Garden: The Lion King

    Riverbanks Zoo and Garden

  • Event (Jul 13, 2018)
    Shakespeare on the Square

    Market Square, Knoxville

  • Event (Jul 14, 2018)
    Appalachian Heritage Festival

    Franklin, NC

  • Event (Jul 14, 2018)
    July - Art in the Park

    Downtown Blowing Rock

  • Event (Jul 14, 2018)
    Sunset Arts and Music Festival

    World's Fair Park, Knoxville

  • Event (Jul 19, 2018)
    2018 Folkmoot USA International Dance Festival

    Waynesville area

  • Event (Jul 20, 2018)
    July 2018 Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands

    US Cellular Center, Asheville

  • Event (Jul 20, 2018)
    Downtown Mountain Street Dance

    Downtown Waynesville

  • Event (Jul 21, 2018)
    K-9's in Flight: Frisbee Dogs

    Tweetsie Railroad, Blowing Rock

  • Event (Jul 21, 2018)
    Peppa Pig at the Knoxville Zoo

    Knoxville Zoo

  • Event (Jul 21, 2018)
    Celtic Time Machine

    Blowing Rock School Auditorium

  • Event (Jul 21, 2018)
    Moonlight Bootlegger 5K

    Ijams Nature Center, Knoxville

  • Event (Jul 22, 2018)
    Gran Fondo Asheville

    Downtown Asheville

  • Event (Jul 26, 2018)
    Asheville Yoga Festival

    Asheville

  • Event (Jul 27, 2018)
    Symphony by the Lake

    Chetola, Blowing Rock

  • Event (Jul 28, 2018)
    Tails in Town 2018

    Downtown Hendersonville

  • Event (Jul 28, 2018)
    Folkmoot 2018 International Festival Day

    Main Street, Waynesville

  • Event (Jul 28, 2018)
    Melissa and Doug's Toy Tinker Experience

    Mast General Store

  • Event (Jul 28, 2018)
    Mountain Home Music: The American Songster

    Harvest House, Boone

  • Event (Aug 1, 2018)
    Round-Up: HELPMATE

    Mast General Store, Asheville

  • Event (Aug 1, 2018)
    Round-Up; Forsyth Humane Society

    Mast General Store, Forsyth Humane Society

  • Event (Aug 1, 2018)
    Round-Up Campaign: Benefiting Valle Crucis Park

    Original Mast Store, Valle Crucis

  • Event (Aug 1, 2018)
    Round-Up Your Purchase: for Mountain Projects

    Mast General Store, Waynesville

  • Event (Aug 1, 2018)
    Animal Enrichment Day

    Grandfather Mountain

  • Event (Aug 1, 2018)
    Arts & Healing Symposium

    Novant Health , Forsyth Medical Center

  • Event (Aug 2, 2018)
    NC Mineral and Gem Festival

    Spruce Pine

  • Event (Aug 2, 2018)
    Greenville Chacos and Tacos

    Mast General Store, Greenville

  • Event (Aug 2, 2018)
    Chacos and Tacos Night at Mast

    Mast General Store, Columbia

  • Event (Aug 2, 2018)
    91st Annual Mountain Dance & Folk Festival

    A-B Tech Conference Center, Asheville

  • Event (Aug 3, 2018)
    August First Friday Music: Slim Pickens

    Mast General Store, Waynesville

  • Event (Aug 3, 2018)
    Knoxville Store: Chacos and Tacos

    Mast General Store, Knoxville

  • Event (Aug 3, 2018)
    Winston-Salem Dogs Night Out

    Mast Store, Winston-Salem

  • Event (Aug 3, 2018)
    Brew at the Zoo: Suds Sippin' Safari

    Riverbanks Zoo & Garden

  • Event (Aug 4, 2018)
    Boone Gran Fondo

    Boone

  • Event (Aug 4, 2018)
    Talking Trees Children's Trout Derby

    Cherokee, NC

  • Event (Aug 4, 2018)
    2018 Downtown Dog Walk

    Courthouse, Waynesville

  • Event (Aug 4, 2018)
    Movies in the Park: Moana

    Jackson Park, Hendersonville

  • Event (Aug 10, 2018)
    Comedy Festival: Laugh Your Asheville Off

    Diana Wortham Theatre

  • Event (Aug 10, 2018)
    Twilight in the Garden: Coco

    Riverbanks Zoo and Garden

  • Event (Aug 11, 2018)
    Sourwood Festival

    Black Mountain

  • Event (Aug 11, 2018)
    August - Art in the Park

    Downtown Blowing Rock

  • Event (Aug 11, 2018)
    Riders in the Sky

    Tweetsie Railroad, Blowing Rock

  • Event (Aug 11, 2018)
    9th Annual Tasty Tomato Festival

    City Roots, Columbia

  • Event (Aug 11, 2018)
    Feast with the Beasts

    Knoxville Zoo

  • Event (Aug 11, 2018)
    August - Sept Shindig on the Green

    Pack Square Park, Asheville

  • Event (Aug 12, 2018)
    14th Annual Race to the Rock

    Chimney Rock Park

  • Event (Aug 14, 2018)
    Menopause: The Musical

    Diana Wortham Theatre, Asheville

  • Event (Aug 15, 2018)
    GO Grandfather Day!

    Grandfather Mountain State Park

  • Event (Aug 16, 2018)
    Play: Snoopy

    Brevard

  • Event (Aug 18, 2018)
    2018 Winston-Salem Open

    Wake Forest University

  • Event (Aug 18, 2018)
    East Tennessee History Fair

    East Tennessee History Center

  • Event (Aug 18, 2018)
    Art in Monteith Park

    Monteith Park

  • Event (Aug 18, 2018)
    Riverfest

    French Broad River

  • Event (Aug 18, 2018)
    Chacos and Tacos at the Boone Store!

    Mast General Store, Boone

  • Event (Aug 18, 2018)
    Mountain Home: Piano Man of the Blue Ridge

    Harvest House, Boone

  • Event (Aug 19, 2018)
    Ramblin' Rose 2018 - Winston-Salem

    Gateway YWCA, Winston-Salem

  • Event (Aug 23, 2018)
    Greenville Dogs' Night Out

    Mast General Store, Greenville

  • Event (Aug 24, 2018)
    Jam in the Trees Festival

    Black Mountain, NC

  • Event (Aug 24, 2018)
    Play: Always a Bridesmaid

    Flat Rock Playhouse

  • Event (Aug 25, 2018)
    Knoxville Home and Garden Show

    Knoxville Expo Center

  • Event (Aug 25, 2018)
    Cowbelle Classic

    Sugar Grove

  • Event (Aug 25, 2018)
    Home Grown Arts Festival

    Korner's Folly, Kernersville

  • Event (Aug 25, 2018)
    Tweetsie Railroad: Heritage Weekend

  • Event (Aug 25, 2018)
    Touch a Truck at Knoxville Zoo

    Knoxville Zoo

  • Event (Aug 25, 2018)
    Store Visit from Cocky!

    Mast General Store, Columbia

  • Event (Aug 25, 2018)
    A Visit from Smokey!

    Mast General Store, Knoxville

  • Event (Aug 25, 2018)
    Yadkin Riverkeeper Tour at Childress Vineyards

    Childress Vineyards, Lexington, NC

  • Event (Aug 28, 2018)
    The Americana Show

    Harvest House, Boone

  • Event (Aug 31, 2018)
    Annual Boone Tent Sale

    Parking Lot, Behind Mast Store, Boone

  • Event (Aug 31, 2018)
    Apple Festival Tent Sale 2018

    First Citizens Plaza, Hendersonville

  • Event (Aug 31, 2018)
    49th Annual Smoky Mountain Folk Festival

    Stuart Auditorium, Lake Junaluska

  • Event (Aug 31, 2018)
    72nd North Carolina Apple Festival

    Historic Downtown Hendersonville

  • Event (Aug 31, 2018)
    Mountain Home: Music, Comedy and Magic

    Harvest House, Boone

  • Event (Sep 1, 2018)
    September 2018: Original Store and Annex Music

    Original Store and Annex, Valle Crucis

  • Event (Sep 1, 2018)
    Mile High Kite Festival

    Beech Mountain

  • Event (Sep 1, 2018)
    Music Feeds: Hotel California Eagles Tribute

    Tennessee Amphitheater, Knoxville

  • Event (Sep 2, 2018)
    Local Market at the Historic Depot

    Maple Street at the Historic Depot

  • Event (Sep 6, 2018)
    Carolina Mountains Literary Festival

    Burnsville, North Carolina

  • Event (Sep 6, 2018)
    First Thursday Music: Scollon Family Band

    Mast General Store, Columbia

  • Event (Sep 7, 2018)
    Mountain Song Festival

    Brevard Music Center

  • Event (Sep 7, 2018)
    Knoxville Warehouse Sale!

    The Standard, Knoxville

  • Event (Sep 7, 2018)
    NC Mountain State Fair

    Fletcher, NC

  • Event (Sep 7, 2018)
    Autumn at Oz

    Land of Oz, Beech Mountain

  • Event (Sep 7, 2018)
    Opening Reception: The Shape of the Sky

    Salem College, Winston-Salem

  • Event (Sep 7, 2018)
    Sippin' Safari at the Zoo

    Greenville Zoo

  • Event (Sep 8, 2018)
    Friends Day 2018

    Mast General Store

  • Event (Sep 8, 2018)
    Grandparents Day 2018 Weekend Special

    Chimney Rock Park

  • Event (Sep 8, 2018)
    September - Art in the Park

    Downtown Blowing Rock

  • Event (Sep 8, 2018)
    Junior Ranger Day

    Grandfather Mountain, Linville

  • Event (Sep 9, 2018)
    Book Signing: Grandma Gatewood Hikes the Appalachian Trail

    Mast General Store, Winston-Salem

  • Event (Sep 11, 2018)
    World Equestrian Games 2018

    Tryon International Equestrian Center

  • Event (Sep 12, 2018)
    Donny Edwards as ELVIS

    Flat Rock Playhouse

  • Event (Sep 14, 2018)
    Tent Sale Preview

    Mast Store, Winston-Salem

  • Event (Sep 14, 2018)
    Tunnel to Towers 5K Run & Walk

    Metropolitan Convention Center

  • Event (Sep 15, 2018)
    The Hawk 7K

    Seven Devils, NC

  • Event (Sep 15, 2018)
    Bethabara Apple Festival

    Historic Bethabara Park

  • Event (Sep 15, 2018)
    10th Annual Flock to the Rock

    Chimney Rock Park

  • Event (Sep 15, 2018)
    Music at Mast: Dixie Dave Allen

    Mast General Store, Greenville

  • Event (Sep 15, 2018)
    Blowing Rock Music Festival

  • Event (Sep 15, 2018)
    September Block Party

    Main Street, Waynesville

  • Event (Sep 15, 2018)
    Cafe String Quartet: Classical & Much More!

    Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Hendersonville

  • Event (Sep 17, 2018)
    Taste of the Blue Ridge

    Linville Falls Winery

  • Event (Sep 20, 2018)
    Euphoria Greenville!

    Greenville, SC

  • Event (Sep 20, 2018)
    2nd Annual Veterans Day Festival

    Happy Holiday RV Village/Campground, Cherokee

  • Event (Sep 20, 2018)
    32nd Annual Columbia Greek Festival

    Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Columbia

  • Event (Sep 21, 2018)
    Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion

    Bristol, TN/VA

  • Event (Sep 21, 2018)
    YWCA Pickleball Tournament

    YMCA, Knoxville

  • Event (Sep 21, 2018)
    Park(ing) Day: From Meters to Mountains

    Gay Street, Knoxville

  • Event (Sep 21, 2018)
    Zoofari!

