The general store, the country store, the dime store, the soda fountain. Where have these old-fashioned shops gone? Across Indiana, you can still find them serving their small communities. Take a step back in time at these 13 Indiana general stores that come with a history lesson.
Open since the 1930s, the general store has everything you’re looking for in an old style general store. It offers a dining area serving deli-styled breakfast, lunch, and dinner, including locally famous hand-scooped ice cream. Other goods, such as produce and necessity items are available, as well as 24/7 gasoline, making Yoho General Store an ideal one-stop location!
Opened in 1952, this locally owned drug store has made people laugh with a funny name and delight with an old-fashioned soda fountain, unique souvenirs and much more. Folks from around the country will stop in Indiana’s original state capital city to get a photo in front of the Butt Drugs storefront, and the store is in on the joke, selling t-shirts and memorabilia with their slogan “I Love Butt Drugs”.
Perhaps the state’s oldest general store, Cataract General Store was opened in 1860! Famous for pickles, moon pies and glass bottles of Coca-Cola, this general store is also nearby Cataract Falls, Indiana’s largest waterfall, which was voted Indiana’s best waterfall by VisitIndiana.com readers. Click here to see Indiana’s top 10 waterfalls.
It is hard to miss the aroma of fresh baked breads and desserts as you walk in through the old screen door at the Nashville General Store and Bakery! Browse around or dig in to breakfast, lunch, or a tasty snack! There also are country and primitive decor items, an extensive selection of canned goods, local honey and syrups, and many other home and kitchen items worth checking out! Nashville is an incredible shopping destination. Read more about shopping in this beautiful small town.
Where can you find the “World’s Largest Jelly Beans”? The Wakarusa Dime Store! This 100+ year-old candy shop is a little overwhelming, but totally worth it if you have a sweet tooth. In addition to their huge selection of jelly beans, the store sells a wide variety of other candies, including some nostalgic and hard-to-find favorites. Read more about the shop here.
This general store deals in mostly candy, and it sits right on main street in a little town you’ll fall in love with! Farmland General Store, also known as “Candy and Stuff”, sells old-fashioned candy (think rock candy, taffy, licorice, jelly beans, etc.) and 42 difference flavors of coffee! Farmland is also home to an iconic diner, The Chocolate Moose. Learn more about this great little Randolph County town.
Another shop with 100+ years of service to its community, Stephenson’s General Store is a true general store, selling a variety of things from gifts to grocery items to candy to a deli! Located in Leavenworth, it is just off the Ohio River Scenic Byway and close to some of Indiana’s most epic views of the Ohio River!
Located on State Route 65 in tiny Hazleton, this little store take a diversion off your standard route to make a stop, but it is worth it. Serving delicious tenderloins and fish sandwiches, locals can’t get enough. Sullivan’s Grocery & Diner is just a short drive away from Azalea Path Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, an incredibly beautiful and relaxing visit.
Located on State Road 61 just east of Vincennes, the small town of Verne is home to a great little shop called The Verne Store. Stop for breakfast and a tank of gas and you might learn about some local history. Learn about things to do in nearby Vincennes.
Dutch Country Market, Middlebury
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Prepare to be captivated by the old-fashioned foods made by the Lehman family, mom and pop and all six kids, offered at this welcoming country store next to their rural home. Katie Lehman’s noodles and peanut butter spread are renowned in Amish Country. There’s no doubt these noodles are fresh – visitors are invited to watch Katie rolling out the dough. An observation window also provides an up-close view into the hive of the hard-working bees that Katie’s husband, Norman, has tended for two decades. You can take home jars of local unpasturized honey, 9 flavors of whipped honey made on site, plus bee pollen, soaps and lotions.
Cammack Station, Cammack
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This abandoned 1950’s grocery and filling station was purchased in 2007 and converted into one of East Central Indiana’s best diners. Come for the nostalgia and be prepared to come back (again and again) for the food! While it no longer serves as a true general store, the feel remains, and locals can’t get enough.
A refurbished 1950 soda fountain and ice cream shop, Emery’s Premium Ice Cream is a favorite of locals and draws visitors from around the country! Serving handmade custom flavored cones, sundaes, sodas, malts, the largest display of salt water taffy west of Virginia Beach, Amish chocolates, sugar stix candy and nostalgic candies. You’re going to fall in love with this place. Located just a few blocks from Butt Drugs, make a day of it and learn about Indiana’s original state capitol in Corydon!
Story Inn, Story
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Much like Cammack Station, Story Inn is no longer a working general store, but it is an incredible restaurant and also a Bed & Breakfast. The Story Inn is Indiana’s oldest country inn, featuring fourteen beautifully renovated rooms and cottages, a gourmet restaurant housed in the former general store, and a resident ghost named the “Blue Lady”. A visit to the Story Inn is like taking a step back in time! Located very close to Nashville in Brown County, perhaps visit the Nashville General Store during a day of shopping and spend the night at Story Inn!
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Yoho General Store
Cataract General Store
Nashville General Store & Bakery
Wakarusa Dime Store
Farmland General Store
Stephenson’s General Store
Dutch Country Market
Emery’s Ice Cream
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