The general stores of generations past have more or less faded from US towns and cities as more modern versions have taken their place. In a few places in rural Nebraska, though, the general store, variety store, five and dime, or whatever you want to call it is still alive and kicking.
The big pull, however – particularly for tourists – is the working vintage soda fountain in the store. This great video from Joey Hoile gives some details about the fountain and the store’s role in the community.
Find R.F. Goeke Variety Store at 110 S Main St in Atkinson. They are open Monday – Friday 9 am – 6 pm and Saturday 9 am – 5 pm. Take a look at their Facebook page for news and more information.
If you grew up in a small town, this store will no doubt bring back some fond memories. This isn’t the only store of its kind still operating in Nebraska, though – what’s your favorite general store?
One of the oldest general stores in the state was turned into a fun antique shop. This old-style pharmacy in Springfield still has an operating soda fountain in it, as well, as does this one in Arapahoe.
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