The Dutchman's Store located on Division Street in Cantril, Iowa, has captured the old world charm from bygone eras. Visitors to Iowa should not miss this distinctive shopping experience that covers an entire block. Locals are not surprised to see an Amish buggy parked next to automobiles in the parking lot. The friendly staff at Dutchman’s Store greets visitors with a smile and is glad to assist when needed. The old fashion general store is run by native Iowan Mennonites. Clair and Virginia Zimmerman opened the store in Cantril in 1985. The goal of the store is to provide supplies required to run a small farm or homestead at a reasonable price. The store often runs special sales and carries bulk items for value shoppers. The store more than meets the goal by stocking clothing, food, housewares and sewing goods.
- Clothing: Homestead and small farm owners require durable work gloves. The Dutchman store carries a wide array to fit every working member of the family. Hats are available for protection from intense sun damage and to provide shade for the eyes. Shoe brands stocked by the store include Durango, Georgia Boot, Red Wing, Wolverine and others. High quality work clothes and dress clothes are available in a large variety of sizes.
- Foods: Customers are tempted by the selection of baked goods and fresh deli subs. The fresh, frozen, and canned produce are locally grown when available. Many grocery items are carried in bulk and sold by the pound or box. Candy sold by weight is a delightful treat enjoyed by locals and visitors alike.
- Housewares and Sewing Goods: The Dutchman Store stocks a variety of houseware items that are sometimes difficult to obtain elsewhere. Shelves are stocked with meat grinders, canning jars, food strainers, iron skillets, old fashion crank ice cream freezers and other household items. Everything a seamstress might require including, thread, fabrics, buttons and other sewing notions are under the same roof. The store stocks yarn and embroidery floss also.
Conclusion: The Dutchman Store is a value shopper’s paradise. A visit to the store is like stepping back in time through a portal. The store is known for pickled foods, jams, jellies and quilting fabrics. Locals and visitors alike appreciate the high quality merchandise and affordable pricing at the store.
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