Thursday, April 16, 2009

The Town That Time Forgot...

This is the shop of Cheryl...'Brooming Sisters'...in the lil' burg of Palo, Iowa. OK...I've never even heard of Palo, but it was on the news last year, near the city of Cedar Rapids, it had flood issues of unheard of proportion in the history of this lil' farming community.

Cheryl had asked me to sell soap and candles at her shop, so I was making my usual deliveries and was totally mesmerized by this lil' jewel. The town is still in recovery over the flood, as Cheryl had a foot of Cedar River in her shop, but it hasn't stopped her from moving forward and pursuing her dream of a fresh flower shop/yarn shop. Selling florals all over the area and giving knitting classes too, filling this lil' cottage with smells and displays of a promise of flourish, as she recovers from last summer's deluge.


Barb from Sisters' had told me to be sure and check out this antique store while I was there...OH MY GOD!!! This is Rubideau Antiques...Bill and Kathy Zeller were just getting home from wintering in Arizona, with a trailer load of iron garden art and goodies for their shop, which, to my dismay, was not open yet for the season...but as I toured the grounds and being an avid gardener myself, I could see the hidden beauty that would all too soon flourish in this hidden gem of a town.

A little building in Bill and Kathy's yard...

and yet another little shack filled to the brim with treasures in their yard...

A tearoom with such old world charm, with a veranda to sip teas and eat scones on a hot Iowa summer afternoon...

another shop with all the charm of an old river city downtown...

and the promise of a community on the verge of finding itself again...Palo, Iowa...USA.

12 comments:

trash talk said...

How absolutely charming! I love all the old out buildings. Would so love to have something like that in my back yard instead of all these cotton pickin' trailers!
Debbie

Roses and Lilacs said...

The very kind of place I wish I could live in. Looks like you had a nice day trip.
Marnie

Jacque said...

All your pictures were so great, but the tea room house took my breath away, I love places like that, tattered and loved. What a wonderful little secret, thank you for sharing with us. My mom was born in Iowa, I will share it with her. It has been many years since she has been there and I am sure she would enjoy your tour.~Jacque

JB Knacker said...

I will make a point to visit...thanks. Brenda

Wish on a Whisker said...

Such fun pictures of this sweet little town! ~Mandy

willow said...

What a cute little town! I could easily spend the day roaming around those lovely little shops.

summersundays-jw said...

OK! Another place to visit when we come to Iowa. What a wonderful little town. I'm glad someone loves it enough to revive it. Jan

time-worn interiors said...

Oh girl you gotta take me there! Promise? What a charming little town!
Theresa

Utah Grammie said...

That's a great testament to the town's strength and love - and you captured it well in both words and images. Thanks for the afternoon diversion from a slow day at work:-)

Greyscale Territory said...

What a fascinating place to wander! I would be mesmerised and probably take photos of every building! My world is such a contrast to yours! Love experiencing new dimensions!

suzeeez said...

I just love old towns and the lovely antique houses ....so much charm. I live in a town with many old houses including my own which was built in 1891.
Thank you for sharing the beautiful pictures .
Sue

Nosferatuia said...

Palo looks like a lovely little town. Thanks so much for sharing it with us :) I really need to find a tea room in my area.