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.

 

Tags: Local Flavor, Inspiration, Mast Family Favorites, Winston-Salem, Columbia, Knoxville, Greenville, Asheville, Hendersonville, Waynesville, Boone, Valle Crucis, all
October 10, 2018
Fall Foliage Primer - October 10, 2018

Week 3 Fall Foliage PrimerIt'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. 

Tags: Knoxville, Greenville, Asheville, Hendersonville, Boone, Valle Crucis, Fall Foliage Primer
October 3, 2018
Fall Foliage Primer - October 3, 2018

Fall Foliage Primer Week 2 2018Week 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. 

Tags: Knoxville, Greenville, Hendersonville, Asheville, Valle Crucis, Boone, Fall Foliage Primer
On the Cutting Edge
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?

Tags: Adventure, Local Flavor, Winston-Salem, Columbia, Knoxville, Greenville, Asheville, Hendersonville, Waynesville, Boone, Valle Crucis, all
September 26, 2018
Fall Foliage Primer - September 26, 2018

Fall Foliage Primer Week 1 2018Welcome 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. 

Tags: Greenville, Asheville, Hendersonville, Valle Crucis, Boone, Fall Foliage Primer
Tastes of the Season: Fall Farmers' Markets
September 19, 2018
Tastes of the Season: Fall Farmers' Markets

Shopping at your local farmers' marketFall 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.

Tags: Local Flavor, Gardening, At Home, Winston-Salem, Columbia, Knoxville, Greenville, Asheville, Hendersonville, Waynesville, Boone, Valle Crucis, all
Friends' Day 2018
September 5, 2018
Friends' Day 2018

Friends' Day is September 8A 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.

Tags: Local Flavor, Mast Family Favorites, Winston-Salem, Columbia, Knoxville, Greenville, Asheville, Hendersonville, Waynesville, Boone, Valle Crucis, all
Chihuly at Biltmore Estate
August 29, 2018
Chihuly at Biltmore Estate

Float Boat in the Italian GardensAfter 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.” 

Tags: Mast Family Favorites, Local Flavor, Travel, Greenville, Waynesville, Hendersonville, Asheville
24 Hours in Boone, NC
August 22, 2018
24 Hours in Boone, NC

Downtown BooneThe 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.

Tags: Local Flavor, Adventure, Mast Family Favorites, Travel, Boone
Let's Ask Francine: How Do You Make Killed Lettuce and Onions?
August 15, 2018
Let's Ask Francine: How Do You Make Killed Lettuce and Onions?

Sweet TeaFrancine 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.

Tags: Recipes, Dear Francine, Winston-Salem, Columbia, Knoxville, Greenville, Asheville, Hendersonville, Waynesville, Boone, Valle Crucis, all
Fall Trends Feature Denim & Bold Colors
August 8, 2018
Fall Trends Feature Denim & Bold Colors

Fashion Trends for Fall 2018Temperatures 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.

Tags: Mast Family Favorites, Inspiration, Winston-Salem, Columbia, Knoxville, Greenville, Asheville, Hendersonville, Waynesville, Boone, Valle Crucis, all
What's It Like at a Photo Shoot?
July 25, 2018
What's It Like at a Photo Shoot?

Ads Then and NowMast 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.

Tags: Behind the Scenes, Winston-Salem, Columbia, Knoxville, Greenville, Asheville, Hendersonville, Waynesville, Boone, Valle Crucis, all
We're KEEN on That!
July 18, 2018
We're KEEN on That!

KEEN Footwear - A shoe for every adventureAccording 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.

Tags: Mast Family Favorites, Customer Stories, Adventure, Travel, Winston-Salem, Columbia, Knoxville, Greenville, Asheville, Hendersonville, Waynesville, Boone, Valle Crucis, all
Celebrating Made in USA
July 11, 2018
Celebrating Made in USA

Grand Old Flag SocksJuly 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.

Tags: At Home, Local Flavor, Mast Family Favorites, Winston-Salem, Columbia, Knoxville, Greenville, Asheville, Hendersonville, Waynesville, Boone, Valle Crucis, all
A Look Back at Summers Past
June 27, 2018
A Look Back at Summers Past

Let's Find a BallgameYou 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.

Tags: Asheville, Mast Family Favorites, Inspiration, Adventure, Winston-Salem, Columbia, Knoxville, Greenville, Asheville, Hendersonville, Waynesville, Boone, Valle Crucis, all
Spend the Night Under the Stars
June 20, 2018
Spend the Night Under the Stars

Sleeping Under the StarsSo, 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?

Tags: At Home, Adventure, Inspiration, Winston-Salem, Columbia, Knoxville, Greenville, Asheville, Hendersonville, Waynesville, Boone, Valle Crucis, all
Some of Our Favorite Urban Hikes
June 13, 2018
Some of Our Favorite Urban Hikes

Haywood Quilt TrailIn 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.

Tags: Adventure, Mast Family Favorites, Travel, Local Flavor, Greenville, Asheville, Waynesville
Winkler Knives - Made in Boone, NC
June 6, 2018
Winkler Knives

Winkler KnivesMaster 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.

Tags: Mast Family Favorites, Local Flavor, Winston-Salem, Columbia, Knoxville, Greenville, Hendersonville, Asheville, Boone, Waynesville, Valle Crucis, all
Gear Up With Columbia PFG
May 30, 2018
Gear Up With Columbia PFG

Fishing in PFG gear from ColumbiaFew 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.

Tags: Travel, Adventure, Mast Family Favorites, Winston-Salem, Columbia, Knoxville, Greenville, Asheville, Hendersonville, Waynesville, Boone, Valle Crucis, all
Land Trust Day is Set for June 2
May 23, 2018
Land Trust Day is Set for June 2

This farm is in a land conservancy land trust.Mark Twain once said, “Buy land, they’re not making it any more.” It stands to reason, that if they’re not making it any more, 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.

Tags: Inspiration, Local Flavor, Mast Family Favorites, Winston-Salem, Columbia, Knoxville, Greenville, Asheville, Hendersonville, Waynesville, Boone, Valle Crucis, all