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Mast General Store, Boone

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The Mast General Store, located in Historic Valle Crucis, is recognized by the National Register of Historic Places as one of the best remaining examples of an old country general store. It is still the center of the community housing the post office (Valle Crucis, NC 28691) and offering coffee for 5ยข on the honor system. There is even a large wood stove you can sit around on cold days swapping stories or playing a game of checkers. It remains true to the old-time general store from the 19th century by offering items that its neighbors might need, as well as products of interest to travelers and other visitors. Today there are nine locations, including the Original Store and Annex, both located in Valle Crucis, North Carolina. The store sells commodities, such as old-time hearth and home goods, outdoor clothing and gear, footwear, work clothes, old-fashioned wind-up toys, regional books and music, honey, and more than 500 varieties of old-fashioned candy.HistoryThe building that would become Mast General Store was constructed in 1882 by Henry Taylor and opened in 1883. W.W. Mast purchased half interest in the store in 1897, and the store was renamed the "Taylor and Mast General Store". In 1913, Mast purchased the remaining half of Taylor's interest, and the business became known as the Mast General Store. The business stayed in the family through three generations until, in 1973, it was sold to a doctor from Atlanta and a professor from Appalachian State University.The business closed its doors in 1977. It would remain closed until John and Faye Cooper purchased and reopened it in June 1980. In 1996, Mast General Store became an employee-owned company.
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  • We are staying in Banner Elk and had an afternoon to drive to Boone for a break from skiing - the Mast Store was on our must do list and it was worth the stop. Not special enough if you aren't plannin...  more »
  • They had a great Labor Day sale that was extended to a back parking area. We found some great buys to take on our trip to Iceland One sales person saw that the line to check out was long and so he per...  more »
  • Store in the style of an old fashioned mercantile. Wonderful selection of candy, toys, home decor, fashion and hiking/camping accessories. Always a fun visit.  more »
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  • This is a true general store. They have a little bit of everything. It's fun to see what you can find.
  • I ordered a Kava Rope bag on Sunday the 16th and received it Tuesday the 18th ,Wow fast service and wonderful product . I am on oxygen 24/7 and hate the ugly black 2 hr oxygen tank bag . I am going to use the pretty Kava rope bag for my oxygen with pockets for purse & phone and hands free ! Stylish and pretty . Love this product and thanks for the quick service .
  • Pretty good Mast General Store. Very broad selection of items and clothes. Their jackets upstairs are actually quite cheap. Bunch of Patagonia jackets that are as cheap as you can find them on amazon. I was up there 3 weeks ago for homecoming and didn't bring a jacket, and bought one for a great deal there.
  • Love this place. Bought some great lightweight pants here and some super comfortable wool socks. A little pricey but you get quality goods.
  • A truly authentic store located in the heart of downtown Boone. This is a must stop shop, to complete your mountain weekend. Classic candy, paradigm brands and unique household ornaments.