Friday, November 26, 2010

Today, the day after Thanksgiving, 2009 is the day we "officially" opened the Corner Shoppe. We started with very little "inventory" and sold coffee from "borrowed" percolator coffee pots. We've come a long way!!

In fact, yesterday we (along with the muscles of our sons-in-law), made more changes by adding another place for customers to sit and enjoy their coffee or meal. Check it out!!!

And, for those of you who didn't venture out for the big town Black Friday, stop in, as the Corner Shoppe has a few of it's own Black Friday and Small Business Saturday specials.

Today's soup/sandwich special is taco soup and quesadilla's.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Christmas is in the air at the Corner Shoppe. While we may be little, and don't carry the amount of items the big city shops offer, we do have a variety of gift items, decorating items and a selection of Christmas cards for you to choose from.

We are also adding to our menu, now serving a soup and sandwich each Friday and Saturday, and our list of flavors for latte's and special coffees is growing as well. Keep posted. There is more to come!!!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Monday, October 18th we will have a FREE kettlebell demonstration and sign up for a 12 week class. Learn how kettlebells can help you tone and achieve all around fitness.
Plan to attend the free session, Monday, October 18th at 5:30 p.m. at the TaeKwon do dojang (above the Corner Shoppe) at 107 1/2 Main Street, Garnavillo.
Fifteen ladies enjoyed an English afternoon
tea, with traditional tea sandwiches, scones and a variety of desserts.

I'm not sure when the next "tea" will be, but you can schedule your own private tea with friends or have a tea party for little girls. Each party is complete with real tea cups, dainty sandwiches and desserts.

All you need to do is let me know!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

October will be a busy month at the Corner Shoppe. We hope you will be able to attend some of the events we have planned.

Wednesday, October 13 we will be open from 10-noon for folks to come in and relax while they work on hand work (knitting/crocheting) projects.

October 15th and 16th will be the first Country Theme and we will offer an English "Afternoon Tea" from 1:00 to 4:00 each day. Enjoy tea, sandwiches, warm scones, and a selection of cakes. Reservations are preferred. Cost is $4.50 per person.

October 23rd from 9:00 to 11:00, Karen, owner of Stagecoach Yarns (near Manchester) will be at the shoppe to answer your questions about knitting and crocheting, and will have a selection of yarns for you to look at, sample and even practice on. Of course, you will be able to place orders of you wish. (This is a free event)

New fall items, as well as some Christmas items have arrived at the shoppe.

We also do brunches and luncheons, (with advance reservations) for groups from one to about 15 or so.

We serve lattes, hot chocolate, blended ice coffee, and smoothies!! ( as well as coffee and tea). Plus we have punch cards, buy 10 beverages (of the same kind) and get the 11th one free.

And, we have gift certificates for what ever amount suits you.

You can e-mail us at or call my (Wendy's) cell phone at 563-880-0404.

Friday, September 17, 2010

New things are 'brewing' at the Corner Shoppe & Coffee House!

New flavors of blended iced coffees have arrived:

Dulce de Leche, Pralines 'n cream, Pumpkin Spice and Peppermint. Plus, we have ideas for latte''s and other special coffee drinks as well!!!!

We plan to have one weekend (each month or every other month) to feature a "day in a country". Our first featured country will be England, and we will offer an "afternoon tea" .
(more about that later).

Another feature will be a visit from the owner of a yarn shop. She will display various yarns and give customers an opportunity to use their knitting and crocheting skills on the variety of yarn samples. And of course all yarns (and other products) will be available for purchase.

We hope you like the new ideas, and we welcome your comments and suggestions.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

We have been busy at the Corner Shoppe & Coffee House. We added 3 new display shelves which allows us a lot more room to display the merchandise, and add more merchandise. Stop in and see what you think.

We have also started a punch card for your favorite beverages; buy 10 and get one free. You choose your favorite beverage, and as long as you can keep track of the cards, you can have as many different beverage cards as you like!

Friday, August 27 was a special day, as our aunt and uncle (Jim & Maxine Gray) enjoyed lunch at the shoppe with family celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary!

Congratulations Jim and Maxine

Another special group visited the shoppe on Friday! We have 13 Red Hat Ladies stop in for desserts! (Thanks to Gertrude Brase and Sharon Keehner for inviting them.)

Specials for the day were carrot cake, Boston cream pie, key lime pie, crumble apple pie and toffee bars. All home made, or course!!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Frugal Friday

Tomorrow, Friday, July 30 will be Frugal Friday at the Corner Shoppe! This is a special day for customers age 59 and under to receive a 10% discount on purchases (other than luncheons). Sort of a reverse Senior Citizens Day!!

We still have lots of fresh blackberries for smoothies, plus will have date bars, lemon bars and other baked goodies!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Along with the kettlebell program we are also offering the Advocare nutritional program.

