Hello dear readers from the second decade of the 21st century! I hope that things are going well for you in the future. With only one day left of the decade, it’s fair to say that 2019 was a fantastic and transformative year for the Saxapahaw General Store.
In 2019, we celebrated 10 years as the modern Saxapahaw General Store (after Jeff and Cameron took over the store in 2009 and turned it into a five-star farm-to-table grocery store/restaurant/gas station), we had three General Store weddings, we reached the end of an era as Chef Marybeth Martin left after 13 years, we rolled out a new menu, launched a brand new website and online in-store delivery service, and so much more. We saw new faces and old faces, we saw seasons change, people change, and the store changed along with it to meet the needs of the community. It’s possible that in the 10 years of the Saxapahaw General Store, there wasn’t a year quite like 2019.
Even in Saxapahaw as a whole, we saw a brand new retail space opening up right next to the General Store in April 2019– it started off as Otter & Elk, before changing its name to Freehand Market in October 2019– full of handmade, sustainable and locally made gifts. In spring of this year, Frankie Blackburn and Bill Traynor opened their home to host Saxapahaw’s first regular open mic. This year saw Saturdays in Saxapahaw that were bigger than ever, more events and weddings at the Ballroom and way more vendors and shoppers at the annual Saxapahaw Holiday Market.
Let’s take a tour of some of the many things that made 2019 so fantastic in Saxapahaw…
Thanks to our employees, thanks to our community and thanks to our guests for an amazing 2019. See you next year, in a new decade, we hope it was as much fun as 2019!
The Saxpahaw General Store