WILCOX STUDIO -- old hand-painted sign on brick building
Love these kinds of stores, we have a few down here in our area too. Would really love to talk more with you but can't find an email address for you Barbara. Mine is on my profile page. Hope you're staying warm; it's freezing in FL today.
I love these little stores. We have one in our county run by a fella named Ray -- It's called Ray Mart.
I love these stores. We have one in our small town and the wife of the owner brings in her very famous cookies each Saturday morning for all of the customers to enjoy. Dogs get treats too, when they visit.
The best kind of stores! So charming.
Wonder if they sell ice cream. Growing up, my mom used to take my siblings and I up to the local Quality Dairy store to get an ice cream cone most summer nights. Our version of Kenny's Farm Store.
Darcy -- Good memories can come about from visits to small stores. -- barbara
Vicki -- Got a kick out of the name -- Ray Mart Thanks for stopping -- barbara
Farmchick -- So many of the small stores have the human touch when it is family owned. Like the idea of dog reats and cookies! -- barbara
Hi Kass -- this one was very charming inside. The exterior had newer siding but within were the old wood floor, old farm items hanging off shelves and nails, and seeds to sell in old large bottles. Owner was very friendly. -- barbara
I love these stores, too. We have a few in our area that we visit often.
Love these stores, still individual and full of character.
We had a little place just like this called Tag market, convenience store/bait shop, a few miles up from us. It was a sad day they leveled it to make way for a new CVS.
Barbara, What a lovely post! We, too, out here, JOTOLR, have a couple of stores like this, one in each direction from us. But one we were told about when we first moved here, which no longer exists a couple of miles from our farm, was the "Christmas Store" that annually opened prior to the holidays for local rural residents to do their Christmas "shopping" and closed right before Christmas until the following year. All manner of small and inexpensive (simple) gift options were offered, along with (to the best of my recollection, listening to the "old timers" describing it) oranges which had come in on the train from Florida, if I'm not mistaken...they were a treasured treat Elora
i love farm stores but the cutest country stores are in vermont. they maintain their architecture so well up there and even the old 1800 homes are so well kept. just found you and looking forward in following you! my husband graduated from berea and i am going to show him your post below. jill
I can still recall the smell of these places. Wish we had one around here somewhere.The closest thing we have is the 7-11, but they are all the same.
I loved the smell of the old stores. Need the gas pumps outside. This one looks newer than I remember. I wish we had one around here. All we have are 7-11 stores.
Schmidleysscribbling -- this farm store looks new as it has fairly new siding on it. Once you enter you will experience the old wood flooring and other older shelving around the store. Inside is laid out rather to the owner's idea of configuration rather than a 7-11 type of configuration. Don't think there ever was gas pumps. Thanks for the comment -- barbara
Heritage Farm Village -- Welcome to my blog. I visited your site and was amazed at the setting and buildings of Appalachia. It seemed like a great place to visit. I hope you visit often and thanks again -- barbara
thank you barbara for your lovely comment. i will visit you often! jill
Elora -- What an interesting idea for a small rural store. Actually vacant storefronts in large malls have taken to that same idea of just renting for about two months over certain holidays such as Halloween. I suppose it helps with the money flow. Your little store was ahead of its time in the marketing arena. Oranges from Florida sound good to me. I could understand how they would be good sellers at Christmas. Thanks for the comment -- barbara
Tess -- CVS and other box stores have run many of the small stores out of business as the housing sprawl spreads out from the urban areas. It is difficult to experience the loss of those small stores where you once did some of your business. They seemed a comfortable place to do business. Thanks for the comment -- barbara
Jayne -- thank for your comment -- "still individual and full of character." Those words pretty well sums up these small stores. -- barbara
Janet -- How nice that you still have some of these small stores in your area. Thanks for stopping by -- barbara
We live about an hour's drive away from a major city, but right around here, the landscape is rural and dotted by little crossroad villages of a few houses. A number have a little convenience store ala Kenny's. Handy for simple needs.
barefootheart -- Perhaps the rural areas are the only places one can find these small stores. They usually are owner run which, I think, means better service. Thanks -- barbara