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At the gas station, biscuits, tortillas—and community 

Three generations deep into a waning tobacco career, David Poindexter turned to his pastime of hunting. He approached Wadell Breeze, who was renting a building in the heart of Hurdle Mills, about opening a butcher shop in back. Now the store's rear door is perhaps its busiest. Hunters from Person County to Washington, D.C., drop off deer (and occasionally bears and boars) to be butchered and vacuum-packed at the shop's barn. Inside the original market, a wreath hangs on Breeze's office door across from a Lucky Sweepstakes machine. Breeze passed away in early January, leaving behind walls of Tar Heel posters, stacks of original store receipts and a thriving business. Though Breeze had sold the shop to Poindexter, he still showed up to work every day. "He was glad to see it come back alive," says Poindexter's mother, Claudia.

Image credit: Photo by Kate Medley

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