27 responses to 5 Amish Businesses You Should Visit
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    Al in Ky
    Comment on 5 Amish Businesses You Should Visit (February 11th, 2015 at 07:44)

    I enjoyed this post, including the good pictures. Visiting Amish stores is one of the best ways to get acquainted with an Amish community that is new to you. Types of businesses I would add are salvage/bent and dent grocery stores, which there seem to be more of every year. I enjoy visiting small stores of this type more than large stores. In the small Amish salvage stores, I’ve had some good conversations with the Amish people working there, while the large ones seem to be so busy the store staff don’t seem to have much time to visit.

    Another type of store is Amish hardware stores. I’ve visited ones in Holmes County, Shipshewana, Arthur and Hart County (Cub Run), Kentucky. Lots of items to look at and interesting just to see what local Amish come in to buy. I always find something to buy, even if it’s just some AA batteries.

    As far as bakeries go, there may be more than one would first think, because I’ve found several that are located in other Amish stores. This is the case in the E and S store in Shipshewana, Beachy’s Bulk Foods at Arthur and the R and S Salvage Store at Horse Cave,Ky. (Hart County). I especially enjoy visiting the one
    at R and S Salvage because you can easily see the Amish workers as they are preparing their baked goods. An Amish bakery that is only about one year old is Esther Yoder’s bakery in Sugarcreek,Ohio. Esther is a scribe for The Budget newspaper and usually includes news from her bakery in her Budget letter. Esther’s bakery is worth a visit if you’re in the Holmes/Tuscawaras
    County area.

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      Comment on 5 Amish Businesses You Should Visit (February 11th, 2015 at 08:22)

      Thanks Al, for these other suggestions and also some more bakery ideas. I may have to track down Esther Yoder’s in particular on the next Ohio visit.

      You’re right there can be a difference in Amish stores, between the larger busy ones and the smaller more low-key shops.

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      Sherry
      Comment on Amish Bakery (April 15th, 2015 at 09:22)

      Amish Bakery

      There is a great, “true” Amish bakery in Charm, OH. This also in Holmes Co. They have no electricity there, not even from generators. Their bakery is wonderful. But take note, make sure you go early! They sell out usually by 1 or 2pm! It’s definately worth the trip and I’m sorry I can’t remember the name. Just ask around, the locals will know it!

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        sue
        Comment on Amish Bakery (January 9th, 2016 at 17:54)

        Amish Bakery

        I believe the bakery you are referrng to is Miller’s. You do need to go early as everything sells quickly.

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    lincolnlady1121
    Comment on 5 Amish Businesses You Should Visit (February 11th, 2015 at 08:30)

    In our New York State area, the only bakery roadside stand I know of is Miller’s which is on Route 14 North in Lyons, New York. It opens in the spring and closes sometime in October and is open on Friday and Saturday from eight in the morning until five in the evening or they run out, which ever happens first. They also take special orders.

    Also in Newark, New York on Thursday is their Farmer’s Market that runs from June until October. There is a Mennonite couple in there that have a great bakery stand there. She will also take special orders.

    With more Amish and Mennonite moving in the area, I hope we get more places to go.

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    lincolnlady1121
    Comment on 5 Amish Businesses You Should Visit (February 11th, 2015 at 09:11)

    I almost forgot Dutchland Grocery store in Marion, New York. It is a new Mennonite store that opened in October. It has groceries, home made baked goods, cooking supplies, canning supplies and more. I call it a baby Sauders as it is a much smaller version of Saunders in Seneca Falls. They are open six days a week – closed on the Lord’s Day. The owner’s wife and daughters do the baking. It is a very pleasant grocery store to go into. You can buy one item or a case of something if you want it.

