If you’re driving on Minnesota-19 through Ivanhoe, take a north turn onto N. Harold Street. Drive three blocks and look to your right. Smack dab in the middle of town, home to the Lincoln County seat and 549 people, is a trendy shop bursting with stylish boutique-like clothing and accessories, repurposed furniture and décor, kitchen tools, and charming gifts.
Before I lead you into the ticket-writing arms of an officer, slow down if you’re driving Highway-19 through Ivanhoe, Minn. There is almost always a cop waiting to meet drivers who don’t slow down for their residential speed limit.
My daughter and I are lucky because Ivanhoe is less than a half hour from our house. It’s nice to have such a fun store closer than driving to Sioux Falls, which is our typical shopping behavior in this tiny corner of southwest Minnesota. Thank goodness for Facebook, which is how my sister Kalli heard of The Gift and ultimately we visited for the first time together.
The Hendricks Hometown Bakery is a short drive from Ivanhoe so stop and get yourself a few donuts and loaves of bread after you try on clothes here. (Please note, they hung a new sign on the front of bakery recently so it will look different from my blog picture.)
Can you see why we love it here?! THIS repurposed baby blue gem is a dream piece of furniture for me but I haven’t bought it. Yet. Somewhere on their Facebook page, owner Ashley Conner posted a before and after on this beauty.
But I DID buy this old door. I’m not sure what for. It’s so heavy and large that Jason had to pick it up for me on his way home from the city. He mentioned he could use it as the front of a kitchen island that he’s going to build out of our barn wood.
Here’s an idea for a little road trip if you live in the area — depending on which direction you’re starting from and the hours they are open, work your way from the bakery in Hendricks, to The Gift in Ivanhoe, to Laney Lu’s Boutique in Redwood Falls, and down to Junk With Purpose in Walnut Grove.
If you go on a Saturday, get there early. The Gift close at 2 p.m.