A few weeks ago, I had the unusual chance to visit one of our advertisers in person. Well, not the person (she was unfortunately not there the day we visited) but her store.
I refer to Sharon's Country Store in Bonner's Ferry, Idaho. Sharon came to us as an advertiser in mid-April, and I thought that was just great because we were planning a trip to Sandpoint (not far from Bonner's Ferry) in early May. So I deliberately swung up to see her store.
As an interesting note: I had to stop at a grocery store and ask directions at one point. When the man found out I was looking for Sharon's, he said "Oh, everyone knows where Sharon's is!" Apparently it has quite an excellent and widespread local reputation.
Once we found the store (right on the highway, by the way) it was easy to see why.
This store is small but packed with diverse products. Here are some of the things they carry:
Old-fashioned candies and sweets.
A nice array of old-fashioned toys.
A beautiful selection of hand-made, hand-braided rugs.
Sewing notions and fabrics.
Furniture and wooden clothes-drying racks. (I am a HUGE fan of clothes-drying racks. I can't even begin to tell you how much money you'll save by not using a clothes dryer.)
My jaw hit the deck when I saw these stoves. I had a serious case of covetousness. Breathtaking.
The quilts and rocking chairs were beautiful and (I believe) all Amish-made.
The girls tried out the rockers and proclaimed them supremely comfortable.
Except for being in a modern building, this is one fantastic old-fashioned general store. I admit I'm a sucker for places like this. (Sure wish it was closer!)
Unfortunately Sharon wasn't at the store when I visited (I didn't give any advanced notice) but the staff was charming and courteous.
If anyone has a chance to visit Sharon's in person, they'll find it as wonderful a place as we did. In the meantime, visit their website, it's the next best thing.