Iowa February 12, 2018
The Iowa Store That’s In The Middle Of Nowhere But So Worth The Journey
The best part about living in Iowa is taking the time to explore the hidden gems that are way off the beaten path. One such treasure is located in the tiny southern Iowa town of Cantril. You’ll find one of the best general stores in the state in this sleepy, timeless town, and it’s so worth the drive to get there.
The rural town of Cantril, Iowa, is home to about 250 residents, and is hours away from the nearest large city.
Why, then, might Iowans flock to this town from all over the state?
The famous Dutchman's Store brings Iowans to tiny Cantril, thanks to its history and old-time experience.
Dutchman's Store was founded in 1985 by Clair & Virginia Zimmerman. Over the years, their small storefront has grown to include several departments for sewing supplies, clothing, gifts, toys, and food.
Along with standard groceries, Dutchman's specializes in bulk foods, local candies, handmade pastries and more.
Visitors are often amazed when they find that they can make their very own peanut butter, right from the grinder!
It does not get any fresher than that! The Zimmermans were inspired by the Pennsylvania Dutch culture of their hometown in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Dutchman's offers so much more than just tasty food, though.
You can find toys, games, and books for children in many of the aisles. The toys range from modern day marvels to old-fashioned trucks and games.
If you need some jeans, a hat, or even new boots, youll find it here.
Dutchman's Store carries clothing for everyone in the family! No need to make a second stop for the essentials.
Along with toys, games, clothing, and food, you can find all sorts of other goodies here.
Meat grinders, outdoor decor, home furnishings, fresh deli platters and sandwiches, specialty ground coffee... the list of goods that Dutchman's Store stocks is nearly endless!
So, next time you're up for a bit of a drive and want to see life in a truly rural Iowa town, head down to Cantril.
Dutchman's Store is located at 103 Division St., Cantril, IA 52542.
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