Thompson's Store and Ward's Grill are delighted to have received a 2017 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor! This certificate honors hospitality businesses that deliver consistently great service, and the designation is given to establishments that have achieved great traveler reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year. We are grateful for all of the nice [...]
Comprised of ten great songs inspired by Saluda, Thompson's Store, and the Blue Ridge Mountains, this truly unique album features the musical talents of J. Larry Keith (a Grammy-nominated guitar/dobro player and vocalist) along with a bevy of other top-notch bluegrass players on banjo, fiddle, and upright bass. Featured songs include "Fireball Mail," "In [...]
Be sure to check out The Adventures of Rattler & Friends, a delightful trilogy of children’s books centering on Rattler the coon dog (mascot of Thompson’s Store!) and his unlikely pair of animal friends—Rascal the rabbit and Rowdy the raccoon. Together, this trio of pals explore the town of Saluda, learning about Coon Dog [...]
Coon dogs, like Thompson’s Store, have been an important aspect of old-timey Saluda since its founding in 1885. So important, in fact, that over 50 years ago several local coon hunters organized a town event to raise money for restocking the rapidly depleting supply of native raccoons. That first event, held in 1963, subsequently expanded [...]
We stopped in recently and picked up one of your store’s homemade chicken pot pies and a three-berry cobbler. WONDERFUL! Today we picked up another cobbler to bring to Atlanta with us as we head back home to Florida. Keep up the great work and stay small town forever!
Really friendly staff at Ward’s. We’ve been going there for years and it just never changes. The food is right off the grill and served with a smile. The prices are too good to be true and haven’t changed in years. Always fun to browse the general store adjacent to the grill. We’ll be back [...]
Ate lunch there while visiting in the area. Looking at the menu brought back memories. They also have a great store next door that sells fresh-cut meats and all kinds of local canned goodies. I had to get a couple jars of their apple butter and rhubarb-strawberry jam for home.
This place is a local “institution” and gathering place for good food and even better conversation. The staff is friendly and they seem to have been at Ward’s almost forever. Always a greeting with a smile. Really good food without breaking the bank. Difficult to spend over $8.00 for food and drink.