In the small communities we grew up in the general store, or the five and dime store, were the center of all the action.  Everybody shopped there.  They stocked anything Mom and Dad needed.  And the kids loved them for the penny candies!  Here are 11 stores we think you should put on your radar.  General stores and five and dime stores still exist!  Check out our list and enjoy a trip back to your youth .

Did You Know This? 11 Vintage Upstate General Stores and Five and Dime Stores

We all have memories of those great little five and dime stores and general stores of our youth. They were the heartbeat of our communities. They sold just about everything, you could get a pretty good meal in most of them, and of course the showstopper was always the rows of penny candies. Upstate still has plenty of these stores around (some of them 100, 150, 170 years old!). Here is a list to start you on your trip back to the general stores of your youth. They are all great!

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