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      Trish in Indiana
      Comment on "closed Sunday" is important to remember (February 11th, 2015 at 09:40)

      "closed Sunday" is important to remember

      So much of our (“English”) world has turned into a 24/7 whirlwind of commerce that it can be easy to forget that Amish and Mennonite businesses will be closed half the weekend, normally a prime time for tourists. Particularly people who are traveling to or through Amish country and are not normally around the Amish may not be accustomed to this, so if you are planning a visit to Amish country, plan accordingly.

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        Comment on 5 Amish Businesses You Should Visit (February 11th, 2015 at 11:26)

        Good point about Sunday. When I do Amish business posts I almost never mention that because I assume readers are well aware of no Sunday sales, but those who don’t know a lot about the Amish are bound to be surprised.

        I’ve noticed that in Amish tourist areas even non-Amish owned businesses are apt to be closed on that day (I’d guess that many may have owners who share similar beliefs).

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    Jodi Click
    Comment on Adams County bookstore (February 11th, 2015 at 09:34)

    Adams County bookstore

    There’s an Amish bookstore in Adams County, Indiana! It’s on 300 S. between 300 E and Salem Rd. The owners are very aloof and don’t seem to appreciate non-Amish stopping in, but it definitely caters to shoppers wanting to experience a true “Amish bookstore.” A few of the bulk foods stores also have decent-size book selections, as well. Many of the shops and businesses in Adams county have the stereotypical aloof Amish shopkeepers. They don’t have large signs (and sometimes no sign at all!) and do not try to pull in an English clientele in any way like I see in other areas with large Amish populations. Most of the shops are off the main roads and seems perfectly content to never see an English shopper.

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      Comment on 5 Amish Businesses You Should Visit (February 11th, 2015 at 11:22)

      I should have talked to you before I did this post Jodi, you’ve reminded me–I believe I’ve been in that place or one not far away that fits the description. Kind of tucked in the back. Yes it didn’t feel like it got a lot of English traffic.

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        Jodi Click
        Comment on 5 Amish Businesses You Should Visit (February 11th, 2015 at 12:20)

        They’ve added a woodworking business to the bookstore now, but I haven’t been in there since it opened. The Trading Post in Berne (not Amish-owned, but caters to Amish) also has a good selection of books about the Amish and a tiny touristy-section. Since Berne doesn’t make the Amish a tourist destination, it’s about the only place to find that kind of stuff. Let me know if you ever do a post about Adams county again and I’ll share my ‘trade secrets’ from the maps and lists I’ve created of the best shops of every type, as well as their hard-to-find locations.

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          Comment on 5 Amish Businesses You Should Visit (February 11th, 2015 at 17:35)

          Thanks Jodi, great idea. I have seen some publications which seem to be promoting Amish businesses if not full-fledged tourism, I believe it was called Wabash Valley Living. They had probably a dozen or so Amish businesses listed and/or profiled in the issues I saw, though there are certainly many more in a community the size of Adams County. Anyway if you feel like sharing a list or other tips for a possible post feel free to drop me an email anytime.

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    Comment on Amish Stores (February 11th, 2015 at 09:48)

    Amish Stores

    We love D&L Bakery near Bowling Green, MO. They are open from April to November. They bake the most mouth watering pies, breads, cookies, pastries, donuts, etc.
    We also enjoy Hilty’s in the same community. Their store features canned goods such as, jams, jellies, pickles, bbq sauce, tomatoes, and much more. They are beekeepers and sell honey, honeycomb, flavored honey, and beekeeping supplies. They sell homemade candy made by the Eichers (who also own a bulk store, we love to go; Eicher’s sometimes have baked goods for sale, set-up on the porch outside their store). Hilty’s sell cheese from WI. When you pull up to Hilty’s you can see the men, through the big window, working in the meat processing part of the building.
    There is a variety store in this community that sells good books, quilts, knives, Amish dolls, and all kinds of other stuff. We stopped at a roadside stand this past summer, for the first time, set up outside of their community a little way; ran by Bontraeger’s. They were selling baked goods and directed us to their home for fresh produce. We also stopped at a place selling seeds, but I can’t remember the folks name. There are many more stores (and people) in this community we hope to visit.

