Cabin by the Road: This Store Offers Something for Everyone
For the past five years Kevin Moore has been offering residents and tourists a potpourri of fresh produce, fresh flowers and herbs and "a little bit of everything.
"We also supply pottery, antiques, honey, jams and carved wood sculptures," Moore says.
Located at 4933 N.C. 211 in West End, the store is visible from the road due to the colorful and picturesque array of products.
Moore boasts about his sister's fried apple pies.
"She makes them from scratch, and they are the best I've ever had," he says.
The apples sit near the hoop cheese, also offered for sale.
As for customer service, Moore tries to go out of his way to please everyone.
"We shuck corn for people," he says. "We will cut one-half of a melon if someone doesn't want to purchase the whole melon. During the season, we pick peaches fresh from the Williams Farm. I travel to find and select the very best produce and flowers for my customers."
Another product Moore is proud to offer is homemade mountain butter.
"It is the best-tasting butter you can get," he says. "We also offer hot ginger ale and boiled peanuts."
Jarred jams and jellies stand on the shelves along with homemade pickled items and preserves. In the kitchen area, hand towels are offered.
Moore's employees can be found watering, straightening and even opening October beans, which, he explains, is "a cranberry bean that tastes like a pinto bean."
Produce is a family affair. His relatives have produce stands scattered across the area, and they also offer a variety of items for sale.
"My grandpa started selling produce off a truck," says Moore. "My dad moved to Steeds and then to Biscoe, where he now owns Moore Produce. And my uncle owns Moore Produce in Albemarle. My dad taught me you get what you pay for. I offer my customers better-grown and greener produce and I tell folks how to take care of any plant they purchase. I really specialize in the best I can get. The service I give is my best, also."
The family assists Moore with the business, and he has three employees.
Moore says he and his employees are looking forward to the holiday season.
"We specialize in fruit baskets," he says. "We can make up any type of basket people want to purchase for themselves or as gifts. We also offer a Christmas tree bag that works well for churches and for individual gifts. These are filled with nuts, candy, chocolate, whatever you wish to give as a gift for shut-ins and folks who have limited access."
Moore mentions his Christmas wreaths, poinsettias and cactus.
"One of our best sellers is the bittersweet wreaths with the red berries twined and twisted," he says.
Moore's three-acre lot is filled with plants and statuary of all kinds.
"I have the best quality items and prices I know of within 80-to-100 miles," he says.
There are two levels to the store, one outside that houses all the live plants, and one inside that houses vegetables and fruits that range from squash, potatoes, peppers, melons, tomatoes, grapefruit and a large selection of other produce.
"Statuary is one of my biggest products," says Moore. "People love the statuary, and we have a great selection, something for everyone. Water features are very popular."
Moore purchases some products from local folks, especially during June, July and August.
"It just depends on the season," he says. "I work with a grower in Charlotte who provides me with everything from average size potted flowers to large pots filled with arrangements from 3 to 4 inches. Mums are beautiful in a variety of colors this year, with bronze, yellow, rust, burgundy and white. We offer several container plants and arrangements."
Moore and his staff will make anything a customer requests.
"We can combine fruits and flowers, gifts and flowers and fruits, just about anything that works," he says.
One has only to visit the Log Cabin Country Store to appreciate the variety, the friendliness and the unusual items offered there.
"There is something for everyone," he says. "And we will do our best to make our customers happy."
The Log Cabin is open Monday through Saturday 8:30 to 6 p.m. and Sunday 1 to 5pm.
For further information call (910) 673-1417.
Raleigh writer Anita Stone can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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