Back before we all had cars, and malls and Amazon (Yes, there was a time before Amazon), people who lived outside the city shopped at the local general store. It was called this because it sold general merchandise. Think of it as a much smaller Walmart that sold only the basics. You could get your groceries, hardware, and things for your home. These were often one of the gathering places in the community. The store might be paired with a gas station and serve as a bus or stage coach stop. It might also have housed the town’s post office.
His general store dates back to 1828. Below are some historic photos of the store that I copied from the store’s website.