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Spotlight On Business: The Olde General Store

The Olde General Store is located in the Cotton Exchange in Historic Downtown Wilmington and can be reached by calling (910)343-1342.

By: Allen Denning
Staff Writer

You couldn't find a better setting for an authentic Olde General Store than inside Wilmington's famous Cotton Exchange.  The historic shopping complex is home to an abundance of unique shops though none which illicit a nostalgic journey into the past as much as The Olde General Store.  Anyone who remembers general stores from their childhood might tell you that they think of them fondly as a wondrous place that contained a little bit of everything within their rustic walls.  General Stores long since lost their purpose as the supermarkets they once were, providing all of the provisions one needed to survive, but their legacy lives on through tributes to their undying legacy.  The Olde General Store in the Cotton Exchange captures every bit of the excitement that comes from visiting those grand stores of yesteryear complete with all types of goods you would expect and more.  While you won’t find the huge bags of livestock feed and tools that might have been a general store’s main draw in their heyday, the Olde General Store provides many of the items which made those stores seem somewhat magical. 
The Cotton Exchange’s rustic wooden floors and brick walls lend to the authenticity helping it provide that same ambience with which you came to identify with trips to the general stores of the past. 
One of the most memorable of items which kids always found at general stores had to be the seemingly endless selection of candies that delight adults as well as children.  The vast assortment of old fashioned candies, locally made chocolates and other various sweets will bring out the kid in anyone.  The Olde General Store sells bulk candy by the pound and you can mix and match all of your favorites for the perfect assortment! 
The simple joy that comes from old fashioned candy is an experience in which everyone should indulge. In addition to the delicious treats The Olde General Store is also your one stop shop for the best souvenirs and sundries in town.  They provide an assortment of “Cape Fear” and “Wilmington” items including post cards, magnets, key chains, cups, travel mugs, novelties and much more.  They have tons of great gift ideas for family and friends.  Whether you are just visiting and looking for a unique piece of memorabilia to take home or if you live in the area but want to enjoy share the fun of the experience with family and friends, the Olde General Store is the perfect shop to visit.    
 The Olde General Store is famous for their massive selection of Christmas ornaments and decor.  The Christmas section of the shop is filled with amazing and unique items that everyone will love.  They have everything from traditional and elegant to fun wild and beach themed.  Once you’ve seen their offerings no holiday season will ever again be complete without at least one trip to the Olde General Store. The Olde General Store is located in the Dahnhardt Building of the historic Cotton Exchange in downtown Wilmington.  Free parking for Cotton Exchange shoppers is available in the lot on Water Street. If you would like to find out more about the Olde General Store please give them a call at (910)343-1342 or just stop by the next time you are in the area. Remember to mention that you saw their ad in the Island Gazette to receive 10% off.  Stop in today and see why they are Wilmington’s best souvenir shop.