What’s more charming than an old fashioned general store where the coffee is paid for via the honor system and the soda is sold in glass bottles? (Not much, really.) The following are 12 charming general stores in Ohio that will make you feel as if you’ve stepped back in time—and many of them are
still in operation today.
1. End of the Commons General Store
Ohio's oldest general store appropriately sits in the heart of Amish country. You'll find this truly charming general store at the center of Mesopotamia Township, the fourth largest Amish settlement in the country and the second largest settlement in Ohio. End of the Commons General Store has been in operation since the 1840s and is located at 4366 Kinsman Rd., Mesopotamia, OH 44439.
2. Pfeiffer Station General Store
Established in 1849, this still operating general store truly provides you with a journey back in time. Baked goods, fresh cheeses and a large old fashioned candy section are just a few of the charming finds here. Pfeiffer Station General Store is located at 19950 Co. Rd. 144, Kenton, OH 43326.
3. Olivesburg General Store
Also founded in the 1840s, Olivesburg General Store still operates today and still provides the atmosphere of "the good ole' days" in Richland County. This old fashioned general store features hand dipped ice cream cones, old time candies, speciality groceries, antiques, Amish crafts and fresh made deli sandwiches with Amish cheeses. Olivesburg General Store is located at 4778 State Route 545, Ashland, OH 44805.
4. Point Pleasant general store
Within downtown Point Pleasant, (a small unincorporated community in Clermont County along the Ohio River,) sits this closed general store along U.S. Hwy. 52.
5. General Store and More
General Store and More is the former home of A. R. Robinson's General Store. Since 1969, it has served as a meat market and antique shop in Butler County. General Store and More is located at 751 Cincinnati Brooksville Rd., Shandon, OH 45064.
6. Beeker's General Store
Striving to offer the same friendly, old fashioned service and atmosphere, Beeker's General Store is yet another one of Ohio's oldest general stores. Located in the heart of downtown Pemberville, this charming general store features unique crafts and gifts for all occasions. Beeker's General Store is located at 226 E Front St., Pemberville, OH 43450.
7. Bolte's General Store
Located in Belfast, this old fashioned general store now stands closed. Are you familiar with this store?
8. Myers General Store
Formerly known as Albrecht's General Store, this Washington County general store along State Route 26 once sold gasoline and operated as a post office.
9. Deersville General Store
Established in 1898, the Deersville General Store is on the National Register of Historic Places, in spit of its slightly more modern day appearance. This general store's famous homemade ice cream is what attracts both locals and visitors alike. Deersville General Store is located at 212 W. Main St., Deersville, OH 44693.
10. Andis General Store
Located within the scenic foothills of Ohio in Lawrence County, this closed general store appears to have once operated as a gas station as well.
11. JR's General Store and Farm Market
For the best old fashioned baking supplies, cheeses and deli meats, this general store is the place to go. JR's General Store is located at 4715 Sate Route 41 S., Bainbridge, OH 45612.
12. Roscoe General Store
This restored general store from the 1800s can be found in Coshocton's Roscoe Village.
Do you recognize any of these general stores? Have you been to any of them? What other charming general stores are there in Ohio? Share your memories and photos with us in the comments below!