24 Main Street
Saluda, NC 28773

STORE: Mon-Sat 9-6
Sun 11-4* (*Sunday hours are May-October only)
GRILL: Closed indefinitely



May 2019

Remembering Ursula Veil Ward-Common


All of us here at Thompson's Store, Ward's Grill and Lola's Celebration Venue are remembering Ursula Veil Ward-Common, a longtime Saluda resident and widow of the late Jack Ward. Ursula was a fixture alongside Jack at Thompson's and Ward's and she and her mother-in-law, the late Lola Thompson Ward, shared a deep bond. Ursi, [...]

December 2017

TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence


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 [...]

The Music of Saluda Mountain Memories


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 [...]

August 2017

All About Rattler & Friends


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 [...]

What’s With the 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 more than 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 [...]