    Riverbanks Zoo & Garden

  • Event (Sep 21, 2018)
    Tweetsie Ghost Train 2018

    Tweetsie Railroad, Blowing Rock

  • Event (Sep 21, 2018)
    An Evening with Leo Kottke

    Diana Wortham Theatre, Asheville

  • Event (Sep 22, 2018)
    DuPont Forest Festival

    DuPont Forest

  • Event (Sep 22, 2018)
    Blue Ridge Conservancy 5K & Fun Run

    Blowing Rock, 5K and Fun Run

  • Event (Sep 22, 2018)
    FIESTA Street Festival!

    Downtown Winston-Salem

  • Event (Sep 22, 2018)
    40th Annual Jubilee Festival

    Mann-Simons Site, Columbia

  • Event (Sep 22, 2018)
    Live Music at Mast: Big-Eyed Rabbit

    Mast Store, Greenville

  • Event (Sep 24, 2018)
    Take a Child Outside Week

    Chimney Rock Park

  • Event (Sep 25, 2018)
    Mountain Home Music: Musical Potpourri

    Harvest House, Boone

  • Event (Sep 26, 2018)
    The Glass Menagerie

    Flat Rock Playhouse

  • Event (Sep 28, 2018)
    2018 Dixie Classic Fair

    Fairgrounds, Winston-Salem

  • Event (Sep 28, 2018)
    Family Weekend at Furman University

    Furman University

  • Event (Sep 28, 2018)
    Asheville Quilt Show

    WNC Agricultural Center, Fletcher, NC

  • Event (Sep 28, 2018)
    Winston-Salem Tent Sale 2018

    Mast General Store, Winston-Salem

  • Event (Sep 28, 2018)
    The Irmo Okra Strut

  • Event (Sep 28, 2018)
    Columbia Welcomes America's Mayors

    Mast Store, Columbia

  • Event (Sep 28, 2018)
    Friday Night Mountain Street Dance

    Downtown Waynesville

  • Event (Sep 29, 2018)
    Mountain Heritage Day

    Western Carolina University

  • Event (Sep 29, 2018)
    2018 Art on Main

    Historic Downtown Hendersonville

  • Event (Sep 29, 2018)
    Creatures of the Night & Bonfire Delight

  • Event (Sep 30, 2018)
    MDA Muscle Walk

    Tanglewood Park, Clemmons, NC

  • Event (Oct 1, 2018)
    Round-Up for the Tennessee Theatre!

    Mast General Store, Knoxville

  • Event (Oct 1, 2018)
    Round-Up for St. Gerard House

    Mast General Store, Hendersonville

  • Event (Oct 1, 2018)
    Fantastic Fall Color Ramble 2018

    Grandfather Mountain

  • Event (Oct 2, 2018)
    Cherokee Indian Fair

    Cherokee Fairgrounds

  • Event (Oct 3, 2018)
    John Prine - Tree of Forgiveness Tour

    Tennessee Theatre, Knoxville

  • Event (Oct 4, 2018)
    Oktoberfest Greenville

    NOMA Square, Greenville

  • Event (Oct 4, 2018)
    Music at Mast: Post-Timey String Band

    Mast General Store, Columbia

  • Event (Oct 5, 2018)
    Asheville Tent Sale!

    Mast General Store, Asheville

  • Event (Oct 5, 2018)
    Congaree Swampfest!

    Congaree National Park

  • Event (Oct 5, 2018)
    PEANUTS the Great Pumpkin Patch Express

    Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, Bryson City

  • Event (Oct 5, 2018)
    Community Spotlight: The Night Watchman - Legends & Lanterns Tour

    Old Salem, Winston-Salem

  • Event (Oct 6, 2018)
    Farm City Day 2018

    Jackson Park, Hendersonville

  • Event (Oct 6, 2018)
    Autumn Art in the Park

    Pack Square, Asheville

  • Event (Oct 6, 2018)
    October Art in the Park

    Downtown Blowing Rock

  • Event (Oct 6, 2018)
    October Music in the Stores

    Original Store and Annex

  • Event (Oct 6, 2018)
    OktoberFest at Kernersville

    Korner's Folly, Kernersville

  • Event (Oct 6, 2018)
    Mountain Home : Three Generations of Music

    Harvest House, Boone

  • Event (Oct 6, 2018)
    Edwin McCain at the Bijou

    Bijou Knoxville

  • Event (Oct 7, 2018)
    9th Annual Green Thumb Gala

    Knoxville Botanical Garden

  • Event (Oct 10, 2018)
    2018 SC State Fair

    SC Fairgrounds, Columbia

  • Event (Oct 10, 2018)
    October Yappy Hour

    NOMA Square, Greenville

  • Event (Oct 11, 2018)
    High Country Quilt Show

    First Baptist Church , Maggie Valley

  • Event (Oct 12, 2018)
    Annex Tent Sale!

    Mast Store Annex, Valle Crucis

  • Event (Oct 12, 2018)
    American Cornhole State Championship

    Greenville

  • Event (Oct 12, 2018)
    Fall for Greenville 2018

    Main Street Greenville

  • Event (Oct 12, 2018)
    Play: Deathtrap

    Brevard Little Theatre

  • Event (Oct 13, 2018)
    Best of Old-Time Mountain Music

    Blowing Rock School Auditorium

  • Event (Oct 13, 2018)
    Todd New River Fall Festival

    Cook Memorial Park

  • Event (Oct 13, 2018)
    Elk Knob State Park: Autumn

    Elk Knob State Park

  • Event (Oct 14, 2018)
    Boone Heritage Festival

    Horn in the West, Boone

  • Event (Oct 14, 2018)
    Elk Knob State Park: Fall Color Hike

    Elk Knob State Park

  • Event (Oct 14, 2018)
    Concert: Dougie MacLean

    Diana Wortham Theatre, Asheville

  • Event (Oct 15, 2018)
    Lyle Lovett & Robert Earl Keen

    Tennessee Theatre

  • Event (Oct 18, 2018)
    Pickin' and Grinnin'

    Flat Rock Playhouse

  • Event (Oct 18, 2018)
    Antique Engine and Tractor Show

    WNC Agricultural Center, Fletcher

  • Event (Oct 19, 2018)
    Boo in the Zoo

    Greenville Zoo

  • Event (Oct 19, 2018)
    Waynesville Tent Sale

    Mast General Store, Waynesville

  • Event (Oct 19, 2018)
    October 2018 Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands

    US Cellular Center, Asheville

  • Event (Oct 19, 2018)
    2018 Boo at the Zoo!

    Riverbanks Zoo & Garden

  • Event (Oct 19, 2018)
    Concert: Rodney Crowell

    Diana Wortham Theatre, Asheville

  • Event (Oct 20, 2018)
    41st Annual Woolly Worm Festival

    Banner Elk

  • Event (Oct 20, 2018)
    The Valle Country Fair

    Valle Crucis

  • Event (Oct 20, 2018)
    Bear Footin' 2018 Bear Auction

    Historic Courthouse Plaza, Hendersonville

  • Event (Oct 26, 2018)
    Ski Movie Premiere: Level 1 Zig Zag

    Appalachian Ski Mountain, Blowing Rock

  • Event (Oct 27, 2018)
    Asheville Fine Art Show

    Court Plaza, Asheville

  • Event (Oct 27, 2018)
    2nd Annual Trunk or Treat

    Maggie Valley NC

  • Event (Oct 27, 2018)
    Singer/Songwriters Greg Greenway & Reggi Harris

    Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Hendersonville

  • Event (Oct 28, 2018)
    9th Annual Fall Festival

    Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum

  • Event (Oct 28, 2018)
    Mountain Treasures: Bobby McMillon & Glenn Bolick

    Harvest House Performing Arts Venue

  • Event (Oct 29, 2018)
    Halloween Story Time

    Mast General Store, Winston-Salem

  • Event (Oct 31, 2018)
    Halloween at Mast Store Columbia

    Mast General Store, Columbia

  • Event (Nov 1, 2018)
    Round-Up for Loaves and Fishes

    Mast General Store, Greenville

  • Event (Nov 1, 2018)
    Round-Up for Harbison State Forest

    Mast General Store, Columbia

  • Event (Nov 1, 2018)
    New South Comedy Festival

    Coffee Underground, Greenville

  • Event (Nov 1, 2018)
    The Hound of the Baskervilles

    Flat Rock Playhouse

  • Event (Nov 1, 2018)
    Howl-O-Ween

    Mast Store, Columbia

  • Event (Nov 2, 2018)
    Winston-Salem Quilts 2018

    Gateway YWCA, Winston-Salem

  • Event (Nov 3, 2018)
    SOAR's Eagle Run 5K

    Carrier Park, Asheville

  • Event (Nov 3, 2018)
    WNC Pottery Festival

  • Event (Nov 3, 2018)
    November Music at the Original Store

    Original Store, Valle Crucis

  • Event (Nov 3, 2018)
    Candlelight Christmas Evenings

    Biltmore Estate, Asheville

  • Event (Nov 4, 2018)
    2018 Furry Fall Festival

    Young Williams Animal Center, Knoxville

  • Event (Nov 7, 2018)
    2018 Veteran's Day Special: Free Admission

    Chimney Rock Park

  • Event (Nov 8, 2018)
    5th Annual Campfire Social

    Greenbrier Farms, Easley

  • Event (Nov 9, 2018)
    The Polar Express Christmas Train

    Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

  • Event (Nov 9, 2018)
    Craftsmen's Classics: Christmas Art & Craft Festival

    State Fairgrounds, Columbia

  • Event (Nov 10, 2018)
    Fall 2018 Girl Scout Day

    Chimney Rock Park

  • Event (Nov 10, 2018)
    Flag Retirement & Celebration of Service

    Original Mast Store, Valle Crucis

  • Event (Nov 10, 2018)
    Congaree Land Trust Fall Celebration

    Wavering Place

  • Event (Nov 10, 2018)
    Made in NC Awards Celebration

    Mast General Store, Winston-Salem

  • Event (Nov 10, 2018)
    Elf, Jr. -- The Musical

    HART Theatre, Waynesville

  • Event (Nov 14, 2018)
    November Yappy Hour

    NOMA Square, Greenville

  • Event (Nov 15, 2018)
    2018 Vista Lights

    The Vista, Columbia

  • Event (Nov 16, 2018)
    Boone Armory Sale 2018!

    National Guard Armory, Boone

  • Event (Nov 16, 2018)
    Festival of Lights

  • Event (Nov 17, 2018)
    55th Annual Piedmont Craftsmen's Fair

    M. C. Benton Convention Center

  • Event (Nov 17, 2018)
    Turkey Strut 5K

    Kituwah Mound, Bryson City

  • Event (Nov 17, 2018)
    Sampling: MGS Christmas Jams 11/17

  • Event (Nov 17, 2018)
    Asheville Holiday Parade

  • Event (Nov 17, 2018)
    Baby Goat Day with Red Clay Soap!

    Mast General Store, Greenville

  • Event (Nov 17, 2018)
    Sampling: McMaster's Hawg Sauce

    Mast General Store, Winston-Salem

  • Event (Nov 17, 2018)
    Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks

    Riverbanks Zoo & Garden

  • Event (Nov 17, 2018)
    Winter Lights Holiday Tour

    NC Arboretum, Asheville

  • Event (Nov 17, 2018)
    An Evening with Peter Yarrow

    Diana Wortham Theatre, Asheville

  • Event (Nov 18, 2018)
    Beach Boys: Reason for the Season Tour

    Tennessee Theatre, Knoxville

  • Event (Nov 21, 2018)
    Fantasy of Trees

    Knoxville Convention Center

  • Event (Nov 22, 2018)
    Mast Stores are Closed Today: Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Event (Nov 22, 2018)
    Knox Turkey Trot and Little Gobbler Run

    West Depot, Knoxville

  • Event (Nov 22, 2018)
    2018 5K Turkey Trot!

