Mast General Store has long served as both a hub and a haven for neighbors in its community. From the late 19th century through the present, the store has provided for the needs of those it serves, not only as a merchant but also as a philanthropist.
Behind the Scenes | Inspiration
January 27, 20235 minute READ
20 Sweet Years of Giving
“Sweetheart” is one of the oldest terms of endearment in the English language. For most of the time the phrase has existed, there’s no surprise that its literal meaning has been associated with foods that conjure the pleasingly “sweet” sensation of love itself.
Inspiration | Local Flavor
December 27, 20225 minute READ
Do-able New Year's Resolutions
How would you like for your life to look one year from today? Would it look different than it does now? Most folks enjoy positive change and a fresh start, but it can be difficult to implement those things without a plan. The New Year provides the perfect opportunity to resolve to start anew, and it doesn’t have to be joyless or a drudgery. We offer a few “do-able” ideas from a personal perspective to help you approach your 2016 resolutions.
We’ve all said the phrase, “If these walls could talk, what stories they would tell.” That could be said about many places and perhaps the walls themselves – think about Russia’s famous Amber Room if it’s ever found. Much closer to home, we started wondering about the iconic centerpiece of the Front Room at the Original Mast General Store. Just what is the story of the pot-bellied stove?
Original - Valle Crucis
January 5, 20223 minute READ
A Little Sweet History
"It's better than Halloween!" Disney Magazine said of the Mast Store Candy Barrel.
Annex - Valle Crucis
April 14, 20204 minute READ
Grab a Bite at the Store
Back 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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