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The General Store carries a variety of items.
Friday, September 20, 2013
No, no, it is not a Food Lion or a Kroger, but we do have a new store in Union Hall. It is the Union Hall General Store. The location is right on U.S. 40 across from Turner Dock Construction, where Smith Mountain Lake Building Supply’s Union Hall branch used to be.
It is labeled as a general store, and I believe it fits that description, as it has a lot of great fishing tackle, ammunition, hunting gear, tools, boots, gardening stuff and lots of other things that the Minute Marts don’t carry. It is a lot closer for us southside folks than Gretna, Rocky Mount or Westlake.
Some of the plumbing, tools and painting supplies are quite similar to those at the predecessor’s store, but the small supply of toiletry articles, dry and canned foods, paper supplies and a great collection of “lake stuff” and gifts make this general store unique on our side of the lake.
Todd and Rebecca Miller, the owners, offered to put the Old Town canoe I was ogling right onto our truck (good thing the grandkids weren’t with us). Todd enthusiastically shared the coming attractions.
Willow Tree Nurseries in Penhook (slightly off the beaten path of U.S. 40) already has supplied a great inventory of plants and garden supplies. I saw tomato cages, rabbit fence, canoes, kayaks, Browning hunting boots, lots of T-shirts and jeans. Todd said there are plans for a farmers market and a beer and wine shop, as well as a Southern States outlet on the premises. A Stihl chainsaw and garden implement maker also will be there.
I saw two things my neighbor and I had to drive to Rocky Mount for last week. They have one of those great ice cream coolers full of delicious frozen guilt, lots of soft drinks, coolers, ice, archery targets, and, for you gardening buffs, those cameras you hook up that will take photos of the deer that are eating your hostas while you are watching “The Game of Thrones.”
Like me, you probably hate to see businesses close, and around the lake these past few years, we have all said goodbye to some places we liked and some we didn’t. But we have great expectations when folks embark on this sort of venture. Here’s hoping the endeavor is a big success. It will fill a niche and there is plenty of free parking.
Todd promises to support local producers in the wine and beer business, as well as the farmers market, so I look forward to being able to get my Red Clay IPA on our side of the lake.
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