CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Since 1908, on Old Statesville Road, the Davis General Store has been selling garden supplies, hardware, kitchen and household goods, animal feed, clothing, boots, old-timey candy and even some groceries.
Brothers S.W. & C.S. Davis actually opened their original store in 1890 to provide farm supplies and home wares to the Croft community. While farmers no longer load their fertilizer directly from the rail cars out front, Davis General Store is still the purveyor of unique and hard to find items for local homesteaders.
The store is built of red brick made from local clay dug on site. The interior is divided into the store proper and the warehouse room. Floor-to-ceiling shelves line the north and east walls of the store proper.
The warehouse wing, a long narrow room, was originally used to store seed and flour. The interior also contains objects of interest in the history of technology in Mecklenburg County: a 1922 cash register, still operating; an early Coca-Cola bottle-opener built into the newel post of the stairs; remnants of a box set into the wall and a large wooden water bucket hanging on the wall.
This morning on Larry's Look, Silas Davis gave us a tour of this North Carolina mark. He's the grandson one of the founders of the store and has worked there his entire life.
He explained how the Davis General Store is still is a very important of the community and people come from all the U.S. to visit and shop.
For more about the store, go to: www.davisgeneralmerchandise.com