The old general store — I’ve seen them in old movies and I’ve even seen stores that are actually modern but are given the retro feel of an old general store. But it isn't the same. In fact, I had no idea the real thing actually still existed.

That feeling of going back in time can be hard to come by these days. These stores, that once were integral to our small towns and communities, have mostly either gone out of business or been bought out by bigger companies.

New Jersey has put up a good fight for its beloved general stores, however, and there are plenty that still stands strong.

Schooley’s Mountain General Store happens to be the oldest running store in the state and just received a large grant to continue operating.

The general store first opened all the way back in 1803 and is home to one of the area's oldest U.S. Post Offices, in Washington Township. (Doesn’t a place called Schooley’s Mountain sound like it needs a general store?)

Schooley's Mountain General Store via Google Maps
Schooley's Mountain General Store via Google Maps

It has even had visits by past U.S. Presidents such as Ulysses S. Grant, William Henry Harrison, and Franklin D. Roosevelt.

The general store was closed for much of the pandemic and was able to reopen but with a great deal of struggle.

The Schooley’s Mountain General Store recently received $15,000 from the Morris County Small Business Grant Program which will help significantly in its re-stabilization and moving forward in the right direction.

The store has a variety of items but has most recently been selling a lot of pizza, sandwiches, and other quick bites, in partnership with Slice.

If you are a pizza lover and are looking to support not only a local but historical business you will have to check this place out.

The general store is also great place to grab a quick piece of candy or soda with friends on the road or even as an afternoon snack.

It is located at 250 Schooley's Mountain Rd in Washington Township (Morris County) and is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday.

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One of the Top 50 Candy stores in the US is right here in Jersey

Black River Candy Shoppe in Chester New Jersey was selected in Food Network Magazine's “America’s 50 Best Candy Stores” a couple of years back and the story went viral online earlier this year.

I decided to take a trip down there for myself to see what they had to offer. Right, when you walk in you feel like you are Charlie about to take over the chocolate factory. Black River Candy Shoppe is a cute little candy shop offering hundreds of different types of candy.

They have old-school childhood candy as well as an incredible selection of newer candy varieties. Candy is displayed in old whiskey barrels, and a lot of their candy is sold in bulk by the pound. It is located in downtown Chester right off of Main Street. Check out the photos from my recent visit:

Inside one of NJ's few remaining 'five and dimes'

Binkley's is a staple for people who live in Medford and Medford Lakes.

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