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“Get there in plenty of time before closing” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Amana General

Amana General
Amana, IA
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Ranked #11 of 11 things to do in Amana
Activities: Shopping
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Owner description: This general store has been in business since 1858.
Detroit, Michigan
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45 reviews 45 reviews
8 attraction reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Get there in plenty of time before closing”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013

I am sure it is a nice General Store - but the Amana Colonies have been touting late hours - I would assume in an attempt to increase tourism - and really the only reason I made the trip - in every store I entered from 5:30-6p, IF I was greeted at all was with indifference and annoyance. General Store was no different. If you invite guests in to shop late - you should act like you want to take their money.

Visited June 2013
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Fergus Falls, Minnesota
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
“Nice selection.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2012

Beautiful displays of items to sell. The selections were many and varied, including the Christmas room. It was disappointing to not find a Sprengerle Cookie Board anywhere in the Colonies, even though the recipe is displayed on a wall of the museum.

Visited October 2012
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Gourock, United Kingdom
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147 reviews 147 reviews
48 attraction reviews
Reviews in 74 cities Reviews in 74 cities
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
“pretty selection in store”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2012

You must see this shop - first impression is 'how lovely!' there is lots of stock to see and I had to restrict myself to lightweight purchases I could take back to UK on the plane - so I bought 3 cookie cutters for myself, and 2 hot mat coasters for little Xmas gifts. Spent ages in there though ! very very pretty...

Visited October 2012
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Rochester, MN
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30 reviews 30 reviews
12 attraction reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Amana village”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2012

If you're going to the Amana colonies, stick with Amana, as the others are pretty much empty.It was a " bucket list" trip for me, but I did enjoy it, although it wasn't what I expected. Having been to Lancaster Cty PA in the past, I expected something similar, and it wasn't. The factories weren't working (Sunday), but they are operated by local folks, not Amish/German craftsmen. Food at Ronningen's was ethic, good and reasonable. Crafts were expensive as expected. Lots of parking, but some shops were closed/for sale or didn't open until later in the day.

Visited July 2012
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New Lenox, Illinois
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149 reviews 149 reviews
62 attraction reviews
Reviews in 47 cities Reviews in 47 cities
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
“Charming Store to Visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2012

My wife and I enjoyed this store. It had a little of everything for you to buy. They had a good choice of items to purchase. We enjoyed the stationery selections they had and purchased some items for our daughters. I would recommend visiting the store and I am sure you will find something there to buy.

Visited May 2012
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