Appanoose Rapids Mercantile

Appanoose Rapids Mercantile Unique Main Street Ottumwa shop offering fine gifts, gourmet foods, regional products and more.

Mark your calendars !    -The 2024 American Gothic Performing Arts season kicks off with the Arts Gala on May 30th and J...
05/24/2024

Mark your calendars ! -The 2024 American Gothic Performing Arts season kicks off with the Arts Gala on May 30th and June will be filled with quality performances and several cultural events.

Festival's artists and crew start arriving next week, Ottumwa will be their home for a few days ;-)

Dates:
To kill a mockingbird June 7, 8, and 10
Gianni Schicchi June 13 and 14
Hello Dolly ! June 21, 23, and 24

Appanoose Rapids is delighted to sponsor the Cocktail Pre-Party, with music by The Dave Sharp Trio, at the 2024 Arts Gal...
05/16/2024

Appanoose Rapids is delighted to sponsor the Cocktail Pre-Party, with music by The Dave Sharp Trio, at the 2024 Arts Gala on May 30th.

All proceeds of this fantastic event are to equally benefit theater upgrades at Bridge View Center and the summer programming of the American Gothic Performing Arts.

Tickets are $100/per person, or $750 for a Table of 8. Seating is limited, so reserve Early. More info at: https://www.americangothicfest.org/arts-gala-reservations

Product spotlight: McMurry Hand Forged Ironware !  (part II)                  There are only 3 complete "The Vaquero" se...
03/29/2024

Product spotlight: McMurry Hand Forged Ironware ! (part II)

There are only 3 complete "The Vaquero" sets left in-store, plus plenty of individual handcrafted skillets and roasters. These sets must find the right owners, not only passionate about cooking deliciously, but cooking big !

Think about the upcoming spring feasts, barbecues, summer birthday parties, and all. If not for you, then they are perfect gifts for those food lovers you love.

Find them this weekend at Appanoose Rapids Mercantile

Brand spotlight:  Burghley Bags, quiet casual elegance.                    With a blend of classic design and modern fun...
03/22/2024

Brand spotlight: Burghley Bags, quiet casual elegance.

With a blend of classic design and modern functionality, each piece from Burghley's workshop exudes an immediate appeal. Having enjoyed some success last Christmas season, we are restocking for the upcoming Mother's Day shopping season ! -plan ahead, there's more to come !

Experience the sophistication and British charm of Burghley, where every detail reflects craftsmanship and quality. Available only at Appanoose Rapids Mercantile !

More brand info and photos: https://www.instagram.com/burghleybags/

New product arrival !     On time for Easter:  Bissinger's carrot cake truffle chocolate bars, plus a reorder of their d...
03/02/2024

New product arrival ! On time for Easter: Bissinger's carrot cake truffle chocolate bars, plus a reorder of their delicious milk chocolate & marshmallow bonbons.

Traditional European recipes and made in St Louis, exclusively at Appanoose Rapids Mercantile

February 28th marks one year since the closure of our restaurant and the consolidation of the Appanoose Rapids brand at ...
02/24/2024

February 28th marks one year since the closure of our restaurant and the consolidation of the Appanoose Rapids brand at 328 East Main in Downtown Ottumwa. This location houses the Appanoose Rapids Mercantile, our most visible storefront, and a second-floor apartment that is currently undergoing refurnishing for its upcoming introduction as an executive short-stay rental.

Complementing the brand consolidation, last summer saw the discreet launch of 'Appanoose Rapids 1933', an adult, quaint, speakeasy-style cocktail lounge. Operating unconventionally as a private club, 1933 interacts directly with customers outside the general public and social media to offer an exclusive and intimate setting for members and their adult guests. Despite limited promotion, this experimental small business approach has yielded positive results, with a few hundred sign-ups to date and still room for growth !

Would 'Appanoose Rapids 1933' be the perfect local hidden hangout for you and your circle ? If you are familiar with our brand and have enjoyed our offers and service, we invite you to learn more at: https://www.appanooserapids.com/ar1933 (must be 21+).

New product arrival:  Pickle Creek Herbs olive oils !           These artisan infused oils are hot sellers during the mo...
02/15/2024

New product arrival: Pickle Creek Herbs olive oils !

These artisan infused oils are hot sellers during the most delicious holidays, so start thinking about the upcoming Easter meals with family and friends 🐰

Available in Ottumwa only at Appanoose Rapids Mercantile.

πŸŽ‰ Clearance Alert ! πŸŽ‰ Our post-holidays clearance sale is from January 16th to the 27th.   Enjoy discounts of 25% and 50...
01/16/2024

πŸŽ‰ Clearance Alert ! πŸŽ‰ Our post-holidays clearance sale is from January 16th to the 27th. Enjoy discounts of 25% and 50% off on select quality merchandise –from home essentials to delightful gifts. 🚨 Save the date for the grand finale on the last day with even more significant discounts! !

