Diner Mug Club
Diner Mug Club
For my Loyal Store Supporters...
Join the Diner Mug Club!
You'll receive two speciality coffees a week, plus 10% off any pies daily! And... you will receive the first email with pre-order openings for big holidays!
Membership is $25/mo. and includes a FREE diner mug upon purchase!
Where do you source your ingredients from?
We primarily use locally sourced ingredients in all of our seasonal products, and rely on many value-added vendors to supplement our always-made-in-house products, including:
- Holmes Sweet Home
- TUFT Confectionary
- MacGregor Orchard
- Rambling Rosa Farm
- Bee Well Honey
- Bio-Way Farm
- Carolina Ground
We also responsibly source bulk items, like butters, flours, or sugars, from distribution partners in the Upstate of SC and Foothills of NC.
Are any of your items gluten free or vegan?
Yes! We feature a number of gluten free or vegan treats as part of our core offerings. We also have developed an incredible vegan and gluten free ice cream that will be available for purchase soon!
Do you use any dyes or synthetic food colorings?
Not really! We prioritize natural food coloring in our products. Sometimes, we will create our own sanding sugars using food colorings for specialty items, and we will always point this out in the product description.
Are you hiring?
We’d love to learn more about you and if you’d make a great fit for the Hester General Store team! You can find open jobs here.
Love the comfort of coming into this enchanting bakery!
I really like the idea of coming in for a free coffee, but $25/mo is too high. I think your initial thought of ~$15/mo would seem reasonable. The goal is to make it an amount that most people won’t notice they are paying. At first customers will take advantage of this and come in often. You may even lose money on a customer the first few months, but then they will slow down and not come in as often, but keep paying it. And you don’t want to remind them either…not even annually. You want 100+ people paying you $15/mo. Imagine $1500-$2000 each month that you can count on! I might even throw in a free mini pie when they sign up to sweeten the deal.
I have been to Hester General Store 5-6 times and have been greeted by their friendly and cheerful staff. I thoroughly enjoy their various baked pies and coffees / hot chocolate. It is a little off the beaten path, but a joy to experience the restored history of the old building. Put Hester General Store on your "Go To List" - you will be thrilled you did.
It’s nice to have a local coffee spot close to home. Bonus: the wonderful, homey storefront with yummy treats (buttermilk pie, I LOVE you), local meats and produce, outdoor seating and play area, and a friendly environment. Very happy they’re here!
A Brief History of
- Michael Hester builds a store at the
crossroads of Thomas Mill Road and
Hester Store Road
- First floor is a general merchandise store
- Upstairs is a barber shop
- Michael Hester dies
- Oldest son Frank inherits the store
- Frank turns over management of store to his sister Anne. She turns upstairs into a clothing store
- Anne Hester dies, effectively ending the store's general merchandise business
- Frank continues to open on a limited basis as a gathering spot only
1981 - 1982
- Frank Hester dies
- One year later, store sold at auction
Hester Store listed on the National
Register of Historic Places
- Hester Store purchased by Anderson, SC native Katie Chaney (that's me!) for the purpose of returning the store to its former glory as a general store and bakery
- Renamed Hester General Store