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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.

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! 

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.  

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.

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.

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.  

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!

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.  

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

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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