This will be out last update from Indiana. We will be driving toward Branson, Missouri in the morning. We have really enjoyed our stay in the Amish area of Indiana. We all went shopping yesterday to several of the Amish stores, starting in Shipshewana. We all loved the Yoder's special department store. They have a row of rocking chairs inside to rest after shopping in the huge mall. How cool is that? :-) We especially loved seeing all the Amish horses outside hitched to the special hitching post made for their horses. I am posting the history of this cool store below from their website and hope you enjoy. Check back later for more updates on our drive to Branson.
Yoder Department Store is a family owned and managed retailer specializing in fabric, shoes and clothing located in Shipshewana, Indiana.
On May 3, 1945 Ora and Grace Yoder made a decision to buy a dry goods store in Topeka Indiana, the heart of Amish country. The original operation included many goods to serve the local farming population. Bib overalls, work shoes, and of course fabric for clothing and quilts were items sold. A number of years later, in 1952, a second location was opened in a nearby town, Shipshewana, Indiana. After operating both locations for decades, a decision was made to sell the Topeka location and to move all operations to the downtown Shipshewana location. Around the age of 60, Ora decided to move his business “out of town” to new facilities just south of downtown Shipshewana to Yoder Shopping Center, the present day location. Just like back in 1968 when the business was moved, Yoder Shopping Center is shared with two other businesses, Yoder’s Hardware and Yoder's IGA. This concept may have been new at the time, but we now know this arrangement to be a mini mall.
Even though Ora passed away in 1992 at the age of 85, the business has remained a family owned and managed business passing onto the 3rd generation during 2006.
Yoder Department Store celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2005.