Winston-Salem chronicle. (Winston-Salem, N.C.) 1974-current, May 07, 2015, Page A3, Image 3
nmducts close fl Mast General Store is in the old Brown-Rogers-Dixson building, which dates back to 1928. The company took two years to refurbish the old building to capture a 1920s look. Downtown Winston-Salem store is open BY DONNA ROGERS THE CHRONICLE if a visitor entered Mast General Store, 516 North Trade St., while singing "A Few of My Favorite Things," it would be appropriate. In fact, some of the sales people might join in singing the song. The store, which opened Wednesday, May 6, offers various Southern staples, such as Moonpies packaged with RC Cola, grits, jams, jellies and preserves. It offers pop corn popped fresh in an old-fashioned popper. It also offers cast iron skillets and paraphernalia from Wake Forest University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and N.C. State University. Food products come from Winston-Salem and other areas that have Mast General Stores. Fred Martin, president of the company, which is owned by workers via an employee stock-ownership plan, said Mast General Store uses more than 3,500 vendors. Some of the main attractions of the store are its old-fashioned candy in barrels and its toys. The company says it carries 500 old-fashioned favorite candies. All the toys it carries do not have batteries, except one. The store also carries vintage children's books and stuffed animals as well as old-fashioned signs, such as one that says "Cheerwine." The Winston-Salem Mast General Store also carries traditional fashions, rugged outdoor gear and outerwear, travel clothing, hiking and casual footwear, home decor and country gourmet foods. Prices vary according to the items. For instance, jams, preserves and jellies start at about $5 while the clothing starts higher. The canwyis sold by the pound: $7.99 for one^ Mast General Store said in a news release that Zach Lail, the general manager of the Winston-Salem store, is making sure that staff members will be ambassadors of the downtown area, in addition to being knowledge able about the goods in the store. His staff of 35 includes four employees who moved to the city from other Mast Stores to be a part of the store. The store is in the old Brown Rogers-Dixson building, which dates back to 1928. Brown-Rogers-Dixson sold farm equipment, including trac tors, seed and household hardware. John Cooper, chairman of the board, said last week that his compa ny is a slow-growth company that takes its time to research where it will open a store. He said the company wants to be invited to areas and was invited to look at Winston-Salem. It started the process in 2006. "We want to be wanted in a com munity," Cooper said. Grand opening festivities are scheduled for Friday through Sunday, May 15-17. Winston-Salem store hours are Monday-Wednesday, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.; Thursday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; and Sunday, noon-6 p.m. The phone number is 336-727-2015. To find out more, visit www.MastStore.com. Submitted photo Omega Psi Phi Grand Basileus Tony Knox Sr.; Winston Salem State University Chancellor Dr. Elwood Robinson; Sixth District Representative Brother Brian O. Beverly, Esquire; and Omega Psi Phi Chief of Staff Victor L. Bruinton show the amount of money Sixth District of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. donated to the WSSU General Scholarship Fund. Omega Psi Phi donates $10,000 to WSSU SPECIAL TO THE CHRONICLE The Sixth District of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. donated $10,000 to the General Scholarship Fund of Winston Salem State University on Sunday, April 26, during the Sixth District's 70th annual meeting, Brother Brian O. Beverly, Esquire, announced. "During every annual meeting, we raise money for a community partner and the District will match funds raised up to $5,000," said 39th Sixth District Representative Brother Beverly. Brother Dr. El wood Robinson, Chancellor of Winston Salem State, received the check from the fraterni ty-' The Sixth District of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. is comprised of all graduate and undergraduate chapters in North Carolina and South Carolina. Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. is the oldest black Greek Letter fraternity found ed at a historically black college or univer sity. Worldwide, the fraternity has over 700 chapters throughout the United States, B e r m u. d a , Bahamas, Virgin Islands, Korea, Japan, Liberia, Germany, Kuwait and the United Kingdom. Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. was founded in 1911 at Howard University in Washington. D.C. Some famous Omega men with ties to the Sixth District are:_ the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Dr. Charles K. Drew, Dr. Ernest E. Just, Michael Jordan. Honorable Mathew J. Perry, Honorable H. Carl Moultrie, U.S. Rep. James Clybum, Dr. C. Tyrone Gilmore Sr.. and the current Grand Basileus, Antonio F. Knox. "During every annual meeting, we raise money for a community partner and the District will match fufMs raised up to $5,000," - Brian O. Beverly One of the main attractions of the store is its old fashioned candy in barrels. The company says it carries 500 old-fashioned favorite candies. Mast General Store offers Southern staples, includ ing Moon Pies and RC Cola. Children's books include the "Dick and Jane" series from decades ago. John Cooper, chairman of the board of Mast General Store, and his wife, Faye, speak to reporters during a sneak peak of the store on Friday, May 1. They bought the original Mast General Store in and refurbished it and grew the company to the ?? stores it has today. The Chronicle (USPS 067-910) was established by Ernest H. 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