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      Comment on Hilty's Bee Yard (February 11th, 2015 at 11:33)

      Hilty's Bee Yard

      Nice that you mention Hilty’s. A few years ago we did a post on them with some photos courtesy of a reader: http://amishamerica.com/amish-beekeeper/

      She told us they sell buckwheat, wildflower, and raspberry-flavored honey.

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        Comment on Hilty's (February 11th, 2015 at 11:55)

        Hilty's

        Thank you for sharing the post.
        Hilty’s have expanded over the last few years. Among other things, their store is bigger and they’ve made a larger parking lot. Eicher’s have mentioned a few times about building a bigger store, also. We love driving the maze of gravel roads connecting each Amish home (with store on property). [Two of the most rewarding sights were seeing an Amish wagon with the young driver standing up, and others on board, appearing around the corner when leaving Hilty’s; and seeing young couples in their courting buggies when leaving the home of an ex-Amish friend one Sunday evening.]
        There is a map of the community on-line, and the shopkeepers hand them out also. Everyone we have met has been helpful in directing us from place to place.

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    Fran Handrick
    Comment on Another one to visit! (February 11th, 2015 at 10:36)

    Another one to visit!

    I always really enjoy visiting JSR Shoppe, just outside Sugarcreek. Amish-run Jason and Ruth sell bulk dry foods, fresh food, freezer goods, fabric, stationery, household items (pots, pans, candles etc) as well as children’s toys, gifts and books. The whole family work in the shop plus a few extra staff. You will be sure to get a nice welcome and good service. They welcome everybody Amish or English.

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    Bernadette Ward
    Comment on Re: Your Businesses (February 11th, 2015 at 11:56)

    Re: Your Businesses

    These look like wonderful stores to shop in. I wish we had some here in Rapid City, SD. But we don’t!

    NOTE: To all the Amish people. Thank you for all of your hard work in what you do! Your stores are very inviting! God Bless!

    QUESTION: Do you think Amish people will ever live in the Rapid City, SD area?

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      Comment on 5 Amish Businesses You Should Visit (February 11th, 2015 at 17:28)

      I don’t know Bernadette. There is only one settlement in South Dakota, a relatively new and small one on the other side of the state, and historically few Amish have lived in your area of the country. However the one (recently-founded) Wyoming community is located within 2 hours of Rapid City, in Hulett.

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    Comment on 5 Amish Businesses You Should Visit (February 11th, 2015 at 12:57)

    Amish furniture stores, esp. one with a workshop on the premises. We bought three pieces of beautiful and well-made furniture–a bookcase and two bedside stands. I’m also very pleased with two “premium” clothes-drying racks I got at Lehman’s Hardware in Kidron, OH. These racks are REALLY sturdy and worth every penny.

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    Forest in North Carolina
    Comment on 5 Amish Businesses You Should Visit (February 11th, 2015 at 15:41)

    There are three I think worth noting:
    (1) Rocky Cedars, a variety story run by OO Mennonite sisters in Dayton, Va. Books, games, cloth, sewing/quilting supplies
    (2) Shiloh General Store, Hamptonville, NC run by New Order Amish. everything from Quilts to baked goods.
    (3)Windmill Farm Bake Shoppe, South Boston, Virginia. Run by Mennonite family with Amish and Mennonite workers. Sandwiches, donuts, pies, soup etc. Very popular with local folks.

    You can Google Rocky Cedars for directions; the other two are listed on Tripadvisor.com

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    Emily J
    Comment on 5 Amish Businesses You Should Visit (February 11th, 2015 at 16:11)

    What would you call the indoor version of a “roadside stand”? I bought homemade cider from an older Amish woman who was selling it out of the back of her Dawdy haus (I believe), and she then invited me in to view her homemade rugs. Of course, I purchased one; my sister needed a rug that looked like a halved watermelon, complete with “seed” details.

