Rhinestones and Ruffles Room at The Columns Iowa

RHINESTONES AND RUFFLES

Rhinestones and Ruffles to Dallas, TX Market!

Looking for a classy and cute outfit? Then come check out the Rhinestones and Ruffles room at The Columns!

This room includes a variety of sophisticated clothing options, bracelets, necklaces, rings, watches, and more!

These new accessories are a must have for any event!

Visit the website: http://thecolumns.info

Wine Lovers at The Columns Iowa

CALLING ALL THE WINE LOVERS!
Wine lovers at The Columns!

Calling all wine lovers! The Columns is full of all kinds of wine merchandise!

We have fun wine stoppers, woozies (wine koozies), beautiful wine décor, and much more!

If you love wine you will have to be sure to stop in and see all that The Columns has to offer!

Visit the website: http://thecolumns.info

New Selection of Purses at The Columns Iowa

Purses Galore!
New selection of purses at The Columns!

The purse room at The Columns is adding fun and stylish purses that are perfect for summer!

Trendy handbags, fashionable wallets, and numerous colorful purses!

Stop in and find the perfect purse to make you really stand out!

Ask about our savings that make this an even more affordable purchase!

Visit the website: http://thecolumns.info

A Huge Selection of Prom Accessories at The Columns Iowa

The Columns offers you a huge collection of Prom Accessories.

Dylan and Kelsey give The Columns, a thumbs up, when looking for awesome prom accessories.

You will find the largest and most affordable accessories for prom at The Columns.
Rhinestone jewelry sets, headbands, crystal earrings, bracelets, hair accessories and much much more.

Bring in your prom dress and pick out the perfect accessories to go with it.

Visit the website: http://thecolumns.info

The Columns Presents New Photos!

The Columns has everything from scented candles, soap, and lotions to home decor and decorations.

We have lamps and anything you might need to make your home look fabulous!

Come stop by to see the various different products we offer!

Visit the website: http://thecolumns.info

Tourist and Visitors of The Columns Galleria in Iowa

TOURIST AND VISITORS

Each year many tourists shop through the halls of The Columns. On many occasions we see familiar faces who have had so much fun on their first visit that they return time & time again.

To make sure your time in Centerville is memorable, we will to try to accommodate any special arrangements.

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Shopping Experience at The Columns Antiques Store and Gift Shop in Iowa

A Galleria of the Special & Unique

The light & airy atmosphere of this grand mansion is purely breathtaking. You will be amazed by the house’s beauty and by the unique items that fill it from the top to bottom.

It’s a Girl Thing!

Come check out some of The Column’s newest additions!!

Take your time to explore and enjoy!

Demdaco Design for the Home

The Columns has a wide variety of home decor that has that special touch of family and comfort.

Hand Bags

Paul Sahlin Tiffany Lamps

Light House Decor

Antique Furniture

VENDOR PRODUCTS

A large part of the fantastic show of items on the shop floor at The Columns comes from the vast variety of vendors and consignors. As “a galleria of the special & unique” you will discover items that would be difficult to find anywhere else.

BRIDAL REGISTRY

SHOPPING AND ORDERING

We love to serve our customers! Therefore, we are more than happy to try out best to accommodate any special ordering request you may have. We do accept phone orders and accept MC and Visa, as payment. We will ship merchandise to you or will ship it to someone else on your behalf.

We offer free gift wrapping and gift certificates are also available.

We love the phone calls from customers who say, “I am looking for something for a wedding gift for a friend or an anniversary gift for my wife, etc.” We are more than happy to put together the most special gifts tailored to your specific request for that special someone. Consider us your personal shoppers!

Visit the website: http://thecolumns.info

The Columns Galleria Antique Store and Gift Shop in Iowa

The beautifully restored, two-story home became “a galleria of the special & unique” in 2001. It is filled with wonderful antiques & excellent gift and home decorative items. Special features include, The Iowa Room filled with books about Iowa & written by Iowan authors, artwork, paintings, pottery, and other unique crafts all made by local Iowans.

The basement is filled with antiques & other fun collectables, more arriving daily as well as a large sale room. Clocks, furniture, children’s books, quilts & jewelry and unique kitchen accessories are items that can be found among the mix.

SHOPPING EXPERIENCE

The light & airy atmosphere of this grand mansion is purely breathtaking. You will be amazed by the house’s beauty and by the unique items that fill it from the top to bottom.

It’s a Girl Thing!

Come check out some of The Column’s newest additions!!

Take your time to explore and enjoy!

Demdaco Design for the Home

The Columns has a wide variety of home decor that has that special touch of family and comfort:

>> Hand Bags

>> Paul Sahlin Tiffany Lamps

>> Light House Decor

>> Antique Furniture

YOU CAN TAKE THE GIRL OUTTA THE COUNTRY…

Proud to be Country! You can’t hide your country roots! Come in to The Columns and see the variety of different country themed products we have! Cowboy and cowgirl hats, country shirts, decorations, and more!

