Longtime Downtown Independence Shoppe Provides Customers with Unique Gifts

By Ellen Kurt, KCRG-TV9

INDEPENDENCE, Iowa - Laree’s Shoppe of Favorites has satisfied the pickiest of shoppers for 20 years in Our Town Independence.

Customers can find just about anything inside Laree’s shop, and most items are made in America. There are candles from North Dakota, pottery from Montana and even jewelry and wine from Iowa. Laree prides herself on finding unique items customers can’t find in most stores. It’s her way of succeeding as a small business owner in a small town.

“So many of the people are going to shopping on the internet, and it’s a challenge to educate people and try to have them come down and explore what Independence has to offer,” Laree Randall, Laree’s Shoppe of Favorites Owner, said.

Laree says she can’t wait for RAGBRAI riders to visit Independence and hopes they’ll come back to town when they have more time to shop.

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