September 27, 2021
Autumn in Asheville

Fall in AshevilleAsheville, North Carolina, has been a haven for travelers since the 1800s. The beautiful colors of fall beckon visitors from far and near, but there’s much more to do than just wander about in an expansive real-life Monet painting. Prepare for an expansive itinerary, too.

Tags: Fall Foliage Primer, Asheville
September 20, 2021
High Color in the High Country

Fall is Our Favorite Time of YearThe fall season officially arrives this week. While it is often bittersweet – summer is so hard to say goodbye to - but autumn is full of beauty, activities, and seasonal flavors that our reluctance is soon overcome with excitement. The High Country is where our heart is, and it's where a fall itinerary can be filled as quick as a blink.

Tags: Valle Crucis, Boone, Fall Foliage Primer
September 14, 2021
Fall-Themed Adventures in Knoxville

Fall Fun in Knoxville, TNIt’s beginning to feel and look a lot like fall – cooler temperatures, clearer skies, and pumpkins, lots of pumpkins. While it’s sad to see summer drawing to a close, it’s always exciting to see what fall has to offer. Here are a few ideas to help you Fall for Knoxville over the next several weeks. 

Tags: Fall Foliage Primer, Knoxville
September 3, 2021
Friends Day is September 11 in all Locations

Friends Day is September 11, 2021Mast Store’s Friends Day returns on September 11 with new partners and old friends alike. This day of giving recognizes organizations that work in each of our hometowns to activate volunteers around beautiful community assets which contribute to residents’ quality of life and the economic viability of the region. Mast will donate 10% of the day's sales to our partners.

Tags: Mast Family Favorites, Inspiration, Roanoke, Winston-Salem, Columbia, Knoxville, Greenville, Asheville, Hendersonville, Waynesville, Boone, Valle Crucis, all
August 17, 2021
Knoxville Store Celebrates 15 Years on Gay Street

Ribbon Cutting at Mast Store Knoxville on August 17, 2006Turn back the clock 15 years. Downtown Knoxville was a completely different place – devoid of people strolling the sidewalks with coffee cups in hand, cars waiting for other cars to pull out of parking spaces, or restaurants open on the 4th of July. So much has changed since August 17, 2006.

Tags: Local Flavor, Mast in the News, Mast Family Favorites, Knoxville
July 26, 2021
11 Must Haves for Back to School

Back to School BusIt’s difficult to believe, but it’s back-to-school time already. We know back-to-school shopping is going to be particularly difficult this year because of shortages, but this is a time to think creatively to find substitutes and perhaps items that students didn’t know they needed for school.  

Tags: Adventure, Mast Family Favorites, Roanoke, Winston-Salem, Columbia, Knoxville, Greenville, Asheville, Hendersonville, Waynesville, Boone, Valle Crucis, all
July 1, 2021
America, Made out of Many

Old Glory on a Beautiful DayThe Fourth of July is the perfect time not only to celebrate but also to reflect on what makes us American. We’re a unique people – to say the least – and among the best of our traits is that we’re a diverse people represented by the familiar but too often forgotten motto, “E pluribus unum.” Out of many, one.

Tags: At Home, Mast Family Favorites, Roanoke, Winston-Salem, Columbia, Knoxville, Greenville, Asheville, Hendersonville, Waynesville, Boone, Valle Crucis, all
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.

Tags: Local Flavor, Mast in the News, Roanoke
5 Reasons to Love a Land Trust
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! 

Tags: Inspiration, Local Flavor, Roanoke, Winston-Salem, Columbia, Knoxville, Greenville, Asheville, Hendersonville, Waynesville, Boone, Valle Crucis, all
Celebrating 10 Years in the Real Southern Hot Spot
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.  

Tags: Local Flavor, Mast in the News, Customer Stories, Columbia
Celebrating our Mother on Earth Day 2021
April 19, 2021
Celebrating our Mother on Earth Day 2021

Earth Day 2021Earth Day 2021 marks the 51st observance of this day set aside to reflect upon our home planet. April 22 was originally selected as the date to invite student participation. It was a day between spring break and final exams when young people could come together to learn more about their, OUR, impact in our “living room.” 

Tags: Inspiration, At Home, Adventure, Roanoke, Winston-Salem, Columbia, Knoxville, Greenville, Asheville, Hendersonville, Waynesville, Boone, Valle Crucis, all
Celebrating 30 Years Along Waynesville's Main Street
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.

Tags: Mast Family Favorites, Local Flavor, Waynesville
From Brown-Rogers-Dixson to Mast Store in Winston-Salem
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.

Tags: Mast Family Favorites, Local Flavor, 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.  

Tags: Travel, Inspiration, Local Flavor, Adventure, Winston-Salem
The Last Days of Winter Hiking
March 7, 2021
The Last Days of Winter Hiking

Along a snow-covered Mountains-to-Sea TrailThe winter months are not just for curling up with a good book in front a crackling fire. They are great for hitting the trails. Your favorite trails will show you new views. It’s a great time to discover new trails, too, when there aren’t as many hikers out and about. Here are a few of our favorite winter hiking spots that make us say, “Don’t hibernate, getting outside in the winter is great!” 

Tags: Mast Family Favorites, Inspiration, Adventure, Columbia, Winston-Salem, Asheville, Waynesville
Mast Stores are Open for Business
February 23, 2021
Mast Stores are Open for Business

All locations of Mast Store are Open for Business, Original Store in Valle Crucis“The rumors of my death are greatly exaggerated.” You may be acquainted with this quote that is widely – and inaccurately - attributed to Mark Twain. Apparently, it is also being used in reference to some locations of the Mast Store. Well, we are here to report that the rumors of our closing and going out of business are, indeed, greatly exaggerated. 

Tags: Mast in the News, Roanoke, Winston-Salem, Columbia, Knoxville, Greenville, Asheville, Hendersonville, Waynesville, Boone, Valle Crucis, all
5 Reasons to Give Chocolate on Valentine's Day
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!

Tags: Behind the Scenes, Inspiration, Local Flavor, Roanoke, Winston-Salem, Columbia, Knoxville, Greenville, Asheville, Hendersonville, Waynesville, Boone, Valle Crucis, all
Five Ways to Beat the Winter Blues
January 22, 2021
Five Ways to Beat the Winter Blues

Beating the winter bluesFive weeks of winter in the books and seven more to go. Longer nights, cold temperatures, and gray days all figure into a general feeling of sadness and depression. But, there are steps you can take to reduce its effects. Here are five ways to escape the winter blues.

Tags: Inspiration, Adventure, Roanoke, Winston-Salem, Columbia, Knoxville, Greenville, Asheville, Hendersonville, Waynesville, Boone, Valle Crucis, all
January 11, 2021
It's Not Selfish to Take Care of Yourself

Self-Care Is NOT SelfishThe New Year is here. Are you still keeping your New Year's Resolutions? If you're like most of us, probably not. But, let's think about something that is important for your family, your friends, and your co-workers. It's self-care. You did read that correctly; self-care is important to others. Let's take a look.

 

Tags: At Home, Inspiration, Roanoke, Winston-Salem, Columbia, Knoxville, Greenville, Asheville, Hendersonville, Waynesville, Boone, Valle Crucis, all
Cooking to Welcome the New Year
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.  

Tags: Mast Family Favorites, Local Flavor, Recipes, Roanoke, Winston-Salem, Columbia, Knoxville, Greenville, Asheville, Hendersonville, Waynesville, Boone, Valle Crucis, all

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