What used to be commonly referred to as the general store, was far from the mega stores we have today, but they were big enough. Suited cashiers and store clerks, the stereotype proprietor sported a moustache and was protected by a long white apron. The store carried almost every large and small item needed in the home. At your service, they took your home essentials needs seriously. The store was often a sort of gathering place and the shop owner didn't mind, in fact they welcomed the community and joined in the conversations, and in no hurry to close the shop. Ah, the good old days.