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Top Five: Cute Country Stores

The Verne Store

est. 1898


5789 State Rd. 61, Verne, 812-726-4937 SW

SHOPPING LIST breakfast, gas

BEFORE YOU CHECK OUT Buy an old-timer a cup of coffee in exchange for a local history lesson.




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Sullivan’s Grocerysullivans-evansville-courier

est. 1883


8400 W. State Rd. 65, Union, 812-354-2919 SW

SHOPPING LIST hot sandwiches, used paperbacks

BEFORE YOU CHECK OUT Take a load off in a rocking chair.








Cataract General Store

Cataract General Store

est. 1860


2799 S. Cataract Rd., Cataract,765-795-4782

SHOPPING LIST local jams, jellies, and syrups; kitschy souvenirs and bric-a-brac; fishing bait

BEFORE YOU CHECK OUT Grab a cold bottle of Dad’s blue cream soda, Goody red pop, or Coco Fizz chocolate soda.


Cataract General Store #indianabackroads

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yoho-circa-1970-websiteYoho General Store

est. 1934


10043 Tulip Rd., Solsberry, 812-825-7834

SHOPPING LIST sandwiches, local baked goods, gas 

BEFORE YOU CHECK OUT Warm up by the potbelly stove (photo circa 1970).        



Waiting on Americus again…. A photo posted by Michael Porter (@hoosiermichael75) on



Enjoying some ice cream and country views ❤️🍦

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Stephenson's General StoreStephenson’s General Store

est. late 1800s

COUNTY Crawford

618 W. State Rd. 62, Leavenworth, 812-739-4242

SHOPPING LIST old-fashioned candy, hardware, “I Did Time in Leavenworth” T-shirts

BEFORE YOU CHECK OUT Eat some ice cream at one of the picnic tables out front.



Since first joining Indianapolis Monthly in 2000, West has written about a wide range of subjects including crime, history, arts and entertainment, pop culture, politics, and food. His feature stories have twice been noted in the Best American Sports Writing anthology and have received top honors from the Indiana chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. “The Collapse,” West’s account of the 2011 Indiana State Fair tragedy, was a 2013 National City and Regional Magazine Awards finalist in the category of Best Reporting. He lives on the near-east side.