RHINESTONES AND RUFFLES

Rhinestones and Ruffles to Dallas, TX Market! Looking for a classy and cute outfit? Then come check out the Rhinestones and Ruffles room at The Columns! This room includes a variety of sophisticated clothing options, bracelets, necklaces, rings, watches, and more! These new accessories are a must have for any event!

CALLING ALL THE WINE LOVERS!

Wine lovers at The Columns! Calling all wine lovers! The Columns is full of all kinds of wine merchandise! We have fun wine stoppers, woozies (wine koozies), beautiful wine décor, and much more! If you love wine you will have to be sure to stop in and see all that The Columns has to offer!

PURSES GALORE!

The purse room at The Columns is adding fun and stylish purses that are perfect for summer! Trendy handbags, fashionable wallets, and numerous colorful purses! Stop in and find the perfect purse to make you really stand out! Ask about our savings that make this an even more affordable purchase!

A HUGE SELECTION OF PROM ACCESSORIES

Dylan and Kelsey give The Columns, thumbs up, when looking for awesome prom accessories. You will find the largest and most affordable accessories for prom at The Columns. Rhinestone jewelry sets, headbands, crystal earrings, bracelets, hair accessories and much, much more. Bring in your prom dress and pick out the perfect accessories to go with it.

Visit the store: http://thecolumns.info/

The History of the Columns Galleria Antique Store in Iowa

The Building

“A frame building that will be in keeping with Mr. Wooden’s usual enterprising spirit…”

…stated the published announcement of the letting of the contract to build the lovely home at 107 East Washington Street in Centerville, Iowa, now known as The Columns. Built in 1895, the house was a model of modern architecture, and its interior arrangement for comfort and convenience made it one of the most handsome homes of the time in the city. It contains a beautiful open staircase, wide, carved woodwork, large, airy rooms, pocket doors, several fireplaces, thick brick walls, a quaint attic and a full basement, and a back stairway into the kitchen. Outside, two-story ionic columns connect the second-floor balcony and the welcoming front porch. A portico extends over the driveway. In the early years, there were fish ponds and elegant willow trees.

ABOUT THE PAST

The original owner of this home, A.E. (Albert Edgar – Ed to his friends) Wooden, was born at Gosport, Indiana, in 1849, and came to Centerville at age 8 with his parents, J.R. (James Robert) and America Wooden. (An interesting note about J.R. is that he donated the $1,000 Seth Thomas clock that adorned the Appanoose County Courthouse clock tower on the Centerville town square.) A.E.’s brother, Charles (C.R.), was born in Centerville.

After his schooling, A.E. entered into business with his father, who was then conducting a general store. When J.R. decided to go into the banking business, A.E. became the sole proprietor of the store. J.R. taught A.E. that “a man’s first business was his business, and whatever happened, a man must take care of his business — business first and pleasure afterward – if at all – that honesty is the best policy and that a business should be built upon reliability, integrity, economy, and careful judgment.” From his mother, A.E. inherited a gentleness and a kindly interest in others. It was no wonder that he was a successful businessman and had many friends. It became the “Wooden Policy” not to generalize and scatter, but to specialize and concentrate. Therefore, A.E. soon discontinued the general feature of the store and specialized in men’s clothing, making his establishment the leading store for men’s furnishings in this part of the state.

A.E. married Mary E. Miller of Springfield, Ohio, in 1870. A.E. purchased the property at 107 East Washington the same year. The couple lived in two other houses on the grounds prior to the building of the current home. To his union were born two children — Harry, who died in infancy, and America Belle. Belle proudly served as First Lady of the State of Iowa, as she married Nate Kendall of Albia, who was elected Governor of Iowa in 1920.

A.E. sold the store after 33 years of ownership and opened a private bank for the loaning of money. In the midst of this business, A.E. died after a series of three strokes in early 1920. Mary Wooden also died of a stroke later the same year. America Belle Kendall was stricken with apoplexy and died in Naples, Italy, while (ironically) on a trip expected to improve former Governor N.E. Kendall’s health. The Wooden family burial plot is in the Oakland Cemetery in Centerville.

Through the years, the house was not only a private home, but also a nursing home. It is said that the small divots in the stone floor of the sun room were created by the legs of the patients’ beds. At one point, the home was a dormitory for Centerville Community College football players. The rooms were named by where the occupants came from; for example, The Illinois Room, The Missouri Room, etc. Two separate enterprising owners created craft/painting studio/gift shop/ and bed and breakfast businesses in the home.

Visit the store: http://thecolumns.info/