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.

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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.

 

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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.  

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.  

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Boredom Buster #3
April 22, 2020
Boredom Buster #3

Boredom Buster #3Who'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.

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Grab a Bite at the Store
April 14, 2020
Grab a Bite at the Store

Alfred Adams LunchBack 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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Mast Store Memories: A Look Back at 1980
April 9, 2020
Mast Store Memories: A Look Back at 1980

Store for SaleWhat 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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Boredom Buster #2
April 8, 2020
Boredom Buster #2

Boredom Buster #2We 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.

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Boredom Buster #1
April 1, 2020
Boredom Buster #1

Boredom Buster #1If 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! 

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Gift Cards for Good
March 26, 2020
Gift Cards for Good

Introducing Gift Cards for GoodOne 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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We're In This Together
March 20, 2020
We're In This Together

We're All in This TogetherGeneral stores have always been there for their communities. Now, we need everyone to be there for all.

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Grandma's Must Have Beauty Products
February 19, 2020
Grandma's Must Have Beauty Products

Grandma's Go-to Beauty FindsDo 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!

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Be a Sweetheart at Mast Store February 8 & 9
January 29, 2020
Be a Sweetheart at Mast Store February 8 & 9

Be a Sweetheart February 8 & 9This 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.

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9 Valentine's Day Gifts They'll Love
January 22, 2020
9 Valentine's Day Gifts They'll Love

Happy Valentine's DayWarning, 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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Therefore Be It Resolved, the New Year is Here
December 26, 2019
Therefore Be It Resolved, the New Year is Here

Happy New Year!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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2019's Top 13 Gift Ideas
December 4, 2019
2019's Top 13 Gift Ideas

GiftsThe 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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