    Perhaps it’s just the version of the roadside stand that crops up when the “sales crew” is a bit older, but I found it charming–like going to visit a friend of Grandma’s.

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      Comment on 5 Amish Businesses You Should Visit (February 11th, 2015 at 17:21)

      I don’t have a good name for that. But good question. It occurred to me when I was doing this that some of these “roadside stands” are actually inside the house. Places that just sell one or two products out of the home and advertise with a simple sign like a roadside stand but without the actual stand. Any name suggestions are welcome.

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    Alice Mary
    Comment on Rise 'n' Roll (February 11th, 2015 at 16:14)

    Rise 'n' Roll

    I’ve been to the Rise “n” Roll bakery in (or very near) Shipshewana, IN. Our tour guide from the area showed us (as we passed, on our charter bus) the OLD store, which the Amish owners outgrew. The new store was bigger, and “electrified”–one reason why it was now owned by the English, but still run by Amish (local or county officials said it needed electricity, among other “non-Amish” things, to operate). Most of what I saw there seemed to be made by the Amish, mainly in the Indiana area, but elsewhere, too. The baked goods were delicious, and I never had such a welcoming greeting (other than the heavenly smells you usually get in old fashioned bakeries). Being the first of our tour in the door, I was greeted by 3 young Amish women (teens, I’d guess) who handed me (and each person in our group) a sample of 2 baked items and a cup of coffee. I needed 3 hands! I wish I could go back to buy more bread, noodles, and jams. Mmmmm!

    Alice Mary

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      Trish in Indiana
      Comment on 5 Amish Businesses You Should Visit (February 11th, 2015 at 20:53)

      You know, I always pass Rise ‘n’ Roll on my to and from hunting in LaGrange county, and I always think I should stop, but then I wonder if my hunting clothes will disturb some of the customers, and if the smell of the baked goods will disturb the game. On the way home, it’s usually after closing time.

      It’s too bad the campground at Pigeon River Fish and Wildlife Area was closed a couple of years ago. It would have been ideal for me to stop on the way to set up camp for an overnight trip. Fresh Amish baked goods at deer camp … Mmmmmm!

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    Harriet
    Comment on 5 Amish Bussinesses You Should Visit (February 11th, 2015 at 16:58)

    5 Amish Bussinesses You Should Visit

    My favorite place to visit in Allen County, IN is Millers. It is a Amish owned general store, two stories with anything you could ever want…books, fabrics, appliances, toys, shoes, clothes, household goods, etc. I also enjoy Grabill Sales for bulk foods and baked goods.

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    Katrina
    Comment on A Few More Indiana Places (February 15th, 2015 at 13:16)

    A Few More Indiana Places

    OOOOOOhhh!!!- Rise N’Roll fresh-baked cinnamon rolls with icing have proved so popular that the bakery now delivers to nearby towns!! But supply is limited-in Syracuse, if you are not there at the local restaurant (that has arranged deliveries with Rise N Roll) by 6:30am to buy, they are sold out.

    Another great place to visit is Gohn Brothers in Middlebury IN. They have had the same general store for 100 years or more: wooden floors,4 aisles of merchandise front of store to back. The building is long and narrow, reminiscent of a bowling alley. Amish clothing and a huge selection of fabrics/sewing/quilting items. Shoes are sold in a separate small room at the back of the store. Blankets, hats, something for everyone. They finally have their online catalog and website up and running (it was “Under Construction” for years.). Don’t forget the hardware store next to Gohn-lots of interesting kitchen gadgets and other items not found anywhere else.

    My dad’s favorite place is the “popcorn store” on a country road near Middlebury- lots of different popcorn varieties, free samples of the “Popcorn of the Day”, large and small bags of unpopped corn. All brands of non-electric popcorn poppers (and a few electric ones).

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