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San Angelo’s (Semi-) Old Five-and-Dime
San Angelo, Texas

Article & photos by Audrey A. Herbrich

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Eggemeyer’s General Store, San Angelo, Texas
Eggemeyer’s General Store in San Angelo
Today, the term “general store” has become a bit of an anomaly. A true one-stop-shop seems not to exist.

But, as Texans know, the state itself is full of should-be anomalies. Here, cowboys still ride, coyotes still roam, and the Wild West mentality is, in many ways, still in full swing.

There are places around the state, then, where general stores — “general” in every sense of the word — still exist. Case in point . . . Eggemeyer’s.

Travel east on Concho Street, the oldest street in San Angelo, to step back in history and experience a general store reincarnation. Stop when you see a star imprinted red brick sidewalk accompanied by a Butter Krust signage backed bench. A marquee pig wearing a chef’s hat guards the entrance and announces, “Hams, Turkeys: Order Now.” The heavy double doors welcome visitors to an era of days long ago.
Eggemeyer’s General Store front, San Angelo, Texas
Store front
Outside, the pretty façade is like many others in the historic downtown area. But its freshness is something that some of its neighbors lack. Inside and out, the building and its furnishings are a testament to Texas’s past, as each portion of the store and each piece of furniture has its own personal history. The store itself, then, is as charming as its contents. next page
© Audrey A. Herbrich

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