When I first walked in the Republic of Floyd Emporium it seemed like somebody had crossed a Ron Jon Surf Shop with a Trader Joe's and shoehorned it all into a friendly little storefront on Locust St.
Tom Ryan has created a must-visit shop in the most active area of downtown Floyd. They have at least 51 varieties of beer, tee-shirts unlike anything else in Floyd, quite a few local and imported wines, and they have all sorts of snack goodies including tapenade!
Trying to explain what tapenade is and why we eat it to the good folks at Food Lion was a frustrating experience. We ended up buying our supplies in Cary, NC when visiting family.
We won't have to do that any more because Tom has a few tapenades and will be adding more. He is also willing to consider adding one of the greatest condiments we have found in years, A Taste of Thai Garlic Chili Pepper Sauce.
He has also stocked some of the high quality ginger ales (Reeds)and sparkling juices (Izze) that are had to find elsewhere.
Tom and his staff have created a friendly environment with lots of tasty food and drink offerings. I almost forgot the excellent selection of cards and art reproductions. I think we will find the Republic of Floyd Emporium to be an unusually handy resource for celebrating good times.
Let us hope that the Republic of Floyd has a long and profitable existence.