Our local general store is open again!
Yoho's got a makeover this year. She's beautiful!
I was only ever in the store twice in my life before the big makeover. Once in 1994 when we moved out here and needed to grab a bite to eat and once a few years later one icy winter day after I put my car in a ditch just down the hill - before the advent of cell phones - and I needed to use their phone.
Because the place was so old, a lot of it just had to be removed and replaced from the ground up. I learned a lot about foundations watching them lift the remaining structure and put in a good foundation.
There was a lot of effort that went into making new doors that looked just like the old ones.
And there's a new sign.
And wheelchair ramps.
And a window that opens so you can be outside and order your treats.
Plus, plus!, we could actually walk the 4 miles to the store in a big emergency and get gas to power our generator if we had to.
During the grand opening weekend, they had a display of old yearbooks from the high school that used to be close by.
This one's from 1946.
And this one's from 1957. Love that Jetsons-esque graphic.
Across the street from Yoho used to be a place called Dutch's Cafe. At the back of this store, there is a wall menu from that cafe. I don't know if it's original, but it's way cool!
They kept the old potbelly stove that has been in the store forever. It's no longer in use as a coal stove, but it's got a light in it so it looks like it is. There are a few little tables and chairs nearby so you can sit and visit and eat a snack.
They carry plenty of bread/milk/eggs for quick grocery needs, plus snacks and sundries. Including motor oil if you need some.
There's a deli that serves breakfast and sandwich items and they have great ice cream.
It's a fun place to be and a great way to celebrate a local rural treasure.
While you're there, notice the Post Office a couple of doors down. It's been there forever and delivers to a 70 mile area, to customers in three counties! Our postmaster and carriers work hard for us.
Yoho General Store
Address: Highway 43, downtown, Solsberry, Indiana.
Phone: (812) 825-7834
Monday - Saturday: 7am -8pm
Sunday: noon - 6pm