    Downtown Hendersonville

  • Event (Nov 22, 2018)
    5K Turkey Strut 2018

    Winston-Salem Fairgrounds

  • Event (Nov 23, 2018)
    Knoxville Holidays on Ice

    Market Square

  • Event (Nov 23, 2018)
    Asheville: 11/23 - 11/25 Store Hours

  • Event (Nov 23, 2018)
    Valle Crucis: 11/23 - 11/25 Store Hours

  • Event (Nov 23, 2018)
    Boone: 11/23 - 11/25 Store Hours

  • Event (Nov 23, 2018)
    Waynesville: 11/23 - 11/25 Store Hours

  • Event (Nov 23, 2018)
    Hendersonville: 11/23 - 11/25 Store Hours

  • Event (Nov 23, 2018)
    Greenville: 11/23 - 11/25 Store Hours

  • Event (Nov 23, 2018)
    Knoxville: 11/23 - 11/25 Store Hours

  • Event (Nov 23, 2018)
    Hot Mulled Cider at Mast

    Mast General Store, Hendersonville

  • Event (Nov 23, 2018)
    Columbia: 11/23 - 11/25 Store Hours

  • Event (Nov 23, 2018)
    Winston-Salem: 11/23 - 11/25 Store Hours

  • Event (Nov 23, 2018)
    Street Lighting: Here Comes Santa!

    Historic Courthouse, Hendersonville

  • Event (Nov 23, 2018)
    Christmas in the Park and Lighting of the Town

    Memorial Park, Blowing Rock

  • Event (Nov 23, 2018)
    Tweetsie Christmas 2018

    Tweetsie Railroad, Blowing Rock

  • Event (Nov 24, 2018)
    2018 Small Business Saturday

  • Event (Nov 24, 2018)
    Annual Thanksgiving Kiln Opening

    Traditions Pottery Studio, Blowing Rock

  • Event (Nov 24, 2018)
    Meet and Greet: Two Brothers Bows

  • Event (Nov 24, 2018)
    Mountain Home Music: A Celtic Christmas

    Harvest House, Boone

  • Event (Nov 25, 2018)
    National Gingerbread House Competition 2018

    Omni Grove Park Inn, Asheville

  • Event (Nov 25, 2018)
    Run-Out: The Nutcracker - Meet and Greet

    Mast General Store, Winston-Salem

  • Event (Nov 26, 2018)
    Knoxville: 11/26 - 12/2 Store Hours

  • Event (Nov 26, 2018)
    Greenville: 11/26 - 12/2 Store Hours

  • Event (Nov 26, 2018)
    Hendersonville: 11/26 - 12/2 Store Hours

  • Event (Nov 26, 2018)
    Waynesville: 11/26 - 12/2 Store Hours

  • Event (Nov 26, 2018)
    Boone: 11/26 - 12/2 Store Hours

  • Event (Nov 26, 2018)
    Asheville: 11/26 - 12/2 Store Hours

  • Event (Nov 26, 2018)
    Valle Crucis: 11/26 - 12/2 Store Hours

  • Event (Nov 26, 2018)
    Columbia: 11/26 - 12/2 Store Hours

  • Event (Nov 26, 2018)
    Winston-Salem: 11/26 - 12/2 Store Hours

  • Event (Nov 26, 2018)
    52nd Annual Governor's Carolighting

    SC State House, Columbia

  • Event (Nov 29, 2018)
    Chetola Festival of Trees

    Chetola Resort, Blowing Rock

  • Event (Nov 30, 2018)
    Dramatic Comedy: The Lion in Winter

    Brevard Little Theatre

  • Event (Dec 1, 2018)
    Santa Visits Columbia!

    Mast General Store, Columbia

  • Event (Dec 1, 2018)
    Round-Up for Hunger & Health Coalition

    Mast Store Annex, Valle Crucis

  • Event (Dec 1, 2018)
    Sampling at Asheville Store: Christmas Coffees from MGS

  • Event (Dec 1, 2018)
    Christmas in the Valle 2018

  • Event (Dec 1, 2018)
    Boone Winter Farmers Market

  • Event (Dec 1, 2018)
    Santa's Village at Zoo Knoxville

    Knoxville Zoo

  • Event (Dec 1, 2018)
    Sampling: Christmas Coffees 12/1

  • Event (Dec 1, 2018)
    Santa at the Greenville Store!

    Mast Store, Greenville

  • Event (Dec 1, 2018)
    Christmas Coffee Tasting at the Knoxville Store!

  • Event (Dec 1, 2018)
    Santa at Original Store (12/1)

  • Event (Dec 1, 2018)
    Santa at Boone Store (12/1)

  • Event (Dec 1, 2018)
    Market Square Holiday Market

    Market Square, Knoxville

  • Event (Dec 1, 2018)
    Safari Santa

    Greenville Zoo

  • Event (Dec 1, 2018)
    Santa on the Chimney

    Chimney Rock Park

  • Event (Dec 1, 2018)
    Hendersonville Christmas Parade 2018

    Main Street/Five Points

  • Event (Dec 1, 2018)
    December Music in the Valle

  • Event (Dec 1, 2018)
    WS Jaycees Downtown Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting

  • Event (Dec 1, 2018)
    Poinsettia Christmas Parade

    downtown Greenville

  • Event (Dec 2, 2018)
    Santa at the Annex (12/2)

  • Event (Dec 3, 2018)
    Asheville: 12/3 - 12/9 Store Hours

  • Event (Dec 3, 2018)
    Waynesville: 12/3 - 12/9 Store Hours

  • Event (Dec 3, 2018)
    Hendersonville: 12/3 - 12/9 Store Hours

  • Event (Dec 3, 2018)
    Greenville: 12/3 - 12/9 Store Hours

  • Event (Dec 3, 2018)
    Boone: 12/3 - 12/9 Store Hours

  • Event (Dec 3, 2018)
    Original and Annex: 12/3 - 12/9 Store Hours

  • Event (Dec 3, 2018)
    Knoxville: 12/3 - 12/9 Store Hours

  • Event (Dec 3, 2018)
    Columbia: 12/3 - 12/9 Store Hours

  • Event (Dec 3, 2018)
    Winston-Salem: 12/3 - 12/9 Store Hours

  • Event (Dec 6, 2018)
    Santa at the Asheville Store!

  • Event (Dec 7, 2018)
    "The Nutcracker" at UNCSA

    UNC School of the Arts, Winston-Salem

  • Event (Dec 7, 2018)
    Waynesville Holly Days

    Main Street, Waynesville

  • Event (Dec 7, 2018)
    Santa at Boone Store (12/7)

  • Event (Dec 7, 2018)
    Festive First Friday - with Santa!

    Mast General Store, Boone

  • Event (Dec 7, 2018)
    Olde Fashioned Christmas

    Downtown Hendersonville

  • Event (Dec 7, 2018)
    Jones House Christmas Tree Lighting

    Jones House, Boone

  • Event (Dec 7, 2018)
    Santa at the Winston Store

    Mast General Store, Winston-Salem

  • Event (Dec 7, 2018)
    First Thursday Music: David Reimer and Corey Reagin

  • Event (Dec 7, 2018)
    Appalachian Christmas at Lake Junaluska

    Lake Junaluska

  • Event (Dec 8, 2018)
    Nutcracker

    Koger Center, Columbia

  • Event (Dec 8, 2018)
    A/perture Cinema: ELF

  • Event (Dec 8, 2018)
    Soda City Christmas Yard Sale!

  • Event (Dec 8, 2018)
    Boone Christmas Parade

    Downtown Boone

  • Event (Dec 8, 2018)
    Santa at Knoxville!

    Mast General Store, Knoxville

  • Event (Dec 9, 2018)
    Santa in the Store 12/9

  • Event (Dec 10, 2018)
    Winston-Salem: 12/10 - 12/16 Store Hours

  • Event (Dec 10, 2018)
    Columbia: 12/10 - 12/16 Store Hours

  • Event (Dec 10, 2018)
    Original and Annex: 12/10 - 12/16 Store Hours

  • Event (Dec 10, 2018)
    Boone: 12/10 - 12/16 Store Hours

  • Event (Dec 10, 2018)
    Knoxville: 12/10 - 12/16 Store Hours

  • Event (Dec 10, 2018)
    Greenville: 12/10 - 12/16 Store Hours

  • Event (Dec 10, 2018)
    Hendersonville: 12/10 - 12/16 Store Hours

  • Event (Dec 10, 2018)
    Waynesville: 12/10 - 12/16 Store Hours

  • Event (Dec 10, 2018)
    Asheville: 12/10 - 12/16 Store Hours

  • Event (Dec 12, 2018)
    December Yappy Hour

    NOMA Square, Greenville

  • Event (Dec 12, 2018)
    Mannheim Steamroller

    Tennessee Theatre

  • Event (Dec 13, 2018)
    Santa in the Store! Dec 13-15

  • Event (Dec 14, 2018)
    Santa at Boone Store (12/14-15)

  • Event (Dec 14, 2018)
    Downtown Merchant Decoration Contest Judging

    Downtown Hendersonville

  • Event (Dec 14, 2018)
    Tour de Lights

    City of Knoxville

  • Event (Dec 14, 2018)
    Mountain Home Music: An Appalachian Christmas

    Grace Lutheran Church, Boone

  • Event (Dec 15, 2018)
    Santa in the Valle (12/15-16)

  • Event (Dec 15, 2018)
    Sampling at Asheville Store: MGS Cookie Mixes

  • Event (Dec 15, 2018)
    Cookie Mixes Sampling at Mast

  • Event (Dec 15, 2018)
    Tasting: Cookie Mixes by Mast Store

  • Event (Dec 15, 2018)
    Tasting: Mast Store Cookie Mixes

  • Event (Dec 15, 2018)
    Sampling: Mast Cookie Mixes

  • Event (Dec 15, 2018)
    McMasters Hawg Sauce Sampling

    Mast General Store, Winston-Salem

  • Event (Dec 16, 2018)
    Free Showing: It's a Wonderful Life

  • Event (Dec 16, 2018)
    Book Signing: The Christmas Donkey

  • Event (Dec 16, 2018)
    Swannanoa Solstice

    Diana Wortham Theatre, Asheville

  • Event (Dec 17, 2018)
    Asheville: 12/17 - 12/23 Store Hours

  • Event (Dec 17, 2018)
    Waynesville: 12/17 - 12/23 Store Hours

  • Event (Dec 17, 2018)
    Hendersonville: 12/17 - 12/23 Store Hours

  • Event (Dec 17, 2018)
    Greenville: 12/17 - 12/23 Store Hours

  • Event (Dec 17, 2018)
    Original and Annex: 12/17 - 12/23 Store Hours

  • Event (Dec 17, 2018)
    Knoxville: 12/17 - 12/23 Store Hours

  • Event (Dec 17, 2018)
    Boone: 12/17 - 12/23 Store Hours

  • Event (Dec 17, 2018)
    Columbia: 12/17 - 12/23 Store Hours

  • Event (Dec 17, 2018)
    Winston-Salem: 12/17 - 12/23 Store Hours

  • Event (Dec 18, 2018)
    Iceless Skating Rink

    Hendersonville Visitor Center

  • Event (Dec 18, 2018)
    Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker

    Tennessee Theatre, Knoxville

  • Event (Dec 18, 2018)
    A Christmas Carol: On Air

    Centre Stage, River Street, Greenville

  • Event (Dec 20, 2018)
    Christmas for the City 2018

  • Event (Dec 20, 2018)
    Santa in the Store 12/20

  • Event (Dec 21, 2018)
    Santa in the Boone Store!