And while you're snagging fantastic deals, explore the rest of our store for exclusive items and pre-order opportunities. See you at Appanoose Rapids Mercantile !

Brand spotlight:  Wilhelm Schweizer Pewter.      Our pewter Santas aren't just intricately designed, they're also meticu...
12/21/2023

Brand spotlight: Wilhelm Schweizer Pewter.

Our pewter Santas aren't just intricately designed, they're also meticulously cast and hand-painted, representing centuries of Bavarian craftsmanship tradition. These Santas, along with other fine German ornaments in our store, make excellent collectible gifts. They'll be on a special sale this Saturday, the 23rd (10am to 1pm), our last work day of 2023 !

Plan your weekend and any last-minute Christmas shopping at Appanoose Rapids Mercantile.

P.S. our fine pewter ornaments selection will refresh again in Easter 🐰

This sweet holiday season our Christmas Chocolate selection by Bissinger's includes:             -  the 'Hallmark Channe...
12/13/2023

This sweet holiday season our Christmas Chocolate selection by Bissinger's includes:

- the 'Hallmark Channel Countdown to Christmas' Milk Chocolate Hot Cocoa (in 16-oz tin cans)
- the 'Hallmark Channel Holiday Movies 24/7' gift set (deluxe 25-piece set)
- Boxed 'B' Santas (2-oz handcrafted milk chocolate)
- Christmas Mice Gift Set (12-piece, European styled)

Deliciously confectioned in St Louis, these are perfect, beautiful gifts to indulge in with your loved ones. Available only at Appanoose Rapids Mercantile

Brand Spotlight: McMurry Hand Forged   !                        🍳 Discover the artistry of hand-forged carbon steel cook...
12/09/2023

Brand Spotlight: McMurry Hand Forged !

🍳 Discover the artistry of hand-forged carbon steel cookware from Eastern Idaho. Crafted by Blacksmith Founder Justin McMurry and Becki McMurry, each piece blends aesthetics with functionality.

πŸŽ„ This festive season, envision creating and serving your holiday feasts and family celebrations with these heirloom-quality pans. They're not just cookware; they're a tradition to be passed down through generations.

πŸ”₯ Enjoy a superior cook surface – no coatings, strong seasoning retention, heightened durability, and effortless food slide. Gift exceptional quality and craftsmanship – a legacy in the making. Explore the art of cooking with McMurry Hand Forged, available at Appanoose Rapids Mercantile !

Product Spotlight:   Step onto the vintage sophistication of Vinyl Floorcloths; not just floor coverings, but bold state...
12/08/2023

Product Spotlight: Step onto the vintage sophistication of Vinyl Floorcloths; not just floor coverings, but bold statements in design !

Crafted with care and expertise by Spicher & Co. these floorcloths boast versatile designs on durable, non-slip vinyl. Perfect for indoor or covered outdoor areas.

Available sizes at Appanoose Rapids Mercantile are: 2'x3', 20"x30", and 38"x56" -but special orders can be fulfilled for up to 13 different sizes, tailored for various rooms in your home !

Proudly made in the USA, Spicher & Co. brings you quality that stands the test of time. Get your unique floorcloth today!

Brand spotlight !   🌟 Elevate Your Style this Christmas! 🌟           Embark on post-holiday adventures with our imported...
12/07/2023

Brand spotlight ! 🌟 Elevate Your Style this Christmas! 🌟

Embark on post-holiday adventures with our imported leather treasures from Burghley (Burghley Bags) and PrimeHide UK (Primehide Leather) 🧳✨

From vintage-style travel bags to sleek wallets, these handmade pieces bring together elegance and durability. Gift a touch of sophistication this season, exclusively at Appanoose Rapids Mercantile. πŸŽπŸ‘œ

Visit us and see them yourself. Unwrap the joy of exceptional gifts!

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So many opportunities to shop in town and support the local economy.  We are happy to be included.            Plan your ...
12/07/2023

So many opportunities to shop in town and support the local economy. We are happy to be included.

Plan your visits and find those lovely gifts for family and friends !

Looking to shop local this holiday season? Meet Ottumwa has compiled a list of local shops you should check out when getting gifts for your loved ones. Check it out at meetottumwa.org/stories.

Happy Thanksgiving !                 We took some time off today Thanksgiving Day, but our Mercantile and 1933 will be o...
11/24/2023

Happy Thanksgiving !

We took some time off today Thanksgiving Day, but our Mercantile and 1933 will be open Friday and Saturday. There will be free gift wrapping on Small Business Saturday from 10am to 1pm (*purchases over $40).

