One of the long standing traditions of rural North Carolina is “going to the store”. I did it as a child with my Grandfather and I still stop by in the mornings today. Whether a true general store, a filling station or even a local convenience store, these establishments act as a center of the community for news, entertainment, politics and sometimes even philosophy. So, pull in, have a seat, grab a Pepsi and maybe a pack of “nabs” and jaw with the neighbors. And bring your own shovel. Shown are Bob Craven (above) and Harry Whitaker (below) during a recent visit to Routh Oil in Lineberry, North Carolina.