Road Trippin': Shopping small in LeClaire
On the edge of Iowa downtown LeClaire seems full of life and business even during the middle of the week.
“It's right on the Mississippi River, it's just a gorgeous little town,” says Donna Walley, Owner of Aunt Hattie’s Fanciful Emporium.
LeClaire’s business district along Cody Road and the nearby neighborhoods are filled with shops mixing vintage and variety.
“I think in probably 20 plus little stores do that where you'll have gift shops and then they'll mix in little antiques along the way,” says Kimberly Collier, Owner of Grasshoppers Gifts.
Inside her shop the antique and rehabbed furniture is filled with displays of fresh new items.
“We're not so much collectible items, we do a lot of consumables and usable's,” Collier says.
Body lotions, bath products, candles and fine food items fill the nooks and crannies of this historic 1870's home, and its basement takes things to a whole new level with the Vintage Vine Wine Cellar.
“I have about six Iowa wineries and then I carry wine from all over the United States from six different distributors,” she says.
A few blocks away a sign advertising “stuff for guys” snags our attention so we step inside.
“People say ‘well guys don't like to shop’, guys like to shop when it's something that they want!” says Walley.
Aunt Hattie’s Fanciful Emporium may not sound like a place to by stuff for your bar, garage or man cave but there is plenty to choose from.
“We have collectibles and new stuff so we carry Corona, Leinenkugel’s, here's an older sign from the 70s you know and the 60s we carry a lot of beer tappers,” says Walley as she peruses the piles.
Neon beer signs and sports collectibles are crowded in, hiding the things you never knew you needed.
Make no mistake, it’s not all for the boys, Aunt Hattie’s has plenty to please the ladies.
Jewelry, fashion accessories, and fun pop culture items fill the front of the store.
“We sell the sarcastic and funny in here, if you've got a good sense of humor you want to come to Aunt Hattie's,” says Walley.
These are just a couple shops you will find to fill you time in LeClaire and the close proximity makes it easy to check them all out.
“You won't get tired it's only like three blocks long so you can walk up one side of the street down the other and it's just a nice day to spend,” concludes Walley.
A fun way to spend time with friends, family, or just shopping solo.