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The Village Shops at Down A Country Road

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Carol B wrote a review Jul 2020
Oxford, North Carolina11 contributions3 helpful votes
Not worth the trip there! Disappointed, for sure. Not sure if it is Amish merchandise. Over priced. We drove down from Phillips WI. Quite a route. But totally disappointed in the Cashton area.
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Date of experience: June 2020
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Sandi J wrote a review Oct 2019
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My husband and I went to visit Down A Country Road this fall , in October 2019..we met the owner , I believe her name is Jean? She was very friendly and helpful ...all the shops are so colorful and sweet . The country setting is so lovely...we probably spent 50.00 on
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Response from KathyK204, Owner at The Village Shops at Down A Country Road
Responded Oct 15, 2019
Thanks for visiting! I remember you distinctly, as you showed me pictures and videos of your a Grandparents farm. I am so glad you enjoyed your visit! Kathy ( but you were close... Jean is my very dear friend... lol! ) We hope you will visit again when you are in the area!
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prettylillies99 wrote a review Oct 2019
Portage, Wisconsin1,148 contributions18 helpful votes
This is a very neat little place. It has a few little buildings filled with a lot of things. Very friendly staff.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Response from KathyK204, Owner at The Village Shops at Down A Country Road
Responded Oct 14, 2019
Thanks so much for stopping. Glad you enjoyed your visit! Kathy & Chuck
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Barbara O wrote a review Oct 2019
Green Bay75 contributions28 helpful votes
Fun and beautiful ride to the driftless area of the state on a fall day. Had read about the place on Only in Wiscosnin site. Not disappointed that shops where really quaint and different. Differently not an Amish general store but still worth the visit. Even though the lunch
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Response from KathyK204, Owner at The Village Shops at Down A Country Road
Responded Oct 8, 2019
Thanks so much for visiting us, and our part of the State! Glad you had an enjoyable time! Kathy & Chuck
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BestKlass wrote a review Sep 2019
13 contributions4 helpful votes
The colorful cabins contain gift items and the grounds are worth seeing. But some of the items seem to have been there for a while and other than the candy, cookie cutters,bowls and rugs, not so much of what I expected to see of Amish crafts. I had to insist on a bag for what I
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Response from KathyK204, Owner at The Village Shops at Down A Country Road
Responded Oct 1, 2019
Thank you for visiting and your kind words about our grounds. I am not exactly sure what you mean about not having many Amish made goods. We always have at least one beautiful King or Queen Quilt on display, a Table and chairs, two bent hickory rocking chairs, a bent hickory coffee table and end table, a beautiful armour, another storage cabinet, several other end tables, coffee tables, shelving units, sofa table, jewelry chest, full length mirror, many, many rugs ( yes priced more than you find at the Amish...because we have expenses that the Amish do not, and most profits from Amish made products go back to the Amish to pay for medical bills), hot pads, table runners, woven runners, several different kinds of woven baskets, wooden bowls, wooden collapsible baskets,cookie cutters,cutting boards, towels, place mats, cloth center pieces, wooden spoons, jams, jellies,maple syrup, honey products, home made noodles, home made candies, popcorn products, wooden toys, children's furniture ( toy chest, high chair, youth chair, table and chairs, small bench), hand made greeting cards and more. It is very, very obvious that you have no clue what products are and are not made by the Amish ...and to say that we have very few items made by the Amish is such a dis credit to my business. When you say you had to insist on a bag for your products...we are only trying to limit the consumption of bags if it is not necessary, or if the purchase is extremely small or one or two small items.Bags are an expense, and We feel that we are being as earth friendly and conscious of that as possible, while still providing the service of bags for significant purchases. As for credit card charges...I do not think we have ever made anyone feel guilty for using their credit card...but Yes, this is an extremely big expense for a small business like us. While we do ask for a small $1.00 convenience fee, it normally costs us much more than that for the fees we pay. It is much cheaper than going into town to the ATM. When you go direct to the Amish you do not have the convenience of using a credit card,nor do you have the convenience of using a flush toilet, having electricity to see the products, have a bit of music playing in the background, having the opportunity to sit in an air conditioned ice cream shop on a hot day, or other ammenities that cost money. As for the map of Amish country... and me telling you where you could go to see the Amish. First of all, our gift shops were built by the Amish, and I work with about 45 Amish families who don't care to have the public come to their farms.Please understand that out of loyalty to the families I work for, I am not here to tell you exactly where to go to buy other products, however we do have the map that we spent a lot of money to have printed, that we sell for $5.00 or give to people who spend a significant amount of money at our gift shops. That map is not sponsored by a Chamber of Commerce or the Amish or anyone else. My husband and I had that map printed so that we would have it available to folks who want some extra guidance as they visit the Amish community. Keep in mind that I have folks from all over the world that visit us, and if I have someone from a foreign country that wants to see a bit of Amish country, and they need a map ( GPS will not work in many of the valleys of the Driftless Area), we are able to provide that map for a small fee. Unfortunately, I am not the chamber of commerce or a paid visitor center, so the cost of those maps come directly out of my small earnings. While we gladly offer it for sale, or as I said give it with a significant purchase, I cannot possibly provide it to every person that comes in and asks for a detailed map of where they can go to see the Amish. My typical answer, if someone does not want to purchase the map is that " The Amish community is mostly to the south and east of us ( as I point in that direction) and you will need to get off on the back roads, such as Cty Rd. D, Oneida, Hoff Valley, etc. What more do you want from me? Now, while I feel I am a very, very friendly and professional person who has been in business for many years,and deals with thousands of tourists every year that I invite to my small farm, am an author and a public speaker, I do have to state my real feelings, as my feelings have been hurt just one too many times. While I know this is probably not "politically correct", I, as a 25 year business owner have decided that I really am all done with always thinking the old mentality that "the customer is always right" and I have decided to stand up for myself by saying it like it is; I am not sure why people such as yourself feel the need to write a review at all, let alone bash a small business, but I hope it makes you feel better, as it has made me feel just a bit better by putting you in your place. Kathy
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