By Kelly Terpstra, firstname.lastname@example.org
A little something different — but definitely unique.
Name–brand clothing, designer makeup, barnwood furniture and a whole lot more are among the vast array of items to purchase at the Unique Country Store, which moved into the old location of Classic Cleaners on Main Street in Charles City this week.
Owners Shelley and Shawn Zweibohmer opened the store last March in Floyd. They said they’re eager to get their business started in Charles City.
Shelley hopes for the business to be up and running by Aug. 22, but she said it could open its doors before that. Store hours will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday thru Friday. Saturday the store will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The store has a mercantile or old country store feel to it and just last week they started doing custom printing on things like clothing apparel, pillowcases, hand towels — even shot glasses. The store also carries dips, snacks and salsas, just to name a few of the unique items that will be on the shelves.
Shawn said think of the beloved family TV series, “Little House on the Prairie,” and the mercantile store in that show, minus the wooden wagons, of course.
Shelley said the store has a wide variety of things to purchase like gifts, old–fashioned candy and decorative items — all at reasonable prices, she said. She also said there will be more inventory at this new location than the one in Floyd.
“Our inventory is unique and it constantly changes. What you see today might not be what you see tomorrow, so keeping coming back,” said Shawn.
The store will also feature Charles City High School sports garb and stadium clothing.
Shelley said business at the store in Floyd was good. She said she and her husband are excited about the new location on Main Street, which also has plenty of parking space.
“We appreciated all the people that came to Floyd to shop with us, but we now hope people who may not have known about us up there in Charles City, will stop in and see us as well,” Shawn said.
Shawn said it is also important to them to help bring businesses back to downtown Charles City. Helping get the downtown thriving was a big factor in their decision to move locations, he said.
“The people of Charles City — come in and check it out. It is unique,” Shawn said. “Just come and browse. I’m sure you’ll leave with something.”