I have to say that I really like the dollar stores...but I have to admit that they (although the prices and selection is very good) just don't have the warm and friendly atmosphere of the old general stores.
This first photo I am sharing is (for myself) the saddest photo, so I am getting it out of the way first. The reason I find it sad is that it looks so abandoned and empty...a sign of the times that I really don't like.
This store was "Kress"...and apparently existed from 1896 until 1981. I bet that in its "heyday" it was busy and fun...with a warm atmosphere like F.W. Woolworth.