There are 4 lines of products:
Trim: solutions for healthy weight management
Active: for vibrant energy and on-the-go nutrition
Well: nutrition for a healthy, balanced lifestyle
Performance Elite: Advanced sports nutrition.

We will feature the 24 day challenge; the firs ten days is a cleanse pack, for flattening your stomach, breaking food cravings and getting rid of toxins.
The next 14 days add energy, control appetite, help with weight loss and fuel up with core nutrition.

Lanny and I are taking the 24 day challenge, and are looking forward to having more energy and feeling rejuvenated!!!
If you are interested let me know and we will link you to Tera who can give you more details.

Friday, July 23, 2010

The featured smoothie for Saturday and Sunday, July 24th and 25th will be FRESH BLACKBERRY smoothies
Berries picked fresh from behind the shoppe. You won't want to miss this one!! Of course, we also have strawberry, wild berry, orange-tangerine, and lemon.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Meet Tera Mathis and Kettlebell Synergies. Tera presented an introduction to Kettlebells last evening, July 19th. Twenty (20) enthusiast participants attended with many signing on for a 12 week training program.
If you missed last nights presentation, you can still attend the first class next Monday, July 26th at 5:30 p.m. at the TaeKwon Do training hall , 107 1/2 Main Street, Garnavillo.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

We would like to start a 12 week exercise program in kettlebells. A FREE open house/demonstration will be held Monday, July 19th at 5:30 p.m. at the TaeKwon Do training hall, upstairs of the Corner Shoppe. If enough people are interested we have a certified instructor available for the following 12 Monday evenings.
Let me know if you are interested, and plan to attend the free demonstration! Bring a friend or two as well!!

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The Corner Shoppe has a new front appearance, after years in the waiting, and a extended new name. The renovation of the store front is complete, short a few finishing touches.

We've also extended the name to include "Coffee House" so everyone knows we are more than a gift/variety shop.

Lanny has been in contact with a coffee wholesaler in Davenport, who was very helpful in teaching him some basics about the espresso machine. He told us he would "give" us an hour of his time to learn more about making specialty coffees (i.e. cappuccino's, latte's). A few weeks ago we traveled to Davenport, met him at 9:00 a.m. and 5 hours later packed our pickup with all sorts of advertising signs, new flavors of smoothie mixes, new products to sell, and lots of information to absorb!

We now offer iced coffee, blended ice coffee (in flavors of vanilla latte, mocha and caramel latte) and smoothies in the flavors of strawberry, lemon (my favorite), mixed berry, and orange tangerine.

Monday, June 21, 2010

We are offering a new promotion, starting this Friday, June 25th.

A lot of businesses, including the Corner Shoppe, offer a senior citizen day. Our senior day is the first Friday of the month when any customer aged 60 or older receives a 10% discount on their purchases.

Our new promotion will be the last Friday of every month and is Frugal Friday, when customers age 59 and under receive a 10% discount on their purchases.

More promotions are also in the plans!!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Upcoming Events

Friday, May 7th will be the first "Senior Citizens Day" All 'seniors' (age 60+) will receive a 10% discount on their purchases. Senior Citizens Day will continue to be the first Friday of every month.

Saturday, May 8th- Little Mother's Day Tea. Register to attend a 'tea party' at 10:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. Mother's of all ages can enjoy lots of special treats. $7.50 for two; $2.50 each additional person.

Sunday, May 9th, 2-4 p.m. we will feature cheesecake. So far, the varieties planned include blueberry cheesecake, almond raspberry cheesecake and turtle cheesecake. Enjoy one piece or a "sliver of two varieties with your coffee or tea, for $3.00.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Saturday, April 17, 2010

A LESSON IN HISTORY (of the Corner Shoppe)

Lanny and I started the "Corner Shoppe" in November 2009, as we had a vacant store building (downstairs) on main street, Garnavillo.
In 1939, my great-grandfather, Alvin J. Kregel, purchased the old(original) hardware store along with Charlie Roggman. Later, they built what became the "new" hardware store which is currently the home of the Garnavillo Auction.In 1969 my father, Dale E. Wahls purchased the 2 hardware buildings and was in business until he passed away in 1999.

One day in the year 2000, Lanny came home and asked me if I wanted to buy the "old hardware store". My first comment was, "absolutely not". The building had not been used for anything but storage for over 20 years, and it was in a state of major disrepair. However, after a few days and a reminder that it had been in the family for 60+ years, I said okay. I knew Lanny had a vision for something, I just didn't know what, or when it would be.

The first week end we "opened for business" we had no idea what to expect. A few people came in to see what was happening, and it made us happy to have a few interested customers.

Lanny's comment was we didn't have enough "stuff" in the shoppe, and I admit it was rather bare. However, we are growing and adding new things weekly, a lot in response to what our customers want.