Downtown General Store


Downtown General Store specializes in hand-screened t-shirts and flour sack towels designed by our own in-house artists, hand-sewn ornaments, and more. We feature the local flavors of Hawaii in our designs and always stir up chuckles from our customers. Visit us at our next craft fair, or, if you can’t wait, email us at to order our products.

2023 Craft Fair Schedule

2024 Made In Hawaii Festival – TBA

Flour Sack Towels

Flour Sack Towels

During the plantation days, flour was purchased in 100 pound sacks. Once the sacks were emptied, washed and bleached, they had a variety of different uses such as: kitchen towels, cleaning and polishing cloths, diapers and underclothing. They were even sewn together to make sheets and pillowcases in homes that could not afford regular bedding.

Since flour sack towels are super soft, completely lint-free, absorb like a paper towel and dry faster than normal kitchen towels, they add sparkle to dishes, glassware, and windows. All the nubs, imperfections and shadings are characteristics of this fine towel. They are pre-washed, pre-shrunk and resistant to unraveling.

We hand-screen our flour sack towels with water-based ink to retain its softness and absorbency.

Square Towels

Approx. 27″ x 27″

Plain Weave Tea Towels

Approx. 16″ x 27″

4-way Apron

Exclusive Towels

Approx. 27″ x 27″

Buy Flour Sack Towels Online

Flour Sack Towel Availability


Bishop Museum – Honolulu
The Compleat Kitchen
– Kahala Mall
DFS from Hawaii with Love – Daniel K. Inouye International Airport
Foodland Farms – Ala Moana
Foodland Farms – Pearl City Gateway
Foodland Farms Ka Makana Ali‘i – Kapolei
Foodland Kapolei – Kapolei
Holoholo Market at Turtle Bay Resort – Kahuku
Island Olive Oil Company – Ward Center
Na Mea Hawaii – Ward Center
Red Pineapple – Kaimuki
Waikiki Market at Lilia – Waikiki

Big Island

Banyan Gallery – Hilo
Foodland Farms Mauna Lani – Kohala
Holoholo Market – Kailua-Kona
The Most Irresistable Shop in Hilo – Hilo


Accents at Hyatt Regency Lahaina
Alexander & Baldwin Sugar Museum
– Puunene
Biasa Rose – Paia
Designing Wahine Emporium Makawao
Lucky Cat Provisions – Lahaina
Maui Quilt Shop
Sunkissed Wahine – Kihei
Ululani’s Hawaiian Shave Ice – Wailuku
Whalers – Lahaina
Whalers at The Shops at Wailea – Kihei


Accents at Grand Hyatt Kauai – Koloa
Halelea Gallery
– Koloa
Hee Fat General Store – Kapaa
JJ Ohana – Hanapepe
Kilauea Market + Cafe – Kilauea
Kokee National History Museum – Kekaha
Koloa Rum Company – Lihue
Lamonts at Kauai Mariott Beach Club – Lihue
Nakoa Surf Co. – Kapaa
Whalers at Poipu Shopping Village – Koloa


Manele General Store – Lanai

New York

Me&Ro – New York

Upcycle Ideas

In the News

Tsunagu Hawaii, December 2021

Tsunagu Hawaii, December 2021

We've been featured in the article "Nostalgic and new. Feel the love for the carefully printed flower sack towel" by Ritsuko Matsumoto and Kei Segawa on the Tsunagu Hawaii website (above image taken from the Tsunagu Hawaii website). View the article here.

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Zentoku Foundation, November 2020

Zentoku Foundation, November 2020

We've been featured in the article "The Downtown General Store's Nostalgic and Fun Flour-Sack Towels" by Jodie Chiemi Ching on the Zentoku Foundation website (above image taken from the Zentoku Foundation website). View the article here.

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