  • Event (Dec 21, 2018)
    Santa Claus at the Visitor Center

    Visitor's Center, Hendersonville

  • Event (Dec 21, 2018)
    Holiday Hayrides

    Hendersonville Visitor Center

  • Event (Dec 21, 2018)
    Holiday Hayrides on Main Street

  • Event (Dec 22, 2018)
    A Few More Visits Before Christmas: Santa in the Valle

  • Event (Dec 23, 2018)
    Santa in the Store 12/23

  • Event (Dec 24, 2018)
    Original and Annex: 12/24 - 12/30 Store Hours

  • Event (Dec 24, 2018)
    Winston-Salem: 12/24 - 12/30 Store Hours

  • Event (Dec 24, 2018)
    Columbia: 12/24 - 12/30 Store Hours

  • Event (Dec 24, 2018)
    Boone: 12-24 to 12-30 Store Hours

  • Event (Dec 24, 2018)
    Knoxville: 12/24 - 12/30 Store Hours

  • Event (Dec 24, 2018)
    Greenville: 12/24 - 12/30 Store Hours

  • Event (Dec 24, 2018)
    Hendersonville: 12/24 - 12/30 Store Hours

  • Event (Dec 24, 2018)
    Waynesville: 12/24 - 12/30 Store Hours

  • Event (Dec 24, 2018)
    Asheville: 12/24 - 12/30 Store Hours

  • Event (Dec 24, 2018)
    Santa in the Hendersonville Store

    Mast General Store, Hendersonville

  • Event (Dec 25, 2018)
    Mast Stores are Closed Today: Happy Holidays!

  • Event (Dec 31, 2018)
    Original and Annex: 12/31 - 1/6 Store Hours

  • Event (Dec 31, 2018)
    Knoxville: 12/31 - 1-6 Store Hours

  • Event (Dec 31, 2018)
    Boone: 12-31 to 1-6 Store Hours

  • Event (Dec 31, 2018)
    Columbia: 12/31 - 1/6 Store Hours

  • Event (Dec 31, 2018)
    Winston-Salem: 12/31 - 1/6 Store Hours

  • Event (Dec 31, 2018)
    New Year's Eve Extravaganza

  • Event (Dec 31, 2018)
    Asheville: 12/31 - 1/6 Store Hours

  • Event (Dec 31, 2018)
    Waynesville: 12/31 - 1/6 Store Hours

  • Event (Dec 31, 2018)
    Hendersonville: 12/31 - 1/6 Store Hours

  • Event (Dec 31, 2018)
    Greenville: 12/31 - 1/6 Store Hours

  • Event (Jan 1, 2019)
    Mast Stores are Closed Today: Happy New Year!

  • Event (Jan 1, 2019)
    First Hikes at State Parks

  • Event (Jan 13, 2019)
    The Harlem Globetrotters!

  • Event (Jan 18, 2019)
    Play: Dead Man's Cell Phone

  • Event (Jan 19, 2019)
    Winter Arts Smokies Style

  • Event (Jan 24, 2019)
    Blowing Rock WinterFest

  • Event (Jan 31, 2019)
    Kroger Discount Days at the Zoo

  • Event (Feb 1, 2019)
    First Friday Gallery Crawl

  • Event (Feb 1, 2019)
    Frankenstein: Aquila Theatre Company

  • Event (Feb 2, 2019)
    DuPont Yeti or Not 25k Race

  • Event (Feb 2, 2019)
    13th Annual Groundhog Day Celebration

    Chimney Rock Park

  • Event (Feb 2, 2019)
    World Premiere - Beatles: The Ballet

  • Event (Feb 3, 2019)
    2019 Special Olympics: Southeast Alpine Skiing & Snowboarding

  • Event (Feb 4, 2019)
    Annex Inventory: Hope to open by noon, please call ahead 963-6511

  • Event (Feb 4, 2019)
    Hendersonville Inventory: Opening around noon, please call ahead (828)696-1883

  • Event (Feb 5, 2019)
    Greenville Inventory: Opening around Noon, please call ahead (864) 235-1883

  • Event (Feb 5, 2019)
    Columbia Inventory: Opening around noon, please call ahead (803) 771-2300

  • Event (Feb 6, 2019)
    Waynesville Inventory: Opening around noon, please call ahead (828) 452-2101

  • Event (Feb 6, 2019)
    Knoxville Inventory: Opening around noon, please call ahead (865) 546-1336

  • Event (Feb 6, 2019)
    Winston-Salem Inventory: Opening around noon, please call ahead (336) 727-2015

  • Event (Feb 7, 2019)
    Asheville Inventory: Opening around noon, please call ahead (828) 232-1883

  • Event (Feb 7, 2019)
    Boone Inventory: Opening around noon, please call ahead (828) 262-0000

  • Event (Feb 7, 2019)
    First Thursday on Main

  • Event (Feb 8, 2019)
    Footloose!

  • Event (Feb 8, 2019)
    Original Store Inventory: Opening around noon; please call ahead - (828) 963-6511

  • Event (Feb 9, 2019)
    Be a Sweetheart 2019

  • Event (Feb 14, 2019)
    Valentine's Day Special

    Chimney Rock Park

  • Event (Feb 15, 2019)
    President's Day Family Ski Weekend

  • Event (Feb 15, 2019)
    The Great Backyard Bird Count!

  • Event (Feb 18, 2019)
    Broadway in Columbia: The Wizard of Oz

  • Event (Feb 22, 2019)
    Play: Just Another Big Dog

  • Event (Feb 23, 2019)
    Book Signing: Fire and Forgiveness

  • Event (Feb 23, 2019)
    Cardboard Regatta

  • Event (Feb 26, 2019)
    Mardi Growl Cajun Crawl

  • Event (Mar 1, 2019)
    WNC Model Train Show

  • Event (Mar 1, 2019)
    Dogs' Night Out in Knoxville

  • Event (Mar 1, 2019)
    First Friday Knoxville

  • Event (Mar 1, 2019)
    First Friday in Downtown Boone

  • Event (Mar 2, 2019)
    Run Hard Columbia Marathon

  • Event (Mar 2, 2019)
    Music at Original Store: March 2019

  • Event (Mar 3, 2019)
    World Wildlife Day at the Zoo

  • Event (Mar 3, 2019)
    Sunday Night Special at AppSki

  • Event (Mar 7, 2019)
    Made in SC Night!

  • Event (Mar 7, 2019)
    Made in South Carolina Night

  • Event (Mar 7, 2019)
    March Music at Mast

  • Event (Mar 8, 2019)
    Play: Steel Magnolias

  • Event (Mar 9, 2019)
    SC Comicon 2019

  • Event (Mar 11, 2019)
    Town of Blowing Rock's 130th Birthday!

  • Event (Mar 15, 2019)
    Play: The Jungle Book

  • Event (Mar 15, 2019)
    Luck o' the Irish at WNC Farmers Market

  • Event (Mar 16, 2019)
    37th Annual St. Pat's in Five Points

  • Event (Mar 16, 2019)
    St. Patrick's Day Parade and Cel-O'bragh-tion

  • Event (Mar 16, 2019)
    St. Patrick's Day Parade & Irish Festival

    Downtown Greenville

  • Event (Mar 16, 2019)
    Boone St. Patrick's Day Parade

    Downtown Boone

  • Event (Mar 16, 2019)
    Daniel Boone Rail Jam

  • Event (Mar 16, 2019)
    Men Who Cook!

  • Event (Mar 21, 2019)
    Big Ears Festival

  • Event (Mar 21, 2019)
    Fanfest Experience 2019

  • Event (Mar 21, 2019)
    Downtown Alive!

  • Event (Mar 22, 2019)
    Main Street Fridays

  • Event (Mar 23, 2019)
    Assault on Blackrock 7-Miler

  • Event (Mar 23, 2019)
    Meltdown Games

  • Event (Mar 25, 2019)
    Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

  • Event (Mar 29, 2019)
    Made in the Mountains Quilt Event

  • Event (Mar 30, 2019)
    Spring Break Family Fun

  • Event (Mar 30, 2019)
    Empty Bowls 2019

  • Event (Apr 1, 2019)
    Round-Up: Frazee Center

  • Event (Apr 1, 2019)
    Round-Up for Nickelodeon

  • Event (Apr 4, 2019)
    April 2019 First Thursday Music

  • Event (Apr 5, 2019)
    Flat Rock Playhouse: Sylvia!

  • Event (Apr 5, 2019)
    Alice in Wonderland!

  • Event (Apr 5, 2019)
    2019 Tweetsie Opening Day

  • Event (Apr 5, 2019)
    The World of Musicals

  • Event (Apr 6, 2019)
    Blowing Rock Trout Derby

    Broyhill Park, Blowing Rock

  • Event (Apr 6, 2019)
    April Music at the Original Store

  • Event (Apr 10, 2019)
    Ice Venture!

  • Event (Apr 13, 2019)
    Bark to the Park: Pawmetto Lifeline

  • Event (Apr 13, 2019)
    Blowing Rock Easter Festival

    Memorial Park, Blowing Rock

  • Event (Apr 13, 2019)
    Children's Playhouse Buildfest 2019

  • Event (Apr 13, 2019)
    River Rocks Festival

  • Event (Apr 13, 2019)
    No Man's Land Film Festival

  • Event (Apr 19, 2019)
    Snoopy, the Easter Beagle

  • Event (Apr 20, 2019)
    Easter Hat Parade

    Downtown Dillsboro

  • Event (Apr 23, 2019)
    Second Harvest Foodbank: Empty Bowls

  • Event (Apr 25, 2019)
    MerleFest 2019!

  • Event (Apr 25, 2019)
    Game and Garden: Spring Feast

  • Event (Apr 26, 2019)
    2019 Dogwood Arts Festival

  • Event (Apr 27, 2019)
    Preserve Day: Peachtree Rock Heritage Preserve

  • Event (Apr 27, 2019)
    Party for the Planet 2019

  • Event (May 1, 2019)
    Round-Up: Bethesda Center

  • Event (May 1, 2019)
    Round-Up: Back 2 School Festival

  • Event (May 1, 2019)
    Wednesday Farmers' Market

  • Event (May 2, 2019)
    Country Royalty: Hank and Patsy

  • Event (May 2, 2019)
    Savor Blowing Rock

  • Event (May 2, 2019)
    Ladies' Night Out Greenville

  • Event (May 2, 2019)
    Dogs' Night Out - Columbia

  • Event (May 2, 2019)
    Concerts on the Square: Variety

  • Event (May 3, 2019)
    Ladies' Night Out in Knoxville

  • Event (May 3, 2019)
    2019 ART after DARK

  • Event (May 3, 2019)
    First Friday Gallery Hops

  • Event (May 4, 2019)
    Steep Canyon Rangers at the Bijou

  • Event (May 4, 2019)
    Saturday Farmers' Market

  • Event (May 4, 2019)
    Airing of the Quilts

  • Event (May 4, 2019)
    May Music at the Original Store

  • Event (May 7, 2019)
    Concerts on the Square - Jazz

  • Event (May 9, 2019)
    Kifaru: Greenville, SC

  • Event (May 10, 2019)
    2019 Bearfootin' Public Art Walk

  • Event (May 11, 2019)
    Mother's Day Weekend at Chimney Rock

  • Event (May 11, 2019)
    Whole Bloomin' Thing Spring Festival

  • Event (May 14, 2019)
    Get Out More Tour 2019 - Knoxville

  • Event (May 16, 2019)
    Kifaru: Asheville, NC

  • Event (May 17, 2019)
    Rhythm 'n' Blooms Music Festival

  • Event (May 17, 2019)
    Neil Simon: Proposals

  • Event (May 18, 2019)
    Henderson County Tailgate Market

  • Event (May 18, 2019)
    Montford Music and Arts Festival

  • Event (May 18, 2019)
    Savannah Bee Demo

  • Event (May 24, 2019)
    2019 Music in the Valle

  • Event (May 25, 2019)
    Memorial Day Trout Tournament at Cherokee

  • Event (May 25, 2019)
    Memorial Day Weekend Family Fun

  • Event (May 25, 2019)
    Winston-Salem Sidewalk Sale!

