Old Mission General Store, Traverse City

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  • Would've loved to have been able to take a look at the inside of this messy looking building. Despite some of the bad reviews, we were determined to go this place, we arrive 40 minutes after their sch...  more »
  • For a lifetime experience, the General store is a must see. Take your time, have a treat set a while, play a game of checkers. Try a big pickle , right out of the barrel.  more »
  • After reading online reviews, I was excited to add this store as a sight seeing stop on our day trip to the lighthouse. From the photos, I was expecting a spacious, bright, clean inviting store where ...  more »
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  • My husband and I went for a bike ride yesterday and stopped at this store. I will share my husband's write-up since he, as a very calm and emotionally solid individual, was able to put into words the experience that we had... "If you enjoy being berated by a mentally unstable owner after inquiring about the status of your grilled cheese sandwich order after 40 minutes of waiting, then this might be the place for you. We had stopped here numerous times in the past to get a quick snack or refreshment and thought that on this day it might be nice to enjoy a light lunch before continuing on our 40 mile bike ride. When my wife asked about our order the owner/cook snapped back at her saying, “Oh the Queen is upset she hasn’t been served yet...” and when I came and asked what was going on, he declared that I was the King. So in keeping with what I thought was some rather eccentric bantering way in connecting with customers, and my newly ascent to the throne, I jokingly said that as King, I demand he return to the kitchen and finish our order. Well he became completely unhinged at this point, and after further “niceties” and us asking for and begrudgingly receiving our $9.42 refund for our grilled cheese, we were asked to leave the premises. He then proceeded to follow us outside and verbally abuse and berate us. At some point he declared that we were now banned for life. How quickly we had fallen from grace when only minutes ago we were the King and Queen. I know this all sounds rather bizarre, but I guess the truth is stranger than fiction. In retrospect it was all rather comical, except the verbal abuse part." Banned for Life PS: By the way, if you need snacks, Mapleton Market and "Bad Dog Deli" are other nearby options. That's where the locals go.
  • Don't miss this stop during your visit! Its a old fashion store with a lot of character! You feel like you have traveled back into the olden days. Wonderful corn beef sandwich which is a rueben and one of the best we have ever had! The pastries were great too! The service was great they brought our food right outside because we had our puppy with us.
  • Very friendly and helpful staff. They steered me toward a very good whitefish sandwich and brussel sprout salad. High end food in a simple environment.
  • It's tiny and crowded, but that's it's charm. Any larger, and it wouldn't be as cool. It smells heavenly...baking bread, pies, pasties, and pickles in a barrel!
  • Great to look back on history in the way things used to be the show my young one how easy it wasn't in the old days

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Most accommodations in Traverse City lie near the waters of Grand Traverse Bay. The West Arm of the bay is closer to businesses and services in and around downtown. The portion of Traverse City on the East Arm of the bay remains quieter. Both areas offer hotels and bed and breakfasts with convenient access to the beach. Many visitors opt to stay in vacation rentals, including lakeside cottages and houses, which you'll also find here.
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