Enjoy the rest of the week !

New arrivals !    Ottumwa and Wapello Co. designs by Tina Labadini, in totes,  aprons, towels and coasters.  If you're w...
11/22/2023

New arrivals ! Ottumwa and Wapello Co. designs by Tina Labadini, in totes, aprons, towels and coasters. If you're wondering what to give to loved ones and other Ottumwans away from home πŸŽ„πŸ›

Available only at Appanoose Rapids Mercantile.

This holiday season upgrade your gatherings with a fantastic offer:  🍷 Get 8 Schott Zwiesel wine glasses for the price o...
11/19/2023

This holiday season upgrade your gatherings with a fantastic offer: 🍷 Get 8 Schott Zwiesel wine glasses for the price of 6 ! 🎁

Made in Germany with Tritan(R) crystal, these glasses offer brilliant clarity, are dishwasher safe, and chip-resistant. Perfect for your table setting, experience the trusted quality of Schott Zwiesel, a crystalware brand since 1872.

Available only at Appanoose Rapids Mercantile -And cheers to memorable moments !

Grandparents, this Christmas season, celebrate a holiday birth or spoil your youngest grandchildren with our exquisite m...
11/16/2023

Grandparents, this Christmas season, celebrate a holiday birth or spoil your youngest grandchildren with our exquisite music boxes. Handcrafted with Swiss precision, these timeless gifts feature figurines by Wendt & KΓΌhn, seamlessly blending elegance and enchantment.

Our music boxes "Organ," "Globe," and "Christmas Tree" represent European craftsmanship at its finest! Handmade and hand-painted, their 36-note musical movements include enchanting melodies like "Silent Night," "Oh, How Joyfully," or the soul-soothing "Evening Song." These new family heirlooms are presented in a Wendt & KΓΌhn gift box and are available only at Appanoose Rapids Mercantile.

Whether you're welcoming a newborn during the season or celebrating the holidays with your grandchildren, these treasures add a touch of elegance to their first Christmas. Commemorate the occasion with a gift that resonates with the season and passes down through generations.

Product spotlight:  Sicilian jams !        What a refined trio, such sweet characters !- Onion, Strawberry and White Pea...
10/12/2023

Product spotlight: Sicilian jams !

What a refined trio, such sweet characters !
- Onion, Strawberry and White Peach jams, imported from Italy, by Scyavuru.

Available only at Appanoose Rapids Mercantile, and sometimes in charcuterie at 1933 ;-)

Product spotlight:   Sweary Mojito.   We're reintroducing the ultimate refreshment !    -our signature hand wash is now ...
09/12/2023

Product spotlight: Sweary Mojito. We're reintroducing the ultimate refreshment ! -our signature hand wash is now accompanied by its respective lotion. Handcrafted with care in the Pacific Northwest. Perfectly scented.

🌿 Hand Wash: Purity in a bottle with captivating organic essential oils.
πŸ’§ Hand Lotion: Luxurious hydration, lightweight yet deeply moisturizing, enriched with botanicals.

Get ready to be swept away. Discover the Sweary Mojito at Appanoose Rapids Mercantile.

Calling all foodies and adventurous epicureans !           As the fantastic American Gothic Performing Arts readies to a...
09/01/2023

Calling all foodies and adventurous epicureans !

As the fantastic American Gothic Performing Arts readies to announce its 2024 season, they are also launching a new culinary showdown in Ottumwa, both of them in a few weeks in October: The First Annual Iowa Burger Bash, a β€œburger extravaganza” street party and dance with live music !

Admission is $25 in advance and $30 on the day of the event. All proceeds to benefit the American Gothic Performing Arts.
Click on the link or follow them on social media to know more:

http://www.americangothicfest.org/burger-bash

Good luck !

On January 16th, 1909, the Ottumwa Tri-Weekly Courier reported an incident on its front page:  the confiscation of alcoh...
08/15/2023

On January 16th, 1909, the Ottumwa Tri-Weekly Courier reported an incident on its front page: the confiscation of alcohol at 328 East Main Street. In those days, the building's occupants operated a salon on the ground floor; however, they were found to be in illegal possession of a considerable quantity - over 17 pints of whisky, to be precise. It's worth contemplating whether the salon's operations were compliant with the law of the time.

Nearly 115 years have passed, and remarkably, 328 East Main Street now houses our Appanoose Rapids Mercantile. The historical context raises fascinating questions about Ottumwa's buildings' past and the secrets they might hold. What is hidden in 328 East Main Street now ? ;-)

We stumbled upon this fascinating tidbit today at the beautiful Ottumwa Public Library (equipped with brand-new library cards, no less).