  • Event (May 25, 2019)
    Asheville-Blue Ridge Rose Society Exhibition

  • Event (May 25, 2019)
    Lake Lure Spring Arts & Crafts Festival

  • Event (May 25, 2019)
    May Art in the Park

  • Event (May 25, 2019)
    May Rockin' Block Party

  • Event (May 30, 2019)
    Take It Outside 2019!

  • Event (May 31, 2019)
    Play: Catch Me if You Can

  • Event (May 31, 2019)
    Grandfather Mountain Nature Photography Weekend

  • Event (May 31, 2019)
    Spring Farm Fest

  • Event (May 31, 2019)
    May Firefly Market

  • Event (Jun 1, 2019)
    Land Trust Day!

  • Event (Jun 1, 2019)
    The Remarkable Rhododendron Ramble

  • Event (Jun 1, 2019)
    Quick Draw! 2019

  • Event (Jun 1, 2019)
    June Music at the Original Store

  • Event (Jun 1, 2019)
    Family Animal Encounters

  • Event (Jun 1, 2019)
    Zoofari 2019!

  • Event (Jun 6, 2019)
    June: First Thursday Music at Mast

  • Event (Jun 7, 2019)
    Rogers and Hammerstein: South Pacific

  • Event (Jun 7, 2019)
    Southern Guitar Festival

  • Event (Jun 7, 2019)
    Day Out with Thomas the Tank Engine

  • Event (Jun 8, 2019)
    National Get Outdoors Day

  • Event (Jun 8, 2019)
    Salem Sleuth Days for Kids

  • Event (Jun 8, 2019)
    Life is Good Birthday Party

  • Event (Jun 9, 2019)
    VeganFest

  • Event (Jun 12, 2019)
    Hearth Cooking Day: Mid-Day Tavern Meal

  • Event (Jun 12, 2019)
    The Animals' Birthday Party

  • Event (Jun 13, 2019)
    Summertime Social at Sunset Hill

  • Event (Jun 14, 2019)
    Chautauqua: History Comes Alive Festival

  • Event (Jun 14, 2019)
    Music Series: Downtown Jazz

  • Event (Jun 15, 2019)
    Father's Day Weekend Special at the Rock

    Chimney Rock Park

  • Event (Jun 15, 2019)
    LEAP 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk

  • Event (Jun 15, 2019)
    Downtown: TD Saturday Market

  • Event (Jun 15, 2019)
    Farm Photo Tour

  • Event (Jun 15, 2019)
    June: Art in the Park

  • Event (Jun 15, 2019)
    June Art in the Park

  • Event (Jun 15, 2019)
    Front Street Arts & Crafts Show 2019

  • Event (Jun 15, 2019)
    Music Series: Summer on Liberty

  • Event (Jun 17, 2019)
    Buncombe Chautauqua

  • Event (Jun 20, 2019)
    Summer on Augusta

  • Event (Jun 22, 2019)
    Blue Ridge Heritage Weekend

  • Event (Jun 22, 2019)
    Annual Antique and Vintage Show

  • Event (Jun 22, 2019)
    Saturday Knoxville Farmers Market

  • Event (Jun 23, 2019)
    95th Annual Singing on the Mountain

  • Event (Jun 24, 2019)
    F.A.R.M. Cafe: Buy Boone Lunch

  • Event (Jun 27, 2019)
    Greenville Dogs' Night Out!

  • Event (Jun 28, 2019)
    Kuumba Festival 2019

  • Event (Jun 28, 2019)
    Mountain Street Dances!

  • Event (Jun 29, 2019)
    2019 An Appalachian Summer

  • Event (Jul 1, 2019)
    Round-Up: Veterans' Healing Farm

  • Event (Jul 1, 2019)
    Round-Up: Bijou Theatre

  • Event (Jul 1, 2019)
    Round Up: Middle Fork Greenway

  • Event (Jul 4, 2019)
    Lexington County Peach Festival

  • Event (Jul 4, 2019)
    Stars and Stripes Celebration

    downtown Waynesville

  • Event (Jul 4, 2019)
    Tweetsie Fireworks Extravaganza

  • Event (Jul 4, 2019)
    Independence Day 5k

  • Event (Jul 4, 2019)
    Festival on the Fourth

  • Event (Jul 4, 2019)
    Red, White and Blue Festival

  • Event (Jul 4, 2019)
    Mountain Home Music: Grass and Brass

  • Event (Jul 5, 2019)
    Made in Tennessee Night

  • Event (Jul 6, 2019)
    July Music at the Original Store

  • Event (Jul 6, 2019)
    July Shindig on the Green

  • Event (Jul 11, 2019)
    64th Grandfather Mountain Highland Games

  • Event (Jul 11, 2019)
    Mountain Home Music: Master Artists

  • Event (Jul 11, 2019)
    Shakespeare on the Square

  • Event (Jul 11, 2019)
    Upstate Shakespeare Festival: The Tempest

  • Event (Jul 12, 2019)
    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

  • Event (Jul 13, 2019)
    Tasty Tomato Festival

  • Event (Jul 13, 2019)
    Chalk It Up!

  • Event (Jul 13, 2019)
    July Art in the Park

  • Event (Jul 13, 2019)
    Summer Cycle '19

  • Event (Jul 13, 2019)
    Clay Destiny Circus: TROUPE

  • Event (Jul 14, 2019)
    The Big Crafty

  • Event (Jul 18, 2019)
    Summer: Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands

  • Event (Jul 18, 2019)
    36th Annual Folkmoot Festival

  • Event (Jul 19, 2019)
    Concourse Night: Greenville Drive and Friends of the Reedy River

  • Event (Jul 20, 2019)
    Royal Robbins: Beyond the Map Tour

  • Event (Jul 20, 2019)
    Book Signing - Cooking Demo: Sheri Castle

  • Event (Jul 20, 2019)
    K-9's in Flight: Frisbee Dogs

  • Event (Jul 20, 2019)
    Mountain Home Music: Piano Man of the Blue Ridge

  • Event (Jul 27, 2019)
    38th Annual Folkmoot International Festival Day

  • Event (Jul 27, 2019)
    Tails in Town 2019

  • Event (Jul 27, 2019)
    One-Woman Off-Broadway Show: Ivy Rowe

  • Event (Jul 29, 2019)
    2019 National Black Theatre Festival

  • Event (Jul 31, 2019)
    FidoFest! Celebrating National Mutt Day

  • Event (Aug 1, 2019)
    Round Up: Western Youth Network

  • Event (Aug 1, 2019)
    Round Up: Folkmoot

  • Event (Aug 1, 2019)
    60th Annual NC Mineral & Gem Festival

  • Event (Aug 1, 2019)
    First Thursday Music: Wombat Junction

  • Event (Aug 1, 2019)
    The Mountain Dance and Folk Festival

  • Event (Aug 2, 2019)
    Concourse Night: Greenville Drive and Frazee Center

  • Event (Aug 3, 2019)
    Talking Trees Trout Derby

  • Event (Aug 3, 2019)
    Sarge's Downtown Dog Walk

  • Event (Aug 3, 2019)
    August Music at Original Store

  • Event (Aug 7, 2019)
    Laugh Your Asheville Off Comedy Festival

  • Event (Aug 7, 2019)
    Animal Enrichment Day at Grandfather

  • Event (Aug 8, 2019)
    Restaurant Week Greenville

  • Event (Aug 10, 2019)
    Feast with the Beasts

  • Event (Aug 10, 2019)
    August Art in the Park

  • Event (Aug 10, 2019)
    August Shindig on the Green

  • Event (Aug 10, 2019)
    RAKISH: Scottish Fiddle Champ/Celtic Music Show

  • Event (Aug 11, 2019)
    15th Annual Race to the Rock

  • Event (Aug 17, 2019)
    Riders in the Sky

  • Event (Aug 17, 2019)
    Grandfather Mountain Camera Clinic

  • Event (Aug 17, 2019)
    East Tennessee History Fair

  • Event (Aug 17, 2019)
    Calico Uprising: Mountain Music and Clogging

  • Event (Aug 18, 2019)
    Ramblin' Rose

  • Event (Aug 20, 2019)
    Duet: A Fundraiser to Benefit Spring Theatre

  • Event (Aug 22, 2019)
    Scholarship Benefit: An Evening with Elvis

  • Event (Aug 24, 2019)
    2019 Valle Crucis Park Auction

  • Event (Aug 24, 2019)
    Railroad Heritage Weekend

  • Event (Aug 24, 2019)
    Wonder of Hummingbirds Festival

  • Event (Aug 24, 2019)
    Touch a Truck

  • Event (Aug 24, 2019)
    Empty Bowls Event: Feeding Avery Families

  • Event (Aug 24, 2019)
    College Tailgate Event

  • Event (Aug 24, 2019)
    Smokey Store Visit!

  • Event (Aug 30, 2019)
    Labor Day Weekend : Promenade Sale

  • Event (Aug 30, 2019)
    73rd Annual NC Apple Festival

  • Event (Aug 30, 2019)
    Apple Festival Tent Sale 2019

  • Event (Aug 30, 2019)
    2019 Boone Tent Sale

  • Event (Aug 30, 2019)
    Football: Demon Deacons vs Utah State

  • Event (Aug 31, 2019)
    Labor Day Weekend Family Fun

  • Event (Aug 31, 2019)
    Football: Paladins vs. Charleston Southern

  • Event (Aug 31, 2019)
    Football: UT Volunteers vs Georgia State

  • Event (Aug 31, 2019)
    Football: ASU vs East Tennessee

  • Event (Aug 31, 2019)
    Football: WCU Catamounts vs Mercer

  • Event (Sep 1, 2019)
    Hawk Watch: Fall Raptor Migration

  • Event (Sep 1, 2019)
    September Music at the Original Store

  • Event (Sep 1, 2019)
    National Songwriter Award: John Lilly & Blue Yonder

  • Event (Sep 5, 2019)
    2019 Festival of Books and Authors

  • Event (Sep 5, 2019)
    First Thursday Music: Hadrian's Wall

    Mast General Store, Columbia

  • Event (Sep 6, 2019)
    Tennessee Valley Fair

  • Event (Sep 6, 2019)
    NC Mountain State Fair

  • Event (Sep 6, 2019)
    Boone Dogs' Night Out!

