Visit any Mast General Store and you will feel like you have stepped back in time. You also will feel very welcomed. I don’t know how the people, who own this group of stores do it, but from the moment you walk in the door to the time you leave, you feel like you have walked into a place that is warm and friendly. They love for you to bring your dog/dogs with you (if the animal is well behaved) and will even go out of their way to offer your pup dog treats. In fact, Cocoa Joy walks through the store attracting comments and doggy cookies from one sales associate after another. The photo above was taken at the Mast General Store in Valle Crucis, North Carolina. It is the original store, and from the moment you walk through the door, you realize you have stepped into a bit of history.

The store contains a small Post Office. In fact a sign hanging near the window says: “This is a Working Post Office. Please Do Not Attempt to Open the Mailboxes.” Guess there is nothing like curious shoppers!

Wander through the rooms and you will find something to purchase. I love the shoe section (in a room beyond this one). You also can open the old Coca Cola cooler (in the foreground) and pull out a small bottom of Coke—absolutely the best!

This is the way America shopped in the 30’s and 40’s. Even the old gas (petrol) pump is still in it’s original place.