Wishing everyone an enlightening week ahead.

08/14/2023

Don't miss out on the fabulous 37th season of The Ottumwa Symphony Orchestra ! Starting this October, they kick off with an unforgettable season debut, joining forces with Grammy-winning artists The Texas Tenors, at BridgeView Center.

For an insider's view and to stay updated on their exciting lineup of events, make sure to connect with The Ottumwa Symphony on social media. They're dedicated to enriching Southeast Iowa with exceptional arts and entertainment. There's so much more to explore in their event calendar !

Join us as we celebrate 37 years of bringing live classical music to Southeast Iowa!

"Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" (1973, Andrew Lloyd Webber) is an awe-inspiring story that beautifully co...
06/21/2023

"Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" (1973, Andrew Lloyd Webber) is an awe-inspiring story that beautifully combines faith, music, and the power of dreams.

Join the formidable American Gothic Performing Arts at Bridge View Center on June 23rd at 7.30pm (opening night) as they embark on Joseph's remarkable journey of faith, forgiveness, and triumph. Delight in the captivating music and lyrics that will leave you uplifted and inspired. This extraordinary production features a talented cast of emerging young artists from Iowa and the Midwest, who will bring this timeless tale to life with heart and soul.

Additional performances on Sunday 25th at 2pm and Monday 26th at 7.30pm. So gather your family and friends for an evening of entertainment and a celebration of the enduring messages of hope and resilience.

Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com/venue/49371 and the Bridge View Center main box office. Experience the magic of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" and let your spirits soar !

🎭 Opera Behind The Curtain 🎢                               Come out this Thursday evening to The Club, one of Ottumwa's ...
06/14/2023

🎭 Opera Behind The Curtain 🎢

Come out this Thursday evening to The Club, one of Ottumwa's most exclusive venues, for an unforgettable evening. Immerse yourself in the enchanting world of opera and pop music performed by the talented American Gothic Performing Arts featured artists. Indulge in a fine selection of cocktails, wine, and beer while enjoying live music. Complimentary appetizers will be served throughout the event.

πŸ—“οΈ Date: Thursday, June 15
⏰ Time: 8:15 p.m.
πŸ“ Location: The Club, 304 E. Golf Avenue, Ottumwa

Don't miss this extraordinary experience..., and continue to support the local performing arts !

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"Music on the Green" is an extraordinary annual symphony concert held at the IHCC's captivating outdoor stage.  This eve...
06/09/2023

"Music on the Green" is an extraordinary annual symphony concert held at the IHCC's captivating outdoor stage. This event stands as one of Ottumwa's most remarkable and cherished outdoor music experiences.

Admission is FREE, so gather your friends, family, and bring along your finest picnic gear for a delightful evening.

Sunday June 11 at 7pm. Brought to you by The Ottumwa Symphony Orchestra.

The American Gothic Performing Arts will begin its 2023 season very soon.  We are their  #1 fans  ;-)                  I...
06/02/2023

The American Gothic Performing Arts will begin its 2023 season very soon. We are their #1 fans ;-)

If you have never experienced the exceptional quality of their productions or the sophistication of the Gothic Gala and awards luncheon, then you're missing out on an incredible experience. Follow them !

Also, bookmark their website and learn more about dates, tickets prices, or how to participate in their family-friendly events: https://www.americangothicfest.org/

Don't say there is nothing to do in Ottumwa, go see a few live shows in June !

We opened at 9am on this gorgeous spring morning; we have several construction crews working in the back of our building...
05/26/2023

We opened at 9am on this gorgeous spring morning; we have several construction crews working in the back of our building today so it could be a little loud at times (and that only means they're making progress).

Have a great Memorial Day weekend everyone !

The Ottumwa Cemetery is such a beautiful and serene historic space; every year on Memorial Day Weekend all the fragrant ...
05/26/2023

The Ottumwa Cemetery is such a beautiful and serene historic space; every year on Memorial Day Weekend all the fragrant peonies are blooming, and there are lots of them, so do not miss them !

When visiting the cemetery show respect as it is considered sacred ground for many, and don't forget to pick up after your dog(s) if you're taking them out for a good walk.

And if you're exploring that side of town take your time and visit our friends at The French Flower, they are located just across the street on N Court ;-)

Learn more about the Ottumwa Cemetery here: https://www.ottumwa.us/departments/cemetery/

Address

328 E Main Street
Ottumwa, IA
52501

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10am - 1pm
4pm - 6pm
Wednesday 10am - 1pm
4pm - 7pm
Thursday 10am - 1pm
4pm - 7pm
Friday 10am - 1pm
4pm - 7pm
Saturday 10am - 1pm

Telephone

+16416316361

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