Established back in communal days in 1857, the store’s exterior and interior have remained virtually unchanged all these years. The original tin ceiling, wooden floor, and glass-topped display cases still remain. Throughout the store are charming reminders of the good old days, of a simpler time, of the past preserved. They just don’t make stores like this anymore, and there sure aren’t many of them left in existence! The store is truly a “museum” and an authentic general store in one. We have stocked the shelves with an interesting variety of hard-to-find trinkets and unique treasures from days gone by. Read more...
We’ve divided all of our shops into categories to make it easy for you to find what interests you.
You won’t find any mall stores in the Amana Colonies. It’s just not that kind of place. What you will find are small shops of all types that are owned by the Amana Society (the original settlers of the community) or mom and pop entrepreneurs that have a special focus. Many of the shops will carry some locally made products along with interesting things from far off places. If you are interested in locally made items make sure to ask the shop keeper to point them out.
If you have planned the entire day you can easily stroll the streets and pop in and out of shops but if you are on a tighter time frame grab an Amana Visitors Guide and map and plan your strategy to maximize your time.
The food shops will generally be sampling something so you’ll get to nibble a little bit. You’ll find a variety of tasty items made right here in the Colonies and some unique items imported. You might have guessed that German specialties are the favorite.