General Store

A general store, general merchandise store, general dealer or village shop is a rural or small town store that carries a general line of merchandise.[1] It carries a broad selection of merchandise, sometimes in a small space, where people from the town and surrounding rural areas come to purchase all their general goods. The store carries routine stock and obtains special orders from warehouses. It differs from a convenience store or corner shop in that it will be the main shop for the community rather than a convenient supplement.

Bodeguita comes from the Spanish language as a diminutive of bodega which means “small store” or “small warehouse”. Traditionally, Bodeguita existed selling general merchandise, then they were replaced slowly by the chain store, the same way large US chains have practically eliminated the “mom and pop” store.

General stores often sell staple food items such as milk and bread, and various household goods such as hardware and electrical supplies. The concept of the general store is very old, and although some still exist, there are far fewer than there once were, due to urbanization, urban sprawl, and the relatively recent phenomenon of big-box stores. The term “general merchandise store” is also used to describe a hybrid of a department store, with a wide selection of goods, and a discount store, with low prices. Examples include J. C. Penney and Sears.[2]

 

 

Winter Season
Farmers Market every Thrusdays on Main Street.

 

Spring Summer And Fall
Farmers Market every Sunday and Thursday at Main Street.

 

Forth of July
Hand Made Craft’s in the central city park. Knitting lessons for adults and children free of charge.

 

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Community

Community-based economics or community economics is an economic system that encourages local substitution. It is most similar the lifeways of those practicing voluntary simplicity, including traditional Mennonite, Amish, and modern eco-village communities. It is also a subject in urban economics, related to moral purchasing and local purchasing.[citation needed]

Various specific programs for community economics and local currency, e.g. Ithaca Hours, are often promoted in green politics. Notably, the Ten Key Values of the Green Party include them as fundamental parts of a green program.

Recently, the more mainstream approach of Independent Business Alliance organizing has spread across the U.S., helping independent, locally-owned businesses compete effectively and countering the spread of corporate chains at the local level.

 

Market-VendorThomas’es Garden

A small farm on the out skirts of town producing mainly organic fruits and vegetables. Thomas has run his apple orchid with his wife and family for the past 15 years.

 

 

 

oak_farm_mkt_01TowHow Farm

TowHow runs a farm with her family that features a selection of vegetables found on the Asian continent.





 

Trinity-Bellwoods-Framers-MarketJohnson Family

The Johnson are frequent vendors each Sunday and Thursday rain or shine. They’ve diversified their farm and produce nearly all the staples one would find in a groceries store.

 

 

 

About

The current concept of a farmers’ market is similar to past concepts, but different in relation to other forms – as aspects of consumer retailing, overall, continue to shift over time. Similar forms existed before the Industrial age but, were often part of broader markets, where suppliers of food and other goods gathered to retail their wares. Trading posts began a shift toward retailers who sold others’ products more than their own. General stores and grocery stores continued that specialization trend in retailing, optimizing the consumer experience, while abstracting it further from production and production’s growing complexities.

Modern industrial food production’s advantages over prior methods are largely based on modern cheap, fast transport and limited product variability. But transport costs and delays cannot be completely eliminated. So, where distance strained industrial suppliers’ reach, where consumers had strong preference for local variety, farmers’ markets remained competitive with other forms of food retail. Recently, consumer demand for foods that are fresher (spend less time in transit) and foods with more variety—has led to growth of farmer’s markets as preferred food-retailing mechanisms.