  • Event (Sep 6, 2019)
    Sippin' Safari

  • Event (Sep 7, 2019)
    Friends Day 2019

  • Event (Sep 7, 2019)
    Home Game: ASU vs. Charlotte 49ers

  • Event (Sep 7, 2019)
    Home Game: UT vs. BYU

  • Event (Sep 7, 2019)
    September 2019 Programs at Elk Knob State Park

  • Event (Sep 7, 2019)
    September Art in the Park

  • Event (Sep 7, 2019)
    Junior Ranger Day at Grandfather

  • Event (Sep 7, 2019)
    Home Game: Gamecocks vs. Charleston Southern

  • Event (Sep 8, 2019)
    Ijams' Symphony in the Park

  • Event (Sep 11, 2019)
    9:11 Run for Our Troops 5K

  • Event (Sep 13, 2019)
    Home Game: Wake Forest vs. North Carolina

  • Event (Sep 13, 2019)
    Smoky Mountain Elk Fest

  • Event (Sep 14, 2019)
    Home Game: UT vs. Chattanooga

  • Event (Sep 14, 2019)
    Home Game: WCU vs. North Greenville

  • Event (Sep 14, 2019)
    Indie Craft Parade

  • Event (Sep 14, 2019)
    Food Fight! for MANNA Food Bank

  • Event (Sep 14, 2019)
    Youth Arts Festival

  • Event (Sep 14, 2019)
    Fiesta 2019

  • Event (Sep 14, 2019)
    11th Annual Flock to the Rock

  • Event (Sep 14, 2019)
    Home Game: Gamecocks vs. Alabama

  • Event (Sep 14, 2019)
    Watauga Humane Society 22nd Annual Fur Ball

  • Event (Sep 14, 2019)
    September Rockin' Block Party

  • Event (Sep 14, 2019)
    49th Annual Girl Scout Day

  • Event (Sep 17, 2019)
    On the Same Page Literary Festival

  • Event (Sep 19, 2019)
    euphoria Greenville

  • Event (Sep 19, 2019)
    Columbia's Greek Festival

  • Event (Sep 20, 2019)
    Riverbanks ZOOfari 2019

  • Event (Sep 20, 2019)
    Ghost Train!

  • Event (Sep 21, 2019)
    Folk Art Center Heritage Weekend

  • Event (Sep 21, 2019)
    Home Game: Furman vs Mercer

  • Event (Sep 21, 2019)
    Home Game: Wake Forest vs. Elon (Homecoming)

  • Event (Sep 21, 2019)
    41st Annual Jubilee: Festival of Black History and Culture

  • Event (Sep 21, 2019)
    Creatures of the Night and Bonfire Delight

  • Event (Sep 24, 2019)
    MHM: Variety, the Spice of Life

  • Event (Sep 27, 2019)
    Asheville Quilt Show

  • Event (Sep 27, 2019)
    46th Annual Okra Strut

  • Event (Sep 27, 2019)
    September Mountain Street Dance

  • Event (Sep 28, 2019)
    National Alpaca Farm Days

  • Event (Sep 28, 2019)
    Home Game: Furman vs. East Tennessee State

  • Event (Sep 28, 2019)
    Home Game: Gamecocks vs Kentucky (Family Weekend)

  • Event (Sep 28, 2019)
    National Public Lands Day: Trail Work Day

  • Event (Sep 28, 2019)
    Art on Main

  • Event (Sep 28, 2019)
    Black Walnut Festival

  • Event (Sep 28, 2019)
    Monarch Butterfly Day at the Arboretum

  • Event (Sep 28, 2019)
    Waynesville: Dogs' Night Out

  • Event (Oct 1, 2019)
    Round-Up: The Appalachian Theatre

  • Event (Oct 1, 2019)
    The Fall Color Ramble

  • Event (Oct 3, 2019)
    Oktoberfest at NOMA Square

  • Event (Oct 3, 2019)
    October Bluegrass & Harvest Market

  • Event (Oct 3, 2019)
    First Thursday Music: Julia and Barton Beckham with Dick Moons

  • Event (Oct 4, 2019)
    Play: Smoke on the Mountain

  • Event (Oct 4, 2019)
    PEANUTS: The Great Pumpkin Patch Express

  • Event (Oct 4, 2019)
    Dixie Classic Fair

  • Event (Oct 5, 2019)
    Home Game: WCU vs. Gardner-Webb (Family Weekend)

  • Event (Oct 5, 2019)
    Home Game: UT vs. Georgia

  • Event (Oct 5, 2019)
    HEY DAY Fall Festival

  • Event (Oct 5, 2019)
    ColorFest!

  • Event (Oct 5, 2019)
    October Art in the Park

  • Event (Oct 5, 2019)
    Pawsome in the Park: Furry Friends & Family Event

  • Event (Oct 5, 2019)
    October Music at the Original Store

  • Event (Oct 5, 2019)
    Blythewood Oktoberfest

  • Event (Oct 5, 2019)
    Asheville GreenWorks: Root Ball

  • Event (Oct 5, 2019)
    MHM: The David Childers Trio

  • Event (Oct 6, 2019)
    Can You Dig It National Fossil Day

  • Event (Oct 9, 2019)
    SC State Fair

  • Event (Oct 10, 2019)
    Restaurant Week South Carolina!

  • Event (Oct 10, 2019)
    Boo! at the Knoxville Zoo

  • Event (Oct 11, 2019)
    Annex Tent Sale!

  • Event (Oct 11, 2019)
    Winston-Salem Sidewalk Sales!

  • Event (Oct 11, 2019)
    Fall for Greenville: A Weekend Full of Flavor

  • Event (Oct 11, 2019)
    Rhythm on the River at Riverwalk

  • Event (Oct 12, 2019)
    Home Game: Wake Forest vs. Louisville

  • Event (Oct 12, 2019)
    Home Game: UT vs. Mississippi State

  • Event (Oct 12, 2019)
    Second Saturdays at River Arts District

  • Event (Oct 12, 2019)
    35th Annual Church Street Art & Craft Show

    Church Street, Waynesville

  • Event (Oct 12, 2019)
    MHM: Al Petteway and Amy White

  • Event (Oct 17, 2019)
    Autumn: Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands

  • Event (Oct 17, 2019)
    MHM: Zoe and Cloyd

  • Event (Oct 17, 2019)
    Dark in the Park

  • Event (Oct 18, 2019)
    Waynesville 2019 Tent Sale

  • Event (Oct 18, 2019)
    Boo in the Zoo

  • Event (Oct 18, 2019)
    Riverbanks Boo at the Zoo

  • Event (Oct 19, 2019)
    Home Game: Wake Forest vs. Florida State

  • Event (Oct 19, 2019)
    Home Game: Gamecocks vs. Florida Gators

  • Event (Oct 19, 2019)
    Home Game: Furman vs. The Citadel (Homecoming)

  • Event (Oct 19, 2019)
    Home Game: ASU vs University of Louisiana

  • Event (Oct 19, 2019)
    Bearfootin' Bear Auction!

  • Event (Oct 19, 2019)
    Valle Country Fair

  • Event (Oct 19, 2019)
    Woolly Worm Festival

  • Event (Oct 19, 2019)
    Pride Festival and Parade

  • Event (Oct 19, 2019)
    30th Annual Apple Harvest Festival

    Downtown Waynesville

  • Event (Oct 20, 2019)
    Howl-O-Ween Pooch Parade and Pet Expo

  • Event (Oct 22, 2019)
    Bill Bryson - The Body: A Guide for Occupants

  • Event (Oct 24, 2019)
    Play: The Turn of the Screw

  • Event (Oct 24, 2019)
    Howl-o-Ween Columbia

  • Event (Oct 24, 2019)
    Enchanted Forest

  • Event (Oct 25, 2019)
    October Firefly Market

  • Event (Oct 25, 2019)
    Howl-O-Ween Winston-Salem

  • Event (Oct 25, 2019)
    Hunger & Health Coalition Masquerade Ball

  • Event (Oct 25, 2019)
    Stage Radio Play: The War of the Worlds

  • Event (Oct 25, 2019)
    Dracula: Ballet with a Bite

  • Event (Oct 26, 2019)
    Home Game: UT vs South Carolina

  • Event (Oct 26, 2019)
    Home Game: WCU vs. Furman (Homecoming)

  • Event (Oct 26, 2019)
    Thomas Wolfe 8k

  • Event (Oct 26, 2019)
    Howl-O-Ween

  • Event (Oct 26, 2019)
    Asheville Fine Art Show

  • Event (Oct 26, 2019)
    Downtown Merchant Trick-or-Treat Event

  • Event (Oct 26, 2019)
    A Beary Scary Halloween

    Grandfather Mountain, Linville

  • Event (Oct 26, 2019)
    MHM: Wayne Henderson Trio and Special Guest

  • Event (Oct 30, 2019)
    Downtown Boone Boo

  • Event (Oct 30, 2019)
    John Prine: Tree of Forgiveness World Tour

  • Event (Oct 31, 2019)
    Home Game: ASU vs Georgia Southern

  • Event (Oct 31, 2019)
    Halloween Stroll 2019

  • Event (Oct 31, 2019)
    Waynesville Treats on the Street

    Downtown Waynesville

  • Event (Oct 31, 2019)
    Trick or Treat Street

  • Event (Oct 31, 2019)
    The Avett Brothers at Bon Secours

  • Event (Nov 1, 2019)
    Round-Up: Homeward Bound of WNC

  • Event (Nov 1, 2019)
    Round-Up at the Annex: Oasis

  • Event (Nov 1, 2019)
    Reedy Reels Film Festival

  • Event (Nov 2, 2019)
    Home Game: Gamecocks vs. Vanderbilt

  • Event (Nov 2, 2019)
    Home Game: Wake Forest vs. NC State

  • Event (Nov 2, 2019)
    Home Game: UT vs. UAB

  • Event (Nov 2, 2019)
    Artisanville: A Community of Artists

  • Event (Nov 2, 2019)
    19th Annual Juried Art & Craft Festival

  • Event (Nov 2, 2019)
    Crafty Llama Art, Craft & Vintage Market

  • Event (Nov 4, 2019)
    Furry Fall Festival!

  • Event (Nov 5, 2019)
    At the Tennessee: The Color Purple

  • Event (Nov 7, 2019)
    New South Comedy Festival

  • Event (Nov 8, 2019)
    The Polar Express 2019

  • Event (Nov 8, 2019)
    2019 Christmas at Biltmore

  • Event (Nov 8, 2019)
    Play: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe

  • Event (Nov 8, 2019)
    Wolf Howl

  • Event (Nov 9, 2019)
    Home Game: WCU vs ETSU "Blue Ridge Border Battle"

  • Event (Nov 9, 2019)
    Home Game: Furman vs. VMI

  • Event (Nov 9, 2019)
    Home Game: Gamecocks vs. Appalachian State

  • Event (Nov 9, 2019)
    Fall Festival and History Day

  • Event (Nov 9, 2019)
    Flag Retirement and Celebration of Service

  • Event (Nov 11, 2019)
    Knoxville Veterans Day Parade

  • Event (Nov 15, 2019)
    Ice on Main!

