What do Cat Pajamas and the Five-Star General Store have in common?

Posted by on Jun 17, 2017

Local celebrity writer Daniel Wallace has written about both! You may have encountered Daniel Wallace any number of ways: playing ping pong on a Monday night in the Ballroom, on NPR recently talking about his new book, Extraordinary Adventures, or reading from Cat’s Pajamas to a full house in Chapel Hill. Or you may have read the great article Wallace wrote for Our State magazine in 2015 about this Five-Star General Store here in Saxapahaw. Daniel Wallace is known for his weaving of tall and small tales which are...

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The Amazing MB Martin, Chef and Catering Wizard!

Posted by on Jun 5, 2017

The Amazing MB Martin, Chef and Catering Wizard!

This is Chef MB, a catering miracle-worker whose creations delight and are seemingly done without any visible dust or noise from her hours of labor. MB truly does make miracles happen, and I have heard wedding parties say, just in my short time working at the Store, that the food served at the wedding they attended at the Ballroom was the best they have eaten at any wedding. High praise! I sat down with MB (interrupting her rare break and tasty-looking lunch) and asked her a few questions about her food passions...

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What do a Library and the Five-Star General Store Have in Common?

Posted by on May 22, 2017

What do a Library and the Five-Star General Store Have in Common?

Roots run deep, to land we love, and through time, families, neighbors, and communities. Roots of knowledge, learning, and memories also run deep, generationally, and are linked to the places where we land and the people and places we love and remember. Places we like to be. Recently I read an article called Raleigh’s 50-ft Librarian by Scott Huler in Our State magazine (2014). Huler wrote about NC State’s Hunt Library, in west Raleigh, which opened in January 2013 at a state cost of about $115 million.  “Think...

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Live, Organic, Vegan, Energy A.K.A. LOVE

Posted by on Apr 28, 2016

Live, Organic, Vegan, Energy A.K.A. LOVE

At the Saxapahaw General Store, we strive to be inclusive of all.  This is why you’ll find locally made kombuchas and sodas sitting next to Pepsi and Coca-Cola products, and Little Debbie snack cakes alongside an arrangement of local, organic, and natural energy bars.  One of these local, organic energy bars is made right in Durham with 100% raw, organic, gluten-free, and vegan ingredients.  They call it love, and we agree!  You can find the Cashew Brownie, Ginger Spice, and Goji Cacao flavors of Love Bars...

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Roots Run Deep

Posted by on Feb 12, 2016

Roots Run Deep

I’ve always been fascinated by individuals I encounter whose families have a deep heritage and rooted connection to a specific geographic region.  My mother’s grandmother was born in Italy and my father’s great-grandparents were born in Ireland, so I don’t have a deep familial connection to a certain place here in the United States.  Mike Kirk lives on a piece of land that has been in his family since the Revolutionary War (1775-1783). This land is now farmed as Cane Creek Farms, and is...

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Benevolent

Posted by on Jan 14, 2016

Benevolent

Over the past year I’ve done a lot of exploration into the world of social enterprises- entities that exist for more than the sole purpose of making money, but also to do social and environmental good.  I’ve learned about B Corporations, Benefit Corporations, and the growing trend of non-profit organizations to adopt some of the principles of for profit businesses so they are not solely grant reliant.  Through working at the Saxapahaw General Store, I am often in contact with many of these businesses,...

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