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Spotlight On Business: The Olde General Store

“Filled with necessities, oddities, novelties & more”

The Olde General Store is located in the Dahnhardt Building of the historic Cotton Exchange in downtown Wilmington. Please give them a call at (910)343-1342.

By: Allen Denning
Staff Writer

In the old days the General Store was the one stop shop for all of the things a family needed to survive.  Filled to the brim with necessities, oddities, novelties and more the general store was a place of wonder. 
The Olde General Store in the Cotton Exchange in Historic Downtown Wilmington captures the nostalgia of the general stores of yesteryear.  The setting of the Cotton Exchange with its storied history and authentic old world construction makes for the perfect location to house Wilmington’s favorite General Store.  While you won’t find all of the items farmers and pioneers would come from miles and miles to procure you will find a little bit of everything else in this blast from the past.  The Olde General Store carries everything from souvenirs to sweet treats and is a fun stop for all ages.  One of the most memorable of items which kids always looked forward to on their visits to the general stores had to be the seemingly endless selection of candies in their multitudes of colors and flavors.  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 enjoying a piece of 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.