    United Community Bank Downtown

  • Event (Nov 15, 2019)
    Craftsmen's Classics:: Art & Craft Festival

  • Event (Nov 15, 2019)
    Apple Hill Farms: Mini Tours & More

  • Event (Nov 15, 2019)
    Christmas Celebration Tours at Apple Hill Farm

  • Event (Nov 15, 2019)
    Festival of Lights at Tanglewood Park

  • Event (Nov 15, 2019)
    Arts & Draughts at the Art Museum

  • Event (Nov 16, 2019)
    Repticon : Reptile and Exotic Animal Show

  • Event (Nov 16, 2019)
    Home Game: WCU vs. Samford

  • Event (Nov 16, 2019)
    Portrait Artist: Donna Landau

    Mast General Store, Greenville

  • Event (Nov 22, 2019)
    Tweetsie Christmas

  • Event (Nov 23, 2019)
    Fall Piedmont Craftsmen's Fair

  • Event (Nov 23, 2019)
    Home Game: Wake Forest vs. Duke

  • Event (Nov 23, 2019)
    Home Game: Furman Vs. Point

  • Event (Nov 23, 2019)
    Home Game: ASU vs Texas State (Senior Day / Heroes Day)

  • Event (Nov 23, 2019)
    2019 Made in NC Awards Celebration

  • Event (Nov 24, 2019)
    Indie Craft Parade Holiday Pop-Up Shop

  • Event (Nov 24, 2019)
    Book Signings: Tom Poland

  • Event (Nov 24, 2019)
    53rd Annual Governor's Carolighting

  • Event (Nov 27, 2019)
    Children's Hospital: Fantasy of Trees

  • Event (Nov 28, 2019)
    Free City of Greenville Parking!

  • Event (Nov 28, 2019)
    Happy Thanksgiving! Closed Today for Family Time

  • Event (Nov 28, 2019)
    Happy Thanksgiving! Stores Closed Today

  • Event (Nov 28, 2019)
    5K Turkey Trot

  • Event (Nov 28, 2019)
    12th Annual Turkey Strut 5K

  • Event (Nov 29, 2019)
    Downtown Scavenger Hunt: Elf on the Shelf

  • Event (Nov 29, 2019)
    Holidays on Ice!

  • Event (Nov 29, 2019)
    A Flat Rock Playhouse Christmas

  • Event (Nov 29, 2019)
    Santa in the Valle Stores

  • Event (Nov 29, 2019)
    Original Store Hours: Nov 29-30 - 7 am - 6:30 pm

  • Event (Nov 29, 2019)
    Boone 11/29 - 12/1 Store Hours

  • Event (Nov 29, 2019)
    Asheville 11/29 - 12/1 Store Hours

  • Event (Nov 29, 2019)
    Waynesville 11/29 - 12/1 Store Hours

  • Event (Nov 29, 2019)
    Hendersonville 11/29 - 12/1 Store Hours

  • Event (Nov 29, 2019)
    Annex Hours: Nov 29-30: 9 am - 6:30 pm

  • Event (Nov 29, 2019)
    Knoxville 11/29 - 12/1 Store Hours

  • Event (Nov 29, 2019)
    Columbia 11/29 - 12/1 Store Hours

  • Event (Nov 29, 2019)
    Rivercross 11/29 - 12/1 Store Hours

  • Event (Nov 29, 2019)
    Winston 11/29 - 12/1 Store Hours

  • Event (Nov 29, 2019)
    Greenville 11/29 - 12/1 Store Hours

  • Event (Nov 29, 2019)
    Scavenger Hunt: Peppermint the Bear

  • Event (Nov 29, 2019)
    Holiday Tree Lighting

  • Event (Nov 30, 2019)
    Hendersonville Small Business Saturday

  • Event (Nov 30, 2019)
    Home Game: Gamecocks vs Clemson Tigers

  • Event (Nov 30, 2019)
    A Charlie Brown Christmas

  • Event (Nov 30, 2019)
    Home Game: UT vs. Vanderbilt

  • Event (Nov 30, 2019)
    Santa's at the Boone Store

  • Event (Dec 1, 2019)
    December Music at Original Store

  • Event (Dec 1, 2019)
    Original/Annex 12/1 Store Hours

  • Event (Dec 1, 2019)
    Santa and Nutcracker Characters at Winston-Salem

  • Event (Dec 2, 2019)
    Hendersonville 12/2 - 12/8 Store Hours

  • Event (Dec 2, 2019)
    Valle Crucis 12-2 to 12-8 Store Hours

  • Event (Dec 2, 2019)
    Boone 12/2 - 12/8 Store Hours

  • Event (Dec 2, 2019)
    Waynesville 12/2 - 12/8 Store Hours

  • Event (Dec 2, 2019)
    Asheville - 12/2 - 12-8 Store Hours

  • Event (Dec 2, 2019)
    Winston 12/2 - 12/8 Store Hours

  • Event (Dec 2, 2019)
    Rivercross 12/2 - 12/8 Store Hours

  • Event (Dec 2, 2019)
    Knoxville - 12/2 - 12/8 Store Hours

  • Event (Dec 2, 2019)
    Greenville 12/2 - 12/8 Store Hours

  • Event (Dec 2, 2019)
    Santa Visits the Winston Salem Store!

  • Event (Dec 2, 2019)
    Columbia 12/2 - 12/8 Store Hours

  • Event (Dec 3, 2019)
    Ice Skating in Market Square

  • Event (Dec 4, 2019)
    Pop Up Boone

  • Event (Dec 5, 2019)
    Downtown Greenville: Ice on Main!

  • Event (Dec 5, 2019)
    Santa Cotton!

  • Event (Dec 5, 2019)
    Variety Show: A Holly Jolly Christmas

  • Event (Dec 5, 2019)
    December First Thursday Music at Mast

  • Event (Dec 6, 2019)
    Christmas in the Valle!

  • Event (Dec 6, 2019)
    Balsam Range Art of Music Festival

  • Event (Dec 6, 2019)
    Hendersonville Olde Fashioned Christmas

  • Event (Dec 6, 2019)
    Gift Wrapping in the Knoxville Store

  • Event (Dec 6, 2019)
    Ensemble Stage: A Banner Elk Christmas

  • Event (Dec 6, 2019)
    Night of Lights

  • Event (Dec 6, 2019)
    Christmas Tree Lighting

    Downtown Waynesville

  • Event (Dec 6, 2019)
    WIVK Christmas Parade

  • Event (Dec 7, 2019)
    Santa Visits the Valle Stores

  • Event (Dec 7, 2019)
    Sarge's Animal Rescue: Gift Wrapping

  • Event (Dec 7, 2019)
    Hendersonville Christmas Parade 2019

  • Event (Dec 7, 2019)
    App Ski Mountain - Anniversary Weekend

  • Event (Dec 7, 2019)
    Santa on the Chimney!

  • Event (Dec 7, 2019)
    A Winter's Tail

  • Event (Dec 7, 2019)
    Market Square Holiday Market

  • Event (Dec 7, 2019)
    See Santa at the Boone Store

  • Event (Dec 7, 2019)
    Santa Visits the Knoxville Store

  • Event (Dec 7, 2019)
    Santa Visits the Hendersonville Store

  • Event (Dec 7, 2019)
    29th Annual Holiday Parade

  • Event (Dec 7, 2019)
    Greenville Poinsettia Christmas Parade

  • Event (Dec 8, 2019)
    Handel's Messiah Performance

  • Event (Dec 9, 2019)
    Winston 12/9 - 12/15 Store Hours

  • Event (Dec 9, 2019)
    Columbia 12/9 - 12/15 Store Hours

  • Event (Dec 9, 2019)
    Knoxville 12/9 - 12/15 Store Hours

  • Event (Dec 9, 2019)
    Greenville 12/9 - 12/15 Store Hours

  • Event (Dec 9, 2019)
    Rivercross 12/9 - 12/24 Store Hours

  • Event (Dec 9, 2019)
    Waynesville 12/9 - 12/15 Store Hours

  • Event (Dec 9, 2019)
    Hendersonville 12/9 - 12/15 Store Hours

  • Event (Dec 9, 2019)
    Original & Annex 12/9 - 12/15 Store Hours

  • Event (Dec 9, 2019)
    Boone 12/9 - 12/15 Store Hours

  • Event (Dec 9, 2019)
    Asheville 12/9 - 12/15 Store Hours

  • Event (Dec 9, 2019)
    Downtown Waynesville Christmas Parade

    Downtown Waynesville

  • Event (Dec 12, 2019)
    Holly Jolly Hollywood: This Christmas

  • Event (Dec 13, 2019)
    Sugarfest 50th Anniversary Celebration

  • Event (Dec 13, 2019)
    A Carolina Snowbelle Christmas

  • Event (Dec 13, 2019)
    Twelve Days of Christmas

    Downtown Waynesville

  • Event (Dec 13, 2019)
    Local Portrait Artist: Donna Landau

  • Event (Dec 13, 2019)
    Santa Paws at the Annex!

  • Event (Dec 13, 2019)
    Book Signing: Meet Me at the Rocket

  • Event (Dec 13, 2019)
    A Knoxville Christmas Night

  • Event (Dec 13, 2019)
    North Pole Centennial Holly Jolliday Christmas Yule-A-Palooza!

  • Event (Dec 14, 2019)
    Trunk Show: Caro Jewelry Designs

  • Event (Dec 14, 2019)
    Book Signing: David Galassie - "Fort Jackson"

  • Event (Dec 14, 2019)
    Tour de Lights

  • Event (Dec 14, 2019)
    A Night Before Christmas in Waynesville

    Downtown Waynesville

  • Event (Dec 15, 2019)
    Holly Jolly Hollywood: It's a Wonderful Life

  • Event (Dec 15, 2019)
    Piedmont Land Conservancy Farm Run

  • Event (Dec 16, 2019)
    Columbia 12/16 - 12/24 Store Hours

  • Event (Dec 16, 2019)
    Hendersonville 12/16 - 12/24 Store Hours

  • Event (Dec 16, 2019)
    Waynesville 12/16 - 12/24 Store Hours

  • Event (Dec 16, 2019)
    Greenville 12/16 - 12/24 Store Hours

  • Event (Dec 16, 2019)
    Knoxville 12/16 - 12/24 Store Hours

  • Event (Dec 16, 2019)
    Winston 12/16 - 12/14 Store Hours

  • Event (Dec 16, 2019)
    Asheville 12/16 - 12/24 Store Hours

  • Event (Dec 16, 2019)
    Boone 12/16 - 12/24 Store Hours

  • Event (Dec 16, 2019)
    Original & Annex 12/16 - 12/24 Store Hours

  • Event (Dec 18, 2019)
    Iceless Skating Rink at the Visitors Center

  • Event (Dec 18, 2019)
    Book Signing: Tom Poland

    Mast General Store, Columbia

  • Event (Dec 19, 2019)
    Jim Brickman: A Christmas Celebration 2019

  • Event (Dec 20, 2019)
    Ensemble Stage: A Banner Elk Christmas!

  • Event (Dec 20, 2019)
    Holly Jolly Hollywood: Friday After Next

  • Event (Dec 21, 2019)
    Santa at the Visitor Center!

  • Event (Dec 21, 2019)
    Holiday Hayrides on Main Street

  • Event (Dec 21, 2019)
    Mountain Home Music: Celtic Christmas

  • Event (Dec 24, 2019)
    Last Minute Visit with Santa!

