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Before Our Beginning

Lane Shull

Hello! Welcome! Welcome to the beginning of a blog fit for Willow General Store. Our intention is to create a little home right here and a place where you may feel comfortable enough to visit time and time again.

Before we introduce ourselves, we want to share these photos of our building and it's rich history.

Main Street, Piedmont
(photo courtesy of Lois Engle Thompson in John Honerkamp's At the Foot of the Mountain.)

Klemp Building

(photo courtesy of John Honerkamp's At the Foot of the Mountain)

We had a wonderful book gifted to us that was written by John Honerkamp in 1978. It was this book that we learned the deep history of what came before Willow General Store in this building.

Built in 1910, these walls have housed everything from a barber shop to the post office, then the M.M. Cooper Variety Store, and even a Lutheran church for a period of time. The list could go on.

We feel a great deal of gratitude for Willow General Store to have the opportunity to be welcomed by these walls.

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