July 26, 2021
11 Must Haves for Back to School

Back to School BusIt’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.  

Tags: Adventure, Mast Family Favorites, Roanoke, Winston-Salem, Columbia, Knoxville, Greenville, Asheville, Hendersonville, Waynesville, Boone, Valle Crucis, all
July 1, 2021
America, Made out of Many

Old Glory on a Beautiful DayThe 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.

Tags: At Home, Mast Family Favorites, Roanoke, Winston-Salem, Columbia, Knoxville, Greenville, Asheville, Hendersonville, Waynesville, Boone, Valle Crucis, all
June 15, 2021
Wandering into Roanoke's Way Back When

The Mast Store in RoanokeGuess 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.

Tags: Local Flavor, Mast in the News, Roanoke
5 Reasons to Love a Land Trust
May 27, 2021
5 Reasons to Love a Land Trust

Land in a conservation trustWe 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! 

Tags: Inspiration, Local Flavor, Roanoke, Winston-Salem, Columbia, Knoxville, Greenville, Asheville, Hendersonville, Waynesville, Boone, Valle Crucis, all
Celebrating 10 Years in the Real Southern Hot Spot
May 24, 2021
Celebrating 10 Years in the Real Southern Hot Spot

Ribbon Cutting at the Mast Store in Downtown Columbia on May 25, 2011The 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.  

Tags: Local Flavor, Mast in the News, Customer Stories, Columbia
Celebrating our Mother on Earth Day 2021
April 19, 2021
Celebrating our Mother on Earth Day 2021

Earth Day 2021Earth 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.” 

Tags: Inspiration, At Home, Adventure, Roanoke, Winston-Salem, Columbia, Knoxville, Greenville, Asheville, Hendersonville, Waynesville, Boone, Valle Crucis, all
Celebrating 30 Years Along Waynesville's Main Street
April 5, 2021
Celebrating 30 Years Along Waynesville's Main Street

Mast Store in Waynesville circa early 1990sApril 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.

Tags: Mast Family Favorites, Local Flavor, Waynesville
From Brown-Rogers-Dixson to Mast Store in Winston-Salem
March 29, 2021
From Brown-Rogers-Dixson to Mast Store in Winston-Salem

Brown-Rogers-Dixson Building in the 1930s-40sWhen 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.

Tags: Mast Family Favorites, Local Flavor, Winston-Salem
March 12, 2021
A Harvest of History in Winston-Salem

Driving through history in Downtown Winston-SalemIf 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.  

Tags: Travel, Inspiration, Local Flavor, Adventure, Winston-Salem
The Last Days of Winter Hiking
March 7, 2021
The Last Days of Winter Hiking

Along a snow-covered Mountains-to-Sea TrailThe 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!” 

Tags: Mast Family Favorites, Inspiration, Adventure, Columbia, Winston-Salem, Asheville, Waynesville
Mast Stores are Open for Business
February 23, 2021
Mast Stores are Open for Business

All locations of Mast Store are Open for Business, Original Store in Valle Crucis“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. 

Tags: Mast in the News, Roanoke, Winston-Salem, Columbia, Knoxville, Greenville, Asheville, Hendersonville, Waynesville, Boone, Valle Crucis, all
5 Reasons to Give Chocolate on Valentine's Day
February 1, 2021
5 Reasons to Give Chocolate on Valentine's Day

Mmmm, chocolate barsWhich 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!

Tags: Behind the Scenes, Inspiration, Local Flavor, Roanoke, Winston-Salem, Columbia, Knoxville, Greenville, Asheville, Hendersonville, Waynesville, Boone, Valle Crucis, all
Five Ways to Beat the Winter Blues
January 22, 2021
Five Ways to Beat the Winter Blues

Beating the winter bluesFive 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.

Tags: Inspiration, Adventure, Roanoke, Winston-Salem, Columbia, Knoxville, Greenville, Asheville, Hendersonville, Waynesville, Boone, Valle Crucis, all
January 11, 2021
It's Not Selfish to Take Care of Yourself

Self-Care Is NOT SelfishThe 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.

 

Tags: At Home, Inspiration, Roanoke, Winston-Salem, Columbia, Knoxville, Greenville, Asheville, Hendersonville, Waynesville, Boone, Valle Crucis, all
Cooking to Welcome the New Year
December 29, 2020
Cooking to Welcome the New Year

Collard GreensHere 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.  

Tags: Mast Family Favorites, Local Flavor, Recipes, Roanoke, Winston-Salem, Columbia, Knoxville, Greenville, Asheville, Hendersonville, Waynesville, Boone, Valle Crucis, all
December 24, 2020
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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Christmas Cheer Then and Now in Winston-Salem
December 18, 2020
Christmas Cheer Then and Now in Winston-Salem

WINS-santa-3.jpgWhen 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

Tags: Local Flavor, Mast Family Favorites, Winston-Salem
7 Ways to Make Your Socially-Distanced Thanksgiving Notable
November 16, 2020
7 Ways to Make Your Socially-Distanced Thanksgiving Notable

Thanksgiving 2020 - family with other family members joining via ZoomIt’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.

Tags: Roanoke, Winston-Salem, Columbia, Knoxville, Greenville, Asheville, Hendersonville, Waynesville, Boone, Valle Crucis, all, Recipes
Summer Camp at Home
June 10, 2020
Summer Camp at Home

Summer camp at homeYou'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.

Tags: Inspiration, At Home, Roanoke, Winston-Salem, Columbia, Knoxville, Greenville, Asheville, Hendersonville, Waynesville, Boone, Valle Crucis, all
We Arrived on April 30, 1980
April 30, 2020
We Arrived on April 30, 1980

April 30, 1980On 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.  

Tags: Behind the Scenes, Inspiration, Roanoke, Winston-Salem, Columbia, Knoxville, Greenville, Asheville, Hendersonville, Waynesville, Boone, Valle Crucis, all

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