  • Event (Dec 24, 2019)
    Holly Jolly Hollywood: Miracle on 34th Street

  • Event (Dec 25, 2019)
    Happy Holidays! Stores Closed Today

  • Event (Dec 26, 2019)
    Original & Annex 12/26 - 12/31 Store Hours

  • Event (Dec 26, 2019)
    Boone 12/26 - 12/31 Store Hours

  • Event (Dec 26, 2019)
    Asheville 12/26 - 12/31 Store Hours

  • Event (Dec 26, 2019)
    Winston 12/26 - 12/31 Store Hours

  • Event (Dec 26, 2019)
    Knoxville 12/26 - 12/31 Store Hours

  • Event (Dec 26, 2019)
    Columbia 12/26 - 12/31 Store Hours

  • Event (Dec 26, 2019)
    Greenville 12/26 - 12-31 Store Hours

  • Event (Dec 26, 2019)
    Rivercross 12/26 - 12/31 Store Hours

  • Event (Dec 26, 2019)
    Waynesville 12/26 - 12/31 Store Hours

  • Event (Dec 26, 2019)
    Hendersonville 12/26 - 12/31 Store Hours

  • Event (Dec 26, 2019)
    Old Salem Winter Fair 2019

  • Event (Dec 26, 2019)
    Midnight Blast Holiday Nights

  • Event (Dec 31, 2019)
    Grownups' New Years' Eve Party

  • Event (Dec 31, 2019)
    Family Night New Years' Eve Celebration

  • Event (Dec 31, 2019)
    Famously Hot! New Year

  • Event (Jan 1, 2020)
    Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

  • Event (Jan 1, 2020)
    Kroger Discount Days at the Zoo

  • Event (Jan 1, 2020)
    United Community Bank: Ice on Main

  • Event (Jan 1, 2020)
    Stores Closed Today: HAPPY 2020!

  • Event (Jan 1, 2020)
    First Day Hike - 2020

  • Event (Jan 2, 2020)
    Hendersonville 1/2 - 1/5 Store Hours

  • Event (Jan 2, 2020)
    Waynesville 1/2 - 1/5 Store Hours

  • Event (Jan 2, 2020)
    Rivercross 1/2 - 1/5 Store Hours

  • Event (Jan 2, 2020)
    Greenville 1/2 - 1/5 Store Hours

  • Event (Jan 2, 2020)
    Columbia 1/2 - 1/5 Store Hours

  • Event (Jan 2, 2020)
    Knoxville 1/2 - 1/5 Store Hours

  • Event (Jan 2, 2020)
    Winston 1/2 - 1/5 Store Hours

  • Event (Jan 2, 2020)
    Original & Annex 1/2 - 1/5 Store Hours

  • Event (Jan 2, 2020)
    Asheville - 1/2 - 1/5 Store Hours

  • Event (Jan 2, 2020)
    Boone 1/2 - 1/5 Hours

  • Event (Jan 5, 2020)
    National Winter Trails Day 2020

  • Event (Jan 9, 2020)
    South Carolina Restaurant Week

  • Event (Jan 18, 2020)
    3rd Annual Chili Cook-Off Stroll

  • Event (Jan 21, 2020)
    A Night with Neil deGrasse Tyson

  • Event (Jan 23, 2020)
    WinterFest 2020: Don't Hibernate, Celebrate!

  • Event (Jan 23, 2020)
    I Feel Good: A Trip to Motown

  • Event (Jan 25, 2020)
    Covenant Kids Run Kick-Off

  • Event (Jan 28, 2020)
    At the Tennessee: Miss Saigon

  • Event (Jan 31, 2020)
    Little Theatre: Virtually in Love

  • Event (Feb 1, 2020)
    Winter Chautauqua Presents: Teddy Roosevelt

  • Event (Feb 1, 2020)
    8th Annual Polar Plunge: Freezin' for a Reason

  • Event (Feb 2, 2020)
    2020 Special Olympics

  • Event (Feb 2, 2020)
    Chimney Rock Groundhog Day Celebration 2020

  • Event (Feb 2, 2020)
    15th Annual Celebration with Greta the Groundhog

  • Event (Feb 7, 2020)
    Play: The Fantasticks

  • Event (Feb 8, 2020)
    Be a Sweetheart!

  • Event (Feb 8, 2020)
    Boone Winter Farmers Market

  • Event (Feb 9, 2020)
    Lexington Chili Cookoff

  • Event (Feb 9, 2020)
    Ballet Magnificat

  • Event (Feb 12, 2020)
    USC Dance Company: Spring Concert

  • Event (Feb 14, 2020)
    App Ski Mtn: President's Day Family Weekend

  • Event (Feb 14, 2020)
    "Love Letters" - the Perfect Show for your Valentine!

  • Event (Feb 16, 2020)
    Frostbite 10k, 5k, and One Mile Fun Run

  • Event (Feb 20, 2020)
    Beech Mtn Retro 80's Weekend

  • Event (Feb 20, 2020)
    2020 New Play Festival

  • Event (Feb 22, 2020)
    Schaefer Center Presents: Trinity Irish Dance Company

  • Event (Feb 22, 2020)
    Appalachian Theatre: Drew and Ellie Holcomb

  • Event (Feb 23, 2020)
    Menopause: The Musical

  • Event (Feb 23, 2020)
    The Office! A Musical Parody

  • Event (Feb 24, 2020)
    YAMATO: The Drummers of Japan

  • Event (Feb 25, 2020)
    4th Annual Taste on the River

  • Event (Feb 28, 2020)
    WAITRESS: A Broadway Musical

  • Event (Mar 3, 2020)
    World Wildlife Day at the Greenville Zoo

  • Event (Mar 6, 2020)
    Southern Home and Garden Show - Greenville

  • Event (Mar 6, 2020)
    Dogs Night Out Knoxville

    Mast General Store, Knoxville

  • Event (Mar 7, 2020)
    March Music at the Original Store

  • Event (Mar 7, 2020)
    Appalachian Theatre: The Wailin' Jennys

  • Event (Mar 15, 2020)
    An Evening with George Winston

  • Event (Mar 18, 2020)
    Play: Finding Neverland

  • Event (Mar 21, 2020)
    Spring Fling at the Zoo

  • Event (Mar 26, 2020)
    Indie Grits 2020

  • Event (Mar 28, 2020)
    3rd Annual AppKids Superhero 5K

  • Event (Mar 29, 2020)
    3rd Annual Fierce Film Festival

  • Event (Apr 4, 2020)
    Outdoor Expo! Parks and Recreation

  • Event (Apr 7, 2020)
    Spring Break Zoo Venture

  • Event (Apr 11, 2020)
    BIG EGG HUNT at Zoo Knoxville

  • Event (Apr 13, 2020)
    2020 Studio Art Exhibition: Opening Reception

  • Event (Apr 15, 2020)
    19th Annual Senior Fun & Health Fair Day

  • Event (Apr 17, 2020)
    National Paddling Film Festival

  • Event (Apr 18, 2020)
    Blue Ridge Kite Festival

  • Event (Apr 18, 2020)
    Floyd Herb and Plant Festival

  • Event (Apr 18, 2020)
    Appalachian Theatre Presents: Balsam Range

  • Event (Apr 23, 2020)
    Columbia Food and Wine Festival

  • Event (Apr 24, 2020)
    Buchanan Civil War History Weekend

  • Event (Apr 24, 2020)
    Wild Vine at the Knoxville Zoo

  • Event (Apr 25, 2020)
    Mutt Strut on Main Street!

  • Event (Apr 25, 2020)
    Earth Day/Party for the Planet

  • Event (Apr 25, 2020)
    12th Annual Blacksburg Fork & Cork

  • Event (May 1, 2020)
    Community School - 40th Annual Strawberry Festival

  • Event (May 1, 2020)
    First Friday ROANOKE

  • Event (May 1, 2020)
    Appalachian Theatre: The Malpass Brothers

  • Event (May 2, 2020)
    City Market Saturdays

  • Event (May 2, 2020)
    Rosewood Crawfish Festival

  • Event (May 9, 2020)
    Migratory Bird Day - Community Art Show

  • Event (May 15, 2020)
    The Amazing Acro-Cats!

  • Event (May 16, 2020)
    2020 Grapes & Grains Festival

  • Event (May 16, 2020)
    Mill Mountain Brew at the Zoo

  • Event (May 22, 2020)
    Concert: Golden Age of Broadway

  • Event (May 30, 2020)
    Riverbanks Run 2020

  • Event (May 30, 2020)
    The Remarkable Rhododendron Ramble

  • Event (Jun 6, 2020)
    Roanoke Ballet: Sleeping Beauty

  • Event (Jun 7, 2020)
    IRONMAN: Blue Ridge Triathlon

  • Event (Jun 10, 2020)
    Animals' Birthday Party Celebration

  • Event (Jun 20, 2020)
    Roar and Pour at the Zoo

  • Event (Jun 21, 2020)
    Father's Day at Zoo Knoxville

  • Event (Jul 11, 2020)
    Reedy River Duck Derby 2020

  • Event (Jul 11, 2020)
    July 2020 Shindig on the Green!

  • Event (Aug 12, 2020)
    It's Animal Enrichment Day!

  • Event (Aug 15, 2020)
    Amateur and Professional Camera Clinic

  • Event (Aug 15, 2020)
    August 2020 Shindig on the Green

  • Event (Aug 22, 2020)
    Touch a Truck!

  • Event (Aug 22, 2020)
    Music on the Mountain

  • Event (Sep 12, 2020)
    Junior Ranger Day

  • Event (Sep 17, 2020)
    Euphoria Greenville 2020

  • Event (Sep 18, 2020)
    Appalachian Guitarfest and Solo Guitar Competition

  • Event (Sep 18, 2020)
    Knoxville Brew at the Zoo

  • Event (Sep 19, 2020)
    International Red Panda Day / Children's Literacy

  • Event (Sep 26, 2020)
    50th Annual Girl Scout Day

  • Event (Oct 3, 2020)
    The Fall Color Ramble

  • Event (Oct 3, 2020)
    Creatures of the Night and Bonfire Delight

  • Event (Oct 9, 2020)
    Craftsmen's Classic Art and Craft Festival

  • Event (Oct 9, 2020)
    Fall for Greenville: A Weekend Full of Flavor

  • Event (Oct 14, 2020)
    2020 South Carolina State Fair

  • Event (Oct 16, 2020)
    Anthem GO OUTSIDE Festival

  • Event (Oct 24, 2020)
    Zoo Boo!

  • Event (Oct 31, 2020)
    Beary Scary Halloween

  • Event (Nov 28, 2020)
    Jungle Bells

  • Event (Dec 2, 2020)
    Musical: Holiday Inn

  • Event (Oct 12, 2021)
    App State Football

  • Event (Nov 13, 2021)
    App State Football Game vs. South AL

  • Event (Nov 20, 2021)
    Asheville Holiday Parade

  • Event (Nov 21, 2021)
    55th Annual Governor's Carolighting

  • Event (Nov 26, 2021)
    Holiday Tree Lighting

  • Event (Nov 26, 2021)
    Regal Celebration of Lights

  • Event (Nov 27, 2021)
    App State Football Game vs. GA Southern

  • Event (Dec 3, 2021)
    Night of Lights Official Tree Lighting

  • Event (Dec 3, 2021)
    Festive First Friday

  • Event (Dec 3, 2021)
    Roanoke Christmas Tree Lighting

  • Event (Dec 3, 2021)
    Waynesville Tree Lighting

  • Event (Dec 3, 2021)
    WIVK Christmas Parade

  • Event (Dec 4, 2021)
    Carolina Carillon Holiday Parade

  • Event (Dec 4, 2021)
    Hendersonville Christmas Parade

  • Event (Dec 4, 2021)
    Winston-Salem Jaycees Holiday Parade

  • Event (Dec 4, 2021)
    Poinsettia Christmas Parade

  • Event (Dec 4, 2021)
    Carolina Snowbelle Christmas

  • Event (Dec 6, 2021)
    Waynesville Christmas Parade

  • Event (Dec 10, 2021)
    Roanoke Christmas Parade

  • Event (Dec 11, 2021)
    Boone Christmas Parade

  • Event (Dec 17, 2021)
    Roanoke Christmas Pet Costume Contest



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