Until the 1930s, three Yoho brothers, Frank, Oscar and William, operated a general store in Solsberry. Their store was destroyed by fire in 1933. The current Yoho General Store building was constructed in 1934. Otis Sullivan operated in a general store in this building until 1939. From 1940-1944, the building housed the Rotha Sim’s Rainbow Store. In 1944, townsmen Wayne Sherrow and Fred Cooksey operated a store. In 1947, Dwight “Cotton” Yoho bought out Cooksey. The store operated as Sherrow-Yoho until 1950 when Yoho bought out Sherrow. In 1950, the name changed to Yoho’s General Store.
Cotton and his wife Pearl operated the store for almost 50 years. Cotton died in 1999 and Pearl died a year later. Their youngest son, Donnie, ran the store until his death in October 2011. Lavon Yoho, Cotton and Pearl’s oldest son, operated the store with the assistance of his family and community members until CFC Properties purchased the building in July 2012, forming Solsberry-Yoho, LLC.
After an extensive restoration project, Yoho General Store reopened on December 1, 2012, under the management of CFC Properties, a Cook Group company, located in Bloomington. As with many CFC Properties restoration projects, original store fixtures, including the plank flooring, wood-shelving units and the Hot Blast Florence Stove were restored and reinstalled, helping to preserve the history and heritage of the store.
Throughout its history, the Yoho General Store has been a gathering place for Solsberry residents and visitors alike. In the past, the Masonic Lodge and Eastern Star organizations met on the second floor. County records show that the Lodge paid the second floor taxes and the store paid the first floor taxes.
Today, the Yoho General Store remains a gathering place and features a variety of snacks and food items, ice cream, breakfast and deli sandwiches, daily lunch specials and gasoline.
Monday-Friday: 6 am – 8pm
Saturday: 7 am – 8 pm
Sunday: Noon – 6 pm