A general store with a specific purpose

By Stephen Baldwin, RealWV

Primitive Goods pays attention to details. Every inch of Ronceverte’s new general store is well-curated. 

Each item is neatly organized in place. Locally-roasted coffee is brewing. The scent of locally-made soaps fill the air. A water bowl for dogs is perfectly placed by the door. It is spotless inside, filled with carefully chosen and meticulously presented items that are both affordable and functional. 

Entering the store for the first time, with its tin ceiling, you may feel as if you’ve stepped back in time to a general store from days gone by. And that’s precisely what the owners intend. They aim for Primitive Goods to be an “old-timey” general store. 

Tired of making Amazon orders, they wanted to shop locally for quality, affordable home goods. 

Tired of traffic, they wanted to stay close to home to buy those products. 

Tired of buying products made overseas, they wanted to support local businesses. 

So they decided to fulfill a lifelong dream, opening their own general store in downtown Ronceverte. Everything is made locally, or made in the United States if it’s unavailable locally. Most every product they sell is under $20. 

“The good Lord said to do it, so we did it,” say the owners of Primitive Goods. “We feel blessed, and this is an opportunity to give back.”

Most of the products are made by their friends. They see a unique opportunity to offer low prices for customers and support local artisans at the same time…simply by selling the items their friends make regularly. 

What specific inventory does this general store have?

As you walk in the store, you will see antiques and artwork on the left with all other items in the center and along the right. The list of local products they carry is long…

  • Farm fresh eggs
  • Arbaugh Farms cornmeal, grits, & flour
  • Sourdough baking supplies
  • Soy candles
  • Local tea
  • Goat’s milk soap
  • Handmade aprons
  • Pottery
  • Custom roast coffee
  • Daniels maple syrup
  • Sponges, pot holders, & dish towels
  • Dog scarves
  • Quilts
  • Reusable food wraps
  • Antiques (sold on consignment) 
  • Artwork
  • Dry goods (bulk quantities of non-GMO flours, salt, etc will be carried in the store soon)
  • Fermentation, elderberry, and kombucha supplies
  • Locally made cutting boards
  • Locally made sweets

New items are being added, and curated, every day at Primitive Goods. Watch for their own line of laundry detergent soon that uses no harsh chemicals. 

Hours of operation?

Primitive Goods is open Thursday (11am-5pm), Friday (11am-6pm), and Saturday 10am-4pm). They will add Wednesdays soon and plan to increase their hours during certain times of the year. 

They are located on Edgar Avenue, across from the train station and beside This Is Us salon.

“This has been a dream of ours for a long time,” the owners of Primitive Goods say. “And Ronceverte was calling us. We’re really focusing on quality products at a reasonable price. It’s that simple.” 

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