7 Essentials for Back to School
August 7, 2019
7 Essentials for Back to School

Back to SchoolIt 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.

Tags: Adventure, At Home, Winston-Salem, Columbia, Knoxville, Greenville, Asheville, Hendersonville, Waynesville, Boone, Valle Crucis, all
Sizzling Summer Entertaining
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! 

Tags: At Home, Recipes, Greenville, Columbia, Waynesville, Winston-Salem, Knoxville, Hendersonville, Asheville, Boone, Valle Crucis, all
Made in SC
July 24, 2019
Made in SC


South Carolina has give 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
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. 

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Made in NC
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. 

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Mast Store Brings You the Best Made in USA Products  
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.  

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Summer Reads
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! 

Tags: Adventure, Inspiration, Knoxville, Columbia, Greenville, Waynesville, Winston-Salem, Hendersonville, Valle Crucis, Asheville, Boone, all
A Few of Our Favorite Hikes
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.

Tags: Travel, Adventure, Winston-Salem, Knoxville, Columbia, Valle Crucis, Boone
Father's Day Favorites
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. 

Tags: Inspiration, Knoxville, Asheville, Hendersonville, Columbia, Greenville, Waynesville, Winston-Salem, Boone, Valle Crucis, all
Old-Fashioned Fun
May 29, 2019
Old-Fashioned Fun

Old-Fashioned FunWhen 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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This Place is Deeply Rooted on Sacred Ground
May 22, 2019
This Place is Deeply Rooted on Sacred Ground

Valle Crucis Conference CenterSitting 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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We're Celebrating 16 years of Land Trust Day on June 1st!
May 15, 2019
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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Gifts for All Mom's Moods
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. 

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Put the Shoe on the Other's Foot
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.

 

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It's Festival Time!
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.

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All Day, Every Day, Earth Day
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.

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We Are Not Alone
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.

Tags: Inspiration, Gardening, all, Greenville, Columbia, Waynesville, Winston-Salem, Hendersonville, Knoxville, Valle Crucis, Boone, Asheville
Old-Fashioned Spring Cleaning
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.

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Prepping Your Garden for Spring Planting
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. 

Tags: At Home, Inspiration, Gardening, Valle Crucis, Columbia, Greenville, Winston-Salem, Waynesville, Hendersonville, Boone, Knoxville, Asheville, all
Spring Cleaning, But Outside
March 6, 2019
Spring Cleaning, But Outside

Valle Crucis Park Work DayWarmer 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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